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  • News for Friday 032219

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    The Louisiana Association Of Broadcasters announced their Prestige Awards yesterday and it was a good day for Cenla Broadcasting.  Congratulations to KRRV 100.3 won Louisiana Radio Station of the year for large markets.. Max & Mark on Q93 won the award for best radio personality team in the state and Magic 100.9’s Murphy, Sam & Jodi won the award for the state’s best morning show..  Congratulations also to our friends over at KALB TV5, they won TV station of the year.


    After a complaint was made earlier this month and a subsequent internal affairs investigation, another Rapides Parish Sheriff’s corrections officer has been fired.  45 year old Jeremy Morrow of Alexandria was fired Wednesday and then arrested and charged with second degree battery and malfeasance in office.  Morrow later was released on a $2,500 bond.


    The mother of a newborn tossed in the trash in February of last year has pleaded guilty in the 9th Judicial District Court to negligent homicide. 31 year old Thelma Kirkland of Alexandria was originally charged with first degree murder. According to the Alexandria Police Department, emergency personnel had been called to a home on Bush Avenue for a report of a miscarriage. When they began treating the mother, they discovered a newborn baby, still alive, in the trash. The baby died several months later. Kirkland and the baby's father, 32 year old Carl Hall of Alexandria, were both charged. Kirkland received one year in the parish jail for her plea with credit for time served. That means, she could be out the same day. Hall's case is still pending.


    Four suspects have been arrested in Ball on charges relating to narcotics and illegal gun possession. Wednesday Ball police officers served a search warrant at a home on McRay Drive following multiple narcotics complaints. James Young, Danielle Broussard, David Tabor, and Sam Gibson were arrested at the scene. Authorities say they seized meth, oxycodone, and multiple handguns, one of which had obliterated serial numbers.


    The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association met yesterday for it’s annual gathering in Lake Charles with the industry showing some signs of life in the Gulf of Mexico. Haynesville Shale President Gifford Briggs says one threat is suppressing investment in Louisiana’s energy industry, and that’s coastal erosion lawsuits. A number of coastal towns have filed suit against oil and gas for it’s role in coastal erosion after the Edwards administration began permitting the action. Briggs says that’s scaring off investors


    Spring is in the air and with that comes spring cleaning and home improvement projects, but the State Fire Marshal’s office is warning the public of the dangers of the chemicals they may be using could be a fire risk. Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says those chemicals including oil-based paints, stains, and varnishes could result in spontaneous combustion from discarded rags.


    Two people were killed, four others injured, when a car that was apparently stolen slammed into a beauty salon in New Orleans. New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson says the two deceased individuals were in the vehicle. Ferguson says the car had just accelerated away from a patrol vehicle that had attempted to conduct a traffic stop. Wednesday night’s crash sparked a major fire in the Broadmoor neighborhood.


    The State Attorney General’s office reports, five Louisiana Medicaid recipients have been arrested on charges related to welfare fraud. The arrests come after investigations by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, the Louisiana Department of Health, and the Legislative Auditor’s Office. Here in Alexandria 33 year old Naji Abdelsalam was arrested on one count of theft over $25,000, one count of government benefits fraud, and one count of filing or maintaining false public records.  His family allegedly had over $40,000 worth of claims paid by the Medicaid program despite Mr. Abdelsalam’s ownership of several businesses – including two convenience stores, a tire service business, and a multi-million dollar Medicaid provider company.


    60 years ago the Golden State, hoping to stem the tide of 20th century extinctions, agreed to ban the sale of “endangered” animal products in their state by 2020. One of the animals listed was alligators, and Louisiana Sea Grant Spokesperson Mark Shirley says California’s legislature may not be aware that we’ve got about as many gators as registered voters. So Louisiana’s congressional delegation is asking the California legislature to reverse course, and support a proposed law that would overturn that old law before the January 1st blanket ban goes into place.


    Presently, state law limits the total amount of bottles of wine that can be shipped to a home to 144 bottles that do not exceed 750 ml per bottle. But if a proposed new law in the upcoming session makes its way onto the books, the bottle size limitation would be a thing of the past. Senator Jack Donahue says this would open up deliveries to more variations of wine bottle sizes. Donahue says the previous law would impede on those that collect wine as a hobby. Donahue, by the way, says he too is a wine enthusiast.




    LSUA Men’s Basketball team meets Bethal University at 10:45a this morning in the 2nd round of the  National Championship Tournament  hear the game on 94.7 ESPN


    LSU moves on to the second round of the NCAA tournament after beating Yale 79-74.

    LSU will play Maryland on Saturday.


    It’s LSU Baseball this afternoon as the Tigers begin a three game series at Georgia. Saturday’s game will be preempted by Basketball. But Sunday’s game will be broadcast. Airtime 5:30p this afternoon on KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM


  • News for Thursday 032119

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    The APD reports a shooting took place on Monroe Street shortly before 5 yesterday afternoon. Officers arrived and learned that a male subject had shot at another male in the parking lot of a business at the corner of Monroe and Kent Ave. A vehicle was hit during the shooting, but it appears no one was injured.. Both the shooter and the apparent victim fled the scene prior to the arrival of the police.


    Earlier this month local media reported the arrest of 25 year old Mohammad Abudayeh, who was arrested by APD for attempted first-degree feticide and criminal conspiracy to commit feticide. Yesterday Investigators with Louisiana State Police announced new charges being brought Abudayeh involving SNAP benefits, or what most call food stamps.  The charges, unauthorized SNAP benefits, computer fraud, money laundering, racketeering, and bank fraud. In June 2018, State Police began investigating the Food Mart in Alexandria on 3rd Street, concerning allegations of the owner buying SNAP benefits from local individuals. Investigators seized approximately $340,000 in U.S. currency and 11 cases of alcohol at his residence,  that was discovered to be stolen from a local grocery store.


    Four employees at the Louisiana Special Education Center in Alexandria who were under a police investigation are back at work. The state department of education says they were notified by the Rapides parish District Attorney’s office that allegations of serious infractions involving residents were unfounded. However, the DA’s office says the investigation is not totally over, since a Special Prosecutor is still looking at the case.


    Today is the first full day of spring. What can we expect from the weather for the next few months? State Climatologist Barry Keim says we’re currently in a weak El Nino that will affect conditions this spring, bringing of rain to the state. Keim says the forecast for wet weather is welcomed news for farmers.


    The LSU Board of Supervisors has approved an extension and pay raise for football coach Ed Orgeron. Athletics Director Joe Alleva appeared at yesterday’s meeting and said Orgeron is deserving of a 500-thousand dollar raise. Orgeron’s new contract runs through 2023 and his annual salary is four million dollars, the ninth highest in the SEC


    Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s “not prepared” to echo calls from former Board of Regents Chairman Richard Lipsey for LSU President F. King Alexander and Athletic Director Joe Alleva to be fired for their handling of Will Wade and other sensitive topics.

    Wade was suspended after refusing to talk to the administration about the reported FBI wiretap. One area the governor was prepared to definitively back the administration on was the decision to give football head coach Ed Orgeron a 500,000 dollar raise and a longer contract. Edwards says O is still one of the lowest paid coaches in the SEC, despite his success.


    Flooding in the Midwest has many concerned about how those draining flood waters could impact the already very high Mississippi River levels. National Weather Service Slidell meteorologist Danielle Manning says those flood waters from the Missouri River basin do have to pass through the river on the way to the Gulf of Mexico. Manning says those flood waters shouldn’t be a threat.


    The Associated Press reports Governor Edwards will ask lawmakers in the upcoming session to increase funding for higher education by 19-million dollars. About a third of that money would be for TOPS and the governor’s plan also calls for three-million dollars to help pay for resources for students who take classes online, such as electronic textbooks.


    A Baton Rouge mother is facing charges that she allegedly drugged her 18-month-old baby to death. Authorities say 42-year-old Heather Hidalgo initially told police she had no involvement in her child’s February 15th death. Hidalgo was booked into jail after her child’s death on other warrants at the time, and Hicks says deputies continued their investigation until a toxicology report came back in early March with some disturbing results. Hicks says the report showed the child had a cocktail of different drugs in her system. Hidalgo allegedly told authorities it was to “comfort the child, and make the child comfortable.”


    The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s office says 37-year-old Tara Jackson of Broussard left her two small children in an unlocked vehicle for about an hour and half while she gambled at a video poker truck stop in St. Martinville. Major Ginny Higgins says the children are okay. Jackson has been charged with two counts of child desertion.


    The Rosedown Plantation in St. Francisville is under fire for posting an exhibit sign that described the slaves who powered the plantation as “happy.” A state parks official says the sign has been removed and admits it was in poor taste. About 850 people were enslaved at Rosedown, and the site has become the most visited historic location in Louisiana, hosting close to 29,000 visitors last year.


    According to research from staffing firm Robert Half, 72% of managers say college basketball playoff activities improve employee morale. New Orleans senior recruiting manager Carrie Lewis says when in moderation, there are definite potential benefits to group activities tied to sporting events. Lewis says 75% of companies will organize sports related festivities, 45% will host friendly competitions, and 43% will allow team apparel because of the benefits it can produce in the workplace.


    Third seeded LSU looks to avoid the upset as it faces 14th seeded Yale at 11:40 this morning in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Hear the game on KSYL 970am / 104.9fm. Airtime 11am


    LSUA will move on to round two of the NAIA division 1 Men’s basketball tournament after they defeated Central Baptist College yesterday afternoon 81 to 74. Friday the #2 ranked Generals will face Bethel University at 10:45 in the morning. Hear the game on 94.7 ESPN.  


    The New Orleans Pelicans are off until Sunday, that after they lost to the Orlando Magic last night 96 to 119. The Pels play the Mavericks Sunday evening.


  • News for Wednesday 032019

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    The speed limit through Alexandria on I-49 was increased yesterday. From about Broadway Avenue north to the US 71 interchange, the speed was increase from 60 to 65, either side of that the increase will be to 70.


    The Powerball is up to $550 million for today’s drawing, and as that number rises, so do the amount of people playing, all trying to chase that elusive life changing big ticket. The half billion dollar drawing is the 8th largest jackpot in the history of Powerball, and the 11th highest in American lotto history.


    House Republican Caucus Chairman Lance Harris used yesterday’s joint legislative budget committee to question Governor Edwards re-election claims that taxes have gone down during his term. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says a combination of cuts and tax increases were needed to overcome a massive budget deficit left by the Jindal administration. Dardenne reminds Harris that deeper cuts to the state budget could have been made, but the state legislature never presented a plan.


    The Department of Treasury is mailing out a second round of unclaimed property checks. Just over 44,000 checks are being mailed out this week, totaling $4.2 million dollars. State Treasurer John Schroder says they had some issues with the first wave of checks, with people not believing they had come into a large sum of money. For those that are curious to see if anything has been found in their name, head over to and click on “unclaimed property” at the top of the page.


    Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser gave an update on the status of the four New Orleans Confederate monuments yesterday, saying he’s working to get the city to transfer control of them. Rumors circulated after the monument’s removal that private citizens were cutting deals to have the statues transferred to their property, but Nungesser says none of those efforts were ever completed. Despite the initial failures, the Lt. Governor says some private citizens are still making an attempt.


    Deputy Sheriff Stuart Wright announced on Tuesday his candidacy for Natchitoches Parish Sheriff in the election to be held in October. Wright is seeking to replace Sheriff Victor Jones who announced last week he will retire at the end of the current term. Jones has publicly endorsed Wright’s candidacy.


    Starting next school year, the entire school system in Avoyelles Parish will have a four day week. The decision was made in an effort to recruit teachers to the area. Avoyelles School Superintendent Blaine Dauzat says the parish is last in salaries for teachers in the state and an attempt to collect a tax aimed at giving teachers a raise failed a few years ago.


    DCFS Division of Family Support Deputy Assistant Secretary Sammy Guillory says those who normally get their SNAP on the 10th through the 14th will instead get their funds on the 9th next month. Guillory says they had to make the change to make sure some of their recipients did not end up going too long without their food assistance.


    A former employee of the 19th Judicial District Drug Court program is accused of falsifying hundreds of drug tests and alerting program participants ahead of time when they would be tested. 54 year old Nina Burage performed drug tests for the program, which allows nonviolent offenders to receive judicial supervision and substance abuse treatment in lieu of incarceration, and arrest. A participant of the diversion program told the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office that Burage would accept money, between $100 and $400 per week,  in exchange for the assistance.


    On air today…


    LSUA Men’s Basketball team meets Central Baptist College in the 1st round of the National Championship Tournament. 3pm on 94.7 ESPN


    LSU Baseball vs Nicholls 6p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM


  • News for Tuesday 031919

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    The decision was unanimous when the Alexandria city council voted to appoint Ronald DeJoie to fill the vacant District 1 seat, formally held by now state representative Ed Larvadain.  DeJoie has been an Alexandria resident since 2005 when he moved here from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina devastated that area. There will be an election on October 12 to permanently fill the seat. Dejoie said he will not be running.


    Grant Parish Sheriff’s detectives went to a home looking for a woman wanted on drug charges. When they arrived, they found the suspect, along with 5 bags of methamphetamine, digital scales, and pipes that are commonly used to ingest the drugs. 49 year old Myra Seals of Colfax, was arrested for possession of C.D.S. II (methamphetamine) with the intent to distribute, possession of drug paraphernalia, and contempt of court.


    A Colfax woman was recently arrested on multiple charges after a burglary investigation. Grant Parish Sheriff’s detectives discovered drugs in the suspect’s house, along with a small child. 34 year old Amanda Whiteof Colfax, was arrested for simple burglary, possession of C.D.S. II (methamphetamine), possession of C.D.S. I (marijuana), possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of C.D.S. in the presence of a minor.


    Texas Governor Greg Abbott slammed Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards for his handling of the state economy over the past few years. The comments were made yesterday in Baton Rouge at the Republican Governor’s Association round table that included GOP candidates for Governor, Eddie Rispone and Congressman Ralph Abraham. The Edwards Campaign hit back, noting the Republican Governor Association’s past support for former Governor Bobby Jindal…


    Congressman Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone, the two Republicans running against Governor Edwards in this year’s governor’s race, showed some differences in policy approach yesterday at the Republican Governor’s Association round table. Abraham says if elected he would not undo the Medicaid expansion, but he would seek some overhauls. Rispone had a different plan though. He also agreed that the expansion should not be rolled back, but says considering recent reports of improper spending in the Medicaid program, he would put a hold on new applicants until the Department of Health could rectify it’s problem with ineligible recipients on the rolls.


