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Good Morning... News For Friday February 21st, 2020

News for Friday February 21st, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

This is Mardi Gras weekend in Alexandria, with a full schedule of events. Beginning this afternoon , the Classic Cars & College Cheerleaders (CCCC) Parade will roll at 4:30 with a rout that winds through downtown. Tonight the 26th Annual Taste of Mardi Gras will be held at the Randolph Riverfront Center. Saturday morning the Annual Children’s Parade will roll at 10 a.m. Sunday The 27th Annual Krewes Parade will roll at 2 p.m. There are many other events scheduled throughout Cenla. The list can be found on our websites under events.  

 

The Board of Regents approves a new policy that could result in financial penalties for universities that do not comply with minimum admissions requirements for incoming students. Higher Ed Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed says a school will be flagged for review if they allow too many students in, who do not meet requirements like minimum GPA, or ACT.

 

Louisiana state and local governments wasted or missed out on a combined $642 million in 2019, according to the state legislative auditor’s year-end report released this week. The auditor points to a handful of key issues, noting Louisiana’s “ongoing struggle to make sure the Medicaid program is paying only for services that actually have been delivered, and to ensure that only eligible individuals are receiving Medicaid services.”  In addition, the auditor wrote Louisiana’s colleges and universities need to improve their bookkeeping so that students are not overcharged or undercharged fees and tuition. The auditor also slams a number of local governments for similar problems, noting that a number of repeat offenders are on the “edge of financial collapse.”

 

The Louisiana Lottery says the lack of massive Powerball and Mega Million jackpots recently results in fewer dollars for education.  Lottery spokesperson Kim Chopin says there is currently a rare, eight-month drought of multistate games rising into major jackpot territory, which has had an impact on ticket sales. Chopin believes some players are waiting until those jackpots hit a certain level before participating. The Louisiana Lottery is required to transfer at least 35 percent of its revenue to the state.

 

The Tulane National Primate Research Center will soon begin work on a vaccine, and more effective diagnostic tools for the coronavirus. The virus is expected to arrive at the St. Tammany Parish based facility in the next two to three weeks, and Associate Director Dr. Skip Bohm says it will likely take a while for their work to come to fruition.

The virus has infected some  75,000 people worldwide and is thought to have killed over 2,000. Tulane was one of the first labs in the nation to receive CDC approval to study the virus.

 

Cleco customers will see a drop on their power bill starting in March with the removal of the storm restoration fee. The fee became part of customers’ statements to pay to fix the damage caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Cleco spokesperson Jennifer Cahill says it’s good news for their customers. Cleco customers will save a combined $22.3 million annually because of the fee removal.

 

Governor Edwards plans to spend a billion dollars a year building and restoring the coast over the next four years, according to his recently released second term coastal plan. The Governor also announced 115 million dollars from last year’s surplus will help bolster those efforts. The billion dollars a year will fund a web of projects, highlighted by massive sediment diversions that will redirect river sediment into the wetlands.

 

Over two hundred state troopers are being deployed to the city of New Orleans for Carnival 2020.  This is an uptick from last year as crowds are expected to be bigger.  Trooper Monroe Dillon says much of the concentration will be around downtown and the French Quarter.   Dillon says law enforcement will be keeping an eye out for those who have partied too hard and decide to get behind the wheel.

 

58-year-old Geraldine Carmouche was killed Wednesday night at a New Orleans parade after reportedly trying to pass between two floats, tripping, and being run over. The incident has sparked some calls for new safety regulations to keep people away from floats.

 

Summerfield High School Principal Brian Biggs is in the Claiborne Parish jail after being arrested yesterday at his home for multiple sex crimes. State Police report the  investigation began after authorities were notified by concerned parents who accused Biggs of acting inappropriately with children on the internet.

 

In Lafourche Parish, a school traffic guard is dead after being struck by a truck driven by an 83-year-old man.  The victim has been identified as 67-year-old Larry Boudreaux.

 

The Pelicans return from the All-Star break as they start a three-game road trip in Portland tonight. New Orleans is 5.5 games back from Memphis, who occupies the final playoff spot in the West. Pels Coach Alvin Gentry says every game is important the rest of the way. You can hear that game tonight beginning at 9p on 94.7 ESPN..

 

There’s LSU baseball at the box tonight as the Tigers begin a 3 game series against Eastern Kentucky. Tonight’s broadcast begins at 6:30p on KSYL 970am/104.9fm


Good Morning.... News For Thursday February 20th, 2020

News for Thursday February 20th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Three people are under arrest after over $600,000 in drugs are found during a traffic stop on US Highway 165 near Woodworth.  Trooper Casey Wallace says the collection had a lot of fentanyl and heroin in it, two drugs that are fairly new to the area. He says the price on those two narcotics are beginning to spike.

 

Pineville City Marshal Sarah Smith announced Wednesday that she intends to retire and will not seek re-election at the end of this year. Marshal Smith has spent 30 years in service to the Pineville Marshal Office.

 

A Rapides Parish grand jury has indicted 64 year old Leo Laird of Oakdale in connection with a cold case murder. Laird has been charged with first degree murder, first degree rape, and aggravated kidnapping for the 1980 death of 18-year-old Donna Brazzell in Gardner. Brazzell's remains were found back in Nov. 1980, but went unidentified until last year when the LSU FACES Lab in Baton Rouge and a relative were able to make a positive identification. The grand jury returned a true bill on Tuesday.

 

Senator Bill Cassidy officially announces his run for a second term.  So far, Cassidy does not face any major Democratic challengers, but  U-L Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says Cassidy will probably have to put together a little bit of a campaign. Cross says he foresees Cassidy holding on to  his seat for many years to come. While it is possible that another Republican challenger could pop up, Cross says  Cassidy has solidified himself with party establishment and they don’t have a reason to desert him.

 

Col. Stephen Murphy, commander of the Corps’ New Orleans office announced yesterday with the Mississippi River now forecast to crest at 16.5 feet in New Orleans on March 4, a half-foot below official flood stage, the Army Corps of Engineers does not foresee a need to open either the Bonnet Carre Spillway just north of New Orleans or the Morganza Floodway above Baton Rouge in the foreseeable future. Last year, the spillway was opened twice for a record 143 days

 

Governor Edwards addressed the controversy over his decision not to include a specific teacher pay raise in his budget, saying he is confident there will ultimately be a raise in this year’s legislative session. Edwards says he has not deprioritized K-12 education, noting his budget includes 39 million dollars in new education spending. Edwards says his plan to get teachers to the southern regional average by the end of the term hasn’t changed..

 

Louisiana is ranked in the bottom third of states for internet connectivity and infrastructure, and lobbying group 5G Action Now says the Trump Administration’s plan to expand nationwide 5G would fix that. Spokesperson Ian Prior says nearly 40 percent of state residents surveyed complain about the lack of high-speed internet in rural areas.

 

A 77-year-old Baton Rouge man turned himself in to authorities Tuesday once autopsy results revealed his special needs son died as a result of internal bleeding on Valentine’s Day.  Ellsworth Hull is charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of his son 40-year-old Derrick Christophe. Baton Rouge authorities say Hull confessed to beating his son.

 

The Humane Society of Louisiana is offer a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of a person who threw a dog food bag containing eight puppies from a bridge in in St. Martin Parish on Sunday. A fisherman reportedly retrieved the bag, thinking it was litter, but he found the 3 to 5-day-old puppies inside. The puppies are currently receiving treatment and are expected to be okay.


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday February 19th, 2020

News for Wednesday February 19th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

41-year-old Saints QB Drew Brees announces on his Instagram that he will return for the 2020 season after taking some time to consider retirement. Assuming the team resigns Brees, Saints analyst Mike Detillier says we’re almost certain to see backup QB Teddy Bridgewater, who led the team to five wins last year, leave in free agency.

Detillier says it’s likely the team will retain third-string backup QB Taysom Hill who is a restrictive free agent.

 

The APD is investigating a Tuesday morning 2 vehicle accident in which the driver of one of the vehicles had been shot in the leg. The driver told officers that the gunshot wound occurred at an unknown location on 3rd Street, and he was attempting to drive to the hospital when the crash occurred.

 

KALB is reporting the Louisiana Attorney General's Office has filed a motion to revoke the bond of Kayla Giles, the woman who shot and killed her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr. in an Alexandria Walmart parking lot in Sept. 2018. The motion was filed Tuesday afternoon according to the Rapides Parish Clerk of Court's Office and was immediately sent to Judge Greg Beard's office for review. The details of the motion and the reasoning for wanting bond revoked have not yet been released. Giles has been out on a $510,000 bond for a second degree murder and obstruction of justice charge since December.

 

KALB TV has confirmed the City of Alexandria is changing the name of their summer festival back to Alex River Fete. Mayor Jeff Hall's administration said, in the first year of the Mayor’s term, the name change was a fresh start and would be more inclusive to the whole community. However, the name change came with criticism from locals and some who were involved with the festival in years past saying the change was unnecessary. KALB reached out to the city's Special Projects Coordinator, Jim Smilie, and he confirmed the name would be changed back to Alex River Fete. The ordinance, that would do so, will now go back to the finance committee at the next city council meeting before being voted on.

 

The Alexandria VA Health Care System announced on Tuesday that Louisiana veterans now have access to a new mobile app that enables them to get instant access to VA health care information right from their phone. Users of the new "MyVA Info app will, according to VA officials, have easier access to health information, guidance and resources when they need it most. The app is now available for iOS and Android devices.

 

Shreveport Police has charged 37-year-old Gregory Jones for the Sunday night fatal shooting death of his girlfriend 43-year-old Tasha Mayberry.  Authorities say Jones was shot in the chest after he pointed a gun at officers after fleeing from the scene, and remains hospitalized.

 

President Trump has pardoned former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Junior who in 1998 pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony when he paid 400-thousand dollars to former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. DeBartolo testified against Edwards in the corruption trial that resulted in the former four-term governor spending 8.5 years in federal prison. Edwards says prosecutors needed DeBartolo’s false testimony in order to convict him. DeBartolo avoided prison time.

 

After spending 52 days in the hospital, Wade Berzas is heading home. He’s the lone survivor of a December plane crash in Lafayette Parish that killed five people, including sports journalist Carley McCord. The plane was flying from Lafayette to Atlanta carrying passengers to watch the LSU Tigers compete in the Peach Bowl.

 

Pearl River swelling from heavy rain in central Mississippi is catching the attention of officials over flooding issues downstream in Washington and St. Tammany parishes. National Weather Service Slidell meteorologist Gavin Phillips forecasts near-record levels in the coming days around the town of Pearl River.

 

If you’re taking your kids with you to Mardi Gras this year download the FBI Child ID app before you leave in case you and your child are separated. The app gets you to build a profile of your child, including photo, height, weight, age, and your contact number. FBI New Orleans spokesperson Craig Betbeze says if your child is missing, just press a button. The app is available through app stores for both Android and IPhone devices.

 

The Crisis Text Line report on the State of Mental Health in America shows over 22,000 texters in Louisiana have reached out for help since the service was launching in August 2013.  Crisis Text Line spokesperson Ashley Womble says it’s inception they have been able to de-escalate someone in Louisiana who was thinking about suicide  465 times. The report indicates that three-quarters of those using the service are under the age or 25, with 82% of them identifying as female.  However, men are more likely to die from suicide. The Crisis Text Line can be accessed by sending the word “HOME” to 741-741


Good Morning.. News For Tuesday February 18th, 2020

News for Tuesday February 18th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting           

 

Major Glenn Riggs with the Salvation Army’s Alexandria branch was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with home invasion in Pineville. The Pineville Police Department says the incident took place on Lakeview Street in Pineville. Details surrounding the arrest are limited and police are still investigating. Riggs has been released after posting a $5,000 bond.

