KSYL Local News Archives for 2019-07

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 08/01/2019

News for Thursday 080119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The RPSO reports that 24 year old Jasmine Anderson, the woman arrested by the Alexandria Police Department on July 23 for the alleged murder of her 5-year-old daughter, has officially passed after she committed suicide late last week. The report stated an autopsy had been conducted and results should be back within six to eight weeks, which is a standard practice.

 

Tuesday’s heavy rains and subsequent flooding has left many Alexandria residents upset over a continuing problem in the city. Mayor Jeff hall says the city did everything they could to prevent Tuesday’s flooding, unfortunately, more funding is needed to fix the overall problem. The mayor explained that they are going to need some help from the state and federal government. Something he says the city is exploring. In the meantime, Mayor Hall, along with Alexandria’s Councilman At-Large, Joe Fuller said, the city will continue working together to prevent any more major flooding events.

 

State Police have updated a story involving that two vehicle crash Monday that claimed the lives of three people, including a toddler. Troopers have now arrested and charged Joseph Pardue with three counts of negligent homicide, one count of negligent injuring, reckless operation, and unsafe vehicle. The 18 wheeler Pardue was driving struck the back of a Ford Fiesta that had slowed to make a right turn. The initial report also stated that the Toddler that was killed in the crash was not properly restrained. Troopers now say the child was in indeed in a child safety seat. The crash remains under investigation.

 

The family of a black man killed last week during an encounter with a West Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputy is demanding justice. An autopsy shows 38-year-old Josef Richardson was fatally shot in the back of the neck. Richardson was in a motel room with his girlfriend, who is facing drug charges. Investigators have not released any information on why the deputy fired his weapon. The identity of the deputy involved in the shooting has not been released.

 

Beginning today, the average Cleco customer will see a bill credit of approximately $14 a month for the next 12 months.  The benefit stems from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) which reduces the company’s corporate tax rate and is being passed along to customers.  Last month CLECO’s plan to credit customers over $84 million gained approval from the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

 

Tulane releases a report comparing pre and post-expansion quality of life for the Medicaid expansion’s 475,000 enrollees, and the results look positive. The study also shows the number of people who report they did not take medication as prescribed due to cost dropped by 66 percent. Providers who accept Medicaid saw a 35 percent increase in Medicaid patients post-expansion. Diana says that’s resulted in a substantial increase in the use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants. The report came out Yesterday, which was the three year anniversary of the Governor’s executive order permitting the expansion.

 

Louisiana now has a minimum age for marriage in the state.  The new law that goes into effect today sets the age at 16.  During discussion by lawmakers, the age limit for marriage received pushback from GOP lawmakers saying it puts a roadblock in front of marriage in the event of teenage pregnancy. 

 

Delhi Senator Francis Thompson is term-limited in the Senate but will attempt to continue his four-decade tenure in the legislature with his announcement that he’s running for the House. There are some concerns that the chamber flipping is against the spirit of the state’s term limit law, but Thompson says the Capitol is at it’s best when it has a few people who know all the ins and outs. Thompson previously served in the Louisiana House from 1975 to 2007. Thompson is 77 years old.

 

Sports..

 

Tonight it’s a sample of what’s to come.. the Hall of Fame Game, the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos 6:30p 94.7 ESPN

 

The Saints and Michael Thomas have reportedly agreed to a new contract that makes him the highest-paid receiver in NFL history. Sources say the deal is worth 100-million dollars over five years. The media has picked LSU to finish second in the SEC West.

 

Louisiana has lost a sport legend in the boxing community, Beau Williford a professional trainer who once sparred with Muhammad Ali and founder of the Ragin’ Cajun Boxing Club in Lafayette has died. Williford died early Wednesday morning after a brief battle with cancer, he was 69 years old. Services will be held Saturday at First Baptist Church in Lafayette.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 07/31/19

News for Wednesday 073119

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Clean up gets underway today after a severe thunderstorm that dumped a lot  of rain in a short period of time Tuesday morning caused widespread street flooding as well as scattered power outages. Several neighborhoods, including Martin Park and Charles Park, were impacted by rising waters as motorists were stranded and homes and businesses sustained damage.  According to the National Weather Service's Lake Charles office, the area got between 4 and 6 inches of rain Tuesday, with isolated spots getting between 6 and 8 inches, and possibly more.

 

A 62-year old Coushatta man is facing several molestation charges of a juvenile. The Red River Parish Sheriff’s office received a complaint earlier this month from a victim and obtained forensic evidence to support the claim. Steven Pierce Weir (Ware) was a basketball coach and teacher at Riverdale Academy. The victim told police them the abuse began when he was a student in 2006 and continue after his graduation in 2012. Weir is in jail awaiting bond.

 

GOP governor’s race candidate Eddie Rispone is set to start spending five million-plus dollars on an ad buy that Rispone campaign communications director Anthony Ramirez says will let the voters know exactly who the Baton Rouge business magnate is. Ramirez says expect to see the candidate’s message on everything from nightly news to Monday Night Football.

 

House Republican Chairman Lance Harris says he’s seeing a lot of support for Congressman Ralph Abraham for Governor in his Alexandria based district. After the Alexandria Republican’s attempt in the last session to roll back a 2018 sales tax failed, he got a call from the Congressman, who vowed, if elected, that he would get that effort over the finish line.

 

For years the Louisiana Treasury Department has returned unclaimed money to folks, and now they’re looking to do the same thing for lost military medals. Louisiana has an above-average rate of military service, and Treasurer John Schroder says the proposal flew through the Legislature unanimously. The law would allow the Department to collect lost medals and military paperwork from depositories and return them to the owner, or next of kin.

 

Senator Bill Cassidy releases a paid leave proposal for new parents.  Cassidy says with the plan, new parents would be allowed to take $5,000 advance on the child tax credit, reducing the $2,000 annual benefit to $1,500 for ten years after the birth or adoption of a child.  Cassidy says the proposal presents great benefits to families. The bill has bi-partisan support.  

 

48-year-old James William Eaton of West Monroe is in jail after posing online as a woman and luring another man to drive from California to Ouachita Parish thinking he was marrying that woman.  It is unclear how long the relationship had been going on.

 

The St. John Sheriff’s Office is investigating a double homicide. Sheriff Mike Tregre says the victims are cousins, 18 and 20-years old and they were found in a vehicle on West Airline Highway in Reserve, and says violence like this involving young men is far too common. They’re currently hunting for suspects.

 

Louisiana Tech is investing in building new residence halls and parking by fall of 2021 as the student body continues to expand year to year. Louisiana Tech assistant VP for student advancement Dickie Crawford says 600 new beds will be created, along with a thousand new parking spaces in and around the campus. The new halls will mean Harper, Mitchell, and Cottingham halls will be discontinued by 2021. Crawford says the old halls aren’t unsafe or falling apart, but they are outdated and with interest in the Ruston institution growing, they’re pushing to show a more modern face.

 

The Baton Rouge Area Chamber releases their 2019 legislative and gubernatorial election platform that calls for a major focus on making south Louisiana competitive for business growth with reinvestment in infrastructure.  BRAC Senior VP of Economic Competitiveness Liz Smith says they’d like to see a special session called in 2020.  

Smith says the platform lays out a plan to pay for infrastructure needs via a gas tax.

 

Sports..

 

The Louisiana Select Association has been formed within the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. The L-S-A is made up of private schools. Catholic High of Baton Rouge athletics director J-P Kelly says finding a host site for their championship games is a top priority…

 

The Saints made some roster moves yesterday, dropping running back veteran Buck Allen and defensive back Chris Campbell, while picking up former Washington running back Robert Kelly and practice squad player Travin Dural. Kelly had a great start to his career, running for over 700 yards his rookie year and appeared to be set to take on a featured roll for the teams before falling out of favor and eventually off of the roster. Dural was originally signed to the practice squad out of LSU in 2017, but spent the 2018 season on IR.

 

LSU football is off to a strong start for their recruiting… in the 2021 season. Four-star defensive end of out Texas Landyn Watson tweeted that he’s planning on joining the Purple and Gold. Watson is a junior at Hutto High, and is already clocking in at 6’3 240 pounds as the no. 11 defensive end of the class according to 247 Sports, and the number 33 overall prospect.

 

LSU’s basketball team has picked up former Southeastern Louisiana University guard Parker Edwards, a former St. Pauls of Covington star to fill a roster spot left open by Will Reese, who is leaving the program to focus on an internship. Edwards is best known for putting on a show against the Tigers last season in the opener against SLU, dropping 25 points on 6 of 8 from behind the arc. Coach Will Wade says he’ll be a great addition.

 

Wade is also calling for LSU to find the rest of the funds needed to complete a 15 million dollar renovation of the basketball facility after seeing the new, 28 million dollar football operations center.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 07/30/2019

News for Tuesday 073019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

An Alexandria woman accused of murdering her 5-year-old daughter has been declared “clinically deceased” a few days after attempting suicide while in custody at the Rapides Parish Jail. Rapides Sherriff William Hilton says they’re reviewing the incident, but it appears all policies were adhered to, but 24-year-old Jasmine Anderson’s lawyer Chad Guillot says it’s unacceptable. Guillot says he’s still trying to get more information about the incident but considering Anderson was in a mental facility when she was initially arrested, the jail should have taken more precautions. Anderson is still on life support machinery at the hospital, but Guillot says that’s only because she was a registered organ donor.

 

Shortly before noon yesterday a two vehicle crash on LA Hwy 127 South of Olla claimed the lives of three people, including a toddler. Troopers say the teenage driver of the vehicle had slowed to make a right hand turn, when it was hit from behind by and 18 wheeler.  The two people killed, both passengers, were not wearing seatbelts. State Police also say the 3 year old toddler was not properly restrained. Charges are pending and the crash remains under investigation.

 

Four years after the Legislature authorized medical marijuana in Louisiana patients appears to set to get access to the treatment. It should be available at select pharmacies by next week, and that’s a load off the shoulders of proponents who have hammered the state after the product was repeatedly delayed. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says despite the wait, it was still a quick process compared to usual medication trials. But, there is bad news as well, it appears the treatment will not be covered by insurance, leaving it out of reach of many of those who need it most.

 

Authorities say the missing persons case of Kasey Bigum has been resolved in Avoyelles Parish. Sheriff Doug Anderson says 20-year-Tristin James, murdered his mother, and with the help of his girlfriend hid the body, not even reporting his mom missing for three weeks after the murder. Her body was discovered Friday. The two have been charged with 2nd degree murder.

 

LSU athletics director Scott Woodward wants to change the transfer policy which has provided the academic side with millions of dollars generated by athletics. From 2012-to-2017, LSU athletics sent nearly 50-million dollars to the university. Woodward says it’s dangerous for a university to rely on recurring money from athletics and the policy needs to change.

 

Kenner Representative Julie Stokes announces she is not seeking reelection this fall.  Stokes was first elected to the House seat in 2013, and in 2017 ran for state treasurer, but pulled out of the race following a breast cancer diagnosis.  Stokes unsuccessfully ran for Secretary of State in 2018.  Now, she says she’ll be spending more time with family. Of all of her legislative accomplishments, Stokes says her actions to help those afflicted with cancer are the most rewarding.

 

School systems in Sabine, Morehouse, and Ouachita parishes have been hit with cybersecurity issues, and now it appears The Tangipahoa Parish Public School System is the latest to be targeted.  LSU’s Stephenson National Center for Security Research Executive Director Jeff Moulton says they suspect automated hacking programs, not live humans, are responsible. He says emails generally the most common form of attack.

