KSYL Local News Archives for 2019-05

Good Morning... News For Friday 05/31/2019

News for Friday 053119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 05/30/2019

News for Thursday 053019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Legislation that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected obtained final passage and is headed to the governor’s desk, where he is expected to sign it into law. The debate was intense when Baton Rouge Representative Ted James attempted, and failed, to bring an amendment offering exceptions in the case of rape or incest. The measure is not expected to take effect anytime soon.  Under the proposal, the restriction of abortions would not be enforceable until a federal appeals court rules on upholding a similar law in Mississippi. 

 

The APD reports K’ci Rue turned himself in on Wednesday, following a shooting on Bacon Street last week that killed one person and wounded four others. Rue was arrested on four counts of armed robbery with a firearm, four counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of first-degree murder.

 

Local authorities have arrested a Pineville man, 58 year old Mark Evans on three counts of possession of Pornography Involving Juveniles Under the Age of Thirteen. Wednesday, agents executed a search warrant at Evans' home. They seized electronic devices that are subject to further forensic examination, which may lead to additional charges. The arrest was the result of a joint investigation.

 

The State Police announced yesterday that they will be setting up sobriety check points Friday night and early Saturday morning across Rapides parish. State Police Spokesman Scott Moreau says the mission will be to intercept and incarcerate impaired drivers before they can cause injury or death to themselves, their passengers, or members of the public. He says they are asking the public to make the mature decision and to designate a sober driver.

 

As families hit the road for summer vacations, the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office would like to remind motorists to buckle up as part of their Click It or Ticket Campaign. Sheriff Hilton announced the receipt of a grant through the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission to conduct additional traffic safety enforcement targeting seatbelt use during this campaign, which runs through June 2nd.

 

State officials found guilty of sexual harassment could be set to foot much of the bill for their misdeeds if Senate approved legislation gets final approval on the House floor before the end of the session. Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt says her legislation was inspired by a Legislative Auditor’s report that showed taxpayers have been on the hook for millions of dollars in costs associated with sexual harassment suits.

 

A bill banning drivers from holding their phone while behind the wheel is headed to the Senate after an at-times heated discussion on the House floor. Slidell Representative Kevin Pearson says the legislation will save money on insurance rates, but more importantly, likely save the lives of Louisiana drivers, particularly teens. Opponents say the proposal is government overreach.

 

The House and Senate are at odds over whether or not to include a 39-million-dollar funding increase for public schools, on top of a 1,000-1,200 dollar pay raise for teachers. A portion of the 39 million would help keep increased benefit costs from a pay raise from falling back on educators; the rest goes to the schools.

 

A proposal attempting to make Louisiana the first state in the South to legalize recreational use of marijuana failed in the House Criminal Justice Committee. Kevin Caldwell of Common Sense NOLA says marijuana use is increasing and the state is not getting any benefits from it. Tax revenues from the sale of legal pot would have gone towards public schools, TOPS and better roads. After about a ten-minute discussion on the proposal, the marijuana legalization bill was soundly defeated.

 

Legislation is heading to the governor’s desk to extend Harrah’s Casino in New Orleans’ license with the state through 2054. Harrah’s will pay millions of dollars more to the state and city for having Louisiana’s only land-based casino license. A similar bill died last year over concerns that the state was not getting a good deal.  Prior to this year’s debate, the legislature hired a consultant to study the market value of the casino license.

 

Louisiana's congressional delegation has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help farmers whose crops are in the path of the Morganza Spillway, which will be opened Sunday and wipe out anything planted in the Atchafalaya River Basin floodway. Congressman Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, Louisiana's only member of Congress on an agriculture committee, led the delegation's request. Opening the Morganza Spillway will flood about 25,000 acres of crops and aquaculture.

 

The Senate has given final legislative approval to a bill that places signs on I-10 at the Texas and Mississippi borders declaring that motorists are entering the Home of the Who Dat Nation. New Orleans Senator Wesley Bishop says a metal banner with the message will be added to existing road signs, and they will be funded by fans. Originally, the bill called for I-10 to be renamed the Who Dat Nation Highway, but lawmakers forgot it was already named in honor of veterans.

 

A barge has arrived that will be sunk in Bayou Chene and will act as a temporary floodgate site to prevent backwater from flooding parts of Assumption, Lower St. Martin, Iberville, St. Mary, and Terrebonne Parishes.  The process is being carried out in response to the opening of the Morganza Spillway on Sunday due to rising river levels.

