News for Thursday 062019
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Rapides Parish School Board members took little time yesterday witling down the list of potential Superintendent candidates to three. All three had experience within the school district. The finalists are Kimberly Bennett, the district's executive assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and a former principal at Tioga High School; Deborah Heitman, middle school director for Caldwell Parish School District and former principal at Rosenthal Montessori Elementary School in Alexandria; and Jeff Powell, chief academic officer for Iberville Parish Schools and former Rapides director of middle schools and magnet programs. A public forum to be held Monday at the district's Instructional Resource Center on Beauregard St. here in Alexandria. There will be a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m., followed by the forum at 6 p.m.
Former State Senate President and longtime physician Dr. Donald Hines died Tuesday after a long illness. Hines represented central Louisiana in the Legislature for 15 years. A public memorial service for Hines will be held this evening at 6p at the Hass Auditorium in his hometown of Bunkie. The funeral is at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Bunkie. Dr. Hines was 85.
A DOTD worker was killed Wednesday in Simsboro when an 18 wheeler collided with a DOTD truck on LA Highway 563. The worker was standing behind the truck replacing road signs. 50-year old Johnny Cole of West Monroe was pronounced dead on the scene.
Jefferson Parish authorities have identified 22-year old Sean Barrette as the suspect who randomly selected four victims to murder in Metairie and New Orleans in the last few weeks. Two of the four victims are Hispanic males and they all appear to be random at this point in the investigation. A cell phone found at the scene of one of the murders linked the suspect to the murders. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff says the suspect has a history of mental issues and is not cooperating with authorities at this time.
Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s not concerned about losing votes over his decision to sign a series of abortion restrictions during the legislative session. Edwards says his support for the fetal heartbeat abortion ban that would functionally ban abortion six weeks after pregnancy should not have come as a surprise, given his past support for pro-life policy. Edwards is now one of the Democratic party’s highest positioned pro-life members. Polling suggests that a potential pro-choice progressive candidate could get some traction if they were to run for Governor to the left of Edwards.
A report presented Wednesday to the Louisiana Board of Regents spells out why LSU and other schools are supposed to limit the number of students admitted even though they failed to meet academic standards. "For the past two decades the Board of Regents has conducted studies on performance with similar findings: there is a direct relationship between student preparation and student performance. Students who meet the academic criteria before admission outperformed those who did not "based on every performance measure examined in the study, which was done by the staff of the regents. The report is the latest volley in a months-long dispute between the board and others and LSU President F. King Alexander over how many students should be allowed to enter LSU if they failed to meet grade point, ACT or other standards.
Over a million dollars’ worth of cocaine was found floating 50 miles off the Louisiana coast by a work boat that hauled it back into Port of Iberia and turned the contraband over to authorities. Iberia Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Major Wendall Raborn says they aren’t certain how the package got left stranded on the high seas, but it could have come from an aerial drop from the cartels that just didn’t find it’s mark.
The Department of Ag will enforce regulations, next October after passage of a truth in labeling bill, and violators of the law receive a $500 fine per day, per violation. Senator Frances Thompson author of the bill says the goal of the law is not to put anyone out of business; it was just to make things clearer. The things Senator Thompson thought you may be confused about was whether or not Almond Milk came from a cow or whether or not Cauliflower rice was rice or Cauliflower. Also a source of confusion according to Senator Thompson was the term Soy burger, from a cow??
An alleged Walmart thief dragged a cop through a parking lot and led Slidell Police on a high-speed chase then ended when the suspect wrecked his car in Mississippi.
Slidell Police spokesperson Daniel Seuzeneau says 51-year-old Robert Myers of Picayune, Mississippi fled from Walmart Loss Prevention officers and was later cornered in his car by Slidell authorities…Myers is facing Third Offense Felony Theft, Flight from an Officer, Battery of an Officer, Assault of an Officer, and more.
An Amite High School athlete is dead following a Tuesday football practice. The Amite Police Department received a call about an emergency at the school around 9 pm. Upon arrival, other first responders were on the scene performing CPR to 15-year-old Terrance Allen. Police say the team had just finished practice and that Allen was joking in the locker room before falling to the ground. First responders were able to get a pulse as the teen was taken to a medical facility, but he died prior to arrival.
The NBA Draft kicks off at 6pm this evening and the new look Pelicans are sporting the 1st and fourth picks, and looking to rebuild after trading former cornerstone superstar Anthony Davis. It’s a stone cold lock that New Orleans will grab Duke legend Zion Williamson with the first pick. Hear the draft tonight starting at 7 on 94.7 ESPN