 

A new study from LSU Pennington Biomedical research indicates that fat stored in unhealthy locations doubles a colorectal cancer patient’s risk of death within seven years.  Director of the Cancer Metabolism Program Dr. Justin Brown says historically cancer cure rates have increased over time and patients are eager to understand things they can do to improve their outcomes.

 

Sports..

 

Leaders of select schools gathered in Lafayette Monday to create a sub organization called the Louisiana Select Association. The L-S-A says this is not an attempt to break away from the LHSAA. One major duty for the Louisiana Select Association is to determine where championship events in football, basketball, baseball and softball should be played. Venues in New and Lafayette are potential sites.

 

The Saints released wide receiver Cam Meredith Monday. The Black and Gold signed Meredith during the 2018 offseason after he missed all of 2017 with a torn ACL. He caught 66 passes in Chicago in 2016, but his knee has not responded to major surgery, plus some younger receivers have looked impressive at camp, including rookie undrafted free agent Emmanuel Butler from Northern Arizona.

Good Morning.. News For Monday 07/29/2019

News for Monday 072919

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Another part of Louisiana’s History went up in smoke Friday night when the Frogmore Plantation in Concordia Parish caught fire. .The family that calls the plantation home says the fire started on the back porch of the house and quickly spread to the attic and most of the remaining house. The State fire Marshal’s office will begin their investigation into the blaze today. The plantation had been standing since the early 1800’s

 

The accident occurred in the late night hours of July 3rd. A single vehicle crash killed a man from Montgomery and moderately injured a teenager. At the time no charges were filed against the 18 year old driver of the vehicle Colton Trouille. But, that changed Sunday morning when Trouille was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide, reckless operation, no seat belt, open container, and expired inspection sticker. Trouille was booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center.

 

Authorities in Avoyelles parish believe human remains found in Big Bend on Friday, are those of a woman who has been missing since May 30th. Over the weekend the Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s department announced the arrests of two people in connection with to the disappearance of Kasey Bigum. One of those arrested was the woman’s son 20 year old Tristin James of Moreauville, The other 18 year old Hannah Deselle of Moreauville.  Sheriff Doug Anderson said the body had not been identified and that the remains were sent to the LSU FACES Lab for identification.

 

Chad Guillot , the attorney for Jasmine Anderson has filed a request for a bond reduction. Guillot filed the reduction request on Friday, stating that Anderson is not able to post the issued amount. The bond was originally set at $500,000.  Anderson was arrested by the Alexandria Police Department on Tuesday of last week for second-degree murder in connection to the death of her daughter, 5-year-old Audrey Chelette. Guillot has also filed a motion for an appointment of a sanity commission with the hearing set for tomorrow.

 

A new child safety seat law goes into effect August 1st and it’s considered the best in the country by national safety experts.  State Police Lt. Nick Manale says the new laws reflect some of the best practices that safety experts have pushed for years. The new law requires anyone under 13 to ride in the backseat.  Manale says the idea behind the law isn’t to add any more grief or inconvenience for parents but to keep kids in protective categories even longer. Manale says for many years the state had fallen behind on the trends of car seat safety, but firmly believes the new law is changing that.

 

Two former LSU students are in prison for their roles in the alcohol-related hazing death of Max Gruver. Judge Beau Higginbotham sentenced Sean-Paul Gott of Lafayette and Ryan Isto of Montana to 30 days in the parish prison. Gott and Isto pleaded no contest to misdemeanor hazing.

 

Super ATV’s new manufacturing and distribution center in Shreveport is open. It will employ 75 workers. The Indiana based company specializes in aftermarket parts for ATVs and UTVs. North Louisiana Economic Partnership President Scott Martinez says Super ATV is a great addition to the Sportsman’s paradise. Martinez says Super ATV expects to generate the highest sales volume from Shreveport for its axles, portal gear lifts, mud tires and lift kits.

 

Three nonpartisan good government groups have joined forces in an effort to get the candidates for governor and the legislature to discuss details on what they plan to do if elected. The Council for a Better Louisiana is one of the organizations. So far in Louisiana’s governor’s race, the candidates have not provided much when it comes to their plans on improving the state, instead, the ads have centered around President Donald Trump and Governor Edwards’ current term. Erwin says they want to change the conversation.

 

In response to the unveiling of the 28-million dollar LSU football operations building, LSU alum Ginger Gibson has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise 20-million dollars for a new university library. Gibson hopes LSU football fans rally behind the campaign as they do for the team because a modern library is a win-win for everyone. As of Saturday morning, 35-hundred dollars have been raised.

 

A Lafayette judge is the target of scrutiny after ordering a bailiff to tape a defendant’s mouth shut.  15th Judicial District Court Judge Marilyn Castle has Michael Duhon’s mouth taped after multiple interruptions.  Was the judge in the right to pull this rarely seen maneuver?  Lafayette Attorney Tommy Guilbeau says a judge can order someone to be bound, gagged, duck taped, or removed from the courtroom. The ACLU calls the incident shocking, dehumanizing, and brutal.

 

Former LSU football player Drake Davis, who recently pleaded guilty to a series of domestic violence charges, was arrested early Sunday after allegedly grabbing and pushing a dating partner. The 22 year old Davis was captured on video being physical with a woman while arguing with. The woman told a deputy the two started arguing when Davis found out she was speaking with another man, but the argument grew physical.

Good Morning... News For Friday 07/26/2019

News for Friday 072619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Rapides Parish Sheriff deputies had to revive Jasmine Anderson after a suicide attempt Thursday  morning. The 24-year-old Alexandria mom, who was arrested earlier this week, is accused of killing her five-year daughter. Her attorney, Chad Guillot says a hearing is set for next Tuesday for a judge to determine if a sanity commission is needed. Guillot says if medical professionals find that she’s not competent, she’ll be sent to the state’s mental hospital in East Feliciana Parish for treatment.

 

Authorities say a suspect involved in a standoff with officers in Vidalia on Thursday afternoon is dead and the standoff has ended. According to the Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office, the standoff started after the suspect shot a deputy at an apartment complex in Vidalia earlier Thursday. Authorities say they were working an armed robbery investigation from earlier in the morning. Officer Walter Mackel knocked on one of the apartment doors for questioning when he was shot. Authorities have not said how the suspect died. His identity has not been officially released. Officer Mackle is said to be recovering from his injuries.

 

A Baton Rouge Police officer was fired Thursday after a video showed the cop in April repeatedly punching a man outside a Tigerland bar. Officer Marshall McDermitt was fired after an internal investigation into his conduct on April 7, which found he violated BRPD's policies on use of force, truthfulness, conduct unbecoming, carrying out orders, and falsification of documents. McDermitt is a 2-year veteran of the force.

 

Southern University says its medical marijuana grower has planted its first crop, as Louisiana edges nearer to having product available to patients. The Baton Rouge University estimates its medical marijuana could be in pharmacies by the fall.

 

The Louisiana Department of Health will soon begin enforcing the state’s new crawfish and shrimp labeling law approved by the legislature. The law lets patrons at restaurants know the origin of their meal. LDH Environmental Services Chief of Field Operations Carolyn Bombet says if a restaurant is not falling in line with the law, contact LDH who will investigate.

 

LSU announces its beer and wine policy for sale at concessions stands in the general seating areas of Tiger Stadium. A new SEC policy approved in the Spring gave schools the option to sell beer and wine in public areas. LSU Senior Associate athletics director Robert Munson says it’s something fans have asked for.

 

The US Department of Justice announces it is ending a moratorium on executions and one of the five federal death row inmates that were named by the Attorney General to be put to death is Alfred Bourgeois, a LaPlace man convicted in 2002 of abusing and murdering his two year old daughter. The incident happened in Corpus Christi, Texas. The executions are scheduled to take place at a Federal Prison in Indiana between December 9 and January 15th.

 

Senate President John Alario is ending his political career after 48 years in the state legislature. Alario who is term-limited had the option of running for a House seat, but the Republican from Westwego decided to spend more time with his family. Pollster  Pinsonat says Alario is one of Louisiana’s most influential politicians. Alario has twice served as Senate President and twice as House Speaker. The Senate says he’s one of only four lawmakers in the nation to do that.

 

An LSU Professor had the roles reversed when he found himself depending on students as he went into cardiac arrest. Math professor Dr. James Oxley was swimming laps on campus July 5th when he slipped under the water and eight students jumped into action to save his life. Oxley says his cardiologist told him it was the students’ training that made the difference.

 

The town of Church Point has a unique designation as being the home to the state’s first cloned cow. The cow lives at Circle T Cattle Company. Several years ago, owner Bob Thibodeaux purchased a cow that won awards all over the world. The original cow that was duplicated has since been sold and lives in Florida. Thibodeaux says the clone, named Eight over nice, has the exact look and personality of the original. The cloning of the animal took place in the state of Iowa, then was transported back to Louisiana.

 

Gov. Edwards issues a statewide emergency declaration following a cybersecurity attack on several school systems in North Louisiana.  Senior Coordinating Official for the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission Kenneth Donnelly says the state was first made aware of a malware attack on July 23rd. This is the first activation of Louisiana’s emergency support function relating to cybersecurity.  Donnelly says Louisiana State Police, National Guard, GOHSEP, and the Office of Technology service are all working alongside the FBI in response to the attack.

 

Sports..

 

The Saints hit the practice field this morning, but star wide receiver Michael Thomas will not be there. The 26-year-old is seeking a new contract that would make him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL. Coach Sean Payton hopes the contract talks will not linger. General Manager Mickey Loomis says he wouldn’t say they are close to agreeing on a new contract with Thomas, but he says they are not far off. Thomas is reportedly looking for a 20-million dollar a year contract that would make him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL.

 

The LSU basketball team has released its non-conference schedule. The 2019-2020 season gets underway on Friday November 8th at home against Bowling Green. The Tigers will host Nicholls, UNO and Northwestern State in the non-conference, while travel to V-C-U, U-S-C and Texas. The contest against the Longhorns will be part of the SEC-Big 12 Challenge in January.

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 07/25/2019

News for Thursday 072519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Bond has been set at $500,000 for 24 year old Jasmine Anderson of Alexandria. Anderson was arrested on Tuesday and charged with second degree murder for allegedly killing her 5-year-old daughter, Audrey Chelette. There also a  public outcry asking police to re-examine the April 23 death of Anderson's other child, 4-year-old Christopher Chelette, who apparently died from a choking incident.

 

46 year old Anthony Strong of Alexandria will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars, that after he was sentenced to 40 years at hard labor, without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Strong was declared a habitual offender in his second trial in front of a Rapides Parish jury. Strong was convicted of first-degree robbery two years after he robbed a man in Pineville in May 2017. The trial was held after a mistrial was declared in December 2018 on the same charge.

 

News yesterday that CLECO customers will see their monthly bills decline slightly,  starting next month. An average CLECO residential customer using 1217 kilowatt-hours will receive a credit of $12 on their electric bills beginning next month and running through July 2020. The reason according to the Public Service Commission, lower federal taxes. The overall impact is a reduction of $84 million for CLECO’s 285,000 Louisiana customers. Exact impacts for customers will be based on their individual consumption.

 

This time of year usually is the hottest in Louisiana, but this week the state received some relief because of a rare mid-summer cold front that’s cut humidity and brought Canadian air into the bayou state.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says you can expect high temps in the mid to upper 80s today and ten things warm up over the weekend.

Keim advises everyone not to waste this nice weather and find an excuse to get outside.