 

The investigation continues into a home invasion on Lee Street Sunday. APD says two suspects knocked on the rear door of a residence shortly before 4 in the morning and forced their way in the house when the victim answered the door. The suspects are described as a tall black male, wearing camouflage and the other as a short black male wearing all black. One suspect had a handgun and the other had what was described as a handgun style taser. The APD is asking anyone with information to please come forward. .

 

28-year-old Cameron Harville of Natchitoches died after striking a home along LA Highway 494 and being ejected from his car. State Police Trooper Casey Wallace says the vehicle was traveling eastbound on 494 when it left the road for an unknown reason and careened into the private residence early Monday morning.

 

Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says when it comes to auto insurance rates, there’s no such thing as a so-called “widow’s penalty.  Alexandria Democrat Jay Luneau has introduced legislation in the Senate aiming to end the practice of raising rates on people who are widowed. Luneau also has bills that would prohibit the calculating of insurance rates based on credit score and gender over the age of 25. But Donelon opposes those measures. Real Reform Louisiana claims a person with a DWI and a high credit rating pays less for insurance than a person with a clean record but low credit score.

 

Lawsuit reform is expected to dominate the upcoming session and the National Federation of Independent Business is backing this year’s effort to lower the jury trial threshold to 15,000 dollars. NFIB State Director Dawn Starns says Louisiana’s 50,000 dollar jury trial threshold is the highest in the nation, and that policy emboldens plaintiffs to file more lawsuits, and demand higher damages against businesses.

 

Baton Rouge Police have arrested five people for attempted ATM thefts at Chase Banks in Baton Rouge. Investigators in Baton Rouge believe that these suspects are possibly connected to similar incidents across neighboring parishes. In Lafayette an ATM at a Chase Bank on Johnston Street was destroyed early Sunday.

 

The Advocate reported Ochsner Health System is going to start paying the medical school education of students who commit to work with Ochsner in Louisiana for five years. The organizations CEO Warner Thomas says the program will start with 30 students this summer. Citing the tight labor market, Thomas said the health system also will pay for current employees who want to advance in their career from a licensed practical nurse to a registered nurse or from a medical assistant to an LPN. The company has set aside about $10 million for the tuition-paying programs.

 

The 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary is rolling along and Louisiana Democrats will get a chance to pick their candidate April 4th. State Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk says it’s a closed primary, which means only Democrats can vote in it. If you’re not a Democrat though, you can always join the party. The deadline to register either for the first time, or to change your party registration is March 4th in person, or March 14th online.

 

A state audit alleges a former fire chief in Webster Parish, Billy Raspberry, Jr. used taxpayer money to give himself an unauthorized 24-thousand dollars in extra compensation between January 2017 and March 2019.  Assistant Legislative Auditor Roger Harris says Raspberry also received an unauthorized 75-hundred dollar raise and they found evidence he received overtime pay that was not warranted. Harris says they also believe Rasberry held two government jobs at the same time from July 2017 to March 2018, which is against state law…

 

Governor John Bel Edwards says rural communities are in a crisis and that’s why he created the Governor’s Advisory Council on Rural Revitalization. Edwards announced the formation of the Council at the Police Jury’s annual convention. The governor says rural revitalization will be a focus during his next four years in office. Former Bogalusa senator Ben Nevers will serve as chairman of the Council that will have 34 members.

 

A struggling LSU basketball team will welcome 10th ranked Kentucky to the PMAC tonight. The Tigers have lost three of their last four games.. Airtime 7:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM

 

 


Good Morning.. News For Monday February 17th, 2020

News for Monday February 17th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall says he is satisfied with the response to the city’s gun buyback program that was launched on Saturday. The city allotted $10,000 for gun returns and ran out of the money halfway through, but those who came and returned guns after the money ran out will get paid today. 147 guns were turned in during the event. Those who brought handguns were given $50 and $100 dollars were given for rifles, no questions asked.

 

The 8-year-old boy shot last week in drive-by shooting in New Iberia, died Friday night at a Baton Rouge hospital.  The victim, Jamal Robinson, was the only person injured when Jonas Hawk allegedly shot rounds into a group of people outside of a home.  Charges against Hawk will be upgraded to 14 counts of Attempted First-Degree Murder and 1 count of First Degree Murder.

 

In Mansura a Cottonport woman was arrested Sunday afternoon following a fatal hit and run Saturday night. Police were call to the scene of the accident to find 59 year old Randy Augustine lying dead in a ditch. Police say 21 year old Destiny Randall Struck Augustine as he was walking along the road shortly after 8pm Saturday night and fled the scene.  Randall was arrested and charged with negligent homicide and hit and run fatality involved.

 

A report by the Advocate alleges Attorney General Jeff Landry, who rails against immigration issues, brought in skilled Mexican laborers on work visas to construct an LNG plant in Cameron Parish. The article says Landry used the H2B skilled worker visa program, which is opposed by both the Trump administration and labor unions. Advocate reporter Bryn Stole says there is no definitive proof Landry broke the law, but they did uncover documents indicating his companies may have misled the feds to get access to the visas. A spokesperson for Landry says the work was only temporary.

 

Gov. Edwards signs an executive order formally establishing the Governor’s Advisory Council on Rural Revitalization.  Louisiana Farm Bureau President Ronnie Anderson says the expansion of broadband internet availability is an opportunity to help the rural areas become a more attractive place to live and work.

 

Senator Bill Cassidy is one of seven Republicans to join Senate Democrats in voting to limit the President’s authority to take military action against Iran. Cassidy says the vote was not a slight to President Trump, he just feels Congress needs to reclaim its responsibility in deciding when to head to war and make sure any decision has public support. The measure cleared the Senate 55-45 and heads to the House next, where a similar bill was passed earlier this year.

 

Legislation has been filed for the upcoming session that would eliminate the need to have a concealed carry license in order to carry a concealed handgun in Louisiana. Oil City Representative Danny McCormick says open carry is already legal in Louisiana and requiring people to get a permit to cover up that gun is just a tax. McCormick says putting additional barriers between legal gun owners and their right to carry in public is infringing on basic American rights.

 

A 2019 report on from True Colors United and the National Law Center for Homelessness ranks Louisiana in the top ten among the fifty states and District of Columbia in its efforts to address youth homelessness.  Report co-author Dylan Waguespack says among the areas where Louisiana excels include providing unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness the opportunity to seek legal independence and live independently, and the state’s foster care, where those in the program can now receive benefits through the age of 21 instead of 18.

 

Former LSU baseball coach and athletic director Skip Bertman suffered a couple broken ribs from a during a single-car accident on Friday morning in Baton Rouge, according to an LSU spokesman. Bertman, who is 81, did not require an overnight hospital stay, but was unable to attend opening night..

 

The 11th ranked LSU baseball team opened the 2020 season by taking two of three from Indiana.

 

On air today…

 

The Athletic Director 2p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

Tiger Talk 4 to 6p  96.9 KZMZ


Good Morning... News For Friday February 14th, 2020

News for Friday February 14th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A bomb threat called in yesterday afternoon to Arthur F Smith middle magnet appears to have been a hoax.  The call came in shortly before 3p leading to the safe evacuation of the building. Once secured a thorough search of the building turned up nothing suspicious. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Gov. John Bel Edwards plans to dole out nearly $1 million in pay raises to his staff, Cabinet secretaries and other high-level political appointees across state government.

In response to a request from The Associated Press, the Edwards administration provided the names of more than 150 top-level political appointees who have already received or are in line to receive salary hikes. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne told lawmakers the employees hadn't received pay raises over the governor's first term. He says most of the raises are 4%.

 

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Louisiana Family Forum is honoring what they believe to be the couple with the longest marriage in the state with the 2020 Marriage Hall of Fame.  For the second year in a row, Wallace and Gladys Menard from Duson have that distinction with 81 years. The couple met at a dance hall in Abbeville in 1937 and were married at ages 19 and 16 in 1938.

 

Nationally, marriage rates have dipped almost eight percent over the decade.  In Louisiana, that number is almost 28 percent.  LSU Health New Orleans clinical psychologist Amy Dickson says that doesn’t necessarily mean there are fewer people in committed relationships as you may find plenty of engaged couples. The divorce rate is also down nearly 20 percent nationally, with Louisiana down by 23 percent. 

 

Louisiana has the 9th worst business tax climate in the nation according to the Tax Foundation’s 2020 report. Policy Analyst Janelle Cammenga says that’s largely due to Louisiana having the 3rd highest sales tax in the nation, an above-average corporate tax rate, and decentralized sales tax collection. Only Washington and Alabama rank worse in sales tax issues.

 

Covington Representative Mark Wright files an amendment to consolidate the Governor and Lt. Governor onto one ticket, instead of having voters chose them separately. Wright says for starters, the Lt. Governor’s job is nearly all tourism-related, and it would make for more efficient government if tourism was folded directly into the Governor’s administration. Wright says combining the ticket could open up some interesting political options for gubernatorial candidates who would now get to pick a running mate.

 

Webster Parish is welcoming a new manufacturing facility with the arrival of E.I. Williams Industries.   President of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership Scott Martinez says the Canadian company specializing in sound-control equipment such as vent silencers, fan silencers, industrial silencers, and noise enclosures. Martinez says the $700,000 capital investment into an existing 50,000 square foot facility in the North Webster Parish Industrial District will result in 100 new jobs over the next five years, with an average salary of $37,400 plus benefits.

 

Attorney General Jeff Landry and his brother Ben Landry are accusing the Advocate of harassment and released video of Advocate reporters investigating Ben Landry’s home. Reports indicate the paper was investigating business dealings of some kind involving a Landry owned company.

 

DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson continues to urge drivers to put down the cell phone.  Wilson says earlier this month, another DOTD employee, Dwayne Pitre, was seriously injured while picking up litter in a work zone near Carencro.  Once again, distracted driving was believed to be a factor. Two DOTD employees have died since 2016 due to distracted driving.

 

A Lafayette man is facing felony theft charges after allegedly tricking a Shreveport man into paying 3,600 dollars for a pair of National Championship tickets that were only worth 525 dollars each. Caddo Sheriff’s spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says the victim was told the tickets he was buying were in section 104, but the tickets he was sold by Michael Simmons turned out to be nose bleed seats. Simmons was arrested for Felony Theft.

 

Its opening day of the college baseball season and at Alex Box Stadium the 11th ranked Tigers will face Indiana. This is Paul Mainieri’s 14th season as head coach of the Tigers. He’ll send sophomore right-hander Cole Henry to the mound as he’ll throw the first pitch of the season for the Tigers.  Airtime tonight at 6:30 on KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM.

 


Good Morning.... News For Thursday February 13th, 2020

News for Thursday February 13th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Today is the 2020 Children’s Miracle Network media thon here at the studios of Cenla Broadcasting. The event broadcast on KALB TV 5 and on Q93fm. Raises money to help children right here in Cenla. Today from 11 to 2 there will be a $5 Drive through Gumbo lunch in the parking lot of Cenla Broadcasting on Texas Avenue, with proceeds going to the Media thon. Call 528-3500 to donate. You are also welcome to come to our studios and make a donation. Or if you like, visit any of our websites to make a secure online donation.  

