News for Monday 042219
Compiled by Dave Graichen
LSU basketball coach Will Wade will not have to testify in a college hoops bribery trial set to begin next week in New York. Wade and Arizona coach Sean Miller were subpoenaed to testify, but judge Edgardo Ramos ruled that their testimonies would be irrelevant to the bribery charges the two defendants are facing.
Three people are behind bars for allegedly planting fake bombs at two northwest Louisiana schools to distract authorities while they robbed nearby banks. The two schools impacted were Lakeview High School in Natchitoches Parish and Castor High School in Bienville Parish. 41-year-old Paul Nash of Jonesboro, 47-year-old Lacentrusa Mayweather, and 42-year-old Tabitha Gray of Ball have been booked into the Bienville Parish Prison.
Legislation is being brought that would conceal the identities of companies that sell lethal injection drugs or equipment to the state. The state has not performed an execution since 2010, and advocates say a big part of that is because drug companies fear retaliation from anti-death penalty consumers. Governor Edwards says he would sign the legislation if it were to make it to his desk.
A Senate Committee is set to hear a proposal today that would exempt feminine hygiene products and diapers from the state sales tax. Louisiana Budget Project Executive Director Jan Moller says the proposal would cost the state 10-million dollars in revenues, but that’s not a lot of money in a 30-billion dollar budget.
A Senate Bill up consideration in the legislative session would allowing every junior and senior public high school students to take two college courses free of charge starting next school year. It’s an effort that has the support of Gov. John Bel Edwards. Higher Ed Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed says while Louisiana does offer dual enrollment, there isn’t universal access. The state Board of Regents is looking into ways to keep the students from having to foot the bill on dual enrollment classes
Hurricane Michael that impacted the Florida Panhandle in October has been upgraded by NOAA as a rare Category 5 hurricane at the time of landfall. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the last Category 5 storm that made landfall on US soil was Hurricane Andrew when it hit Florida and then crossed the Gulf and struck the Bayou State.
The 2019 Louisiana Survey shows a majority of Louisiana residents oppose gun restrictions as 57-percent oppose banning the sale of assault weapons and 61-percent oppose banning high capacity ammunition magazines. LSU Public Policy Research Lab director Doctor Michael Henderson says they asked respondents about three different proposals to restrict firearms and only one received majority support. Henderson says 69-percent of those polled say a law should be put in place to prevent people with mental illness from purchasing guns.
Kathleen Blanco’s family wants the public to know the former governor is not as close to death as reports indicated last week when it was announced she was in hospice care. Advocate Reporter Tyler Bridges spoke with Blanco’s husband, Raymond Blanco, and he says his wife is still active despite her terminal cancer. Bridges says Blanco can no longer walk, but is getting around with the help of an electric wheelchair. Bridges says no one knows how many days the former governor has left, but she’s trying to live them to the fullest.
East Baton Rouge residents will not have to worry about serving jury duty until at least June after a case out of Shreveport found young adults were not being summoned for jury duty. The jury service computer glitch means jury trials will have to be delayed. E-B-R District Attorney Hillar Moore says it’s obviously a setback.
After losing the series opener 16-9, the LSU Tigers roared back over the next two games to beat Florida 13-1 in Game two and then 11-2 in the rubber game on Saturday. Eric Walker was the winning pitcher in the series finale and had plenty of run support, as the Tigers scored nine runs over the first three innings.
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