    Gov. John Bel Edwards and CenturyLink have reached an agreement to extend the company's commitment to maintain its headquarters in Louisiana. The deal, which will be announced jointly by Edwards and CenturyLink Chief Executive Jeff Storey in the coming weeks, will keep CenturyLink's corporate headquarters in Monroe through 2025. The company employs more than 2,000 workers in Louisiana with the bulk of those located at the corporate headquarters in Monroe.


    The state Legislative Auditor’s office releases a report that shows LSU paid a faculty member over 400-thousand dollars in salary and benefits for nearly three years, even though that person admitting to not performing work for the university during that time. State auditor Barrett Hunter says the School of Veterinary Medicine did not take sufficient action to address the employee’s lack of performance. LSU has responded saying the School of Veterinary Medicine has inserted safeguards to ensure nothing like this will occur again.


    The executive director of the Louisiana GOP tied the knot on Friday, then just a few hours later, was arrested for shoving a New Orleans Police Officer.  According to the police report, Andrew Bautsch was asked to leave a business on St. Charles Avenue around 1:30 AM Saturday.  He was being escorted to an elevator when the shove was alleged to occur. Bautsch was booked with battery on an officer, resisting police and criminal trespassing.


    LSU opens their NCAA Tournament run Thursday against Yale, and the American Gaming Association says 47 million American adults will place a bet on this year’s contest either by filling out a bracket or putting down money on a specific game. CEO Bill Miller says 8.5 billion in bets will be placed by the end of the tournament. The Bayou Bengals are eight-point favorites to beat the Bulldogs.


    24th Judicial District Attorney Scott Perrilloux says his office will seek the death penalty against 21-year-old Dakota Theriot. He’s accused of killing five people in a multi-parish killing spree in January. Theriot pleaded not guilty today in the shooting deaths of three members of the Ernest family. He’s also accused of killing his parents in Ascension Parish.


    The former mayor of Vinton was fatally shot in Baton Rouge on Saturday. Police say 64-year-old David Riggins was killed during a struggle with 32-year-old Vernon Mosby on Saturday morning. Authorities say Mosby arrived at the home unannounced after learning through a dating app that another love interest was spending the night with him.


    A state lawmaker who championed having the right to vote restored to felons now wants those same individuals serve jury duty with a bill pre-filed for the upcoming legislative session.  About 36,000 former felons were granted the right to vote as of March 1. But Baton Rouge Representative Ted James says much like voting rights, jury pool eligibility isn’t restored as soon as the cell door opens and someone is released into society.

    James’ bill will be heard in the legislative session that begins next month.


    The U-S Supreme Court will hear the case of a Louisiana man convicted for second-degree murder in 2016 and it was on a 10-to-2 guilty vote. Evangelisto Ramos, who was convicted of killing a woman in 2014, wants his conviction overturned because it was not an unanimous verdict. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says if the Supreme Court rules in favor of Ramos, several other convictions could also get overturned including Ronald Gasser, who shot former NFL player Joe McKnight. Starting this year, all serious felony crimes require a unanimous jury verdict.


    LSU football coach Ed Orgeron is set to receive a two-year contract extension and a 14-percent raise that will boost his annual salary to four-million dollars a year. Orgeron’s buyout will increase to 10-million dollars, but that buyout will dwindle as the months go by. The LSU Board of Supervisors will vote on Coach O’s new contract on Wednesday.


  • News for Monday 031819

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    Alexandria recorded its third fire fatality of 2019 early Friday morning, according to the city. A fire was reported at 3:58 a.m. in the 2100 block of Harris Street. Alexandria Fire Chief Larry King said the person has not been identified yet. An autopsy is scheduled to determine cause of death and identification.


    A Rapides Parish Jury has convicted 25 year old Taurnena Foster of Alexandria a reduced charge of manslaughter for allegedly distributing a fatal dose of carfentanil back in January of last year to 19 year old Jakelynn Ammons. Ammons was found dead in a car near a local hotel. Foster had been indicted for second-degree murder. This conviction carries up to 40 years in prison. Sentencing will take place on 25th of this month.


    When your computer crashes it can be a major headache. But, put yourself in the place of the Louisiana department of revenue. 26-million dollars in duplicate state tax refunds were electronically sent out to 66,700 Louisiana residents on Tuesday of last week as a result of a computer error. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says if you got your tax refund twice, don’t spend it.  If the state is unable to recover the refunds directly from banking institutions, those taxpayers will receive a letter from the Revenue Department with repayment instructions.


    The Republican Governor’s Association is throwing a fundraiser in New Orleans today, trying to build up steam to take out the only Democratic governor in an SEC state. But political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the big money raised today will likely not end up in one of the Republican candidate’s account anytime soon.  But Pinsonat says that tip jar cash certainly won’t go unspent for long, and Louisianans should prepare to start seeing an increasing number of anti-Edwards ads in rotation while Republicans figure out which of their two candidates will be the standard bearer.


    A Department of Corrections investigation into contraband smuggling and inappropriate behavior results in multiple arrests and resignations at Angola. Of those involved in the investigation, six were sergeants and one was a nurse.


    Senator John Kennedy is introducing legislation that seeks to give social media users legal control of content they post to social media. Currently all photos, private messages, posts, and other interactions are owned by network you post them too, which gives companies the right to sell it advertisers. Kennedy says it’s time to make that process more transparent. The Senator says this would force the companies to note exactly what personal data is being sold, and to which companies. This may seem simplistic, but if the fact that companies make a profit off of a service you receive for free bothers you, you can always cancel your account.


    A bill to abolish the death penalty in Louisiana will be debated in the upcoming legislative session. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor believes the death penalty cheapens life, adding there are errors that occur during prosecution, as well as a list of other issues. Claitor, a Baton Rouge Republican, is working with Representative Terry Landry, a Democrat from Acadiana on pushing the bill forward. Claitor says victims’ families will be a part of the discussion. This is the first time this legislation has been introduced, but Claitor says he’ll keep trying even if not successful this year.


    Of the 181 LSU Health New Orleans graduating medical students participating in the National Resident Match Program, 81 chose to remain in Louisiana to complete their medical training. LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans Dean, Dr. Steve Nelson, says many are also choosing to continue with LSU Health New Orleans. Last year, only 46% or medical students stayed in state, with three-quarters of those continuing at LSU.




    The 10th ranked LSU baseball team started SEC play by sweeping Kentucky in a three-game series. The Tigers completed the sweep with a  7-2 win. The Tigers will face  Nicholls State on Wednesday.


    The LSU men’s basketball team is a three-seed in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament and the Tigers will play the Yale Bulldogs on Thursday in Jacksonville.

    2015 was the last time LSU was in the NCAA Tournament.


    On Air..


    The Pelicans, who are in a major slump with no wins since the 3rd of this month, hope to turn things around tonight as they travel to Big D to face the Mavericks. Airtime 7p 94.7 ESPN


    After winning the last four games in Spring Training, the Astros take the day off today. They’ll be back in action tomorrow as they face the Phillies. Airtime 11:50 on 94.7 ESPN.


  • News for Friday 031519

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    Today is day two of “The Country Cares for Kids St Jude Radiothon” The event is being broadcast until 7pm tonight on 100.3 KRRV. Call now to become a Partner in Hope at 1-800-573-5425 and help the kids at St Jude Children's Research Hospital. That Number again 1-800-573-5425…


    HUD has agreed to implement rules allowing those who received SBA loans after the 2016 flood access to RESTORE funds by late April, but that won’t be finalized until the Office of Management and Budget OKs the rule change. Congress passed a law that was signed by the President late last year closing the duplication of benefits loophole, but various federal agencies have refused to implement the law.


    Louisiana's two Republican U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy both voted Thursday in favor of President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to secure funding for a southern border wall, but their support wasn't enough to carry the day for the president. Twelve other Republican senators broke rank and joined all of the Senate Democrats in a vote to block the national emergency. Republican senators such as Utah’s Mitt Romney and Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander said they supported Trump’s desire to build the wall. But they did not want to set a precedent of the president going around Congress for funding lawmakers had rejected. The President says he will veto yesterday’s vote.


    The number of abortions in Louisiana last year fell to a 10-year low. 8,048 abortions were reported to have been performed in the state, and A 2017 report indicated nationwide abortion numbers have fallen to their lowest rate since Roe vs. Wade was passed in 1973. Planned Parenthood says it’s due to efforts to make contraception widely accessible to women.  But Louisiana Right to Life Executive Director Ben Clapper says it’s due to a culture shift. Governor John Bel Edwards, a pro-life Democrat, responded saying “We are committed to reducing the number of abortions in Louisiana, and the data shows that is working”.


    The Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office has billed 29 year old  Shane Carruth of Alexandria, with 95 counts of video voyeurism following his arrest last September.   Carruth was arrested after he allegedly placed cameras in the women's restroom of a local gym. The case moves on now to a grand jury.


    The Denham Springs police department arrests a couple in the death of a small child in Livingston Parish. Detective Amber Fairburn says their investigation started last Friday when they were called to a home in reference to an unresponsive two-year-old female.  The toddler died on Monday and Fairburn says the child’s mother and her fiancé are facing significant charges.


    Former Avoyelles Correctional Center Warden Nate Cain has pleaded guilty to charges in his federal trial on corruption charges. US Attorney David Joseph says the guilty plea means Cain conspired with his ex-wife to use department of corrections banks cards to purchase furniture, pet supplies, toilet paper, gun parts, Christmas decorations and other items for personal use. Defense attorney John McLindon says Cain has only pleaded guilty to purchasing gun parts for personal use with state dollars; the other charges have been dismissed. Cain will be sentenced June 17th.


    Caddo authorities are on the hunt for a 56-year-old James Sloan, who allegedly broke into a home where his ex-girlfriend was living, and initiated a confrontation that led to a shooting. Sloan reportedly shot a man, identified as Terry Jones, twice in the buttocks during the incident, and then tied and gagged his ex and her two children. Sloan ultimately escaped and is on the run.


    A tugboat crew had to abandon ship after the boat sunk in the Mississippi River. The Coast Guard got the call yesterday morning around 11 of a towing vessel sinking at Baton Rouge General Anchorage. US Coast Guard Petty Officer Brandon Giles says the Army Corp of Engineers deployed survey teams in an effort to locate the completely submerged vessel. Giles says officials are also checking for environmental impacts.

    The four crew members escaped uninjured.




    On The Air Today..


    Today,  the LSU basketball team will play Florida in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. The two teams played in the regular season twice, each game went into overtime, with each team winning on the other team’s home court. Tip-off is at noon. Hear the game on KSYL 970am / 104.9fm


    The LSUA Lady Generals meet Louis – Clark today in the Second Round of the National Women’s Basketball Tournament. Hear the game starting at 11:45 on 94.7 ESPN.


    The 10th ranked LSU baseball team begins SEC play tonight as they host Kentucky. The Tigers are 12-and-5 on the season. Kentucky brings a 13-4 record to LSU. Airtime 6:30 on KSYL 970am/104.9fm


    Pelicans vs Portland 6:30p 94.7 ESPN


    Selection Sunday is three days away and the LSU basketball team has to wonder just how the growing off the court controversy involving suspended coach Will Wade will impact their NCAA tournament seeding. CBS Sports bracketologist Jerry Palm says the recruiting scandal will not factor into the selection committee’s analysis. LSU plays it’s first SEC tournament game today against Florida at 12PM. Palm says more so than any scandal, it’ll be their performance in this weekend’s competition that will have the biggest say in where they land. Palm notes the top eight teams are all from three conferences, meaning the majority of the teams ahead of LSU will suffer a loss.


    LSU basketball coach Will Wade has asked for his suspension to be lifted, so he can return to his coaching duties immediately, and the school responded saying they won’t, until he talks to the admin about an FBI wiretap he’s on. LSU’s statement also point out that Wade has never denied any wrongdoing in his public statements.


    After a back and forth with his hometown team, the Miami Dolphins, it looks like Saints backup QB Teddy Bridgewater will be returning to NOLA after posting a picture on twitter of himself in the Black and Gold.


    The New Orleans Saints have signed defensive tackle Malcom Brown from the New England Patriots.  The Pats elected not to pick up Brown’s fifth-year option, setting him up for free agency.  Brown was the Patriots first-round draft pick in 2015.


  • News for Thursday 031419

    Compiled By Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    The Country Cares for Kids St Jude Radiothon is going on now on 100.3 KRRV. Call now to become a Partner in Hope at 1-800-573-5425 and help the kids at St Jude Children's Research Hospital. That Number again 1-800-573-5425…


    Tuesday State Superintendent John White announced the Special School District's Interim Superintendent will leave the job in June. Interim Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper has held the position since summer of 2018. The announcement comes after state police investigated allegations of misconduct at the Louisiana Special Education Center in January. Four LSEC leaders were also suspended because of that investigation.

    Superintendent White said State Police turned the results of the investigation over the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office. No word yet as to what if any charges will be filed.


    There’s concern that processors who sell pre-peeled crawfish meat won’t have enough foreign H-2B visa workers to peel all of the crawfish on the market. Only 33,000 visas are made available every six months, and Farm Bureau public policy coordinator Brian Breaux  there’s a need for about 100,000 manual laborers. Breaux says that means large amounts of the crawfish crop potentially could be thrown out, as there isn’t enough demand for non-peeled mudbugs. Louisiana farms about 130-150 million pounds of crawfish per year, over 90 percent of the national crop.


    Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser has granted an official pardon to a lucky crustacean which means the mudbug will not go into a crawfish boil. The Third Annual Pardoning of the Crawfish ceremony took place on the campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Nungesser says this unique event celebrates crawfish season in Louisiana.


    Spring has finally arrived, and with it the possibility for spring showers that could dump enough water to flood your home, and National Flood Insurance Chief Executive David Maurstad says it’s time to get covered. he says 30 percent of all flood claims are from moderate to low risk areas, something southeast Louisiana learned the hard way in 2016. Maurstad says if you aren’t covered, the longer you wait to get it done, the higher the risk, because you can’t get the coverage fast enough to respond to an immediate threat.


    Several Romanians, who were in the country illegally,  have been arrested in Livingston Parish after allegedly being in the country illegally, and running a “skimming” scam targeting gas stations along the I-12 coordinator. Sheriff Jason Ard says they tracked the suspects with the help of the Secret Service, who’s cracking down on nationwide skimming operations.191 counterfeit credit cards were allegedly discovered in their car, along with 4,000 dollars in cash. Four adults have been arrested, and three juveniles are being held as a result of the bust.