 

One man has been arrested in Texas and another suspect is still on the lam following a theft of 120-thousand dollars’ worth of wheels and tires from a Slidell car dealership in April. Police said 39 year old Eric Summage was apprehended in Texas and they are still on the lookout for 44 year old Riley Richardson. More arrests are expected in connection with what investigators are considering a professional theft ring along I-10.

 

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ESPN reports Anthony Davis and Pelicans executive vice president David Griffin met Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. The two are expected to keep talking as Griffin is making a case for the All-Star to remain in New Orleans. A-D can be a free agent next summer.

 

Forward Emmit Williams announces he’s returning to LSU. He’s one of four Tigers who entered their name into the NBA draft, but have decided to come to back LSU.

 

The LSU-Alabama football game will not be a CBS primetime game this year. Instead the network has decided to televise an SEC night game in September. It’s expected to be the Norte Dame-Georgia game. The SEC Showdown between LSU and Alabama has been shown on CBS at night since 2010. CBS could still televise the big game, but it will kick-off at 2:30, instead of 7 PM.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 05/29/2019

News for Wednesday 052919

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

State Police report a 70-year-old Montgomery man lost his life Tuesday when he lost control of the pickup truck on Highway 71 Just south of Montgomery. Teddy Roberts died at the scene of the crash.

 

A proposal to allow sports betting at the state’s casinos and racetracks failed in the House Appropriations Committee. Amendments were added to the legislation to get some money for horseman and allow sports betting at video poker establishments, which drew the opposition of the Louisiana Casino Association. There’s still a slim chance the bill could be revived before the session ends next week. If the clock runs out on legalization this year, it could be another two years before another attempt can be made.

 

Senate Finance has approved a spending plan for next fiscal year that contains a one-thousand dollar teacher pay raise and 39-million dollars in block grant funding for school districts. The House budget proposal calls for a higher pay raise for teachers, but no additional dollars for public schools.

 

House lawmakers are scheduled to vote on a bill that would ban abortions when a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat, generally around the sixth week of pregnancy.  The vote was scheduled to take place Tuesday, but was delayed until Today. Similar laws have already passed in other states, where opponents have called it an attack on women.

 

A fatal blow was delivered to a pro death penalty bill at the State Capitol Tuesday. A proposal to shield the identity of the drug companies that supply lethal drugs for the state to carry out death penalty sentences failed on a 3-2 vote in Senate committee. New Orleans Senator J-P Morrell says the legislation opens the state to lawsuits, if an execution is botched. Proponents of the legislation say the only way to buy the drugs to carry out an execution, is if drug manufacturers know their names would names would not be made public.

 

The Morganza Spillway is set to open Sunday to relive pressure on Mississippi River levees, but ecologists say it comes at a steep cost for Atchafalaya Basin wildlife.

Atchafalaya Basin Keeper Executive Director Dean Wilson says there’s nothing that can be done to save thousands of at-risk animals. Experts also warn opening the Basin will likely wipe out most of the crawfish and oyster crop in the area as well.

 

A Senate-approved bill has advanced from a House committee to set a minimum age on marriage to 16, so long as there is not an age gap of four years or greater between the two parties when one is under 18. Current law does not set a minimum age on marriage so long as the marriage receives the approval of the parents of the minors. The bill advances to the House floor for final passage.

 

A three year old drown in Lake Arthur in Jefferson Davis Parish on Memorial day. Lake Arthur police responded to a call of an unresponsive child found near the beach just before 4 p.m. Monday CPR was started immediately, but no pulse could be detected. coroner pronounced the boy dead later that day. The incident is still under investigation.

 

An eleven-year-old Baton Rouge boy has been charged with negligent homicide in the weekend fatal shooting of his nine-year old brother. No charges have been filed against the parents in what police call an accidental shooting.

 

Sports..

 

LSU basketball coach Will Wade yesterday spoke with the media for the first time since his 38-day suspension earlier this year stemming from his connection to FBI wiretap records as part of a recruitment corruption investigation. Wade says he regrets the way he handled the accusations whenever they first surfaced that lead to a suspension.

 

McNeese is in the NCAA Baseball Tournament for the first time since 2003 as the Cowboys will face Indiana State on Friday afternoon in Nashville. The Cowboys received an automatic berth after winning the Southland Tournament.

 

On the air…

 

Wednesday May 29th

Houston vs Chicago Cubs 6:35p 94.7 ESPN

 

Thursday May 30th

NBA Playoffs!