 

State Police have taken eight students from Many High School into custody in connection to a reported case of bullying and alleged sexual assault at the school in late January. The incident, which went viral on social media, showed a student being held down and sodomized with an object.  As a result of their investigation, LSP obtained arrest warrants for seven juvenile students and one 18-year-old student. The investigation is ongoing.

 

KALB TV reports a 30-year-old cold case came to a unexpected end Wednesday when the man facing two manslaughter charges decided to plead "guilty" at his arraignment.

Back in October of last year the RPSP pull out an old truck from deep within a pond on 71-year-old Robert Blair's old family property. Soon after, a 30-year-old mystery began to unravel as Blair was indicted on two counts of manslaughter for the July 1989 disappearance and deaths of his wife at the time, Isabelle Blair, and her friend, Marian Coutee. After Blair pleaded guilty yesterday he was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

 

Louisiana native Dr. Courtney Phillips has been chosen as Louisiana’s new health secretary. She’s been the head of the Texas health department since October 2018.  Governor John Bel Edwards made the announcement of the appointment via a tweet on Wednesday afternoon.   The position became vacant with the retirement of Dr. Rebekah Gee.

 

The Agenda for Children releases its first-ever road map to improving Child Well-Being in Louisiana. The Bayou State has never ranked higher than 46th in the Annie E Casey Foundation Kids Count report. Researcher Theresa Falgoust (Fal-goo) says reducing the child poverty rate would be a huge step forward.  Louisiana came in at 49 in the nation for Child Wellbeing.

 

The 2018 Louisiana Trooper of the Year has been arrested by State Police.  As part of an FBI investigation, 41-year-old Jason Boyet of Troop L is charged with one count of production and distribution of pornography involving juveniles.  Boyet was placed on administrative leave following the arrest.

 

The DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office lost one of their own yesterday. Deputy Donna Richardson-Below died in a tragic two vehicle crash, while on duty. Deputy Richardson-Below had been with the DPSO since January of 2019. She was previously an agent with Louisiana Probation and Parole.

 

With the mumps outbreak on the LSU campus up to 12 cases the university is stepping up efforts to prevent further spread by offering free MMR vaccines to those considered to be in high risk groups. Students receiving the vaccine need to get both doses of it in order for it be fully effective. The Louisiana Department of Health is still advising that all LSU students receive the vaccine.

 

Eddie Rispone made a rare public appearance yesterday on a Baton Rouge Talk show and discussed his near successful effort to unseat Governor Edwards in last year’s run-off. Rispone, who sunk a reported 14 million of his own money into the race, says he has no plans to ever run for office again..

 

A drive-by shooting in Iberia Parish leaves an 8-year-old child in critical condition in a Baton Rouge hospital.  26-year-old Jonas Hawk of Jeanerette is accused of firing at least four shots at a group of 15. The suspect was arrested with 30 minutes.

 

Three teens have been arrested for the murder of 20-year-old Adrian Carradine of Bossier City Monday night, including a high school basketball star. 18-year-old Raymond Henry of Bossier City a 15-year-old female and 19-year-old Otis Smith, a senior on the Bossier High basketball team, were arrested.

 

Louisiana lawmakers are sitting on $86 million in off-the-books surpluses in their agencies, and the House and Senate's new leaders said they haven't decided how they want to spend the money that has been quietly amassing for years.

 

The dollars aren't regularly discussed in budget hearings, and they're not included in the yearly legislative spending plans. Their existence is tucked away in annual financial reports for the House, Senate and other legislative agencies that were recently filed by the legislative auditor's office. The surpluses' size approaches the $96 million allocated this year for legislative operations.

 

Acadiana-based Bayou Teche Brewing is releasing a limited edition beer called Cajun Breakfast Stout.  Brewery founder Karlos Knott says breakfast stout captures the flavors of bacon, maple syrup, and donuts. The beer will be available first at a launch party this weekend at the brewery, followed by a launch across the state. 


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday February 12th, 2020

News for Wednesday February 12th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Wild weather is in the forecast for the state today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says a pesky stationary front has been parked across Louisiana for the past couple of days, keeping it cloudy and dreary with the occasional rain. Keim says the Storm Prediction Center puts much of Louisiana under a slight to marginal risk for severe weather.

 

Fire erupted late last night a Mobile Exxon refinery in Baton Rouge. The fire turned the night sky a shade of orange and sent a large plume of smoke into the air. No injuries were reported. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the fire. A spokesman for the Baton Rouge Fire Department says there is no off-site impact. The refinery is the fifth largest in the United States.

 

It’s been a long time coming, but construction is set to start soon on a roundabout at the intersection of Jackson St., Twin Bridges Rd. and Horseshoe Drive here in Alexandria. The state DOTD said they will start construction on the roundabout in early March and that the intersection will be completely closed during construction. They hope the project will be completed in the early summer.

 

Saints owner Gayle Benson’s sudden and forceful statement Monday that none of her donations to New Orleans’ archdiocese had financed clergy abuse settlements came just days after attorneys for an alleged victim subpoenaed financial records from her charitable foundation. The Feb. 6 subpoena gave the Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation until March 3 to hand over a trove of documents, including any detailing the funding of “settlements of claims for clergy abuse within the archdiocese from 2010 to present.” In a statement released to the public well ahead of that deadline, Benson said neither she nor her late husband ever gave money to the church for such a purpose, saying the mere insinuation was offensive.

 

The State Legislative Auditor is asking the Legislature to consider implementing a water management plan to keep the state’s aquifers from running dry, or falling prey to saltwater intrusion in the future. Audit Manager Gina Brown says water depletion has increased 63 percent nationwide since 1951, and 579 percent since 59’ for the Gulf Coast region. 49 percent of current usage going to energy production, 25 percent to industry, and 12 percent heading to irrigation.

 

The two newly elected leaders of the Louisiana Legislature on Tuesday told the state’s largest business lobby they want to tilt the state’s legal system in favor of businesses through tort reform, but they will aim to get a bill to Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk that he will be willing to sign to avoid trying to override his vetoes. Edwards, meanwhile, said the way to actually lower insurance rates is by preventing insurance companies from charging more to people based on their gender, marital status and whether or not they are a veteran. But he also indicated he's open to negotiating with Republican lawmakers on the issue. 

 

The story of Keiosha Felix, a 15-year-old who vanished in 2012, gets the national spotlight tonight on the show “In Pursuit with John Walsh,” which airs on Investigation Discovery.  Show producer Michelle Sigona says Keiosha disappeared from her aunt’s home in Duson in April 2012.  Sigona has hope the episode can lead to Keiosha’s whereabouts as the program has a history of successfully tracking down fugitives and missing children.

 

A judge in East Feliciana Parish declined Tuesday to hold a new trial and delay sentencing for alleged serial killer Ryan Sharpe, even though his attorney argued the U.S. Supreme Court could void the jury's 11-1 decision convicting him of first-degree murder. Sharpe was convicted in December in the killing of Brad DeFranceschi, one of three men authorities said Sharpe gunned down from his car during a killing spree across East Feliciana and East Baton Rouge parishes in 2017.

 

Sports..

 

LSU Football Coach Ed Orgeron has hired former Rams head coach Scott Linehan to be the Tigers new passing game coordinator. Linehan has also been a former offensive coordinator in Dallas, Minnesota, Miami, and Detroit. Tiger Rag Editor Ron Higgins says most of Coach O’s coaching hires have worked, so we’ll have to wait to see if Linehan can help keep LSU’s offense humming along.

 

 


Good Morning.. News For Tuesday February 11th, 2020

News for Tuesday February 11th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The northern half of the state is under a flash flood watch until tomorrow night as moisture and upper-level disturbances are expected to interact with a cold front to produce locally heavy rainfall. National Weather Service Shreveport Meteorologist Jason Hansford says several inches of rain will fall over the next few days.

 

Following a standoff that lasted a little more than 6 hours, Alexandria Police Officers arrested an Alexandria man on charges of attempted first degree rape. The incident, which started at approximately 1 p.m., took place in the 3700 block of Church Street when officers were dispatched to a sexual assault investigation. The suspect remained inside the residence and refused to come out. Members of the Alexandria Police SWAT team as well as the Crisis Intervention Team were called to the scene and remained until the matter was resolved peacefully at approximately 6:35 p.m. 44 year old Mario Rue of Alexandria was taken into custody on an arrest warrant for attempted 1st degree rape.

 

The State Fire Marshal’s Office is now calling the fire that burned down a Pineville home belonging to Kayla Giles and the late Thomas Coutee, Jr. on Friday intentionally set. The Fire Marshal's Office reported yesterday afternoon that it appears someone was residing in the house, but not home at the time. There is no word yet on what exactly caused the fire.

 

Louisiana gets low marks from the American Lung Association’s 2020 report for it’s failure to properly fund anti-smoking programs and enact anti-smoking legislation.

State Director Ashley Lyerly says Louisiana maintains one of the highest smoking rates in the nation for both adults, and teens. The report also notes Louisiana only utilizes three percent of the 450 million a year it generates in cigarette taxes and tobacco settlements to fund anti-smoking programs, far below what is recommended.

 

Marrero Democrat Kyle Green introduces a House bill aimed at eliminating the death penalty and allows those previously sentenced to the death penalty to be resentenced to a life sentence without parole. Louisiana has not executed an inmate since 2010, with the inability to obtain drugs for a lethal injection being cited as the reason for the gap.  Traditionally, Republicans lean in favor of preserving the death penalty, but Green believes executions do not fall in line with the state’s pro-life values.

 

22-year-old Holden Matthews pleads guilty in federal and district court to burning down three historically black churches in St. Landry Parish, a hate crime that shocked the nation last spring. The federal charges include using fire to commit a federal felony and violating the Church Arson Prevention Act, and he faces a minimum of ten years and a maximum of 70 years in prison on the federal charges alone.

 

The Army Corps of Engineers announced yesterday that they will spend $85 million this year to begin deepening parts of the Mississippi River navigation channel between Baton Rouge and the river's mouth to 50 feet, 5 feet deeper than at present. President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal year 2021 budget, also released Monday, includes another $45.7 million for the dredging project, but no money for the long-discussed new lock on the Industrial Canal or the "Morganza to the Gulf" levee project.

 

We’re up to 12 cases in the LSU centered mumps outbreak that was first made public with five cases reported last week. Mumps feels like a particularly nasty cold, and also involves visible swelling of the salivary glands, and it can take up to three weeks after you are infected to show symptoms.

 

AAA says the price at the pump has fallen more than 20-cents over the last month to a statewide average of $2.11 a gallon for regular gasoline. But AAA fuel analyst Don Redman expects the prices to rise soon as we’ll see a cutback on production…

 

State Police say an off-duty Baton Rouge police officer was driving his unmarked patrol car Sunday night when he ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle. He then  became combative with medical personnel and ultimately was arrested on suspicion of DWI.the 30 year old officer  was placed on leave from the department Monday morning pending the results of an internal investigation.

 

Alabama drivers will soon have the opportunity to have their own LSU license plate.  Webster Parish native and vice president of the Birmingham LSU Alumni Chapter Kenny Haynes decided to launch a campaign to get an LSU tag after seeing other out of state schools have their own special plate design. In Louisiana, a specialty tag design requires legislative approval, but in Alabama, the proposed design just needed 250 drivers to apply and prepay for the license plate.  Haynes says they hit that goal.

 

Sports..

