KSYL Local News Archives for 2019-12

Good Morning... News For Friday 12/13/2019

News for Friday 121319

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Downtown Alexandria is the focal point of holiday spirit this weekend in Rapides Parish with the Alex Winter Fete.  There is no shortage of arts and craft vendors for holiday shopping, a gumbo cook-off, and Interim Director of Community Services TJ Nash, Sr. says for those feeling they need to burn holiday calories, an ugly sweater 5k. Festivities run through Sunday and more details can be found at alexwinterfete.com.

 

The state Office of Public Health says only 25-percent of healthy adults have received a flu shot this year. Immunization medical director, Doctor Frank Welch, says Louisiana is already close to matching the peak of last year’s flu season and that was one of the worst in years. He says the B strain of flu is going around Louisiana, while the rest of the country is getting sick from the more severe A-strain. During the 2018-19 flu season, 15-hundred Louisianians died from the virus.

 

The Board of Regents and BESE sets a goal of ensuring that every high school freshman by 2025 will graduate with at least one college credit or job skill credential. Higher Education Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed says making sure all high school grads have post-secondary credits will inspire more of them to attend college. The state has set the goal of doubling the number of post-secondary credentials by 2030.

 

Conservatives in the US Senate are signaling they may not support a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada that is backed by Democrats in the House and President Trump. The US Trade Representative is briefing Senate Republicans, hoping to allay concerns that the deal is too liberal after it won the backing of a major labor union.  Most of Louisiana’s Congressional delegation and Ag Commissioner Mike Strain support the USMCA deal.  Senator John Kennedy though is not onboard at this time.

 

Fifty-four years after the storm’s landfall on southeast Louisiana, Hurricane Betsy is upgraded to the Category 4 storm. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the reclassification comes as weather researchers are reanalyzing Atlantic hurricane seasons and are having a better interpretation of historic data. Hurricane Betsy was blamed for about 75 deaths and was the first storm to surpass a billion dollars in US damage.

 

LSU quarterback Joe Burrow has been named Associated Press College Football Player of the Year. Burrow received 50 of 53 first-place votes. On Saturday, Burrow is expected to win the Heisman Trophy and Governor John Bel Edwards will be on hand in person to see it. The governor’s office says Edwards is leaving for New York today.

 

Former Saints wide receiver Joe Horn is among a group of NFL retired players involved in an alleged scheme to defraud an NFL health care benefit program. Prosecutors say these former players submitted false claims to the plan and received money for expensive medical equipment never purchased. Horn could be charged with fraud.

 

Saints Quarterback Drew Brees will appear in an episode of the C-B-S TV Show Undercover Boss. Walk-on’s founder and co-owner Brandon Landry along with Brees will be on the season premiere show on January 8th. Brees is in disguise, with long hair and a beard and goes by the name of “Chris.” Chris will be a busser and dishwasher.

 

The 2019 LHSAA Prep Classic kicks-off today in the Superdome. Six championship games over the next two days. The Class 2A title game between Many and Ferriday is the only one featuring a one versus two seed. Two teams will try to complete undefeated seasons. At 7 PM tonight, St. James will face Jennings for the 3A title.

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 12/12/19

News for Thursday 121219

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The investigation continues into another shooting in the city yesterday morning. APD reports a man was shot on Holly Street neat 16th when police arrived at the scene they discovered a man had been shot 3 times. He was transported to a local hospital where he is now in stable condition. KALB reports detectives learned that the man who was shot approached a truck that another man was sitting in. Words were exchanged, followed by a struggle that actually took place inside the truck. During which time the owner of the truck drew a weapon and shot the other man.  No other information has been released.

 

The Louisiana Supreme Court rules today on a case between Jefferson Parish and Walmart that could determine whether large online marketplaces could be required to collect sales taxes on third-party retailer transactions.  Tax law expert Bill Backstrom says the tax administrators and businesses all over the country are waiting for the outcome of the case. Jefferson Parish has been previously successful in two similar cases.

 

The AP reports nearly all of Louisiana’s legislators are utilizing perk of the job that allows them to buy rare Tigers postseason tickets at face value. Lawmakers are offered a range of tickets reportedly running 425 dollars a pop to 875 dollars for end zone tickets to the national championship in New Orleans. Tickets are also available for the Peach Bowl. 95 out of 105 Representatives, and 38 of 39 Senators have taken LSU up on the offer this year.

 

A Louisiana law that automatically transfers 15-year-old suspects to adult court if they are indicted by a grand jury for certain violent crimes was upheld Wednesday by the state's Supreme Court. The 4-3 ruling came in the case of a suspect who had just turned 15 when he was accused of raping a child. A lower court ruled that transferring him from juvenile to a regular criminal court following his indictment,  without a hearing, was an unconstitutional violation of due process. The high court disagreed.

 

New Orleans, Shreveport, and Baton Rouge make Wallethub’s list of top 25 cities most in need of charitable giving during the holiday season. The Crescent city came in at three, and while the city is known for it’s cuisine, it ranked two in highest rate of food borne illnesses. Wallethub analyst Jill Gonzales says the Capital came in at 21, but where New Orleans’ problems were health focused, Gonzales says Baton Rouge’s issues were very much economic. In particular because of the excessive school dropout rate. Shreveport was ranked 19th, and Gonzales says the city economy is suffering, leading to very high adult and child poverty rates.

 

The Corps of Engineers New Orleans District has identified five flood mitigation projects across south Louisiana they feel stand a good chance of winning federal backing and eventually funding. The five studies looked at the south-central coastal region, the upper Barataria, the Amite River, Lake Ponchartrain and surrounding areas, and the West Bank of the Mississippi south of New Orleans.