Golden State @ Toronto G1 7p 94.7 ESPN

 

Friday May 31st

 

Houston Astros @ Oakland A’s 8:30p 94.7 ESPN

NCAA Tournament

LSU vs Stonybrook 5:30p KSYL 970 AM / 104.9 FM

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 05/28/2019

News for Tuesday 052819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Information is still sketchy at this time, but the APD reports a, yet to be identified male, was shot in the chest  outside of the N&N Food Mart No. 2 at the intersection of Monroe Street and Bolton yesterday afternoon. Police say the injuries in the shooting are "non-life threatening."

 

The Morganza Spillway in Pointe Coupee Parish will open it’s gates on June 2nd. It would divert Mississippi River water into the Atchafalaya Basin, flooding thousands of acres of farmland. Current forecasts show the river would top the spillway at Red River Landing in Point Coupee Parish on June 5 if the corps doesn't open the spillway. If it were allowed to be overtopped, the spillway would likely fail. This is only the 3rd time in the floodway’s 65 year history that it has been opened.

 

Today, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will begin sinking a barge in Bayou Chene in southern Assumption to act as temporary flood gate. It’s needed to prevent backwater flooding after the Morganza spillway is opened.

 

The 2018 high school class sets a record for the number of kids who’ve made the jump to a two-year or four-year college. Roughly 64 percent of all grads will be entering into higher education. Louisiana has seen a 23 percent increase in the number of students entering college from high school since 2012.  29 percent of those who enrolled in a college are set to go to a two year school, versus 71 percent who chose a four year program.

 

The legislative session will end a week from Thursday and there are numerous bills still trying to get final legislative passage. Fairness for Fantasy Sports spokesperson Ryan Berni says the bill that sets up taxing and regulation of fantasy sports still needs to get through the Senate and there’s a chance it might not pass. Sports betting and statewide regulation for ride sharing services are other pieces of legislation that’s seeking final legislative approval.

 

A Senate approved bill that would allow a parish by parish vote on the legalization of sports betting will be heard today in the House Appropriations Committee. Currently the bill calls for the activity at racetracks and casinos but video poker interests are hoping to expand that. Metairie Senator Danny Martiny is optimistic and thinks Louisiana could have sports betting in the state’s racetracks, riverboat casinos, and land-based casino in New Orleans by the end of the year. A companion bill to tax the activity proposes a 13 percent tax rate, which Martiny says is about average, and nearly equal to that of Mississippi’s. One percent would be sent to compulsive gambling funds.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Shell Chemicals Vice President for Gulf Coast Manufacturing Rhoman Hardy announced the company will advance feasibility plans for a potential $1.2 billion manufacturing expansion at its Shell Geismar facility in Louisiana.  At the 841-acre complex in Ascension Parish, Shell Chemical LP would build a world-scale monoethylene glycol plant, pending final engineering, design and investment decisions. A decision to proceed with the project could come from Royal Dutch Shell in 2020.

 

It was an exceptionally violent Memorial Day weekend in New Orleans, where as of Monday evening, at least five people were killed and 13 shot.

 

Researchers from LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center and other institutions will study why some people in rural parishes and counties live longer, more healthier lives. Doctor Stephanie Broyles will lead the Louisiana portion of the study and they’ll look at two parishes, Assumption and Franklin. Broyles says in a couple of years they will recruit about 700 participants from Assumption and Franklin parishes to see why Assumption is more resilient to heart disease and other illnesses compared to Franklin, where there are currently no obvious reasons. The Boston University School of Medicine is coordinating the six-year study and funding comes from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

 

 

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LSU will face a familiar foe on Friday night in the opening round of the Baton Rouge Regional. Stony Brook, who upset the Fighting Tigers in the Super Regionals in 2012, returns to B-R to take on LSU once again. Coach Paul Mainieri says the 2012 team had seven players drafted in the first few rounds. He says Stony Brook deserved to beat them seven years ago. But, not this time. Southern Miss and Arizona State are the other two teams in the LSU Regional.

 

Southern is in the NCAA Baseball Tournament for the first in 10 years and they will head to Starkville to play Mississippi State on Friday afternoon. The other two teams in the Starkville Regional are Central Michigan and Miami.

 

On Air Today.. Tuesday May 28th

Houston vs Chicago Cubs 6:35p 94.7 ESPN

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 05/08/2019

News for Wednesday 050819

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Von Jennings has resigned as the city of Alexandria's director of community services following a social media controversy over the weekend. A screenshot of a Facebook post attributed to Jennings began circulating last weekend. In it, she appears to call someone racist and uses an expletive in response to a meme and a bad review of the Alexandria Red River Festival. The city issued a release Tuesday afternoon announcing the resignation and went on to say the offensive post in no way represents the views of the city administration.

