News for Monday 031819
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Alexandria recorded its third fire fatality of 2019 early Friday morning, according to the city. A fire was reported at 3:58 a.m. in the 2100 block of Harris Street. Alexandria Fire Chief Larry King said the person has not been identified yet. An autopsy is scheduled to determine cause of death and identification.
A Rapides Parish Jury has convicted 25 year old Taurnena Foster of Alexandria a reduced charge of manslaughter for allegedly distributing a fatal dose of carfentanil back in January of last year to 19 year old Jakelynn Ammons. Ammons was found dead in a car near a local hotel. Foster had been indicted for second-degree murder. This conviction carries up to 40 years in prison. Sentencing will take place on 25th of this month.
When your computer crashes it can be a major headache. But, put yourself in the place of the Louisiana department of revenue. 26-million dollars in duplicate state tax refunds were electronically sent out to 66,700 Louisiana residents on Tuesday of last week as a result of a computer error. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says if you got your tax refund twice, don’t spend it. If the state is unable to recover the refunds directly from banking institutions, those taxpayers will receive a letter from the Revenue Department with repayment instructions.
The Republican Governor’s Association is throwing a fundraiser in New Orleans today, trying to build up steam to take out the only Democratic governor in an SEC state. But political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the big money raised today will likely not end up in one of the Republican candidate’s account anytime soon. But Pinsonat says that tip jar cash certainly won’t go unspent for long, and Louisianans should prepare to start seeing an increasing number of anti-Edwards ads in rotation while Republicans figure out which of their two candidates will be the standard bearer.
A Department of Corrections investigation into contraband smuggling and inappropriate behavior results in multiple arrests and resignations at Angola. Of those involved in the investigation, six were sergeants and one was a nurse.
Senator John Kennedy is introducing legislation that seeks to give social media users legal control of content they post to social media. Currently all photos, private messages, posts, and other interactions are owned by network you post them too, which gives companies the right to sell it advertisers. Kennedy says it’s time to make that process more transparent. The Senator says this would force the companies to note exactly what personal data is being sold, and to which companies. This may seem simplistic, but if the fact that companies make a profit off of a service you receive for free bothers you, you can always cancel your account.
A bill to abolish the death penalty in Louisiana will be debated in the upcoming legislative session. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor believes the death penalty cheapens life, adding there are errors that occur during prosecution, as well as a list of other issues. Claitor, a Baton Rouge Republican, is working with Representative Terry Landry, a Democrat from Acadiana on pushing the bill forward. Claitor says victims’ families will be a part of the discussion. This is the first time this legislation has been introduced, but Claitor says he’ll keep trying even if not successful this year.
Of the 181 LSU Health New Orleans graduating medical students participating in the National Resident Match Program, 81 chose to remain in Louisiana to complete their medical training. LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans Dean, Dr. Steve Nelson, says many are also choosing to continue with LSU Health New Orleans. Last year, only 46% or medical students stayed in state, with three-quarters of those continuing at LSU.
The 10th ranked LSU baseball team started SEC play by sweeping Kentucky in a three-game series. The Tigers completed the sweep with a 7-2 win. The Tigers will face Nicholls State on Wednesday.
The LSU men’s basketball team is a three-seed in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament and the Tigers will play the Yale Bulldogs on Thursday in Jacksonville.
2015 was the last time LSU was in the NCAA Tournament.
The Pelicans, who are in a major slump with no wins since the 3rd of this month, hope to turn things around tonight as they travel to Big D to face the Mavericks. Airtime 7p 94.7 ESPN
After winning the last four games in Spring Training, the Astros take the day off today. They’ll be back in action tomorrow as they face the Phillies. Airtime 11:50 on 94.7 ESPN.