News for Tuesday 040219
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Word yesterday of the passing on the man known as Louisiana’s Troubadour, Jay Chevalier passed away on Saturday at the age of 83 at his home in Kenner. Jay, who was born in Lecompte, as a young man always dreamed of being an entertainer and entertain he did. Jay was induction into the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, Songwriter's Hall of Fame and Louisiana Political Hall of Fame. Jay Chevalier will be laid to rest Wednesday in Forest Hill.
A man accused of shooting and killing a Pineville man last year pled guilty yesterday to what was a last-minute deal and a plea of manslaughter in the death of 42 year old Joseph Paul. Damarcus Scales will spend 15 years behind bars on the manslaughter charge and 15 years for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter has a bill that would eventually pump billions of dollars into the state’s crumbling infrastructure by raising the gas tax by 18 cents a gallon over the next 12 years. Carter says his bill would make sure that every cent raised would go towards fixing bridges, building roads, and other vital needs. The current gas tax is 20 cents a gallon, and if passed the legislation would raise that by six cents in the first year.
State Attorney General Jeff Landry is promoting legislation in the upcoming session that would guarantee healthcare coverage for pre-existing conditions and other patient projections, if the Affordable Care Act is ruled unconstitutional. Governor Edwards says its ironic Landry is taking credit for fixing a problem he helped create by supporting litigation that endangers health care coverage for almost 850-thousand Louisiana residents. But Landry says the lawsuit gives Louisiana an opportunity to create a better health care system…
State Police report a Montgomery woman died Sunday night in a crash on U.S. Highway 71, near Nantachie Lake. Troopers say 65 year old Earlene Fredieu died when she lost control and ran off the road, hit several. Fredieu wasn't wearing a seat belt and was ejected.
A Louisiana Policy Institute for Children report shows the price of childcare in the state is rapidly rising in price, up 35 percent from 2010 to 2016. The study shows childcare costs the average single parents on average 38 percent of their income, and 45 percent of all kids in the state live in single parent households.
The personal finance website WalletHub finds Louisiana is the most stressed out state in the nation WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzales says Financially, the state ranks second for the median credit score and third for percent of the population living below the poverty line. Gonzales says these factors can have a snowball effect.
Another long time Louisiana sheriff has decided to call it quits.. Terrebone Parish Sherriff Jerry Larpenter has announced he won’t seek his ninth election at the end of his term next June. The career lawman said in a letter he’s wants to spend more time with his family.
A Baton Rouge Representative is proposing a change to the Industrial Tax Exemption Program. The Republican lawmaker wants the Parish President, Sheriff, and School Board President to be the review board for ITEP requests. Rick Edmonds says at the moment, requesting an ITEP means working with a number of local boards.
The new ITEP policy grabbed headlines after a community group pushed the Baton Rouge School Board to deny Exxon an ITEP tax break. Edmonds says he hopes the streamlining will appease both local stakeholders and business investors.
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services releases a report that finds the number of reported juvenile trafficking victims rose by 20-percent in 2018. Child welfare manager Christy Tate says Overall in 2018, there were 744 confirmed victims of trafficking, 58-percent were juveniles and as young as five months old. She says the oldest victim of human trafficking was 65-years-old.
Louisiana may soon see high occupancy vehicle lanes instituted across the state. District 13 State Senator Dale Erdey says a study that was given the green light in 2015 showed Louisiana could benefit from the use of HOV lanes, and now the Department of Transportation and Development needs the authority to put them in place. Erdey says the room for the extra lane is already there, but there will be some funding needed for the project.
New Orleans Representative Wesley Bishop is introducing legislation to see the interstate adopt the moniker the “Who Dat Nation Highway.” Bishop says the nearly 275 mile stretch of Interstate 10 that runs through South Louisiana would be rebranded in an effort to pay homage to the fans of the Black and Gold. Bishop says the idea spawned from being upset about how the NFC title game played out and says the Saints fan are the best fan base on the planet.
The Tigers baseball team is riding a high after their bats came back alive in a series win over Mississippi State a few days ago, and now they’re hoping to keep that momentum going in tonight’s game against Grambling. Airtime 6pm KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM
The Houston Astros took game one of their series last night against the Texas Rangers the final 2 to 1. Tonight they’ll try to do it again air time 6:30p 94.7 ESPN