KSYL Local News Archives for 2020-01

Good Morning.. News For Monday January 20th, 2020

News for Monday January 20th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


A federal appeals court said Friday that it will not reconsider its ruling that Mississippi's law banning most abortions after 15 weeks is unconstitutional. The 2018 state law remains blocked and Mississippi's only abortion clinic remains open. The owner has said the clinic does abortions up to 16 weeks. Mississippi is likely to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case. Judge Reeves' ruling on the Mississippi law also put a similar law in Louisiana on hold.


Multibillion-dollar Medicaid contracts awarded by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration have been scrapped by Louisiana's chief procurement officer, who determined the health department mishandled the bid process for deals to provide health services to 1.5 million people. A new Louisiana health secretary and Medicaid director will inherit the contract dispute. Health Secretary Rebekah Gee is resigning from the job at the end of the month, and the department's Medicaid director, Jen Steele, has left the agency.


CDC numbers show 30 percent of Louisianans are considered “inactive”, twice the national average. LSU AgCenter nutrition specialist Denise Holston says inactivity is defined by not meeting the recommended 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity and can be the result of a number of impediments. Louisiana also sports one of the highest obesity rates in the nation at 35 percent. If you are one of those inactive adults, Holston recommends starting slow if you’re first getting into exercise, and find little ways to work it into your busy schedule.


State Police report an early Saturday night single-vehicle crash killed a man from Campti on Louisiana Highway 153. Troopers say a vehicle driven by 32-year-old Zantere Smith left the roadway and collided with a tree.  Smith, who was not wearing a seatbelt, sustained fatal injuries during the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.


The Louisiana Lottery is looking into expanding ticket sales by allowing players to make purchases of games over the internet through a smartphone app.  Louisiana Lottery CEO Rose Hudson says in order to start online starts legislative approval is needed to change a state statute that prohibits gambling by computer. Hudson says eleven other state lotteries allow for the purchase of tickets online and with the launch of the Louisiana Lottery app, it’s a great time to explore adding Louisiana to that list.


A Lake Charles man is arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with a trailer fire that killed a mother and daughter and gravely injured an 11-year old boy. State Fire Marshal deputies in collaboration with the Lake Charles fire department announced the Calcasieau Parish Sheriff’s office booked 36-year-old Casey Hatch into the parish jail and bond is set at $2-million.  Police say Hatch confessed to setting the blaze in an attempt to commit suicide on January 14th.


The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has started the process of finding a new Superintendent of Education to replace John White, who is stepping down. BESE member Holly Boffy says they are seeking someone with strong organizational skills who can implement their agenda. A two-thirds vote from BESE will be needed to hire a new superintendent. White’s resignation is effective March 11th, and Boffy says they will be using that date as a “milestone” for finding a replacement.


Senator John Kennedy has co-introduced legislation aimed at combatting the global trade in bear parts along with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. Animal Wellness Action spokesperson Wayne Pacelle says legislative action was needed to protect bears that are being killed for their gallbladders. The subspecies known as the Louisiana Black Bear was at one time on the federal endangered species list, but with a bit of growth in the population, but Pacelle says that protection has been taken away. Pacelle says the bears are slow to reproduce and cannot keep up with the large scale poaching cases throughout the US.


59-year-old Myrna Thomas Quarles is set to serve 71 months in federal prison for stealing over million dollars by defrauding a federal summer lunch program for hungry children who are out of school. The case is linked to a fraudulent company Quarles set up in 2014 and 2015 that handed out some food to kids, but significantly overstated the amount of work it did to overbill the feds.


Advanced Aero Services announces the launch of its maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility in Shreveport that is expected to create sixty direct jobs by 2021. AAS President Mike Anderson says the forecasted growth could result in the company employing 1000 people by the sixth year of operation.


An Ascension Parish man is accused of animal cruelty after 33 dogs were found in what officials described as "horrid conditions." Ascension deputies responded Sunday to a home on Martin Road to assist the animal shelter in the case. Upon arrival, they found one dead dog and 32 living dogs. 50 year old Thomas West was arrested on 33 counts of animal cruelty. The dogs were taken to a local animal shelter for treatment.


A Houston-based renewable fuels company is looking at leasing a 164-acre site at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to build a $400 million to $500 million plant. Greentech Materials LLC would produce environmentally friendly diesel fuel from soybean and palm oil. The port’s executive committee approved a measure Thursday that gives Greentech 90 days to reach an agreement for an option on the land.


On the air today..


Tiger Talk 4 to 6p 96.9 KZMZ

Pelicans @ Grizzlies 3:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

Good Morning... News For Friday January 17th, 2020

News for Friday January 17th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


KALB reports more than four months after APD Chief Jerrod King submitted his pick for deputy chief, Mayor Jeff Hall has yet to approve it and feels it's best to get rid of the position altogether. Civil Service Board Attorney Brian Cespiva says the board received a letter from the city administration just days ago about their decision to get rid of the deputy chief's position. Now, the civil service board wants an explanation as to why.