 

It didn’t take long. The man suspected of robbing the Capitol One Bank location on Jackson Street yesterday, shortly before noon, was arrested at a Mac Arthur Drive Motel less than 2 hours after the robbery. Authorities were able to talk Joshua Perry out of the room without incident, inside police reported finding evidence from the robbery.

 

The trial for a Pineville woman, accused with her brother in the deaths of three people, has been pushed back to March of next year. Ebony Nicole Sonnier's  has been indicted on two counts of first-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder and two counts of criminal conspiracy. The Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office has filed notice that it intends to seek the death penalty for Sonnier, who is 32. She and her brother, 30-year-old Matthew Sonnier, are accused in the deaths of Jeremy Norris,  Kendrick Horn and Latisha White. The three died in October of 2017.

 

Here in CenLA,  Law enforcement officials believe there are women out there who were held captive by a man identified as 56-year-old Justin Walters of Colfax. Grant Parish Sheriff Steven McCain says Walters is behind bars, accused of physically restraining three women, beating them for days and raping at least one of the victims. McCain says the suspect used social media to start a relationship with his victims. Anyone with information should call the GPSO.

 

One day after the Senate rejected legislation to abolish the death penalty; the House Governmental Affairs Committee approved a bill that would allow the state to keep it a secret on where they purchase lethal drugs to carry out an execution. Louisiana has not carried out an execution since 2010 and a major stumbling block is the state’s inability to acquire the drugs needed to perform a lethal injection, because pharmaceutical companies do not want to be associated with it. It passed on an 8-2 vote. It now faces more discussion on the House floor. It’s also been approved by House Criminal Justice.

 

A House committee advances legislation that would move regulatory power of the state’s medical marijuana program out of the Ag Department and into the Department of Health. Making the product available to the public has faced repeated delays and grower GB Sciences President John Davis is tired of the wait. GB Sciences is partnered with the LSU AgCenter to grow part of the state’s medical marijuana crop. Strain defended his department against accusations they have been responsible for the frequent delays.

 

A Council for a Strong America report says the state needs to do more in making sure parents are able to find child care. CEO of the Committee of 100 Michael Olivier says the infant and child care crisis is costing the state $1.1 billion each year and that’s lost earnings and productivity. 5,000 kids are currently on a state waiting list for funding to pay for child care education. 

 

Last week it was the Vice President, next week, Tuesday to be exact; President Trump is scheduled to visit the state to highlight job growth in the energy sector. The President will visit a 10 billion dollar liquefied natural gas export facility in Cameron Parish.

 

A bill that would up the amount of time a minor has to work before getting a break from five hours to eight hours has stalled in the House after a heated argument on the lower chamber floor. Baton Rouge Representative Denise Marcelle says the legislation would endanger teen’s education, and it’s unfair to push them to work seven and a half hours straight while paying them 7.25 an hour. Bill writer, Bossier City Representative Raymond Crews countered saying teenagers have not proven their worth yet.

 

Governor Edwards has deemed May as Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month. With the weather more favorable for hitting the road on two wheels, State Police Sgt. Jared Sandifer says motorcycles are more present on the roadways, and LSP is offering a refresher course for riders. So far in 2019, 20 people have died and nearly 300 have been injured in motorcycle accidents on state’s roads.

 

Sports..

 

The LSU men’s basketball program is planning to visit Spain in August. The NCAA allows schools to take one foreign trip every four years and LSU’s last out of country trip was in 2015 to Australia.

 

New LSU athletics director Scott Woodward appeared on 94.7 ESPN’s After Further Review with Matt Mascona yesterday and was asked about basketball coach Will Wade. Woodward says Wade has their support and backing and it will be that way until it’s not. He added that they hope Wade is LSU’s coach for a long time, but things change and minds change.

 

Preliminary estimates show the devastating EF-3 tornado that ripped through Ruston likely destroyed Louisiana Tech’s softball, baseball, and soccer fields. Athletic Director Tommy McClelland says the estimates aren’t final, but they do not expect at this time that the facilities are useable. Two people were killed in the deadly incident last month.

 

On the air..