    State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says the state is seeing fewer fatalities in fires so far in 2019 compared to other years with 16 fatal fires killing 17.  Browning credits a milder winter as a contributing factor for the lower numbers, due to the less frequent use of space heaters and a lessened strain being put on electrical systems in older homes.


    Whenever people get sick, they often take to social media to let the world know about it. Now there is an app that’s been tracking social media posts about sickness and comparing it to clinical data to forecast when an illness is expected to be on the rise. CEO of the app “Sick Weather” Graham Dodge says social media inclusion enables to the app to give a real time outlook for an area. Dodge says the app’s algorithm has been collecting data for the past eight years and right now is seeing a late flu peak for Louisiana and is forecasting a more severe allergy season in the bayou state.




    The LSUA Women advanced yesterday in the National Basketball Championship by squashing Westmont College 70 to 59. Up next, Lewis & Clark tomorrow morning at 11:45. That game will be carried on 94.7 ESPN.


    The No. 13 LSU baseball team's bats came to life Wednesday night as the Tigers put up 18 hits on the way to a 16-5 win against Texas Southern Wednesday night in Alex Box Stadium. With the win, LSU improves to 12-5 on the season. The Tigers begin a three game series tomorrow night playing host to Kentucky.


    The LSU Basketballers begin play in the SEC tournament Saturday Afternoon.. You can hear that entire series on KSYL 970am / 104.9fm


    The Saints second-leading rusher, Mark Ingram, has landed in Baltimore, reportedly signing a three-year, 15-million dollar contract with the Ravens. New Orleans will attempt to replace Ingram with Latavius Murray, who has agreed to a 4-year, 14.4 million dollar contract. Ingram ends his Saints career less than 90 yards shy of Duece McCalister’s all-time franchise record.


    In other NFL free agency news, All Pro safety Earl Thomas joins Mark Ingram in Baltimore, former LSU star Odell Beckham Jr. joins LSU teammate Jarvis Landry in Cleveland, former Tigers defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is heading to the Chiefs, All-World running back Le’veon Bell is joining the Jets, and former Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro is resigning in Tennessee on a four year deal. The new NFL season officially kicked off at 3pm yesterday.


  • News for Wednesday 031319

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    Rapides Parish Sheriff Hilton’s handpicked successor, Mark Wood, officially entered the race for Rapides Parish sheriff yesterday at a Hotel Bentley gathering. Sheriff Hilton expressing his confidence and belief in the ability of Wood to take his place. Currently, Mark Wood is serving as the head of the criminal patrol division.


    State lawmakers heard from supporters of the death penalty Tuesday, one of them being Wayne Guzzardo, whose daughter, was gunned down in a robbery in 1995 and blames Governor Edwards for being excuse-oriented as to why Louisiana can’t execute inmates, while other states saw a total of 22 executions last year. Governor Edwards responded saying the fact of the matter is the state cannot execute someone in  Louisiana today because the only legally prescribed manner set forth in state statute is unavailable to us. He says It’s up to lawmakers to change that.


    A Denham Springs couple whose home was flooded in 2016 is suing HUD in an effort to access Restore grant money. The couple’s lawyer, J.R. Whaley, says the suit against HUD is for their inaction in correcting the issue, saying many were eligible, yet not qualified for further help due to their use of an SBA loan. Whaley says HUD has offered excuse after excuse for delays in changing their rules as they were ordered to do, with HUD crediting the latest slowdown due to the recent government shutdown. Whaley says the goal is to get HUD to follow the law and has made sure to shape the suit in a manner to not slow things down even further in the court system.


    Governor John Bel Edwards spoke to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education yesterday to urge them to include a one-thousand dollar teacher pay raise as part of their public education funding request to the legislature. Edwards says teaching is an underappreciated profession and he wants to change that.


    The gubernatorial primary is seven months away. There is still time for another Republican to get in the race and some are saying it could be Congressman Steve Scalise. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says that’s unlikely.

    Currently, Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards is facing two G-O-P challengers, Congressman Ralph Abraham and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone.


    Community activists are calling on lawmakers to pass a law allowing local governments the right to set their own minimum wages. Nationwide states and cities have been raising their minimum wages, including neighboring Arkansas. A 1999 law bars local municipalities from setting pay and benefit standards, instead leaving that up to the state.  Step Up Louisiana member Pamela Bourgeois says with the cost of living rising ever higher, $15 is a reasonable place to start in the Bayou State.


    The FBI is hiring and wants to meet those interested in being special agents in New Orleans next Wednesday. They’re looking for those with STEM backgrounds, lawyers, accountants, and even teachers, and New Orleans field office lead agent Eric Rommal says they’re focusing next week on hiring women and people of color.  They’re seeking applicants aged 23 to 36, with at least two years of work experience, and a clean background. Starting pay for special agents is more than double the average salary in Louisiana at a whopping 80,000 dollars a year. Rommal says if you’re selected, you’ll be shipped off to Virginia to receive your training.


    The LSU AgCenter is getting a grant potentially worth one million dollars to study the vital bayou stalwart roseau cane. The cane helps keep the bayou intact, but is threatened by sea level changes and an infection of roseau scale. Professor Roberto Diaz says they’ll use the money to run a series of tests in isolated greenhouses and out in the field. The cane is credited with sustaining bayous by reducing the action of waves as they crash into the wetlands.




    Former Vikings running back Latavius Murray has reportedly agreed to a four year deal with the Saints, likely signaling the end of Black and Gold standout RB Mark Ingram’s tenure in New Orleans. Reports indicated that several teams were pursuing Ingram at a price point that would have been untenable for a team with limited cap space. Murray ran for 578 yards and 6 TDs last year.


    LSU Baseball last night was anything but boring.. but, in the end, the tigers lost to the Demons 1 to 3. The tigers will face Texas Southern tonight.. Airtime 6p on KSYL 970am / 104.9fm


    The Pelicans were kicked hard by the Bucks last night.. the final 113 to 130. They’ll play next on Friday evening against Portland..


    The Houston Astros lost to the Washington Nationals 3 to 5 yesterday as spring training rolls on. They’ll face the Mets today.


    Yesterday’s LSU basketball press conference once again saw interim head coach Tony Benford fielding questions on the two individuals of interest in the recent FBI wiretap investigation, the suspended Coach Will Wade and freshman Javonte Smart. Benford says Smart’s status is still up in the air as to if he will be playing in the upcoming SEC tournament.


  • News for Tuesday 031219

    Compiled By Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    Authorities in Sabine Parish report an investigation is under way into the death of an infant early yesterday morning in Many. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene on an unresponsive baby shortly before 4am. One deputy attempted to perform CPR until paramedics arrived, however, the child was pronounced dead on the scene. The case is being handled by the sheriff’s office, coroner’s office and the Division of Children and Family Services.


    Baton Rouge Representative Steve Carter is bringing a constitutional amendment in the upcoming session that asks voters whether local governments should have the authority to lower the homestead exemption. The amendment would first require two thirds support in the legislature to make it onto the fall ballot, where it would then need to be approved by a majority of voters.  Carter says at that point, local voters would still have a final say on homestead exemption rates in their own back yards.


    Louisiana has now seen eleven straight months of jobs gains, adding 2,100 jobs from December 2018 to January 2019.  Other south Louisiana markets like Lafayette also performed well, but those gains in the south are not being duplicated in northern markets like Shreveport, Alexandria, and Monroe, who’ve lost a combined 2,200 jobs year to year.


    The House Criminal Justice Committee will hold a hearing today on the Death Penalty, featuring family members of victims whose attackers are on death row, but have not been put the death, as the state has not executed anyone in over a decade. but Attorney General Jeff Landry says today they will showcase a legal path forward for the death penalty. Landry says the lack of an executable death penalty incentivizes more crime. Landry cited recent executions in Texas and Oklahoma as evidence that with some legal and policy tweaks, Louisiana could begin executing again as well.


    The legislative session is a less than a month away and two topics look to be hot button issues. One of those, teacher and school support personnel pay raises, comes with an estimated 135-million dollar price tag. publisher Jeremy Alford says figuring out how to pay for it could be a struggle. The proposal would raise teacher pay by 1,000 dollars, and support personnel pay by 500 dollars. The other topic on many lawmakers lips is the prospect of legalizing sports betting in Louisiana.


    U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy says he’s reintroducing the College Transparency Act.  Cassidy says the legislation aims to make education more affordable to students by modernizing the college reporting system to make available accurate data on student outcomes. Cassidy says among the data used would be the completion of the curriculum, as well as post-college hiring rates and earning expectations based upon a selected school. 


    State Fire Marshal Butch Browning announces the arrest of a Bastrop man who allegedly set fire to a home with three relatives inside, including a child. 25-year-old Charles Craft faces three counts of attempted first degree murder and one count of aggravated arson. Authorities say Craft became angry after not receiving money from his mother to buy cigarettes.


    A helicopter crash has left one dead and another missing.  The aircraft crashed into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday in a flight between Galliano and Venice.  The Coast Guard responded to the crash around 1:42 p.m.  Authorities confirmed Nicholas Duplantis, of Houma, was killed in the accident. The pilot remains missing.


    The 13th ranked LSU baseball team visits Natchitoches for the first time since 2014 when they play Northwestern State at Brown-Stroud Field. The Demons are 7-6 on the season, while LSU is 11-4. Hear the game on KSYL 970am / 104.9fm.


    The suspension of LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade in response to his involvement in an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption has created more questions than answers.  Among the questions, what benefit is it to the school to suspend Wade at this point?  LSU beat reporter for the USA Today Network Glen Guilbeau says it makes the school look better in the NCAA’s eyes since they’ve taken steps towards self-disciplinary actions. Guilbeau says he believes the Tiger fans have seen the last of Will Wade at courtside.


  • News For Monday 031119

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    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.


    On the air…. Houston Astros & The Mets 11:30a


  • News for Friday 030819

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    Autopsies are scheduled for today on two people who died in an early Thursday fire on Melder Road in Glenmora. The victims, who officials have yet to identify, are believed to be a 75-year-old man and a 69-year-old woman. Both bodies were found near each other and "just feet" from the only exit at the home.


    Another Central Louisiana Sheriff has announced he will not seek reelection. After winning five successful elections for sheriff since 1999, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones, Jr. announced on Thursday he won’t seek re-election this year and will retire at the end of his term in 2020. Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton made a similar announcement earlier this year. Sheriff Jones was first elected Natchitoches Parish Sheriff in 1999 and was re-elected four subsequent times, the most recent election earning 91% of the votes cast


    US Senator Bill Cassidy tells USA Today that he’s running for re-election in 2020. LSU political science professor Dr. Robert Hogan says Cassidy’s backers will prevent a creditable Republican primary challenge, and there really isn’t much of a threat to his job from the left either. The state’s senior Senator was elected to the Upper Chamber after serving in the Legislature, and US House of Representatives.


    It’s the first Friday of Lent for the million plus Catholics who call Louisiana home, and for many that means ditching red meat for seafood. Gulf Seafood Institute Chairman Harlon Pearce says we’re on track for a good season, but soft shell crab lovers in particular are in for a real treat this year after closures in recent years. For many Louisianans of all religious denominations, the star attraction is crawfish, that recent arctic blast has led to some up and down prices and supply. But Pearce says give it a few weeks and you’ll have all the mudbugs you can eat.


    Congressman Mike Johnson and a delegation of Republican House members met with President Trump yesterday for an hour and a half meeting to discuss passing additional conservative legislation in the coming session. During the meeting Johnson says the President inquired about the upcoming elections in Louisiana. Johnson says Trump was interested to know how his policies were being viewed back in the Bayou State. The Congressman told the President Louisianans were happy with his administration, but unhappy with local leaders.


    The details of the Jefferson Parish triple homicide that left two children and a mother dead, along with two other severely injured have come to light.  Sheriff Joe Lopinto says the suspect 33-year-old Terrance Leonard admitted to killing the two children and injuring the others with a hammer. Lopinto says the suspect was the boyfriend of the adult victim, 32-year-old Kristina Riley. Lopinto says Leonard is being held in the Jefferson Parish jail on three first degree murder charges, two attempted murder charges, and obstruction of justice for his attempt to hide the weapon and hastily clean up the scene. 


    Twenty horses used in Mardi Gras parades this year have found new homes following a volunteer effort by the Human Society of Louisiana. Humane Society Director Jeff Dorson says a thorough background check is done on each of the potential owners, in an effort to ensure the horses have a bright future ahead of them. In past years, horses were used for the parades and then sent to auction, where they could be in danger of heading to slaughter.


    A record half million Rouses King Cakes were devoured this year. Bakery Director for Rouses Markets Michelle Knight says more are coming with an Irish twist for Saint  Patrick’s Day.




    Yahoo Sports reports the FBI intercepted a phone conversation between LSU Basketball Coach Will Wade and recruiting middleman Christian Dawkins, in which Wade is recorded discussing a “deal” about “this Smart thing,” which could be a reference to LSU freshman guard Javonte Smart. LSU beat reporter for the USA Today Network, Glen Guilbeau, says LSU officials should be concerned. The Yahoo sports report also quotes Wade saying a strong offer has been made in the alleged conversation between the Tigers coach and Dawkins. LSU hoops is enjoying its best season in a decade, but Guilbeau says this FBI investigation could get worse for the Tigers basketball program


    10th ranked LSU baseball begins a weekend series tonight against California. Zack Hess will start on the mound tonight and freshman Cole Henry will start Saturday in the place of Landon Marceaux, who struggled last weekend in Texas. Mainieri believes Henry can handle a weekend start. Sophomore Eric Walker is scheduled to start Sunday. You can hear the series on KSYL 970am  / 104.9fm.


  • News for Thursday 030719

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    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.


  • News for Wednesday 030619

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    The bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Alexandria has been named the bishop-elect for the Diocese of Memphis. The appointment of Bishop David Prescott Talley was announced on Tuesday in Rome by Pope Francis. Talley will remain in Alexandria until his installation in Memphis in early April. A replacement has yet to be named.


    When disaster strikes, the Cajun Navy is there to help.  The Cajun Navy 2016 has responded to the devastation left from tornadoes in south Alabama that killed at least 23.  Vice President of Cajun Navy 2016 Billy Bringear says they’ve got boots on the ground with chainsaws rescuing survivors from the mangled homes. Cajun Navy 2016 responders from Baton Rouge are in Lee County, which saw the heaviest impact from the tornado outbreak.