They've asked that someone from the city's administration attend the next board meeting so they can explain the rationale behind their decision. The board will then vote on whether the city has given a sufficient explanation, followed by a public hearing after thirty days.


The National Champion LSU Tigers visit Washington DC today.  Congressman Garret Graves says there are a number of different events to honor the team including a dinner, a tour of the Capitol and the House floor, and a meeting with the President at the White House.


LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is reportedly set to leave the program to take over as the new head coach of Baylor. Aranda was widely regarded as one of the best defensive minds in college football.


And that’s not the only story blowing up the LSU newswire. An arrest warrant is now out for former star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for an incident caught on tape where he slapped the behind of a Superdome police officer who was reportedly in the locker room during an incident where players were caught smoking cigars. This stacks with another video controversy where he was caught handing out money to players after championship game.   Beckham’s pro team, the Cleveland Browns, says they are monitoring the situation.


State regulators have endorsed a $14 billion merger that would transfer control of Harrah’s land-based facility in New Orleans. In what is being described as a minnow swallowing a whale, tiny El Dorado Resorts, based in Reno, is taking control of industry giant Caesars’ Entertainment. The new combination, if approved by some dozen more states, as expected, will control 60 casino-resorts in 15 states, including five properties in Louisiana, making El Dorado the largest casino owner in Louisiana and the nation.


After nearly two years of a trade war, phase one of the trade agreement between the US and China has been signed.  Louisiana Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says China will buy $36.5 billion in ag products this year adding structural reforms will change the goods that China purchases which he says should result in long term stability.


The Army Corps of Engineers has been sued by a coalition of environmental groups for allegedly failing to disclose the public health risks of a plastics plant set for construction in St. James Parish. The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the plaintiffs and staff attorney Emily Jeffers says the Corp was blatantly disregarding the law when they issued a permit for the facility. The suit alleges that a full accounting of the public health effects was not done because it would likely have resulted in a rejection of the site’s permit. A Corps spokesperson says they cannot comment on litigation.


The Jazz Fest lineup is absolutely stacked this year with Foo Fighters, Lizzo, and the Wu-Tang Clan primed to headline along with classic hitmakers like Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie, the Who, and Dead and Company. The festival will also have several tributes to the late Dr. John.


A trailer fire in Lake Charles kills a 12-year-old girl and puts three other people in the hospital. State Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the home did not have working smoke alarms, which could have added critical seconds to the escape. This is the first residential fatal fire in Louisiana of 2020.


Advanced Aero Services announces plans to build an aviation facility at Shreveport Regional Airport that will initially create 60 new jobs with an average salary just below 50-thousand dollars. Workers will perform maintenance, repair and overhaul work on commercial airlines at the facility.


More than 70 soldiers with the Louisiana National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 225th Engineer Brigade are set to return home from an overseas deployment at Million Air Alexandria at the Alexandria International Airport this afternoon at 3 p.m. During the nine-month deployment, the unit conducted general engineering, geospatial engineering, survivability, and mobility operations in their area of responsibility while maintaining decisive action readiness and building interoperability with partners. Welcome Home!


A recent study finds that professional wrestling is the most popular content on YouTube for Louisiana web surfers.  Frontierbundles.com conducted the study and spokesperson Elaine Thompson says the research is based on each state’s most searched or subscribed YouTube channel, with WWE way ahead of everyone else. Thompson says the Bayou State isn’t alone in its fascination with piledrivers and powerbombs as WWE is the most popular YouTube channel in seven other states.


The LSU Championship Parade is set for Saturday at 11AM at the school’s flagship Baton Rouge campus. LSU Senior Associate Athletic Director Robert Munson says it’ll be a party and one last time to see all of the players and coaches together before many of them move on in their careers or graduate. The parade starts at the School of Music and wraps up by heading down victory hill. The campus will open early to tailgating at 8 AM.


On air this weekend….


Saturday January 18th

Pelicans vs Clippers 2p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

LSU Basketball @ Ole Miss 6:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM


Sunday January 19th

AFC Championship Game

Tennessee @ Kansas City 1p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

NFC Championship Game

Green Bay @ San Francisco 5:15p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

Good Morning.... News For Thursday January 16th, 2020

News for Thursday January 16th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who helped revolutionize the team’s offense, has reportedly agreed to become the next offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. Tiger Rag Editor Ron Higgins says the move makes sense for the 30-year-old. LSU set an FBS record with 726 points scored during the national championship season.


