News for Thursday 030719
Compiled by Dave Graichen
61 year old James Walker of Pineville died Tuesday night when he was struck while walking along the Pineville expressway near Louisiana college. According to the Pineville PD, Williams was hit by a pickup truck driven by 41-year-old Christopher Brown of Pineville. Brown was arrested and booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and possession of marijuana.
Three people were found dead at a home in suburban New Orleans Wednesday morning. Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office captain Jason Rivarde says two of the victims are children and the other is an adult. He says they are trying to determine if this was a murder-suicide. Rivarde did not provide details on how the individuals were killed or the relationship of the victims.
New research out of Denmark indicates the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine does not raise the risk of autism. That same study shows the vaccine does not trigger autism in kids who are in risk of it. Louisiana Department of Health Immunization Director Dr. Frank Welch says this is the 17th study to debunk the myth of a connection between autism and vaccination and what separates this is one is the size of the study group, 650,000 children. Welch says the vaccination-autism myth originated from a study in England involving a group of less than 12 autistic children, where the researcher concluded that many of their autistic symptoms happened after their vaccinations.
John Bel Edwards re-election team says radio ads that attack the governor are blatantly false. Victory 2019 spokesperson Eric Holl says the ads claim the governor’s budgets did not contain a dime for early childhood education. Holl says every budget the governor signed had millions for Pre-K education. Holl says the ads were so blatantly false, they legally had to be pulled down. A group called Truth in Politics produced the spot and spokesperson Jay Connaughton says the ads are still running and they stand by their message.
There’s another delay in the production of medical marijuana. Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain is the regulator of the state’s medical marijuana program and he claims LSU and its private grower, GB Sciences, violated law by moving cannabis plants from a temporary pod to the main growing facility. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says it’s unclear when medical marijuana will be available to the patients who have been waiting to purchase the drug. Pinsonat says the Edwards administration may need to get involved in order for the product to become available to eligible patients.
A Louisiana Navy recruit from Monroe collapsed and died following physical training at Great Lakes, Illinois. The Navy says personnel administered first aid to 20-year-old Kierra Evans, but she died at a hospital several hours later. A cause of death is unknown. Evans was participating in a standard physical fitness evaluation.
Mississippi authorities say a Tulane student was killed in a freak accident at an Interstate 10 rest stop. Authorities say 21-year-old Margaret Maurer was walking back to her car, when a tire came loose from a passing 18-wheeler and struck her. Maurer was from Minnesota and studied ecology and evolutionary biology.
A St. Martinville man and his 25-year-old girlfriend from New Iberia have been booked on child abuse and hate crime charges. St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s office Major Ginny Higgins says Tony Domingue physically abused a one-year-old child and the infant’s mother witnessed it and did nothing to stop it. Higgins says the two are also facing a hate crime charge, but she did not go into details of the crime.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has launched Rx Saving Solutions, a new tool that allows its members to save money by monitoring the price of prescriptions from different sources or alternatives with generics. Company spokesperson Teresa Day says the goal is to help their members become better healthcare consumers. The tool, which can be accessed on line or thru a mobile app, will benefit more than 637,000 Louisiana residents.
Colorectal cancer is the number two cancer killer in the United States and Louisiana ranks 34th in screenings for the disease. Shreveport doctor and Gastrointestinal Specialist James Hobley says digging into family history is imperative to gauge a person’s risk factor. American College of Gastroenterology guidelines highlight average-risk adults should begin screenings at 50 years old, and African Americans should begin at 45 years old.
The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction takes place tonight in Baton Rouge, recognizing those that have made significant contributions to the state’s ag industry. This year’s class has four inductees. LRN Farm Broadcaster Don Molino says Linda Zaunbrecher of Gueydan is only the second woman inductee. Molino says Korean War veteran Jack Hamilton of Lake Providence is receiving a posthumous induction. Also being inducted, Dr. Grady Coburn of Cheneyville and George LaCour, Jr. of Morganza.
Spring football begins today for the LSU Tigers. Steve Ensminer returns as the offensive coordinator and he has another year to work with starting quarterback Joe Burrow. Tiger Rag Assistant Editor Tyler Nunez says with former Saints assistant Joe Brady added to the LSU coaching staff, expect to see more run-pass option out of Burrow. LSU’s leading rusher last season, Nick Brossette, has moved on, so the Tigers will look to fill the void he leaves behind.