News for Friday 052915
By Dave Graichen
The National Weather Service predicts that the Red River could reach its highest level in 25 years. NWS predicts it will crest at 33 feet, the highest since a 34.5 foot crest in 1990. Meteorologist Mario Valverde says the Red River is expected to crest in the Shreveport area sometime around June 5th and in Alexandria a couple days later.
This afternoon the LSU baseball team will play Lehigh to open up NCAA Regional play. The Moutain Hawks are the Patriot League Tournament champs but the bring a 25-and-29 losing record into Baton Rouge. Airtime 2:30 on 970 KSYL
UL Lafayette will take on Rice this afternoon in the opening contest of the Houston Regional
A father has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office and Alexandria's utility department, alleging that a prisoner working for the city on a work crew wasn't properly supervised when he escaped and later shot and killed his daughter last summer. The bodies of McKennedy Armstead and Johnnie Kite were found inside a Colfax home the afternoon of his escape. Officials said that Armstead shot and killed the 33-year-old woman and then took his own life.
The water boil advisory that went into effect last week in downtown Pineville has been lifted. The boil advisory was issued last Thursday as a precaution after a fire hydrant was hit by a vehicle, causing a drop in pressure.
Tax returns for 5,700 people are still waiting to be reviewed because of the identity verification process the Louisiana Department of Revenue has implemented to crack down on tax fraud.
Kizzy Payton, who serves as press secretary for the department, said the process could delay refunds for people asked to verify their identity by several months.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has denied an appeal in the case of a 2009 traffic stop in Woodworth. The town had appealed a 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals decision from March that sent the case back to trial court to determine how much in court costs the town would have to pay to Patricia Parker, an Alexandria woman who was stopped on her way to work in January 2009 and eventually was arrested and spent 25 days in jail.
The House did not agree to raise the state sales tax by a penny for road and bridge projects in Louisiana. The measure needed 70 votes to pass but the vote was 50 yeas and 46 nays. The state is currently facing a backlog of $12 billion in road and bridge needs. Governor Bobby Jindal though has promised to veto any bills which raise taxes.
Louisiana’s motorists could be hit with $79 million in fee hikes if budget-balancing proposals under consideration by state legislators become law. Senators have attached a $60 million annual fee increase on two House bills that would have drivers paying $50 more in title fees when they buy a car. Also being discussed in the Senate as a possible add-on to legislation is a nearly $40 hike to the cost of a driver’s license, to raise $19 million a year. Supporters say the changes would cover the costs of providing services, noting the fees haven’t been raised in decades. Whether lawmakers are willing to boost drivers’ costs in an election year remains unclear, with only two weeks remaining in the legislative session.
State police say the Click it or Ticket campaign continues this weekend after five unrestrained motorists were killed last weekend in highway crashes. State police spokesperson Dustin Dwight says more than 400 tickets were issued for seat belt violations over the weekend, unfortunately that wasn’t enough to prevent fatalities. The campaign will continue until the end of the month.
A recent poll shows Governor Bobby Jindal is less popular than President Barack Obama in Louisiana. But Jindal says that’s because he’s made some tough choices, which includes cutting state government spending and implementing important reforms like the statewide school voucher program. Jindal says he’ll announce after the legislative session on whether he’ll run for President. The governor says if he does run, he’ll let the voters know that he’s not afraid to make big changes.
Cops in the LaFourche Parish town of Golden Meadow say they’ve arrested a woman accused of stealing over $12,000 from a non-profit children’s baseball league. 35-year-old Renee Serigny (sehrn-YAY’) was booked with two counts of felony theft . Chief Reggie Pitre says that money was supposed to go towards their Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken league’s account for things like supplies and uniforms from registration fees.
There’s a report that the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries indicate a young black bear has been spotted in woods in West Monroe. They believe he could have come down the bayou of the Ouachita River which is a little high right now. Agents are using live culvert bear traps with donuts to attract the bear and hopefully capture him to place in a more suitable habitat.
The LSU softball team is off to a good start at the Women's College World Series as the Tigers defeated Auburn 6-1 on Thursday afternoon.