News for Friday 020119
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The Diocese of Baton Rouge released the names today of 37 clergy members who have been credibly accused of abuse involving children. Bishop Michael Duca says he’s heard some victims share their stories and there are no words to express the depth of their sadness and shame. He imagines today could be a difficult day for victims who never came forward.
State police report a two vehicle crash Wednesday evening claimed the lives of a woman from Robeline and a man from Many. Troopers say a vehicle being driven by 67 year old Joy Rains crossed the center line of Highway 1217 and struck head on a vehicle driven by 48 year old Jackie Hardy. Both drivers, who were not wearing seatbelts, were pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in Hardy’s vehicle received serious injuries and was transported to Shreveport.
A new WW2 exhibit is opening in Natchitoches today that highlights the struggles and triumphs of 280,000 Louisiana citizens who contributed to the victory over the Axis Powers through military service nearly eight decades ago. The display, housed in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, is produced by the WW2 Museum in New Orleans. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says it’s a treasure that showcases the lives of Bayou State soldiers, and those on the Homefront who built the engines of war that toppled the Nazis and Japanese.
Louisiana movers and shakers are temporarily migrating north for the winter for this year’s Washington Mardi Gras. The celebration started Thursday and ends Sunday, and features the governor, congressmen, and a host of lobbyists and industry leaders.
The event is hosted by the Louisiana Congressional Delegation.
A major ecological disaster could occur anytime in St. James Parish. State officials say a section of gypsum containment wall, holding back 720 million gallons of acidic and lightly radioactive wastewater, is in danger of failing. The failure would result in releasing the extremely contaminated water into the nearby Blind River, which feeds Lake Maurepas. The 139 acre, 30-40 foot deep lake of waste is the by-product of a Mosaic fertilizer plant. Efforts have been ongoing since the weekend in an effort to sure up the failing wall.
A federal judge has denied a request to have the NFC Championship game replayed, a request stemming from a lawsuit filed by a group of New Orleans Saints fans who sued the NFL after the no-call that sent the Rams to the Super Bowl. The suit stemmed from thoughts that an obscure NFL rule could be invoked to replay the game if the contest had been deemed “unfair”
The loss of excitement in Sunday’s Super Bowl is not just contained to Louisiana. A national poll shows compared to last year, the number of people intrigued with the big game is down quite significantly. Pollster Ron Faucheux says the decline in the interest in the NFL has been going on for quite some time on a number of different measurements and says he believes this year’s drop is tied to the NFC Championship mishap. Half of those polled have zero interest in the game, which is up from 45% last year. In case you are interested in listening. The entire Super Bowl Sunday will be broadcast on 94.7 ESPN beginning at 1pm.
A police chase involving a stolen vehicle that started near Tullos came to a conclusion Wednesday morning in Tioga, according to the LaSalle Parish Sheriff's Office. According to the public information officer with LaSalle Parish, 33 year old John Cameron of Kelly, was traveling upwards of 100 miles per hour from LaSalle Parish, through Grant Parish and eventually Rapides Parish before he was captured in a foot chase. Cameron faces a long list of charges.
The 19th ranked LSU Basketball team just completed its first undefeated January in nearly 40 years and now they’ll look to start February off on the right note when they host Arkansas on Saturday. Airtime 4:30 on KSYL 970AM/104.9FM