News for Tuesday 073019
Compiled by Dave Graichen
An Alexandria woman accused of murdering her 5-year-old daughter has been declared “clinically deceased” a few days after attempting suicide while in custody at the Rapides Parish Jail. Rapides Sherriff William Hilton says they’re reviewing the incident, but it appears all policies were adhered to, but 24-year-old Jasmine Anderson’s lawyer Chad Guillot says it’s unacceptable. Guillot says he’s still trying to get more information about the incident but considering Anderson was in a mental facility when she was initially arrested, the jail should have taken more precautions. Anderson is still on life support machinery at the hospital, but Guillot says that’s only because she was a registered organ donor.
Shortly before noon yesterday a two vehicle crash on LA Hwy 127 South of Olla claimed the lives of three people, including a toddler. Troopers say the teenage driver of the vehicle had slowed to make a right hand turn, when it was hit from behind by and 18 wheeler. The two people killed, both passengers, were not wearing seatbelts. State Police also say the 3 year old toddler was not properly restrained. Charges are pending and the crash remains under investigation.
Four years after the Legislature authorized medical marijuana in Louisiana patients appears to set to get access to the treatment. It should be available at select pharmacies by next week, and that’s a load off the shoulders of proponents who have hammered the state after the product was repeatedly delayed. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says despite the wait, it was still a quick process compared to usual medication trials. But, there is bad news as well, it appears the treatment will not be covered by insurance, leaving it out of reach of many of those who need it most.
Authorities say the missing persons case of Kasey Bigum has been resolved in Avoyelles Parish. Sheriff Doug Anderson says 20-year-Tristin James, murdered his mother, and with the help of his girlfriend hid the body, not even reporting his mom missing for three weeks after the murder. Her body was discovered Friday. The two have been charged with 2nd degree murder.
LSU athletics director Scott Woodward wants to change the transfer policy which has provided the academic side with millions of dollars generated by athletics. From 2012-to-2017, LSU athletics sent nearly 50-million dollars to the university. Woodward says it’s dangerous for a university to rely on recurring money from athletics and the policy needs to change.
Kenner Representative Julie Stokes announces she is not seeking reelection this fall. Stokes was first elected to the House seat in 2013, and in 2017 ran for state treasurer, but pulled out of the race following a breast cancer diagnosis. Stokes unsuccessfully ran for Secretary of State in 2018. Now, she says she’ll be spending more time with family. Of all of her legislative accomplishments, Stokes says her actions to help those afflicted with cancer are the most rewarding.
School systems in Sabine, Morehouse, and Ouachita parishes have been hit with cybersecurity issues, and now it appears The Tangipahoa Parish Public School System is the latest to be targeted. LSU’s Stephenson National Center for Security Research Executive Director Jeff Moulton says they suspect automated hacking programs, not live humans, are responsible. He says emails generally the most common form of attack.
A new study from LSU Pennington Biomedical research indicates that fat stored in unhealthy locations doubles a colorectal cancer patient’s risk of death within seven years. Director of the Cancer Metabolism Program Dr. Justin Brown says historically cancer cure rates have increased over time and patients are eager to understand things they can do to improve their outcomes.
Leaders of select schools gathered in Lafayette Monday to create a sub organization called the Louisiana Select Association. The L-S-A says this is not an attempt to break away from the LHSAA. One major duty for the Louisiana Select Association is to determine where championship events in football, basketball, baseball and softball should be played. Venues in New and Lafayette are potential sites.
The Saints released wide receiver Cam Meredith Monday. The Black and Gold signed Meredith during the 2018 offseason after he missed all of 2017 with a torn ACL. He caught 66 passes in Chicago in 2016, but his knee has not responded to major surgery, plus some younger receivers have looked impressive at camp, including rookie undrafted free agent Emmanuel Butler from Northern Arizona.