 

Despite two losses last week, LSU remains ranked the A-P Top 25, but barely. The Tigers are 25th after road losses at Vanderbilt and Auburn. LSU entered the week in first place, two games ahead of Kentucky and Auburn, and now the Bayou Bengals find themselves in a three-way tie for first place with eight SEC games left. LSU hosts Missouri tonight. Airtime 7:30 on KSYL 970am / 104.9fm

 

Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson says he’ll play tonight against Portland after missing Saturday’s win over Indiana with a left ankle sprain. All-Star forward Brandon Ingram also did not play because of a right ankle injury and he’ll be a game-time decision tonight. Airtime 6:30p on 94.7 ESPN


Good Morning.. News For Monday February 10th, 2020

News for Monday February 10th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Concerns over lessening demand and uncertainty involving the Wuhan Coronavirus are likely to keep oil prices low, and volatile for the near future according to the LSU Center for Energy Studies. Executive Director David Dismukes says until the world finds out just how severe the Wuhan Coronavirus is, prices will remain in flux, but trending downward. A gallon of gas in Louisiana averages $2.13

 

A 19-month-old boy was shot to death in Louisiana and police have arrested his father on a manslaughter charge. The shooting happened Friday night in Shreveport.

Investigators believe the child's father was mishandling a firearm when it discharged, striking the child in the chest. The child died later at Oschner LSU Hospital.

 

The Governor’s July 1st budget proposal calls for a 128 million dollar increase in general fund spending, but does not include a teacher pay raise, has angering teachers unions who backed his reelection. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says school districts will be given funds they can use to give raises, but Louisiana Federation of Teachers Legislative Director Cynthia Posey says it’s not the same. Louisiana teachers received a 1,000 dollar pay raise in the last session, but still, have average pay below the southern regional average.

 

State Treasurer John Schroder is in a legal battle with Governor Edwards over the state trying to spend unclaimed property money as part of the state general fund. Schroder says the department was short $20 million last fiscal year in paying 82,000 claims because of previous dips into unclaimed property money. Edwards countered that the Unclaimed Property Fund hit a balance of more than $78-million, leaving a healthy balance of funds for Schroder.

 

TORT reform may suck up a lot of air in the car insurance premium debate at the Capitol but one Senator has a few bills he says are small, common-sense fixes to lower rates. Alexandria Democrat Jay Luneau’s first bill would prevent insurance companies from charging you more for your insurance just because you have a lower credit rating.

Real Reform Louisiana claims a person with a DWI and a high credit rating pays less for insurance than a person with a clean record but low credit score. Luneau says most insurers in Louisiana also raise rates on people who are widowed. His second bill would end that practice. His third bill deals with incidents where Louisianans in the military are deployed overseas, don’t renew their insurance for six months and are hit with a premium increase.  His fourth bill would block insurers from charging someone a higher premium on the basis of their sex alone, once they are older than 25.

 

The Baton Rouge Advocate reports 35 year old Kyle Joekel, who was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the 2012 ambush shooting deaths of two St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff's deputies, has been given the death penalty. Joekel had little reaction to the decision at the St. John the Baptist Parish Courthouse on Sunday morning

 

State health officials are investigating L’Auberge Casino in Lake Charles after 200 people are reported sick from an outbreak of the norovirus.  The highly contagious gastrointestinal virus can cause symptoms even three weeks after exposure.  The agency’s encourages you to report it to the State Department of Health if you have symptoms.

 

Holden Matthews, the man accused of torching three St. Landry churches last spring, will have a plea-change hearing today in Lafayette. Matthews had originally given a plea of not guilty. Legal analyst Tim Meche says the judge will hold the hearing to make sure that the suspect is changing his plea voluntarily. Meche says if the judge accepts the guilty plea, a sentencing date will be set for some time in the next 2 to 3 months.

Matthews is also facing state charges, but Meche says Matthews may never go to trial on those based on what happens with the federal charges.

 

Two brothers are in critical condition after jumping off a party bus in Ascension Parish early Saturday morning. Police say the bus was returning to Thibodaux from Baton Rouge, it happened at 4am on Airline Highway south of Interstate 10. Police say the bus was transporting approximately 40 young adults and the two young men jumped off for unknown reasons.

 

A St. Martinville man died Saturday evening after his ATV was struck by a hit-and-run driver. A spokesman for State Police Troop I says the accident happened just before 7 p.m. on Saturday. 36 year old Jamaal James died in the crash.

 


Good Morning... News For Friday February 7th, 2020

News for Friday February 7th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall announced yesterday the City of Alexandria, along with the APD and SafeAlex, will hold a gun buyback program a week from this Saturday  from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m, at the old Fire Station No. 2 on Broadway Avenue. “The Mayor saying we want to increase our efforts to address the rash of gun-related incidents we have seen recently in Alexandria. Individuals turning in functioning guns will receive $50 for a handgun and $100 for rifles and shotguns, all no questions asked. Again, the gun buy back is a week from tomorrow.

 

The crash of a small Cessna plane in Jackson Parish has claimed the lives of three people. The plane was in route to Shreveport after taking off from Jackson, MS

 

Governor John Bel Edwards will propose a budget to lawmakers today that would see increased spending on education.  Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says the spending is something Edwards has been pushing for years and now the state has the resources to do that. Edwards has made his priority of early childhood education clear for his second term. 

 

Natchitoches Police arrest a third suspect tied to a double homicide that took place last week at a home on Short Seventh Street.  Officer John Greely says the arrest comes following the Sunday surrendering of 17-year-old Daerieon Latchie and shortly after Tousant’s arrest, 21-year-old Jessie James Petite (pronounced P-T) Jr. turned himself in. Greely says three family members who were harboring Tousant were arrested as well

 

The Lake Charles L’Auberge is thought to be ground zero for an outbreak of norovirus that’s infected dozens of people. The origin of the outbreak has reportedly been traced to a Mardi Gras ball held last weekend. The virus can spread by touching contaminated surfaces, direct contact with the infected, or consuming contaminated food or water..

 

Three Many High juveniles are under arrest on allegations of bullying and sexual assault. The trio was arrested Tuesday night, and reportedly is linked to an incident that was caught on video during late January showing a student who was held down and sodomized with an object. The video was shared on social media, and went viral.

 

About two-dozen Louisiana state fire marshal employees left for Puerto Rico Thursday  to assist with earthquake recovery efforts. 23 deputies and personnel are on the deployment that’s expected to last 16 days.

 

Lawsuit reform and car insurance rate arguments are set to dominate the upcoming session, and a new group has been formed to push back against leading Republican proposals for TORT reform. Real Reform Louisiana Executive Director Eric Holl, a former Governor Edwards staffer opposes the Republican-crafted omnibus TORT reform bill he says is a giveaway to big business. Proponents of HB9 argue reducing the number of jury trials will save insurance companies money that they will then pass down to customers.

 

Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin announces the rollout of the Small Business Protection Act, helping business owners stay aware of proposed regulations that could impact their business operations.  Ardoin says businesses that sign up at smallbiz.sos.la.gov will get updates so that they are not blindsided by regulation changes. The Act passed in the 2019 Legislative session and went into effect on February 1st.

 

An Ascension Parish minister accused for a second time of molestation of juvenile has been arrested. The Rev. Irvin Briley Jr., of Gonzales, turned himself in to police officers Wednesday evening and was booked with one of count of molestation. The grand jury handed down the indictment Monday over molestation allegations from the mid-1990s. In October, Briley was indicted on another molestation count with a different juvenile between August 2016 and April 2019.

 

The 18th ranked LSU basketball team is working to correct the errors that led to Wednesday night’s 99-90 upset loss to Vanderbilt. LSU leaves today for a big game Saturday morning against 11th ranked Auburn, who has just two losses on the season. Wade’s team will need to win to stay in sole possession of first place in the SEC.


Good Morning.... News For Thursday February 6th, 2020

News for Thursday February 6th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

KALB reports the attorney for Kayla Giles has notified the State of Louisiana that he plans to pursue a Stand Your Ground defense.  Giles is the woman indicted for second-degree murder and obstruction of justice for the Sept. 2018 shooting death of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr. in an Alexandria Walmart parking lot. The shooting happened in the midst of a custody exchange. The case is being prosecuted by the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office.

 

The City of Pineville had a break in a water main at the corner of Bragg Street and Bayou Maria early Wednesday morning. Crews worked throughout the night to restore service to some 700 residents. With water restored, there is a boil advisory in effect until further notice. Residents are instructed to boil their water for at least a minute before using.

 

Impeachment comes to an end as the Senate votes to acquit President Donald Trump in a nearly party-line 52-48 not guilty vote on both articles of impeachment. Both Louisiana Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy voting against removal. Kennedy gave the reasoning for his acquittal vote, attacking House Democrats impeachment proceedings as a partisan exercise. The only Republican to vote in favor of removal was Utah Senator Mitt Romney.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards warns local government officials of the headaches that can be created by not being ready to withstand a cyberattack.  Edwards says recent cyberattacks across the state are likely to happen again in other areas. Ransomware attacks have been the issue faced in the most recent attacks.  The hackers will hold data ransom until a ransom is paid with cryptocurrencies. Edwards urges officials to take precautionary steps to avoid an attack by backing up data and protecting it behind a firewall.

 

Five LSU students who were living off-campus are confirmed to have a case of the mumps, a contagious disease that spreads through saliva or other respiratory droplets. Doctor Frank Welch says they are trying to determine if there’s a connection between the students because they did not live in the same apartment.

 

Some Louisiana conservatives are rethinking capital punishment by announcing the formation of a new group known as Louisiana Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.  The organization’s national manager Hannah Cox says a recent study indicates the death penalty cost the state’s taxpayers nearly $16 million more annually than life without parole. Louisiana becomes the thirteenth state to join the national organization. 

 

Governor John Bel Edwards approves the deployment of 23 State Fire Marshal deputies and personnel to Puerto Rico to assist in the recovery from recent earthquakes. The Urban Search and Rescue specialist will survey and access about 12,000 damaged buildings on the two-week mission.

 

Global technology firm CGI will conduct a career fair next week in Lafayette to fill professional positions for the company’s Louisiana operations. The event will take place on Tuesday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Research Park. CGI says they are seeking both entry level and experienced IT professionals to fill up to 160 positions in Louisiana.

 

The Census will be taken this year and then it will be up to the state legislature to draw up new political maps. Lake Charles Republican Stephen Dwight was just named chair of the House Governmental Affairs Committee and he lays out the timeline for when reapportionment discussions will begin. Dwight will join with Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt, who chairs Senate House and Governmental Affairs, in the effort. He says they’ll tour the state after the Census is conducted. A Census is taken every ten years.

 

LSU freshman linebacker Donte Starks has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. Head coach Ed Orgeron made the announcement in a statement issued over the past weekend.  LSU officials later confirmed the suspension was handed down a day after Starks was arrested in Marerro by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.   Deputies reported Starks was booked on illegally possessing a concealed handgun and attempting to run from deputies. Starks’ suspension is the first major disciplinary action of the offseason following LSU’s College Football Playoff National Championship win on Jan. 13.

 

A survey reveals that one in three Louisiana pet owners struggle financially to care for their animals. The survey by Innovet Pet found that nearly a quarter of those surveyed admit they have a difficult time caring for their pets. Elizabeth Sprang, Director of Southern Animal Foundation, a nonprofit vet clinic in New Orleans, says medical costs continue to increase for pet owners.