 

Louisiana’s workforce training program FastStart has been named the best workforce training program in the nation by Business Facilities for the tenth year in a row. Business Facilities also ranked Louisiana the 8th best state for overall growth potential and number two for Foreign Direct Investments. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.3 percent is the lowest it’s been in over ten years.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Emergency Declaration Wednesday  in response to an ongoing cybersecurity incident that is affected several local government agencies. The declaration makes available state resources and allows for assistance from cybersecurity experts from the Louisiana National Guard, Louisiana State Police, the Office of Technology Services and others to assist local governments in responding to and preventing future data loss. The cybersecurity incident has impacted school systems in Sabine, Morehouse, and Ouachita Parishes in North Louisiana. The state is in contact with parish school systems and governments across the state to assess other areas that may be at risk.

 

LSU President F. King Alexander was present yesterday for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $28 million dollar football operations facility. The state of the art structure has been met with backlash due to other buildings on campus being in less than desirable conditions. Alexander says deferred maintenance has been an issue with other buildings on campus, but thing are changing. Alexander says there has been a shift in the most recent fiscal year when it comes to donations to the school in favor of academics over athletics. Alexander says the Fierce for the Future campaign aiming to raise $1.5 billion for the school is helping shift the number of donations towards academics.

 

A political action committee backing Representative Ralph Abraham unleashes ads attacking fellow gubernatorial Republican candidate Eddie Rispone.  In the ad released on social media, it references that Rispone, a wealthy businessman, is trying to buy the election.  ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says it is part of the game when campaigning for GOP votes. Rispone has poured about $10 million of his own money into his campaign war chest.

 

Louisiana US Representatives Cedric Richmond and Mike Johnson questioned Special Counsel Robert Mueller yesterday regarding the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and allegations of crimes committed by the President during that election, and during the ensuing investigation. Republicans, including Northwest Louisiana Congressman Johnson, accused Mueller or running a partisan witch-hunt, but Richmond, a Democrat from New Orleans used his time to get an answer from the Special Counsel about activities that Richmond believes constitute Obstruction. Mueller reiterated his concern about foreign interference in American elections.

 

Louisiana Senior Senator Bill Cassidy says the men and women who work for Customs and Border Patrol are stretched thin and need more resources. Cassidy says people are coming from around the world to get to the United States and they’ve got to do something different so that that system is not overwhelmed…

 

 

Sports..

 

The Saints report to training camp today. Mike Triplett covers the Black and Gold for the Saints says one of the new additions to watch is Latavius Murray who will attempt to replace running back Mark Ingram.

 

2-guard JJ Redick has officially signed his two year deal with the Pelicans, guaranteeing the young team one of the best shooters in the league, and a player known for his skills as a mentor and culture builder. The 35-year-old Redick, who has never missed the playoffs, could have had his pick of the litter in free agency, but he didn’t hesitate when New Orleans called. Redick recently finished a stint in Philly where he posted a career-high 18 points a game while shooting nearly 40 percent from 3.

 

D-1 Baseball’s Kendall Rogers reports that U-L Lafayette head baseball coach Matt Deggs plans to hire former two-time major league baseball all-star B-J Ryan as his pitching coach. Ryan is a former Ragin Cajun who played for several seasons in the majors with Toronto and Baltimore.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 07/24/19

News for Wednesday 072419

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A mother is in custody, charged with 2nd degree murder, as part of an active investigation by Alexandria Police into the death of a 5-year-old girl. The child was brought into an emergency room last week, deceased with her throat cut. The mother, Jasmine Anderson reported that her daughter’s injuries were from a car accident. Cpl. Wade Bourgeois says the woman’s story just didn’t add up. Bourgeois says after working with the District Attorney, investigators obtained a warrant for Anderson’s arrest.

 

Methanex announces plans to spend $1.3 billion to construct a third methanol plant in Ascension Parish and the three plants combined in Geismar would make it one of the world’s largest methanol complexes. Methanex is based in Canada.

 

A Baton Rouge teen who’s alleged to have intentionally rammed his car into a woman’s vehicle in Baton Rouge, killing her, reportedly told police “God instructed him to kill himself” before he made the fatal decision. State Police say that led to a 2nd-degree murder charge for 18-year-old Jack Jordan. The crash killed 51-year-old Stephanie Payne of Greenwell Springs.

 

In a typical year, Louisiana sees about nine cases of hepatitis A, a liver infection that causes fatigue, jaundice, nausea and in rare instances death. But almost 100 new cases of hepatitis A have been reported in just the last month, according to the state Department of Health. Louisiana is one of several states in the midst of a hepatitis A outbreak that shows no signs of slowing down, despite efforts to stamp it out. Total Louisiana cases related to the outbreak, which started in January 2018, have more than doubled just in the past two months. In May, the number of 2019 cases related to the outbreak was 173. By June, the total number of reported cases jumped to 278, and it had reached 375 by July 18.

 

A rising star in the local rodeo scene was killed over the weekend during a rodeo in Leesville.  According to a report from KADN TV in Lafayette and the Cajun Rodeo Association, 23 year old Clay LeBlanc was ranked number two in the entire association and had a promising future. LeBlanc was known as a talented saddle bronc rider, a true cowboy, which makes this loss, according to those closest to him, even harder to comprehend.

 

The two parents along with a grandmother are under arrest after authorities discovered drug use and “deplorable” conditions at a house where a two-month-old baby lived. Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s office got a complaint that parents of a newborn were smoking narcotics inside a home with their baby, and when deputies arrived they found the child filthy and in a soiled diaper. The baby is now in the care of DCFS and is doing well.

 

Former Southern University band director Nathan Haymer is in hot water over allegations that he pocketed 293,000 dollars of funds from the school, and used that money for personal expenses, including payments from Mardi Gras Krewes for Southern band performances, and reimbursements from the school linked to invoices that authorities allege were fabricated.

 

As students gear up to head back to the classroom, the National Retail Federation is forecasting record spending.  Families with elementary school through high school students are planning to spend an average of nearly $700, with college families expecting to shell out just shy of a grand.  NRF spokesperson Mark Matthews says nationwide spending is nearly $80 million. The biggest items for K-12 students is electronics, then clothing and accessories.  College students see those trends flip-flopped. 

 

Marsh Dog, a company out of Baton Rouge that makes nutria meat-based dog treats, is coming back after a hiatus, and aiming to go national. Founding partner Veni Harlan says nutria meat is leaner than turkey and makes for a very healthy dog treat. The product has relaunched with new packaging and three treats to choose from, using wild nutria as the no.1 ingredient.

 

Sports…

 

Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson has signed a contract to endorse Nike’s Jordan Brand of sneakers. Williamson chose Nike over Adidas and Under Armour, even though he broke his Nike sneaker in a game against North Carolina last February. Williamson has also decided not to participate in the USA Basketball training camp that takes place next month in Las Vegas.

 

At Sun Belt Media Day, UL-Lafayette Coach Billy Napier says Levi Lewis enters preseason camp as the starting quarterback. Lewis appeared in every game last season, getting a chance to play every fourth drive. Napier says they are still waiting to see if transfer Brayden Hawkins will be eligible to play this season. Hawkins transferred in from Maryland and he’ll join several other quarterbacks who are competing for playing time.

 

The Saints report for training camp on Thursday. Will Pro Bowl wide receiver Michael Thomas have a deal done by then. Yahoo Sports reports the Saints are offering a contract that will pay Thomas 18 to 19 million dollars a year, while Thomas is reportedly looking for 20-million a year.

 

And former LSU star Odell Beckham Junior told G-Q magazine that he felt disrespected when the Giants traded the star wide receiver to the Browns. Beckham says the Giants have been a losing a franchise lately and he’s the only reason why the team still appeared in prime time games.

 

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Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 07/23/2019

News for Tuesday 072319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A very rare mid-summer cold front is making its way through the state this week. State Climatologist Barry Keim says in addition to cooler temps, rainfall will be widespread across Louisiana. Keim expects the front to last through the work week with Wednesday and Thursday being the coolest. By Sunday the cooler weather should essentially be over.

 

KALB TV reports a sanity commission has been appointed by the 9th Judicial District Court to hear the case of 36 year old William Justin Branch of Alexandria, who was arrested back in May for allegedly entering Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church and threatening a priest with a knife. The request for a sanity commission came from Michael Brewer, Branch's attorney. The next step is to have Branch seen by doctors to evaluate his mental health.

 

A study by Project Know shows Louisiana high schoolers consume alcohol and injectable drugs at the highest rate in the nation. American Addiction Centers Researcher Ruchi Dhani says the national average for alcohol use is 28 percent, but Louisiana topped the list at 34 percent, and led in another concerning category as well, that in injectable drugs. 8% of students say they use them. Louisiana’s high school rate of marijuana use was about average at 18.8 percent.

 

Two Gretna Police officers have been fired after one of them wrote a threatening Facebook post about New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the other liked it. The post by former officer Charlie Rispoli read “This vile idiot needs a round, and I don’t mean the kind she used to serve”. Ocasio-Cortez is one of the four members of “The Squad”, a group of freshman, minority women Democratic lawmakers whose were the target of a tweet from the president last week.

 

Hundreds showed up yesterday in Baton Rouge to pay tribute and celebrate the life of slain Baton Rouge legend Sadie Roberts-Joseph.  Family and friends reflected on Roberts-Joseph’s legacy with everything from uplifting gospel numbers to passionate messages about the activist and community leader from those who knew her well. Roberts-Joseph, the founder of the African-American Museum in Baton Rouge, was found suffocated in the trunk of her car on Friday, July 12. She was 75-years-old.

 

The Discovery Channel is airing a special tonight on the Cajun Navy, following the group through Hurricane’s Florence, Harvey, and even to it’s early roots in Hurricane Katrina. Discovery sent crews out to interview and follow members as they deployed to rescue people during natural disasters. Cajun Navy member Allen Lenard says none of what you’ll see tonight was staged. The program airs at 9PM central tonight.

 

A young Louisiana woman died Monday after a swimming accident  over the weekend in Orlando. 19 year old Jayla Tassin was swimming at Daytona Beach when a large wave swept her out and under deeper water. Tassin graduated from East St. John High School in May. She planned to start at UL on August 18.

 

LSU believes it has set the standard with its renovated football operations building that includes a new training room, players’ lounge, cafeteria and locker room. Equipment manager Greg Stringfellow says each player’s locker features a pod as a chair that folds out into a bed, allowing a player to take a nap. The 23-million project also includes a new performance nutrition center that will serve healthy and delicious meals.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife says during the summer months, alligators are more active and officials are encouraging residents and visitors to not feed the giant reptilians.  LDWF fur and alligator program manager Jeb Linscombe says feeding gators may lead to a situation where someone gets bit when one approaches another human looking for a snack. Linscombe says the high waters around the state mean people are seeing more gators in areas where they may not be used to seeing them.

 

The US Army Corps of Engineers has begun to close the Bonnet Carre Spillway.  This year marks the first time the spillway has had to be opened twice in one year, with the current opening lasting 74 days.  Corps spokesperson Matt Roe says the decision to begin closure comes as the river levels have seen a downward trend.

 

The state’s sugarcane crop is on track for another successful harvest, despite the impact of Hurricane Barry that delivered anywhere from three to fourteen inches of rain across the sugarcane belt. LSU AgCenter sugarcane specialist Kenneth Gravois says he expects mills to open for processing around September 17th, an early start date because of this year’s large crop.