 

The state is filing suit against a California law banning transactions involving alligator products.  The law was passed in sixty years ago with implementation in 2020.  At the time of passage, the alligator population was not doing so hot, but Attorney General Jeff Landry says the sale of alligator products in recent decades has funded effective conservation efforts. Louisiana now has more alligators than registered voters and he says he has given a heads up of the oncoming lawsuit to California’s AG. Harvesting gator skin and meat is a nearly 60 million dollar industry.  California makes up 30 percent of the world’s alligator market.

 

For five years, the Achieving a Better Life Experience program, known as ABLE, has been helping the parents of individuals with disabilities to save money without being penalized or losing benefits and services.  The cutoff age is 26, but State Treasurer John Schroder is backing legislation to raise the age to 46 to help vets who develop disabilities later in life. Schroder says the ABLE Age Adjustment Act isn’t a hand-out and is designed as an account to bridge the gap between insurance, benefit programs, and personal savings.

 

Two Acadiana hospital systems announce their intent to merge. Jennings American Legion Hospital and Lafayette General Health signed a letter of intent to explore a merger with LGH assuming management. LGH anticipates a $6-million investment in the merger. President David Callecod says that includes, infrastructure upgrades…

 

If it upsets you to see campaign signs lingering, long after the election is over it could be a thing of the past in Monroe. The City of Monroe is taking steps to fix that with a crackdown on such signage. Keep Monroe Beautiful says campaigns or candidates could be fined $25 per sign for any left standing in the city after December 26th.

 

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After leading the Bayou Bengals to a 13-0 record and LSU’s first College Football Playoff appearance, Coach Ed Orgeron is being recognized as the Home Depot Coach of the Year. He’s the first Tigers coach to win the award since Les Miles in 2011 and the second ever in the 25-year history of the award.

 

Tough news for Saints fans as reports in the last 24 hours indicate both defensive end Marcus Davenport and defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins will be out for the year. Davenport is 23 and Rankins is 25, and both figured to be young cornerstones to build the future defense around, but it’s two years in a row they’ve ended the season on IR

 

Rumors of LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda becoming the next head coach of U-N-L-V has died down. There were reports yesterday that says Aranda and the Running Rebels were close to a deal. But the latest report from ESPN says no job offer was made, and Aranda and UNLV had just initial talks.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 12/11/2019

News for Wednesday 121119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

If there ever was a time to heed the warning to “Lock Your Car” this is it. According to the Alexandria Police Department, more than 75 vehicle burglaries have taken place in the first nine days of December. While there isn't a specific trend following the burglaries, the majority of the crimes are happening in apartment complexes and neighborhoods.

 

After a weekend shooting in the Koln area over the weekend, RPSO has arrested 25 year old Kyle Ryland and charged him with one count of second degree murder in the shooting death of 56 year old Steven Saucier. According to witnesses, Ryland and Saucier engaged in a verbal altercation. During the altercation, Ryland allegedly brandished a firearm and fatally shot Saucier. Ryland is currently being held at the Rapides Parish Detention Center in lieu of posting a $250,000 bond.

 

Senator John Kennedy and Attorney General Jeff Landry warn Republicans not to allow Democrats any influence in the selection of the next Speaker of the Louisiana House. The letter says the move is aimed at guaranteeing a more conservative Speaker takes office January 13th when the election is held. The letter says the move is aimed at guaranteeing a more conservative Speaker takes office January 13th when the election is held. ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says such a demand bucks decades of bipartisan precedent. The Senate Presidency is reportedly close to being wrapped up, with Lafayette’s Page Cortez the favorite.

 

The odds of a new trade agreement among Canada, the United States and Mexico just get better as the House Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced support for the package. If the U-S-M-C-A replaces NAFTA, Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says experts believe it could generate up to 75 billion dollars more a year for the American economy. Strain says this deal will open up the Mexican market to new items like Louisiana poultry, and expand the market for others. Mexico is second only to China as a U-S trading partner. Louisiana currently exports 8.3 billion dollars’ worth of agriculture products each year.

 

Two Articles of Impeachment were revealed yesterday, one accusing the President of abusing the power of his office, and the other accusing him of obstruction of justice.

Senator John Kennedy expects Democrats to vote within the week on Impeachment, and he expects the vote to clear the House. Afterward the Senate will take up a full trial on removing the President from office. Kennedy says the trial will take a minimum of two weeks, with it possibly lasting as long as five to six weeks.

 

If you caught the halftime show during the SEC Championship game you saw Baton Rouge native Andrea Gathercole win a $100,000 scholarship after throwing the most footballs through an oversized Dr. Pepper can. Gathercole says the extra cash will help her at Baylor before graduating December 2020. In case you were wondering, Gathercole has already ruled out transferring to LSU to fill the void left by QB Joe Burrow next season.

 

Senator Bill Cassidy introduces new legislation aimed at incentivizing Medicare Part D recipients to choose generic prescriptions when available.  Cassidy says if the Medicare program can save money with the use of lower cost drugs that are just as effective by enticing them with a cut of the savings, it gives patients a reason to care. Cassidy says a patient is just as well off using cheaper generic drugs compared to the more expensive name brand drugs and adds if someone has been on a specific name brand medication for years, there is a good chance it is available as a generic now.

 

The Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Trustees released a final Open Ocean restoration plan with projects totaling almost $226 million dollars. The goals of the 18 projects include helping restore the habitats for natural gulf habitats.

