News for Tuesday January 14th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The LSU Tigers are national champs as they completed a 15-and-0 dream season with a 42-25 victory over Clemson in the Superdome last night. Quarterback Joe Burrow had another spectacular game, 463 yards passing and five touchdowns. LSU will go down as one of the best teams ever in the 150-year history of college football. They beat seven teams that were ranked in the top 10 when they played them. It was Joe Burrow’s final game in an LSU uniform. He finishes his career with 65 total touchdowns and 60 passing touchdowns. Both are NCAA records. Burrow goes down as a legend…
The U.S. Attorney’s office announced yesterday that 37 year old Alexandria resident Daniel Aikens has been charged with extortion involving threats and the detonation of two pipe bombs. If convicted on the extortion charge, Aikens faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. He remains in federal custody pending the outcome of his detention hearing later this week.
Governor John Bel Edwards was sworn in yesterday to begin his second term on a rainy day in Baton Rouge. Edwards says education will be a top priority during his next four years and that means more funding for pre-K. Early childhood education advocates are calling for an 80 million dollar upfront investment, with increased yearly funding so that eventually there is universal access into pre-K.
Gonzales Republican Representative Clay Schexnayder wins the Speaker vote 60-45 over Albany Republican Sherman Mack. Schexnayder was backed by a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans, and is thought to be a more friendly choice for Governor Edwards, but he says the People’s House will speak for itself. As expected, Lafayette Senator Page Cortez was named Senate President.
Former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was in attendance at the Inauguration Day event in Baton Rouge yesterday. In recent years, Jindal has transitioned away from public service and is now working in the private sector and says more elected officials should try it. Jindal is still living in Baton Rouge, working in the energy and healthcare fields, but when it comes to the possibility of hopping back into politics, he says never say never.
The Grant Parish Sheriff's Office Monday announced the arrests of several residents on meth possession and other charges. Arrested were 44 year old Charles Mundy of Dry Prong, 36 year old Alton Coke of Pollock, 51 year old Susan Stark, 29 year old Jonathan Vaughn, 30 year old Julia Gordon and 50 year old Vaslinsky Holmes all of Colfax Also making the list, 32 year old Eric Sandifer and 36 year old Mindy Campbell both of Pineville.
In Northwest Louisiana, power is being restored and cleanup crews have moved in after an EF-2 tornado swept through the area around 2 am Saturday morning. Lt Bill Davis with the Bossier Parish Sheriff office says Swepco has restored power to most of the area.
Major League Baseball brought the hammer down on the Astros Monday after its investigation revealed the team used video to steal signs during its 2017 World Series championship season. Manager A-J Hinch and general Jeff Luhnow were suspended for a year and they have since been fired by Astros owner Jim Crane. Houston is also losing its first and second round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and the organization was fined five-million dollars.
Good night last night for the New Orleans Pelicans as they defeated Detroit 117 to 11. They’ll play host to the Jazz Thursday night.
Tiger Talk this afternoon 4 to 6 on 96.9 KZMZ