News for Tuesday 120418
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Canadian air is back in Louisiana this morning, causing temperatures to plummet after an unusually warm streak of weather to start off the month of December. State Climatologist Barry Keim says north Louisiana is suffering near freezing temperatures, while the south sits around the 40s. And it gets even colder tomorrow.
Jeff Hall was sworn in as the new mayor of Alexandria yesterday. Hall replaces Jacques Roy, who opted not to run for re-election after 12 years. Hall is a graduate of Grambling State University and worked at Cleco for 32 years as a Senior V-P and then served as an accountant for the City of Alexandria.
Also yesterday, Chris Hazel was sworn in a Judge. Hazel was a longtime state representative, as well as a former Marine and assistant district attorney. He won the election for 9th Judicial District Court, Division B last month. He took the position opened by Retired Judge Tom Yeager, who actually came to swear Hazel in.
Senator John Kennedy says after much consideration, he will not be running for governor, ending months of speculation that he would challenge Governor John Bel Edwards in the 2019 contest. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says it’s a shock announcement considering his not-so-subtle public interest in the position. Other names are being discussed for the ballot, including State Treasurer John Schroder who says the announcement took him by surprise. 5th Dist. Congressman Ralph Abraham says he will make a decision soon on whether or not he’ll run.
Governor John Bel Edwards responded to Senator Kennedy’s decision yesterday by saying Kennedy’s flirtation with running for governor was to put the spotlight on himself. Edwards says he now hopes Kennedy and the entire Congressional delegation can work with him to get things done for the hard working families in Louisiana.
Hanna Nicole Barker, the mother accused in the burning death of her 6-month-old boy in Natchitoches, was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after her probation on 2016 drug charges was revoked. Barker also was arraigned on a charge of first-degree murder, after her indictment by a Natchitoches Parish grand jury. She pleaded not guilty, and her trial date was set for Jan. 13, 2020.
The St. Landry Sheriff’s office says a local doctor is in critical condition after he was shot during a home invasion early Monday morning. Sheriff Bobby Guidroz his detectives are hoping to interview Doctor John Vallain to find out what happened.
A pretrial scheduled for Monday for Roger Boggs, the CEO of Revolution Aluminum who was supposed to bring a $1.5 billion aluminum plant to Pineville back in 2015, has been continued until February 20. Boggs was indicted on a bank fraud charge back in April. A charge he pled not guilty to.
After law enforcement made the discovery of more than a dozen horses that all appeared to be emaciated on her property in Lockport, the Lafourche Humane Society President, Pamela George and fellow property owner John Gautreaux, have been arrested and charged with animal cruelty. George and Gautreaux, have been booked into the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $2000 bond each.
The Louisiana Department of Health has released six recommendations of an expert panel on steps to fight the opioid epidemic, much of which Assistant State Health Officer for LDH Dr. Joseph Kanter says is common sense. Kanter says the state has a long way to go in expanding access to effective treatment and the use of other means of treating chronic pain. Kanter says behind every one of the recommendations are a series of measurable items that can be used to gauge the state’s progress.
Pollster Bernie Pinsonat has this Saturday’s Secretary of State’s election at 43-40 for Republican Kyle Ardoin of Democrat Gwen Collins-Greenup, with 17 percent still undecided. The close numbers may be a bit surprising for a race most assume Ardoin will win handily, but Pinsonat says a lot of it has to do with voters who are still up in the air. He expects the numbers to start tipping notably in Ardoin’s favor as we get closer to voting day, and the Interim Secretary of State’s substantial cash advantage increases.
LSU star cornerback Greedy Williams will not play in the Tigers bowl game against UCF as he’s declared for the NFL draft. Williams is considered to be a top five pick and Tiger Rag Editor James Moran says not playing in a bowl game, is a growing trend for future first round picks. Linebacker Devin White announced Monday he will play in LSU’s bowl game.