News for Friday 121418
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of rain.. High 54
Businesses and schools across the nation were evacuated yesterday because of bomb threats, that appear now to have been hoaxes. Here in Louisiana, State Police are aware of several threats in multiple cities. The threats were sent via email, requesting money being paid to senders via bitcoin, some with the emails having the subject line “Think Twice.” Here in Alexandria First Federal Bank on North Blvd and Red River Bank off of Jackson Street Extension received the threats.
It’s a dead heat. Congressman Ralph Abraham says a new poll he funded shows he’s the Republican to beat Democrat John Bel Edwards in next year’s governor’s race. President of the Remington Research Group Titus Bond says they surveyed nearly 17-hundred likely voters this week and both Abraham and Edwards received 44-percent. Edwards’ campaign says the poll is a desperate plea for credibility.
For the 13th time since 1990, Louisiana has been ranked 50th in America’s health rankings. Thirty-five different areas of health are factored in to determine the overall ranking. Dr. Rhonda Randall with the United Health Foundation says among the areas of concern, child poverty, where Louisiana ranks last.
A report out of Loyola says Louisiana has the second highest rate of food insecurity in the country, a result of the state’s substantial poverty, and proliferation of food deserts where residents don’t have access to, or can afford healthy food. The report calls for the state to increase incentives for grocery stores to operate in under-served communities, including refrigeration tax breaks for small grocers to allow them to bring in healthier food.
The secretary of state’s office diverted more than $90 thousand dollars from computer upgrades to pay its portion of a sexual misconduct settlement involving former Secretary of State Tom Schedler. A spokesperson for the current Secretary of State says none of the funds were obtained by making cuts to anything having to do with cybersecurity.
Former Congressman Charles Boustany says the trade war with China is failing, and Louisiana is beginning to pay the price to the tune of over 100 million dollars in costs to Bayou State businesses and consumers this year, nearly 20 million in October alone. Boustany says the trade war is a hurricane, and we’re starting to feel the first bands of bad economic weather…
The Chackbay man who shot his neighbor a year ago over a property line dispute has been convicted of 2nd Degree Murder. 61-year-old Keith Trosclair told police it was in self-defense, but But authorities say they had reason to doubt that version of events after reports from two witnesses that Trosclair was moving towards the victim while firing, and forensic evidence that indicated the neighbor, did not pose an immediate threat when Trosclair opened fire. 2nd Degree Murder carries a mandatory life sentence.
Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain is reportedly under investigation for allegedly molesting several juveniles. Strain is also the target of a federal probe into public corruption involving his former work release program that he once supervised. The ex-Abita Springs police chief served as sheriff of St. Tammany from 1996 to 2015.