News for Thursday 071819
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The investigation continues into a shooting in Glenmora Tuesday evening. Authorities were called to Melder Road around 9:30. The initial investigation indicated one of the people involved in the shooting was shot, but was able to escape before authorities arrived. The victim was found Wednesday morning nearby and was transported to a local hospital. The victim’s condition is unknown at this time.
It took jurors less than an hour to convict Former LSU fraternity member Matthew Naquin of Negligent Homicide in the hazing death of Maxwell Gruver in 2017. Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore says no matter what today’s verdict was going to be, the case will have a lasting impact on combatting hazing. The 21-year-old faces anywhere from probation to five years in prison for the killing when he is sentenced in October.
US Representative Mike Johnson calls recently spotlighted tweets from President Trump unfortunate. Johnson, a Republican, says he has a good relationship with the four progressive representatives in the crosshairs of the President’s tweets. But Johnson says the bigger issue facing the country is the partisan divide keeping bipartisan legislation from moving forward.
Louisiana’s Senators are renewing the push to win a long term renewal of the National Flood Insurance Program, but they’re hoping to win more than just an extension, they want substantial reforms as well. To start, Senator Bill Cassidy says they’re proposing means tested flood insurance vouchers to help low- and middle-income residents afford their rates, even if their area’s flood risk has increased. The legislation also caps annual premium increases at nine percent, down from the current maximum allowable increase of 25 percent. The bill also authorizes FEMA to offer low interest flood mitigation loans to homeowners who are interested in improvements like raising their home. Cassidy says the loans pay for themselves.
A mother and daughter are recovering after a harrowing two day ordeal after 52-year-old Morgan Radley of Cut Off allegedly kidnapped, and rape them while the rest of the state was hunkering down for Barry. Lt Brennan Matherne with the Lafourche Parish Sherriff’s office says the victims escaped Sunday morning after being held since Friday night.
A pregnant woman was killed in the early morning hours in Miden after a stray bullet allegedly fired during a gang incident flew through her home, and hit her while she slept on the couch. The woman was 19 years old and eight months pregnant.
The latest data from LSU’s Center for Geoinformatics shows Louisiana is sinking. A closer look at elevation changes over the last three decades shows Alexandria is down by 49 millimeters, Old River down by 34mm, and Lake Charles down by 16mm. LSU Chief of Geodesy Cliff Mugnier says the data will also be important for emergency operations.
Pennington Biomedical Researchers have found that even in people who are at a healthy weight, reducing your caloric intake by 300 calories can significantly improve cardiovascular health. The study followed participants who on average reduced their daily intake from 2,470 calories to 2,170. The study showed an up to 50 percent reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease.
Southern has been picked to win the SWAC’s Western Division, while Grambling State is predicted to finish in third place. Southern Coach Dawson Odums returns 17 starters.
LSU baseball announced today that left fielder Daniel Cabrera will wear number eight for the 2020 season. The number eight jersey is given each season to the upperclassman who exemplifies the spirit of LSU baseball through leaders and dedication to the program. Antoine Duplantis has worn the number eight jersy the last two seasons.
Former Alabama and Northwestern State head coach Mitch Gaspard has been hired as Louisiana Tech’s new hitting coach. He’ll replace Travis Creel, who went back to his alma mater Southern Miss. Gaspard was the head coach at Northwestern for six seasons, and Alabama for seven years. He’s been a volunteer assistant coach at Georgia the last two seasons.
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