LSU Athletics releases a statement concerning the cash being handed out to players in the post-game celebration by Odell Beckham Jr. Initial information suggested that the bills were not real money. Joe Burrow told Barstool sports that Beckham was handing out legit cash to players after the national championship game. LSU says upon further review, it is apparent that real cash may have also been given to student-athletes. LSU says they are working with the NCAA and the SEC and student-athletes in order to rectify the situation.


The LSU Tigers are headed to the White House following their National Championship win on Monday. The team is scheduled to meet with President Trump Friday in Washington, DC. The president was in attendance for the game on Monday when the Tigers took on Clemson. He was greeted with cheers from the crowd.


Former New Orleans Saints player and ALS advocate Steve Gleason receives the Congressional Gold Medal, becoming one of only 163 people to every receive the honor.  Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in January 2011 and in the time since has helped over 15,000 people also dealing with the crippling disease with his charity Team Gleason. Gleason’s efforts have helped establish a database for thousands of ALS patients worldwide for researchers to access in an effort to combat the disease. Former teammate Drew Brees also spoke at the presentation.


KALB reports a recent Louisiana Legislative Auditor report found that a Village of Anacoco employee allegedly stole $71,205 of village funds over the past year.

The unnamed former employee allegedly took several payroll checks that exceeded their salary. They also allegedly made personal charges on the village's credit card and took cash that was received at the village office. According to the State Police there is currently no open investigation in the case.


Former prosecutor Jermaine Harris has announced his candidacy for District Attorney in Rapides Parish in the fall election. Harris, who graduated from Peabody, served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office from 2015-2017.


Governor Edwards touched on the contentious election for Speaker and the resignation of Superintendent of Education John White in his first Monthly Talkshow since inauguration. Republican Speaker Clay Schexnayder’s win is considered a victory for Governor Edwards in the House. He says they won’t always agree, but he knows at least the Speaker will listen. On the matter of the departing Superintendent of Ed John White, Edwards wasn’t heartbroken at his departure. But he did thank White for his eight years of service. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will meet today to discuss selecting a new Superintendent.


The US House of Representatives votes to send two articles of impeachment to the Senate, a month after voting to impeach President Trump. Senator John Kennedy slammed the House impeachment process, saying the Upper Chamber will be fairer to the President. The impeachment links back to allegations that the President attempted to pressure Ukraine into investigating the Bidens in exchange for military aid.


The New Orleans Saints and Pelicans have each named UL Lafayette as their official higher education partner. UL Lafayette spokesperson Eric Maron says the three-year collaborations will give students and recent grads access to internships, practical career experience, and networking opportunities. The Saints and Pelicans will also fund two annual scholarships for qualifying students.


University of Louisiana at Monroe President Nick Bruno has told the University of Louisiana System that he plans to retire by June 30th. Bruno has led ULM since 2010. During that time higher education saw cuts in state funding, despite that challenge Bruno was able to bring a medical school to campus.


Authorities report a third person has died in Bossier Parish from early Saturday morning E-F 2 tornado that knocked down trees and damaged homes in the Haughton area. Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis says 87-year-old Ira Jefferson was hospitalized with injuries from the tornado and passed away Tuesday night. Jefferson was an Army veteran and lived next door to an elderly couple who also died.


Fanatics runs the official LSU e-commerce store, and global co-president Jack Boyle says the Purple and Gold title has fueled their largest selling NCAA championship period ever. Of course, championship T-shirts and hats are always the top sellers, but Boyle says this year the popularity of the team’s beloved head coach has created a never before seen market for new products…


The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has begun an I-10 widening and improvement project in Calcasieu Parish.  DOTD spokesperson Tammy York says the initial phase will see alternating lane closures with many of which will happen at night. The project is expected to wrap up in the summer of 2021.




Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin says the plan is for Zion Williamson to make his NBA debut January 22nd when the team hosts San Antonio. Williamson had surgery on October 21st on his right knee and did not participate in full-court, five-on-five practices until January 7th. Griffin says they’ve been encouraged by what they’ve seen at practice. Griffin says Williamson will not be on a minutes restriction, instead playing time will be determined by how Zion looks when on the court.


Saints guard Larry Warford has been added to the N-F-C Pro Bowl squad, giving the Black and Gold a franchise record 10 players at the pro bowl. And Saints fullback Zach Line has announced his retirement, ending a seven-year career. Line played in 12 games this past season but missed the last four and the playoff game because of a knee injury.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday January 15th, 2020

News for Wednesday January 15th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


29 year old Keisha Renee Green of Alexandria has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of her one year old child. APD responded to the 3000 block of Monroe Street on Sunday in reference to a reported death. The child was found dead at the scene. No other information has been released as the investigation is ongoing.


A former principal at a Louisiana Christian school pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile stemming from encounters with underage male students. Stephen Couch of Winnsboro accepted a plea deal in 5th Judicial District Court on Monday. District Attorney Mack Lancaster said each count represents one victim in the case. Couch could spend up to 7 years in prison and face a $5,000 fine per count when sentenced in May.