    Many are wondering if Medical Marijuana will ever be available to patients here in Louisiana.. AG Commissioner Mike Strain said the LSU AgCenter is breaking the law by moving its medical marijuana crop into the primary growing facility in a regulatory feud that's now headed to court. The LSU AgCenter and its private partner GB Sciences said a letter from Strain's medical marijuana program director granted permission for the move, but Strain said the permission is contingent on the AgCenter signing a proposed contract. Strain said he won't seek to seize the plants before the matter can be addressed in an administrative hearing.


    Sen. John Kennedy and Rep. Ralph Abraham have filed legislation with the intent of combating fraud in government assistance programs.  The Income Verification Act applies to Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and food stamps.  Abraham says the idea is to verify recipients’ eligibility for the programs. In November, a report from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office revealed that 82 out of 100 Medicaid recipients in a random sample did not financially qualify for the program.  Abraham says the act would see programs verifying eligibility with federal data, instead of state data.


    The town of St. Martinville will be the host of a public reading of the Bible from cover to cover starting today.  The Bible Marathon runs today through Sunday in the town’s square Father Michael Champagne says the event was inspired by a similar event once done by the Pope. The event drew thousands last year, both locals and people passing through the area. During the four days of continuous reading, 300 lectors will read in 20 minute increments.  Champagne says the event is intended to re-ignite a love for scripture and says the atmosphere is very festive.


    There will be an effort in the upcoming legislative session to raise the age from 18 to 21-years-old to legally purchase or possess tobacco and vaping products. West Monroe Representative Frank Hoffman says six states and over 400 cities have risen the tobacco age to 21 and the goal is to produce better health outcomes. Hoffman’s proposed legislation will be House Bill 38 in the legislative session that begins next month. He says raising the age would mean a loss of tax dollars from a decline in purchases of tobacco products, but it will have a long term benefit.


    Tax season is in full swing and that can mean tax refunds are on the way too. IRS Spokesperson Raphael Tulino says anyone curious about their return status, can check online, rather than calling the IRS. Taxpayers can expect their refund within 21 days after filing, but if three weeks pass, Tulino says feel free to call the federal agency.


    Governor John Bel Edwards was in Atlanta Tuesday for an economic development announcement involving Louisiana. Switzerland-based helicopter maker Kopter announced that it plans to assemble helicopters at a facility owned by the Lafayette Regional Airport. State officials say Kopter will hire 120 workers with an average annual salary of $55,000 plus benefits. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will create an additional 157 indirect jobs. The company will begin hiring later this year with the first completed helicopters to be delivered in 2021.


    The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s office is investigating the death of 17-year-old inmate, Charles Williams, at the parish jail. Authorities say at this time, no signs of foul play are suspected. Officials say Williams recently went to the hospital for treatment of an allergic reaction. He was being held on four counts of attempted second-degree murder.


  • News for Tuesday 030519

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    While many may associate Mardi Gras with catching beads, in small towns like Eunice, the focus is on chasing chickens or Courir de Mardi Gras.  Participants will dress in costume as part of a 12-mile chicken run, with some on horseback.  Captain of the Eunice Mardi Gras Pat Frey says the country version of the Mardi Gras has been going for 123 years. There are a few limitations on the run.  You have to be 18 to participate and have to be in costume.  Frey says there run happens regardless of the weather conditions, and they expect about 800-1000 join in on the festivities. Similar festivities are held in Mamou and many other towns across the southern western part of the state.


    The Louisiana Department of Health is concerned about people catching more than just beads as the flu virus is widespread in the state.   Assistant state health officer, Doctor Joseph Kanter encourages those celebrating Fat Tuesday to take extra precautions in avoiding the spread of the virus. The flu shot takes about a week or two to hit its full effectiveness.  Kanter says it appears that flu season is right around its peak, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get vaccinated if you haven’t already.


    A flood warning was issued Monday for the Mississippi River at New Orleans by the National Weather Service, although the levees and spillways are expected to keep the city dry. The river is forecast to reach the 17-foot flood stage at New Orleans Saturday and remain there at least two weeks. It has already exceeded flood stage levels from Lake Providence to Baton Rouge. Though flood stage in New Orleans is 17 feet, the city is protected up to 20 feet.


    The body of a missing Texas woman was found on the Louisiana side of the Sabine River on Monday. Candi McKee was reported missing when she didn’t show up for work at her job in Buna, Texas. A search began with law enforcement agencies from Texas and Louisiana working together after her co-workers contacted authorities and McKee’s husband. Early Monday her vehicle was found burned near the town of Kirbyville. Then Last Night her body was discovered in the Sabine River near the Burr Ferry Bridge, over 40 miles away from the burned car. It has also been confirmed that a suspect, who authorities say knew McKee, is in custody and has allegedly confessed to the killing.


    32-year-old Tashonty Toney remains in jail on a 510-thousand dollar bond after New Orleans Police say he plowed into a group of bicyclists on Saturday night, killing two and injuring seven. Detectives suspect Toney was impaired and he’s facing counts of vehicular homicide and several other charges. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says Toney, the son of a New Orleans Police Officer,  faces a lengthy prison sentence.


    An estimated 36,000 convicted felons who’ve been out of jail for at least five years can now register to vote thanks to a state law that went into effect March 1st. To register, an eligible felon must get a certification letter from Probation and Parole. Checo Yancy, the director of Voters Organized to Educate, says you can’t really be a full citizen of a nation if you don’t have the right to vote for your representatives.


    The Louisiana Board of Regents will award grants to ten college campuses in an effort to reduce textbooks for students. Deputy Commissioner for Strategic Communication Meg Casper Sunstrom says they believe this effort could save more than one-million dollars over three years for 15-thousand students and they plan to track the results.


    A man in the Caddo Parish town of allegedly murdered his cousin Sunday and is now in jail facing second degree charges. Police investigators say 76-year-old Jerold Barron was in an argument with his 47-year-old cousin Terry Lee, when Barron shot Lee in the chest. The dispute allegedly centered on living arrangements in the house that was owned by Barron.


    The man who stands accused of fatally shooting LSU Basketball player Wayde Sims is seeking a reduction in his bail of 350,000 dollars. This comes from a brief from 20-year-old Dyteon Simpson, who claims he’s “totally remorseful”. Legal analyst Franz Borghardt who says such changes, historically, are incredibly rare. Borghardt says even worse for Simpson’s case, the letter itself and the claim of remorse may actually hurt his case for a lower bail, because it sounds awfully close to admitting to committing a fairly heinous crime. Simpson described himself as a father of a five-month-old who is “very productive and independent.” Sims was allegedly shot by Simpson near the Southern University campus in Baton Rouge after Sims reportedly stepped in to defend his friend in a fistfight last year.


    Louisiana is joining a pilot program that will give those seeking addiction treatment the ability to see the “ratings” of a treatment facility on a range of different services they provide. Department of Health Communications Director Bob Johannessen says Shatterproof will fill in prospective patients on the facility’s capabilities, compared to their needs. Johannessen says addiction is a difficult struggle, but having this kind of information available will make at least one part of the recovery process easier to handle. The rating system will go live in 2020.


    The LSU baseball team went from being ranked number one or two to not even in the top ten in a couple of the major college baseball polls following their three losses in Texas over the weekend. Coach Paul Mainieri says it was a bad weekend at the ball park.


  • News for Monday 030419

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    Parade goers need to bundle up for a frigid Fat Tuesday.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says the temperatures are going to reach below freezing in Shreveport, Alexandria, and Lafayette. He says the big easy isn’t off the hook either. New Orleans will also face 15 mile per hour winds today and tomorrow as parades roll by.


    Witnesses said Tashonty Toney, the man accused of plowing his Camaro into nine bicyclists on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans Saturday evening, was so drunk they had to revive him when he lay passed out on the pavement after trying to flee the scene on foot. Toney had just sped into a group of friends and associates from New Orleans' environmental justice circles, leaving two of them dead.


    Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain has sent a proposal that would allow GB Sciences and LSU to begin growing medical marijuana in a large scale, permanent facility. The Commissioner says State Police still need to finish background checks for the program, something that has been ongoing for over two years,  but if that checks out the growing could be set to significantly increase in scale.  LSU will be put in charge of keeping an eye on the entire grow operation run by GB Sciences. Still no word as to when the drug will be available to consumers.


    Anyone 17-year-old who is arrested, starting this month, will no longer be treated as an adult, and will be instead put through the juvenile justice system. Louisiana was previously part of a small minority of states to prosecute minors as adults in all cases.


    Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves has been named the top Republican on the newly reformed Climate Crisis panel. The panel will focus on threats posed by climate change, but will likely feature a partisan split on the origin of the threat. Graves, who agrees that sea rise poses a threat to the nation, says the appointment will give him a platform to raise awareness of Louisiana’s vulnerabilities.


    Louisiana has declared a state of emergency as the Mississippi River approaches flood levels. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness spokesperson Mike Steele says this precaution is taken to speed up any support process needed for areas throughout the Bayou State…


    The FAA has now confirmed two people were killed in a plane crash in North Louisiana.  Authorities suspect a plane that lost contact with the tower Thursday shortly after takeoff from the Shreveport Downtown The plane was recovered late Saturday night. Authorities say the two victims of the crash were still strapped in their seats.


    While many in Louisiana were celebrating the Mardi Gras weekend, the number one ranked LSU Tigers got swept in Austin as the 18th ranked Texas Longhorns completed the sweep with a come from behind 7-6 win on a cold and dreary Sunday. LSU returns to the diamond for a game on Wednesday against Holy Cross.


  • News for Friday 030119

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    Local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies are investigating “threatening graffiti” found on the walls of a bathroom at Alexandria Senior High School. The Graffiti contained a message threatening that a shooting would take place in the future. Officers collected photos of the graffiti, which was removed from the walls.


    The Rapides Parish DA’s Office has dismissed charges against five Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office corrections officers who are being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice for an excessive force complaint from an inmate. According to District Attorney Phillip Terrell, the decision was made to hold off on the charges as a federal investigation continues and the Department of Justice takes the lead. So far, there has been no indication when the investigation will wrap up or if it will head to a federal grand jury. The Parish charges, according to Terrell, can be reinstated.



    It’s going to be a rainy Mardi Gras weekend, and revelers should plan to pack an umbrella and rain coat if they plan on enjoying the parades for the next few day. State Climatologist Barry Keim says if you are going out, tonight is the night to do it.

    After tonight’s low rain chances, the weather will really start getting dicey. Keim says Saturday, which features possibly the largest parade crowds, you’ll almost certain get some precipitation. Starting Monday the rain will disappear, and be replaced by frigid temperatures, with Fat Tuesday projected to feature temperatures in the lower 50s.


    Gov. John Bel Edward issued a state of emergency Thursday as the Mississippi River continues to rise above flood stage and other rivers and tributaries, like the Ouachita River and Bayou Bartholomew, top their banks. The state of emergency allows faster access to resources in a flood fight.


    A new bill that requires background checks for not only the sale of a firearm, but also the temporary transfer of a firearm, has passed in the Democrat-controlled House. The bill, called the Bipartisan Backgrounds Check Act of 2019, if the first of two bills focused on gun regulations this week to be passed through the house.  A second bill, passed today, aims at extending the time to complete a background check before a gun sale can go through. Both bills are expected to be shot down in the Republican controlled Senate.


    Louisiana's state agriculture department on Thursday offered to give LSU permission to expand its medical marijuana-growing operations if its contractor meets certain conditions related to the regulatory process. Under the agreement, which has not yet been signed, LSU and its contractor, GB Sciences Louisiana, would be allowed to move "plant material" into the vegetative room and mother room of its production facility in south Baton Rouge. The endeavor has been delayed several times, keeping marijuana from reaching patients several years after the state legalized the program.


    Louisiana's Democratic Party is seeking public records from Congressman Clay Higgins' previous law enforcement career after the former deputy claimed he arrested "thousands" while grilling Michael Cohen during Wednesday's Capitol Hill hearing.  To quote the congressman, "I've arrested several thousand men and you remind me of many of them," Higgins, who also quoted Scripture and told Cohen he didn't even know who he was before the hearing.


    The Powerball jackpot is currently at $348 million for this Saturday’s drawing, and Louisiana Lottery spokesperson Kimberly Chopin says the cash value of the multistate drawing’s jackpot is right around $211.9 million. She also adds don’t toss out that ticket if you don’t win the big prize, as you could still win something.


    A 54-year-old wheelchair bound pedestrian was struck and killed in Lafourche Parish Wednesday. Carl Guidry was pronounced dead on the scene, and the driver of the vehicle that struck him, 77-year-old Charles Richard Junior passed an on scene alcohol test and was not charged. Richard told authorities he did not see Mr. Guidry in the road, as he was rounding a curve when the accident occurred.


    New Orleans police released video footage Thursday of a dramatic Feb. 17 shootout between officers and a suspect in several robberies, a gun battle that left the suspect dead and five bystanders wounded in the Central Business District.


    The footage – along with a briefing by NOPD officials – revealed three of the injured bystanders may have been shot by police as they exchanged gunfire with Reginald Bursey. Bursey immediately shot at one of two uniformed officers who approached him to question him in connection with at least one robbery. Despite being about a yard away, he missed the officer and struck a 17-year-old girl walking nearby on Canal Street.


    The number one ranked LSU Tigers take their 8-0 record on the road for the first time this season when they visit 18th ranked Texas this weekend. Junior center fielder Zach Watson says he’s looking forward to playing on the home field of one of the top college baseball programs in the country. The Longhorns visited LSU last year and the Tigers took two of three.


  • News for Thursday 022819

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    The RPSO yesterday arrested three individuals in connection with a robbery in Pineville on Monday. It’s reported multiple weapons and electronics were stolen. Surveillance video led to the capture of 21 year old Hunter Beaulieu, 19 year old Evyn Matthews and 19 year old Trent Williams. The three were located just a few blocks from the reported burglaries and detained without incident.


    The APD reports a man was found dead in an 18 wheeler around lunchtime yesterday in a Mac Arthur Drive Parking lot. Police say the vehicle was locked and there were no immediate, outward signs of foul play. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. The name of the deceased is not being released.


    U.S. Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy are blocking two of President Donald Trump's nominees to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development until the agency frees up money for Louisiana's 2016 flood victims. Congress passed a law more than four months ago that would allow flood victims who secured Small Business Administration loans to also access Recover Louisiana grants, but HUD has yet to write the necessary rules to release the money.