 

As vaping rates soar LSU assistant professor of Comparative Biomedical Sciences Alexandra Noel is looking into how vaping impcats the lungs of people who were previously non-smokers. She hopes her research can help inform public policy on the issue as more and more kids take up vaping without having ever touched a cigarette.

 

LSU football signed three more players to its 2020 recruiting class on Wednesday. 24-7 sports ranks the Tigers incoming group of players as the fourth-best in the nation.

 

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Good Morning.. News For Wednesday February 5th, 2020

News for Wednesday February 5th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The LSU Alexandria Foundation receives a $460,000 contribution from six community partners to fund the expansion of the nursing program.  Foundation director Melinda Anderson says this helps combat the nursing shortage in CENLA. The money will fund scholarships as well as the salary and benefits of an additional faculty member over the next four years. LSUA and the Department of Nursing has a high year to year passing rate of around 94 percent.

 

The City of Alexandria is asking for request for proposals (RFP) to revamp the old Weiss & Goldring  building downtown, but with specific parameters. The city said a mixed-use of the facility is preferable over single-use. If it is mixed-use, the city said they'd prefer housing over retail and business office mixes. The city also said they'd consider educational use, full retail grocery space since the area is considered a food desert as well as a destination site like a museum. The city will be taking RFPs until April 30th.

 

Baton Rouge Democrat Ted James is named Criminal Justice Committee Chairman, and plans to approach incarceration reform, marijuana, and capital punishment with a focus on their fiscal impact. The bipartisan criminal justice reform of 2017 significantly reduced the state’s prison population, but James says he will guide the committee towards further reductions. Louisiana retook the title of the nation’s highest per capita incarcerator last year after briefly dropping to 49th following the 2017 criminal justice reform.

 

In the State Of The Union address last night President Trump highlighted two bills by Senator Bill Cassidy, one focusing on parental leave and the other targeting surprise medical billing. Cassidy’s family leave bill would allow parents to receive a larger child tax credit in their child’s first year after birth or adoption. The legislation would be paid for by drawing from parent’s future child tax credits.

 

A final removal vote in the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump is set for today, and Senator Bill Cassidy says he will vote against removing the Commander in Chief. Polls show a near dead even split on public opinion related to impeachment and removal, and Cassidy says you can’t undo an election without a strong consensus.

 

The City of New Orleans is facing a tab of $11-million for the partial collapse of the Hard Rock Hotel. A planned implosion for the construction site is set for mid to late March.

 

A new, potentially lethal drug has been discovered in a St. Mary Parish traffic stop.  It’s called “gray death” and it is heroin cut with fentanyl and can be deadly to the touch. St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson David Spencer says this drug is fairly new, first popping up around Georgia and Alabama in 2017. He says it looks like concrete or limestone.

 

The 18th ranked LSU men’s basketball team looks to extend its winning streak to eleven games tonight and improve to 9-0 in the SEC when they visit Vanderbilt. Tip off tonight is at 8. Airtime 7:30p on KSYL 970 AM / 104.9 FM

 

LSU football looks to put the finishing touches on its best recruiting class in more than a decade as today begins the second national signing period for the 2020 class .


Good Morning.. News For Tuesday February 4th, 2020

News for Tuesday February 4th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh announced yesterday he's been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. Addressing listeners on his program Monday, Limbaugh said he will take some days off for further medical tests and to determine treatment. Rush, who is heard locally on KSYL and across the country, says he intends to work as much as possible while undergoing treatment.

 

The APD officer was responding to a reported burglary yesterday shortly after noon struck a vehicle that attempted to make a left turn in front of him. The APD says the officer was traveling in the left lane of 3rd street when he struck the vehicle. The driver and passenger of the vehicle were transported to a local hospital with minor to moderate injuries. The officer, who suffered moderate injuries, was also transported to the hospital for treatment. The incident remains under investigation.

 

RPSO responded to the 7000 block of Hwy 1 in Boyce yesterday after a man allegedly stabbed several members of his family. 70 year old James Edward Rogers was arrested on two counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of aggravated assault. The victims were transported to a local area hospital and are in stable condition. Rogers is currently being held at the Rapides Parish Detention Center in lieu of $350,000 bond.

 

Northern parishes are preparing for the possibility of severe weather with a cold front that is moving into the state tonight and into tomorrow morning.  National Weather Service Shreveport meteorologist CS Ross says along the front, a band of showers and thunderstorms have developed. Ross adds that a light wintry mix has not been ruled out for late Wednesday night, into early Thursday morning.

 

Congressman Ralph Abraham, fresh off a primary loss in last year’s gubernatorial race, only has 21,000 dollars in his reelection war chest, sparking speculation he’s considering not running again this year. ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says 21,000 dollars is a remarkably low number for someone to run a reelection campaign with.  Abraham ran in 1st place during last year’s gubernatorial primary within his congressional district.

 

A DOTD worker was struck yesterday by a vehicle on Interstate 49. State Police say the worker had parked his vehicle, with the lights flashing, on the shoulder so he could pick up some equipment near the Carencro exit. Traffic was slowing in the area, and a motorist couldn't stop in time, and took to the shoulder. State Police say the SUV struck the worker, who sustained moderate to severe injuries. Charges are pending.

 

Former St. Tammany Parish President Pat Brister passed away. The public servant also had stints as the State GOP Chairwoman, and President Bush’s 2004 Louisiana Reelection Campaign Chair. Brister was 73.

 

With a death rate for pregnant women that's twice the U.S. average, Louisiana is one of the country's most dangerous places to have a baby. Now, a new study on maternal mortality in the state includes another startling statistic: Homicide is among the leading causes of death. A study published Monday found that women in Louisiana are more likely to be killed than to die from any single pregnancy-related condition.

 

State Fire Marshal deputies arrest a 20-year-old Louisiana Tech student who admitted to having lit trash on fire inside of a building next to a dorm out of boredom. 20 year old Gavin Jones was booked into the Lincoln Parish Jail on one count of Simple Arson.

 

A Plaquemine man is arrested for elder abuse after authorities say they discovered a woman in her 70s in a home lying in a hospital bed covered in filth and animal feces. 54-year-old Galen Marcantel had allegedly been living with the woman for many months and had barred the victim’s family from checking up on her. Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi says he was clearly taking advantage of her condition.

 

A Texas woman is arrested in Bossier Parish, accused of stealing an ambulance from Dallas.  The chase began when Louisiana State Police intitiated a traffic stop near the Texas border. Tyson is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, aggravated flight, resisting by false information, misrepresentation during booking, DWI, and driving without a license.

 

Louisiana is pushing the feds to give 150 million dollars in matching funds to the state to help construct an elevated roadway on LA Highway 1 from Golden Meadow to the Leeville Bridge in Lafourche Parish. Louisiana Transportation Secretary Shawn Wilson says the plan is to construct a several mile-long bridge structure over the marshlands to guarantee safe passage to Port Fourchon. Louisiana has already pumped over 300 million dollars into projects along that vital stretch of highway.

 

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Good Morning.. News For Monday February 3rd, 2020

News for Monday February 3rd, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Assignments for two key House committees are in and Democrats have increased their representation relative to the last term thanks to the bipartisan coalition that elected Speaker Clay Schexnayder. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says that’s their reward for backing Schexnayder. A majority of Republicans backed Albany’s Sherman Mack, considered more conservative than Schexnayder. The coalition of moderate Republicans and Democrats now narrowly controls Ways and Means and Appropriations.

 

Over the past year, President Donald Trump has raked in more campaign contributions from Louisiana residents than all 11 Democratic candidates combined. Trump, a Republican who received a record number of votes in Louisiana when he ran four years ago, amassed more than $1.2 million from Louisiana donors in 2019, records show. His total nationwide haul was more than $211 million. The final campaign finance reports of 2019 were due Friday.

 

Louisiana high school principals will have to wait another year to try and mend the public private school athletics playoff split in four sports after a proposal to end the separation failed to get the 2/3rd vote needed. LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine says in the meantime they’ll look to better define what a select or private school is. The final vote to end the split received 52 percent.

 

Maplewood Middle School in Sulphur is home to a Grammy winner in Mickey Smith, who was honored with the Music Educator Award. Smith came onto the Grammy’s radar after he was nominated by Sulphur local, two time Grammy nominee Sean Ardoin, who’s known for his work in creole rock and roll. Ardoin noticed Smith had grown the school band to half the schools population.

 

AAA is concerned about the growing movement to legalize recreational marijuana, citing evidence of increasing drug based DUIs in legal states. AAA spokesperson Don Redman says drivers are already very nonchalant about toking and driving as 70% think they won’t be caught, and it has the potential to get worse. Redman says in the five years prior to the state of Washington legalizing recreational use, 9% of drivers involved in fatal crashes tested positive for THC. That numbers double.

 

Louisiana State Police added 51 Troopers to its force as their 99th cadet class graduated Friday. State Police Lt Nick Manale says they are prepping for their historic 100th cadet class at the LSP Academy and graduation day is a momentous occasion for every trooper.

 

About 300 needle incineration devices are being distributed to first responders in East Baton Rouge, Terrebonne, and Point Coupee parishes.  The device is the SANDD-mini, which stands for sharps and needles destruction device.  CEO of Redhawk Holdings, the company behind the device, Darcy Klug says  while the needle is destroyed, it doesn’t tamper with any possible evidence. The device has the potential to save taxpayer dollars.  Klug says a single needle stick injury can top $30k in workers comp costs, even if a first responder doesn’t contract a disease such as Hep C or HIV. More parishes are expected to obtain the devices in teh near future.

 

In Calcasieu Parish, the courts are going to start looking at better ways to get people to show up for court. Reportedly 350 people were summoned for jury duty last week, but only 72 actually appeared according to Judge Robert Wyatt in Lake Charles. Wyatt says courts might have to begin limiting excused absences and change the way it subpoenas potential jurors.

 

New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell is in trouble with the I-R-S and the tax collection agency has reportedly filed a number of liens on her home because she owes nearly 100-thousand dollars in overdue taxes.

 

A Tulane survey of primary care appointment wait times finds compared to white callers, minorities have three to seven day longer wait times to get a call back for scheduling.  Soon-to-be Tulane research assistant professor Brig Walker says minority callers also faced more questions. The field study was conducted in Texas, where Tulane recruited Hispanic, black, and white callers who placed appointment requests with 800 primary care offices. Hispanics faced a three day longer wait, and blacks a seven day longer wait than similar white patients. Walker says that can have a serious impact on health outcomes.

 

Sports..

 

LSU is 8-0 in SEC play after Saturday’s 73-63 win over Ole Miss. LSU has two games on the road this week. They are at Vanderbilt on Wednesday, who is winless in league play and then they travel to Auburn, who just beat Kentucky.

 

Louisiana Tech men’s basketball is on a four-game winning streak and the Bulldogs have moved into a first place tie with North Texas for first place in Conference. Tech won a thriller on Saturday, a 76-73 victory over Old Dominion.

 

 


Good Morning... News For Friday January 31st, 2020

News for Friday January 31st, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The World Health Organization names the Wuhan Coronavirus a public health emergency as the virus is thought to have infected over 8,000 people in 20 different countries now, with six infections in the US. Petroleum analyst for gas-buddy-dot-com Patrick De Haan says the infection has sent gas prices tumbling to 2.15 a gallon, an eight-cent drop in the last week due to collapsing demand from China. DeHaan says it’s possible the statewide average could get down to two dollars a gallon.