 

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Good Morning.. News For Monday 07/22/2019

News for Monday 072219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Alexandria Police are investigating the death of 5-year-old girl after she was brought to an emergency room, deceased with her throat cut.  The mother reported that her daughter’s injuries were an accident.  Police have not made any arrests, but they are investigating the death as a possible homicide. The Town Talk reports the mother’s 4-year-old son died in April choking on a soda cap and the father of the children died in 2016.

 

The APD has arrested 50 year old Douglas Thomas, Jr. of Alexandria in connection with the robbery of a woman in the Target parking lot Last Thursday. A search of Thomas, Jr.'s home revealed evidence linking him to the Target robbery and a realistic-looking toy gun. Thomas, Jr. was charged with first-degree robbery and an outstanding warrant.

 

Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last June was four-point-three percent, a point-seven-percent decline from the previous June. According to the governor’s office, that’s the largest such drop for any state and Louisiana’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since January 2008.

 

Louisiana’s unemployment rate decreased to 4.3 percent in June, down .7 percent from the same time last year. Louisiana’s unemployment rate is the lowest since January 2008. The field that added the most jobs was healthcare and social assistance, which added 1,200 jobs from the previous month, and 9,400 jobs over the year.

 

Louisiana casinos have seen substantial declines in revenue in the last year, leading casino advocates to sound the alarm that the state’s gaming industry is shrinking. Shreveport casinos are down 11.6 percent, Lake Charles 10 percent, New Orleans five percent, and Baton Rouge 13 percent. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones says gaming revenue now exceeds oil and gas revenue in funding the state. There was a nasty fight in the legislature to get sports betting legal in Louisiana, but that attempt failed. Jones says that, plus new offerings in other states are drawing customers away.

 

Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins recently visited McAllen, Texas, where US Customs and Border Protection agents process immigrants coming across the border from Mexico. Higgins says if compassionate law enforcement is the goal in America, no one is doing it better than those at the southern border. Higgins says the biggest hurdle being faced at the southern border is the mass amount of people trying to be processed into the United States and the first step to fixing the situation is up to lawmakers.

 

Governor Edwards holds a ceremonial bill signing for “Katie Bug’s Law.” It requires drug testing of all drivers involved in crashes that result in serious injury. Bossier City Senator Ryan Gatti says the bill is named for 4-year-old Katie Grantham who died in the days following a wreck in 2017. The driver of the vehicle involved in the crash that killed Katie only pleaded guilty to running a red light.

 

Louisiana’s Justice Reinvestment Reforms 2019 Annual Performance Report indicates the state has saved more than $12 million from criminal justice reform, twice the anticipated savings. Secretary of the Department of Corrections James LeBlanc says while it is still very early in the implementation, the numbers are a positive sign for long term goals. LeBlanc says the further evidence of reform efforts having an effect is the fact that Louisiana is no longer known for being the incarceration leader it once was.

 

18-year-old Barron Bailey has been arrested in connection with the killing of an eight month pregnant Minden women, 19-year-old NaToyedre Barrow, who was struck by one of the seven bullets that cut through her residence and killed her as she slept on the couch. Authorities say they’ve seized the assault rifle that they believe fired the bullet in the gang related incident. Bailey is facing one count of second degree murder, and first degree feticide.

 

An Orleans Parish judge is allowing a Saints fan’s lawsuit over the ending of the NFC championship game to move forward. Judge Nicole Sheppard denied the NFL’s motion to dismiss the suit.  Attorney Tony LeMon says if the league has nothing to hide, they should not resist being questioned in court, adding they should apologize if they did something wrong. The judge also ruled that LeMon could get the chance to question NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and game officials in depositions.

 

Baton Rouge Chef Jay Ducote Beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay by challenging the world-renown chef to a crawfish boil. The program lets local chefs challenge Flay to a dish of their choice and both sides have 45 minutes to cook it. Ducote says he couldn’t thinking of a better way to rep the bayou state…

 

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Media at Southeastern Conference Media Days pick LSU to finish second in the Western Division behind Alabama. The Tigers are set to report for preseason camp on August 1st. Tiger Rag Editor James Moran says LSU landed eight players on the preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams, which is why LSU is picked to finish near the top of the division standings.

 

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Good Morning... News For Friday 07/19/2019

News for Friday 071919

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

An investigation is underway in Pineville that after a resident in College Park found a body in their yard late yesterday afternoon. The resident told the PPD they were cutting the grass when they noticed a strange odor and then discovered the body. Police say they know the body is that of a male, but not the race, age or the cause of death.  

 

Proposed minimum wage hikes have yet to escape the lower chamber in Louisiana, but in the US House, lawmakers pass legislation increasing the pay floor to 15 an hour by 2025. LSU Economist Dr. Loren Scott says it’s bad policy and cites Congressional Budget Office numbers showing it would destroy 1.3 million jobs. But Louisiana Budget Project Executive Director Jan Moller says predictions about job losses have been wrong in the past because they don’t consider the economic benefits of paying workers more money. The CBO report says the increase would raise wages for up to 27 million people, and lift 1.3 million out of poverty.

 

Congressman Garret Graves is pushing for Louisiana to get a bigger slice of the revenue from offshore oil, and if the legislation clears Congress it could mean 80-150 million more a year for the state. States get a much bigger share of revenue from onshore drilling, which benefits state like Texas, but isn’t great for Louisiana. Gulf oil drilling accounts for 18 percent of the US crude supply, but in 2016 coastal states only received 11 million of the 2.7 billion dollars in royalty revenue generated in the Gulf.

 

An iconic New Orleans company is returning as Hubig’s Pies announces plans to restart production. The longtime producer of fried fruit pies will open a new $1.3 million dollar facility in 2020. Jefferson Economic Development Commission President Jerry Bologna says many Louisianans grew up on the treats and they will bring back their original recipes. A 2012 fire resulted in the dormancy of the brand.

 

Matt Deggs was introduced Thursday as the new head baseball coach of the Ragin Cajuns. Deggs was the head coach at Sam Houston State and led the Bearkats to their first-ever Super Regional Series appearance and back-to-back Southland titles. Before his time in Huntsville, Texas Deggs was an assistant coach at U-L Lafayette from 2012-to-2014 under the late Cajuns head coach Tony Robichaux. Deggs says Coach Robe would want him to take this challenge…

 

Louisiana Commissioner of Education John White spoke before Congress about the state’s efforts to better prepare teachers before taking on the job.  White says if a teacher is ineffective in the classroom after four years of college funded by federal and state tax dollars, the blame doesn’t fall on the individual but should fall on the school’s system for introducing new teachers to the occupation. In 2017, Louisiana began requiring a year of residency under state-certified mentors for all aspiring teachers.  White encouraged Congress to consider better federal support for similar models nationwide, saying it may be beneficial in retaining teachers to the trade.

 

A teenager who was riding in the back of a pickup truck in Jefferson Davis Parish is dead after an accident. State Police say the victim was 18-years. The driver of the truck is underage so their name will not be released, but they have been cited with careless operation and no driver’s license.

 

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has put their fish and swim advisories in an app for on the go anglers. It’s the same information that is publicly available on DEQ’s webpage, but DEQ Administrator Jonathan McFarland says not everyone has a phone that can read the format, so the app fills the gap…

 

Lafayette Representative and Chairwoman of the House Education Committee, Nancy Landry, has resigned from the state legislature to become the chief of staff for Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin. Landry was term-limited and says her new job is a good way to continue to serve the people of Louisiana.

 

The A&E reality show Live PD is now filming in Lafayette.  Airing Friday and Saturday nights, the show gives viewers a live look at real situations with police officers as they unfold.  Lafayette Police Corporal Bridgette Dugas says the department is excited to be in the national spotlight. Dugas says the production is extensive, bouncing between different cities as the action takes place live. The show began filming with Lafayette PD this past weekend, despite the threat of Hurricane Barry.  Dugas says hopes the program will showcase the city in a positive light.

 

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In college football, Sun Belt coaches pick the Ragin Cajuns to repeat as West Champions ahead of Arkansas State. ULM is picked to finish in third place. Appalachian State is the preseason favorite in the East.

 

Southland Coaches and S-I-Ds pick Nicholls to repeat as league champs. McNeese is picked to finish sixth, S-L-U eighth and Northwestern 10th place.

 

And there’s a report that former Hornet, Chris Paul, will start the season in Oklahoma City as there doesn’t seem to be much interest in the 34-year-old who has three years left on his contract that pays him 125-million dollars.

 

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The Houston Astros begin a weekend series at home tonight against the Texas Rangers Game one starts tonight at 6:35p 94.7 ESPN

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 07/18/2019

News for Thursday 071819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The investigation continues into a shooting in Glenmora Tuesday evening. Authorities were called to Melder Road around 9:30. The initial investigation indicated one of the people involved in the shooting was shot, but was able to escape before authorities arrived. The victim was found Wednesday morning nearby and was transported to a local hospital. The victim’s condition is unknown at this time.

 

It took jurors less than an hour to convict Former LSU fraternity member Matthew Naquin of Negligent Homicide in the hazing death of Maxwell Gruver in 2017. Baton Rouge District Attorney Hillar Moore says no matter what today’s verdict was going to be, the case will have a lasting impact on combatting hazing. The 21-year-old faces anywhere from probation to five years in prison for the killing when he is sentenced in October.

 

US Representative Mike Johnson calls recently spotlighted tweets from President Trump unfortunate. Johnson, a Republican, says he has a good relationship with the four progressive representatives in the crosshairs of the President’s tweets. But Johnson says the bigger issue facing the country is the partisan divide keeping bipartisan legislation from moving forward.

 

Louisiana’s Senators are renewing the push to win a long term renewal of the National Flood Insurance Program, but they’re hoping to win more than just an extension, they want substantial reforms as well. To start, Senator Bill Cassidy says they’re proposing means tested flood insurance vouchers to help low- and middle-income residents afford their rates, even if their area’s flood risk has increased. The legislation also caps annual premium increases at nine percent, down from the current maximum allowable increase of 25 percent. The bill also authorizes FEMA to offer low interest flood mitigation loans to homeowners who are interested in improvements like raising their home. Cassidy says the loans pay for themselves.

 

A mother and daughter are recovering after a harrowing two day ordeal after 52-year-old Morgan Radley of Cut Off allegedly kidnapped, and rape them while the rest of the state was hunkering down for Barry. Lt Brennan Matherne with the Lafourche Parish Sherriff’s office says the victims escaped Sunday morning after being held since Friday night.

 

A pregnant woman was killed in the early morning hours in Miden after a stray bullet allegedly fired during a gang incident flew through her home, and hit her while she slept on the couch. The woman was 19 years old and eight months pregnant.

 

The latest data from LSU’s Center for Geoinformatics shows Louisiana is sinking.  A closer look at elevation changes over the last three decades shows Alexandria is down by 49 millimeters, Old River down by 34mm, and Lake Charles down by 16mm.  LSU Chief of Geodesy Cliff Mugnier says the data will also be important for emergency operations.

 

Pennington Biomedical Researchers have found that even in people who are at a healthy weight, reducing your caloric intake by 300 calories can significantly improve cardiovascular health. The study followed participants who on average reduced their daily intake from 2,470 calories to 2,170. The study showed an up to 50 percent reduction in risk of cardiovascular disease.

 

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Southern has been picked to win the SWAC’s Western Division, while Grambling State is predicted to finish in third place. Southern Coach Dawson Odums returns 17 starters.

 

LSU baseball announced today that left fielder Daniel Cabrera will wear number eight for the 2020 season. The number eight jersey is given each season to the upperclassman who exemplifies the spirit of LSU baseball through leaders and dedication to the program. Antoine Duplantis has worn the number eight jersy the last two seasons.