 

A Webster Parish inmate was shot after allegedly stealing a vehicle and escaping while on work detail at the Webster Parish school board. Webster Parish Sheriff Gary Sexton says after an all-night search, authorities located 40-year-old Norman Guthrie, then he lead officers on a high-speed chase in Bossier City. Sexton says Guthrie was set to be released in March after serving time for aggravated battery, theft of a motor vehicle, and failure to appear charges. Sexton says a motive for the attempted escape is unclear.

In addition to several new charges Guthrie may be facing attempted murder charges for trying to use a vehicle as a weapon against police.

 

New Orleans Police have arrested two suspects in connection with shooting of a dozen people on Canal Street December first. Police Chief Shaun Ferguson says they executed search warrants Tuesday morning in St Mary’s Parish and arrested 21-year-old Stafford Starks, on eight counts of attempted murder. Also arrested, 22-year-old LaBryson Polidore, on 10 counts of attempted murder.

 

This week in Ascension Parish, LSU is holding an Active Threat Integrated Response Course for their Academy of Counter Terrorist Education Instructors. These instructors work with local law enforcement and first responders on how to provide care during active shooter incidents. Since 2018, the course has provided thousands of law enforcement officers and emergency personnel valuable skills to use in mass shooting situations.

 

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The Saints are still reeling from a close loss to San Fran in the Dome Sunday, but so are the Saints fan, one of whom let it be known to coach Sean Peyton yesterday. Coach was at Whole Foods grabbing a few steaks when the butcher shot him a snide comment about Peyton’s decision to go for two points early in the contest. That 2 point attempt failed, and played a big role in San Fran being able to win the game on a last-second field goal. Peyton wasn’t having it, shooting back at the butcher “Hey, your steaks don’t look too good right now. Worry about your freaking meat.” Peyton says the post-game commentary on his decision has been driving him crazy. Peyton explained his thoughts behind the 2 point attempt, saying they were spotted at the one yard line thanks to a foul, and he figured the team could punch it in.

 

The Pelicans miserable season continued Monday night with a ninth straight loss, this time a 105-103 heart breaker to Detroit. At least offseason acquisition Brandon Ingram continued his tear, putting up 31 points in the loss. The Pelicans @ Bucks tonight for a late game, airtime 8p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

LSU’s new passing game coordinator Joe Brady wins the Broyles award for the nation’s top assistant coach in the nation. Brady was instrumental in implementing LSU’s recording breaking spread offense after coming over from the Saints.

 

Joe Burrow’s seemingly inevitable march to winning LSU’s first Heisman got a boost this week thanks to former Purple and Gold legend, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. The former Heisman finalist narrates a new hype video produced by the school celebrating Burrow’s status as an icon. The award will be handed out Saturday night in New York.

 

LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, the highest-paid and one of the most well-respected assistant coaches in college football, is in "serious negotiations" to become the next head coach at UNLV, according to a Sports Illustrated report. Aranda was hired by former LSU coach Les Miles from Wisconsin in 2016, and he was retained when LSU coach Ed Orgeron took the job after Miles was fired. Since then Aranda has received a raise and become the sport's highest-paid assistant coach with an annual average salary of $2.5 million.

 

New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport will need season-ending surgery to repair a foot injury, according to an NFL Network report.  NFL Network's Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport first reported the news Tuesday evening. Rapoport later reported that Davenport saw Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot expert based out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, who serves as the Packers' assistant team physician, for a second opinion. Davenport left Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter with a non-contact injury.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 12/10/2019

News for Tuesday 121019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Heisman Trophy finalists are now official and Joe Burrow is one step closer to being only the second LSU player to accomplish the feat, the other being Billy Cannon, 60 years ago. USA Today LSU writer and Heisman voter Glenn Guilbeau says the win appears to be a lock for Burrow. The other finalists are Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields; Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts; and Ohio State defensive end Chase Young. The trophy presentation takes place this Saturday in New York City.

 

We told you yesterday about a hit and run crash that claimed the lives of two Opelousas women and seriously injured one other Saturday night.. Authorities in St. Landry parish have arrested the driver to left the scene of the crash.. But, there is a very strange twist to the story. Detectives say 42-year old Kizzy Greene and 41-year old Angela Broussard were both killed when they run into the northbound lane of LA 749. Green had just received a call from an anonymous caller saying he son was dead. Detectives say the caller was accurate. The body of 18 year old Chance Greene was found later that evening on the side of road, a murder victim. An autopsy show he died of a single gunshot would.  

 

The trail was set to begin this week for one of the three people charged in a negligence  case that led to the death of 25-year-old Cyra Harrison. However, a motion for a sanity commission has put the trial of 57 year old Glen Maricle of Elizabeth on hold for now. On Friday, Maricle's public defenders, Phillip Robinson and Chris LaCour, filed a motion to have Maricle's sanity examined and also pushed for a delay because LaCour had just been added to the case. Prosecutor Brian Cespiva agreed to the continuance.

 

The Public Affairs Research Council is decrying what they say is an unconstitutional secret ballot nomination process for the Senate Presidency. The final vote for Senate President is public, but the crucial first step of nominating people for the position is not. PAR President Robert Travis Scott says the process is against the law. The Senate President is one of the most powerful positions at the Capitol, controlling appointments, chairmanships, procedures, and more. Scott says it’s too crucial a process for any secrecy.