Wednesday May 8th

Houston Astros vs Kansas City 6:35p 94.7 ESPN

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 05/07/2019

News for Tuesday 050719

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Fired Rapides Sheriff's lieutenant, Stacy Bender, agreed to a plea deal Monday to one count of malfeasance in office, almost three years after he was arrested and fired from the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office. The 51 year old Bender  was sentenced to three years in prison at hard labor, which was suspended. He also was sentenced to three years of supervised probation. Bender was originally arrested on six counts of malfeasance in office, two counts of solicitation for prostitution, inciting prostitution, obstruction of justice and two counts of unlawful use of criminal records.

 

Law enforcement officials from Grant and Rapides parishes held a press conference yesterday to discuss the unusual case of Justin Grant Walters. The Colfax man is in custody in Grant Parish, accused of kidnapping, rape and other crimes, but authorities believe more victims might be out there and they are asking them to come forward. Walters, who is 56, is in the Grant Parish Detention Center on a $900,000 bond, facing charges that could bring him life in prison.

 

The Louisiana Department of Health is emphasizing the importance of immunizations in the wake of the nationwide measles outbreak. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joe Kanter says while there have not been any reported cases in the state so far, over 760 cases have been reported in other states. Kanter says of those national measles cases, over 72% were unvaccinated.

 

House Republicans have pushed forward a 30-billion dollar budget proposal for next fiscal year that contains a 12-hundred pay raise for teachers, but it doesn’t include an additional 39-million dollars for public schools. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry says school districts are receiving a lot of money, while teachers are underpaid. The full House is set to vote on the budget Thursday.

 

Bossier Parish teachers could conduct a strike, a walk out or sick out this school year, because voters overwhelmingly rejected a tax proposal to fund teacher pay raises. 74-percent of the voters opposed the teacher salary hike proposal over the weekend.

 

A bill to ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected soared through the Senate 31-5, and is headed to the House. Bill author Shreveport Senator John Milkovich says there is scientific evidence that life exists at the moment of conception, which why he hopes to continue pushing for abortion restrictions such as this one. Governor Edwards has indicated that he would sign the legislation into law if it were to reach his desk.

 

The constitutional amendment aimed at ending capital punishment in Louisiana met its demise on the Senate floor following a 13-25 vote.  Louisiana has the highest homicide rate in the nation and the bill’s author Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor says death row is not working as a deterrent. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell spoke in favor of the amendment, and says in order for death to be an option, the government must be infallible in its decision on who is executed. Morrell says the death sentence in Louisiana has a history of inaccuracy with multiple exonerations over the years.

 

The Superdome is hoping to complete a 450 million dollar renovation, but questions abound about whom is going to pay for it, and that sparked an animated discussion in Senate Finance yesterday.  Metairie Senator Conrad Appel says there’s better ways to spend a few hundred million dollars. The Saints have agreed to pay for a third of the cost of the renovation.

 

Monday marked new LSU athletics director Scott Woodward’s first day on the job. Woodward has posted a letter to the LSU family on the school’s athletics website. In that published statement, Woodward says he believes in LSU and he believes the school will win championships under his leadership.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards and New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell announce a funding deal that will provide the city with 67.5 million dollars up front to fix streets and the drainage system.  Edwards says the agreement also calls for 26-million dollars in annual recurring funding. The announcement of the deal comes after a 114-year-old water main busted, flooding roads and closing schools over the weekend.

 

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LSU Coach Paul Mainieri has already announced that freshman right-hander Cole Henry will not pitch in the upcoming SEC series against Arkansas. Henry has missed the last two weekends, because of soreness in his elbow. LSU heads into tonight’s home game against La Tech with a 30-18 record.

 

On air today….

 

Tuesday May 7th

 

LSU Baseball vs LA Tech 5:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM

 

Houston Astros vs Kansas City 6:35p 94.7 ESPN

Good Morning.. News For Monday 05/06/2019

News for Monday 050619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Just after saying last week it would be ready, word is now medical marijuana will not be available to eligible patients by the mid-May deadline. The LSU AgCenter says the first batch of therapeutic cannabis should be ready by the end of this month, but the ag department will still need to test it. So now it looks like sometime in June.

 

Governor Edwards is seeking 39 million dollars in new K-12 education funding, but House Republicans say the money is not there to do it. Political Analyst Clancy DuBos says another battle is shaping up between the governor and the House. House Republican leaders say if they increase funding for public education, they’ll have to cut the budget somewhere else.

