News for Monday 061019
Compiled by Dave Graichen
It started with an argument early Sunday morning and ended, according to authorities with a Bunkie woman shooting her boyfriend in the throat. The APSO says the unidentified man is in intensive care. Police arrested 27 year old Brittney Franklin on a charge of attempted second degree murder. She was booked into the Avoyelles Parish Jail.
Authorities in Evangeline Parish report two inmates who escaped from the GEO Facility in Pine Prairie on Sunday morning have been recaptured. The two men were captured in Oakdale at a convenience store and have been returned to the facility. Both will face simple escape and possibly other charges.
A proposal to abolish the death penalty failed to pass this year, but proponents are more optimistic about its chances going forward, citing the progress it made this year. New Iberia Representative Terry Landy says his bill got further this year than ever before, proof that legislative opinion may be shifting. Landry adds the incoming generation of lawmakers, set to replace a third of the legislature that is term limited, may be more progressive in their views of this issue. The death penalty ban failed to pass, but so too did an effort to make it easier to get the drugs needed to carry out the death penalty.
Governor Edwards signs legislation to extend foster care to age. The voluntary program would allow the Department of Children and Family Services to assist in the transition to adulthood. DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says for those that elect to stay in foster care, they can receive various forms of aid from the state.
Previously, the law ended support at 18, which meant some of those in the foster care program were not able to finish high school. Walters says the change will increase the likelihood of better outcomes.
Legislation barring kids under the age of 16 from getting married awaits Governor Edwards. Kids aged 16 and 17 will need judicial approval and parental consent before getting married. An amendment to allow anyone under 16 to get married, but with judicial approval was defeated.
CBD sales were legalized in the same legislation that allows industrial hemp production, and the ATC is now accepting applications from retailers interested in selling the products. ATC Commissioner Juana Lombard says retailers will need to apply as they would for an alcohol license, but no need for a newspaper posting. Retailers will receive a temporary permit, which will last through January. A permanent license can be obtained by working with the Department of Health on labeling requirements. Lombard says the kinds of CBD products available once retailers begin selling will be limited by what is FDA approved.
LSU’s baseball season is over, as Florida State advanced to the College World Series, 5-4, on Sunday night. Florida State (41-21) will face either Arkansas or Ole Miss in its opening game of the CWS later this week.