 

Advocates say after the successful implementation of 2017’s criminal justice reform, the state needs to turn its attention next to its highest in the nation percentage of inmates in prison for life without parole. Promise of Justice Attorney Jamila Johnson says attempts to include changes to life without parole sentencing in 2017 were scrapped, leaving Louisiana as a major, international outlier. A Sentencing Project study showed Louisiana topped the nation in 2017 with 13 percent of it’s prison population being lifers without the chance of parole.

 

The US Department of Justice awards jurisdictions in the Western District of Louisiana a million dollars to help boost crime-fighting efforts in cities and parishes across the region. The City of Shreveport was the biggest recipient, bringing in 127,000 dollars, followed by the Rapides and Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Offices at 82,000 and 72,000 dollars respectively. On the downside, Louisiana was named the state with the most violent crime in the nation per capita according to FBI crime stats.

 

Impeachment proceedings continue In the House Judiciary Committee today.  Following 7.5 hours of action, Judiciary Committee member and Benton Congressman Mike Johnson spoke during yesterday’s hearing saying they’ve been operating under haphazardly drawn special parameters for the hearings. Johnson says this is not the way to impeach an American President and that the American people see the proceedings as a sham.

 

The Coast Guard has suspended its search for the two people aboard an overdue helicopter that crashed in the Gulf of Mexico. Coast Guard says their crews searched over 4,117 square-nautical miles for approximately 68 hours but were unable to find the passengers. The search continued Monday morning for that helicopter that was reported overdue on Saturday. During that search, debris matching the helicopter's description was found.

 

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Four LSU stars make first-team All-SEC as the Purple and Gold head into the College Football playoffs. QB Joe Burrow, running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire, receiver Ja’Marr Chase and freshman cornerback Derrick Stingley Jr all made first-team. Tiger Rag Magazine Assistant Editor Tyler Nunez says safety Jacoby Stevens was a shocking snub on the list despite his numerous weekly awards and consistently high level of play.

 

LSU's Ed Orgeron named AP SEC Coach of the Year. Orgeron's Tigers completed a perfect regular season in which the team snapped an eight-game losing streak to Alabama, then LSU beat Georgia 37-10 on Saturday to win the program's first SEC championship game since 2011. The Larose native will also receive a $25,000 bonus check for being named AP SEC Coach of the Year, which adds to the cash pile he's collecting in incentives this season, per his contract. Orgeron will also collect $500,000 for 12 regular season victories, plus $200,000 for winning the SEC championship.

If LSU wins the national championship, Orgeron's postseason incentives will max out at $1.2 million.

 

After losing to the 49ers Sunday the Saints will need some luck to win home-field for the NFC playoffs.  Over the next three weeks, Green Bay must lose once and San Fran needs to lose twice or a lose to Seattle, plus the Saints need to win out. QB Drew Brees says they are a better-performing squad than what was put out on Sunday..

Good Morning.. News For Monday 12/09/2019

News for Monday 120919

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

All of us at Cenla Broadcasting would like to take the opportunity to thank all the people who came out to support the Cenla Broadcasting Cares for Kids event at the Pineville Walmart Saturday… The event, thanks to you, was a major success.

 

The House Judiciary Committee meets again this morning to review articles of impeachment drafted this weekend by Democrats. Impeachment proceedings are beginning to move quickly, and Judiciary Committee member and Benton Congressman Mike Johnson says we could see a resolution soon. The articles are being drawn up in response to the President’s alleged effort to pressure Ukraine into investigating political rivals using congressionally appropriated military aid.

 

The State Fire Marshal’s Office has arrested of two of their deputies on malfeasance charges. An investigation began into one of the deputies after it was determined his K-9 died from a lack of food and water.  Corporal Robert Fain from Bossier Parish faces several charges including a count of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals. Another corporal, Clay Barrett of Calcasieu Parish, has been arrested on malfeasance after an investigation discovered he allegedly took steps to cover-up incomplete and -or incorrect investigative work in two of his fire cases.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards pledges more money for higher education. Edwards increased funding for public colleges by 47-million for this fiscal year, but the Board of Regents is requesting a 156-million-dollar boost for the upcoming budget. UL System President Jim Henderson says the increase would entice high quality faculty and more money is needed to ensure that TOPS students will have their tuition paid for throughout a four-year college career…

 

State Police report Two women are dead as the result of a hit and run accident. The accident happened around 10:30 Saturday Night on La. 749 when three pedestrians were struck by a vehicle that just kept going.

 

A report by the D.C. based Environmental Integrity Project shows the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality saw its budget cut by 35 percent between 2008 and 18. DEQ Secretary Chuck Brown notes the department does not get money from the state general fund, but their staffing levels, and how much they can charge in fees are determined by the state. The department saw a 35 percent decline in staffing during that period, the fourth-highest percentage of cuts to staffing of any state.

 

A Calhoun man is in jail accused of holding his girlfriend captive for days and beating her multiple times at various locations. Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Glen Springfield says if it wasn’t for the quick response of witnesses calling authorities after they saw 22-year old Michael Vaughn pulling the victim by the hair, this situation could have seen a different conclusion. The victim was covered in bruises and had a broken tooth. The suspect was already on probation and now faces four felonies.

 

Louisiana officials don't yet know how many of the state's food stamp recipients could be at risk of losing their benefits because of a new Trump administration rule that will tighten work requirements on the program. About 49,000 of the 810,000 people in Louisiana who rely on the federal food stamp program meet the definition of work-eligible adults as outlined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture rule that takes effect in April. Under current figures, 761,000 would could lose benefits in the state.

