News for Tuesday 042319
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The APD Reports a woman shot a man and then apparently turned the gun on herself. The shooting took place in a Mobile home shortly after 2:30 in the afternoon just off of Sterkx Road. . Police say when they arrived at the scene they found the unidentified woman dead and the man with non-life threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
The investigation continues into a two vehicle crash yesterday afternoon that claimed the life of 53 year old Ted Gaspard. State police say the vehicle, in which Gaspard was a passenger, was hit head on by an oncoming vehicle that crossed the center line of LA highway one. Three other occupants of the vehicle received moderate injuries.
Members of the community and Catholic Church packed St. Frances Xavier Cathedral yesterday to say goodbye and celebrate the life of Alexandria's 11th Bishop, Ronald Herzog. Bishop Herzog served Alexandria from 2005 to 2017. He passed away on April 12 after a brief illness.
Louisiana extends it’s streak of over the year job gains to 13 consecutive months. The state’s Workforce Commission Director Ava Dejoie says since March of 2018, the education/healthcare sector has led the way with an additional 7,400 jobs. But nearly all of the year to year job gains were powered by hiring in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette. North Louisiana is still struggling, with Shreveport in particular down 1,700 jobs over the last year. Houma continues to see it’s economy slip, as it lost 2,100 job from last year in a city of roughly 34,000. Dejoie says she’s hopeful that rising oil prices can stem the losses.
A Senate Judiciary Committee will take up a proposal to allow voters to legalize sports betting at casinos and race tracks in their parishes today. Louisiana Family Forum President Gene Mills opposes the legislation, and says any revenue generated would be offset by the social damage caused by increased gambling. But bill sponsor, Metairie Senator Danny Martiny, says there’s already an active sports betting black market. Martiny is pushing to direct any revenue generated directly from sports betting activities into early childhood education.
Law enforcement agencies participate this week in the “Buckle Up in Your Truck” campaign, an effort to get more drivers and passengers in pickup trucks to wear seat belts. Deputy Director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Dortha Cummins says 89-percent of drivers and passengers in passenger vehicles follow the state’s seat belt laws, but the percentage drops to 81-percent for pickup truck drivers and passengers.
A House committee approves legislation to create a Team Gleason specialty license plate in honor of former Saints star and now ALS advocate Steve Gleason. The House Transportation Committee gave the Team Gleason specialty license plate unanimous approval and New Orleans Representative Walt Leger says if it becomes law, it can also help in the fight against A-L-S.
LSU fans are upset with national sports reporter Darren Rovell after he said on Twitter that you should not put up a billboard celebrating second place. A billboard is up in Baton Rouge congratulating the LSU gymnastics team for finishing as runner ups at the national championships. Rovell did not back down from that tweet when he appeared on “Off the Bench” Monday morning on Alexandria’s 94.7 ESPN. LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette tweeted back to Rovell that the billboard helps promote the LSU brand.
New LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward is set to be introduced today at noon. The former LSU graduate has served as the Athletic Director for Texas A&M for the past four years with the sports program winning nine SEC titles.
The state hopes to get more students involved in the Ag industry by letting eligible two-year college grads transfer directly to LSU’s College of Ag and start as a junior. Louisiana Community and Technical College President Monty Sullivan says 2+2 is an economic program that gets kids out of college in four years with a lower debt load and bright prospects for a high paying job in a vital field. Students need to have a 2.5 GPA, and an associate degree in certain fields of study.
A constitutional amendment to exempt diapers and feminine products from the state sales tax cleared it’s first committee, and is on it’s way to Senate Finance, where it has previously died. The proposal comes with a 10 million dollar price tag, and is being introduced by New Orleans Senator JP Morrell.
Two people died early Sunday when their vehicle hit a deer while traveling on Highway 821 in Lincoln Parish. State Police say after the Chevy Tahoe hit the deer, the vehicle struck several trees.
The 14th LSU baseball team looks to win a midweek game for the first time since April 3rd when they host Lamar tonight. After tonight’s home game, LSU visits Alabama starting Thursday for a three game weekend series.
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