 

The House will hear a bill today that would allow minors to work eight hours without a break instead of the current five. The House Labor Committee has already unanimously approved the measure. Author of the bill, Shreveport Representative Raymond Crews says the current law discourages employers from hiring minors as the mandatory break can disrupt a fluid shift. The law also issues employers a 500 dollar fine for violating the break requirement. Julie Cherry with the Louisiana AFL-CIO is concerned the bill could lead to minors not receiving breaks at all…

 

Legislation that would require Louisiana businesses to provide employees with paid leave to deal with family or medical issues cleared its first legislative hurdle by getting out of the Senate Labor committee, but the proposal faces strong opposition. No big surprise her, the National Federation of Independent Business objects to the measure. The measure needs to go before Senate Finance because a small payroll tax paid by employers and employees is needed to create a fund that can provide for the paid leave.

 

Vice President Mike Pence visited St. Landry Parish on Friday to thank the parishioners of three African American churches for how they’ve handled the burning down of their places of worship by a suspected arsonist. Over two-million dollars have been raised to rebuild the churches.

 

U-S Senator John Kennedy is teaming up with Attorney General Jeff Landry to lead the Louisiana Committee for a Conservative Majority, a political action committee. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Kennedy brings his fundraising talents to an organization aimed at electing more conservative Republicans to the legislature. All 144 seats in the state legislature are up re-election this fall.

 

New Orleans’ historic newspaper, The Times Picayune has been purchased by their Baton Rouge based rival, The Advocate. Manship School Professor Len Apcar, a 40 years veteran journalist who’s worked at the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, says the merger will increase the quality of reporting in the Crescent City. Employees of the Picayune and it’s online service, Nola.com, have been given 60 days’ notice that they will be fired. However, they can apply to work for the Advocate.

 

The Arizona Daily Star reports the NCAA has launched an investigation into the Arizona men’s basketball program, which just like LSU has been tied to the FBI’s college basketball corruption case. One of their former assistant coaches pleaded guilty in January to accepting 20-thousand dollars in bribes to steer Arizona players to aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins.

 

Through the month of May, Louisiana residents can download the LA Wallet app and activate their license for free in an effort to get more people to use the service. OMV field administrator Paige Paxton says law enforcement will accept digital license as a valid I-D, but you should hang on to your physical I-D as well, especially if you plan to travel out of state. Louisiana is the first state to allow the use of a smartphone app as a picture ID.

 

The U.S. Coast Guard begins a week long public hearing today regarding the October 2018 barge wreck that resulted in damage to the Sunshine Bridge in St. James Parish. Legal analyst Tim Meche says anytime there is a major incident on a major waterway, there is an investigation followed up by a public hearing. In the wreck, a crane carried on a barge collided with the bridge, resulting in the closure of the bridge for repairs until it was fully reopened in January. Meche says if the final report finds that individuals are implicated as culprits in the cause, they may be liable civilly or even criminally.

 

40 year old Clayton Florane of Bogalusa  was arrested Sunday morning when he was  caught driving a Natchitoches Regional Medical Center ambulance In Gonzales. An officer with the Gonzales PD stopped the ambulance around 9 a.m. Sunday when he saw it had extensive damage to the front bumper, a broken windshield, and the driver was in civilian clothes. Florane got out and admitted he'd stolen the vehicle from the hospital because he needed a ride home. Natchitoches police told Gonzales authorities the ambulance was stolen from the hospital at approximately 5:30 a.m.

 

Motown Records legend Diana Ross, who performed in front of thousands of fans Saturday at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, says while fans at the Festival were wonderful, she was treated rudely an Louis Armstrong New Orleans International.

In a Tweet Sunday morning, Ross says she felt "violated" by what she described as an overly intimate and aggressive pat-down by a female TSA agent at an airport security checkpoint.  Her tweet says It was not what was done but how.

Good Morning... News For Friday 05/03/2019

News for Friday 050319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

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Northwestern University is in mourning today after word of two students dying yesterday  in separate, unrelated incidents. The students were 46 year old Samuel Taylor of Natchitoches and 23 year old Michael Robichaux of Pineville. University Police Chief Craig Vercher said foul play is not suspected in either incident. According to Vercher, the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office will conduct autopsies to determine the cause of death of the students.

 

Former Louisiana College President Joe Aguillard's appeal that sought to terminate an arbitration agreement between the two parties has been denied. Both sides had argued during arbitration whether Aguillard was an "at-will" employee or whether he had an employment contract specifying a term of five years.

 

Rapides Parish School Board members will be asked to accept Superintendent Nason Authement's resignation at their meeting next Tuesday. Another motion, submitted by board President Wilton Barrios, seeks to "discuss and take action" on searching for a replacement for Authement, who ends his term after six years. His tenure began on June 1, 2013. He came in with a plan focused on eliminating some jobs at the district's central office and restructuring low-performing schools.