 

Former Alabama and Northwestern State head coach Mitch Gaspard has been hired as Louisiana Tech’s new hitting coach. He’ll replace Travis Creel, who went back to his alma mater Southern Miss. Gaspard was the head coach at Northwestern for six seasons, and Alabama for seven years. He’s been a volunteer assistant coach at Georgia the last two seasons.

 

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Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 07/17/19

News for Wednesday 071719

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Baton Rouge Police arrest 38-year-old Ronn Bell in the murder of civil activist Saide Roberts-Joseph. The 75-year-old was found dead in her trunk on Friday. Chief Murphy Paul says Bell has been charged with first-degree murder. Paul says they don’t have an exact motive, but Bell was a tenant in one of her rent houses and was way behind on rent. Roberts-Joseph was the founder of Baton Rouge’s African American history museum and her murder shook the community because she was known her kindness.

 

Crime Stoppers does it again. The APD recently asked for the public’s assistance in catching a man who fired a gun at a crowd of people during an argument at a Metro Drive carwash earlier this month. The public came through with information that led to the arrest of D'Angelo Washington. Washington was charged with the illegal use of a weapon and was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.

 

Governor’s race finance reports are out and Governor Edwards has 9.6 million cash on hand, while Republicans Eddie Rispone and Congressman Abraham have 9.8 and 1.3 million dollars respectively. John Bel Edwards was barred from fundraising during the legislative season, but UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says the Gov had already built up a substantial warchest. Edwards is the only candidate so far to run statewide TV ads.

 

Dr. Tia Mills has taken over as head of the Louisiana Association of Educators, after the retirement of former President Debbie Meaux, who served two terms. This comes just after teachers won a 1,000 dollar pay raise, their first pay raise in over a decade. Mills says the plan is to continue pushing for a better salary in next year’s session. Before the last session’s raise, Louisiana teachers were roughly 2,200 dollar below the southern regional average.

 

State Republican leaders are weighing in on the President’s tweet where he asked a group of Democratic black, Puerto Rican, and Palestinian Congresswomen to “go back to where they came from”. The tweet provoked a national controversy with many calling the sentiment racist, but Alto Congressman Ralph Abraham disagrees saying if the four Congresswomen want to go somewhere else, he would pay for their plane ticket. US Senator John Kennedy also backed up the President. Southern University Political Science Department Chairman Albert Samuels says the statement is racist because it taps into a history of telling non-white citizens that they aren’t patriotic if they speak out. The four young Congresswomen, known as “The Squad”, had been vocal of their criticism of US immigration and criminal justice policies. Three of the Congresswomen were born in the US, and the fourth was naturalized.

 

A 60-year-old East Feliciana Parish man is arrested for a second time in less than four months for negligent homicide, after striking a pedestrian with his truck on LA Hwy 10 in West Feliciana Parish. State Trooper Taylor Scrantz says Salvatore Euggino of Ethel was involved in another fatal accident in March, adding it is rare for anyone to be arrested twice for vehicular homicide in such a short amount of time.

 

The Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of three people, accused of selling narcotics illegally in the Ruston area. Along with dealing drugs from their home, authorities say they were selling candy and treats to neighborhood children.  During a search warrant execution, authorities say they found marijuana, hydrocodone, Vicodin and other drugs. Agents say scales were on a table with some of the items being sold to neighborhood children included chips, candy, nachos, pickles, popsicles, and drinks.

 

The Bonnet Carre Spillway will remain open longer than officials hoped because of Hurricane-slash-Tropical Storm Barry. Corps of Engineers spokesperson Ricky Boyett says before they can close the Spillway, the Mississippi river must drop to 21 feet at the structure in St. Charles Parish, but that has yet to happen. Toxic algae blooms linked to the Spillway’s opening have continued to shutter Mississippi beaches during a peak tourist season.

 

New research from AAA shows vehicle escape tools to bust out a window can be a lifesaver, but you need to know what type of glass your car windows have.  AAA spokesperson Don Redman says tempered glass will shatter, but laminated glass like you find in a windshield will not. With many bodies of water around the state, one wrong move could result in someone being stuck in a submerged vehicle.  Redman says 1 in 3 new vehicles have laminated glass windows that will not shatter, but most have at least one tempered glass window.  It’s important to remember which window will break.

 

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New Pelicans players Lonzo Ball, Derric Favors, Josh Hart and Brandon Ingram were introduced to the media on Tuesday. Ball says he’s ready for a fresh start in New Orleans after two so-so seasons in Los Angeles. Ball has yet to show the ability to score at a high rate in the NBA, but Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin says Ball is special on the defensive end of the court.

 

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Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 07/16/2019

News for Tuesday 071619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

People around Louisiana spent Monday surveying the aftermath of Hurricane Barry.  Many are feeling they dodged a bullet. The main issue facing homes and businesses in the Southern part of the state is power outages.  Entergy has 24,000 customers without power, down from 89,000.  Cleco, who at one point had over 63,000 customers without power, now has less than 12,000. Cleco spokesperson Jennifer Cahill says crews are working feverishly to get power back to 100%

 

Governor Edwards is praising the state’s level of readiness in the face of Barry but wants to remind folks that “This is just the beginning of Hurricane Season, and we have a long way to go.” The Governor singled out some impressive feats, such as a record breaking 900,000 sandbags distributed statewide. Edwards says one thing that really inspired confidence for the next storm was how well the state’s levee systems held up. He says not a single levee was breached, with only a few even being overtopped.

 

President Trump is taking some heat for a statement he tweeted over the weekend suggesting four minority members of congress, who have openly criticized his policies,  go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.  Well, For three of the congresswomen, that place would be the USA. Despite that 5th District Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham, who is running for Governor, jumped on board and announced yesterday, he would pay their way. Abraham is the only republican member of congress, so far, who has supported the Presidents comments.   

 

A jury recommends the death penalty for 57-year-old Kevin Daigle, convicted in the “cold blooded”2015 ambush shooting death of a State Trooper in Calcasieu Parish. Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier says the murder was so shocking that it’s the first time in his 14 years as DA that he’s stuck with a death penalty request. Daigle was caught on dashcam footage blasting Trooper Steven Vincent with a sawed-off shotgun after the officer responded to what appeared to be a person in duress.

 

New details released by the East Baton Rouge Coroner’s Office Monday suggest beloved Baton Rouge activist 75-year-old Sadie Roberts-Joseph, whose body was found in the trunk of her own vehicle Friday, died by asphyxiation. Despite the storm, detectives spent the weekend chasing possible leads and conducting interviews. Investigators still have no possible suspects nor a motive in the killing.

 

Louisiana is beginning the 60-million-dollar process of replacing two 70-100-year-old youth prisons with newer, “Therapeutic Model” buildings. Deputy Secretary for the Office of Juvenile Justice Dr. James Bueche says they think they can pay for the new facilities by applying for bonds and paying those bonds with future savings. Bueche says the older facilities are falling apart and in constant need to repair, which costs a lot of money. He says the new buildings will be smaller, safer, and more efficient. The plan is to replace the Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe, and The Center for Youth outside of New Orleans.

 

A new program called Compete Louisiana aims to ease the burden of returning to college for those that may have finished school without receiving a degree.  President of the University of Louisiana system Jim Henderson says many of those adults are now finding it harder to compete for jobs and they need to finish what they started. One in five adults in the state, just over 650,000, started college but never got a degree.

 

The optimism of small business owners has seen a modest downturn, slipping 1.7 points. NFIB State Director Dawn Starns says business owners are becoming more cautious with spending and credits the end of the legislative session for a reason for the droop. Starns says at the end of the day, optimism is still historically high, but there’s just a general slowdown.

 

State police are investigating an officer involved shooting in Houma that occurred yesterday afternoon. Authorities say two Houma officers were conducting storm damage assessments, when multiple shots were fired near the officers, emanating from a still unknown direction. During the incident one of the officers fired their weapon, but no officer were harmed during the event. No suspects have been identified yet.

 

Ascension Parish President Kenny Mattassa is getting some flak for riding out Hurricane Barry in Las Vegas. Mattassa flew out of town for a previously scheduled conference in the desert, one day after declaring a state of emergency in his parish. Mattassa defended the decision saying The only thing he could have done was fill sandbags, which he really couldn’t do because of back problems.

 

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LSU Football Coach Ed Orgeron told hundreds of reporters at SEC Media Days that the Tigers will be running a spread offense. On the defensive side of the ball, Orgeron says the Tigers have the best group of defensive backs he’s ever coached in 35 years. And the old D-Line coach plans to work more with the defensive line this season. LSU is coming off a 10-win season and the Tigers will likely start the 2019 season ranked in the top ten in the preseason polls.

 

Longtime Ruston Daily Leader sports editor Buddy Davis passed away over the weekend at the age of 72. Davis was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and enshrined into the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013. The press box at Joe Aillet Stadium is named after him. Davis spent five decades covering sports in Lincoln Parish. Davis covered icons like Terry Bradshaw and Karl Malone, the great Louisiana Tech women’s basketball teams and Grambling State’s coach Robinson.

Good Morning.. News For Monday 07/15/2019

News for Monday 071519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Barry is a tropical depression in Arkansas this morning after dumping several inches of rain, knocking out power and producing some flooding along the coast. But Barry didn’t live up to projections of major flooding, because of 15 of 20 inches of rain. State Climatologist Barry Keim says you can thank wind shear that the models didn’t take into account. But Keim says you do have to give forecasters credit for using the information available and predicting a Category One hurricane would make landfall in southwest Louisiana four days before it actually happened.

 

Most of Louisiana appears to have dodged a bullet from once Hurricane Barry, and Governor Edwards says the state will begin ramping down it’s state of emergency activities. On Friday there were serious concerns that some levees in New Orleans may have difficulty handling the storm, but Edwards says the upgraded levee system held up. Edwards thanked the emergency personnel who rose to the occasion during the storm.

 

For a while during the weekend storm, many Cenla Residents were without power. However, early Sunday crews were out inforce removing downed trees from powerlines and restoring power. As of late last night, power had been restored to most residents in Rapides and Grant parishes. The huge problem facing CLECO now is in South Louisiana in St. Martin, St. Mary’s and Iberia Parish whereas of 9 p.m last night., Cleco had approximately 33,000 customers without power. All available Cleco crews and vegetation personnel, as well as 1,000 additional line mechanics and 400 tree trimmers continue to work around the clock to get the lights back on for customers.

 

On a positive note, All CLTCC Campuses will be open today for normal operations.

 

Investigators worked through the weekend to determine how Baton Rouge African American history museum founder Sadie Roberts-Joseph ended up dead in the trunk of a car last Friday. Her Body was discovered about three miles from her home in Baton Rouge. Family members told police they had seen  Roberts-Joseph only a few hours before the heartbreaking discovery. An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the cause of death.

 

LSU receives a grant worth nearly $400k from the Institute of Museum and Library Science in an effort to tell the stories of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and active duty military through the creation of virtual footlockers.  Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science Ed Benoit says these virtual footlockers will not only be important family heirlooms but important documentation for historians.

 

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Today is the first day of SEC Media Days. LSU Coach Ed Orgeron, along with Joe Burrow, Grant Delpit and Lloyd Cushenberry will speak to hundreds of reporters today. Braden Gall covers college football for Athlon Sports and ESPN-U Radio. He says LSU and Florida are two dark horses to make the college football playoff. Gall says LSU will be good on defense once again, but the play at quarterback could be the best it’s been at LSU in a long time… Gall says Alabama goes in as the preseason favorites in the SEC West again. Texas A-and-M is facing a difficult schedule, so Gall believes Auburn could be the other team that challenges the Crimson Tide for SEC West supremacy.