    Southwest Louisiana Congressman Clay Higgins questioned President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.  During his opening statement, Cohen said at one time he was so mesmerized by Trump that he was willing to do things for him that he knew were absolutely wrong. The president employed Cohen for more than a decade. But Higgins suggested in his questioning that Cohen didn’t say anything in the hearing that damages Trump.


    Senator John Kennedy has called for Secretary Rebekah Gee to be fired, citing the tens of millions of dollars spent on Medicaid recipients who were not income eligible, and the recent report that 37,000 people were discovered to be income ineligible after a new computer system checked income eligibility for the entire database. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera is confident the Medicaid program is headed in the right direction after the implementation of a new computer check system that verifies a person’s income automatically.  Purpera says they have a good working relationship with the department.


    State Police will be stepping up patrols in and around the Big Easy as Mardi Gras weekend approaches. Trooper Melissa Matey says LSP will be deploying over 170 troopers to the area to assist in the festivities. Troopers will also be on the lookout for impaired drivers on the roadways.


    Louisiana’s Senior Senator Bill Cassidy had an opportunity to question top executives of several pharmaceutical companies about rising prescription drug costs. Cassidy says there is acknowledgment from the pharmaceutical industry that there is a problem in prescription drug affordability, which is a good first step. Cassidy says Humira, which treats arthritis and Crohn’s Disease, is sold at an 80-percent discount in Denmark and the drug manufacturer still makes a profit.


    The Board of Regents unveiled a new certificate program designed to get enrollees new age STEM skills necessary for work in many of the state’s largest companies in a compressed 18 hour course load. Commissioner of Higher Ed Kim Hunter Reed says the classes were developed to supplement a workers existing education with flexible tech training. The program was requested by companies, including CenturyLink, DXC and IBM.


    A recent spike in fatal motorcycle accidents has highway safety advocates asking motorists to be more mindful of those on two wheels.  Highway Safety Commission spokesperson Mark Lambert says the most recent numbers show that in 2017, 96 motorcycle drivers were killed in crashes on Louisiana roads.


    The old state capitol in Baton Rouge has opened a new exhibit celebrating the 25th anniversary of the building’s restoration called “Castle on the River: The Evolution of Louisiana’s Old State Capitol.” It documents the building from its inception to the current function as a museum. Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says those that are interested in the architectural history and the structure of the building will also find themselves intrigued with the display. The exhibit is free.


    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is looking for anyone willing to lease their land to hunters for the opening day of dove season in September. Research and Survey Program Manager Jeffrey Duguay says it’s got to be at least 50 acres, and not all fields will be eligible to make the easy money. The minimum payout is 950 dollars.




    In LSU Baseball, the tigers beat Southern at the box 17-4. The Tigers begin a three game weekend series against Texas this Friday night.


    Pelicans… on the road last night lost to the LA Lakers 119 – 125. The Pels are at Phoenix next tomorrow. Airtime 7:30p 94.7 ESPN


    On air today….


    The Houston Astros vs Miami 11:50a 94.7 ESPN


    LSU Lady Tiger Basketball @ Miss State 6:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM


  • News for Wednesday 022719

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    17 year old John Owens of Robeline was killed in a one vehicle accident yesterday afternoon on LA Hwy 485 North of Robeline. Evidence at the scene indicated that Owens lost control, at a high rate of speed, and exited the left side of the roadway.  After exiting the roadway, the vehicle collided with several trees. He died a short time later at Natchitoches Regional Medical Center.


    A Rapides grand jury has indicted three people for second-degree murder and other charges in the suspected murder case of a 25-year-old woman who suffered from cerebral palsy. 47 year old Karen Harrison, the mother of Cyra Harrison, is charged with second degree murder, conspiracy to commit second degree murder, cruelty to the infirmed, and cruelty to a juvenile. A couple that Harrison was living with, Glen and Marilyn Maricle, were also indicted on the same charges.


    30 year old Dmarcus Hinkston of Alexandria was arrested in Grant Parish yesterday after he allegedly dropped a bag of cocaine on the floor of a business. Hinkston was charged with Possession of C.D.S. II (cocaine) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  He also had outstanding warrants from the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Alexandria Police Department.


    Governor John Bel Edwards is celebrating the news that Louisiana set another record high for total GDP in the third quarter of 2018. The state’s GDP rose to 252 billion in the third quarter, up 2.3 billion from the second. Department of Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says it’s part of a continued string of success stories for the state economy. Pierson says the numbers are even more impressive when you consider the negative impact a series of trade wars have had on Louisiana’s agricultural and export/import based economy.


    Senator John Kennedy lit into the Louisiana Department of Health, demanding to know exactly how much money has been spent on Medicaid recipients who were found to be ineligible for the program. Kennedy says he would like the Legislator Auditor to find out how much was spent, but admits in the end the state may be unable to recoup the costs. 37,000 people were found income ineligible after a new computer system ran a check of the entire Medicaid database. The usual turnover in a given month is 18,000.


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will open over 30 bays on Bonnet Carrie Spillway in St. Charles Parish this morning and the flood control structure could remain open for the next month to relive pressure as the Mississippi River swells, threatening the New Orleans levee system. Colonel Michael Clancy says they’ve been in a flood fight since November 2nd. When the Spillway opens, it diverts a portion of the Mississippi’s flow into a seven mile long empty plain that drains into Lake Pontchartrain.


    An attorney for the former LSU student charged with negligent homicide in the alleged hazing death of Maxwell Gruver has submitted new court filings that paint Gruver as a party animal who consumed alcohol and marijuana willingly on a daily basis.  Legal analyst Tim Meche says Matthew Naquin’s lead attorney John McLindon latest filings argue that Gruver is responsible for his own death, adding a filing of this nature is likely admissible in this case.


    Superintendent of Education John White slammed the governor’s budget for failing to include additional funding for early childhood education. Early childhood education has seen a rise in interest as a national movement has brought the issue into the limelight. White says expanding childcare assistance benefits the most vulnerable, working class families in the state. The waiting list for childcare assistance is 3,300 kids long, and could balloon to 9,800 if a federal subsidy expires this year.


    Preliminary notifications have been sent out to representatives of both Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller and LSU basketball coach Will Wade that they will be subpoenaed for the April 22 federal basketball corruption trial following the FBI’s wide-ranging investigation into college basketball. The FBI has audio of both coaches in conversations with Christian Dawkins, a former agent who has since been implicated in paying players.


    Northeast Louisiana has seen a 44 percent drop in the violent crime rate since 2016. The Western District of the US Attorney’s Office credits that drop with a new policy that busts criminals for firearms offenses, before they end up using that gun to commit a violent crime. Attorney David Joseph says most of those targeted under the new policy are drug dealers.


    The 32-year-old mother of an Acadiana High student was arrested last week for posting a video on social media of two children fighting at the school will not be prosecuted. DA Keith Stutes says he has reviewed the case, and is not accepting the charges.  Legal analyst Franz Borghardt says The charge of Unlawful Posting of Criminal Activity for Notoriety and Publicity is a relatively new law and has not been constitutionally challenged. 


    A Rodessa man has been arrested and faces multiple charges for sex crimes involving children following an investigation by the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office.  47-year-old Darin Chandler is accused of committing the offenses upon children ages 5 and 6.   The total bond is set at a quarter million dollars.  Chandler is charged with one count of first degree rape, two counts of sexual battery, and two counts of indecent behavior with juveniles.




    The NFL’s competition committee was unable to reach a consensus on possible changes to the league’s replay system during a meeting in Indianapolis. New York Giants owner John Mara says there’s not a lot of support among committee members to expand reviewable calls, but that could change when the league’s owners get together next month in Phoenix. The Saints and even Governor John Bel Edwards have asked the league to change the rules, so that a blown no call would never cost a team a chance at playing for the Super Bowl.


    On Air Today… Pelicans @ L.A. Lakers 9p 94.7 ESPN


  • News for Tuesday 022619

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    Alexandria Police arrested a man Sunday who they say allegedly stole five vehicles from M&M Hyundai early Sunday and then set the business on fire. 32 year old Kent Mayeau of Pineville had been arrested earlier this month on resisting an officer and theft charges. He can add to that a laundry list of new charges. At last check the Mayeau  was in the Parish lockup.


    Verda Elementary school in Grant Parish is experiencing a high level of students, approximately 1 in 5, suffering from flu like symptoms. Grant Parish Superintendent Sheila Jackson said there were a number of cases of confirmed flu, a lot of sinus and respiratory illnesses, and even students with stomach viruses. For that reason, the school was shut down last Friday and the building was decontaminated. Parents are encouraged to get their children vaccinated as influenza activity continues to increase this year.


    Gas prices have been on a noticeable rise throughout the state recently.  In the last week, the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline has risen by seven cents.  AAA fuel analyst Don Redman says the rising trend has been happening all throughout the month of February.


    Louisiana political leaders are keeping a close eye on the developing situation in Venezuela, as Houston based Citgo, the American subsidiary of the country’s state own oil company, is responsible for the direct and indirect employment of thousands of Louisiana workers. Senator Bill Cassidy says Venezuela is facing a political crisis as a coalition of nations has called for the resignation of current President Nicolas Maduro.


    A state of emergency has been declared in Morehouse Parish as back flood waters of Bayou Bartholomew are posing a risk to the area as more rain is being predicted in the region within the next week. The declaration led to the closure of all parish schools Monday due to rising waters on some roads. The risk increased after Morehouse saw historic levels of rainfall in the past week.


    It’s a controversial pick but southeast Louisiana filmed Green Book took home the Oscar for Best Picture Sunday night. The film is about a black musician, pianist Don Shirley and his white chauffer in 1962. It was shot in New Orleans, Hammond, and a few other spots in the state, and joins 12 Years a Slave as the second best picture winner shot in Louisiana in the last ten years. In addition to the Green Book win, New Orleans designer Hannah Beachler won best production design for her work on the movie Black Panther.


    The Raise the Age Act that was passed in 2016 goes into effect this Friday, which means 17-year-olds will no longer be charged as adults in the court system for non-violent offenses.  Louisiana Center for Children’s right says the act is a big win, as the juvenile justice program has a lower rate for recidivism.  Policy Director Rachel Gassert says a reason for the outpouring of support is the fact that in most other areas, the line for adulthood is drawn at 18.


    Online dating is alive and well in many parts of the country, but there is bad news for those looking for love in the bayou state.  According to research conducted by, of all of fifty states and Washington DC, Louisiana ranks last for online dating. 


    Acadiana based Bayou Teche Brewing has a definitively Cajun concoction on their hands with the creation of a breakfast stout brewed with boudin, coffee, and maple syrup. Brewery founder Karlos Knott says to his knowledge it’s the first time in the sausage’s over 200 year history that it’s been tossed into beer, and not just eaten alongside it, and taste like nothing you’ve sipped before. The sausage comes from Russell’s Grocery in Arnaudville.


  • News for Monday 022519

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    Two state house seats were decided over the weekend and in the end it was no race at all.  In District 26, Alexandria City Councilman Ed Larvadain III defeated Rapides Parish School Board member Sandra Franklin. He did that by pulling down 61% of the vote. Larvadain takes the seat that was held by Jeff Hall, who was elected last year as Alexandria's new mayor. In the District 27 race, Mike Johnson defeated Richard Kretzsinger with an amazing 92% of the vote. Johnson will take the seat formerly held by Chris Hazel.


    State police report 73 year old Wayne Pray of Dodson in a Saturday afternoon crash on Bayou Rapides Rd. according to the police report, Pray was a passenger in a pickup truck that was struck head on by another pickup driven by 26 year old Alex Ekermeyer. Pray was pronounced dead at the scene. The drivers of both trucks, who according to the State Police were not wearing seatbelts, sustained moderate injuries.


    37-thousand people enrolled in Medicaid have been told they no longer qualify for the taxpayer funded health care coverage, because they make too much money. Louisiana Health Secretary Rebekah Gee says a new computer system does a more thorough job of checking to make sure a Medicaid recipient qualifies for the program. If you received one of these notifications and can’t prove you can’t prove you still meet the income qualifications, your Medicaid coverage will end by March 31st.


    The Edwards administration has recommended a 30-million dollar budget plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1st. It includes pay raises for public school teachers, fully funds TOPS and provides more money for juvenile justice. But funding is uncertain, since House Republican leadership has yet to go along with a recommendation to raise the state’s income forecast.


    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may open the Bonnet Carrie Spillway in St. Charles Parish on Wednesday to relieve pressure on the levees along the lower Mississippi River. New Orleans district Corps Spokesperson Ricky Boyett says high water levels have arrived earlier than expected, because of rainfall flowing down from the Midwest.

    If the spillway is opened, it would be the third time in four years, despite only being activated 13 times since 1931.


    A 36-year-old New Orleans nurse was shot dead on Bourbon Street in the early Sunday morning hours. Julie Couvillion was an innocent bystander who was struck by bullets originating from an altercation at Willie’s Chicken Shack. NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson says the shooting began when a security guard attempted to remove an uncooperative patron who was selling drugs.


    LSU announces several administrators who were put on leave last week, pending the outcome of an investigation into what they knew about the hazing allegations at Delta Kappa Epsilon, have been cleared of any wrongdoing. LSU says an investigation determined they, did not try to sweep under the rug, accusations of hazing that were allegedly taking place inside the DKE frat house.


    Federal and state officials signed an agreement to allow construction on a $760 million flood protection project estimated to benefit over 60,000 people in St. James, St. John and St. Charles parishes. Congressman Garret Graves says it took 45 years for the state to gain the funding and construction on 18.5 miles of earthen levees should begin later this year. The levees will protect against storm surge that impacted the river parishes during Hurricane Isaac in 2012.


    In case you missed it.. Six men were inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in Winnfield on Saturday. They are former Secretary of State Paul Hardy, former first gentleman Raymond Blanco, the husband of former governor Kathleen Blanco, the C-E-O of Acadian Ambulance Service Richard Zuschlag, former state representative Ron Gomez, Fourth circuit court of appeals judge Edwin Lombard and Marion Edwards, who is the late brother to former governor Edwin Edwards.


    Somebody missed out on a chance to claim a one million dollar Powerball prize. A ticket worth that amount from an August 26th drawing expired Thursday, with no one claiming the prize. Louisiana Lottery spokesperson Dustin Annison says the money will go into an unclaimed prize fund. The ticket was sold in New Orleans.


