News for Monday 072219
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Alexandria Police are investigating the death of 5-year-old girl after she was brought to an emergency room, deceased with her throat cut. The mother reported that her daughter’s injuries were an accident. Police have not made any arrests, but they are investigating the death as a possible homicide. The Town Talk reports the mother’s 4-year-old son died in April choking on a soda cap and the father of the children died in 2016.
The APD has arrested 50 year old Douglas Thomas, Jr. of Alexandria in connection with the robbery of a woman in the Target parking lot Last Thursday. A search of Thomas, Jr.'s home revealed evidence linking him to the Target robbery and a realistic-looking toy gun. Thomas, Jr. was charged with first-degree robbery and an outstanding warrant.
Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last June was four-point-three percent, a point-seven-percent decline from the previous June. According to the governor’s office, that’s the largest such drop for any state and Louisiana’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since January 2008.
Louisiana’s unemployment rate decreased to 4.3 percent in June, down .7 percent from the same time last year. Louisiana’s unemployment rate is the lowest since January 2008. The field that added the most jobs was healthcare and social assistance, which added 1,200 jobs from the previous month, and 9,400 jobs over the year.
Louisiana casinos have seen substantial declines in revenue in the last year, leading casino advocates to sound the alarm that the state’s gaming industry is shrinking. Shreveport casinos are down 11.6 percent, Lake Charles 10 percent, New Orleans five percent, and Baton Rouge 13 percent. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones says gaming revenue now exceeds oil and gas revenue in funding the state. There was a nasty fight in the legislature to get sports betting legal in Louisiana, but that attempt failed. Jones says that, plus new offerings in other states are drawing customers away.
Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins recently visited McAllen, Texas, where US Customs and Border Protection agents process immigrants coming across the border from Mexico. Higgins says if compassionate law enforcement is the goal in America, no one is doing it better than those at the southern border. Higgins says the biggest hurdle being faced at the southern border is the mass amount of people trying to be processed into the United States and the first step to fixing the situation is up to lawmakers.
Governor Edwards holds a ceremonial bill signing for “Katie Bug’s Law.” It requires drug testing of all drivers involved in crashes that result in serious injury. Bossier City Senator Ryan Gatti says the bill is named for 4-year-old Katie Grantham who died in the days following a wreck in 2017. The driver of the vehicle involved in the crash that killed Katie only pleaded guilty to running a red light.
Louisiana’s Justice Reinvestment Reforms 2019 Annual Performance Report indicates the state has saved more than $12 million from criminal justice reform, twice the anticipated savings. Secretary of the Department of Corrections James LeBlanc says while it is still very early in the implementation, the numbers are a positive sign for long term goals. LeBlanc says the further evidence of reform efforts having an effect is the fact that Louisiana is no longer known for being the incarceration leader it once was.
18-year-old Barron Bailey has been arrested in connection with the killing of an eight month pregnant Minden women, 19-year-old NaToyedre Barrow, who was struck by one of the seven bullets that cut through her residence and killed her as she slept on the couch. Authorities say they’ve seized the assault rifle that they believe fired the bullet in the gang related incident. Bailey is facing one count of second degree murder, and first degree feticide.
An Orleans Parish judge is allowing a Saints fan’s lawsuit over the ending of the NFC championship game to move forward. Judge Nicole Sheppard denied the NFL’s motion to dismiss the suit. Attorney Tony LeMon says if the league has nothing to hide, they should not resist being questioned in court, adding they should apologize if they did something wrong. The judge also ruled that LeMon could get the chance to question NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and game officials in depositions.
Baton Rouge Chef Jay Ducote Beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay by challenging the world-renown chef to a crawfish boil. The program lets local chefs challenge Flay to a dish of their choice and both sides have 45 minutes to cook it. Ducote says he couldn’t thinking of a better way to rep the bayou state…
Media at Southeastern Conference Media Days pick LSU to finish second in the Western Division behind Alabama. The Tigers are set to report for preseason camp on August 1st. Tiger Rag Editor James Moran says LSU landed eight players on the preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams, which is why LSU is picked to finish near the top of the division standings.
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