News for Monday 041519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held next Monday, April 22 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Alexandria for Bishop Emeritus Ronald Herzog passed away on Friday at the age of 77 after a brief illness.. Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans will be the Principal Celebrant. The diocese will remain under the administration of Archbishop Gregory Aymond until a new bishop is appointed.
Powerful storms swept across the South Saturday & Sunday unleashing suspected tornadoes and flooding that killed at least eight people, injured dozens and flattened much of a Texas town. Three children, including one in Louisiana, were among the dead. Deputy Glenn Springfield of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Department said Sunday that two people died in floodwaters Saturday.
The RPSO reports the arrest Friday of 71 year old Joseph Fountain of Pineville for 100 counts of first-degree rape. RPSO said the crimes began in the 1970s and continued into the 1980s. Fountain is in the Rapides Parish Detention Center on a $500,000 bond, which could increase once bond is set for the additional charges.
US Senator John Kennedy says President Trump is getting involved in the duplication of benefits dispute that’s impacted about 62-hundred 2016 flood victims who are unable to get federal recovery grant dollars, because they received an SBA loan. Kennedy says he spoke with the President during a lunch meeting and says if the President doesn’t give him the answer he’s looking for, legal action is the next step.
Lawmakers will once again consider repealing Louisiana’s death penalty. The effort is being backed by the ACLU of Louisiana and LA Repeal. Shareef Cousin spent three years on death row in Louisiana for a crime that occurred in the 90s before having his name cleared. Cousin says he is just one of many who has been released from death row and says even all these years later, his time in prison still haunts him. President of the ACLU of Louisiana Alanah Odoms Hebert believes the support for the repeal is becoming stronger.
The feds have awarded the Ports of New Orleans and Baton Rouge a 3.1 million dollar grant to get shipping containers off the roads and back onto the river. Congressman Garret Graves says as the global market shifts to the use of 40-foot containers, ports that do not have the capability to process the steel boxes will fall behind their competitors. Graves says we’re seeing more 40-foot steel containers in shipping, and our ports just aren’t built to process enough of them, which means many of them end up on trucks cluttering the highways.
LSU President F. King Alexander says if sports betting is legalized in Louisiana, then LSU should get a cut of the revenue since a lot of the gambling will be on the Purple and Gold. But Metairie Senator Danny Martiny says he’s committed to ensuring any revenue generated goes towards early childhood education subsidies for working and middle class families. He says giving a cut to LSU because of their athletics opens up a nasty can of worms.
The U.S. Coast Guard said it worked with a cruise ship to rescue 23 people adrift for days in the Gulf of Mexico. A Coast Guard news statement issued Sunday saying 22 Cubans started traveling on a wooden boat from Cuba to Mexico before losing power and drifting three days. A Cuban-Mexican man took them aboard his sports fishing boat, but then its engines malfunctioned and the group drifted three more days. In addition to launching its own effort to find the disabled fishing boat, the Coast Guard alerted the Carnival Fantasy. The cruise ship took the 23 people aboard within hours, about 130 nautical miles off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. The statement said two of the people rescued had minor medical issues and were treated by medical staff on the cruise ship.
D.C. lawmakers are tangling over the Violence Against Women Act as it heads to the Senate after clearing the House 263 to 158, on a mostly party line vote. Congressman Garret Graves says he voted against the legislation because it included over 200 pages of proposals that were not vetted before the bill was voted on. The NRA called for “No” votes on the bill because it would lower the threshold for banning gun ownership to those with misdemeanor convictions of domestic abuse or stalking, among other concerns. Current law only applies to felonies.
When electric scooter companies Bird and Lime placed their electric scooters in Lafayette, there were no ordinances in place to govern their use on the city’s streets. So Lafayette Senator Page Cortez has introduced a bill that provides regulations. Under the bill, the scooters would be able to be operated on roads which have a speed limit of 25 miles per hour or less.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fisheries’ service has listed the Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s (BROO-dus) whale as endangered. NOAA estimates there are less than 100 Bryde’s whales in the Gulf but Marine Mammal Biologist Laura Engleby says the latest survey shows the population could be less than half of that…
After a suspension lasting more than a month, LSU basketball coach Will Wade has been reinstated. The school's decision was announced Sunday afternoon, along with a statement from Wade that he was "humbled and grateful" to return to his coaching job.
Wade met with university officials on Friday for the first face-to-face meeting since being suspended on March 8 after Wade declined to meet with university officials about comments he reportedly made in a FBI wiretapped phone call with federally convicted sports agent Christian Dawkins.
After winning their first game Friday Night of the weekend 3 game series at Missouri, the LSU Tiger Baseball Team Lost both Saturday’s and Sunday’s games. The Tigers were missing two regular starters. LSU’s leading hitter, Zach Watson, missed his second straight game with a groin injury, and starting third baseman Chris Reid didn’t play because of a hamstring injury.