    A New Orleans Senator has pre-filed a bill for the upcoming session that would exempt feminine products and diapers from the state sales tax. Currently food, residential utilities, and prescription drugs are exempted, and Louisiana Budget Project Executive Director Jan Moller says diapers and feminine products are no less mandatory to everyday life for a majority of the population.




    With four more regular season games left, 13th ranked LSU is in a three-way tie for first place in the Southeastern Conference after the Tigers thrilling 82-80 overtime win over 5th ranked Tennessee on Saturday.


    LSU baseball remains undefeated after a three game sweep of Bryant over the weekend at the box.


    The New Orleans Pelicans, who have been struggling as of late, put the hurt on the LA Lakers Saturday night at the nest. The final  128 to 115. Tonight, the Pels play host to the 76ers. Airtime 6:30 on Alexandria’s 94.7 ESPN.


  • News for Thursday 022119

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    Tune into Q93 and KALB TV5 as we help raise money during the Children’s Miracle Network Mediathon . It goes on until 7 tonight.. . drop by our Cenla Broadcasting studios from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. for our Drive Thru Gumbo Lunch sponsored by CHRISTUS Health! Bowls are $5, CMN T-Shirts will also be for sale for $10-$12 each and all proceeds go to the Children’s Miracle Network. Please call to donate 318- 528-3500. Some very nice people are standing by to take your call.


    Roger Boggs, the CEO of Revolution Aluminum, who was supposed to bring a $1.5 billion aluminum plant to Pineville back in 2015, didn't show up to court on Wednesday in Rapides Parish for a felony pre-trial hearing. Boggs was indicted on a bank fraud charge. He was booked into the Rapides Parish jail in December 2017 on an Alexandria Police Department warrant. At that time he posted $250,000 bond. There’s concern now that Boggs may have fled the country. It’s reported Boggs may have dual citizenship in Brazil.


    Rodney Bailey Jr. has pleaded guilty in connection with the death of 2-year-old Willow Rain Renteria-Molina. The body of the 2-year-old Hornbeck girl was found in Beauregard Parish in May 2016. The 36 year old Bailey was her babysitter and the last person to have seen her alive. Bailey pleaded guilty in Vernon Parish court on Tuesday to second-degree cruelty to a juvenile and obstruction of justice. He has not yet been sentenced.


    About 500 business people representing various sectors of the economy are in Baton Rouge today for what Governor John Bel Edwards calls a statewide business summit. The state Republican Party calls it a campaign ploy, but Edwards says the goal of the conference is to see how the public and private sector can drive Louisiana’s economic future.


    The former longtime executive director of the national Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity told the Advocate it was known for 30 years the LSU chapter had severe hazing problems and the university knew it too. Nine DKEs were arrested last week on hazing charges and LSU has placed multiple administrators on leave for failing to act properly after hearing rumors.


    A Legislative Task Force is recommending the state allow foster kids to stay in the system through the age of 21. Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says it would dramatically improve outcomes. A national report notes kids who leave the foster system at 18 have a one in five chance of becoming homeless, and less than 3 percent will earn a college degree by 25.


    A Ville Platte man is under arrest after beating up an elderly disabled vet in at a gas station in Nuba.  After the beating, the suspect left his scene in his vehicle.  Deputy Chief Eddie Thibodeaux says 29 year old Kenneth Shergold is accused of approach the victim from behind and for no apparent reason, struck him numerous times in the head, back, and body with a tire iron. Thibodeaux says the motive is unclear.


    A 67-year-old Opelousas woman was arrested for allegedly shooting her llama after it attacked her. St. Landry sheriff deputies responded to Madeline Bourgeois’ home to find the injured llama, named Earl, limping in the pasture. Major Eddie Thibodeaux says Bourgeois is now charged with aggravated animal cruelty. Earl is recovering at LSU.


    The Humane Society is working to find homes for 16 horses that will march in this year’s carnival parades. It’s the third year of the program and has so far saved 32 horses from potentially being sent to slaughter. Humane Society of Louisiana CEO Jeff Dorson says these horses are brought into the area to accommodate equine demand during Mardi Gras. If you are interested in purchasing any of the horses go to the Facebook page for the Louisiana Mardi Gras Parade Horse adoption program.


    Baton Rouge Police say a woman was attacked and assaulted after getting into a vehicle she had mistaken for being her rideshare driver in the Tigerland area. Sgt. L’Jean McKneely says the victim knew there was a problem after getting a notification that her real driver was one minute away after she got into the vehicle of her attacker. McKneely says the victim escaped by getting out of the vehicle while it was still in motion.


    About 80 New Orleans firefighters battled a massive blaze that destroyed a historic mansion on St. Charles Avenue in the garden district yesterday. The fire destroyed the  three-story, 150-year-old mansion, but three people, including a 92-year-old woman escaped the blaze. New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell says investigators are trying to determine a cause. McConnell adds it was one of the largest fires in New Orleans in many years.


    The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s office took into custody a student at St. Martinville High School after the subject posted video on social media that had him brandishing a handgun on a school bus and also inside a classroom.


  • News for Wednesday 022019

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    Kayla Giles, the woman accused of fatally shooting her estranged husband last year in a Walmart Parking lot, was reminded that a gag order still exists in her case after the prosecution alleged she'd been trying to contact the media again. Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Greg Beard made the point Tuesday after Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorney Monica Doss revealed that Giles has tried to contact the media more than once. Shortly after her arrest, she gave an interview from jail to KALB TV in which she declared she wasn't a killer. Days later, Doss sought and was granted a gag order.

    Multiple motions were slated to be heard on Tuesday, but those were continued until March 7. Giles is being held on a $1 million bond.


    The state health department says one out of ten visits to a health care provider are for flu-like symptoms.  While there are flu cases being reported all around the state, LDH indicates a big concentration is in New Orleans. Flu bug expert Dr. Frank Welch says flu season has peaked just in time for Mardi Gras. Welch recommends washing hands and not sharing drinks while congregating and celebrating Mardi Gras and if you haven’t already, get the shot!  The flu causes approximately 500 deaths and nearly 3000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana. The  LDH recommends if you are sick, stay away from other people until you have not had a fever for 24 hours.


    Higher Ed Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed recently made comments suggesting the cost of community college in the state is too expensive when compared to what students in other southern states are paying.  Chancellor of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Monty Sullivan says the LCTCS board has worked toward raising the value of the education, while keeping the prices from on tuitions from rising as well. Sullivan says on average, community college students can roughly double their income when compared to the state’s per capita income.


    Higher Education Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed is keeping a close eye on the criminal investigation into alleged hazing at the LSU’s Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter that has so far resulted in nine arrests. Reed says it’s vital the Board of Regents gathers this new information, and uses it to craft additional policies that can be applied statewide.

    Last year the legislature passed harsher anti-hazing laws in the wake of the Max Grvuer’s 2017 death that allegedly resulted from hazing.


    Louisiana now has a record seven entities under the control of fiscal administrators, agents of the state who are appointed when a municipality’s budget woes cause it to default on mandatory payments. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says the administrators have broad authority to adjust budgets by lying off city or district employees, and raising rates to make up for fiscal crisis. The municipalities are Jeanerette, St. Joseph, Clayton, Clarence, and the Madison Parish Hospital district, along with newly added Sterlington and Bogalusa.


    Abbeville Senator Bob Hensgens has pre-filed a bill for the legislative session that begins in April that would give teachers a 250 dollar tax deduction for purchased school supplies, reviving a temporary deduction that expired in 2008. The deduction would apply to anyone who is employed as a teacher or aid in a qualified school, and works fifteen hours a week on average.


    A 41-year-old Prairieville woman is lucky to be alive after State Police say a suspected drunk driver hit her vehicle in Garyville on Monday morning causing it to erupt in flames. Cell phone video shows four good Samaritans dragging her out as flames shot out of the back of the car. Police say 22-year-old Richard Preston hit her vehicle and he’s been arrested.




    The 13th ranked LSU basketball team begins a three-game homestand tonight as the Bayou Bengals host Florida. A big crowd is expected to welcome the 21-and-4 Tigers back to the PMAC.  Saturday’s game against 5th ranked Tennessee is sold out. You can hear all three games on KSYL 970am/104.9fm Airtime for today’s game is 5:30p


  • News for Tuesday 021919

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    It’s one of those weeks you don’t want to be caught without your umbrella as the state is bracing for the impact of rain throughout the week.   State Climatologist Barry Keim says the rain is the result of a front that is stalled along the coast. Keim says much of Louisiana could see three to five inches of rain over the next five of six days.  Keim notes there is a slight to marginal risk for severe weather, especially tonight and into tomorrow morning that includes severe thunderstorms, hail, and tornados.


    KALB TV reports; A motion date is set for March 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana in Alexandria for a federal lawsuit filed by a former football coaching prospect who claims he was denied a job at Louisiana College due to his "Jewish blood." Louisiana College and President Dr. Rick Brewer, who is also named in the lawsuit, have denied the claims made by Joshua Bonadona.


    While the state hasn’t seen a case this year, the Louisiana Department of Health is urging doctors to be on the lookout for measles following an upswing of cases of the disease across the country.  Assistant State Health Officer, Dr. Joseph Kanter, says cases have been spotted in areas as close as Houston and Georgia. Kanter says measles is one of the more contagious diseases out there and it can be spread just by breathing in the same room as someone who is infected. The CDC says the main cause of the outbreak is parents who refuse to get their kids vaccinated.


    There’s less than 72 hours until a one million dollar lottery ticket bought at the Ideal Mart in New Orleans expires, becoming one of the highest jackpots to ever have not been claimed in Louisiana. Lotto spokesperson Dustin Annison says if you have the winning ticket from the August 25th drawing, high tail it to the capital city. Lotto players have a 180-day deadline to claim their prizes if they hold a winning ticket.


    An aide to Congressman Clay Higgins has been charged with pandering. Lafayette Parish Sheriff deputies say 47-year-old Jerod Prunty was one of eight arrested as part of an investigation looking into human sex trafficking and prostitution at massage parlors.


    The legislative session is now on the horizon, and every year there are calls for the Louisiana film tax credit to be revoked and the 180 million to be deposited back into the general fund.  Louisiana Entertainment’s Chris Stelly hopes the legislature maintains the program, which he says supports thousands of jobs that pay 60-65 thousand on average…


    The latest Governor’s race campaign finance numbers show Governor Edwards has eight-point-four million dollars in his bank account, while Eddie Rispone has five-point-five million and Ralph Abraham only has 350-thousand through the 2018 fundraising period. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says Edwards is in a good position heading into the October 12th election…


    State GOP operative Scott Wilfong says he’s aware of efforts to find a more competitive candidate to take on the governor in the fall primary. Incumbent Governor and Democrat John Bel Edwards is currently lapping his two Republican opponents in fundraising and statewide name recognition, but that may not be the case for long.

    Wilfong says while the GOP field may grow more crowded, he hopes low performing candidates will drop out by qualifying in August, leaving the state GOP with one standard bearer to back.


    A 14-year-old has been arrested for allegedly stabbing his mother and a dog at a home in Vivian Sunday night. Caddo Sheriff’s spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says after the incident, the teenager stormed out of the house.  Chadwick says the boy fled on a four-wheeler, but was captured a short time later.


    A 75-year old Bossier woman has been arrested in connection with the death of her husband.  Sunday morning Bossier police were called a residence where they found 71-year old, Robert Walker unresponsive with a puncture wound to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife Betty Walker was arrested and has been charged with second degree murder. Bond is set at $250-thousand.


    Louisiana-based food delivery service Waiter announces its creating 200 new jobs in downtown Lafayette with new offices. Waiter CEO Chris Meaux says the company he founded in Lake Charles continues to grow as they’ve are now servicing 624 cities and 85-hundred restaurants, which resulted in gross food sales of 279-million dollars. Waiter is now a publicly traded company and will release a full earnings report next month.


    A well-known New Orleans Radio show host is recovering after he was injured in a hit-and-run in downtown New Orleans last week. According to WWL and New Orleans police, "Scoot" was walking across Canal Street when he was struck and knocked unconscious by a speeding motorcycle. While the injuries were serious, Scoot is expected to make a full recovery.




    LSU basketball moved up six spots today in the latest A-P Top 25 poll to number 13. No other team in the country made a larger leap. 2009 was the last time the Tigers were ranked in the Top 15. The Bayou Bengals have two home games this week, Wednesday against Florida and then Saturday they’ll host fifth ranked Tennessee. The Vols were previously ranked number one, but were knocked down from the top spot after losing to Kentucky on Saturday.


    LSU football now has the nation's top-ranked recruiting class of 2020, according to 247Sports. A Monday evening defensive line commitment pushed the Tigers over the edge from No. 2. Four-star Alec Bryant, a 6-foot-3, 230-pound Texas native who is the nation's No. 9 weak-side defensive end according to 247Sports, announced his commitment to LSU on Twitter.


  • News for Monday 021819

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says Louisiana flood control and prevention project funding will not be effected by the President’s declaration of a national emergency. The declaration allows funds to be redirected from military construction projects towards building up the southern border wall. Graves says they convinced the White House to take money from other projects. 3.6 billion of the reported eight billion dollars the President is seeking to pool for the wall will come from construction projects.

    But, Graves says progress on projects like the Comite River Diversion and other vital flood protection efforts will proceed as usual despite the national emergency.


    President Trump is taking up Senator Bill Cassidy’s plan to fund additional border wall construction using money seized from drug and cartel busts at the border. This comes as a national emergency has been declared to raise additional money for wall construction. Cassidy says his legislation is good public policy. The President is seeking to raise 8 billion dollars for the wall, and 600 million of that reportedly comes from the Treasury’s Forfeiture Fund, which is made up of seized funds from illicit activities. Cassidy says his solution to the ongoing border wall funding battle is a long term fix that is self-funding…


    FBI and IRS investigators had enough information to convince a federal grand jury that a Baton Rouge accountant allegedly stole almost 2 million dollars from the New Orleans firefighters pension fund. The Advocate newspaper reports that Wayne Triche of American Pension Consultants, now faces a 38 count indictment. The federal grand jury indictment states that Triche used the money for gambling, credit card debts, various living expenses and home improvements. If convicted Triche could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison.


    Gov. John Bel Edwards' plan to boost teacher pay to the regional average is facing headwinds before the legislative debate even begins on April 8. Governors in at least eight other states that Louisiana is compared have proposed raising pay for their own teachers this year, that according to the Southern Regional Education Board, which sets the average. Those plans include raises of $3,000 in Georgia, $1,000 in Arkansas and $1,200 in Oklahoma. In addition, six rival states raised teacher pay last year while Louisiana remained bogged down in a budget crisis that sparked seven special sessions.


