News for Friday 053119
Compiled by Dave Graichen
KALB reports A trial for John Scott, 44 of Alexandria, for a March 2018 crash on Broadway Avenue that claimed the lives of 27 year old Darlicia Smith and her 6 year old son M'Kye has been continued until October 21. Scott is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, and a single count each of reckless operation, driving under suspension, running a red light, possession of marijuana, and vehicular negligent injuring. The trial by judge was set for the week of June 10. But, on Thursday the decision was made to continue it to give more time for preparation. A status conference is set for September 9.
A new survey said that Louisiana ranks near the bottom when it comes to finding a job. The survey conducted by wallethub.com claimed that Louisiana ranks 47 in the nation when it comes to finding a job. Louisiana ranked 47 in job opportunities, 39 in employment growth, 47 in unemployment rate, 42 in median annual income, 46 in the average length of the work week, 32 in average commute time, and 47 in job satisfaction.
Louisiana becomes the 5th state to enact a fetal heartbeat abortion ban after Governor Edwards signs the prohibition into law. The law’s implementation is pending a legal challenge to a similar Mississippi law. The deep south’s only Democratic Governor says he’s always been upfront about his pro-life views. Before the governor signed the ban, hundreds of pro-choice demonstrators packed the capitol steps and voiced their opposition to the ban, led in chants by Planned Parenthood organizers…
An effort to reduce the state sales tax from the current 4.45 percent to four-percent over a four-year period died in a Senate Committee. Lawmakers settled on the current rate last year as part of a budget deal to avoid significant cuts. New Orleans Senator Karen Carter Peterson says residents are expecting the state to pay for a variety of things and the tax deal approved last year, helps the government fund those wishes. Proponents argue the state is running a surplus of tax revenue and should give that money back.
A Senate-approved resolution that contains a 1,000-dollar teacher pay raise and an additional 39 million dollars for public education passes through the House Education Committee. The Senate says the state has the money to afford the 39-million-dollar block grant, but House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says that will be confirmed when the proposal moves next to the House Appropriations Committee. The resolution includes a 500 dollar raise for support personnel.
A bill that aims to notify restaurant consumers of the origin of crawfish and shrimp has sailed through the Senate. Bill author Larose Representative Truck Gisclair says the bill will make a restaurant use the same font and letter size on the menu to make it clear if the food didn’t come from the Gulf. Gisclair says initially the Louisiana Restaurant Association was in opposition of the bill, but he believes they’ve reached a happy medium that is a win for both restaurants and consumers.
Tomorrow marks the start of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season. NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center predicts the season should be near-average. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the latest forecast calls for between two and four major hurricanes, which would be Category 3 or higher, with three being the long term average. While the peak of hurricane season is typically in September, Keim still recommends having a plan and supplies ready now, as Louisiana is not immune to early season storms.
The Morganza Spillway opening has been delayed to Monday, June 6th but concerns are still rising over the effect of the floodway’s opening on the aquaculture of southern bayou parishes. LSU AgCenter Aquaculture Professor Greg Lutz says crawfishermen could be in short term trouble, but the crawfish population should be okay after the flooding.
The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s office is mourning the loss of one of its deputies who was killed in a one-vehicle wreck on his way to work Thursday morning. Sheriff Sid Geautreaux says 42-year-old Lt. Steven Whitstine was a deputy for eight years.
An Ascension Parish priest accused of stealing about $79,000 from his church has been arrested in Texas. Father Desmond Ohankwere was with the St. Catherine Church in Donaldsonville for about two to three years. Authorities are working on getting him back to Louisiana.
NOLA-dot-com reports Governor John Bel Edwards texted LSU officials about whether basketball player Javonte Smart would play again after reports surfaced that Smart may have received money beyond his athletic scholarship. Edwards’ lawyer says the governor only asked, because a journalist had asked the governor about it.
LSU Freshman right-hander Landon Marceaux will start on the hill for the Tigers when they face Stony Brook tonight in the opening round of the Baton Rouge Regional. Marceaux has been really good in his last three starts, posting an ERA of 1.45 in those three starts.
McNeese and Southern have arrived at their NCAA Baseball Regional Destinations. The Cowboys baseball team arrived in Nashville wearing cowboy hats, boots and Mardi Gras Beads. They’ll face Indiana State tomorrow afternoon. Southern faces Mississippi State at noon on the SEC Network. Jags third baseman Tyler LaPorte was named a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball today.
LSU’s first two home football games will kick off at 6:30. The Tigers open the season against Georgia Southern on August 31st, two weeks later, Northwestern State visits LSU for another 6:30 kick-off.
The Ragin Cajuns versus Mississippi State football game in the Superdome on August 31st gets an 11 AM kick off. When Louisiana Tech hosts Grambling State on September seventh. That game will be televised by the NFL Network. Tech will be the first Conference USA team to appear on the NFL Network since the announcement of the partnership between the league and network.
The NFL Network will also televise the Louisiana Tech-Southern Miss game on October 19th. That will also be a 2:30 kickoff in Ruston