 

Vice President Mike Pence arrives in Lafayette this afternoon and will visit Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, one of the three churches recently torched in St. Landry Parish. Pence will meet with community and church leaders.

 

The Baton Rouge Advocate has purchased New Orleans’ longest running major paper, The 182 year old Times Picayune and it’s website NOLA.com The Advocate will publish a seven-day, home-delivered newspaper in New Orleans using the brands and features of both publications. The new paper will debut in June. The two papers’ websites will be combined under the nola.com brand around the same time.

 

The loosening of regulations based on rules written following the 2010 BP oil spill may make the Gulf of Mexico more attractive to those looking to establish offshore rigs.  Tulane Energy Institute Professor Eric Smith describes the rules set following the oil spoil as overly harsh and now that they’ve been loosened, it opens the Gulf of Mexico to being more competitive with other deep water drilling sites around the world.

 

One year after the state legislature restored voting rights for some convicted felons, there’s an effort to allow some convicts to be eligible for jury duty. Baton Rouge Representative Ted James says his legislation would allow convicted felons to be called for jury duty once they are off parole or probation for five years. The House Criminal Justice Committee sent the proposal to the full House after a 9-6 vote.

 

The Harrah’s Casino 30 year license extension effort rolled through the House and is on it’s way back to the Senate, where it died last year. In return for a substantial extension, House Speaker Taylor Barras’ bill asks for Harrah’s to invest 325 million dollars to upgrade the facility, including building a new hotel. This year’s version pays the state 130 million dollars more over the length of the deal than last years.

 

The House health committee approves legislation that would allow medical marijuana patients to receive the drug through an inhaler, instead of a liquid or pill. Members of the House Health and Welfare committee heard moving testimony from veterans. An 11-year combat veteran from Belle Chasse says he’s using medical marijuana to treat P-T-S-D.

 

A construction firm has been selected to manage the first phase of what would, if approved, ultimately be a 450-million dollar Superdome renovation. The first phase of construction will cost about 100 million dollars, and Superdome Commission spokesperson Mike Hoss says it focuses on making the dome easier to traverse, and bringing the food up to New Orleans standards. The plan is for all four phases of renovation to be completed before the 2024 Superbowl in New Orleans.

 

Ecologists are sounding the alarm about a huge increase in the number of dead dolphins being found off the coast of Mississippi, and are pinning the blame partly on the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway in March. Institute for Marine Mammal Studies President Dr. Mody Solangi says it’s not just the Spillway at fault. In previous decades, the spillway’s opening wasn’t as devastating, but the Mississippi River has grown so polluted that dumping that water into the gulf is disastrous. There have also been reports of Oyster beds being destroyed. 

 

The Cenikor Foundation, a drug rehab with a Baton Rouge facility, has been hit with lawsuits alleging the organization funneled patients to work at local chemical plants and the LSU student union without paying them, less than a week after an investigative report was published with similar findings. According to an attorney representing one of the former patients, the rehab sent patients to do things like put up scaffolding at petrochemical plants and make king cakes at local bakeries, all without pay.

 

Louisiana Tech raised 1.23 million dollars for it’s inaugural Giving Day fundraiser. Nearly 2,000 donors contributed to the fund, a record for Tech fundraisers, which averages out to a little over 615 dollars a donor. A tornado ravaged the campus last week.

 

Sports..

 

LSU pitcher Zach Hess has agreed to head to the bullpen as a reliever after two years of trying to mold himself into a starting pitcher. The junior admitted in a recent interview that he’s better when he can give his all on every pitch, instead of having to stretch his stamina out across 8 or so innings.

 

12th ranked LSU baseball takes on Ole Miss at Alex Box for a three game series this weekend, but Freshman right-hander Cole Henry is still not available to pitch because of a sore elbow.

 

Louisiana Tech will be playing it’s final home series against Western Kentucky at Warhawk Field at Louisiana-Monroe’s campus. The Bulldog’s home field is still in tatters after being heavily damaged by a Tornado that tore through the campus last week..

 

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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 05/02/2019

News for Thursday 050219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

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With votes were being received through written ballots and via email, Rapides Parish School District employees and retirees have rejected a proposal to leave the Office of Group Benefits. The last public meeting on the matter was to be held in Tioga last night, but was cancelled. Liz Domite, the district's chief financial officer, said enough no votes already had been received that there was no way the proposal would pass.

