News for Tuesday February 25th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Today is fat Tuesday and with that the final day of parades and wild partying before Ash Wednesday and the start of lent. Most of today’s activities will be in the southern part of the state. Parades roll throughout the day In Lafayette and all day in New Orleans. In Mamou, Iowa and several other communities it’s the Courir De Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday Run. An amazing experience to observe and take part in.. Eat, drink and be merry. But, please designate a driver to get you home.
Law enforcement warns revelers to be aware of their surroundings in an effort to keep from becoming a victim of pickpocketing. Over the course of the past weekend, troopers have made numerous arrests and recovered thousands of dollars in stolen items nabbed by pickpocket suspects.
In the face of criticism from teachers, the governor’s office has signaled they could back a 500-dollar raise on top of the one-thousand dollar salary boost teachers got this year. Last year, we were told Louisiana teachers were paid about 22-hundred dollars below the southern regional average. The session deciding the pay bump starts in two weeks.
The federal government has approved the state’s plan to spend one-point-two billion dollars in grant money that will be used to reduce the flood risk for several communities. Director of the Louisiana Office of Community Development, Pat Forbes, says they’ll implement the plan as fast as possible. Forbes says he expects the money will become available in the spring and they’ll start using the dollars to improve rain and river gauges and models for every watershed in the state.
A bill will be presented by Baton Rouge Senator Franklin Foil in the upcoming legislative session to add surveillance cameras in the classrooms to protect special needs students. If enacted parents can request school systems install cameras in the classrooms to monitor interactions. Foil believes cameras will clear up any questions parents have of what’s really going on in the classroom.
55-year-old Gary James Goulas of Breaux Bridge faces animal cruelty charges accused of tossing a bag full of lab puppies from a bridge in Henderson last week. St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office Major Ginny Higgins says the puppies are in the care of Every Paw Animal Rescue in Evangeline Parish and they appear to be doing well.
A Baton Rouge woman expecting twins died along with her 7-year-old son Monday in a two-vehicle crash in Interstate 10 eastbound in St. John the Baptist Parish. State Police say the woman was traveling eastbound on I-10 shortly before noon when, for reasons still under investigation, she stopped in the left lane of travel and was struck from behind. The driver of that vehicle and his 3 year old son received non-life-threatening injuries.
The Pelicans are getting closer to catching Memphis for the final spot in the Western Conference. New Orleans won for the fifth time in its last six games Sunday night as they defeated Golden State 115 to 101. The Pels are now 3.5 games back of the eighth-seeded Grizzlies. The Pels take on the Lakers in Los Angeles tonight.. Airtime 8:30 on 94.7 ESPN