News For Monday 031119
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Flu season may see the worst to come as Louisiana has a second round of flu on the way. LSU Health New Orleans Infectious disease specialist Dr. Fred Lopez says though the Bayou State handled the H1N1 strand well this year another flu variation is rearing its ugly head again. Lopez says just because you had the flu this season doesn’t mean you are protected from the emerging strain. He says the best protection from H3N2 is the flu shot and it’s not too late to get it. The CDC says the H3N2 strain is accounting for almost half of all new diagnoses this year.
Alexandria Police have arrested 25-year-old Mohammed Abudayeh of Alexandria, for attempted first-degree feticide and criminal conspiracy to commit feticide, after investigators received a report he attempted to put a hit out on his unborn child. Cpl. Wade Bourgeois says so far, these charges are best suited for the disturbing situation, but that could change if more information comes to light. Bourgeois says the suspect allegedly wanted a staged attack focusing on his girlfriend’s stomach.
LSU head basketball coach Will Wade has been suspended by the university in the wake of reports of an FBI wiretap involving his activities in a college basketball corruption scandal. But legal analyst Tim Meche says Wade may see ramifications from the feds if things get much worse for the coach, but there are questions that need to be answered. Audio of Wade in conversations with recruiting handler Christian Dawkins caught with the FBI wiretap appear to be discussing a payment to a recruit’s family. Dawkins was recently sentenced to six months in jail after being found guilty of fraud and conspiracy charges for facilitating payments to the families of recruits. Meche doesn’t foresee LSU being on the receiving end of legal ramifications from the feds in this situation.
House Democrats passed a sweeping elections reform package last week that includes major electoral changes such as making voting days federal holidays, automatic voter registration, and other substantial changes. Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham, who voted against the bill, calls it the Democrat Politician Protection Plan. The bill passed unanimously with Democrats, who say the legislation would dramatically increase voter participation. Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell says the bill will not even be considered in the Upper Chamber.
According to a report in the Baton Rouge advocate the number of Louisiana towns, villages and small cities in which fines make up at least half their revenues has risen from 15 in 2007 to 25 in 2018. For 60 other municipalities, fines and forfeitures account for more than 30 percent of government revenues. That’s up from 28 in 2007. And 194 of the state’s 304 incorporated cities, towns and villages raise more in fines and forfeitures than they do in property taxes, that’s according to latest financial audits. The worst here in Cenla, Georgetown, just north of Pollock, which generates 90 to 100% of its revenue from speeding tickets. Next would be Forest Hill, McNary & The speed trap known at Creola.
A St. Parks woman, 22-year-old Chelsey Paige Wiltz, was arrested after her two-year-old son shot himself in the arm with an unsecured gun. St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s office Major Ginny Higgin says Higgins says if parents lack gun safety this can happen in any household. The child was treated of his injuries and released from the hospital the following day.
St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office deputies are investigating the Saturday drowning death of a 5-year-old. According to the Sheriff's Office, the child drowned in the Jeanerette area, but authorities are releasing little information on the circumstances of the death nor the child's identity. The investigation is ongoing and further information is pending autopsy results.
An amped up LSU crowd celebrated an SEC title in basketball on Saturday, but before and during the contest they expressed anger towards athletic director Joe Alleva for suspending coach Will Wade. Freshman Javonte Smart was also held out, because of reports the FBI has a recorded conversation with Wade trying to set up a payment for a recruit, believed to be Smart. With Smart out, Marshall Graves hit four three-pointers. He says the players fed off the crowd’s energy…
In LSU tiger baseball, the tigers took 2 out of 3 this weekend against Cal.
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