News for Thursday 053118
By Dave Graichen
Authorities are seeking tips in the fatal double shooting of a 29-year-old man and his four-year daughter in LaPlace. St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff Mike Tregre says Cameron and Cali Mack were gunned down Tuesday night by an unknown shooter.
The victims were heading up the stairs to their home when they were shot.
The official announcement was made yesterday; Jerrod King is the new chief of police for the Alexandria Police Department. King is a 20-year veteran of APD and currently holds a role training cadets in the police academy. In making the announcement Mayor Jacques Roy also gave recognition to Lieutenant Patrick VanDyke, who Roy announced will eventually transition into a commissioner position, overseeing Public Safety.
The Alexandria City council has voted down a request that would have led to an investigation of Mayor Jacques Roy, for the alleged intimidation of Alexandria police officer. The request for the investigation was in the form of a motion that was authored by Councilman Ed Larvadain. An investigation by the Louisiana State Police came to the conclusion that no cause could be found to charge Roy with public intimidation.
19-year-old Kelvin Monte and 17-year-old Jon’Torras Bryant have been charged with aggravated kidnapping of a child and negligent homicide for their roles in the death of an 11-year-old Bryla Bell who crashed after a pursuit by law enforcement. St. Landry Sheriff Bobby Guidroz says Bell’s mother knew her daughter snuck out of the home to be with the young men. The suspects jumped out of the vehicle in Opelousas and Bryla took the wheel and eventually crashed and died.
To the uneducated eye, one would think that Alexandria / Pineville has more than enough places to hold meetings and conventions. But, the England Authority Board of Commissioners apparently thinks otherwise. The commission voted 5-4 last week to advertise for bids on the multi-million dollar project, over objections that it will compete with private-sector events centers and that the money could be better spent on economic development projects. The current design estimate is for a 13,850-square-foot building with a price tag of between $3.5 million and $3.7 million.
GOP House Chairman Lance Harris’s tax bill underwent huge changes in a Senate committee. The legislation would now renew one third of the expiring penny sales, but eliminate hundreds of millions in tax deductions that plug the full 648 million dollar budget gap. Harris says his original version that included 283 million in budget cuts was take it or leave it, and the committee decided to leave it. The committee amendments completely eliminate business tax exemptions for manufacturing machinery, farm equipment, and business utilities completely.
The Governor signed a series of bills that passed through the legislature and ended up on his desk, that cover a wide range from abortion, to fantasy sports. One of the issues the governor signed off on was Senator Neil Riser’s legislation that removes a training mandate that was passed in 2010, requiring anyone who brings a weapon into a church, mosque, synagogues or other religious building to take an additional eight hours of weapons training before entering the premises.
The governor also signed a 15 week abortion ban that closely mirrors an effort in Mississippi that is under a federal court challenge. The legislation flew through the legislature, and marks a notable separation between Edwards and the national Democratic Party. The legislation would only go into effect only if Mississippi’s ban survives a court challenge.
The governor has also put his signature on a bill that would require public schools to display the motto “In God We Trust” in their buildings and the legislation requires the teaching of that motto to the students.
Online fantasy sports gaming will be on the ballot for parish approval in November after grabbing the governor’s signature. The legislation by River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot breezed through the legislature this year after past attempts stalled out. Talbot says it just took some time to educate lawmakers about why fantasy sports is not the same as sports betting.
US Senator Bill Cassidy says just because last year’s Obamacare repeal failed, doesn’t mean he’s going to stop chasing healthcare reform. The Senator has released a plan he says will help expand access and drive down prices. Cassidy says the first step is enforcing price transparency for medical care providers. The proposal also includes plans to allow insurers to tie prescription costs to international prices, seeks a reduction of hospital monopolies, and calls for an increase to subsidies to young people’s health insurance, as well as allowing employers to not provide health insurance to employees.
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Corvallis, Oregon, is nearly 2500 miles away from Baton Rouge, but you can still expect a good contingent of LSU Fans in attendance for this weekend’s NCAA Regional at Oregon State. Sean Fredenburg with the LSU Alumni Association Portland Chapter says the Fighting Tigers do not play often in the Pacific Northwest but when they do there’s a lot of Purple and Gold… LSU will face San Diego State to begin the tournament on Friday at 3 P.M.
LSU Baseball Coach Paul Mainieri has named sophomore left-hander Nick Bush as his starting pitcher for the regional opener against San Diego State. Mainieri says he also considered Zack Hess, but decided to go with Bush, because he didn’t throw as many pitches as Hess did last Saturday.