 

Members of the LSU Board of Supervisors express concern that a new ACT policy allowing students to retake specific sections of the test is economically discriminatory. Board member Remy Starns says many kids from poor families don’t have the luxury of constantly retaking the vital college admissions test. Starns notes 15 percent of students take the test four or more times already. The company that distributes the ACT says their studies show allowing multiple retakes does not advantage kids from higher-income families.

 

Sports…

 

High stakes game comes down to the last play, as Saints lose to the 49ers on last-second field goal  45 – 48. The Saints (10-3) will play their final regular-season game in the Superdome, hosting the Indianapolis Colts next Monday Night.

 

Joe Burrow collected a shiny award as the Saturday game's MVP. However, LSU's fans had another trophy on their minds, namely the Heisman! Burrow turned in another dazzling performance on the big stage, leading No. 1 LSU to a spot in the College Football Playoff with a 37-10 rout of No. 4 Georgia in the Southeastern Conference championship game Saturday.

 

LSU is officially the team to beat in the 2019 College Football Playoff.  On Sunday, the selection committee anointed the Tigers the No. 1 seed in its playoff rankings, setting up a matchup against No. 4 Oklahoma in the national semifinals. The game will be played at 3 p.m. CT on Dec. 28 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and will be billed as the Peach Bowl.

Good Morning... News For Friday 12/06/2019

News for Friday 121619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Kayla Giles, the woman accused of murdering her husband in an Alexandria Walmart parking lot, posted a bond of $510,000 Thursday and was released from jail. Earlier this week, Judge Greg Beard granted an October a motion to reduce the bond filed by her attorney. Giles is facing charges of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice for the Sept. 2018 shooting death of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr.

 

Another shooting in the city has claimed the life of a 24-year-old man. The APD reports the shooting took place late Wednesday night in the 200 block of Sunset. Police say they found the victim shot multiple times. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The name of the victim has not been released. The APD also announced yesterday it was investigating the death of a 46-year-old man in the 5600 block of Eddie Williams Road. No other details were released.

 

An ATRANS passenger bus and a pickup truck were involved in a traffic accident at the intersection of Elliott and Foisy streets yesterday morning. A total of 15 passengers from the bus were taken to local hospitals for treatment as was the driver of the other vehicle. Most of the injuries were reported as minor to moderate, but one passenger from the bus had what were described as potentially life-threatening injuries. APD is investigating the accident. No official cause has been determined nor have any charges been announced.

 

Alexandria Police Department officers rescued a 14-year-old Florida girl at a motel as she was being held captive by an Alabama man. 30 year old Jonathan Gibson of Lillian, Alabama, remains in the Rapides Parish Detention Center with no bond on one count of second-degree kidnapping and four counts of first-degree rape.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards told the board overseeing Louisiana's largest university system Thursday that he will propose to again raise spending on public college campuses next year, trying to steer more dollars to campuses that struggled through nearly a decade of state financing cuts. The Governor pledged that he'll keep working to boost funding for higher education across his second, four-year term, which begins in January.

 

A Conservative group says sexual harassment rules in place at Louisiana universities  chills free speech on campus. This ranking by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, called FIRE, puts LSU, Tulane, UNO, Southeastern and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the same league as Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Georgetown. The six Louisiana schools were among the 114 nationwide with a “red light” rating, meaning that the policies “both clearly and substantially, according to the group, restricts protected speech.”

 

A new Hepatitis C treatment agreement will allow the Louisiana Department of Health to treat 2,290 Medicaid and Corrections patients in just 75 days, more than all of 2019 combined. Office of Public Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Alex Billioux says Hep C kills more Americans than all other infectious diseases combined, but you might not be aware of how deadly it is because of how slowly symptoms progress. The homeless, drug users, and those who live or work in non-sterile environments are most at risk for catching Hep C.

 

Three Louisiana men were cited for transporting harvested deer from Texas into Louisiana and now the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding hunters returning from other states of the ban put in place to mitigate the risk of spreading the deer-killing virus known as Chronic Wasting Disease to local herds. CWD has been detected in 26 states, including the three that border Louisiana.

 

Grambling State completes one of the institution’s largest fundraising campaigns, collecting more than $6.6 million over the course of three years. University Vice President of Advancement Marc Newman says basketball star Magic Johnson’s company was the biggest contributor…

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 12/05/2019

News for Thursday 120519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Bond has been reduced for Kayla Giles, the woman accused of murdering her husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr.,  in the Highway 28 West Walmart parking lot in September of last year. Judge Greg Beard granted an October motion to reduce her bond  from $1,100,000 to $510,000.  The Judge set forth several conditions if Giles is able to post bond. She will be required stay in Rapides Parish, she is prohibited from owning or possessing weapons, she must forfeit her passport and comply with a gag order. Finally, she is prohibited from any contact with her late husband’s family.

 

Nearly 50,000 Louisiana residents could be impacted by the Trump administration’s new work requirement changes for food stamp recipients. DCFS Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Division of Family Support Sammy Guillorie says the requirement would change the criteria for states to request a waiver of the three-month time limit of receiving SNAP benefits within a 36-month period for able-bodied adults without dependents. Louisiana has a statewide waiver that will remain in effect through March 31, 2020, so recipients do not need to worry about losing their food assistance during the holidays because of this rule change. Estimates show the changes could result in roughly 700,000 losing SNAP benefits nationwide.

 

Inauguration activities to swear-in Governor Edwards and statewide elected officials will take place on Monday, January 13, at 11:30 a.m. on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge. Due to the College Football National Championship game being held in New Orleans that night, an inauguration ball has been cancelled.  However, plans are tentatively being made for a “Governor’s Ball” in New Orleans in late 2020.

