News for Thursday 032819
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Two children were killed and three others injured when a mobile home in Washington Parish went up in flames during the overnight hours. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says they are still trying to determine a cause. Authorities have not released the identity of the victims, but we do know a 10-year-old girl and six year old boy perished in the fire.
Obamacare signups are down 15 percent in Louisiana this year, and the 93,000 enrollees mark the lowest level of participants since the individual market came online in 2014. Enrollment is also down 57 percent from it’s high point in 2016, and Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says that’s because 2016 was the year of the Medicaid expansion. Over 500,000 people have enrolled in Medicaid since Governor Edwards accepted the mostly federally funded expansion.
Senator John Kennedy is calling on the US Attorney’s Office to pursue action against former Empire star Jussie Smollett for allegedly faking a racially motivated assault against himself. This comes after Chicago Police dropped their charges against the actor. Kennedy says he’s encouraged by reports that the feds are stepping in where local authorities failed.
Saints Owner Gayle Benson vowed to make changes to the NFL rulebook after the team felt they were denied a chance at playing for a Super Bowl, because of a non-pass interference call. Coach Sean Payton arrived at the NFL owners meeting earlier this week, lobbying others to allow instant replay look at pass interference calls. NFL owners voted to expand the use of instant replay to include pass interference calls and allow for the review of a non-pass interference call.
The Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction for the man who fatally shot former Saints player Will Smith in a 2016 traffic dispute. The three-judge panel unanimously rejected all grounds of Cardell Hayes’ appeal. Hayes was sentenced to 25 years in December 2016.
A former priest in the Lafayette Diocese pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexual molestation of a juvenile. Michael Guidry, the former pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Morrow now faces 5–10 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $5,000, As part of his plea deal.
LSU hoops fans making their way to the nation’s capital to see the Tiger take on Michigan State Friday in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament will have a warm welcome from the DC’s LSU Alumni Chapter. Chapter secretary Ginger Gibson says they are excited to welcome Tiger fans from Louisiana and around the nation.
Two men facing double murder charges for allegedly killing a Lacassine couple in their home pleaded innocent to the charges Monday in district court. 21 year old Jordan Legros, of Welsh and 23 year old Javari Guidry Houston each pleaded not guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the 31st Judicial District Court. Both men are accused of fatally shooting 72 year old Walter Gotreaux, and his 72 year old wife Darlene during what authorities said was a robbery back in December of last year. Trial dates for the suspects are scheduled for Sept. 16 with a pre-trial hearing set for Sept. 4.
On Air Today..
Houston Astros officially open their season later today at Tampa Bay. Airtime 2:25p 94.7 ESPN
LSU Baseball tonight as the tigers travel to Mississippi State airtime 5:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM
Pelicans play host to the Sacramento tonight.. Airtime 6:30p 94.7 ESPN