    The Ethics Board has reversed a November decision to bar a Baton Rouge woman who was running for office from using campaign funds to pay for childcare expenses. There was a public outcry over the decision, due to the board previously allowing men to do it.


    The recent high profile hazing case that that resulted in the arrest of 9 LSU students from incidents in the Fall of 2018 has many wondering what it will take to end the hazing culture on college campuses.  Founder of Tracy Maxwell says it is important to remember the elimination of hazing will take time. Maxwell says the swift action taken to address the situation is a step in the right direction.


    Ouchita (WASH-IT-AW) Correction Center officials inspecting letters discovered synthetic marijuana had been sprayed on a page they think was intended to reach inmates. Among the seven people arrested was 25 year old Andriana Massey who faces charges of taking contraband to a penal institution and criminal conspiracy.

    The Monroe News Star reports that correction officials reviewed a February 7th phone call conversation Massey had with 27 year old inmate Michael Warren. Another Ouchita Corrections inmate, Ashton Finely also called Massey to request a letter be sent to him.


    After three and a half days in the courtroom, a jury has found a 19 year old man not guilty of murder in the stabbing death of a St. Amant High School Student.  Jacob Westbrook was 16 at the time when he got into altercation that would leave 18-year old Todd TJ Toups Jr. dead.  Westbook’s attorney says the jury agreed that Westbrook acted in self-defense.


    Drivers in the Shreveport-Bossier City area can expect intermittent lane closures for both the eastbound and westbound lanes of the Texas Street Bridge starting Wednesday.  OTD spokesperson Erin Buchanan says the bridge which is part of US 80 was built in the 1930s and is in need of rehabilitation. Buchanan warns drivers to expect delays in their commute for at least the next year as the project continues.


    There was a shooting death in New Orleans Saturday morning about 4:30 am beneath the Interstate 10 bridge near the Central Business District. The Advocate newspaper reported another man was killed by gunfire earlier in February at the same intersection. Also Two teen age boys were shot Friday night on the porch of home on Louisiana Avenue Parkway. Both injuries were non-life threatening.


    An ATM technician was arrested by Louisiana State Police after allegedly stealing over $41,000 from ATMs across eight parishes. reports that 32 year old Christian Washington of Harvey, was placed under arrest and faces charges in parishes including Jefferson, Orleans, Washington, St. Tammany, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Tangipahoa and Lafourche parishes. Washington’s job was to service those ATMs.


    Three people were shot at a rap party that was under law enforcement supervision early Saturday morning in Ascension Parish. About 250 people were at a dance studio in Donaldsonville for the party when a fight broke out about 1 a.m. Shortly after the fight started and deputies rushed in to break it up, multiple shots "coming from all directions" rang out and people began to flee the scene. The Sheriff’s office says no one received life threatening injuries.




    The New Orleans Pelicans made a dramatic cut to their roster… the team’s General Manager Dell Demps. Bourbon Street Shots writer Jesse Brooks says Demps was on borrowed time after the Anthony Davis demanded to be traded off the team a few weeks ago. Owner Gayle Benson released a statement saying  “I would like to assure our fans that I am prepared to provide any, and all, resources required to compete for championships.”


    The LSU Tiger Baseball Team is off to a good start after finishing it’s opening weekend undefeated. Up next, Tuesday night the Tigers meet Southeastern LA  6p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM


    The three main sports of LSU are seeing a really great year.  Football finished last season ranked in the top ten and recently scored the 5th ranked recruiting class, while basketball is seeing a promising season and things are looking promising on the diamond, as baseball started their season with top ranking.  Tiger Rag Associate Editor Tyler Nunez says it’s a rare occurrence for the planets to align for so much athletic success. Nunez says the credit for such success is definitely spread all throughout the athletic department.


  • News for Friday 021519

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    A 13 year old student at Grant Parish High has been arrested after making threats on social media. Grant Parish Superintendent Sheila Jackson said there was no immediate harm to anyone on campus. She said the administration did exactly what they were supposed to do, and the GPSO was contacted immediately.


    It’s being done all across the country and now the Alexandria Police Department would also like to enlist the public’s help in solving and preventing crime. Police Chief Jared King says the APD wants to create a phone contact list of city residents who have home surveillance cameras on their property. King stresses they're not asking for access to their camera feed, or to come into your homes to look at your cameras. They want to have a list of phone numbers to call in case a crime happens in that person's neighborhood. Home security cameras have proven to be a useful tool it catching criminals.


    LSU is confirming that nine members of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity have been arrested on Hazing charges, and four of them are facing battery charges related to reports that pledges were doused in gas, urinated on, and beat. The activities are alleged to have taken place during the fall of 2018. The hazing charges are misdemeanors despite the passage of tougher anti-hazing laws last year.


    Senate leader Mitch McConnell says President Trump will declare a State of Emergency to obtain the funds necessary to build his sought after addition to the southern border wall. Much of that money would reportedly come from Army Corps and/or FEMA disaster prevention and relief projects, a keen concern for hurricane prone Louisiana. Senator John Kennedy says he’s aware that’s a possibility, but he says he will not vote against it. Kennedy says he expects the battle to shift to the courts.


    41 year old Shannon Martin of Pitkin was killed yesterday morning in a single vehicle crash, when according to State Police he lost control of his truck and crashed. Martin was pronounced dead at the scene.


    Pointe Coupee authorities are trying to determine who shot into a home in the town of Glynn killing a young woman sleeping on the couch. Sheriff Bud Torres says says the only other person in the home was the victim’s boyfriend. The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Aerial Edwards. Police are saying she was pregnant.


    After a year-long investigation, State Police have arrested fifteen suspects in connection with a Mardi Gras 2018 incident known as a ride out where participants would stop up highways and ride recklessly.  Senior Trooper Melissa Matey says the investigation is very complex as many participants come from out of state. Matey says ride outs of this nature have taken place in other cities across the country, but is hopeful this investigation will keep another one from happening during this year’s Mardi Gras.


    Yet another Acadiana school has been closed due to an infestation of bats that are making their yearly migration from Mexico to their more northern breeding grounds. Franklin Junior High in St. Mary Parish is closed until Monday classes after officials discovered bats hanging out in the halls and flying around in the gym. Experts have been called in for a non-lethal solution.


    The Ethics Board will reconsider its decision to bar candidates from using campaign funds to pay for childcare today. The decision has received quite a bit of public flack, including from Governor Edwards. UL-Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says Edwards’ opposition will be hard for the board, seven of whom are appointed by the governor, to ignore. In November a female Baton Rouge candidate requested authorization, and was denied as the board overruled a 2000 decision that allowed a man to use campaign funds for childcare. Cross says the optics of the decision make it look like the board is trying to prevent moms from running for office.


    A nine-year-old boy is dead and his 18-year-old cousin has been arrested in an incident that Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto says was a negligent, but accidental discharge of a firearm. Kamone Thomas has been charged with Obstruction of Justice, and Possession of Marijuana, and Negligent Homicide. Lopinto says Thomas admitted guilt and said it was an accident that began with some horseplay.


    After a 2 year stint in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Bayou Country Superfest returns to Tiger Stadium for its tenth anniversary over Memorial Day weekend.  Festival Producer Quint Davis says this year’s lineup for the 2-day festival is the best yet, and is expected to draw fans from across North America. Tickets go on sale next Thursday.




    LSU basketball remains in second place in the SEC after Tennessee stayed undefeated in league play with an 85-73 win over South Carolina Wednesday night. The 10-and-1 Tigers meet the 1-and-10 Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, while Tennessee visits Kentucky. Airtime 4:30p on KSYL 970AM/104.9FM


    LSU Coach Paul Mainieri announced his starting pitchers for this weekend’s opening series. Zach Hess will start tonight against ULM, freshman Landon Marceaux will pitch on Saturday against Army and freshman Jaden Hill will start on Sunday against Air Force. You can hear both tonight’s and Sunday’s games on KSYL 970AM/104.9FM


  • News for Thursday 021419

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    A horrific scene on Mac Arthur drive yesterday morning. The APD reports around 6:15 an unidentified woman was struck by a pickup truck and killed while trying to cross the roadway by the Jackson Street exit. The woman who appeared to be homeless was carrying a suitcase, the clothes inside were scattered along the highway. The investigation into the crash continues. No word yet as to whether or not charges will be filed against the driver of the truck.


    A fatal accident at the Jena Choctaw Pines Casino Friday night claimed the life of 67 year old Barbra Ratcliff. The Grant Parish Sheriff’s office reports a vehicle driven by an 87 year old woman struck Ratcliff under the casino’s canopy. Ratcliff was transported to a local hospital when she later died. Sheriff Steve McCain called the incident a tragic accident, and at this time the Sheriff’s Office is not charging the driver.


    The RPSO reports the arrest of a Pineville woman on a long list of drug related charges. 35 year old Shantae Armstead allegedly was hiding bags of drugs in several locations where parish work crews were scheduled to pick up trash. After surveillance and Armstead’s arrest, investigators received a warrant to search her home. There they found assorted drugs and paraphernalia.


    Beginning this fall, Louisiana will become only the second state in the US with military veteran centers on every college campus.  Chancellor of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Monty Sullivan says the resource centers are put in place to help vets in transitioning into the campus lifestyle. Sullivan says the number of veterans enrolled in colleges across the state has significantly increased in recent years. Sullivan says the centers will be staffed with someone dedicated to working with them.  It also helps veterans interact with other veterans on campus.


    A border wall deal has been reached in Congress that would provide 1.37 of the 5.7 billion dollars the President has demanded to construct additional physical barriers along the Mexican border. Senator John Kennedy says he hasn’t been shown the bill yet, but he’s been told by colleagues that when combined with other funds, the final tab is a bit higher. Kennedy says he’s not sure whether he will ultimately vote for the deal, but two billion dollars isn’t a bad start to southern border wall expansion efforts.


    A shootout between a homeowner and an intruder in an Ascension Parish neighborhood left the intruder dead and the home owner injured early Wednesday morning. The homeowner killed the intruder but received a gunshot wound in the process. The homeowner, a 60 year old man, underwent surgery yesterday morning. Hospital officials say he is expected to survive.


    It’s been nearly a year since legislation was passed that would allow riverboat casinos to expand on land within 1,200 feet of their river mooring, and so far no ground has been broken on those sought after expansions. Louisiana Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones says that was to be expected, and it may be quite some time before any casinos climb up out of the water. The law also changed the restrictions on the total amount of gaming machines and gaming spaces riverboats are allowed to have. Jones says of the 15 river boat casinos in Louisiana, so far he knows of only two who are actively working out their expansion plans.


    Calcasieu Parish Sheriffs are seeking a woman who left a newborn in a field just outside of the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Gauthier Campus building Tuesday night at 8pm. Sherriff Tony Mancuso stressed that any mother who has just had a child and is considering abandoning it can leave the new born at any local police station, fire department, or hospital, and will not be asked any questions, and will not face any charges.


    The competition to secure a good spot for Mardi Gras parades can be intense, but one Facebook user says he’s willing to ease that burden… for a price.  New Orleans resident Kenneth Sampey posted an offer to hold a 10×10 spot on St. Charles Avenue for Fat Tuesday.  The fee for the service?  Two grand.  Sampey says he made the post out of jest, not expecting it to get the attention that it did.


    In Baseball, The Phillies are reportedly close to signing former LSU ace pitcher Aaron Nola to a four-year, 45-million dollar contract extension. The 25-year-old Baton Rouge native went 17-and-6 last season with a 2.37 ERA and finished third in the National League in the Cy Young voting.


    Thibodaux Police have arrested a man after a dating site meet up lead to an armed robbery.  25-year-old Kareem Acker of Gretna was apprehended after the victim contacted law enforcement from the meet up going south.  Acker claims the victim gave him the money prior to a misunderstanding over the gender identity of the victim.


    The Baton Rouge man dubbed as "The Hamburglar" who allegedly robbed three local restaurants since mid-January was arrested Monday. According to a East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office Facebook Post, authorities arrested 34 year old Cornelius Kelly and booked him with three counts of simple criminal damage to property and three counts of simple burglary. Kelly gained entry into the establishments by shattering the drive-thru windows, according to the sheriff's office. Once inside, he stole money from registers and safes.


  • News for Wednesday 021319

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton announces his sixth term as sheriff will be his last as he will not pursue re-election.  Hilton was elected sheriff in 1992, serving four terms before retiring.  Then he came back out of retirement for two more terms.  Hilton says he intends to stay retired this time. William Earl says of all the accomplishments he’s achieved in law enforcement, he’d like for his dedication to school safety be the highlight of his legacy.


    March food stamps are set to arrive early, and recipients should be checking their mailboxes for benefits on the first and second of the month, whereas SNAP traditionally arrives sometime between the first and 15th. Children and Family Services Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says the early delivery is to make up for the significant gap recipients faced due to the last government shutdown.


    The IRS is reporting that tax returns are eight percent lower than they were in 2018, and that on average those who do get a return are nabbing about 170 dollars less than last year, before the 1.5 trillion dollar GOP tax reform went into effect. Wegmann Dazet Tax Manager Frank Holzenthal says the numbers indicate on a whole, most folks received a slight tax cut. Several polls run in the first half of last year indicated that a slim majority of Americans did not notice larger paychecks as a result of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act.


    The National Federation of Independent Business says their Small Businesses Optimism Index has slipped to its lowest levels since just before the 2016 presidential election.  State Director Dawn Starns says the shutdown was the primary driver, but another issue tugging at optimism for small business owners was difficulty hiring qualified workers. Starns says 23 percent of members reported that as an issue.

    15 percent of companies said taxes were their biggest concern.


    River levels for the Mississippi are very high right now and they are forecast to continue to rise.  President of the 5th Louisiana Levee District Reynold Minsky says if there is any overtopping of the levee system, it’d likely take place in Tensas Parish. A lot will depend on the weather upriver over the next few weeks.


    LSU Ag Center Aquaculture Specialist Greg Lutz has some good news crawfish fanatics: this year’s crop is lookin pretty good. Despite some topsy-turvy weather lately, he says all the conditions are ripe for a solid, but not record setting year for size and supply.


    LaFourche Parish deputies have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old, who was struck by a bullet that entered his mother’s home in Lockport on Sunday. Lt. Brennan Matherne says 17-year-old Jyairus Folse fired several shots into the home and one them struck Alton Adams of Bayou Blue in the back. Matherne says they still don’t exact reason why Folse shot at the home.