The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has called a special meeting for Thursday to consider next steps regarding the selection of a new State Superintendent of Education. At the meeting the Board will formally receive the resignation of Superintendent John White and discuss necessary transition activities in moving toward the selection of his replacement. The agenda also includes the ceremonial swearing-in of new members and the election of 2020 BESE officers.


About 300 LSU fans were at the LSU Football Operations Building to welcome home the national champion Tigers. Their charter buses rolled back into town around lunchtime yesterday. LSU is preparing for a much larger celebration to take place Saturday as a parade is set to role through LSU’s campus beginning at 11 AM. A national championship celebration will begin at noon outside the west side of Tiger Stadium.


There is some in the Jefferson Davis Parish town of Jennings who are a bit sad that hometown hero Travis Etienne and the Clemson Tigers didn’t win. Etienne says he’s disappointed he did not win a second championship ring, but he had a blast playing in his home state. Etienne will have to decide soon if he’ll return to Clemson for his senior season. Etienne is NFL draft-eligible after completing his third season in college. He’s ranked as the top running back prospect, and a lock for the 1st round in the 2020 draft, if he decides to declare.


Former New Orleans Saints player and ALS advocate Steve Gleason will receive the Congressional Gold Medal this afternoon at the US Capitol.  Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in January 2011 and in the time since has helped over 15,000 people also dealing with the crippling disease with Team Gleason.  Senator Bill Cassidy worked on the honor on the Senate side will Cedric Richmond and Steve Scalise made the push on the House side.  The distinction is the highest honor Congress can bestow on a civilian and fewer than 200 have been a recipient.


The image of Joe Burrow’s victory stogie in the locker room is one that will forever be attached to LSU’s championship celebration.  Baton Rouge defense attorney and cigar enthusiast Franz Borghardt says he couldn’t help but wonder how many of the guys who were partaking were under 21, which is a violation of federal law. Smoking is also prohibited in the Superdome as it is a state-owned building. Despite the unlawful behavior, Borghardt does not believe any law enforcement officer or prosecutor in their right mind would actually try to pursue any real ramifications against the players.


Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder’s election has Democrats celebrating, and conservative Republicans lamenting what it might mean for Legislation over the next four years. Schexnayder won 60-45, with over half of his votes coming from Democrats. House GOP Caucus Chairman Blake Miguez says it’s disappointing to see a republican court Democrats for power. The Republicans who broke rank are considered to be more moderate than the rest of the caucus.




Saints QB Drew Brees turns 41 today

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday January 14th, 2020

News for Tuesday January 14th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


The LSU Tigers are national champs as they completed a 15-and-0 dream season with a 42-25 victory over Clemson in the Superdome last night. Quarterback Joe Burrow had another spectacular game, 463 yards passing and five touchdowns. LSU will go down as one of the best teams ever in the 150-year history of college football. They beat seven teams that were ranked in the top 10 when they played them. It was Joe Burrow’s final game in an LSU uniform. He finishes his career with 65 total touchdowns and 60 passing touchdowns. Both are NCAA records. Burrow goes down as a legend…


The U.S. Attorney’s office announced yesterday that 37 year old Alexandria resident Daniel Aikens has been charged with extortion involving threats and the detonation of two pipe bombs.  If convicted on the extortion charge, Aikens faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. He remains in federal custody pending the outcome of his detention hearing later this week.


Governor John Bel Edwards was sworn in yesterday to begin his second term on a rainy day in Baton Rouge. Edwards says education will be a top priority during his next four years and that means more funding for pre-K. Early childhood education advocates are calling for an 80 million dollar upfront investment, with increased yearly funding so that eventually there is universal access into pre-K.


Gonzales Republican Representative Clay Schexnayder wins the Speaker vote 60-45 over Albany Republican Sherman Mack. Schexnayder was backed by a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans, and is thought to be a more friendly choice for Governor Edwards, but he says the People’s House will speak for itself. As expected,  Lafayette Senator Page Cortez was named Senate President.


Former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was in attendance at the Inauguration Day event in Baton Rouge yesterday.  In recent years, Jindal has transitioned away from public service and is now working in the private sector and says more elected officials should try it. Jindal is still living in Baton Rouge, working in the energy and healthcare fields, but when it comes to the possibility of hopping back into politics, he says never say never.


The Grant Parish Sheriff's Office Monday announced the arrests of several residents on meth possession and other charges. Arrested were 44 year old Charles Mundy of Dry Prong, 36 year old Alton Coke of Pollock, 51 year old Susan Stark, 29 year old Jonathan Vaughn, 30 year old Julia Gordon and 50 year old Vaslinsky Holmes all of Colfax Also making the list, 32 year old Eric Sandifer and 36 year old Mindy Campbell both of Pineville.