Good Morning... News For Friday 07/12/2019

News for Friday 071219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Hurricane warnings are now in effect for much of the south-central Louisiana coast as Tropical Storm Barry puts the Bayou State in it’s bullseye. Governor Edwards says Tropical Storm Barry will be a major weather event for much of Louisiana. The storm is expected to make landfall Saturday morning as a Category One hurricane. But Edwards provided has some good news. He says the storm surge forecast at the mouth of Mississippi River has been lowered. Edwards says flooding is the biggest concern. Power outages are also likely.

 

Here in Cenla some strong winds and heavy rainfall is expected, but the real brunt of the storm is expected to be felt to the south and the east. The storm was expected to reach Central Louisiana Saturday night, passing to the east of Alexandria at about midnight. The National Weather Service is projecting 40- to 55-mph winds in the Alexandria area, with some gusts stronger than that, and 3 to 4 inches of rain. But, this is a slow moving storm and very unpredictable.

 

Closures…. LC to close at noon today.  LSUA will close at noon as well and will reopen Monday. The ACT test scheduled for July 13 will be canceled and a make-up date will be announced soon.

Pitkin High School ACT test set for July 13 to be rescheduled.

All Save the Children Heat Start Centers closed July 12

 

State Climatologist Barry Keim says tropical storm conditions will begin Friday night and take a noticeable turn for the worse Saturday morning along the coast, and that afternoon in the Baton Rouge area. Storm surge levels are estimated at between three to six feet at the mouth of the Atchafalaya River to Shell Beach in Cameron Parish, and 15 to 20 inches of rain could fall across some portions of the state.

 

Tropical Storm Barry is set to bring rain totals not seen in many places since the 2016 floods, with rainfall totals of 18-24 inches in some places threatening to swell south Louisiana rivers. Governor John Bel Edwards says it’s not a great time for a system like Barry to drop by, considering rivers are already swollen with upstream water and run-off. Edwards says this system has the potential to threaten areas that have just begun to recover from historic flooding three years ago by dumping nearly two feet of rainwater.

 

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for the low-lying areas of Jefferson and Plaquemines Parishes. A voluntary evacuation has been called for areas south of Leon Theriot Lock in Golden Meadow and Port Fourchon in Lafourche Parish. Lafourche Sheriff’s office spokesperson Brennan Matherne says they are anticipating strong winds and heavy rainfall in Lafourche and residents there are taking this storm seriously

 

The United Cajun Navy has been activated in anticipation of Barry’s Saturday landfall along the Louisiana coast. Founder Todd Terrell says they’ve mobilized their volunteers to help make sandbags in the Baton Rouge area, which is set to potentially see over a foot of rainwater. The organization has built a nationwide volunteer base after operations in other disaster zones over the past three years.

 

Sports..

 

It looks like Saints rookie defensive end Carl Granderson will not report to training camp later this month. That’s because he’s been sentenced to serve six months in jail immediately in a sexual battery case. Two female Wyoming University students accused Granderson of touching them sexually why they slept at his apartment in 2018. Granderson’s plea agreement in the case was rejected by the judge who ordered that his six-month sentence begin immediately.

 

The NFL has announced its roster of officials and the seven refs who worked the controversial NFC Championship game are listed as among the 122 officials for the 2019 season.

 

The Pelicans improved to 3-and-1 in Summer League Action with a 99-78 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday night. Nickeil Alexander-Walker led the way with 26 points, five rebounds and six assists. Jaxson Hayes had 13 points.

 

LSU’s all-time winningest pitcher Jared Poche has announced he’s retiring from professional baseball. The 24-year-old left-hander from Lutcher has struggled this season in Stockton, California, the home of the A’s Class-A affiliate. He’s 0-6 with an 8.53 ERA. During his career as a Tiger he won 39 games.

 

Former LSU Tiger Josh Smith has signed his contract with the New York Yankees, who selected him in the second. His contract is worth an estimated 967-thousand dollars.

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 07/11/2019

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The state is bracing for a slow moving tropical system that’s expected to drop a ton of rain and make landfall as Hurricane Barry Saturday. Ten-to-15 inches of rain is possible. National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Erickson says much of that rainfall will come between Friday and Sunday. Erickson says one concern that comes with this storm is the possibility of tornados.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards says be prepared for a significant rain and storm surge event from the storm system will push three to six feet of storm surge along the coasts and dump up to 15 inches of rain across parts of south Louisiana. Edwards has declared a statewide emergency. He says this is just not a south Louisiana event.

A Hurricane watch is in effect for much of the coast.

 

Based on current projections, Terrebonne Parish could get the brunt of what may be Hurricane Barry

 

State Climatologist Barry Keim says the reason this system went from nothing to a major problem is due to gulf surface temps being in the mid to upper 80s, giving the system plenty of fuel. Many streets in New Orleans turned into rivers Wednesday morning as an estimated eight inches of rain fell during a three-hour period over parts of the city.

 

Due to the potential for flooding, Alexandria Utility Director Michael Marcotte says the city will have free sandbags available for Alexandria residents starting today.  Elderly and infirm residents may obtain pre-made sandbags from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the City Compound on Industrial Park Road. Residents must show a driver’s license or current utility bill as proof of residence and there is a 10 bag maximum per household. Other  self-serve locations will be open at Bringhurst Park, in the parking area between Bringhurst Field and the Alexandria Zoo on Babe Ruth Drive, Cheatham Park, in the parking lot across from Peabody Magnet High School on Jones Avenue and Johnny Downs Complex, in the front parking lot off of La. Highway 28 West.

 

The Corps of Engineers says heavy rains and storm surge from a tropical system will push the Mississippi River to 20 feet in New Orleans, which could result in some levees being overtopped. Spokesperson Ricky Boyett says they do not expect potential over toppings to be widespread, but they’ve begun additional surveying to see if some areas could use reinforcement. He added that there are concerns at the moment about areas south of New Orleans.

 

As the storm moves westward and impacts Louisiana, parishes along the coastline are preparing. In Vermillion Parish they have issued a voluntary evacuation order for low-laying areas. 

 

Natchitoches Parish officials report a Marthaville man died when he was ejected from and crushed by an all-terrain vehicle. The body of 54-year-old Timmy Lopez was found late Wednesday afternoon by another person riding a trail off Preston Hayes Road near Marthaville. The 911 caller said the man was dead and that his body was underneath an ATV. Authorities believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. 

 

 

 

Sports..

 

SEC Media Days begin on Monday and LSU announced today that quarterback Joe Burrow, safety Grant Delpit and center Lloyd Cushenberry will join Coach Ed Orgeron in speaking with the hundreds of reporters that will be packed into the Hyatt Regency Birminngham-Winfrey Hotel.

 

Former LSU standout Tremont Waters has signed a two-way deal with the Celtics, who took him in the second round. That means the 21-year-old will spend most of next season playing for the Maine Red Claws, but he’ll get a chance to spend a maximum of 45 days with the Celtics.

 

LSU baseball has confirmed the hiring of former Tulane hitting coach Eddie Smith as the Tigers new hitting coach. The Green Wave are coming off a great year at the plate as they lead the American Athletic Conference in several categories.

 

Tiger Rag Editor James Moran reports that LSU has also signed two more infielders, Zach Arnold from California and Zack Mathis, who hit .351 with 10 home runs and 66 RBIs at a JUCO school in California last season. Moran says Arnold and Mathis provide much-needed depth in the infield.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 07/10/19

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A disorganized area of low pressure is expected to become a tropical depression by tonight and head in the direction of Louisiana.  National Hurricane Center Senior Hurricane Specialist Jack Bevan says forecasting a weather system of this nature is challenging. Some forecast models project the system has a shot at becoming a hurricane.  Bevan says between warm surface temps in the gulf and upper-level winds, conditions are favorable for further development. Gov. John Bel Edwards will host a Unified Command Group meeting today to discuss potential developments and the possible impacts in Louisiana.

 

The National Hurricane Center expects a tropical depression will form by Thursday from a broad area of low pressure that’s moving into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of the Florida panhandle. State Climatologist Barry Keim says conditions in the Gulf are ripe for tropical development. Currently, the system is labeled as Invest 92.

 

A motion to revoke Micah Dean Baden's probation has been filed after his June 25 arrest on a domestic violence charge, less than a year after he was sentenced for the death of a 16-year-old Ball girl in a 2016 wreck. Baden was arrested on June 25 by the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office on a felony charge of domestic abuse battery with a child present, as well as a parish probation violation. He has been in jail since that time.

The hearing is set for Aug. 19.

 

Get ready, the governor’s race is about to get ugly. Louisiana Republican Treasurer John Schroder and the Republican Governors Association blistered Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards Tuesday saying Edwards "has done nothing" to boost the state's economy. The governor, on the other hand, has noted data showing Louisiana's economy is on the rise and that the state has emerged from recession under his leadership. Schroder criticized Edwards for supporting two temporary sales taxes to avert a budget crisis. It should be noted both were passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

 

John Bel Edwards’ re-election campaign says they have a record amount of cash on hand for an incumbent Louisiana Governor, with 9.6 million dollars in the bank. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says Edwards is in a good position to be re-elected, because along with the hefty war chest, the Governor has something that money can’t buy. The primary for the governor’s race will take place October 12th.

 

57-year-old Kevin Daigle has been found guilty of first-degree murder in in what was called a “cold blooded ambush” shooting death in 2015 of Louisiana State Trooper Steven Vincent. Vincent was killed during a traffic stop near Bell City, with much of the incident caught on dash cam video, which was played for jurors. The prosecution is seeking the death penalty in the case.

 

The former mayor of Turkey Creek, Heather Cloud, announced her campaign for state senate in District 28, which includes Acadia, Allen, Avoyelles, Evangeline, and St. Landry Parishes. If elected, Cloud says she will be a bold conservative voice in the legislature.

 

Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond launches “Lion Up Recovery,” the first and only public university collegiate recovery program in the state addressing issues with drug and alcohol abuse in the college setting. Interim program coordinator Madison Evans says the program will have on-campus support groups and sober social events.

Evans says 37% of college students report they have used illicit drugs or have abused alcohol on a regular basis.

 

12-year-old Shreveport wunderkind health food advocate and chef Owen Osborne showed off his skills last night on the Food Network’s Chopped Junior cooking competition. The program challenges chefs to prepare meals with a seemingly random collection of ingredients, testing the cook’s creativity. Osborne says despite the national spotlight, he kept a cool head. The competition is judged by a rotating cast of celebrity judges, with the winner walking away with 10,000 dollars.

 

Sports..

 

The Saints released their training camp schedule Tuesday. The first practice open to the public will be Friday, July 26th at 8:50 in the morning. A total of 12 practices will be open to the public. On Sunday night, August 4th, the Black and Gold will practice at Turchin Stadium on Tulane’s campus. The Saints are also set to hold joint practices with the Chargers in Costa Mesa, California on August 15th and 16th, prior to their preseason game in Carson, California on August 18th. The Saints also announced that the seating for fans who watch practice at the team’s training facility in Metairie will be covered and misted.

 

Hall of Fame high school football coach James Waguespack has passed away after suffering a stroke on Sunday night. Waguespack was a head football coach for 32 years and won 231 games and two state championships at St. James and Cecilia. The St. James grad also coached at Beau Chene. Waguespack was 76 years old.

