News for Thursday 072519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Bond has been set at $500,000 for 24 year old Jasmine Anderson of Alexandria. Anderson was arrested on Tuesday and charged with second degree murder for allegedly killing her 5-year-old daughter, Audrey Chelette. There also a public outcry asking police to re-examine the April 23 death of Anderson's other child, 4-year-old Christopher Chelette, who apparently died from a choking incident.
46 year old Anthony Strong of Alexandria will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars, that after he was sentenced to 40 years at hard labor, without the possibility of probation, parole or suspension of sentence. Strong was declared a habitual offender in his second trial in front of a Rapides Parish jury. Strong was convicted of first-degree robbery two years after he robbed a man in Pineville in May 2017. The trial was held after a mistrial was declared in December 2018 on the same charge.
News yesterday that CLECO customers will see their monthly bills decline slightly, starting next month. An average CLECO residential customer using 1217 kilowatt-hours will receive a credit of $12 on their electric bills beginning next month and running through July 2020. The reason according to the Public Service Commission, lower federal taxes. The overall impact is a reduction of $84 million for CLECO’s 285,000 Louisiana customers. Exact impacts for customers will be based on their individual consumption.
This time of year usually is the hottest in Louisiana, but this week the state received some relief because of a rare mid-summer cold front that’s cut humidity and brought Canadian air into the bayou state. State Climatologist Barry Keim says you can expect high temps in the mid to upper 80s today and ten things warm up over the weekend.
Keim advises everyone not to waste this nice weather and find an excuse to get outside.
Louisiana’s workforce training program FastStart has been named the best workforce training program in the nation by Business Facilities for the tenth year in a row. Business Facilities also ranked Louisiana the 8th best state for overall growth potential and number two for Foreign Direct Investments. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.3 percent is the lowest it’s been in over ten years.
Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statewide Emergency Declaration Wednesday in response to an ongoing cybersecurity incident that is affected several local government agencies. The declaration makes available state resources and allows for assistance from cybersecurity experts from the Louisiana National Guard, Louisiana State Police, the Office of Technology Services and others to assist local governments in responding to and preventing future data loss. The cybersecurity incident has impacted school systems in Sabine, Morehouse, and Ouachita Parishes in North Louisiana. The state is in contact with parish school systems and governments across the state to assess other areas that may be at risk.
LSU President F. King Alexander was present yesterday for the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new $28 million dollar football operations facility. The state of the art structure has been met with backlash due to other buildings on campus being in less than desirable conditions. Alexander says deferred maintenance has been an issue with other buildings on campus, but thing are changing. Alexander says there has been a shift in the most recent fiscal year when it comes to donations to the school in favor of academics over athletics. Alexander says the Fierce for the Future campaign aiming to raise $1.5 billion for the school is helping shift the number of donations towards academics.
A political action committee backing Representative Ralph Abraham unleashes ads attacking fellow gubernatorial Republican candidate Eddie Rispone. In the ad released on social media, it references that Rispone, a wealthy businessman, is trying to buy the election. ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says it is part of the game when campaigning for GOP votes. Rispone has poured about $10 million of his own money into his campaign war chest.
Louisiana US Representatives Cedric Richmond and Mike Johnson questioned Special Counsel Robert Mueller yesterday regarding the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and allegations of crimes committed by the President during that election, and during the ensuing investigation. Republicans, including Northwest Louisiana Congressman Johnson, accused Mueller or running a partisan witch-hunt, but Richmond, a Democrat from New Orleans used his time to get an answer from the Special Counsel about activities that Richmond believes constitute Obstruction. Mueller reiterated his concern about foreign interference in American elections.
Louisiana Senior Senator Bill Cassidy says the men and women who work for Customs and Border Patrol are stretched thin and need more resources. Cassidy says people are coming from around the world to get to the United States and they’ve got to do something different so that that system is not overwhelmed…
The Saints report to training camp today. Mike Triplett covers the Black and Gold for the Saints says one of the new additions to watch is Latavius Murray who will attempt to replace running back Mark Ingram.
2-guard JJ Redick has officially signed his two year deal with the Pelicans, guaranteeing the young team one of the best shooters in the league, and a player known for his skills as a mentor and culture builder. The 35-year-old Redick, who has never missed the playoffs, could have had his pick of the litter in free agency, but he didn’t hesitate when New Orleans called. Redick recently finished a stint in Philly where he posted a career-high 18 points a game while shooting nearly 40 percent from 3.
D-1 Baseball’s Kendall Rogers reports that U-L Lafayette head baseball coach Matt Deggs plans to hire former two-time major league baseball all-star B-J Ryan as his pitching coach. Ryan is a former Ragin Cajun who played for several seasons in the majors with Toronto and Baltimore.