 

Senator Bill Cassidy, along with Two Democrat and one Republican senator, has  introduced bipartisan legislation that will allow parents to receive a larger child tax credit in their year after they have a child, or adopt. The child tax credit is currently 2,000 dollars a year, and Cassidy says this bill would allow them to borrow against the next six years of tax credits and receive 5,000 dollars in the child’s first year. The Legislation does not call for increased taxes to fund the program, or for people to dip into their Social Security.

 

Meth, Heroin, Cocaine, Marijuana and stolen guns made up some of the findings of an executed search warrant by the St. Landry SWAT team at the Opelousas home of 35-year-old Kelonda Thibodeaux  and her husband 30-year-old Brandon Thibodeaux.  Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says the total value of the drugs is nearly six-figures. All the guns seized still have serial numbers, so investigators are going through ATF to get info as to who they belong to. 

 

The House Judicial Committee held it’s first impeachment hearings, with Louisiana’s lone Democrat stating the case for impeachment while questioning the panel’s legal experts. Democrats released a compilation of revelations from Intelligence Committee hearings into the Ukraine Scandal Tuesday, and New Orleans Representative Cedric Richmond says it’s damning. Richmond reiterated Democratic accusations that the Ukrainian “Quid Pro Quo” was no only unethical, it endangered national security. Republicans on the panel called yesterday’s hearings a partisan witch-hunt.

 

The Caddo Parish Commission has, during a special meeting,  approved funding to remove a Confederate monument that was erected in 1905 on the north side of the Caddo Courthouse lawn. The commission allocated $500,000 to remove the 30-foot tall marble and granite Confederate monument, but will have to wait to do so. The United Daughters of the Confederacy filed a temporary restraining order against the parish and the commission, halting the removal of the statue. A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 13.

 

A Gonzales Dutchtown High School was arrested Wednesday on allegations he had shared inappropriate messages and photographs with underage students for more than five years. 32 year old Mark Ebarb, a former Ascension Parish teacher of the year and finalist for the state title in 2014-15, surrendered to deputies Wednesday morning.

 

You might want to watch your spending limit on gifts this year, according to CreditCards-dot-com Louisianians have the second highest credit card debt burden in the nation.  CreditCards-dot-com analyst Ted Rossman says the typical Louisiana household carries $8,364 in credit card debt. The report says Louisiana’s median annual household income is just $48,000, which is the fourth-lowest in the country. New Mexico ranked first for credit card debt, West Virginia third, followed by Arkansas and Mississippi.

 

Savoie's Sausage and Food Products Inc. is expanding their facility in St. Landry Parish. On Wednesday the President of the company, Frederick Lafleur, along with  Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a $12.7 million expansion of the company’s food production facility near Opelousas. The Expansion, according to a release, will broaden its distribution area.

 

LSU remains second in the latest college football rankings, right behind Ohio State. The final rankings will be unveiled on Sunday. Tiger Rag Editor Ron Higgins says the Tigers can regain the top spot if LSU wins in the SEC Championship game and Ohio State doesn’t play well in the Big 10 title game. LSU faces Georgia in the SEC title game on Saturday.

 

Saints defensive end Cam Jordan has been named the N-F-C Defensive Player of the Week. Jordan had four sacks in the Thanksgiving night win over Atlanta. Jordan is now second in the N-F-L in sacks with 13.5. New Orleans hosts the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. The Black and Gold are just a 2.5 point favorite.

 

And there’s reports the Ragin’Cajuns and Louisiana Tech could meet each other in the New Orleans Bowl later this month.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 12/04/2019

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Tiger fans are Atlanta bound this Saturday as the Bayou Bengals take on the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC Championship game.  StubHub spokesperson Erin Exum says over a thousand tickets are currently available with an average price of $567. Exum also says be sure to purchase your tickets from a reputable reseller and not a scalper..  

The Tigers are a touchdown favorite to win on Saturday.

 

Republican Congressman Mike Johnson still feels strongly that the impeachment inquiry is a charade; this ahead of today’s House Judiciary Committee hearing over the case. Johnson says he hasn’t had access to the underlying evidence that has been gathered by the House Intelligence Committee, adding they’ve been secretive. Johnson says a number of House Democrats who have predetermined this political outcome, with some vowing to impeachment just days into the Presidency. There are 17 Republicans on the Committee of 41.

 

There are few details on this story but authorities are reporting 41 year old Herbert Pollard Jr. of Lecompte has been arrested on charges of criminal sexual conduct with juveniles.  Pollard was charged with three counts of aggravated crimes against nature. His bond has been set at $450,000.

 

Louisiana is the first state in the nation to allow Medicaid recipients to enroll via an app.

Medicaid Deputy Director Jen Katzman says Healthy Louisiana has been popular with users so far, garnering a 4.5 star rating on app stores for its ease of use, and utility.

LDH advertises that the app also simplifies the process for choosing between the five managed care plans. Along with options for enrollment in one of the state’s health plans, Katzman says you can also use it to look up nearby providers.

 

An Arkansas man is under arrest after allegedly shooting his way into an empty West Monroe School and barricaded himself in a bathroom in hopes of sparking a standoff with police. Jeffery Smith allegedly fired over a dozen shots in the school. Just one problem, Sgt. CJ Beck says the police never came because the school’s burglar alarm never went off. So after 12 hours Smith went home. He was later arrested.

