News for Thursday 120519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Bond has been reduced for Kayla Giles, the woman accused of murdering her husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr., in the Highway 28 West Walmart parking lot in September of last year. Judge Greg Beard granted an October motion to reduce her bond from $1,100,000 to $510,000. The Judge set forth several conditions if Giles is able to post bond. She will be required stay in Rapides Parish, she is prohibited from owning or possessing weapons, she must forfeit her passport and comply with a gag order. Finally, she is prohibited from any contact with her late husband’s family.
Nearly 50,000 Louisiana residents could be impacted by the Trump administration’s new work requirement changes for food stamp recipients. DCFS Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Division of Family Support Sammy Guillorie says the requirement would change the criteria for states to request a waiver of the three-month time limit of receiving SNAP benefits within a 36-month period for able-bodied adults without dependents. Louisiana has a statewide waiver that will remain in effect through March 31, 2020, so recipients do not need to worry about losing their food assistance during the holidays because of this rule change. Estimates show the changes could result in roughly 700,000 losing SNAP benefits nationwide.
Inauguration activities to swear-in Governor Edwards and statewide elected officials will take place on Monday, January 13, at 11:30 a.m. on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge. Due to the College Football National Championship game being held in New Orleans that night, an inauguration ball has been cancelled. However, plans are tentatively being made for a “Governor’s Ball” in New Orleans in late 2020.
Senator Bill Cassidy, along with Two Democrat and one Republican senator, has introduced bipartisan legislation that will allow parents to receive a larger child tax credit in their year after they have a child, or adopt. The child tax credit is currently 2,000 dollars a year, and Cassidy says this bill would allow them to borrow against the next six years of tax credits and receive 5,000 dollars in the child’s first year. The Legislation does not call for increased taxes to fund the program, or for people to dip into their Social Security.
Meth, Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana and stolen guns made up some of the findings of an executed search warrant by the St. Landry SWAT team at the Opelousas home of 35-year-old Kelonda Thibodeaux and her husband 30-year-old Brandon Thibodeaux. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says the total value of the drugs is nearly six-figures. All the guns seized still have serial numbers, so investigators are going through ATF to get info as to who they belong to.
The House Judicial Committee held it’s first impeachment hearings, with Louisiana’s lone Democrat stating the case for impeachment while questioning the panel’s legal experts. Democrats released a compilation of revelations from Intelligence Committee hearings into the Ukraine Scandal Tuesday, and New Orleans Representative Cedric Richmond says it’s damning. Richmond reiterated Democratic accusations that the Ukrainian “Quid Pro Quo” was no only unethical, it endangered national security. Republicans on the panel called yesterday’s hearings a partisan witch-hunt.
The Caddo Parish Commission has, during a special meeting, approved funding to remove a Confederate monument that was erected in 1905 on the north side of the Caddo Courthouse lawn. The commission allocated $500,000 to remove the 30-foot tall marble and granite Confederate monument, but will have to wait to do so. The United Daughters of the Confederacy filed a temporary restraining order against the parish and the commission, halting the removal of the statue. A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 13.
A Gonzales Dutchtown High School was arrested Wednesday on allegations he had shared inappropriate messages and photographs with underage students for more than five years. 32 year old Mark Ebarb, a former Ascension Parish teacher of the year and finalist for the state title in 2014-15, surrendered to deputies Wednesday morning.
You might want to watch your spending limit on gifts this year, according to CreditCards-dot-com Louisianians have the second highest credit card debt burden in the nation. CreditCards-dot-com analyst Ted Rossman says the typical Louisiana household carries $8,364 in credit card debt. The report says Louisiana’s median annual household income is just $48,000, which is the fourth-lowest in the country. New Mexico ranked first for credit card debt, West Virginia third, followed by Arkansas and Mississippi.
Savoie's Sausage and Food Products Inc. is expanding their facility in St. Landry Parish. On Wednesday the President of the company, Frederick Lafleur, along with Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a $12.7 million expansion of the company’s food production facility near Opelousas. The Expansion, according to a release, will broaden its distribution area.
LSU remains second in the latest college football rankings, right behind Ohio State. The final rankings will be unveiled on Sunday. Tiger Rag Editor Ron Higgins says the Tigers can regain the top spot if LSU wins in the SEC Championship game and Ohio State doesn’t play well in the Big 10 title game. LSU faces Georgia in the SEC title game on Saturday.
Saints defensive end Cam Jordan has been named the N-F-C Defensive Player of the Week. Jordan had four sacks in the Thanksgiving night win over Atlanta. Jordan is now second in the N-F-L in sacks with 13.5. New Orleans hosts the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The Black and Gold are just a 2.5 point favorite.
And there’s reports the Ragin’Cajuns and Louisiana Tech could meet each other in the New Orleans Bowl later this month.