 

Pelicans first-round pick Jaxon Hayes put on an impressive performance in his Summer League Debut last night in Las Vegas. Hayes had 28 points, four rebounds, and three blocked shots. The eighth overall pick had a nasty one-handed dunk as he skied over a Bulls player in a 109-72 victory. The Pels next Summer League game is tomorrow night against Cleveland.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 07/09/2019

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The National Hurricane Center says there is a high probability a tropical depression will form by the end of the week over the northern Gulf of Mexico, which has the potential to produce heavy rain over Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says as long as this possible tropical depression or storm doesn’t develop into anything too significant, the potential rainmaker could be beneficial to Louisiana. Keim says eight to ten inches of rain could fall across the northern Gulf Coast later this week.

 

The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is keeping a finger on the pulse of the weather forecast with a system in the Gulf that has the potential to develop into a threat to Louisiana.  GOHSEP spokesperson Mike Steele says as of Monday, the system has an 80% chance of developing into a tropical depression. In 2016, a weather system formed in the northern portion on the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in the flooding that many are still trying to recover from due to high amounts of rainfall.  National Weather Service Slidell Meteorologist Freddie Zeiggler says the current system has some parallels to that 2016 storm. Zeiggler says the development could even turn into a hurricane by the end of the week.

 

Restore Louisiana is sending out the first round of checks to 2016 flood victims, previously denied government aid because they were approved for an SBA loan. Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development Pat Forbes says 230 homeowners will receive the grant money this week and many other families received notification Monday they are eligible for this money too.

 

According to the National College Access Network’s FAFSA tracker, 78.7 percent of Louisiana’s nearly 48-thousand high school seniors completed their free application for Federal Student Aid. With the findings, Louisiana ranks number one for application completion for a second year. Tennessee came in at number two followed by Delaware, DC, and New Jersey.

 

Food delivery service Waitr says they’re in the process of adding beer and wine to the list of goods you can have delivered with your order. Waitr CEO Chris Meaux says once they work out the specifics with the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control, you’ll see a new option on the app when you go to order from participating restaurants. Beer and wine delivery was OK’d in the last Legislative session, but Meaux says there is no current timeline as to when ATC will approve this request. Meaux says in order to have the factory sealed beer or wine included in your order, you’ve got to have some food as well. Waitr works with more than 3,500 restaurants statewide.

 

Starting August 1st the Department of Children and Family services is giving parents who are behind on child support the opportunity to get their driver’s license back without having to pay off everything they owe immediately. Regional Administrator for Child Support Enforcement Sandra Broussard says previously parents could have their license suspended for being 90 days past due and could not get their license reinstated without making the full back-payment. However, that caused even more problems with people unable to get to work. Broussard says getting non-custodial parents their licenses back make them more likely to make payments.

 

An investigation by the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Probation and Parole led to the arrest of a Pineville man for drug charges. 33 year old Zachary Proveaux was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

 

A Belle Rose man is in the slammer after going to a grocery store, filming himself opening a Blue Bell ice cream container, licking the contents, sticking his fingers in the container, then returning it to the store freezer.  36-year-old Lenise Lloyd Martin III is accused of pulling the stunt.  Assumption Parish Sheriff’s Office Commander Lonny Cavalier says It appears Martin later returned to the store and purchased the ice-cream he licked. Martin remains in the parish prison.

 

Governor Edwards has released his first TV re-election ad of the gubernatorial campaign. The ad emphasizes Louisiana’s recovery from the Jindal deficits under Edwards’ leadership. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the reported seven figure ad buy will likely appeal to Edwards base, but he’s got a long way to go to convince the state’s more conservative voters. The primary is set for October 12th

 

A dog is dead after a high jacking incident in Baton Rouge. Yesterday a man left his dog in the car with the AC on while going into a doughnut shop, only for someone to steal the car with the dog in tow. That led to a citywide hunt for both the dog and car that ran over 24 hours. Authorities say they discovered the dog in the car, and have determined the animal died of heat exhaustion. 30-year-old Leslie Aguillard was arrested on a litany of charges as a result.

 

From the “Not The Sharpest Knife In The Draw Department”, A Colfax man who had been arrested landed in more trouble when he asked a deputy to get his cellphone from his truck. 39 year old Jason Wesse, who had been taken into custody by a Grant Parish Sheriff's Deputy on an outstanding warrant from Rapides Parish, asked the deputy to get his cellphone from his truck forgetting, we assume, he had a bag of marijuana, methamphetamine and pipe that was used to ingest the drugs sitting on the front seat. Wesse was arrested and booked into the Grant Parish Detention Center on possession of meth, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia charges and the fugitive warrant.

 

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Good Morning.. News For Monday 07/08/2019

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Forecasters are keeping an eye on a trough of low pressure over the southeastern US which forecast maps show moving toward the northeastern Gulf of Mexico where the chances for tropical development have increased. According to the Hurricane Center, a board low pressure area will likely form in a few days, and, thereafter, upper-level winds support some development.

 

Governor Edwards officially kicked off his re-election campaign over the weekend in his hometown of Amite with a repeat of his RV tour. The Edward’s campaign is touting a successful legislative session that included the first teacher pay raise in a decade. Edwards is the south’s lone democratic governor facing two major republican candidates in October, U-S Representative Ralph Abraham and Businessman Eddie Rispone. The Edwards RV Tour continues throughout the week.

 

A Louisiana memorial will be held this coming Sunday for John Walton, half of KZMZ’s Walton and Johnson radio show. The celebration of life will be held at Generations Hall in New Orleans from noon to 3 p.m., which will include a Second Line and tribute brass band. The public is invited to attend.. John Walton passed away last Wednesday due to multiple heath issues. A Texas memorial service is also in the works.

 

In a devastating blow to state tourism, it was announced over the weekend that all of the Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches have been closed for swimming as the expanding bloom of toxic blue-green algae blankets the state's waters. On Sunday the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced the closures of Pascagoula Beach West and East, the final two state beaches that were open for swimming.

 

State Treasurer John Schroder is blocking the state from using 25 million dollars in unclaimed property in this fiscal year’s budget, telling lawmakers if they want the money, they’ll “have to drag me to court”. Schroder says the Legislature has appropriated 850 million dollars of unclaimed property funds over the decades, but after doing some research, he doesn’t think the move it legal. An Edwards spokesperson responded, saying “The budget bill passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor appropriates that money for critical needs throughout the state”, and that they hope they don’t have to go to court to get the funds.

 

The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana presents the first Louisiana Rural Economic Development Summit along with Southern University Law Center this week in Marksville at the Paragon Casino Resort.  Tribe Chairman Marshall Pierite (pee rite) says the goal of the summit is to connect rural communities with local, state, and national leaders, as well as Native American Country. Pierite hopes the summit, which kicked of yesterday and continues through tomorrow, helps develop a steady platform for small business owners and elected officials.

 

The Diocese of Baton Rouge announced on Sunday two more additions to its list of Catholic clerics who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse, bringing the total to 43. Baton Rouge Bishop Michael Duca released the initial list in January, which included 37 names. He said then that it would evolve over time as other diocese release their own lists amid a nationwide push for transparency from church leaders.

 

An Oxford Economics report says Louisiana is one of the states most vulnerable to losing a significant amount of jobs due to automation. The report says Louisiana is particularly vulnerable to the robotics revolution due to its status as a “low-skill” region that relies on manufacturing and service jobs. Oregon is most at risk, followed by Louisiana, Texas, and Indiana. Hawaii, Florida, and Nevada were marked as the safest states, due to their statewide status as tourism hubs.

 

A law recently signed by Governor Edwards brings new restrictions to rescue shelters on how and when they can pass along animals to research facilities. Houma Representative Jerome Zeringue says in the event that the animal ends up going to a research facility, the law increases the likelihood of an animal finding a good home. Zeringue says among the regulations, shelters must notify those making an animal drop off that they do provide animals for testing.  It also eliminates automatic euthanizing of animals for research that could possibly find a good home. Zeringue says each violation would result in a $1000 fine. The law goes into effect August 1st.

 

The trial of former LSU fraternity member Matthew Naquin, who was charged with negligent homicide in the alleged hazing death of Max Gruver in 2017, begins today.

Legal analyst Tim Meche says the proceedings will likely be difficult to watch for both families as the prosecution and defense take turns tearing down both Gruver and Naquin’s character. Naquin is accused of pressuring Gruver into drinking himself to death in a Frat initiation ceremony.

 

Accident investigators in the Bahamas are going well below the surface of the water to try to figure out what went wrong in the moments before a helicopter crashed after takeoff and killed seven people, including West Virginia coal magnate Chris Cline, his daughter and two of her Louisiana State University classmates. Authorities have said it is too early to draw conclusions about the cause of the crash.

 

The funeral for beloved Ragin Cajuns baseball coach Tony Robichaux is today at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Lafayette. Robichaux died last week at the age of 57 following a heart attack. He’s described as a man of faith and a leader for young men.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 07/03/19

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Shocking news yesterday here at Cenla Broadcasting upon word of the Passing of John Walton, half of the KZMZ morning team of Walton & Johnson. Steve Johnson, his on air partner since the early 80’s told us yesterday that John passed away shortly before midnight Monday night.  Johnson asked the public to keep the Walton family in their thoughts and prayers. Today, the plan is to take calls from fans, giving them a chance to say good bye.. Johnson says the show will go on, returning as soon as possible.

 

Word of another passing yesterday.. that of longtime Avoyelles Parish Assistant District Attorney Norris Greenhouse Sr. He worked under former DA Ed Knoll for nearly ten years and under current DA for nearly 18 years as a prosecutor. There has been no word yet on funeral arrangements. Norris Greenhouse Sr was only 62 years old.

 

A record 48.9 million Americans are expected to make a trip for the 4thof July, a 4.1 percent increase over last year. AAA Analyst Don Redman says locally in the Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas region, 4.7 million people will travel. Nationally, 4 million travelers will take to the skies, a 5.5 percent increase over last year, with airfare costs up 10 percent over last year. The average price for a gallon of regular in Louisiana sits at $2.35, but shop around you can do a lot better than that.

 

Over the last several years, the popularity of rideshares services such as Uber and Lyft has grown, but it hasn’t been a transportation option in all areas of Louisiana.  But Uber South spokesperson Trevor Theunissen says Uber services begin statewide today ahead of the 4th of July holiday. Theunissen says an aggressive campaign is kicking off to recruit drivers who want to make a little extra money.

 

A stretch of highway in Cajun Country running from I-10/I-49 South to Raceland was named Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco Highway at an unveiling ceremony last night featuring both the current and former Governors. Franklin Representative Sam Jones was there and says it’s a fantastic way to honor one of the great Cajuns in state history. Blanco served from 2004-2008, and has “made peace” with her battle against cancer that’s left her wheelchair bound.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards has signed the 2019 capital outlay bill which will provide one-point-five billion dollars in new funding for construction and infrastructure improvement projects. 94-million dollars is for construction of roads and bridges, 246-million for education construction projects and 40-million for water infrastructure projects.

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents will be cracking down on impaired boaters for Operation Dry Water weekend from July 5 to July 7. Impaired boaters caught this weekend can expect penalties to be severe. In Louisiana, a DWI on the water carries the same penalties and fines as on the road and includes jail time, fines and loss of driving and boating operator privileges.

 

St. Bernard Parish President Brian McInnis calls on the feds to provide immediate relief in the form of disaster aid to help the struggling seafood industry.  Freshwater pouring from the Mississippi River into the area due to the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway is having devastating effects on the region’s largest economic driver. McInnis says the plea for relief has the full support of the parish council, state and federal representatives.  The parish has organized a trip to DC to state their case next week.