 

Two men have lost their jobs with Livingston Parish Public Works after allegedly stealing guns from a home while they were supposed to be working. Livingston police chief Randy Dufrene says 37-year-old Kelby Henderson and 24-year-old Adam Church knew the homeowner was a gun collector. Dufrene says they also used a parish vehicle to drive to the victim’s home.

 

The St. Martinville City Council held a special session Tuesday to discuss the contents of a packet mailed from an anonymous sender, accusing St. Martinville Chief of Police Richard "Ricky" Martin of owning a falsified GED certificate. Chief Martin addressed the city council and provided proof that his GED certificate was not falsified. He raised concerns about how this packet, mailed from an anonymous source, had content from his confidential personnel file, which is held at city hall. The St. Martinville City Council voted unanimously to fully investigate all parties involved in the defamation of character against Chief Martin.

 

The driver of a tanker truck that spilled thousands of gallons of gasoline Monday near the Interstate 10 bridge at Port Allen had a suspended driver's license. Environmental crews continued to work Tuesday to clean up the area while limits were placed on access to the Port of Greater Baton Rouge.

 

The performance of Louisiana teams on the football field is resulting in a spike in sports apparel sales.  Sara Sanders is the co-owner of the Purple and Gold Sports Shop in Baton Rouge and says many fans are inquiring about the specialized jersey that Joe Burrow wore when he took the field for the final time at Tiger Stadium. Sanders says the Black and Gold Sports Shop is also seeing a spike based on the success of the 10-and-2 Saints and several players are seeing strong sales on their jerseys as well.

 

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In N-F-L news , the Panthers have fired longtime head coach Ron Rivera. Carolina is 5-and-7 and they just lost to the Redskins.

 

Seattle’s win over Minnesota Monday night gives the Saints the number one seed in the N-F-C playoffs. New Orleans hosts San Francisco this Sunday.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 12/03/2019

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Monday Morning Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall gave his final State of the Community briefing for the year. The Mayor recapped his first year in office and discussing what he's looking forward to accomplishing in the coming year. At the top of the list, filling the 26 vacancies at the Alexandria Police Department, as well as eliminating blight and improving customer service across the city.

 

Grant Parish authorities report a school bus was involved in a traffic accident yesterday afternoon on Highway 165 South of Georgetown when, according to Sheriff McCain, a pickup truck drove into the back of a bus. The unnamed driver of the truck received injuries to his legs, but it appears none of the children received anything other than minor injuries.

 

It’s been two weeks since a ransomware attack crippled state services and the Office of Motor Vehicles is still operating at a limited capacity with less than half of the state OMV officer back on line. Division of Administration spokesperson Jacques Berry says even if your local office is open, it doesn’t mean it’s at full service yet. He says Expresslane.org will tell you what services your local station is offering. Over a thousand workstations were impacted by the attack across all state agencies by the attack.

 

The red wave in this year’s Legislative elections guarantees Republicans will hold the Speakership and Senate Presidency, so who’s set to replace the outgoing Speaker Barras and President Alario? Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the race for Speaker is a tossup, with names like Lance Harris of Alexandria, Sherman Mack of Albany, and Stephen Dwight of Lake Charles in the running. Pinsonat says Sharon Hewitt of Slidell, Ronnie Johns of Lake Charles, and Rick Ward of Iberville are up for the Presidency, but one name has emerged as an early favorite in the Upper Chamber The Speakership and Presidency will be decided in a January 13th vote.

 

New Orleans Police continue to search for those responsible for a mass shooting in the 700 block of Canal Street early Sunday morning. Crime stoppers President Darlene Cusanza says the reward has been bumped up from $5,000 to $10,000 for info leading to an arrest. The shooting rampage occurred while the city was hosting the annual Bayou Classic football festivities, and the shooter is thought to live outside of New Orleans.

 

LSU President F. King Alexander told The Los Angeles Times over the weekend that he is leaving his options “open” when asked about his name being included among potential candidates to fill presidencies at one of the two university systems in California. Alexander told the Baton Rouge Advocate Monday afternoon that he was very flattered, but news of his being on the list of potential candidates was news to him. Alexander, who is 56, came to LSU in July 2013 after heading Cal State Long Beach for seven years.

 

LSU Athletics offered free slabs of sod from Tiger Stadium to fans yesterday.  In total, roughly 3300 servings of grass were given away, causing traffic headaches around the pickup point at Alex Box Stadium. The sod was removed from the stadium as part of a months-long project to replace the field and improve drainage in the stadium.

 

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With LSU playing in the SEC Championship Game, that means less time on the road recruiting for the coaches. But Coach Ed Orgeron says what the Tigers have done on the field this season has been their best recruiting tool, especially for skill position players. New college football playoff rankings will be released tonight. Most believe the Tigers are in the four-team College Football playoff, even if they lose to Georgia. But Orgeron is not taking anything for granted.

 

LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow has broken most LSU passing records and SEC records on his way to possibly winning the Heisman. He’s considered a top-five pick in next year’s N-F-L draft, but the young man from Ohio says he’s living in the moment.

Burrow and the Tigers will head to Atlanta later this week to face Georgia in the SEC Championship game.

 

Louisiana Tech is not getting ready for the Conference USA Championship game, instead U-A-B will represent the West. But the Bulldogs can still win their sixth consecutive bowl game. Coach Skip Holtz says they will find out Sunday where they’ll be playing. The Independence Bowl in Shreveport and the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas are two possible bowl destinations for La Tech.

