News for Tuesday March 3rd, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The investigation continues into the weekend house fire in Alexandria that killed four people, including three children. Alexandria Fire Department Chief Larry King yesterday said that the deadly blaze started late Saturday night in the living-dining room and no one was able to escape. Investigators say it may take several days before they determine a cause of the blaze. There were reportedly no working smoke detectors in the home.
State Police have found the body of a missing deaf and mute Ville Platte woman and have made an arrest in the case. Search teams found the body of Jody Thomas along I-49 between Sunset and Opelousas. Phillip Dewoody has been arrested in connection with her death.
Pineville PD arrested a man late Sunday afternoon in connection with a shooting incident on Melrose street that left one man with an injury to the face. Police say their investigation led to the arrest of 57 year old Ernest Fair. It’s reported an argument between the two men escalated and led to the victim being shot in the face. The unidentified man is hospitalized and in stable condition. Fair was arrested for attempted second degree murder and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
Governor John Bel Edwards laid out his top legislative priorities yesterday at the Baton Rouge Press Club, naming minimum wage, pay secrecy, and auto insurance as his primary, non-budgetary focuses. Edwards threw his weight behind New Orleans Senator Troy Carter’s minimum wage bill that would lift the state from 7.25 to nine an hour by January 2021 and ten dollars an hour by July 2021. He came out in favor of a series of bills by Alexandria Senator Jay Luneau that bars auto insurance companies from charging customers more based on their gender, credit, or military service. Republicans are pushing to lower the jury trial threshold to 15,000 dollars, but Edwards says he believes the current 50,000 dollar level is adequate.
With voter registration deadlines fast approaching, officials want to remind voters that only registered Democrats and Republicans will be eligible to vote in the April 4 Presidential Preference Primary. There are regular elections in 24 parishes on that same day. The in-person or by mail registration deadline is Wednesday, March 4, and the online registration deadline is Saturday, March 14. Go to geauxvote.com for more info or to register.
The legislature will consider a bill that bans schools from allowing transgender athletes who were not assigned as a woman at birth to play on women’s sports teams.
The legislation was brought by Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell who says women’s sports are a women’s rights issue and should be for women only. She says she’s concerned about the competitive advantage that trans women have over someone who was assigned female at birth.
One person is dead after being shot in the chest with a crossbow and two others have been arrested by Caddo Parish deputies in connection to the killing. Caddo Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says the body was discovered by two teens shortly after 4PM Saturday near Wallace Lake in Shreveport. Chadwick says the body was left near the parking lot at Cameron Park early Friday morning.
Sen. John Kennedy announced Monday a $6 million grant from the Department of Agriculture to transform a former nursing home into a new psychiatric hospital in Lecompte. As an acute mental health care facility, Mercy Behavioral Hospital will provide psychiatric evaluation, individual therapy, education classes, aftercare planning, relapse prevention and outpatient services for follow-up care.
Federal and state officials are ramping up preparation efforts for a possible Coronavirus outbreak in Louisiana. Governor John Bel Edwards reports there are a few dozen people in Louisiana who have recently visited coronavirus epicenters and have been asked to stay in their homes for a 14 day period to make sure they don’t show signs of infection. Edwards says they will inform the public if a Louisiana case is discovered, and only trust official sources like LDH and CDC when seeking out virus news.
Senator Bill Cassidy is proposing legislation that would change telehealth practices so doctors can send healthcare workers out to those who feel they might have the symptoms of the virus, so they out of waiting rooms and not expose others. The number of cases in America is at 90.
Houma Republican Tanner Magee files a House bill that would allow local companies to use independent contractors to deliver alcohol, whereas previously you had to be an hourly employee of the delivery company. Magee says his bill is important because of the state’s need to keep up with modern times adding one of the problems that have held the state back is the unwillingness to change.
President Donald Trump has announced his support for Republican U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy's reelection bid in Louisiana. A Monday tweet made it official. Pres. Trump thanked Cassidy for supporting his agenda and tweeted that Cassidy has his “complete and total endorsement." The Louisiana GOP senator is running for a second six-year term in the Nov. 3 election.
On the air today….
The Athletic Director 2p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM
LSU Baseball vs Southeastern 6p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM
Pelicans vs Minnesota 6:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM
The Pelicans 122 to 114 loss to the Lakers last night means that New Orleans has lost all four games this season to the top seed in the Western Conference. The Pelicans could face the Lakers in the first round, but they’ll need to get in the postseason. Sunday night’s loss, puts New Orleans three games back of Memphis for the final playoff spot in the West.
The SEC announces that LSU’s Spring Game on April 18th will kick off at noon on ESPN Two. The game will take place on Southern University’s campus due to the resurfacing of the field in Tiger Stadium.