News for Tuesday 050719
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Fired Rapides Sheriff's lieutenant, Stacy Bender, agreed to a plea deal Monday to one count of malfeasance in office, almost three years after he was arrested and fired from the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office. The 51 year old Bender was sentenced to three years in prison at hard labor, which was suspended. He also was sentenced to three years of supervised probation. Bender was originally arrested on six counts of malfeasance in office, two counts of solicitation for prostitution, inciting prostitution, obstruction of justice and two counts of unlawful use of criminal records.
Law enforcement officials from Grant and Rapides parishes held a press conference yesterday to discuss the unusual case of Justin Grant Walters. The Colfax man is in custody in Grant Parish, accused of kidnapping, rape and other crimes, but authorities believe more victims might be out there and they are asking them to come forward. Walters, who is 56, is in the Grant Parish Detention Center on a $900,000 bond, facing charges that could bring him life in prison.
The Louisiana Department of Health is emphasizing the importance of immunizations in the wake of the nationwide measles outbreak. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says while there have not been any reported cases in the state so far, over 760 cases have been reported in other states. Kanter says of those national measles cases, over 72% were unvaccinated.
House Republicans have pushed forward a 30-billion dollar budget proposal for next fiscal year that contains a 12-hundred pay raise for teachers, but it doesn’t include an additional 39-million dollars for public schools. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says school districts are receiving a lot of money, while teachers are underpaid. The full House is set to vote on the budget Thursday.
Bossier Parish teachers could conduct a strike, a walk out or sick out this school year, because voters overwhelmingly rejected a tax proposal to fund teacher pay raises. 74-percent of the voters opposed the teacher salary hike proposal over the weekend.
A bill to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected soared through the Senate 31-5, and is headed to the House. Bill author Shreveport Senator John Milkovich says there is scientific evidence that life exists at the moment of conception, which why he hopes to continue pushing for abortion restrictions such as this one. Governor Edwards has indicated that he would sign the legislation into law if it were to reach his desk.
The constitutional amendment aimed at ending capital punishment in Louisiana met its demise on the Senate floor following a 13-25 vote. Louisiana has the highest homicide rate in the nation and the bill’s author Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor says death row is not working as a deterrent. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell spoke in favor of the amendment, and says in order for death to be an option, the government must be infallible in its decision on who is executed. Morrell says the death sentence in Louisiana has a history of inaccuracy with multiple exonerations over the years.
The Superdome is hoping to complete a 450 million dollar renovation, but questions abound about whom is going to pay for it, and that sparked an animated discussion in Senate Finance yesterday. Metairie Senator Conrad Appel says there’s better ways to spend a few hundred million dollars. The Saints have agreed to pay for a third of the cost of the renovation.
Monday marked new LSU athletics director Scott Woodward’s first day on the job. Woodward has posted a letter to the LSU family on the school’s athletics website. In that published statement, Woodward says he believes in LSU and he believes the school will win championships under his leadership.
Governor John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell announce a funding deal that will provide the city with 67.5 million dollars up front to fix streets and the drainage system. Edwards says the agreement also calls for 26-million dollars in annual recurring funding. The announcement of the deal comes after a 114-year-old water main busted, flooding roads and closing schools over the weekend.
LSU Coach Paul Mainieri has already announced that freshman right-hander Cole Henry will not pitch in the upcoming SEC series against Arkansas. Henry has missed the last two weekends, because of soreness in his elbow. LSU heads into tonight’s home game against La Tech with a 30-18 record.
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