In Northwest Louisiana, power is being restored and cleanup crews have moved in after an EF-2 tornado swept through the area around 2 am Saturday morning. Lt Bill Davis with the Bossier Parish Sheriff office says Swepco has restored power to most of the area.




Major League Baseball brought the hammer down on the Astros Monday after its investigation revealed the team used video to steal signs during its 2017 World Series championship season. Manager A-J Hinch and general Jeff Luhnow were suspended for a year and they have since been fired by Astros owner Jim Crane. Houston is also losing its first and second round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and the organization was fined five-million dollars.


Good night last night for the New Orleans Pelicans as they defeated Detroit 117 to 11. They’ll play host to the Jazz Thursday night.


Tiger Talk this afternoon 4 to 6 on 96.9 KZMZ

Good Morning.. News For Monday January 13th, 2020

News for Monday January 13th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


After a long 15-day layoff since winning the Peach Bowl, LSU and Clemson strap on the helmets tonight in college football’s national championship game. Coach Ed Orgeron says he’s tried to keep the preparation for this game close to what they’ve done all year

LSU is seeking its fourth national title in program history, while Clemson can win its third championship in four years. Airtime 5p  96.9 KZMZ & KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM


The LSU/Clemson showdown in the Dome tonight is expected to bring a lot of revenue and national attention to the state. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says it’s exposure you just can’t pay for. LSU students at the Baton Rouge campus do not have to worry about school today or tomorrow, classes have been canceled both days.


Governor John Bel Edwards will be sworn in today (at 11:30 AM) for his second term of office on the steps of the Capitol, weather permitting. Advisor to the Governor Richard Carbo says attendees will get to hear from Edwards about his plans for the next four years. The Governor’s Ball is traditionally held the night of the inauguration, but it’s been canceled to allow state dignitaries to head down to New Orleans for the CFP National Championship. The House and Senate convene at 10 AM, before the ceremony.


A new state legislature will choose their leaders for the next four years today. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Lafayette Senator Page Cortez is expected to be picked as Senate President, but it’s a battle for House Speaker, between Albany Representative Sherman Mack and Gonzales Representative Clay Schexnayder.

Pinsonat says the selection of House Speaker has huge ramifications. If Mack wins, the governor will not have an ally leading the House. The Louisiana Legislature convenes at 10 AM.


Senator Gerald Long is exiting the state legislature Monday, making it the first time in a century that Louisiana won't have someone from the Long family serving in elective political office. Long, who is 75, was term limited after serving 12 years in the state Senate.


Friday night’s storm caused some downed limbs and scattered power outages in Cenla. But the damage to the northern part of the state was much worse. The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s office says two people died in the Haughton area when strong winds possibly associated with a tornado moved a home 200 feet away from its foundation, killing the two people inside. A preliminary report says at least 50 homes damaged in the area. Another death was reported in Caddo Parish. Authorities say a large tree fell on a home in Oil City killing an elderly man inside. His wife was not injured.


Larose has it’s purple and gold ready for the big game tonight. The Lafourche Parish town is where Coach O grew up. Larose attorney and longtime friend of Orgeron Henry LaFont says there is a surreal feeling in the town following his long path to get to the helm of LSU’s football program and at the doorstep of a championship. Coach O took over the team on an interim basis in 2016 before being named the permanent head coach.


Tonight’s Championship game will decide which school is the best on the field. But, have you ever wondered which school does the best in the classroom? That distinction currently goes to Clemson and the experts say it all comes down to money. The South Carolina School enjoys a wide lead after a decade of crippling budget cuts to higher education in Louisiana.  16 budget cuts over a decade,  during which state aid was cut by nearly 50%,  gets most of the blame for why U.S. News ranks Clemson No. 70 and LSU No. 153, or why The Wall Street Journal puts Clemson at No. 188 and LSU at No. 295.


Questions about Drew Brees' future continue to surface after the Saints season ended abruptly with an overtime loss to the Vikings during the wild-card round of the playoffs.

While the long-time Saints QB has remained vague about his football future and whether or not he'll renew his contract, Sean Payton is certain Brees will return to play in the Superdome. The sports news network reported early Sunday that Brees was contacted by at least one network to discuss a career change from quarterback to a TV game analyst.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday January 8th, 2020

News for Wednesday January 8th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


37 year old Daniel Aikens of Alexandria has been arrested as the joint investigation into last week's explosion off MacArthur Drive continues.  Aikens, who has a criminal history in both Grant and Rapides parishes, was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center shortly after noon on Tuesday as a federal prisoner. Aikens has an unrelated court date in Colfax Thursday.


