News for Monday 080519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A Bunkie man is dead following an ATV accident early Saturday morning. Bunkie Police Chief Scotty Ferguson reported officers spotted a man driving the ATV at a high rate of speed without lights around 1 a.m. police believe 20 year old Reginald Smith hit an embankment and was unresponsive at the scene. He was reported dead a short time later at Bunkie General.
Sunday a crash involving a UTV killed a woman from Ball, LA. Troopers responded to the crash around 12:45 p.m., which occurred on Cunningham Camp Road. The crash involved a 2017 Honda Pioneer 700, driven by a 16-year-old juvenile. The Honda was eastbound on Cunningham Camp Road when the juvenile driver lost control causing the vehicle to begin overturning. The juvenile received minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital. A passenger, identified as 40-year-old Amanda Preble, was pronounced dead. Both occupants were ejected during the crash.
Congratulations to the city of Pineville for winning the 2019 Lieutenant Governor's Beautification Award. The award was handed out during the 82nd Annual Louisiana Municipal Association meeting in Monroe. Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser presented the award along with representatives from the Louisiana Municipal Association, Keep America Beautiful and the Louisiana Garden Club Federation. It should be noted Pineville has also won the Louisiana Garden Club Federation's 'Cleanest City' award 11 times.
Louisiana has another significant budget surplus, this time 300 million dollars, good for 10 percent of the total size of the budget that was passed. Legislative Fiscal Office Chief Economist Greg Albrecht says the state is generating a lot more revenue thanks to federal changes in the tax code that have reduced the size of state tax returns, and the steady elimination of a series of corporate income tax deductions over the past four years, which increased state revenue. That makes three years in a row the state has run a surplus.
Governor Edwards and Congressman Ralph Abraham painted two very different pictures of the current status of state at the Louisiana Municipal Association convention in Monroe. Edwards touted his hard work in pulling the state out of its largest budget deficit and an economy that was deep in the ditch. But Abraham says the state can do a lot more, and still lags behind the rest of the country when it comes to economic growth.
The third man currently on the ballot in the Governor’s race, Eddie Rispone, was absent from the event.
Medical marijuana products will be delivered to nine licensed pharmacies across the state on Tuesday. In order to be able to purchase the product, a patient will need to be diagnosed as having one of the qualifying conditions and have a prescription from a physician. The process is similar to filling other prescriptions. At first the product will come in a droplet form that goes under the tongue with three different strengths to choose from. Other variations of the product are expected in the near future. Medical marijuana products are not covered by insurance. Thibodeaux says the going price for a bottle is between $90 and $200.
Senator Bill Cassidy announces Louisiana will receive one-point-two billion dollars in flood mitigation dollars. Cassidy this money will help reduce Louisiana’s flood risk which will lower flood insurance premiums. The release from Cassidy’s office does not say where the money will be spent.
Tomorrow is qualifying for the fall election, and while most eyes are on the governor’s race there are some undercard competitions for other statewide offices to keep an eye on. The most competitive appears to be Insurance Commissioner, where incumbent Jim Donelon is taking on Tim Temple, who has invested 800-thousand dollars in his own campaign.
Before last week it appeared Ag Commissioner Mike Strain could be vulnerable to a candidate who hammered him on medical marijuana delays, but the product will be hitting shelves on Tuesday. Strain faces Democrats Margee Green and Charlie Greer.
No major contenders seem interested in taking on Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser or Attorney General Jeff Landry despite their high-profile offices, But anything could happen until the 4:30PM Thursday deadline to sign up. Secretary of State and Treasurer will also be on the ballot.
New Orleans attorney Randy Boudreaux files a lawsuit against the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Louisiana State Bar Association saying attorneys are unconstitutionally forced to pay bar fees. General Counsel at the Pelican Institute James Baehr says the association does not handle regulation like similar organizations in other states. The Supreme Court mandates that to practice law, attorneys must pay dues to the private group. The Louisiana State Bar Association says it’s in compliance with the law and denies the allegations that are contained in the lawsuit.
ESPN is reporting that the Pelicans will play on Christmas Day. New Orleans will travel to Denver as the league looks to feature Zion Williamson on what is a big day for the Association. It’s also been reported that Anthony Davis will make his first return trip to the Big Easy on November 27.
After a four-decade plus wait, Delhi native Johnny Robinson is finally in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Robinson was a standout safety for the Kansas City Chiefs. He played in three A-F-L title games and two Super Bowls. Robinson’s last game was in 1971.
Former Leesville and LSU star Kevin Mawae was also enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after a 16-year career in the NFL, in which he made eight Pro Bowls.
Former Destrehan star Ed Reed also gave an emotional speech on Saturday night as his bust was unveiled.