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Good Morning... News For Friday 12/06/2019

News for Friday 122019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


The Alexandria Police Department say two shootings in the city yesterday afternoon were connected. A man and a woman were shot in separate incidents around 4. One on Tulane Ave and the other on Hudson Blvd, Both were transported to the hospital and are expected to survive. Detectives are interviewing all parties and attempting to identify a suspect. No other information has been released yet, as the investigation is ongoing.


Joe Burrow’s Heisman acceptance speech also made him a spokesperson for hunger across the nation. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank has received $50-thousand in donations since his speech. Here in Cenla, our food bank services 11 parishes. To make a donation visit fbcenla.org


State police report a single vehicle accident late Tuesday night claimed the life of 18 year old Jessie Richards. Troopers say 18 year old Matthew Molan was driving the vehicle when it appears he lost control and collided with a large tree. Richards was a passenger and initially received life threatening injuries in the crash. Wednesday  afternoon, Richards was pronounced dead.  State police say none of the four people in the vehicle were wearing seatbelts.


There’s a push to cancel construction of a 9.4 billion dollar chemical plant in St. James Parish after archeologists discover what may be an unknown number of unmarked slave graves. Local activist and RISE St. James Founder Sharon Lavigne says there’s no way the planned plant can continue now. The plot was discovered at the outer edge of the 2,300 acre-site, but Lavigne believes the area may contain more graves.  FG, the company building the Formosa plant, says an independent archeologist they hired discovered the graves in June, but Lavigne says it appears they only just fenced off the area. FG said in a statement they “will follow all applicable state and federal laws in regards to the burial ground and public notification.”


A group comprised of the largest energy producers in the state estimates rates may need to increase by 50 percent to properly replace Louisiana’s aging power plants and grid. Public Service Commissioner Dr. Craig Greene says the Commission will ultimately decide if that’s needed, but it is true that our energy infrastructure is getting old. Greene says while rates may not rise by 50 percent, they will have to go up some in the future. One option involves having major industrial users find their power outside of residential monopolies. The Advocate reports the average medium-sized plant uses as much power as the city of Alexandria.


Supreme Rice President and CEO Bobby Hanks and Gov. John Bel Edwards announced a $20 million expansion of the rice mill's facilities in Crowley. The project will add 25,000 square feet of manufacturing space, bringing the facility to 75,000 square feet. With the expansion, Supreme Rice will retain 150 employees across the state, including 105 at the Crowley site. Louisiana Economic Development estimates the Crowley mill supports an additional 374 indirect jobs, for a total of more than 475 jobs in Acadiana and the surrounding areas.


Joe Burrow’s Heisman acceptance speech also made him a spokesperson for hunger across the nation. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank has received $50-thousand in donations since his speech. Here in Cenla, our food bank services 11 parishes. To make a donation visit fbcenla.org


The state fire marshal’s office is investigating a fatal fire that resulted in the death of a mother and her seven-year son. The blaze took place last night in the Red River Parish town of Coushatta. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says they are looking at another cold night tonight, so he asks that if you are using a space heater, turn it off before you go to bed…


Rebekah Gee, the head of Louisiana’s health department, was recognized by a New York Times columnist as one of five people who “spread hope in 2019” for her work spearheading an innovative deal to pay for hepatitis C treatment in an effort to eradicate the disease in Louisiana. Gee’s health department struck a “Netflix-style” deal whereby the state pays about $58 million a year for unlimited access to Hep C drugs. Medicaid patients and people in the state’s prison system get the drug free through the arrangement.


A rash of stories about dangerous counterfeit toys has inspired Senator Bill Cassidy to introduce the SANTA Act, which demands online retailers to detail exactly where children’s products come from. Cassidy says the SANTA Act is about protecting children from toys not made by reputable toy manufacturers. The Senator highlighted a recent incident from Wisconsin where a family bought a counterfeit hoverboard that exploded, putting a child in the hospital and burning down the family home.


