KSYL Local News Archives for 2019-07

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.

 

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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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News for Thursday 071119

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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. 

 

 

 

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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

News for Wednesday 071019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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.

 

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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

News for Tuesday 070919

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

News for Monday 070819

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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

News for Wednesday 070319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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

News for Tuesday 070219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

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. 

 

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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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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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