News for Tuesday 022718
By Dave Graichen
An Alexandria couple has been charged with attempted murder after police say their newborn baby was discovered in a trashcan last week. Alexandria Police were called to the 1700 block of Bush Ave. when emergency personnel, who had been summoned to a report of a miscarriage, discovered the baby. The baby is still on life support. Detectives determined that the baby had been placed in the trash by its parents, who waited an hour before calling for help. 30 year old Thelma Kirkland and 31 year old Carl Hall were arrested Friday and have been charged with attempted first degree murder.
A local Pastor is branching out.. James Greer, a local businessman and pastor of Journey Church, upon approval of the England Authority, appears to be the new owner of the Parc England Hotel and the Bistro on The bayou Restaurant. Greer recently won an auction for the leases on Properties. It’s expected the Authority Board Of Commissioners with give the green light at their Thursday meeting. If it is, Greer said, he will move forward quickly with a full reopening of the hotel.
A slew of last minute amendments added to some revenue generating bills in the House Ways and Means Committee has bogged down the special session. Shreveport Representative Alan Seabaugh tacked a number of changes that did not go well with Democrat Marcus Hunter. Hunter says the amendments are so in-digestible that this group of legislators might as well just go home. The congressional black caucus is refusing to back a vote until the amendments are removed. The House has recessed until Wednesday.
Ag Commissioner Mike Strain is warning livestock and farm equipment owners in north Louisiana to be prepared for flooding. Heavy rain is forecast for today and tomorrow and those living near a creek or river need to be prepared in case it becomes necessary to move livestock and equipment to higher ground. Meanwhile the Governor has declared a State of Emergency for Avoyelles, Beaurgard, Bossier, Caddo, Grant, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita and Rapides Parishes.
For the first time in 14 years, a new chairman is at the helm of the Louisiana Republican Party. Louis Gurvich was elected Saturday in a first round victory winning 97 of the 177 votes. One of the first things Gurvich will begin working on is to find a Republican opponent to run against Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards in 2019.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is facing a budgetary crisis. After years of operating as a self-sufficient agency, the predicted annual budget of 19.8-million-dollars will not be enough to keep up. Cole Garett, Executive Counsel for the LDWF, says they are proposing a bill in the regular legislative session to get rid of most of the current 117 different licenses. By raising some fees, this will help them get matching federal funds . LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet says they hate to increase the fees, but it’s the only way they can remain solvent in the future…
A parent group at Bowling Green School, a K-12 in Franklinton is using a gun raffle that includes two AR-15s to raise money for a program to keep seniors safe on graduation night. 30 guns in total will be given away. But Executive Director of the Louisiana Violence Reduction Coalition Victoria Coy says while she supports Project Graduation efforts, she can’t get behind putting more weapons in the community. Coy says putting on a gun raffle, especially one with assault rifles, undermines the parent group’s objective of keeping their children safe.
There has been an increase in the amount of organ donations from opioid addicts. In Louisiana, there has been a 40 percent increase in the last two years. Louisiana Organ Procurement Association spokesperson Kirsten Heintz says the opioid crisis is now colliding with another health crisis. That of the need for life saving organs. There are nearly 21-hundred recipients on the list who need a donation in Louisiana.
Yahoo Sports reports NCAA Enforcement officials have looked into LSU Basketball Coach Will Wade’s recruiting tactics. But a source says the inquiry has stalled because of a lack of on-the-record specifics. The report says the investigation into Wade began shortly after he was hired last March. Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham says so far it doesn’t look like LSU is any significant trouble.
Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson is said to be in stable condition as he continues to battle the flu. He was admitted to Ochsner Medical Center last week.
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