They came, they protested and in less than 10 minutes, it was all over.. A large crowd showed up at last night’s Alexandria City Council meeting to show their support for the city’s police chief, Jarred King, who was placed on administrative leave last Friday. Several people were also in the meeting to show their concern over a shortage of police officers in the city. The council refused to address both issue and the meeting was brought to a close less than 10 minutes after it had started.


State police report a Monday night crash on LA Hwy 1205 near LA Hwy 28 East claimed the life of a Pineville man, 48 year old Danny Obrien. Troopers say Obrien lost control of the vehicle he was driving, causing it to leave the roadway and overturn. Obrien, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


Those wanting to be at the Superdome Monday night to cheer on the LSU Tigers in the CFP National Championship game will need to shell out some serious coin.  Stubhub spokesperson Adam Budelli says even the cheapest priced ticket to get into the game is currently $840. Budelli says compared to other years, this game is on pace to be one of the biggest selling National Championship games On StubHub. Tickets have been purchased in Canada, the UK, and Australia and from over 20 different states domestically. Roughly 4000 tickets are currently up for grabs on Stubhub.


Walk On’s restaurants will be showcased on national television with the season premiere of Undercover Boss on CBS tonight.  Co-Founder Brandon Landry and investor Drew Brees will be disguised to work with the staff at some of the locations throughout the chain.  The episode was filmed last June and  Landry says Brees was only available for one day of production at the location near the Superdome, but Brees got plenty of work done that day. Landry says they are holding watch parties at all 33 locations with food and drink specials, as well as giveaways.


There’s some confusion as to whether or not retailers can sell tobacco products to 18 year olds in Louisiana after a federal law raised the age to 21. Louisiana ATC Commissioner Juana Lombard says it’s legal under state law, but you could be busted by the feds for doing so, and she hopes we can get a more clarity from the FDA so retailers can know their rights. The lack of FDA guidance also leaves questions about potential exemptions for military members or others unclear.


Members of a state task force are pushing for more dual enrollment options for Louisiana high school students. The Advocate reports that these classes are expected to be one of Governor Edwards' priorities for the 2020 legislative session. Members of the task force say Louisiana high school students who are eligible for dual enrollment "should have access to at least four classes for college credit without charge." The group compiled a report explaining and framing the different options.


The computers at the Office of Motor Vehicles and State Police are down for a second day Tuesday. A state police spokesman said this wasn't another attack but was planned. Back in November, state computers were attacked by hackers attempting to employ ransomware. The attack was repelled, but in the process the computers in the Office of Motor Vehicles had to be reimaged and were down for some time, even after the rest of the state's offices were back up and running.


Louisiana's Medicaid program started the new year under a cloud of uncertainty, amid a continued dispute over multibillion-dollar contracts to provide health services to 1.5 million state residents. Lucrative deals with five private companies that manage care for most Medicaid patients, accounting for roughly one-quarter of the state's annual operating budget, were slated to expire at the end of December. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration chose four companies to do the managed care work, with the deals planned to begin in January. But two losing bidders that currently hold managed care contracts are protesting that decision, and the legal process stopped the new contract awards from taking effect. In response, the Edwards administration signed emergency contracts to keep the existing five companies in place for up to another year, to avoid the disruption of health care access to nearly one-third of Louisiana's population.


Before the kickoff for the College Football Playoff National Championship, musician, Lafayette native and LSU Grad Lauren Daigle will perform. Back in November, Daigle announced that she would be singing the national anthem at the CFP National Championship game in New Orleans. That was before LSU had nabbed a spot in the game. The LSU Tigers will take on Clemson next Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.


The National Transportation Safety Board issues its preliminary report on the recent Lafayette plane crash that claimed five lives and injured four others.  There are no rulings, explanations or theories within the report that pointed to the cause of the plane crash.  A final report is not expected for at least another year.  Only one of the six passengers survived.


Ricky Lincoln Sr. and Jr., a father-son duo out of Terrytown, were arrested for allegedly robbing and murdering an 82-year-old Gretna man outside the bar he worked at New Years Eve. Sheriff Joe Lopinto says the two were taken into custody and are now at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.




If you drive through the small town of Jennings right now, you might feel as if you’re in an episode of the Twilight Zone because the town is split on which Tiger to pull for Monday. Seeing as the Clemson Tigers stand out running back Travis Etienne hails from the Jefferson Davis Parish town it’s understandable why some, like Jennings Mayor Henry Guinn, are conflicted. Etienne graduated from Jennings High School in 2017 and will play for his second college football national championship on Monday. Guinn says they are extremely happy for the ACC Player of Year.


It was a great season for Saints linebacker DeMario Davis who was selected as a first-team All-Pro performer following a 111 tackle season, with four sacks, one interception and eleven tackles for losses. Davis says having the season come to an abrupt end is not a good feeling, but there will be a 2020 season.