 

From the “Not the sharpest  knife in the drawer” department, there has been a spike in Google searches of people trying to figure out if coronavirus has a connection to Corona beer. Since January 18th, searches have skyrocketed for the terms "Beer Coronavirus," "Beer Virus," and "Corona Beer Virus."  So far, Corona beer's parent company has yet to comment.

 

KALB TV reports a Pineville man has been arrested after allegations he was involved in murder for hire. 29 year old Curtis Dean Lacombe, Jr. was arrested earlier this week.

Lacombe, Jr. was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center in reference to one count of solicitation for murder and one count of violation of a protective order. Lacombe, Jr. is currently being held in lieu of $130,000 bond.

 

Authorities in Avoyelles Parish report a Bunkie man is under arrest for two shooting incidents that happened in the last three months. 18 year old Travis Green faces charges of assault by drive-by shooting and three counts of attempted second degree murder. Green is being held in the Avoyelles Parish Jail on a $500,000 bond.

 

The story involving the Saints and their involvement with the New Orleans Archdiocese’s sexual abuse crisis is not going away. The lawyers for one of the victims claim the Saints actively helped shape the list of credibly accused clergy. The Saints say their behind the scenes public relations work was minimal.

 

Saints Coach Sean Payton said today he honestly doesn’t know if quarterback Drew Brees will return for his 20th season. Payton made the comments on the D-A Show on C-B-S Sports Radio. Brees, who played in last Sunday’s Pro Bowl, said he plans to spend the next month with his family and then make a decision on whether he’ll play another season.

 

Houma Representative Jerome Zeringue has been named the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. The Republican from the Bayou was first elected to the House in 2015. Lafayette Representative Stuart Bishop will serve as chairman of House Ways and Means.

 

Authorities in Calcasieu Parish report an 18-year-old Lake Charles man has been arrested for having and uploading child pornography. Garrett O’Quain was arrested yesterday by Louisiana State and was found to be in possession of images and videos depicting child sex abuse. He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center on 376 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles. His bond was set at $50,000.

 

3,100 dollars raised to “help purchase Clemson a new mascot costume” on GoFundMe in jest will instead be used to help protect real tigers in the wild. The account was created after LSU fans noticed Clemson’s fairly hideous tiger mascot on the sidelines during the National Championship game.

 

A study by Color of Change shows bias in television crime dramas helps shape public perception of criminal justice issues. President Rashad Robinson says one of the issues the study discovered was the makeup of TV writers. Robinson says roughly 80 percent of crime drama writers are white, and their bias was evident.

 

Food delivery will be a big business Sunday as many will gather to watch the 49ers clash with the Chiefs for Super Bowl LIV (pronounced 54). Delivery service app Waitr spokesperson Dean Turcol says 1.3 billion chicken wings will be consumed this weekend, so it’s no surprise it’s historically the most ordered item in the app. Super Bowl Sunday is one of America’s biggest eating holidays, second only to Thanksgiving.

 

 


Good Morning.... News For Thursday January 30th, 2020

News for Thursday January 30th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Cenla Broadcasting notes the passing of Willie Harp Tuesday night. Willie was a very successful Central Louisiana entrepreneur and publisher, but more than that, for those who called him friend, he was a great guy. Willie Harp started the Cenla Focus Magazine more than 20 years ago. He also started several businesses in Cenla including Taco Bell, Smoothie King and Cenla Perks. Willie was also passionate about  the "Perfect Fit Fundraiser" which bought shoes for school children. We will miss his smile and pancake breakfasts. Funeral arrangements are pending for Willie Harp.  

 

A Celebration of Life service honoring Mrs. Florice Delores Evans Hall, mother of Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall, will be held Tomorrow at 11 a.m. at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Alexandria. Visitation will be at the church from 8:30 a.m. Friday until time of service. Burial will follow at National Cemetery in Pineville. Mrs. Hall passed away Monday, she was 89.

 

The APD was at the scene of another shooting in the city Wednesday afternoon, this time in the 1800 block of Levin Street. Police arrested two people and recovered a handgun, after a vehicles and a house were shot at. Police say no one was injured and the investigation continues.

 

A Chalmette Representative is bringing this year’s major lawsuit reform bill aimed at limiting damages in jury trials, hopefully bringing down auto insurance rates as a result.

HB 9 is a core part of a suite of insurance premium related bills this session. The bill increases the period of time you can wait before filing a lawsuit to two years, in a hope to allow for more out of court settlements, and decreases the jury trial threshold to 5,000 dollars. Opponents argue that these changes could limit a victim’s winnings in court while providing no promise rates would actually go down.

 

Crawfish farmers have been setting traps over the last month or so and the crop production so far is showing positive signs for the rest of the season.  LSU AgCenter Crawfish specialist Mark Shirley says supply is good for this weekend and there should be plenty to go around for the Super Bowl.

 

At the White House yesterday, President Trump signed a new trade deal with Mexico and China. Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says this trade deal has the potential to empty every grain bin and cold storage facility in the state. The President calls the agreement a colossal victory for farmers and manufacturers.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards has promoted Treone Larvadain to lead Protective Services, making her the first African-American female captain in Louisiana State Police History. Larvadain succeeds Captain Clay Chutz, who is retiring after providing security services for six governors.

 

The Westwego City Council votes unanimously to not allow any permitting of a proposed 500 million dollar Wanhua chemical storage and distribution facility in it’s suburban New Orleans city limits. Councilmember Glen Green says the public and council had serious concerns about the flammability and combustibility of the facility, it’s emissions and the potential for leaks. The site selected was directly across the river from the Audubon Park and Zoo, formerly used by KinderMorgan.

 

Environmental groups are raising concerns that Formosa Plastics is seeking to build a chemical plant in St. James Parish on top of a slave cemetery, but a private archaeologist says he’s not sure who is buried at the site. Co-owner of TerraXplorations Paul Jackson says they’ve looked at old newspapers, diaries and personal land records in an effort to establish who might be buried there, but they have not found any conclusive indications.

 

Three parishes will see an expansion of high-speed internet access as the USDA commits $15.5 million into rural broadband.  USDA rural development state director Roy Holleman says this portion of the Reconnect Program covers 136 square miles of Iberville, Pointe Coupee and St. Landry parishes. Star Telephone Company will use the half grant and half loan funding to rollout 154 miles of optical fiber and 95 miles of drop optical fiber cable.

 

E. Pluribus Unum has assembled a substantial list of every 2020 presidential candidates’ positions on 3 major topics concerning racial equity in the South. Unum Founder and former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says some of the topics include the racial wealth gap, health equity, gun safety, and gerrymandering.  Landrieu says it’s a non-partisan collection of positions from both Republican and Democratic contenders. You can see all 15 candidate’s positions at unumfund.org

 

Seven hotel workers, including clerks and managers, are being accused of defrauding a Shreveport Holiday Inn Express of $280,000.  Caddo Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says the company did an internal audit and upon realizing the size of the theft, contacted authorities in November. Three people have been taken into custody so far. 

 

18-year-old Daniel Smith of Homer is under arrest for the alleged killing of a bald eagle in Claiborne Parish, one of the most heavily protected species in the country. Wildlife and Fisheries spokesperson Adam Einck says Smith’s loose lips ultimately did him in and pointed authorities in his direction. Shooting a bald eagle is a serious offense that can land you jail time and up to 100,000 dollars in fines.


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday January 28th, 2020

News for Wednesday January 29th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting           

 

Alexandria Police Chief Jarrod King will be back on the job Thursday. Mayor Hall, in a press release, explained the City followed an investigation process required by state law. The investigation determined a violation of the city’s social media policy occurred and warranted a brief suspension.  The Mayor went on to say he had a great conversation earlier this week with Chief King and as far as he was concerned the matter is behind them. Hall stated the city will not provide any further comments on this matter. King was placed on paid administrative leave Jan. 3.

 

KALB Newschannel Five has learned that two residents from Alexandria are among those who are trying to get out of China in wake of the Wuhan coronavirus. Benjamin Wilson, and another relative, Jacob Wilson, are in Wuhan China right now. Benjamin graduated from Bolton High in 2000. According a story from NBC News, if men can get back to the U.S., they have to be quarantined for 14 days.

 

The APD reports a Monday night shooting claimed the life of a 17-year-old near Carr and Bogan Streets in Alexandria. The APD says the unidentified man was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. There is no word yet if any arrests have been made.

 

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Natchitoches man, 21 Year old Jessie (PT) Petitie Jr., who is charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder, in connection with a double homicide in Natchitoches Monday night. Petite is described as a black male, about 5’7 and weighing 135 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.

 

A former LSU student and Phi Delta Theta (fata) member convicted in the hazing death of a pledge has waived his right to appeal. 21 year old Matthew Naquin (NAH-kanh) was convicted in July of last year of negligent homicide in the hazing death of 18-year-old Max Gruver. Naquin waived his right to appeal his conviction Tuesday in exchange for an agreement from prosecutors to drop an obstruction of justice charge that carried up to five years in prison. Naquin was sentenced to five years in prison, but a judge suspended all but 2½ years. He started that sentence Monday.

 

High school principals gather in Baton Rouge today for the annual LHSAA convention and once again the main topic is the public-private school split that’s been in place since the 2013 football playoffs. LHSAA Director Eddie Boninie says on Friday principals can vote to end the split. The split was created because public schools believe private schools have certain advantages that allow them to put better teams on the field or court.

 

The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s office reports a 3-year-old boy who died this past weekend accidentally shot and killed himself. The Coroner's report, released Tuesday, says the death was accidental due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. No word as whether or not charges will be filed in the case.

 

Cameron LNG has asked federal regulators for a six-year extension to complete the construction of a proposed expansion at its Hackberry liquefied natural gas export terminal in southwest Louisiana. Cameron LNG has been considering adding two natural gas liquefaction units at the Hackberry site, where supercooled LNG is sent on tanker ships around the world to customers. The company already secured permits for units four and five dating back to 2016. If the extension is granted and construction proceeds, that expansion would add 515 billion cubic feet per year of LNG exports for the company.

 

K-12 students will have a chance to learn a little more about their Louisiana musical heritage thanks to a curriculum assembled by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Nine musicians were selected, one from each region of the state, and LEH VP of Content Erin Greenwald says the course shows just how unique, and prolific the state’s musical culture has always been. Some of the nine include Lead Belly from northwest Louisiana, Little Walter in Central Louisiana, Kenny Neal in Baton Rouge, and Nathan Williams Jr. in Acadiana.

 

You can now view 5 years of financial disclosures for all 298 judges in the state of Louisiana at the New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission’s website.  Previously the only way you could get that kind of information was by filing a public records request.  12 years ago an ethics reform package was passed that required the executive and legislative branches to publicly post financial disclosures, but the State Supreme Court blocked judges from having to comply.

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrest a Lake Charles couple for cruelty to a juvenile after a 3-year-old is rushed into surgery with a brain injury.  Sheriff Tony Mancuso says the stepmother brought the child to the hospital after it appeared the child was having a seizure.  She indicated the injuries may be from the father’s disciplinary actions. Mancuso says the child remains hospitalized in critical condition adding there is a chance the charges may be upgraded. Other children in the home have been placed into state custody.

 

Two environmental groups are threatening to file suit against the Army Corps of Engineers, the Mississippi River Commission and the Interior Department for failing to evaluate the impact of repeatedly opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway. The lawsuit threat stems in part from the lengthy toxic algae blooms created by twice opening the spillway,  for a total of 123 days, last year to protect levees in the New Orleans area that were threatened by record high water levels on the river.