 

The Ragin Cajuns getting ready to make another trip to Boone, North Carolina where they’ll play Appalachian State for the second straight year in the Sun Belt Championship game.

 

The Saints will be back in the Superdome Sunday to host San Francisco. The winner will have the best record in the N-F-C.

Good Morning.. News For Monday 12/02/2019

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There were three shooting incidents in Alexandria over the weekend; one of which claimed the life of a 20 year old man. The APD reports the fatal shooting took place late Saturday night on Louisiana Avenue,  the second around 3:30 Sunday morning on Mary Street and the third on Monroe around 11 Sunday morning. No one was injured in the second and third incidents. The name of the Saturday night victim has not been released. The investigation continues.

 

It was also a very deadly weekend in New Orleans where eleven people were shot on Canal Street early Sunday morning leaving two in critical condition. Authorities say the shooting occurred in the 700 block of Canal St. around 3:25 in the morning. The shooting comes on a busy weekend with thousands of people in town for the Bayou Classic. Louisiana State Police and federal officers are assisting NOPD in response and investigation.

 

In Lafayette last night a 36 year old man was shot multiple times and is in critical condition.

 

Senator Bill Cassidy has a new challenger for his seat, Baton Rouge Democrat and Louisiana Juvenile Justice Advisory Board member Antoine Pierce. Cassidy’s 2017 vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act partly inspired the run and Pierce says Cassidy misled the public about how many people would lose coverage under his replacement plan.   Pierce says Cassidy is beholden to moneyed special interests and needs to be replaced with a Senator who focuses on working-class economic issues.

 

Remember the viral video that was released the day after the collapse of the Hard Rock hotel in New Orleans where a construction worker videoed the sagging girders of the building and narrated in Spanish, with fear in his voice, what he was seeing?  That worker was also injured in the collapse of the building when he fell several stories and survived. What he didn’t survive was I.C.E. 38 year old Delmer Palma was flown to his native Honduras last Friday. Workplace safety advocates had hoped he could remain in the United States to facilitate the federal investigation of the collapse, which killed three workers and left dozens more injured.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office executed a warrant last week in an effort to arrest a man who is wanted for domestic abuse battery, theft, and more. The homeowner said police pulled up with "guns drawn, lights on." Officers put handcuffs on the woman and walked her to the corner of the street. The man they were searching for was not there and had never been. The homeowners are a former teacher and her husband, a reverend. Also inside were the couple's two grandchildren. It took police 30 minutes and a total search of the home before they realized they were at the wrong home.

 

A 122-year hardware and department store that once saw a visit from Bonnie and Clyde is closing in northwest Louisiana. N.J. Caraway & Company has been serving customers in the town of Logansport since 1897. The DeSoto Parish store nestled on the bank of the Sabine River sells an eclectic collection of hardware, antiques, clothing, candles and much more.Store owner Janet Palmer says she's ready to retire. She's having health issues, and her husband died nine years ago. The couple had run the store for nearly 40 years. The store's final day of operations will be Dec. 28.

 

The trade war between the U.S. and China is forcing many Louisiana farmers to question whether they’ll continue to grow soybeans next year as the federal aid package keeping them afloat by offsetting their losses isn’t covering all their costs.

Across the state, farmers have collected more than $180 million since the federal government rolled out its program to make up for a steep slump in soybean sales after China, the biggest buyer of American soy, raised retaliatory tariffs for several U.S. agriculture products last year.

 

Christmas decorating is in full effect and State Fire Marshal Butch Browning has a few tips to keep the holidays fire-free. Browning says do not daisy chain power strips and check them about every 4 hours to make sure the strips are not being overloaded. The Fire Marshal’s Office recommends both artificial and live trees should be treated with a fire retardant material. Browning says it may sound small but using outdated lights can also be a fire hazard…

 

52 percent of workers admit they will shop online while on the job this holiday season. That’s according to a study conducted by the staffing firm Robert Half Technology.  Senior Recruiting Manager Carrie Lewis of New Orleans says the workshopping divide was starker among generational lines, with 65 percent of those 25-40 to admitting to it, but Lewis says there’s also a gender gap, with more men actually doing the cyber shopping than women. Today’s Cyber Monday deals will attract the most workshoppers, with 43 percent saying they will participate.

 

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The LSU football team remains the No. 1 team in the country, according to the Associated Press, after the Tigers beat Texas A&M 50-7 on Saturday night. LSU still ranks No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings, and the next rankings will be released Tuesday evening on ESPN. LSU finished its first undefeated regular season since 2011, and the Tigers will play Georgia in the SEC championship game on Dec. 7 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

 

LSU will head to Atlanta later this week to play Georgia on Saturday in the SEC Championship game. The Tigers are 12-0 and college football analysts say the Tigers are in the college football playoff even if they lose to the Bulldogs, Coach Ed Orgeron says his team is not entertaining that thought. Georgia is in the SEC Championship Game for a third straight season. The Bulldogs are 11-and-1.

 

Louisiana Tech did not win the Conference USA Western Division, but they finished off the regular season with a 41-27 victory over UTSA. U-A-B’s win over North Texas puts them in the Conference USA championship game over La Tech and Southern Miss. But the Bulldogs will go for a sixth consecutive bowl victory. Tech will have to wait until next weekend to find where they’ll be playing…

 

Southeastern Louisiana and Nicholls have advanced to the second round of the F-C-S playoffs. The Lions rallied from 31-14 deficit to beat Villanova 45-44 in Hammond.

 

At the Bayou Classic in New Orleans Saturday, Southern Beat Grambling 30 to 28..

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