 

A female is recovering after being shot and being dumped off on the side of Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge.  Baton Rouge Police Sgt. Don Coppola says the suspect, 28-year-old Gerry Byrd, fled to Mississippi where he was shot by law enforcement in the Woodville area after they were alerted he was in a parking lot, waving two semi-auto pistols in the air. Coppola says the suspect was brought back to Baton Rouge to be treated for his life threatening injuries. The victim’s wounds appear to be non-life threatening.

 

“Operation Murder Gang Meltdown”, a cross agency narcotics taskforce in Terrebonne Parish is nearing an end after the arrests of 18 suspects and the seizure of significant amounts of drugs. Terrebonne Parish Chief Deputy Terry Daigre says the taskforce has made some major seizures. The drugs’ street value topped a million dollars.

 

After suffering catastrophic damage from an EF-3 tornado in April, Louisiana Tech has made the decision to demolish the baseball, softball, and soccer stadiums this summer.  Athletic Director Tommy McClelland says after extensive surveys, they came to the conclusion that trying to salvage those sites just wouldn’t be safe.The tornado caused hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of damage and took the lives of two people.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is raising the bounty on nutria from $5 to $6 per tail for the season that starts November 1st.  LDWF biologist Catherine Normand says the bounty program has been in place since 2002, adding at one point, there was a fur market for the nutria and the state didn’t have an issue with rodents causing damage to the wetlands because of the number of hunters keeping the population down and keep them from overgrazing.

 

The State Fire Marshal’s Office announces the arrest of two volunteer firefighters for their connection to three fires in two parishes. Since being taken into custody, Matthew Crane of Springhill and Montana Ludlum of Cullen have made confessions of their involvement. Both men have been dismissed from the fire department.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 07/02/2019

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The RPSO reports 36 year old Robert Boyd of Lena, who has been in jail since early June, has been slapped with 21 more counts of sexual battery of victims younger than 13. Boyd, who was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on June 4, was arrested again while in jail on the additional charges. His total bond has been set at $580,000.

 

The State department of public safety announced yesterday, Norris Greenhouse, Jr. is out of jail after completing 35% of his sentence. Greenhouse, Jr. was sentenced to seven years and six months after pleading guilty in October 2017 to malfeasance in office and negligent homicide. He received two years and six months on the malfeasance conviction and five years for negligent homicide for his role in the November 2015 shooting death of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis and the shooting of his father, Chris Few, in Marksville. Greenhouse, Jr. was one of two deputy Ward 2 city marshals charged in connection with the crime, the other being Derrick Stafford, who is serving a 40 year sentence for manslaughter and attempted manslaughter.

 

Spraying for mosquitoes is underway in Alexandria. Crews with the city’s Public Works Department will spray different zones in the city two nights per week, with the complete city covered every two weeks.

 

KALB TV5 is reporting Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton confirmed yesterday  that two more officers, Eddie Andrus and Brian Frost, have been fired as part of the investigation into payroll fraud committed during the state-funded "Safe and Sober" campaign. Three deputies were arrested as part of the same investigation last week.

 

A new fiscal year budget for Louisiana went into effect on the 1st. The spending plan contains funding increases for K-through-12 education, public colleges and early childhood education, which will allow more low-income families to receive assistance so their children can attend pre-K education. TOPS also received a 15 million dollar bump in funding, and state leaders do not expect any midyear cuts will be needed.

 

Two men are dead, a Barksdale Airman, and an alleged gunman following a break-in at a Shreveport home early Sunday morning.  A female witness who lived there told investigators that her ex-boyfriend, broke into the home and shot her current boyfriend, a Barksdale airman. Caddo Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says there were five children in the home at the time of the shooting.

 

A former West Baton Rouge deputy accused of stalking and sexually assaulting multiple women while on duty - pleaded guilty Monday to malfeasance in office.  Ben Arceneaux, who resigned from the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office after being indicted in December on one count of malfeasance in office, will serve no prison time but will be on probation for two years. Arceneaux was also sentenced to five years in prison, but the judge suspended that part of the sentence.

 

222 US mayors, including the leaders of Shreveport, Monroe, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge are returning home from five days of the United States Conference of Mayors in Honolulu, Hawaii. Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo says they got an opportunity to learn how to generate federal dollars for much needed economic development and infrastructure needs back home. The diverse cast of mayors from every corner of the US each shared their experiences with climate change, from wildfires in California, to tornadoes and floods in Louisiana.

 

Senator John Kennedy spoke at the Baton Rouge Press Club and during the address; he gave his thoughts on the current state of the Governor’s race.  Kennedy says he’s spoken with President Trump about the election but did not disclose many more details.

Kennedy believes the race will be a close one but adds that Governor Edwards has the advantage of having plenty of money and mainstream media connections. Kennedy stopped short of endorsing one candidate.

 

In Lafayette, police are investigating a shooting that resulted in the death of a two-year-old. The incident happened around eight o’clock Sunday night and three adults at the home have been arrested in what is being ruled an accidental shooting. The child’s mother 22-year old MaKayla Cormier is among the three arrested.

 

Jury selection is underway in Lafayette for the man accused of killing a State Trooper in 2015. Kevin Daigle was indicted in the 14th Judicial District in Lake Charles, but the court granted him a change of venue and jury selection was moved to Lafayette. Daigle is accused of killing Trooper Steven Vincent after he stopped to help Daigle, whose truck was stuck in a ditch. The state is seeking the death penalty and trial is expected to last two to three weeks.

 

Fourteen alligator snapping turtles that have been raised with the care of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are now swimming in the wild as part of a program to replenish the species.  LDWF biologist Charles Battaglia says while the numbers in Louisiana are doing okay, elsewhere the population is showing red flags. The federal government is scheduled to decide next year whether to declare the turtles as endangered or threatened. 

 

Sports..

 

The Pelicans made a splash at the start of the NBA free agency last night by using their cap space on two widely respected veterans at positions of need. The team nabbed, free agent 3 point specialist, shooting guard JJ Reddick. Locked on Pelicans Publisher Jake Madison says Reddick is exactly what the young team needed. The Pels also traded for Utah for Center Derrick Favors.

 

LSU has announced the hiring of College Football Hall of Famer and longtime USC Coach John Robinson as a senior consultant. Robinson had two stints as the head coach of the Trojans and won a national championship. LSU says Robinson will assist head coach Ed Orgeron as a consultant of daily planning of practice, personnel and game planning.

 

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Good Morning.. News For Monday 07/01/2019

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Union Parish authorities say a three-year-old child is in critical condition after the little boy was attacked by three neighborhood dogs, two of them are pit bull mixes. Sheriff Dusty Gates says the child’s mother found her son next to a shed in the yard with his clothes ripped off and suffering from numerous injuries.

 

The US Supreme Court defeated an effort last week to allow federal courts to intervene when states engage in partisan gerrymandering of voting districts. Fair Districts Louisiana co-founder Brandon Faske says the decision means Louisiana legislators can still draw their own districts and pick their own voters. The court decision ended a legal effort to have North Carolina Congressional districts rewritten in time for the 2020 election. The decision means any policies regarding gerrymandering will have to be handled at the state level and in Congress. In state’s other than Louisiana, The ballot initiative allows voters to bypass the legislature to enact measures, but Louisiana does not allow for ballot initiatives.

 

Two bigtime donors within the Republican Party, Boysie Bollinger and Joe Canizaro are heading up Ralph Abraham’s gubernatorial campaign finance committee. Abraham lags financially compared to the other two candidates Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican Eddie Rispone. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says it’s a major development for Abraham. Bollinger once ran a shipbuilding firm and Canizaro is a New Orleans banker.

 

UL baseball coach Tony Robichaux underwent a second surgery at a New Orleans-area hospital on Sunday, a week after suffering a heart attack, and is in "critical condition". “Coach Robichaux has received additional medical attention as a result of the incident suffered a week ago Sunday. The Robichaux family asks specifically for prayer during this time.”  The 57 year Robichaux  had open-heart surgery last Monday and was moved to Ochsner Health Center in New Orleans from Lafayette General Hospital. He has coached the Cajuns’ baseball program since 1995

 

The Caddo Parish Coroner’s office has identified the two-year old child who died as a result of an apparent accidental shooting in Shreveport. Ranaldo Bennett was struck by a bullet Friday morning and died two hours later. 19-year-old Jaylen Jones has been charged with negligent homicide and illegal possession of a firearm.

 

A Eunice man’s plan to dodge jail for unpaid child support goes south when he’s caught staging his own robbery and shooting.  Officers responded to a call of a man being shot in the chest.  During the investigation, Michael Rung claimed a person took his wallet before the shot was fired. Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot says when taking a statement from Rung, some things were just not adding up. Rung didn’t act alone in the setup as his friend Jacob Jack is accused of acting as the trigger man.  Fontenot says he’s not sure how Rung convinced Jack to go through with the plan.

 

The two historic openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway this year have made life difficult for those in the seafood industry in southeast Louisiana. Oyster beds have been destroyed and catches are down and fishermen have been forced to go out farther to catch fish and shrimp. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser hopes the federal government can provide some assistance.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards has signed a bill that gives the state an additional 700-million dollars to spend on specific transportation projects. The money will fund highway projects in Caddo, Rapides, St. Tammany, I-49 through Acadiana and L-A 1 in LaFourche Parish.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking fishermen to be on the lookout for the Asian swamp eel.  The invasive species was found in Bayou St. John in New Orleans.  It primarily lives in freshwater but can be tolerant of brackish water for short periods.  LDWF biologist Robert Bourgeois says the swamp eel has the potential to throw off the ecosystem. Tthe eel is not known to be dangerous or aggressive with humans. But, the LDWF says if anyone catches an Asian swamp eel, they should notify the agency of where it was located, and kill it if possible.

 

A Baton Rouge woman is Louisiana’s latest one million dollar Powerball winner. Louisiana Lottery spokesperson BreAnne Frye says Lala Singleton was tagged in a Facebook post by her sister-in-law in Connecticut that someone in Baton Rouge won a million-dollar Powerball prize, and turns out it was her. Frye says Singleton plans to donate some of her winnings to a charitable cause close to her heart.

 

A former Caddo Magnet High fencing coach is convicted of attempted molestation and faces up to 7 and a half years in prison and will have to register as a sex offender.   The jury deliberated for 2 and a half hours before finding 72-year-old Sharron Settlemire guilty. The victim, who is now 33, was 16 at the time of the incident. Sentencing is scheduled for next week.

 

An LSU study shows high social and economic costs occur when there is a failure to diagnose and treat Conduct Disorder in kids, which covers a range of severe anti-social, rule-breaking, and aggressive behavior. LSU psychology professor Paul Frick says parents need to compare their kids’ behavior to their classmates. If your child stands out, he advises counseling. Frick says kids who exhibit more severe levels of Conduct Disorder and are not treated early can burden society later after they fail to find success socially and economically. Conduct Disorder affects about three percent of school children nationwide.

 

A 33-year-old man died at University Medical Center after being shot on St. Louis Street in the New Orleans French Quarter early Sunday morning. Police report a woman approached the man and "they got into a verbal altercation, the woman then pulled a gun and shot the victim. The subject fled the scene.

 

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The New Orleans Pelicans have made another splash, and this time it's in the form of former Philadelphia 76ers sharpshooter J.J. Redick, according to a report from. League sources confirmed the report. The signing was reported seconds after the NBA free agency moratorium period kicked off, and was for two years and 26.5 million.

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