 

Authorities arrest a Calhoun man on a drug charge after he approached two people asking to borrow guns at a Planet Fitness parking lot in West Monroe.  West Monroe Police Major David May says the two declined the request of 19-year-old Landon Duke before going into the gym and calling the police. Duke faces one count of possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance.

 

22nd ranked LSU looks to stay undefeated in SEC play tonight when they host Alabama at 6:00. The Crimson Tide has won 10 of their last 13 and lead the SEC in scoring averaging almost 83 points a game. Airtime 5:30p on KSYL 104.9 FM and 970 AM.


Good Morning.. News For Tuesday January 28th, 2020

News for Tuesday January 28th. 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A Pineville man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday for charges related to the death of his girlfriend in 2017. Douglas Ponthieux pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter in November in the death of Connie Ducote Patterson. He had been facing a second-degree murder charge. The 40-year sentence given by Judge Greg Beard was the maximum allowed.

 

Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday for 26 year old Korri Thornton of Alexandria who is accused of shooting and killing Dadrian Henderson  on Henry Street back in June 2018. Thornton faces charges of second-degree murder and firearm possession by a felon.

 

Police academy began yesterday with 39 cadets from police departments around Cenla.

Out of the 39 cadets, 15 are specifically training for the Alexandria Police Department. The Academy lasts 17 weeks. Currently there is a shortage of 30 officers in the department.

 

There is a third confirmed death from a vaping-related illness in Louisiana. According to a spokesperson with the Louisiana Department of Health, the death had taken place in Lafayette. Between August and December of 2019, the state had 35 cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury. The first death in Louisiana was reported in November followed by its second later that same week.

 

Today is National Plan Your Vacation Day and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says the state has been busy marketing itself to visitors from outside of Louisiana but also encourages residents to take a staycation in their home state. Nungesser says last year nearly nine million days of vacation went used in Louisiana.

 

The Louisiana Department of Health kicks off the Own Your Own Health Challenge, a competition aimed at getting Louisianans more active, healthier, and ultimately lighter. Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Director Rudy Macklin says you can compete against others around the state and country to see who can win a steps challenge, or who can lose the most weight. Visit O-Y-O-H-Dot-com to sign up.

 

LSU announces Bo Pelini is back as defensive coordinator. Pelini was the D-C for the Tigers for three seasons and helped LSU win a national title in 2007. LSU was 34-6 during Pelini’s three seasons in Baton Rouge

 

Juries may soon get to know if someone injured in a car crash was wearing a seatbelt, something not allowed under current law.  Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt has pre-filed a bill for the change and says the juries should be aware if someone is negligent in mitigating damages from not being properly restrained. Hewitt says there is hope this bill could result in lower claims and lower settlements with insurance companies, with that savings being passed along to consumers.  Two people not wearing a seatbelt were killed in a head-on crash in Vermilion Parish Monday morning.

 

The Coast Guard says that they have suspended its search for three missing men on Monday, after two towing vessels collided on the Mississippi River near Luling on Sunday. Coast Guard crews searched over 835 nautical miles for around 67 hours but were unable to find the three missing mariners.

 

Bayou Country Superfest says they will be taking a break until further notice. The announcement of a hiatus came on social media from the festival's Facebook Page. In the post, Bayou Country Superfest says that the Memorial Day weekend tradition will not continue after 10 years in the state.

 

Nicholls State University gets recognition from the National Council on Teacher Quality as the top teacher prep program for early reading instruction, receiving an A+ rating.  Nicholls head of teacher education Dr. Alyson Theriot says students who struggle with reading will struggle with just about every other subject.


Good Morning.. News For Monday January 27th, 2020

News for Monday January 27th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

KALB TV reports three RPSO deputies were arrested late last week after officials received word that they were allegedly bringing illegal narcotics and other contraband into an RPSO correctional facility. Following an investigation, enough probable cause was developed to arrest the deputies, Brandon Anderson, Anthony Luttrul and Patrick Hall. RPSO says the investigation is ongoing at this time.

 

A shooting early Sunday morning in Bunkie has left an Unidentified 20 year old man dead. Bunkie Police Chief Scotty Ferguson says the shooting happened just after 2am on Highway 115 when a pickup truck was struck by more than 20 bullets from what appears to have been an assault type rifle. At least one bullet struck the victim, a passenger in the truck, who later died at a local hospital.

 

After guiding LSU to a national title, head coach Ed Orgeron has agreed to a six-year contract extension worth 42-million dollars. Tiger Rag Editor Ron Higgins says there were doubters when former athletics director Joe Alleva hired Orgeron as the head coach in 2016, but it’s turned out to be a perfect fit. The contract extension is pending approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors. The deal keeps Coach O’ in Baton Rouge through the 2026 season.

 

The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep hundreds of emails from being unearthed showing the team’s executives advised the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans in doing PR damage control, as they are accused of helping the in the church’s “pattern and practice of concealing” evidence of sex abuse.  The team has responded saying the advice was simple and never wavering. Be direct, open and fully transparent, while making sure that all law enforcement agencies were alerted.

 

Starting today you can submit your 2019 state and federal taxes, and you’ll have until April 15th to get them done. New Orleans CPA Jerry Schreiber says his number one tip for filers every season is to efficiently organize your tax information either for yourself or your preparer. Schreiber recommends taking your return to a reputable preparer, but if you chose to go it alone just know the IRS offers a free filing tool called IRS Free File. You can find it on the IRS website.

 

New job numbers released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows the Baton Rouge area has set a fourth consecutive nonfarm employment record in December 2019.  Louisiana Workforce Commission chief economist Ali Bustamante says 1,800 jobs have been added over the month. New Orleans gained 11,300 jobs over the year, and 2,100 jobs from November to December. The numbers were not so rosy in other parts of that state over with over the year job losses including Shreveport down 2,800 jobs, Houma down 1,200, and Lake Charles down 800.  Here in Cenla, the numbers remain flat.

 

The Coast Guard and local responded yesterday a report of two towing vessels that collided on the Mississippi River near Luling. The coast Guard received the call shortly after 5:30 in the morning yesterday. The collision caused one of the vessels to sink and barges to break away. One of the missing crew members was rescued by a good Samaritan. The search for the other three people is ongoing.

 

One man is in jail and two are dead in what Baton Rouge Police are calling a drag-racing crash. 56 year old Christopher Brock of Baker, was allegedly drag racing with his brother and died at the scene. A bicyclist in the area at the time, 24 year old Deondrick Rudd of Jeanerette, also died at the scene. 57 year old Lattimore Brock Baton Rouge was arrested and booked with two counts of vehicular homicide and a count each of driving while intoxicated, drag racing, failure to maintain control and reckless driving.

 

Americans United for Life ranks Louisiana as the most pro-life state in the nation, largely on the back of a series of bills passed last year in the Legislature.  The rankings also touted an upcoming March 4th Supreme Court admitting privileges case originating from Louisiana that Louisiana Right to Life spokesperson Alexandra Seghers says could have major implications.

 

The hunt for the killer of a gay black teen who was found near a lake in Angie two weeks ago continues, and the Southern Poverty Law Center is concerned it may have been a hate crime. 17-year-old Ja’Quarius Taylor was found shot in the head only an hour after being reported missing by his mother. Washington Parish Sheriff’s chief deputy Mike Haley says it’s their office’s primary focus. Haley adds they’re currently reviewing a key piece of evidence discovered in the lake by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s dive team.

 

Onlineschoolsreport.com ranks Northwestern State University’s online Bachelor of General Studies as the number two program in the nation. Executive Director of Academic Advising Steve Hicks says the positive ranking should help with enrollment.

Data sources for the rankings include the National Center for Education Statistics and the US Department of Education’s College Scoreboard.

 

On the air this week….

 

Today..

Tiger Talk 4 to 6p 96.9 KZMZ

 

Tuesday January 28th

Pelicans @ Cavaliers 6p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

 

Wednesday January 29th

LSU Basketball vs Alabama 5:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM

 

Friday January 31st

Pelicans vs Grizzlies 6:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM


Good Morning... News For Friday January 24th, 2020

News for Friday January 24th, 2019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Happy Birthday to 4 term Alexandria City Councilman and longtime businessman Harry Silver, who turned 98 year old a few days ago. In addition to being a very involved member of the council, Silver, who was a member of the Rapides Regional Hospital board for 34 years, still shows up to his day job running Weiss and Goldring.  

 

Attorney General Jeff Landry is one of twenty-one Republican AGs filing a letter condemning the impeachment trial, urging the Senate to reject the articles of impeachment.  Landry says there are grave concerns about what he and other AGs have deemed a politically motivated impeachment process.

 

A new tarp is up covering the remains of a worker at the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans. Pictures of the victim’s legs dangling from the debris made the rounds on social media Wednesday after wind shifted the original tarp. New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell l says they hope the remains of two of the victims will be recovered after a scheduled implosion in March. A protest march demanding accountability from New Orleans officials for the handling of the Hard Rock collapse, and justice for the victims of the collapse is gathering today in the French Quarter at 3 PM.

 

A suspect set for trial next month in a series of fires at African American churches, in and around Opelousas, is now scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing. Holden Matthews has pleaded not guilty to federal charges arising from the arson fires at south Louisiana churches. However, a court filing Thursday says a plea-change hearing now is set for Feb. 10 in Lafayette. Court records show that plea negotiations have been going on in the case.

 

In Shreveport, a man is now in custody after the Sex Crimes Unit launched an investigation into the alleged rape of a juvenile victim. Police have arrested 91-year old Otis Allen on first-degree rape. He was taken into custody by the US Marshal’s Office.

 

A miniature goat is found shot to death in Lafayette, leaving the family of the pet seeking answers.  Humane Society of Louisiana Director Jeff Dorson says it appears that the goat was shot in the neck by either a .22 or pellet rifle and bled to death. The reward is currently set at $1300 for information that leads to an arrest.

 

The human remains discovered in November by a hunter in Franklin Parish have been positively identified as Joshua Charles Berry, a Richland Parish man who was last seen in September 2012. The remains were found about a half-mile away from where Berry’s truck was originally found in 2012. No details have been released about the cause of death.

 

An LSU Marketing Professor finds playing low volume music or ambient sound in restaurants can help influence customers to pick healthier food options. Professor Courtney Szocs says while low music can help people eat healthily, the opposite is also true, and playing loud music or background noise can help boost the sale of not-so-healthy options. Szocs co-authored a paper in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science on the topic.

 

Onair….

 

Tonight..

Pelicans vs Nuggets 6:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

Saturday

LSU Basketball @ Texas (SEC Big 12 Challenge) 12:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM

LA Lakers @ Philadelphia 7p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

Sunday January 26th

Probowl 1:30p  94.7 ESPN / 1410AM


Good Morning.... News For Thursday January 23rd, 2020

News for Thursday January 23rd, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Cenla Broadcasting notes the passing of a well-known Philanthropist and broadcasting pioneer, Dr. Judith “Judy” Karst-Campbell.  Many will remember Judy as a broadcast journalist here in Cenla at the radio stations she owned KRRV and KDBS, but she was so much more. She opened a Rape Crisis Center here in Alexandria and supported multiple charities and community outreach centers in Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina. For many others, including myself, she was a mentor. The full obituary can be found on our website. Dr. Judy Karst-Campbell was 78.  Click here for the full Obituary.