    Allegiant Air will begin non-stop service between Shreveport and the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport in Florida on May 17th. Shreveport Regional Airport Authority spokesperson Mark Crawford says fares start at 49-dollars each way and flights will operate on Mondays and Fridays. The seasonal service is scheduled to run through Monday, September 2nd. Allegiant has flown out of the Shreveport Regional Airport for the last 13 years.




    The LSU Tigers had a good night last night as they defeated the UK Wildcate 73 to 71. Up next, the Tigers travel to Georgia for a match up Saturday..


    The Pelicans added another one to the loss column last night as the fell to the Orlando Magic. The final 88 to 118. The Pels meet the Thunder Thursday night..


  • News for Tuesday 021219

    Compiles by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    A plea deal for a man, accused of vehicular homicide back in a 2016 for a crash that killed an 18-month-old boy, was rejected on Monday. Keaton Spurlin allegedly hit the rear of the van on Dec. 28, 2016, on Vandenberg Drive, near Bayou Rapides Road, as the family was returning home from church. Six members of the Dixon family were injured in the crash. An 18-month-old boy, who was ejected from the vehicle during the crash, died the following day. Ad hoc Judge Harry Randow explained to the parents the child that the plea deal was not acceptable. A pretrial conference was set for March 20, and a trial date for May 6.


    The state fire marshal’s office is investigating a fire in Alexandria Early Sunday morning that claimed the life of man and injured 3 others. The Alexandria Fire Department responded to the blaze in the 2800 block of Culpepper Road around 2 in the morning Sunday. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined and the investigation continues.


    A Monday morning fire caused extensive damage to a vacant house on the 1900 block of Levin Street. No one was reported inside the home. The house next door, which is occupied, suffered structural damage from the same fire. No one was inside at the time.


    An investigation is under way in Red River Parish after two teenagers are believed to have killed themselves within days of each other. The Red River Parish Sheriff's Office said a 17-year-old died Thursday night, followed by a 13-year-old on Saturday night. They were both at the Ware Youth Center in Coushatta.


    Divers with the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office recovered the body of a man in Catahoula Lake Sunday. 26 year old Ryan Reed of Lafayette had fallen from a boat into the lake. Divers discovered his body at approximately 9:30 in the morning. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the body was turned over to the Rapides Parish Coroner’s Office.


    Negotiators in Congress said they have reached an agreement in principle to fund the government and avoid another partial government shutdown. The talks had cratered over the weekend because of Democratic demands to limit immigrant detentions by federal authorities, but lawmakers apparently broke through that impasse Monday evening. Now they will need the support of President Donald Trump, whose signature will be needed ahead of the deadline at midnight Friday.


    Louisiana has ordered a wood pellet plant near Bastrop to install air pollution controls following a challenge by environmental groups. Environmental Integrity Project attorney Keri Powell says when the Drax Morehouse Biomass Plant opened in 2015, it drastically underestimated it’s pollution output and had been exceeding it’s allowed emissions by four times to 1000 tons annually. Powell says the toxins can cause a range of health issues.


    Louisiana took home some gold at Sunday night’s Grammys as Lafayette native Lauren Daigle won for best contemporary Christian Music Performance for her song, “You Say” and also won best contemporary Christian music album, “Look Up Child.” New Orleans native PJ Morton tied with Leon Bridges for best traditional R-and-B performance for his song “How Deep is Your Love.” Buddy Guy won for best traditional blues album.


    The race for the governor’s mansion is now just eight months away, with incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards currently set to face off in a jungle primary against Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone and Alto Congressman Ralph Abraham. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the race has been quiet so far, but is set to blast off soon. Candidates have already begun their social media campaigns, with all three candidates sporting an active Facebook campaign  page and accompanying paid ads on the site.


    Following the popularity of The Chute at Tiger Stadium, LSU baseball fans can now look forward to The Yard.  The Yard is composed of two areas around Alex Box Stadium where fans can purchase and consume beer and wine during games so long as they are at least 21 and have purchased a wristband for the area. Putting the area outside of the stadium along with the restricted entry keeps the school in compliance with SEC regulations.


    The Department of Environmental Quality has an online, interactive map on it’s website that lets anglers see the fish consumption and swimming advisories for rivers, lakes, and bayous in Louisiana. DEQ Scientist Al Hindrichs says it’s an intuitive tool, and gives a comprehensive look at the advisories for 58 bodies of water statewide. Two of the advisories warn against both swimming and fishing and two other warn only against swimming, but the majority are warnings about contaminants in the fish.


    A 19-year-old south Louisiana man was fatally shot last night when a bullet entered his mother’s home in Lockport.  LaFourche Parish Sheriff’s office spokesperson Brennan Matherne says  six people were inside the trailer at the time of the shooting, but they are not sure who, if anyone, inside the home was the intended target.


    Student Loan Hero ranks Baton Rouge and New Orleans in the top 10 for most likely cities for people to be more than 90 days late on student loan payments, as more than 20-percent of borrowers have been delinquent. According to the report, Louisiana students graduated with 27,210 dollars of student debt on average, a little less than the national average.


    According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend $20.7 billion for Valentine’s Day.  Fewer Americans are spending money on Valentine’s Day compared to other years, but NRF spokesperson Katherine Cullen says those that are making purchases are spending enough money to make it a record-breaking year.

    Cullen says people are budgeting to spend on average $162 this year, with men being the big spenders.




    19th ranked LSU faces its biggest test of the season tonight when they face 5th ranked Kentucky in Lexington at 6 PM. Both teams are tied for second in the SEC with 9-and-1 conference records.


  • News for Friday 020819

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    Alexandria, the fourth Catholic diocese in Louisiana to release names of clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing minors was, according to many, the least open among them in disclosing the work histories of those clerics, but perhaps the most forthcoming about the abuse allegations themselves. The Diocese this week named 27 clergy members that it deemed credibly accused of sexual abuse, bringing the state's total count of clerics outed in such announcements to 135. Diocesan officials say their decision to exclude any information about the parishes where the former clerics served was meant to protect the flocks who worship in those parishes.


    The U.S. Supreme Court has stopped a law that threatened to shutter Louisiana abortion clinics from taking effect this week, but the fight over whether abortion providers should be required to have admitting privileges at local hospitals is likely far from over. In a brief late-night, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the admitting privileges law be put on hold pending a "timely filing" of a petition for the high court to act on the law itself. It would immediately expire if that doesn't happen. If a timely petition is filed, then the stay remains in effect until the high court rules on the law.


    The Rapides Parish School Board has put on hold a decision on whether to hire an outside company to manage its social media. On the agenda at last Tuesday’s Board Meeting was an item that would have contracted with a private company to provide "social media management services" for about $1,700 per month. The board decided instead to pass a substitute motion to determine whether such services are even needed.  If at a later time the board decides it is, they will look at a justifiable cost for the services and at that time request proposals from vendors.


    Here’s a switch.. State Farm, Louisiana's largest auto insurer, will cut auto insurance rates starting in April by an average of 3.2 percent for its roughly 1 million Louisiana policyholders. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced the rate decrease Thursday. It represents the third rate decrease by State Farm in the past nine months, totaling a drop of 7.7 percent. The change, which will vary by policy, will go into effect April 1, and be applied to policies as they are renewed by customers.


    The man accused of killing five people in suburban Baton Rouge last month was indicted on first-degree murder charges by a grand jury in Livingston Parish on Thursday. The three-count indictment was the first set of formal charges filed against 21-year-old Dakota Theriot. The first-degree murder charges open up the possibility that Theriot could face the death penalty, although prosecutors have not yet said whether they will seek to execute him.


    Congressman Garret Graves legislation that would revive the National Scenic Byways program flew through the House with little opposition, potentially reopening a program that would protect and promote two iconic wilderness trails in Louisiana. Graves says reopening the program will help drum up more interest in Louisiana for nature tourists.

    Louisiana hosts two scenic byways, the Creole Nature Trail that winds through the wetlands of the southwest, and the Great River Road that accompanies the Mississippi River. Graves says by reopening the program, they’ll have the opportunity to hopefully get additional areas of the state designated and protected.


    Senator John Kennedy says to avoid another government shutdown, he thinks President Trump will declare a national emergency if negotiations fail to provide adequate funding for additional physical wall at the southern border by the February 15th funding deadline. Presidential allies have stated declaring a national emergency would allow the president to use disaster relief and military construction funds to begin constructing a wall. However, it would most certainly end up in the courts.


    While illuminated by a portrait of his smiling family, law enforcement officers remembered the late Baton Rouge Police Cpl. Shane Totty as a motor man, family man and man of honor, someone driven by compassion and a warrior’s spirit. The 31 year old police officer died last Friday when the police motorcycle he was riding during a funeral procession collided with a truck.


    The State Fire Marshal’s Office has arrest an Opelousas man for igniting a fire inside his family’s home.  Investigators say 26 year old Amad Redding was the sole occupant of the home at the time of the blaze and was injured in the incident.  Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says Redding had been making threats as recently as the week leading up to the fire of burning the home down. Rodrigues says not only was the family’s home damaged, but a business next to the home, resulting in multiple charges for Redding.


    A rideshare driver for Lyft has been arrest and accused of kidnapping and raping an intoxicated passenger in Jefferson Parish.  Authorities say 30 year old Yousef Hamed picked up the victim from a bar and instead of taking her to her home; he then took her to his home in Harvey and raped the woman.


    A wanted criminal from Arkansas is now behind bars in Caddo Parish after allegedly threatening to beat a man with a bat, shooting a moving car, crashing into that car, and later leading a high speed chase after the law finally caught up to him. Sherriff’s spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says 33-year-old James Shultz day began by attacking his neighbor, and then leading police on a high-speed chase that involved wrecking not one, but two cars.




    The NBA trade deadline has passed and the Pelicans have decided not to take the Los Angeles Lakers trade offer for forward Anthony Davis, who will remain on the team at least until the summer after requesting a trade last week. The Pels did ship off Nicola Mirotic to the Bucks for Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson. New Orleans is now faced with the question of what to do with their star big man, start him, or sit him for the rest of the year to insure he is not injured.


  • News for Thursday 020719

    Compiled by Dave Graichen

    Cenla Broadcasting


    Last month, the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge released a long list of Priests who were found to have credible accusations of sexual abuse against minors. Yesterday, the Alexandria Diocese made good on it’s promise, after a lengthy investigation, to release it’s list of offending clergy. The list consisted of 27 local priests, some living, some not. In the letter, Bishop David Talley calls the accusations an "evil chapter in the life of our diocese”. The Diocesan Permanent Review Board reviewed 535 files of clergy who have served in the diocese since its establishment in 1853. Both clergy and lay people were part of the investigative team.


    The APD reports a shooting in the city Tuesday night. Investigators say a man was riding in a car near intersection of 6th and John Thomas Streets and was shot by an unknown gunman who fired multiple rounds into the vehicle. The man, who was shot in the head,  was sent to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. His condition is unknown at this time.


    The attorney for Kayla Giles, the woman accused of shooting and killing her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr. in September in the parking lot of Walmart on Coliseum Boulevard, is asking a newly assigned judge to reconsider motions previously ruled on by Judge Mary Doggett.  Judge Doggett recused herself from the case last month due to the fact that her nephew by marriage represented Coutee, Jr. in his divorce proceedings. Attorney Paul Carmouche wants Judge Greg Beard, who is now assigned to the case, to reset motions for a bill of particulars, preliminary examination, bond reduction, and to quash the indictment. Judge Doggett had previously ruled on those motions, and effectively denied them.


    After an investigation that started back in Mid-January, the RPSO has arrested and booked 18 year old Chandler Johnson of Pineville. Johnson has been charged with1st degree rape. After booking, he was released on $250,000 bond.


    State Police reported yesterday that there have been over 600 wrecks in construction zones on I-10 between Lafayette and Baton Rouge since the beginning of construction in May of 2017.  DOTD spokesperson Rodney Mallet says a large share of the responsibility for the high number of accidents falls onto drivers who are speeding and/or driving distracted. Mallet says in a little more than a year’s time, in the stretch of I-10 between I-49 and Breaux Bridge saw about 470 crashes.


    President Donald Trump delivered his State of the union address Tuesday Night, touching on a series of issues including the border wall debate, the economy, healthcare, and foreign policy issues like his late February meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Senator Bill Cassidy, who applauded the speech, says the President is willing to work with the Democratic opposition in the House to find a border security compromise, but it must include funding for an additional physical wall.


    Mardi Gras Beads,  nightmare for New Orleans and other cities due to the fact that many end up in the sewer system. Science has found a solution.. Biodegradable Mardi Gras beads are under development following a grant received from the LSU board of supervisors last summer.  The beads are going to be produced using oils from algae, but they won’t be ready for his carnival season. A major issue now is the cost. Currently they cost about $13 a strand to make.. That price is expected to come down.


    A now former Vermilion Parish deputy is out of a job and behind bars after an investigation by the special victims unit of state police.  State Police Sgt. Jared Sandifer says the investigation of 42-year-old Bryan Kibodeaux of Abbeville began in late January from a tip given to law enforcement. Sandifer says Kibodeaux was arrested following the execution of a search warrant of his home and is now facing multiple charges related to the sexual abuse of a child.


    Entergy is bringing advanced meters to the company’s customers.  The roll out for homes and businesses starts this month in New Orleans.  Entergy VP of grid modernization Lauren Kenney says among the biggest benefits for customers is to be able to track energy usage via online tools, as opposed to waiting for the bill to come in at the end of the month.




    LSU ends the recruiting season with the fifth ranked class in the nation according to 24/7Sports. It’s a group headlined by arguably the best player in the nation, five star Baton Rouge cornerback Derek Stingley. Also picked up, five star Destrehan running back John Emery, and five star Texas linebacker Marcel Brooks. Head coach Ed Orgeron says it’s the kind of class LSU fans demand. Alabama nabbed the other 2 top ten players in the Bayou State.


    It’s NBA trade deadline day and the clock is ticking down on any potential mega deal for superstar Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, who submitted a trade request last week and said he would not resign with New Orleans after his contract expires in 2020. Locked on Pelicans host Jake Madison says the Lakers are still the primary threat to pluck The Brow by the deadline. If Davis is not traded by the 2pm deadline today, then the team will be forced to decide whether to play him the rest of the year, or shut him down until the season ends.




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