 

Today is the “National Day Of Prayer and as people have for the past 25 years many will gather today at Pineville City Hall for an informal time of prayer for the nation, state, and city. The non-denominational Prayer Gathering will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 and all are invited to attend.

 

A WWL-TV report says Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser has State Police troopers drive him everywhere he goes, but he still receives 84-hundred dollars in annual salary to drive a personal vehicle to work. The report also claims that his staffers were getting paid by taxpayers while work on his re-election campaign.  Nungesser is up for re-election this year, but no major challengers have surfaced. Nungesser says he rides with troopers only part of the time.

 

In one of the more bizarre stories A Lake Charles Charter Academy teacher has been arrested after allegations were lodged against her for sexual misconduct with a student. 34 year old Deidre Smith of Sulphur was arrested for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship, including intercourse, with one of her 10-year-old students. Smith was arrested and is facing charges of first-degree rape and felony indecent behavior with a juvenile.

 

On a narrow vote, the House Criminal Justice Committee approves a bill that expands the state’s stand your ground law to protect an individual who may have to use deadly force in churches. In Louisiana, people can bring a concealed weapon into a house of worship if the person or group in charge of the facility authorizes them to do so.  The measure heads to the House floor.

 

Patients may finally be access liquid medical marijuana during the last week in May, while lawmakers on a House committee approved a bill that might allow them to inhale the medicine in the future. Officials with the LSU Ag Center and its partner GB Sciences said Wednesday they believe they're on track to deliver cannabis to the state's nine authorized pharmacies May 27.

 

A bill that would have required producers of “almond milk” to label their product something other than milk has had an amendment added that would only allow the law to go into effect if similar regulations are approved at the federal level. There were concerns that having different names for the same products across state lines would create confusions.

 

A bill that would conceal the identities of companies that sell lethal injection drugs and equipment to Louisiana clears committee and is headed to the House floor. Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops representative Rob Tasman says the state owes it to the tax payers to be open and honest when dealing with a subject as sensitive as killing someone. Bill sponsor, Hammond Representative Nicky Muscarello, agreed that the bill does promote government contracting secrecy, but says companies won’t sell the state the legally required lethal injection drugs without a guarantee of secrecy. The state has not carried out an execution since 2010.

 

Thousands of Louisianans with developmental disabilities will now be able to stay at home with their families after the Department of Health revamped a decades-old assistance waiting list. Assistant Secretary for the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities Julie Hagan says they’ve adopted a “tiered system” that prioritizes those in immediate need of help, rather than those who will need help in the future. The full wait list was 12,000 people long but included thousands who may not need help for several years.

 

A new report from the National Education Association, the union representing over 3 million members across the country, indicates the average teacher salary in Louisiana is $50,000, which is 11% less than the average salary in the state a decade ago when adjusted for inflation. Union President Lily Garcia says the salary trajectory is making many potential teachers choose other occupations. The report indicates the state’s average teacher salary ranks 39th compared to other states and is 4.5% less than the national average.

 

Governor Edwards, along with gubernatorial challengers Congressman Ralph Abraham and Baton Rouge Businessman Eddie Rispone spoke before attendees at the “Oil and Natural Gas Industry Day” event in Baton Rouge.  Each gave their case as to why voters should select them to lead the state.  Edwards says while there is still work to be done, the state is in a better position than what it was when he took office. Abraham says if he is elected, he’d make more efforts to make Louisiana more business-friendly for the oil and natural gas industry. Rispone touted his experience as a businessman instead of being a career politician as the reason he has the ability to lead Louisiana.

 

Louisiana Tech has launched the school’s inaugural Giving Day. President of the Student Advancement team Maddie Patton says that donor can select if they want their money going toward the general school fund helping students attend Louisiana Tech through scholarships or toward fixing the damage from last week’s EF-3 tornado that impacted the Ruston area. To donate, visit LouisianaTechGivingDay.org.

 

The USA Today Network is reporting that Vice President Mike Pence will visit St. Landry Parish Friday to meet with faith leaders of the three churches that burned down in an alleged case of racially motivated arson. 21-year-old Holden Matthews has been arrested in connection to the crimes, and two million dollars has been raised on a GoFundMe page for the recovery efforts.

 

Sports..

 

LSU baseball Coach Paul Mainieri said Wednesday that Cole Henry’s sore elbow will not allow him to pitch this weekend against Ole Miss. Even though Henry will not pitch, Mainieri has decided to move Zack Hess back to the bullpen. Mainieri wants Hess to let it loose when he comes out of the pen.

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