Who will be on the Saints 2020 roster is a big question mark. And the biggest question mark among fans is quarterback Drew Brees, who can be an unrestricted free agent in March. Coach Sean Payton said he believes Brees wants to keep playing.


Fresh off a win in last night’s Lending Tree Bowl in Mobile, Ragin Cajuns Coach Billy Napier’s name has surfaced as a candidate for a Power Five Job Opening. Baylor has lost head coach Matt Rhule to the Carolina Panthers and 24-7 reports Napier is a serious candidate for the Baylor opening. But the university tells the Daily Advertiser they believe Coach Napier is staying.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday January 7th, 2020

News for Tuesday January 6th 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

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Alexandria Police, along with the FBI, were involved in what was being called a “court-authorized law enforcement activity” on Mac Arthur Drive at Elliot last night. As with other investigations in the area over the past week, all we are being told is further comment on the nature of the activity or investigation is not available at this time. What we do know is the undisclosed activity continued for several hours during the evening.


After information requests over the weekend and throughout the day Monday from local media and the public, Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall released a statement yesterday afternoon addressing the suspension of the city’s police chief Jerrod King, basically saying nothing. In the statement the Mayor said no further comments would be made until the city’s internal processes for reviewing such matters have been completed and a determination has been made about whether further action, if any, is necessary. That, according to Mayor Hall, could take up to a month to complete. Members of the city council saying yesterday they were not made aware of the plan to place Jerrod King on administrative leave.


Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton came out publicly yesterday in support Chief  King, saying he is one of the best chiefs of police that Alexandria could possibly have at this time. The Sheriff told KALB yesterday that the matter had been brewing between city hall and the police department since Chief King was confirmed to the position just before former Mayor Jacques Roy left office.


The City of Alexandria's finance director, David Crutchfield, announced yesterday that he was moving on to new challenges. Crutchfield, who has been with the city for the better part of 14 years, gave the city just two weeks’ notice.


A spokesperson with the Lafayette Police Department has confirmed that Lafayette Police Chief Toby Aguillard has resigned.  Aguillard has resigned the same day that Mayor-President Josh Guillory was sworn into office. Guillory had previously stated his intent to replace the incumbent police chief with a new candidate. Lt Scott Morgan was announced as the interim police chief.


A just released U.S. Census report shows Louisiana’s population declined by nearly 11,000 residents from 2018 to 2019. 26,000 people moved out of Louisiana to another state last year, the 6th highest number in the nation despite Louisiana’s relatively small total population. Demographer Greg Rigamer says blame the local economy. Texas was the biggest recipient of Louisiana’s ex-pats and led the nation in total population growth at 367,000 new residents. Rigamer says a lack of good-paying jobs is the number one factor driving people out of the state. He notes the median household income here in Louisiana is only just above 46,000 dollars. The national median household income sits at 63,000 dollars.


There’s concerns Louisiana could be heading for a second peak in the flu season sometime in late January/early February as cases continue to climb. Office of Public Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Alex Billioux says if we do get hit with another peak, it’ll likely be because a new strain of flu is beginning to pick up steam in Louisiana.  

Flu A is more adaptive and mutates more frequently than Flu B.  Billioux says the most important thing is to get vaccinated.


The GOP spent 34 million on the recent governor’s race, but were topped by Democrats who spent a whopping 39 million between the Edwards campaign, and pro-Edwards super PACs. The combined 73 million spent was a record for a Louisiana election.


With events the size of the College Football Championship Game happening in the state comes the opportunity for fraudulent tickets to end up in fans’ hands.  Attorney General Jeff Landry warns to be on the lookout for red flags. One good one is tickets selling below the asking price. Landry adds if the seller is a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers that is usually a good sign they are a legit source for tickets. A reminder, there will be no print-at-home PDF tickets that will be valid for entry to the game.


Borden Dairy company can use some cash as it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filing also covers the Borden Dairy Company of Louisiana which operates a milk processing plant in Lafayette. There are an estimated 220 people who work for Borden and a company spokesperson says there are no plans for plant closures or personnel implications.


Louisiana Health Secretary Doctor Rebekah Gee is resigning effective January 31st. Gee received criticism from GOP lawmakers, including US Senator John Kennedy, who called for her firing last year on the heels of an audit that showed the state misspent 85-million dollars on ineligible Medicaid recipients.  


Two horses are dead following Saturday’s opening day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs racetrack in Bossier City.  Both horses fell on the track and had to be euthanized.  Animal Wellness Action Executive Director Marty Irby says deaths of this nature will not end until federal lawmakers pass the Horseracing Integrity Act which would end doping and provide greater safety for horses.  Irby says it is vital to flag the deaths because no member of the Louisiana Congressional delegation has come forward in support of the bill yet.