Cynthia Perkins, a former Livingston Parish School teacher and wife of former Livingston Parish sheriff’s deputy Dennis Perkins has filed for divorce.  An attorney representing Cynthia Perkins tells a Baton Rouge TV station that she claims her husband has made sufficient threats against her and she is fearful of him. Both were formally charged on 150 combined counts, including rape and child pornography this week.


A New England Journal of Medicine study predicts nearly half of all Americans will be obese by the end of the decade. Pennington Biomedical director of the Metabolism-Body Composition Laboratory Dr. Steven Heymsfield says an estimated 40 percent of adults are already obese, with 18 percent being severely obese. Heymsfield says this growing problem is set to send healthcare costs spiraling out of control.




After throwing just one incomplete pass on Monday night, Saints quarterback Drew Brees looks to have another highly efficient game on Sunday when New Orleans visits the Titans. Sunday’s meeting between the Saints and Titans in Nashville marks just the 15th time the two franchises have faced each other.


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Good Morning... News For Friday 12/06/2019

News for Friday 121619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Kayla Giles, the woman accused of murdering her husband in an Alexandria Walmart parking lot, posted a bond of $510,000 Thursday and was released from jail. Earlier this week, Judge Greg Beard granted an October a motion to reduce the bond filed by her attorney. Giles is facing charges of second-degree murder and obstruction of justice for the Sept. 2018 shooting death of her estranged husband, Thomas Coutee, Jr.


Another shooting in the city has claimed the life of a 24-year-old man. The APD reports the shooting took place late Wednesday night in the 200 block of Sunset. Police say they found the victim shot multiple times. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The name of the victim has not been released. The APD also announced yesterday it was investigating the death of a 46-year-old man in the 5600 block of Eddie Williams Road. No other details were released.


An ATRANS passenger bus and a pickup truck were involved in a traffic accident at the intersection of Elliott and Foisy streets yesterday morning. A total of 15 passengers from the bus were taken to local hospitals for treatment as was the driver of the other vehicle. Most of the injuries were reported as minor to moderate, but one passenger from the bus had what were described as potentially life-threatening injuries. APD is investigating the accident. No official cause has been determined nor have any charges been announced.


Alexandria Police Department officers rescued a 14-year-old Florida girl at a motel as she was being held captive by an Alabama man. 30 year old Jonathan Gibson of Lillian, Alabama, remains in the Rapides Parish Detention Center with no bond on one count of second-degree kidnapping and four counts of first-degree rape.


Gov. John Bel Edwards told the board overseeing Louisiana's largest university system Thursday that he will propose to again raise spending on public college campuses next year, trying to steer more dollars to campuses that struggled through nearly a decade of state financing cuts. The Governor pledged that he'll keep working to boost funding for higher education across his second, four-year term, which begins in January.


A Conservative group says sexual harassment rules in place at Louisiana universities  chills free speech on campus. This ranking by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, called FIRE, puts LSU, Tulane, UNO, Southeastern and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the same league as Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, and Georgetown. The six Louisiana schools were among the 114 nationwide with a “red light” rating, meaning that the policies “both clearly and substantially, according to the group, restricts protected speech.”


A new Hepatitis C treatment agreement will allow the Louisiana Department of Health to treat 2,290 Medicaid and Corrections patients in just 75 days, more than all of 2019 combined. Office of Public Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Alex Billioux says Hep C kills more Americans than all other infectious diseases combined, but you might not be aware of how deadly it is because of how slowly symptoms progress. The homeless, drug users, and those who live or work in non-sterile environments are most at risk for catching Hep C.


Three Louisiana men were cited for transporting harvested deer from Texas into Louisiana and now the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is reminding hunters returning from other states of the ban put in place to mitigate the risk of spreading the deer-killing virus known as Chronic Wasting Disease to local herds. CWD has been detected in 26 states, including the three that border Louisiana.


Grambling State completes one of the institution’s largest fundraising campaigns, collecting more than $6.6 million over the course of three years. University Vice President of Advancement Marc Newman says basketball star Magic Johnson’s company was the biggest contributor…

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