News for Thursday February 27th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A house fire Wednesday morning in Tioga claimed the life of a 52-year-old woman.
The State Fire Marshal's office says the fire occurred on the 5600 block of Gilly Williams Road. The Alpine Fire Department responded to the scene and found the body of the woman inside. The woman has yet to be identified. The Fire Marshal's office said that her death is not believed to be suspicious.
Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham says he will not seek reelection. The Republican who represents the 5th Congressional district says he’s keeping his promise to only serve three terms. The congressman’s decision comes a few months after his unsuccessful bid for governor. Abraham says his loss in the governor’s race didn’t factor into his decision.
KALB reports a Pineville man has been accused of setting fire to a house on Hickory Hill Road Monday evening, all while a grandmother and her 15-year-old grandson were still inside. According to the Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office, 29 year old Daniel Pless was arrested and charged with aggravated arson.
The CDC warns it’s just a matter of time before the coronavirus will reach the U-S. As Congress debates over funding to combat the disease, LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine Chief of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Julio Figueroa says research at this time shows that 80 percent of those diagnosed with the virus have mild symptoms, and 20 percent will require medical attention. Figueroa says when you compare the coronavirus to the common flu and worldwide mortality rates more people die from the common flu but that could change. Figueroa says our culture of people going to work and school sick is something that people need to stop doing..
U-S Senator John Kennedy is not happy with the lack of answers from acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf over the coronavirus. Kennedy’s frustration grew when Wolf couldn’t say how many respirators and masks are available or if there’s an estimate on how many cases we might see in the U-S. The tense line of questioning came during a hearing on Homeland Security’s budget. Kennedy’s blood pressure rose when Wolf said a vaccine could be available in a few months, but C-D-C officials said it could take 12 to 18 months…
The Alexandria Police Department announced yesterday it’s accepting applications for the 2020 Citizen’s Academy, which will meet from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesdays March 24-May 5. Participants must be 21 years of age or older and pass a background check which will be conducted on all applicants. Preference will be given to applicants who reside in the City of Alexandria. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020. The application can be picked up at the Alexandria Police Department office on Bolton Avenue.
Last year there was a significant effort to pass a sports wagering bill, and now Metairie Senator Cameron Henry is filing legislation this year for a statewide proposition election to determine whether sports wagering will be permitted in a particular parish. If successful, it will appear on the November 3rd ballot.
Governor Edwards calls for the resignation of 23rd Judicial District Judge Jessie LeBlanc following her admission to using racial text messages. Loyola University law professor Dane Ciolino expects the matter to be referred to the Judiciary Commission.
LaBlanc’s lawyer Jill Craft released a statement saying her client’s statements were made in a private conversation and in response to a threatening situation.
If victim a of domestic violence fails to appear at court in Louisiana during the filing of a temporary restraining order for any reason the judge could deem it frivolous and charge the victim court cost. In a state that has the second-highest rate of women murdered by men in the nation, Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence Director Mariah Wineski says this practice needs to stop. Wineski says the potential burden of court costs could have a chilling effect across the state for victims of domestic abuse and those who so desperately need to file protective orders.
The nephew of filmmaker and actor Tyler Perry has died in the Union Parish Detention Center. 26-year-old Gavin Porter of St. Helena Parish, was found dead in his cell from an apparent suicide by hanging.
Shreveport television stations are reporting a robbery suspect was fatally shot Tuesday night by police. Officers were reportedly investigating a robbery near an apartment complex when they spotted the suspect, who shot at officers. Police returned fired, striking him. He died at a local hospital and no officers were injured. It was one of three deadly shootings in Shreveport Tuesday.
A new poll from YouGov asked over 8,000 people to name the hardest thing to give up for 40 days for Lent. Data journalist at YouGov Jamie Ballard says the number one answer is watching TV or streaming services as 29% of respondents say that would be the biggest challenge. Caffeine came in at number two with 19%, followed by social networking and chocolate, both with 11%.