Mortgage rates are expected to remain low in 2020 with the national average mortgage rate currently at 3.86 percent and dropping. Bankrate.com chief financial analyst Greg McBride says we could see rates stay below four percent, a critical threshold.


The DASH diet has been ranked as one of the top popular diets by US News and World Report.  The diet was developed by researchers at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center.  Chief of dietary assessment Catherine Champagne says the diet puts more focus on plant-based foods, including most fruits and vegetables. The DASH diet ranked only behind the Mediterranean diet. The Keto Diet, ranked last of the 35 diets listed.

Good Morning.. News For Monday January 6th, 2020

News for Monday January 6th 2020        

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


The reaction for many is shock and the question is why.. Friday it was announced Alexandria Police chief Jarred King was placed on administrative leave. City officials are saying nothing other than it is a personnel matter and that there is no timeline for when the city will comment. The city has been facing many problems as of late, increasing crime and a severe shortage of police officers, many of whom have left the city force for higher pay elsewhere. The pay issue is one the mayor and council have refused to address. Yesterday afternoon a city spokesperson announced that Assistant chief Farrell Gaspard will temporally be in charge, while the city conducts an internal investigation into Chief King.  


Saturday morning the APD along with several other state and federal agencies were involved in an “active” scene on Jackson street in a field across the street from the shopping center which houses Mac’s Fresh Market. Investigators were on the scene for several hours. The activity follows an explosion on Thursday near a payday loan business on Mac Arthur Drive. It appears now that may been a failed extortion attempt. News Channel 5 reported Sunday that the FBI and ATF have officially taken over as leads in the investigation.


A Bunkie man is dead following an early morning shooting in Opelousas Sunday.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said his office responded to the Yambilee Grounds around 1 a.m. after the shooting happened during a concert. The victim, whom the sheriff only identified as a 28-year-old black man from Bunkie, died after he was taken to a local hospital in a private vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.


For the second year in a row, the Saints lose a home postseason game in overtime as Minnesota upset the Black and Gold 26-20 in overtime. The Vikings had the better running attack, Kirk Cousins made some big throws and the Saints offense struggled through the first three quarters. Coach Sean Payton says they didn’t lose by a miracle or bad call this time.


After a U-S airstrike in Baghdad Friday, oil prices and futures have seen a 4-percent increase so far. Analysts at GasBuddy.com say we should see gas prices start to rise at the pump over the next week or two at least $.05 to $.10 a gallon. But GasBuddy Head of Petroleum Analysis Patrick DeHaan says that all could change if violence escalates between Iran and the US. The good news is gas prices should be somewhat insulated in the the US, seeing we are producing 7.5 million more barrels of oil every day than we were a decade ago.


The first homicide of 2020 in Baton Rouge almost went undiscovered and unreported after detectives and the Coroner made an incorrect assumption while processing the scene, overlooking the victim's gunshot wound and declaring his death an accidental drug overdose. It was funeral home workers who uncovered the mistake while preparing the body the following day. That prompted the coroner's office to reconsider their assessment and left homicide detectives scrambling to collect whatever evidence may still be left.


State Police report 57 year old Stephanie Soileau of Ville Platte died after a Sunday crash on La. 103. Troopers say the crash happened when Soileau  failed to negotiate a curve and crossed the centerline, striking another vehicle.  Soileau was restrained at the time of the crash. She was transported to a local hospital in critical condition where she ultimately succumbed to her injuries.


An LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine professor details the treatment of a  blood clot involving an astronaut on the International Space Station. An ultrasound performed about two months into the mission revealed a blood clot in one astronaut. It’s the first time NASA had encountered this condition in space before. The astronaut took blood thinners to shrink the clot and it was eventually gone 10 days after the astronaut returned to earth.


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will stock 13 fishing sites around Louisiana later this month with rainbow trout.  LDWF fisheries biologist Megan MacMenamin says it is all part of the “Get Out and Fish” community fishing program.

Rainbow trout is a cold-water fish, and will only be able to survive in Louisiana during winter months.  MacMenamin says the fish being stocked are adult rainbow trout that are about one to two pounds in weight.


A West Monroe man has been arrested after he allegedly put a gun to his son's head after his son drank the last Dr Pepper in their home. Chad Kinnaird was arrested and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on one charge of Felony Violation of Protective Order and one charge of Domestic Abuse Battery, Child Endangerment.


The Ragin Cajuns go after their 11th victory tonight when they face Miami of Ohio in the Lending Tree Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. The Red Hawks started 2-and-4, but won six of their last seven including the MAC Championship game.


A week from tonight the LSU Tigers will try to complete a perfect 15-0 season by beating Clemson in the national championship game. Sophomore Tigers linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson has played very well down the stretch and is likely getting ready to play in his final game in purple and gold. An improved LSU defense faces its biggest test. Clemson has one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Trevor Lawrence, who is 25-0 as a starter during his college career.


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