 

Matthew Carter, the 17-year-old who was shot during an armed robbery over the weekend in Lafayette, has died. The Comeaux senior succumbed to his injuries Wednesday morning at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. Charges against the two juveniles, 13- and 14-year-old boys, arrested in the case were upgraded Wednesday to first-degree murder.

 

Washington Mardi Gras kicks off today with Louisiana’s biggest movers and shakers in D.C. for three days of politicking and celebrations. The tradition was started over 50 years ago by Senator Russel B. Long, and was an event only for those Louisianans stuck in D.C. for the carnival season. LSU Communications Professor and veteran political staffer Bob Mann says each night will feature a ball attended by state leaders based both here and in D.C., capped off by Saturday night’s mini-parade. This year’s theme is based around Louisiana’s contributions to the United States.

 

The first US case of the Wuhan Coronavirus has been reported in Washington State, and while it’s has spread rapidly in China the CDC says the virus doesn’t pose much of a threat to Americans. LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Fred Lopez says the lone US case does not appear to be serious. Flights from China are being routed through the screening airports which include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, and New York.

 

Four people are now in police custody for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Kendall Thompson, Jr. of Jeanerette following the arrest of two suspects here in Rapides Parish Tuesday night. Interim Jeanerette Police Chief Fernest Martin says investigators are still searching for answers as to why the shooting happened.

 

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s deputies conduct a major drug bust on Interstate 20, discovering about $900,000 in meth.  Sheriff’s office spokesperson Glenn Springfield says the Special Crimes Apprehension Team was working Tuesday night when they noticed the suspicious vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Springfield says while talking to the suspect, he consented to a search of a vehicle and deputies deployed a K-9 on the vehicle who uncovered the drugs. The driver of the vehicle was from Houston.

 

The Louisiana Family Forum wants to highlight couples that have been married for seven-decades or longer in the 2020 Marriage Hall of Fame. President of the Louisiana Family Forum, Gene Mills says he wants to showcase couples who make marriage a lifetime commitment. To nominate a couple, contact the Louisiana Family Forum at 1-800-606-6470. The due date for nominations is February 5th.

 

Experts estimate LSU received more than $200 million in free media exposure in the seven weeks between December 1st and January 21st as a result of the football team’s successful championship run. Director of sponsorship analytics for Joyce Julius and Associates, Jeremy Creutz. says by their calculations, LSU got just over 150,000 mentions across TV, internet and print media. Creutz says while it may not be tangible dollars LSU has earned, the exposure can be parlayed into merchandise sales and interest in receiving an education as a Tiger.

 

Eli Manning, who led the New York Giants to two Super Bowls in a 16-year career that saw him set almost every team passing record, has retired. The Giants said Wednesday that Manning would formally announce his retirement on Friday. The recently turned 39-year-old's future had been in doubt since the end of the season. Manning's contract with the Giants expired after the 4-12 season and there was little chance he would be returning after losing his long-time starting job to rookie Daniel Jones.


Good Morning.. News For Wednesday January 22nd, 2020

News for Wednesday January 22nd, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Alexandria City Council voted on Tuesday night to move forward with an outside consultant to look at the city's current utilities system. Mayor Jeff Hall says work with Kyte Consulting could take upwards of several months, then requests for proposals will be sent out. Mayor Hall says the system evaluation is no different than what other administrations have done in the past.

 

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office announced yesterday that scammers are at it again and this time the scammers are impersonating members of the RPSO. The scammer will pretend that they have active warrants for your arrest. The caller will likely identify themselves using the name of a known RPSO deputy, complete with a number associated with the department. Bottom line, RPSO says law enforcement will never contact you by phone and threaten arrest in lieu of payment. Nor will they inquire about personal information such as your date of birth, social security number, home address, etc. If you receive such a call, hang up and report it to the Sheriff’s Department.

 

An Alexandria man has been arrested after a nine-month-old was found unresponsive Monday. The infant was transported to Rapides Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead at the hospital. 21 year old Devonte Stafford was arrested and charged with first degree murder and booked into the Rapides Parish Jail. The APD says the investigation is ongoing..

 

Northwest Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson is named to President Trump’s impeachment defense team in the ongoing Senate removal trial. The Congressman expects the President will be swiftly acquitted of the two impeachment charges.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards signals support for splitting the vacant LSU Presidency back into two jobs of leadership, one governing the Baton Rouge campus, and one running the other campuses. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says former President F. King Alexander’s expanded responsibilities happened in 2012 and were as a result of consolidation during the Jindal years. Erwin says if the old model is brought back, it’s a chance to hire people with different skillsets for both Chancellor and President, as each job caters to different students and facilities.

 

Billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign loads up on renowned Louisiana political operatives for its push to win the state’s April 4th primary. Former Edwards Deputy Chief of Staff Richard Carbo is now the campaign’s State Director. He says the team will have a substantial presence in Louisiana.  Bloomberg is currently polling 5th in the race nationally after a late entry. No Louisiana primary polls exist yet.

 

News yesterday from ESPN that Joe Burrow will be represented by Creative Arts Agency Sports. The Heisman winner and likely Number one NFL draft pick will be represented by the same agency that represents Drew Brews and Zion Williamson.

 

Zion Williamson is set to make his long-awaited NBA debut tonight when the Pelicans host the San Antonio Spurs. Williamson was expected to return six to eight weeks after undergoing his surgery in October. But he has missed half of the season as the trainers used the time to get Zion’s entire body ready for the NBA grind. New Orleans has won 10 of its last 14, and is only 3.5 games out of the playoffs. Hear the game beginning at 8 tonight on 94.7 ESPN.

 

Despite a pay raise for teachers last year, the average salary for a Louisiana educator remains below the southern regional average. Governor John Bel Edwards has indicated it may take the rest of his term to hit that target. Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Larry Carter says teachers can’t wait that long. The LFT will pressure lawmakers for an additional pay bump. Louisiana’s average teacher pay is just over $50,000, about $1,800 shy of the regional average and Carter says it is important to close that gap now. The state has about 50,000 public school teachers.

 

Former New Orleans State Senator Wesley Bishop pleads guilty to making false statements to the Department of Housing and Urban Development about renting out his property when he received a post-Katrina Road Home grant in 2012. Bishop received 188,000 dollars from HUD for renting the property at low rates, but evidence arose that no one had lived at the property since at least 2013.

 

The US Environmental Protection Agency announces a regulatory program aimed at reducing emissions from heavy-duty engines and vehicles, the first update to standards in nearly two decades. Regional administrator Ken McQueen says this is an opportunity to modernize the heavy-duty program. The changes will take place with the 2027 model year.


Good Morning.. News For Tuesday January 21st, 2020

News for Tuesday January 21st, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A new Legislative class was sworn in last week and for the first time in nearly a century; Louisiana finds itself without a member of the Long family serving in public office. Gerald Long served as a Republican Senator for Natchitoches during his time at the State Capitol.  The political dynasty began with Governor Huey Long, the firecracker leftwing populist who pushed a massive public works program, built Tiger Stadium, The state charity hospital system and several major highways across the state. Huey Long was assassinated in 1935 in the midst of a run against President Roosevelt, who he attacked for not being far being leftwing enough.

 

A Morning Consult poll finds Governor John Bel Edwards is the most popular Democratic Governor. Overall, he is ranked 15th with a 54% approval rating. ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says a big part of Edwards being the most favored Democrat governor is his popularity and connection to the people of the state. Stockley says if the national Democratic Party is not paying attention to Edwards both as an individual and as a model for how to win as a Democrat in the south, then they are making a significant strategic error and it could cost them elections in 2020 as well as the White House.

 

A 17-year-old in Lafayette is fighting for his life after he was shot in what police are calling an attempted armed robbery. Corporal Bridgette Dugas says they’ve arrested two boys, one is 13 and the other is 14-years-old. The victim has been identified through media reports as Matthew Carter, a member of the Comeaux High School football team. Dugas says it’s believed the two teens were trying to steal his car..

 

The impeachment trial of President Trump begins today in the US Senate, where Senators will vote on rules that will govern the trial. Senator Bill Cassidy says the affair will demand their attention for eight hours a day, six days a week, and while the process is ongoing it’s important to remember this isn’t a criminal trial. The two articles, charge the President with Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. Cassidy isn’t sure how long this process will take, but he’s hoping for a speedy resolution.

 

State and National health experts are saying you may have already caught the flu this season, but there's a chance you could get it again. According to the CDC, there's an increased chance for a "double-barreled flu season" this year, meaning two different strains of influenza could strike back to back. While influenza B was the dominant strain early on in the season, an equal number of influenza A cases have been reported in recent weeks.

 

A medical marijuana company has big expansion plans for its Louisiana operations and is separately courting hemp farmers to support an upcoming launch into CBD products.

Wellcana Group, one of only two companies approved in the state to produce medical marijuana, is scouting out locations between Baton Rouge and Lafayette for space to build a 100,000 square-foot indoor marijuana greenhouse and storage facility, according to The Advocate. The company expects that the expansion will create between 100 to 200 new full and part-time jobs.

 

Lafayette Regional Airport says that Frontier Airlines has suspended services from Lafayette indefinitely. According to a press release, LFT Executive Director Steven Picou was told by Frontier that the demand for the airline's services was insufficient to continue at the airport.

 

According to the American Heart Association’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science study, whether teens believe nicotine and vaping products are harmful is largely due to gender, household income and education level. Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Tobacco Specialist Josh Pitre says the study shows that one in four high school students use e-cigarettes and the trend among middle school students has increased 50-percent.

 

An LSU Geology Professor believes the Indian Mounds at LSU’s flagship campus may be the oldest man-made structures on Earth, with parts of the structure believed to possibly be 11,300-years-old. Brooks Ellwood says a scan of the mounds, followed by a test of the material indicates the mounds are likely far, far older than the Pyramids of Giza. Prior research indicated the mounds were only about 6,000 years old. The structures are thought to be ceremonial burial grounds for tribes that inhabited the region millennia ago.

 

Sports..

 

LSU brings a perfect 5-and-0 SEC record into tonight’s matchup against the Florida Gators. Both teams are ranked just outside of the A-P Top 25 and Coach Will Wade is expecting a tight contest. LSU is second in the SEC in scoring, averaging nearly 80 points per game. Florida is coming off a 22-point over Auburn, who was ranked fourth in the country at the time. Airtime this afternoon at 5:30 on KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM

 

The Honeybadger is headed to the Super Bowl. Tyrann Mathieu led Kansas City in tackles in the AFC Championship game as the Chiefs defeated the Titans 35 to 24. Matthieu was signed in the offseason to bolster a K-C defense that struggled last season. The Chiefs will clash with the San Francisco 49ers on February 2nd in Miami. Kansas City is a slight favorite.

 

LSU cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond has agreed to a three-year contract to stay with the Tigers.

 

Back-up field goal kicker Connor Culp has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

 

Former LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has been introduced as the head coach of the Baylor Bears.

 

Louisiana Tech is 4-and-2 in Conference USA after losing to North Texas 51 to 50 at the Buzzer. Tech is at Middle Tennessee on Thursday. The Blue Raiders are winless in league play this year.

 

The Ragin Cajuns and Warhawks are both tied for last place in the Sun Belt. The two teams will face each other on Saturday.

 

Nicholls is a half-game back of first place in the Southland after beating Central Arkansas 79-72. After starting 0-3 in the Southland, McNeese has won four straight and the Cowboys are at Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday.

 

 


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.

 

Sports..

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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.


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