News for Thursday 022819
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The RPSO yesterday arrested three individuals in connection with a robbery in Pineville on Monday. It’s reported multiple weapons and electronics were stolen. Surveillance video led to the capture of 21 year old Hunter Beaulieu, 19 year old Evyn Matthews and 19 year old Trent Williams. The three were located just a few blocks from the reported burglaries and detained without incident.
The APD reports a man was found dead in an 18 wheeler around lunchtime yesterday in a Mac Arthur Drive Parking lot. Police say the vehicle was locked and there were no immediate, outward signs of foul play. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. The name of the deceased is not being released.
U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are blocking two of President Donald Trump's nominees to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development until the agency frees up money for Louisiana's 2016 flood victims. Congress passed a law more than four months ago that would allow flood victims who secured Small Business Administration loans to also access Recover Louisiana grants, but HUD has yet to write the necessary rules to release the money.
Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins questioned President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen. During his opening statement, Cohen said at one time he was so mesmerized by Trump that he was willing to do things for him that he knew were absolutely wrong. The president employed Cohen for more than a decade. But Higgins suggested in his questioning that Cohen didn’t say anything in the hearing that damages Trump.
Senator John Kennedy has called for Secretary Rebekah Gee to be fired, citing the tens of millions of dollars spent on Medicaid recipients who were not income eligible, and the recent report that 37,000 people were discovered to be income ineligible after a new computer system checked income eligibility for the entire database. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera is confident the Medicaid program is headed in the right direction after the implementation of a new computer check system that verifies a person’s income automatically. Purpera says they have a good working relationship with the department.
State Police will be stepping up patrols in and around the Big Easy as Mardi Gras weekend approaches. Trooper Melissa Matey says LSP will be deploying over 170 troopers to the area to assist in the festivities. Troopers will also be on the lookout for impaired drivers on the roadways.
Louisiana’s Senior Senator Bill Cassidy had an opportunity to question top executives of several pharmaceutical companies about rising prescription drug costs. Cassidy says there is acknowledgment from the pharmaceutical industry that there is a problem in prescription drug affordability, which is a good first step. Cassidy says Humira, which treats arthritis and Crohn’s Disease, is sold at an 80-percent discount in Denmark and the drug manufacturer still makes a profit.
The Board of Regents unveiled a new certificate program designed to get enrollees new age STEM skills necessary for work in many of the state’s largest companies in a compressed 18 hour course load. Commissioner of Higher Ed Kim Hunter Reed says the classes were developed to supplement a workers existing education with flexible tech training. The program was requested by companies, including CenturyLink, DXC and IBM.
A recent spike in fatal motorcycle accidents has highway safety advocates asking motorists to be more mindful of those on two wheels. Highway Safety Commission spokesperson Mark Lambert says the most recent numbers show that in 2017, 96 motorcycle drivers were killed in crashes on Louisiana roads.
The old state capitol in Baton Rouge has opened a new exhibit celebrating the 25th anniversary of the building’s restoration called “Castle on the River: The Evolution of Louisiana’s Old State Capitol.” It documents the building from its inception to the current function as a museum. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says those that are interested in the architectural history and the structure of the building will also find themselves intrigued with the display. The exhibit is free.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is looking for anyone willing to lease their land to hunters for the opening day of dove season in September. Research and Survey Program Manager Jeffrey Duguay says it’s got to be at least 50 acres, and not all fields will be eligible to make the easy money. The minimum payout is 950 dollars.
In LSU Baseball, the tigers beat Southern at the box 17-4. The Tigers begin a three game weekend series against Texas this Friday night.
Pelicans… on the road last night lost to the LA Lakers 119 – 125. The Pels are at Phoenix next tomorrow. Airtime 7:30p 94.7 ESPN
On air today….
The Houston Astros vs Miami 11:50a 94.7 ESPN
LSU Lady Tiger Basketball @ Miss State 6:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM