KSYL Local News Archives for 2019-06

Good Morning... News For Friday 06/28/2019

News for Friday 062819

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Rapides Parish has a new superintendent of schools. School board members voted last night to give Jeff Powell the job after only two rounds of votes. The first round eliminated finalist Deborah Heitman, leaving Rapides Executive Assistant Superintendent Kimberly Bennett and Powell. Powell received six votes; Bennett received three. The vote to accept the results was 8-0 with President Wilton Barrios abstaining.


State Police announce the arrest of three Rapides Parish Sheriff’s deputies who allegedly were paid for hours they didn’t work during the Safe and Sober campaign. Trooper Scott Moreau says the three deputies arrested, Matthew Davis, Jonathan Treadway, and David Billings are facing charges or malfeasance, public payroll fraud, and injuring public records.


Authorities arrested a Rapides Parish jail escapee who had been at large for more than a month. 33 year old Glynn Jerrod McCoy escaped from the Parish Detention Center #2 back on May 20th. Within a day of his escape, two women were arrested for allegedly helping him. When McCoy was arrested early yesterday morning he was with 29 year old Quintin Ray Fields. Authorities believe Fields helped McCoy after his escape as well.


The AP reports Congressman Ralph Abraham has missed almost 200 out of 509 votes in Congress since December when he began his race for the Governor’s mansion. Abraham had stronger attendance from January 2015 to September 2018 missing only 10 votes out of nearly 2500. Abraham has responded saying being a Congressman is more than sitting behind a desk and voting.


The quick-thinking action by two boys while their mother's ex-boyfriend opened fire inside their home early Thursday likely saved their lives and proved key to the almost-immediate arrest of the alleged gunman, who authorities say killed their mother, great-grandmother and their mother's boyfriend in a "crime of rage." The 14 and 12-year-old boys were able to get outside the house just after midnight. They then called 911 relaying identifying information about their mother's ex-boyfriend and his vehicle. Police say they then hid in a backyard shed until officers arrived at the scene


The Army Corps of Engineers says they expect to close the Bonnet Carre Spillway within the next two to three weeks as pressure on Mississippi River levees is expected to begin decreasing. It’s the first time in history the Spillway has had to open twice in one year as record rainfall in the Midwest has sent a torrent of water downstream. Spokesperson Matt Roe says that’s kept Corps engineers and inspectors busy for most of 2019. Reports indicate a massive levee breach in Arkansas may have been responsible for the reduced flow.


The US Supreme Court has rejected a Trump Administration bid to include a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census. Congressman Garret Graves says the decision could result in further reductions in Louisiana Congressional representation as states with growing undocumented immigrant populations continue to gain seats. The citizenship question has not been featured on the standard short form census since 1950.


Baton Rouge authorities report the body of an 18-year-old man was dumped in a parking lot outside BREC's Olympia Stadium at midday Wednesday while children played and park workers labored nearby. Baton Rouge Police late Wednesday identified the victim as Dovonta Deon London. The coroner says the victim had sustained severe trauma to his face and head. The investigation continues.


NASA aims to put boots on the moon in 2024 and the latest glimpse of the rocket core stage for the Artemis moon mission is being unveiled today at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Facility director Robert Champion says all manned crafts used in space flights in the history of NASA have gone through the facility.


New child passenger safety laws go into effect in Louisiana August 1st, when kids under 13 must ride in the back seat and more child safety seat and restraint laws will be enforced. Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Executive Director Lisa Freeman says the policy may not go into effect for another month, but she recommends new parents check out the requirements online and start practicing them now. Visit Louisianahighwaysafety.org for a rundown on the new laws.




LSU offensive coordinator Steve Ensminger is set to receive a one-year contract extension. It’s up for approval at today’s LSU Board of Supervisors meeting. Ensminger is entering his second season as the Tigers O-C. His 800-thousand dollar annual salary will remain the same. Tomorrow’s agenda also calls for contract extensions for offensive line coach James Cregg, special teams coach Greg McMahon and head strength coach Tommy Moffitt.


A dollar menu at the stadium? The Ragin Cajuns athletic department announced yesterday that they’ll have fan friendly concession prices for the 2019-202 season. Several items will be available for as little as one or two dollars. Bottled water, hamburgers, pretzels, nachos, fountain soda, and something new, 16-ounce domestic beer will all be available for three dollars.


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Good Morning.... News For Thursday 06/27/2019

News for Thursday 062719

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Pineville PD have released the name of a man who was killed Tuesday afternoon while attempting to cross the Pineville Expressway near Louisiana College. Police say 65 Year old Gary Lewis lost his life in the accident shortly after 4 in the afternoon. The investigation is ongoing.


Louisiana State Police say one man is dead and another seriously injured after their horses were hit from behind by a pickup truck. Trooper Taylor Scrantz says the riders were heading west in the west lane of Louisiana Highway 620 near Erwinville when the westbound pickup hit the horses about 9 p.m. Saturday. 33 year old Temell Dunn died Sunday and 34 year old Jonathan Stewart was seriously injured. Scrantz says the driver did not show any signs of impairment, and was wearing his seat belt. Both horses were killed in the accident.


A report finds Louisiana uses solitary confinement for prisoners four times more than the national average. Loyola Jesuit Research Fellow Dr. Sue Weishar says the practice undermines the goal of rehabilitation because the intense mental and physical stress created by extended stays creates long term damage. 30 percent of prisoners who  responded to the survey reported being in solitary confinement  over the last five years.


The Louisiana Health Department announces they’ve reached a “subscription model” deal with Asegua Therapeutics that will result in the state treating an estimated 31-thousand people who have hepatitis C, which is an infectious liver disease. Health Secretary Rebekah Gee says there are at least 39-thousand people in Louisiana’s Medicaid program and prison system who suffer from Hepatitis C, which kills more people than all other infectious diseases combined.


Senator Bill Cassidy says legislation he helped put together called the Lower Health Care Costs Act received approval from a U-S Senate committee Wednesday. Cassidy says the proposal contains provisions that would protect patients against surprise medical bills, lower prescription drug costs and improve price transparency.


Governor Edwards has been making the rounds in the world of sports recently, hosting LSU freshmen football players at the mansion and filming a PSA with Drew Brees.

Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says in an election year, such public embrace of beloved sports heroes could be fodder for his Republican gubernatorial opponents. But it might not be cold politically calculus driving these decisions. Brees has a history of supporting veterans, and Pinsonat says Edwards and LSU coach Orgeron have a public friendship and openly support each other.


U.S. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, leadoff hitter for the Republicans in Wednesday night's Congressional Baseball Game, officially scored his first run since returning to the baseball field after narrowly surviving a mass shooting two years ago.


It was his first time back up at bat in Nationals Park. With an error on a 3-2 count, Scalise was able to advance to first base after a couple of swings. U.S. Rep. William Timmons of South Carolina, took his place running the bases and was the first player of the game to cross home plate.


The Pointe Coupee Animal Shelter was stripped of most of its supplies and animal medications over the weekend during a break in, but the wider Baton Rouge area community has come out in force — raising more than $16,000 in two days to help recoup the loss.


Beaches are shuttered along the Mississippi Gulf Coast as toxic algae blooms have popped up, likely as a result of the Bonnet Carrie Spillway’s opening. Beaches closed are in two of the state’s three coastal counties as a result of it. The blue-green water can cause rashes, diarrhea and vomiting in people who get to close to them.


Craft beer brewers across the state are seeing a slump in business. While six breweries may have opened over the last year, five others have shut their doors. Executive director of Louisiana’s Craft Brewer’s Guild Cary Koch part of the reason for the plateau in the industry is antiquated state laws on the books. In Louisiana, the three-tier system of having a brewer, distributor, and a retailer is cutting into the ability to stay afloat. Koch says of the outdated business models that brewers have to deal with is the lack of the ability to self-distribute product.


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are receiving calls that black bear spottings are on the rise in portions of Louisiana. Large carnivore program manager for LDWF Maria Davidson says several reasons contribute to the encounters, including mother bears forcing her young to scatter to start fending for themselves as she preps for another mating season. And a warning, there may also be run ins with adult male bears looking for potential mates.




Newly minted Pelican Zion Williamson arrived in town to a housewarming gift of a framed, signed jersey from Saints QB Drew Brees, a note welcoming him to the city.  Zion is probably the most nationally hyped athlete to ever play in New Orleans, and Brees welcomed the Phenom by inviting him to become the new favored son of New Orleans sports…


The NCAA has announced its changing some of its guidelines for student-athlete transfer waivers, which will make it more difficult to gain immediate eligibility at their new schools.


Bass fishing has been accepted by the Louisiana High School Athletics Association as a trial sport, with 173 schools in Louisiana telling the organization that they’d like to see fishing made official.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 06/26/2019

News for Wednesday 062619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


24 year old Johnny Bennett escaped for a short time yesterday morning from the custody of a Rapides Parish Corrections Deputy, during a scheduled appointment outside of the Rapides Parish Detention Center. Deputies and APD officers immediately responded. Bennett was quickly located and taken into custody. For his efforts Bennett has been booked with simple escape from a DOC facility.


It something you don’t hear of often in Bunkie, a drive by shooting.. Yesterday authorities report there were two. According to police, a dark-colored Chevy four-door vehicle was involved. In one, a woman and her toddler were shot at around the intersection of South Louisiana and Keller Street in Bunkie. Over 42 rounds were shot at the residence. About 45 minutes later, the same vehicle was believed to be in another shooting. A residence was shot up over 25 times in the Morrow area.

No injuries were reported in either shooting.


A couple from Lecompte has been arrested for setting fire to a truck belonging to one of their relatives.  57 year old Eddie Holsomback and 57 year old Deborah Blake were booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail on one count each of arson with intent to defraud and criminal conspiracy. The incident took place back in March.


Personal income growth was up four percent in the first quarter of the year, a rate that paces the national average. The income growth rate was higher than that of Texas for the first quarter. The four percent increase means Louisianans personal income grew by more than two-billion-dollars.


Coast Professional Incorporated announces an expansion of its contact center in West Monroe which will result in 146 new jobs with an average salary of 36-thousand dollars. Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says the state’s workforce program called FastStart will guide recruitment. Coast Professional will renovate a former Sears Hometown store to accommodate the new workforce.


2,300 of the state’s best teachers have begun specialized training aimed at preparing them to be mentors to new educators and struggling students. Assistant Superintendent Hannah Dietsch says the program will give experienced educators the tools to be able to better prepare their rookie peers for those first, challenging years in the classroom.


According to Winn Parish Sheriff Cranford Jordan, 39 year old Oshay Booker has been arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma after he fatally shot his stepfather two weeks ago. There was a brief standoff with the Tulsa Police Department Fugitive Squad before he surrendered to police. Booker was wanted for killing Ronald Goff. Goff was a former Mayor of Winnfield, LA.


The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control has issued 20 temporary permits to retailers who are now able to sell C-B-D products. The temporary permits will expire at the end of February and permanent permits will only be issued after A-T-C receives a certification from the Louisiana Department of Health.


Senator Bill Cassidy says a proposal to end surprise medical billing, lower the cost of prescription drugs, increase transparency in the healthcare system, and secure a patient’s personal data will get a hearing in front of a Senate committee today. Cassidy says the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 faces hurdles but has a good chance of reaching the President’s desk. Cassidy says a second Senate committee hearing will take place in July.  If both committees pass the measure, it heads to the Senate floor.


A Saharan Air Layer, that’s when dust from the Saharan Desert in Africa gets kicked up and is swept into the atmosphere, has descended on Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the dust can create some respiratory issues for more allergy prone people, but does come with some interesting optics, one of those being beautiful sunrises.


Louisiana’s Hepatitis A outbreak is growing, with 305 cases reported dating back to the outbreak that was declared in December of last year. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter says while we haven’t seen outbreaks in the thousands like some of our neighbors, it’s still a significantly more cases than normal. Kanter says nationally, since the outbreak was declared in 2016 there’s been about 20,000 cases. Kanter recommends talking to your doctor about possibly getting vaccinated if you think you might be at risk.


The Governor has signed into law a bill authored by Shreveport Representative Thomas Carmody allowing delivery services to bring low alcohol content adult beverages along with a food order to your front door.  Carmody says there is a catch, as only W-2 employees of delivery services can make the drop-offs, which disqualifies several popular services. Another bill from Belle Chasse Representative Chris Leopold allowing grocery and liquor stores to hire their own drivers to make deliveries has also been signed into law. The booze cannot be delivered to a home if it is on a college campus.


Video of a box turtle missing his rear legs has gone viral after getting a new set of wheels courtesy of some clever LSU veterinarians. LSU Vet School spokesperson Ginger Guttner says the story has since spread like wildfire, gaining Pedro and the vet school plenty of media attention. Pedro now has a Lego block glued to the bottom of his shell where the axel of the wheels snaps into place.


A former Playboy playmate has been arrested on drug charges by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office. A deputy conducted a traffic stop over a brake light issue. Inside the car they found the driver and two passengers, one of which was Valerie Mason, a playmate of the month from 2008. The deputy searched the vehicle, finding 2 grams of meth and syringes.




The Pelicans announced today that Todd Graffagnini is the team’s new radio play-by-play guy. The New Orleans native has served as the voice of the Tulane Green Wave for the last 12 seasons. NOLA-dot-com’s Jeff Duncan reported today that Antonio Daniels will be the Pels new color analyst on the T-V side, replacing David Wesley, who has held down that job for the last seven seasons.


The Monroe News-Star reports Louisiana Tech and Eric Konkol have agreed to a one-year contract extension. The Bulldogs were 20-and-13 last season, nine and nine in Conference USA, which is an improvement from the prior season.


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Wednesday June 26th

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Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 06/25/2019

News for Tuesday 062519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Utility workers for Cleco and the city of Alexandria worked throughout the day yesterday and overnight to restore power to residents as a result of and early Monday morning storm. At one point Cleco had over 13,000 people without power, the City of Alexandria 2,300. As of late last night most power was restore. But, utility officials say some outages could last into today.


A homicide in Concordia Parish leaves a teacher dead. According to investigators, the victim, Frederick McCray Jr. gave a ride to the suspects to a location where the suspects shot him. The suspects have since been apprehended and confessed to the crime. The victim was a teacher in Natchez where he was recently named teacher of the year.


Legendary New Orleans music producer Dave Bartholomew, the man who found Fats Domino, passed away Sunday at 100 years old. Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Executive Director Mike Shepard says Bartholomew worked with, and was loved by all the greats, including Irma Thomas, Benny Spellman, Dr. John, and more.  Bartholomew is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.


Saints QB Drew Brees won his lawsuit against a San Diego jeweler who ripped him off by reportedly lying about the apparent value of millions of dollars’ worth of diamonds they purchased. The Black and Gold legend was awarded damages in excess of six million dollars as a result of the trial that took him off the practice field for the first few days of offseason team training.


A Bunkie man accused of stabbing a wedding guest at a reception on Saturday night has turned himself into police in Pineville. Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Chief Steven Martel says 19-year-old Dontavian Williams of Bunkie brought an outside issue inside of the wedding reception and that led to the incident.


State Attorney General Jeff Landry announces the latest results of statewide effort to arrest child predators. Landry says Operation Broken Heart, a culmination of multiple law enforcement agencies netted 63 offenders in the last two months alone. Since July of 2018 the sting arrested one-hundred-sixty-five child predators.


A recent study by AAA indicates about 70% of drivers in America feel they are unlikely to be caught by the police while driving while under the influence of marijuana. AAA spokesperson Don Redman says it is usually about an hour or so after using marijuana that the effects may set in. Millennials and young adults are the ones to report they are most likely to drive within an hour of toking up.


South Louisiana is getting a 400,000-dollar EPA grant to clean up two environmentally contaminated sites as part of the “Brownfields Program”. Congressman Garret Graves says Brownfields are plots of land, often in the middle of booming markets that have sat abandoned as a result of environmental issues. He says these plots drag down property values and discourage investment. The two locations getting a little TLC in Louisiana are a former VFW Hall in Houma, and a federal office building in Lafayette. Graves says they sit in vital economic corridors for the local community.


El Dorado Resorts, the parent company of a string of Louisiana casinos including the Belle of Baton Rouge, has purchased Caeser’s Entertainment, the parent company of several other casinos including Harrah’s in New Orleans, for 17.3 billion dollars. Casino Association of Louisiana executive director Wade Duty says  the merger will create the opportunity for the company to reinvest in Louisiana.


A Slidell man’s fiancé allegedly shoots up a truck stop after her betrothed gets fired from his job as a truck driver. After shooting at the trucking company owner in apparent retaliation for the firing, Slidell Police spokesperson Daniel Seuzeneau says 32-year-old Natalie Williams turned to the company owner’s truck and continued the shooting spree.

No one was injured in the incident.


Ragin’ Cajuns baseball’s head coach is recovering following a heart procedure Monday afternoon.  UL Lafayette Athletics spokesperson Patrick Crawford says Coach Tony Robichaux went to the hospital on Sunday evening and found out he was experiencing a cardiac event. Crawford says the operation went well and doctors are expecting the coach to make a full recovery.


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Good Morning.. News For Monday 06/24/2019

News for Monday 062419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Just a reminder, the public is encouraged to attend tonight’s superintendent finalists public forum. The event takes place at the Instructional Resource Center, across from the school board in Alexandria. A meet and greet with candidates begins at 5:30 p.m. and the public forum begins at 6 p.m.


Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in May, a .6 percent drop year to year, and a .1 percent drop from March. Workforce Commission Secretary Ava Dejoie says the state has 2,600 fewer unemployed than last month, and 12,000 since last year. She says in total it’s a record for the decade. The 4.4 percent unemployment rate puts Louisiana in a category economists call “full employment”, the first time Louisiana has received that designation in years. Dejoie says this level of unemployment means businesses have to fight harder for new hires. It’s not all rosy news however, as Houma is down 2,600 jobs from last year, Alexandria is down 600, and Shreveport is down 2,700.


The Diocese of Alexandria released the names of three additional clergy against whom there have been credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. Evidence for all three were presented to the Permanent Review Board and the allegations were deemed credible. The Diocese of Alexandria pledges to provide updates to the list of credibly accused clergy as new information becomes available. All cases date back to the 50’s and 60’s. Two of the named priests have died.


An Opelousas woman died in a Sunday afternoon crash in St. Landry Parish.  State police report 21 year old Qiana Orville died from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash on La. 167 in St. Landry Parish. Reports say Orville lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway and struck a tree.


A father is in jail after admitting to striking his two-month-old child several times in the back of the head, resulting in his death.  Welsh Police Chief Marcus Crochet says the suspect did not a previous criminal history. The suspect is charged with manslaughter and is being held at the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail.


Governor John Bel Edwards spoke at the Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans. During the address, Edwards highlighted that Louisiana needs the China trade deal resolved, and soon, in an effort to return to stability.


A recent poll making the rounds in the media shows support for President Trump in Louisiana is not what is used to be. But U-L Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross questions the validity of the survey. Another shock in the poll was the data that Louisianans oppose the President’s border wall plan 49 percent to 41 percent. Cross says sometimes you have to take poll results with a grain of salt.


The intense summer heat is upon us in the Bayou State and according to state climatologist temps will be higher than normal this summer. Officials with the State Department of Health want you to enjoy the summer but also remember to take precautions and not succumb to the dangers of heat exhaustion or worse. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter says with heat indexes already reaching into the 100’s we all need to practice heat safety, stay hydrated and wear proper clothing.

Dr. Kanter also wants to encourage those transporting children to never leave them in a car unattended, even for a short amount of time.


A similar warning from the Louisiana Humane Society who reminds pet owners not to leave animals in cars unattended as it only takes a few minutes for the heat to cause organ failure and kill an animal.


The state of Louisiana has reached a settlement with Bell Helicopter over an economic development deal that never took flight in Lafayette. The Daily Advertiser reports Bell Helicopter is ordered to pay the state about $9.5 million in cash. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson also told the newspaper that the state will keep a helicopter valued at $4 million. The deal with Bell Helicopter was highly touted when announced by former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration in 2013, but when Bell Helicopter failed to meet hiring goals the deal was off. The company moved its operations to Amarillo last year.


A study from LSU Health New Orleans shows a link between pre-pregnancy weight and breast milk and the effects it could have on infant growth rates. Lead author of Dr. Henry Nuss says the levels of hormones like insulin and leptin in the breast milk of mothers that are overweight pre-pregnancy could impact childhood obesity. They don’t want to discourage mothers that are overweight from breastfeeding at this time, they still believe breastfeeding is the best option.

Good Morning... News For Friday 06/21/2019

News for Friday 062119

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


The storm that hit Tioga and Ball early Thursday morning was one of the worst kinds, the kind that hits in the middle of the night.. The national weather service has confirmed a tornado did strike the two towns and they believe it was an F1 storm. Many people are wondering why no warning was issued. The only local warning issued by the NWS was a tornado watch, not a warning. Heavy damage was confined to small patches where it appears the tornado touched down for no more than a few moments. High wind damage was also reported in Deville. The blessing is no one was severely injured.


At one point after the storm, CLECO reported 19,000 residents were without power. By six last night that number was down to 3,600.


Today marks the first day of summer and State Climatologist Barry Keim says this summer is going to sizzle.  Keim says the hot temps are already in the Bayou state as the month of June has exceeded the historical average. Keim says the long range forecast from the climate prediction center is forecasting normal rainfall patterns for the summer and says the temps are expected to run above normal for the entire summer.


More shootings have been linked to murder suspect 22-year old Sean Barrette in Jefferson Parish now. Barrette was arrested yesterday and charged with the murders of three people in West Metairie Avenue and one in New Orleans. Now Jefferson Parish Sherriff’s authorities have connected him to a June 17th shooting of a female driver on I-10. The victim was not killed but her vehicle was struck multiple times with bullets. And Kenner Police says another driver was followed closely on 1-10 and the vehicle pulled beside them and fired several shots, that driver also was not injured.


Mental health has been the focus of conversation following that spree that left four people dead. The suspect Sean Barrette had been committed twice in recent months prior to the murders.. New Orleans licensed professional counselor Mark Saucier says mental health issues are something that Louisiana as a whole needs to face.


Governor Edward has signed the Seafood Labeling Bill so restaurants that aren’t serving seafood from the U-S must let you know. Bill sponsor Representative Truck Gisclair acknowledges that many Americans do not realize that 90-percent of the seafood they consume at restaurants is imported. He wants tourist in Louisiana to know if they’re getting the real deal.


On his monthly talk show  yesterday Governor Edwards responded to criticism of his signature of a fetal heartbeat abortion ban from pro-choice voters. Opponents say the governor’s signature shows a disregard for women’s healthcare and wellbeing but Edwards countered saying his administration has made substantial improvements in women’s healthcare outcomes the last four years. When asked what the state is doing to help poor families afford to raise kids they haven’t planned for, Edwards responded by mentioning this year’s budget focused on educating working class families’ children.

Edwards tried to alleviate concerns of pro-choice Democrats before the fall governor’s race that Louisiana’s economic progress under his watch will allow the state to invest in programs championed by progressive voters.


Allegiance Health Management facilities across Louisiana are fighting against the opioid crisis to the courtroom.  The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, seeks damages for hospitals and emergency rooms impacted by the opioid epidemic.  New Orleans attorney Mark Stein says the economic impact goes beyond the patients. Stein says beyond seeking to recover monetary losses they have incurred treating adults and opioid-dependent born children, the lawsuit aims to stop the overuse of opioids.


A Congressional subcommittee tackled the question of whether or not African Americans should receive reparations for the United States’ history of slavery and racial injustice. Congressman Mike Johnson spoke out against the idea at the hearing. Congressman Johnson believe taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for actions taken while they were not alive.


John Paul Funes (Foo-Nes) entered a guilty plea in Federal Court Thursday to charges of wire fraud and money laundering after a scheme that siphoned off more than a half a million from the Our Lady of the Lake foundation in Baton Rouge. It was revealed that Funes admitted he chartered a flight from Houma to Tampa for a Saints game and gave approximately a hundred thousand dollars to the family of former LSU football player Rohan Davey. Sentencing is deferred until the pre-sentence investigation is complete.


An anonymous individual donates a $2.52 million gift to the Nicholls State athletics department to contribute to a $6.5 million building project. The project will fund the expansion of Barker Hall to include a football operations center. Athletics Director Mike Roan says the size of the gift is one of the record books.





Drew Brees has been nominated for two ESPY’S. The Saints quarterback is nominated for best NFL player and best record-breaking performance. Brees already has 4 ESPY’S. The other nominees for the best player include Patrick Mahomes of the chiefs, Aaron Donald of the rams, and Todd Gurley also of the rams.

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 06/20/2019

News for Thursday 062019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Rapides Parish School Board members took little time yesterday witling down the list of potential Superintendent candidates to three. All three had experience within the school district. The finalists are Kimberly Bennett, the district's executive assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction and a former principal at Tioga High School; Deborah Heitman, middle school director for Caldwell Parish School District and former principal at Rosenthal Montessori Elementary School in Alexandria; and Jeff Powell, chief academic officer for Iberville Parish Schools and former Rapides director of middle schools and magnet programs. A public forum to be held Monday at the district's Instructional Resource Center on Beauregard St. here in Alexandria. There will be a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m., followed by the forum at 6 p.m.


Former State Senate President and longtime physician Dr. Donald Hines died Tuesday after a long illness. Hines represented central Louisiana in the Legislature for 15 years.  A public memorial service for Hines will be held this evening at 6p at the Hass Auditorium in his hometown of Bunkie. The funeral is at 2 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Bunkie. Dr. Hines was 85.


A DOTD worker was killed Wednesday in Simsboro when an 18 wheeler collided with a DOTD truck on LA Highway 563. The worker was standing behind the truck replacing road signs. 50-year old Johnny Cole of West Monroe was pronounced dead on the scene.


Jefferson Parish authorities have identified 22-year old Sean Barrette as the suspect who randomly selected four victims to murder in Metairie and New Orleans in the last few weeks. Two of the four victims are Hispanic males and they all appear to be random at this point in the investigation. A cell phone found at the scene of one of the murders  linked the suspect to the murders. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff says the suspect has a history of mental issues and is not cooperating with authorities at this time.


Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s not concerned about losing votes over his decision to sign a series of abortion restrictions during the legislative session. Edwards says his support for the fetal heartbeat abortion ban that would functionally ban abortion six weeks after pregnancy should not have come as a surprise, given his past support for pro-life policy. Edwards is now one of the Democratic party’s highest positioned pro-life members. Polling suggests that a potential pro-choice progressive candidate could get some traction if they were to run for Governor to the left of Edwards.


A report presented Wednesday to the Louisiana Board of Regents spells out why LSU and other schools are supposed to limit the number of students admitted even though they failed to meet academic standards. "For the past two decades the Board of Regents has conducted studies on performance with similar findings: there is a direct relationship between student preparation and student performance. Students who meet the academic criteria before admission outperformed those who did not "based on every performance measure examined in the study, which was done by the staff of the regents. The report is the latest volley in a months-long dispute between the board and others and LSU President F. King Alexander over how many students should be allowed to enter LSU if they failed to meet grade point, ACT or other standards.


Over a million dollars’ worth of cocaine was found floating 50 miles off the Louisiana coast by a work boat that hauled it back into Port of Iberia and turned the contraband over to authorities. Iberia Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Major Wendall Raborn says they aren’t certain how the package got left stranded on the high seas, but it could have come from an aerial drop from the cartels that just didn’t find it’s mark.


The Department of Ag will enforce regulations, next October after passage of a truth in labeling bill, and violators of the law receive a $500 fine per day, per violation. Senator Frances Thompson author of the bill says the goal of the law is not to put anyone out of business; it was just to make things clearer. The things Senator Thompson thought you may be confused about was whether or not Almond Milk came from a cow or whether or not Cauliflower rice was rice or Cauliflower. Also a source of confusion according to Senator Thompson was the term Soy burger, from a cow??


An alleged Walmart thief dragged a cop through a parking lot and led Slidell Police on a high-speed chase then ended when the suspect wrecked his car in Mississippi.

Slidell Police spokesperson Daniel Seuzeneau says 51-year-old Robert Myers of Picayune, Mississippi fled from Walmart Loss Prevention officers and was later cornered in his car by Slidell authorities…Myers is facing Third Offense Felony Theft, Flight from an Officer, Battery of an Officer, Assault of an Officer, and more.


An Amite High School athlete is dead following a Tuesday football practice.  The Amite Police Department received a call about an emergency at the school around 9 pm.  Upon arrival, other first responders were on the scene performing CPR to 15-year-old Terrance Allen. Police say the team had just finished practice and that Allen was joking in the locker room before falling to the ground.  First responders were able to get a pulse as the teen was taken to a medical facility, but he died prior to arrival. 




The NBA Draft kicks off at 6pm this evening and the new look Pelicans are sporting the 1st and fourth picks, and looking to rebuild after trading former cornerstone superstar Anthony Davis. It’s a stone cold lock that New Orleans will grab Duke legend Zion Williamson with the first pick. Hear the draft tonight starting at 7 on 94.7 ESPN

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 06/19/19

News for Wednesday 061919

Compiled By Dave Graichen

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Five Louisiana nursing homes are in hot water after a report by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare services shows poor conditions and subpar treatment of patients. Louisiana Department of Health spokesperson Bob Johannessen says it’s the first time the feds have made the annual report public, and its important information for families.

Here in Louisiana Tioga Community Care Center, St. Helena Parish Nursing Home, Lake Charles Care center, South Lafourche Nursing and Rehab, and Belle Maison Nursing Home in Hammond were on the list. The list identified over 400 problem facilities nationwide.


After an investigation that lasted several months, Two women were arrested at the Queen Spa on Mac Arthur Drive in Alexandria. The charges range from prostitution and money laundering to pandering. Alexandria and Pineville PD and the US Marshal’s Task Force were involved in the investigation.


Louisiana continues to be ranked 49th in overall child well-being. KIDS COUNT manager at Agenda for Children Teresa Falgoust says one of the main reasons the state does so poorly is the face the state ranks 50th in childhood poverty, with 307-thousand children living in poverty, roughly 28% of the state’s child population. The state has dropped in ranking for education from 47th to 48th. Falgoust says another troubling trend is the number of children getting ready to enter high school not doing well in math. In 2009, 80% of eighth graders were not proficient in math. That number increased to 81% in 2017.


Governor John Bel Edwards has signed the 30-billion dollar budget that lawmakers approved in the recently completed legislative session. Edwards says the spending plan that goes into effect July 1st contains the first teacher pay raise in a decade. The budget also increases funding for pre-K education.


Calcasieu Parish authorities report a Westlake pastor stands accused of raping an 11-year-old girl multiple times over a two-year period. 45 year old John Michael Ward was arrested Monday on 10 counts of first-degree rape, 40 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile, and two counts of pornography involving a juvenile.


Four people are behind bars, with three charged with human trafficking and the fourth being charged with carnal knowledge after an investigation by the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office. The investigation began in March when a tip was called into authorities alerting them to the location of 14 year old girl previously reported as a runaway. Upon arrival at a motel, the girl was located in a room along with one of the suspects. The victim says she had been forced into sex trafficking since January.


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is asking for the public to help count how many bats live in the Bayou State, so they can find out if a bat-based disease is spreading. LDWF State Wildlife Veterinarian Jim LaCour says over 80 percent of the state is private property, which can make it tough to track bat populations, so if you got some bats on your land, they ask you contact their office. LaCour says the white nose syndrome has ravaged bat populations in other states, but has not yet been detected in Louisiana.


From the “Not the sharpest knife in the draw” department, a Haughton man was arrested after allegedly stealing items from his neighbor’s garage, including a live streaming surveillance camera he didn’t turn off.  Bossier Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis says the footage made it easy to catch the thief, and the incident is a good example of how effective a simple surveillance camera can be.


The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is accepting permit applications from retailers who want to sell C-B-D products. A-T-C Commissioner Juana Lombard says C-B-D can only be added to food if approved by the F-D-A and C-B-D can’t be marketed as a dietary supplement and the labeling cannot make medical claims.





ESPN reports the Saints are ready to make wide receiver Michael Thomas the highest paid receiver in the NFL and a deal could be done before the start of training camp. The 26-year-old out of Ohio State has become one of the best receivers in the league and last year led the NFL with 125 catches for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns.


The Pelicans have committed to Alvin Gentry as their head coach for the next two seasons by picking up his option for the 2020-21 season. New Pelicans Executive Vice President David Griffen has been a big supporter of Gentry’s and the two worked together previously in Phoenix.


A big question heading into Thursday night’s NBA draft is whether the Pels will trade the number four pick that they acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers. ESPN’s Jonahtan Givony says the Celtics, Bulls and Timberwolves have expressed interest in the number four pick so they can select Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland.


LSU Hall of Famer Ebert Van Buren has passed away at the age of 94 at the Northeast Louisiana War Veterans home in Monroe. Van Buren never played high school football, but former coach Bernie Moore saw him play on the Metairie playgrounds and made him a fullback and linebacker. Van Buren helped LSU land a berth in the 1949 Sugar bowl. His brother is the late Steve Van Buren, who is a member of both the LSU and NFL Halls of Fame.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 06/18/2019

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Governor John Bel Edwards has requested a federal fisheries disaster declaration for Louisiana. Edwards says diverting Mississippi River water into Lake Ponchartrain has resulted in troubling mortality rates among oysters, declining fish catches and financial damage to the livelihoods of those in the fishing industry. The Bonnet Carre Spillway has been operated twice this year because of high levels on the Mississippi River.


An Opelousas man is dead following a shooting at his home.  Police say 49-year-old Stanley Boxie died of multiple gunshot wounds after being ambushed in his driveway at 3am Monday morning.  The investigation is ongoing and there are no suspects at this time.


The former warden of the Avoyelles Correctional Center in Cottonport, Nate Cain was sentenced Monday to 38-months in federal prison. He pleaded guilty in March to two counts of federal wire fraud. His ex-wife, Tonia Bandy, received an eight month sentence. Prosecutors say the duo made fraudulent purchases with public dollars.


The Grant Parish Sheriff’s Department has arrested a Montgomery man and a Verda woman following a narcotics investigation. 46 year old Ryan Johnson was arrested for the possession of meth with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana. 41 year old Misty Brocato was arrested for the possession of meth with the intent to distribute, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony probation violation.


Louisiana officials are optimistic that 2016 flood victims who did not get RESTORE grant money due to receiving SBA loans will see a check in the near future. State Office of Community Development Executive Director Pat Forbes says the state is getting final guidelines approved by HUD. After that happens, they will contact remaining flood victims. This action should end the “duplication of benefits” loophole.


Former Secretary of State Tom Schedler, who resigned last May amid a lawsuit alleging he repeatedly sexually harassed a woman who worked in his office, is trying to get his money back as part of that case.  Though the lawsuit was settled late last year, Schedler is seeking reimbursement for his costs. The state ultimately paid north of $180,000 on the case, including, attorney’s fees, and the woman who alleged the harassment received $167,500, including over $18,000 that Schedler paid personally.

In a lawsuit Schedler filed against the state in February, he argues the state did not provide him as an individual with a defense in the original case, as it was required to by law.


State Police say an impaired driver is to blame for a wreck that sent three victims flying off the elevated Westbank Expressway in Harvey. All three people died after a fall of about 100 feet. Trooper Monroe Dillon says the three victims were working on a disabled vehicle in the roadway. Dillon says they arrested 40-year-old Todd Williams of New Orleans and he’s facing numerous charges including three counts of vehicular homicide.


A 15-year-old is dead and two other minors are in critical condition after they were ejected from an SUV in a rollover crash south of Ponchatoula on I-55 Sunday night. None of the children involved appear to have been buckled up.


The executive director of the Louisiana State Troopers Association was arrested on Father's Day, accused of firing one shot toward his daughter's boyfriend in the parking lot of his office in Baton Rouge. David Young, the association's executive director, was booked into jail Sunday night. The Louisiana State Troopers Association is an organization that acts as a union and advocates on behalf of state troopers.


Congressman Ralph Abraham grabbed 180 votes and Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone grabbed 94 votes at Saturday’s Southwest Louisiana Republican’s “Iowa Governor’s race (I-oh-way) straw poll”. UL Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says Abraham has to be feeling good about the results, and it appears the Congressman is solidifying his frontrunner status. The 25 dollar a head event was hosted by the Calcasieu Republican Party Executive Committee and the Republican Women of Southwest Louisiana.


Progressive and Louisiana Farm Bureau are dropping their auto insurance rates on the heels of the state’s largest insurer, State Farm, also lowering their rates.  Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the three insurers combined account for just over 50 percent of all Louisiana auto policies.


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Good Morning.. News For Monday 06/17/2019

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Senator Bill Cassidy says the feds have finally relented and will allow those who suffered damage in the 2016 floods, but received SBA loans, access to Louisiana RESTORE grant money. Cassidy says if you make below 120 percent of the area-median-income, you will be immediately eligible for RESTORE, once the state writes some final rules. No word as to how long that might take.


State Police report a man from Winnfield was killed in a single vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on Highway 471 at French Cemetery Road. 36 year old Rufus Green was a passenger in a pickup truck being driven by a 17 year old. Troopers say the driver lost control and ran off the right side of the roadway, causing the truck to overturn. The driver and other 4 injured passengers were treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries The driver was cited for careless operation and no driver’s license.


The City of Alexandria has received a report indicating individuals approached a homeowner and identified themselves as Alexandria Water Department employees. They asked to enter the home in order to collect water samples. They were not employees..  The City of Alexandria reminds residents that any time city employees need to come to a person’s home or office they will always be wearing proper city-issued uniforms, will have city-issued ID badges with photo ID and workers should arrive in a city-marked vehicle. If someone approaches a residence and says they are a city employee but does not have the proper credentials and is not in a city-marked vehicle, please contact police immediately."


Tensions are rising in the Mideast once again as the US alleges Iran is responsible for several recent attacks against oil tankers in the vital oil shipping lane of the Strait of Hormuz.LSU Center for Energy Studies Director Dr. David Dismukes says the political instability will likely lead to a rise in fuel costs for Americans. Iran and the US have traded threats ever since President Trump canceled an agreement, to ease sanctions on the nation in exchange for international monitoring of it’s nuclear abilities.


Some Louisiana drivers will see their car insurance rates drop starting later this summer. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced last week that he has approved a 2.2% rate decrease for private passenger automobile policies through Progressive Security Insurance. Donelon says more than 175,000 of the company's policyholders will see the lower rate when they renew their policies, starting in September.


Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain has been released from jail after posting bond Friday, at the jail he used to run. Strain was indicted and arrested this on sex crime charges. Strain made few comments to the press as he left jail but stated he’ll have plenty to say in court.


Investigation Discovery ran a four-hour special over the weekend on the unsolved murders of eight women in the Jennings area between 2005 and 2009. A decade later the deaths remain unsolved.  ID Executive Producer Liz Massie says they hope their in-depth look can change that. Not all of the deaths have been ruled murders, and no one was ever charged in the cases.


A corrections officer at the state penitentiary at Angola is facing one count of malfeasance. Prison officials report Christopher Allen of Woodville, Mississippi is a facing charge after investigators say he seized contraband from one prisoner and gave it to another. The contraband included money and cellphones. Allen had worked for the department since 2009 and has resigned following his arrest.


Over 260 dolphins have been stranded since February 1st in the Gulf and Mexico prompting NOAA to declare Unusual Mortality Event. Of the mammals they have been able to perform necropsies on 23-percent have shown skin lesions consistent with fresh water. There are concerns the recent openings of the Bonne Carre Spillway has increased the amount of fresh water and pollutants into the Gulf.




Disgruntled Pelicans star Anthony Davis gets his wish and is traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for young guns Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, along with the 4th pick in this year’s draft and a bevy of future 1st round selections. Locked On Pelicans Publisher Jake Madison says it’s not the deal many fans wanted, but it’s likely the best they could get.


New ULM athletic director Scott McDonald is not using the lack of money as an excuse for not having success. The latest USA Today report says ULM’s athletic budget ranks last among the 130 FBS schools. McDonald, who was interim AD for nine months before getting the job full-time, says he understands the challenges.

Good Morning... News For Friday 06/14/2019

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56 year old Justin Walters of Colfax pleaded not guilty Thursday to rape, kidnapping and abuse charges in a case in which law enforcement officials believe there may be more victims who have not stepped forward. Walters entered his plea in the 35th Judicial District Court in Colfax. A pretrial conference was set for Nov. 14. His trial was set for Dec. 16.


The Winn Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for 39- year old Oshay Booker in connection with the murder of the former Mayor of Winnfield. Police say Ronald “Cloud Goff was killed Tuesday night in a shooting on Spillway Road. The suspect is the stepson of the former mayor. Police say the suspect fled the scene in a forest green Honda Pilot and is considered armed and dangerous.


Bond has been set at $1.3 million for a former Lake Charles teacher who was accused last month of raping a 10-year-old student. The Calcasieu parish sheriff’s office says

after further investigation, 34 year old Deidre Smith was re-arrested Thursday for additional incidents with the victim. Smith is now facing 9 counts of first-degree rape and other sexually related charges.


31 year old Brian Middleton has been arrested by the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office for the possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with drugs, felony probation violation, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The GPSO said that hundreds of empty THC oil packages were found in the house. It appears Middleton was filling vaping devices with the THC oil and packaging them for sale.


Dads should expect to hit the mother lode this weekend. According to the National Retail Association, Americans are expected to spend more than ever on Father’s Day gifts this year. Sons and daughters are predicted to spend an average of $139 on gifts this year, an increase of 70-percent since 2009.


A high ranking NCAA official tells CBS Sports that at least six schools will be informed this summer about allegations of Level One violations. The accusations are based on the recently completed federal investigation into college basketball corruption. There were two trials and LSU’s Will Wade’s name surfaced in both of them. Tiger Rag Magazine Assistant Editor Tyler Nunez says it remains to be seen if LSU will receive a notice. LSU can fire Wade on cause if the NCAA alleges the men’s basketball program committed Level One violations and that also means athletics director Scott Woodward would get an automatic two-year contract extension.


A U-S House Committee has approved a bipartisan proposal to extend the National Flood Insurance Program for five years. Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says he’s concern the bill does not address the N-F-I-P’s long-term debt and because of how the legislation is structured, there’s a chance it can raise rates. There are about 500-thousand flood insurance policies in Louisiana.


A Trust for America’s Health report shows a dramatic spike in deaths due to drug abuse and suicide over the last twenty years, particularly among young people. CEO John Auerbach says in 2017 Louisiana had 2,000 deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide, a seven percent increase over 2016. He says those rates are some of the worst in the nation.


The state says Louisiana’s Medicaid program will spend about 400-million dollars less than expected this fiscal year, because of the tens of the thousands Medicaid recipients that were dropped from the program, because a computer check of their income found they were not eligible. Most of the 400-million is federal money and any state dollars saved has been spent elsewhere in the budget.


Louisiana judges will receive a pay raise this year and potentially a 12.5% salary hike over the next several years – under a new measure signed into law by the governor that is also expected to boost pay for sheriffs and other local officials. The measure, which was overwhelmingly backed in both chambers, gives judges a 2.5% pay raise July 1. The judiciary will pay the $1.8 million cost out of its existing surplus of roughly $50 million.


Governor Edwards awards 25 million for a road project in Monroe after a controversy erupted over the legislature not including northeast Louisiana in a signed 700-million-dollar road project plan. Monroe Representative Jay Morris says when the plan to use BP oil money to fund projects was announced in the legislature, politicians from every corner of the state wanted a piece of the action.


Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier is seeking the death penalty for Jason Reeves, who was convicted in 2004 of abducting a four-year-old girl, raping her and brutally killing her. The kidnapping occurred 18 years ago and DeRosier says it’s been a long time coming, but he’s now seeking an execution date of August 19th. Four-year-old Mary Jean Thigpen was taken from her family in Moss Bluff on November 1st, 2001.


A Louisiana man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for his role in the physical and psychological abuse of a young autistic woman. Jody Lambert's sentencing was the latest in court cases involving the woman who was kept in a cage, beaten, shot with a BB gun and forced to eat the cremation ashes of her dead mother before the abuse was discovered. Those cases have been playing out in state court in Tangipahoa Parish, where the abuse occurred, and in federal court in New Orleans.





The battle is over.. the Toronto Raptors are the NBA Champs. Last night Toronto defeated Golden State 110 to 110 to take the series 4 games to 2.


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The NFL announced Thursday that it will be up to the replay official initiate reviews of potential pass interference calls in the final two minutes of each half and overtime. There was talk of shifting that responsibility to the coaches, but the coaches balked at that idea saying it could impact their timeout strategy.


The Saints concluded their three-day mandatory camp Thursday. Quarterback Drew Brees returned for the final two days after missing some time, because he and his wife are involved in a trial against a San Diego jeweler who allegedly defrauded them of millions of dollars. Brees says it was stressful to be away, because he knows the responsibility he has to the team.

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 06/13/2019

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Compiled by Dave Graichen

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A Grant Parish grand jury has indicted 56 year old Justin Grant Walters of Colfax on multiple charges, including three counts each of rape and second-degree kidnapping.  According to Grant Sheriff Steven McCain, Walters used his skills as a registered nurse to hold women against their will and beat and rape them. McCain says he believes there are more victims out there and he is asking them to come forward.


Rapides Parish School Board members met in a special board meeting yesterday to review all eight applications for superintendent of schools. One of the 8 candidates, Dr. Corwin Robinson apparently did not meet the qualifications for the position and was disqualified. The board will conduct first-round interviews with the remaining seven candidates on Monday and Wednesday of next week.


If all goes according to plans a November trial will be held for a Pineville man accused of killing his girlfriend, during a domestic violence incident back in a 2017. 61 year old Douglas  Ponthieux  will face a jury trial on Nov. 4. He's accused in the death of 56-year-old Connie Ducote Patterson, who was found unresponsive at a Shreveport Highway home on March 2, 2017.


The 21-year-old man accused of setting fire to three historically black churches in St. Landry Parish now faces federal hate crime charges. U-S Attorney David Joseph says attacks against a group because of their religious briefs will not be tolerated. Legal analyst Tim Meche expects the feds will be the first to prosecute Holden Matthews.  Matthews is currently being held in jail without bond.


The American Gaming Association’s annual report showcasing 2018 casino revenue indicates Louisiana remained flat at just over two-and-a-half billion dollars, generating just over 600-million in total tax revenue for the state.  The Baton Rouge market saw a steep 17.4% gaming revenue drop last year, likely due to the city-wide ban on smoking in bars and casinos put into place in May of 2018.


The Shreveport city council votes 6-1 to abolish a 2007 ordinance banning people from wearing pants below their waistlines.  ACLU Louisiana Legal Director Katie Schwartzmann says the law was racially motivated and a violation of first amendment rights. Police data shows the ordinance resulted in the arrest of 699 black men and 12 white men, although it is unclear if anyone was arrested for the violation alone.  Schwartzmann says the law could lead to a police interaction that might not end well.


Friday marks the two year anniversary of when Congressman Steve Scalise and three others were shot during a practice for the annual Congressional Baseball Game. Scalise welcomed U-S Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner who was also shot, but she’s credited with stopping the shooter. Scalise says the Capitol Police were the epitome of what’s great about law enforcement…


The House Judiciary Committee passes legislation permanently authorizing healthcare funds for 9/11 first responders who suffer health effects from the attack. Congressman Mike Johnson sits on the panel and says while the first responders fund has been well managed; it was time to guarantee their benefits long term.


The St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s office says two people are dead after an airplane crashed on the levee of the Atchafalaya River. The F-A-A is now leading the investigation. No other details are known. The crash happened near the St. Martin Parish line.


Louisiana’s sole Democratic Congressman Cedric Richmond has been named co-chair for former Vice President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. Richmond says Biden is committed to doing the opposite of President Trump, and former Governor Jindal, by investing in the people through education and healthcare. There’s upwards of 20 Democrats running for the nomination.


A national study involving the Pennington Biomedical Research Center debunks the thought that taking vitamin D significantly lowers the chances of a person with pre-diabetes developing type 2 diabetes. Assistant LSU professor and local site investigator Daniel Hsia (Shaw) says there was a thought that vitamin D’s anti-inflammatory properties would have an effect on diabetes, but that doesn’t appear to be the case. The study looked at 2,423 people in 22 centers across the nation and did find one potentially interesting avenue for future research. It’s estimated that 575,000 Louisianans have diabetes, and 1.3 million are at high risk of developing the disease.


The Pelican Institute says their study reveals the Medicaid expansion led tens of thousands of Louisianans who qualified for Medicaid to drop their private insurance. Pelican Vice President for Government Affairs Renee Amar says about 450,000 people enrolled under the expansion, at an average cost to the state of 6,286 dollars a year, and many previously had insurance. But Louisiana Department of Health Policy Director Jeanie Donovan says a commissioned study by LSU shows the private insurance market barely budged after the expansion, debunking Pelican’s claim. Donovan countered saying the clear majority of those who enrolled under the expansion are working, but low wage individuals who could not afford monthly premiums.




On air today… NBA Finals!

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After missing Tuesday’s minicamp practice Saints Quarterback Drew Brees was back on the practice field Yesterday. Brees has been in San Diego as he and his wife are involved in a lawsuit against a California jeweler claiming they were sold 15-million dollars’ worth of diamonds, but an appraiser says they paid roughly seven million dollars more than what the collection is worth.


The Anthony Davis trade talks are reportedly heating up as ESPN reports the Lakers and Celtics are talking with the Pelicans. L-A is apparently willing to give up the fourth overall pick as part of their package. Anthony Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, told Sports Illustrated that if the Celtics traded for the six-time All-Star, there’s a strong possibility he’ll only play one season in Boston. A-D is reportedly only interested in signing a long term deal with the Knicks or Lakers.


ULM has decided to remove the interim tag from Scott McDonald’s title and the former baseball player at the school will become the Warhawks permanent athletics director. McDonald has served as the interim A-D for the last nine months. In a statement, McDonald says they are fully committed to enhancing the student-athlete experience at ULM and they’ll continue to achieve great things in the classroom and community, while also pursuing championships.


In college baseball news, LSU Catcher Brock Mathis and relief pitcher Will Ripoll are looking to transfer.

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

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Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Last night the Pineville city council voted to put a renewal of an "ad valorem" tax  on the ballot this November that funds public safety. It's a 10 mill renewal for services like fire and police. The money would raise nearly one million dollars annually to help pay for employee salaries and equipment among other things. Mayor Clarence Fields said the money is the bare minimum of what Pineville actually needs


Governor Edwards signed legislation yesterday that will bring ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft statewide. The DOTD is in the process of establishing the rules to the issuance of permits for the statewide framework for rideshare services like Lyft and Uber.  DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says he expects the process to be done by the end of the year.


With the legislative session in the books, the state’s political focus shifts to the governor’s race and the October 12th primary.  It’s been a quiet race so far, with little ad spending from Governor Edwards and his two Republican opponents, but political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says expect that to change, and soon. A run-off would be necessary if none of the three candidates earn more than 50 percent of the vote.


PTSD has been added to the list of covered injuries for public sector first responders, giving them the ability to get worker’s comp coverage for the illness. Bossier City Senator Ryan Gatti wrote the law that was signed by Governor Edwards, and says previous policy made a nightmare situation for many first responders suffering from PTSD even worse. The National Alliance for Mental Health estimates 3.5 percent of US adults suffer from PTSD.


After successfully thwarting a raise in the state’s minimum wage, the National Federation of Independent Business says their hoping for a new governor in the fall, but in the meantime small business optimism is up according to their latest survey.   NFIB State Director Dawn Starns says business owners in Louisiana are feeling better now that the 2019 legislative session is in the rearview mirror.


Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain has been booked on rape and incest charges. Late last year allegations became public that Strain may have been involved in sex crimes. The accusations came out of a federal investigation into a work-release program run by the St. Tammany Sheriff’s office.


The Louisiana Watershed Initiative is hosting an Interstate Summit on watershed management with representatives from Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas in an effort to mitigate flood risks.  State Office of Community executive director Pat Forbes says the event in Bossier City is the first of its kind in Louisiana.  Forbes says towns and parishes already work together in combatting flood risks, now it’s time to further the efforts by working with other states. Congress has allocated $1.2 billion in federal dollars as a result of the 2016 flooding that are helping to avoid future disasters.




ESPN reports the Saints and defensive end Cameron Jordan have agreed on a three-year, 52-million dollar contract extension. Jordan has two more years on his current deal, so this would keep him with the Black and Gold through the 2023 season. ESPN also reports Jordan would receive 42-million dollars in guaranteed earnings. Jordan will turn 30 years-old in a month and he’s coming off a season in which he recorded a dozen sacks.


Pelicans Executive Vice President David Griffin said today there is no urgency to trade Anthony Davis before the June 20th NBA draft. If the Pels unload Davis before the draft, it could result in more draft picks for New Orleans. Meanwhile, Griffin plans to meet soon with Zion Williamson and his family. The Pels are expected to take the former Duke star with the number one pick.


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Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 06/11/2019

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Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


A cold front will bring the Bayou State cooler temperatures and lower humidity for the next few days. Davyon Hill with the National Weather Service in Shreveport says says the heat and humidity will return Friday afternoon, so get outside the next few days and enjoy this brief return to spring like weather…


State Police report a Sunday night single vehicle crash killed a woman from Alexandria

The crash, which occurred on Interstate 49, north of LA Hwy 174, claimed the life of 52 year old Delissa Horn. Authorities believe it was a tire failure that led to the crash. Horn was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle. Routine toxicology tests are pending.  The crash remains under investigation.


The battle to deter hazing on college campuses continues with a bill on the way to the Governor’s desk authored by Lafayette Representative Nancy Landry.  It revises the state’s current anti-hazing laws based on the recommendations of law enforcement, and requires organizations to report hazing much sooner in the process.


The Louisiana Democratic Presidential Primary has been pushed back a month to April 4th, 2020, making this cycle’s Louisiana primary the latest in two decades. Some are concerned the change could leave the state voting after a primary winner has all but been decided.


The 2019 Legislative Session marks the first increase in base funding for higher education in a decade. Lawmakers appropriated an additional 47-million dollars to help with mandated costs for universities and colleges. Higher Ed Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed says this time lawmakers were attentive to their issues…


On the heels of Governor Edwards’ signature of abortion restrictions, a poll is out showing 42 percent of Democratic voters would like another Democrat to challenge the incumbent in the gubernatorial race. Only 43 percent of Democrats say they would not like to see another Democrat, Among Democrats under 35-years-old, 64 percent support having another Dem option in the race. 60 percent of Democrats opposed his signing of the restrictions. We Ask America, who ran the poll, is reportedly a Republican friendly polling firm.


Governor Edwards signs legislation allowing eyewitness identification experts the right to testify in criminal trials. Innocence Project New Orleans Staff Attorney Kia Hayes says this policy brings the state in line with most other states and could cut down on the instances of false identifications. Hayes says 28 people that they know of, have been convicted on a case of mistaken identity.


LSU scientists estimate the 2019 Dead Zone in the northern Gulf of Mexico will be the second largest since measurements began in 1985. The dead zone is a low oxygen area in the Gulf that threatens living resources, like fish, shrimp and crabs. Agricultural practices in the Midwest created the dead zone some 50 years ago.


The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is urging everyone in southwest Louisiana to participate in a hurricane evacuation study conducted by LSU’s Stephenson Disaster Management Institute. Institute Director Brant Mitchell says the survey is looking for information to better assist in evacuation operations.




We go to game 6 in the NBA finals. That after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Toronto Raptors last night 106 to 105. Toronto still leads the series 3 games to 2.   Game six takes place Thursday.. Airtime 7p on 94.7 ESPN


ESPN reports that the Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations, David Griffin, is open to a multi-team trade in order to get the biggest return possible for trading All-Star Anthony Davis. It’s reported the Lakers, Clippers, Nets and Knicks have all asked about A-D who is entering the final year of his contract.


Meanwhile, the Pelicans continue to add to their front office by hiring former UCONN and WNBA star Swin Cash. The 39-year-old Cash won three WNBA titles and two national championships with UCONN. According to ESPN, Cash will scout, help with player development and perform other roles.


The Saints have reportedly signed cornerback Kayvon Webster. The former third round pick in 2013 has played for the Broncos, Rams and Texans, but injuries have prevented him from playing more than 11 games in a season.


Minicamp begins today for the Saints and all three practices are open to the public, weather permitting. The practices are from noon until 1:20 in the afternoon.


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Good Morning.. News For Monday 06/10/2019

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Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


It started with an argument early Sunday morning and ended, according to authorities with a Bunkie woman shooting her boyfriend in the throat. The APSO says the unidentified man is in intensive care. Police arrested 27 year old Brittney Franklin on a charge of attempted second degree murder. She was booked into the Avoyelles Parish Jail.


Authorities in Evangeline Parish report two inmates who escaped from the GEO Facility in Pine Prairie on Sunday morning have been recaptured. The two men were captured in Oakdale at a convenience store and have been returned to the facility. Both will face simple escape and possibly other charges.


A proposal to abolish the death penalty failed to pass this year, but proponents are more optimistic about its chances going forward, citing the progress it made this year. New Iberia Representative Terry Landy says his bill got further this year than ever before, proof that legislative opinion may be shifting. Landry adds the incoming generation of lawmakers, set to replace a third of the legislature that is term limited, may be more progressive in their views of this issue. The death penalty ban failed to pass, but so too did an effort to make it easier to get the drugs needed to carry out the death penalty.


Governor Edwards signs legislation to extend foster care to age.  The voluntary program would allow the Department of Children and Family Services to assist in the transition to adulthood. DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says for those that elect to stay in foster care, they can receive various forms of aid from the state.

Previously, the law ended support at 18, which meant some of those in the foster care program were not able to finish high school. Walters says the change will increase the likelihood of better outcomes.


Legislation barring kids under the age of 16 from getting married awaits Governor Edwards. Kids aged 16 and 17 will need judicial approval and parental consent before getting married. An amendment to allow anyone under 16 to get married, but with judicial approval  was defeated. 


CBD sales were legalized in the same legislation that allows industrial hemp production, and the ATC is now accepting applications from retailers interested in selling the products. ATC Commissioner Juana Lombard says retailers will need to apply as they would for an alcohol license, but no need for a newspaper posting. Retailers will receive a temporary permit, which will last through January. A permanent license can be obtained by working with the Department of Health on labeling requirements. Lombard says the kinds of CBD products available once retailers begin selling will be limited by what is FDA approved.


LSU’s baseball season is over,  as Florida State advanced to the College World Series, 5-4, on Sunday night. Florida State (41-21) will face either Arkansas or Ole Miss in its opening game of the CWS later this week.

Good Morning... News For Friday 06/07/2019

News for Friday 060719

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


We note the passing of another Louisiana Icon with word yesterday that Dr John had died of a heart attack. Malcolm John Rebennack Jr assumed the persona of Dr. John the Night Tripper in the late 1960s, in his autobiography. "Under a Hoodoo Moon"  it was revealed Rebennack, in his younger years, was gangsta to a degree that would likely shock Lil Wayne. But over the course of a remarkable life and career, he evolved into another New Orleans Legend. Dr. John was 77.


The opening of the Morganza Spillway has been pushed back again, this time with no new date set. Army Corps of Engineers spokesperson Ricky Boyett says the river levels are coming in a little lower than originally projected. Boyett says it is possible the opening will still have to take place depending on weather conditions to the north. Officials are monitoring the levels on at the Red River Landing, which is north of the spillway, to make sure the river level does not surpass the 62-foot mark. The postponement is good news for farmers whose crops would have been lost


Many legislators were off to a late start Thursday as south Louisiana was swamped today with a severe weather system creating localized flooding and even tornadoes. State climatologist Barry Keim says the system dumped dangerous amounts of water on some communities…


37-year-old William Johnson died during the heavy rain event in Baton Rouge when his car flooded. Keim says the severe amount of rainfall was more than initially predicted, but this whole weather system has been unusual from the start. A possible tornado also flipped over cars at Baton Rouge General Hospital.


Livingston Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Lori Steele says teams are surveying the wind damage from what is believed to be a tornado outbreak in various areas of the parish.


Before the close of business yesterday, the Louisiana House unanimously approved the $30 billion state operating budget for next year, which aligned with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ agenda for $1,000 teacher and $500 support staff pay raises and a contested $39 million block grant for public school districts. The Legislature’s budget deal also included boosts to higher education spending and early childhood education after years of standstill funding and cuts to these agencies and programs. It was the first significant statewide pay raise for teachers in a decade. The budget will take effect on July 1, 2019.


Governor Edwards celebrated the end of the first legislative season of his tenure and says the passage of most of his legislative agenda points the state in the right direction.

Edwards says the over 300-million-dollar surplus the state ran last year made for smoother sailing when crafting a budget, as opposed to previous years’ fiscal chaos…

Opponents say the surplus is evidence that the Legislature did not need to pass a .45 percent sales tax renewal last year.


The 2019 Legislative session is in the books. House Republican Chairman Lance Harris feels overall it’s been a great session.  Harris says among the most positive pieces of legislation was the controversial fetal heartbeat abortion ban, which has already been signed into law by Governor Edwards. But he bemoaned the fact that once again, legislation targeting the state’s sky high auto insurance rates crashed and burned…


Governor Edwards signs industrial hemp legalization into law, potentially clearing a path for the first crop in Louisiana to be planted early next year. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says if everything goes according to plan, Louisiana will join dozens of other states for the next planting season. The feds are expected to release their requirements for hemp regulation later this year.


Louisiana will shuffle election dates in 2020, moving the presidential primary from March to April because of Easter-related scheduling conflicts. Lawmakers made the adjustment in an elections bill sent to the governor. Under the change, Louisiana's presidential and municipal primary will be held April 4 next year, rather than its originally scheduled March 7 date. After 2020, the primary will revert back to the first Saturday in March.


Some huge names will be inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday in Natchitoches. Super Bowl winning quarterback Peyton Manning, former LSU football Coach Les Miles and former La Tech quarterback Matt Dunigan will also be enshrined.

The induction ceremonies can be seen live on C-S-T on Saturday night.


LSU and Florida State will meet tomorrow in a best of three Super Regional Series. The winner will advance to the College World Series. The Seminoles shocked college baseball observers by easily winning the Athens Regional. Airtime 1:30 tomorrow afternoon on KSYL 970AM /104.9FM

Good Morning.... News For Thursday 06/06/2019

News for Thursday 060619

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


The unsettled weather pattern continues across the state today with widespread coverage of thunderstorms, especially across the southern portions of the state.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says a storm system over the Gulf is a contributing factor to the current conditions. Keim says the Storm Prediction Center has Louisiana in the marginal category for tornados, hail, and high winds with this system today and tomorrow. The wet weather is expected to continue through Sunday, with possibly a brief break on Saturday.


Today is the final day of the 2019 legislative session. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says between a funding increase and a pay raise, K-12 education and teachers are clear winners this year, along with those who backed them. Labor issues once again found little support again. Governor Edwards pushed for a minimum wage increase from the current 7.25 an hour to nine dollars an hour. That was shot down early in the session.  While most issues have been settled, it remains up in the air as to whether or not the Governor will sign a 700-million-dollar road project bill that uses BP oil spill settlement money. Pinsonat says politically it’s a double-edged sword.


The Legislature approves a constitutional amendment that would allow voters on the 2020 Presidential ballot to decide if the state does not protect the right to an abortion. The amendment would not protect that right in cases of rape or incest. Franklinton Senator Beth Mizell says it’s necessary to prevent a rogue judge from protecting the right to an abortion in Louisiana. This comes on the heel of a fetal heartbeat abortion ban that was signed into law by Governor Edwards. The law would not take effect unless Roe vs. Wade is overturned.


Legislation allowing those with a medical marijuana prescription access to an inhalable form of the treatment is headed to the Governor’s desk. Bill sponsor Baton Rouge Representative Ted James says the pill or oil-based forms of the treatment sometimes aren’t fast acting enough to respond to an urgent situation, such as an episode of PTSD.


A Fort Polk soldier, Specialist Logan Kyle of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, was sentenced Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to the October 2018 murder of his wife and unborn son. Kyle was sentenced to life behind bars.


An investigation by the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana Probation and Parole led to the arrest of four people in the Springhill community. Sasha Delaney of Pineville,  Tony “T.C.” Carter of Winnfield,  Julius Layfield of Pollock and  Matthew Dodge of Dry Prong have all been charged with a long list of drug charges.


The Saint Hall of Fame Class of 2019 was announced Wednesday with Reggie Bush, Marcus Colston, and former Governor Kathleen Blanco receiving the distinction at a ceremony this October.  Blanco was instrumental in getting the Saints back to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina by pushing for repairs to the storm damages of the Superdome.  Blanco, who is currently battling cancer, was on hand for the announcement and describes the induction as a huge honor.


The Louisiana Senate voted 37-0 Wednesday to tighten hazing laws since incidents keep occurring on college campuses even though lawmakers took several steps to crack down on the problems last year. The bill approved by the Senate would penalize universities and student organizations that fail to immediately report hazing incidents to law enforcement, and it would allow campus police to investigate off-campus hazing incidents. The Legislature elevated hazing from a misdemeanor to a felony last year.


A Taco Bell in Slidell ran out of both soft and crunchy taco shells on Monday.  One patron felt the snafu was an egregious violation and warranted a call to Slidell Police.  Slidell Police spokesperson Daniel Seuzaneau says initially the department thought it was a joke. Authorities have posted their account of the story on social media, which has since gone viral with over 2,000 shares.  Seuzaneau says others have chimed in on Taco Bell’s inventory woes.




Dates and times are set for the Saints four preseason games. New Orleans will host Minnesota on August 9th at 7 PM, visit the Chargers on August 18th for a 3 PM kick-off. Take on the Jets in New York at 6:30 on August 24th and then host Miami in the preseason finale on August 29th at 7.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday 06/05/2019

News for Wednesday 060519

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


A flash flood watch is in effect for southwest Louisiana, central Louisiana, and Acadiana as the state is expected to see steady rains over the next several days. State Climatologist Barry Keim says a trough has formed along the coast, and is expected to bring rains across the entire state. Keim says after two weeks of some incredibly dry weather, our fortunes are expected to change starting today. Some areas of the state could see 2 to 4 inches of rain.


Also, A tropical disturbance is working its way up the Mexican Gulf Coast , and there’s a 40 percent chance the disturbance could develop into Tropical Storm Barry. If you’re worried the deluge could exacerbate the ongoing flood risk on the Mississippi River, Keim says don’t worry about it, because the water we’re about to get won’t be getting into that waterway. Keim adds the water putting south Louisiana levees at risk is flowing in from the north.


Colorado State University hurricane researchers are predicting a near-average Atlantic hurricane season in 2019, which is only a slight increase from the initial forecast issued in early April. The research team calls for 13 named storms this season. Researcher Jhordanne Jones says conditions in the Pacific could impact the Atlantic season. 

Jones says what causes the season to be average is the uncertainty of the Pacific to continue to warm up.


KALB TV reports Roger Boggs, the former CEO of Revolution Aluminum (formerly American Specialty Alloys), who was supposed to bring a $1.5 billion aluminum plant to Pineville back in 2015, has been declared "indigent" by the 9th Judicial District Public Defender's Office. Boggs is charged with bank fraud for allegedly defrauding Red River Bank, and most recently, a charge of issuing worthless checks over $25,000.


President Trump approves the state’s request for federal assistance to help rebuild public property and infrastructure from the EF-3 tornado that hit Ruston in April. Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker says over five-hundred structures were damaged in Ruston and about one-hundred of them were totaled. He says the other issue they are dealing with his fraudulent contractors. Walker says most of their expenses are from repairing the city’s electrical grid and fiber system, plus debris removal.


A bill that would direct 700 million dollars in BP oil spill settlement money to road projects gains final passage. Houma Representative Tanner Magee says the money will find its way to every corner of the state, and target projects with the greatest economic impacts. Magee says when federal matching dollars are accounted for, the total investment could top a billion dollars. One of the roads that will benefit locally is Sugarhouse Road in Alexandria. That project has been stalled for years.


Legislation to ban the handheld use of cellphones while behind the wheel is dead for the session.  This is the second year Breaux Bridge Representative Mike Huval has pursued the measure.  Huval says the bill has built momentum, but met its fate when Senator Regina Barrow changed her vote, now moving to defer the bill, which had no objection. Huval says he will continue with the efforts next year.


An attempt to pull a bill out of House Appropriations that would have paved the way for sports betting legalization failed in the House on a 41 to 48 vote, but it’s not the end of the line for the increasingly controversial topic. The House will take up a vote on a combined fantasy sports/sports betting bill today. If that legislation fails to get the votes, it will head into a conference committee with a looming 6pm Thursday deadline for the session approaching.


The state legislature has given final approval to a bill that will create a new crime of harassment of a school or recreation athletic contest official. If someone is found guilty of threatening or injuring an official, he or she could receive up to 90 days in jail, along with mandatory counseling and community service work.


Senator John Kennedy says he’s got legislation that would address the raw deals smaller news media outlets are getting from social media giants who use their content. Kennedy wants to empower small media outlets by temporarily suspending antitrust laws for them. He says this would allow them to collectively negotiate for more profit sharing from companies that use their content.


Final legislative approval came on Monday for a measure to give a pay raise of $1000 to teachers, $500 to school support workers, and $39 million in block grant funding for school districts. President of the Louisiana Association of Educators Debbie Meaux says while it is a modest amount, teachers are ecstatic that lawmakers recognize the importance of the raise. The legislative instrument results in a $140 million increase to annual school spending.




LSU’s Super Regional Series against Florida State will begin Saturday at 2 PM at Alex Box Stadium. Game Two will be at 5 o’ clock on Sunday and if the third game is needed, it will be played on Monday night at 7:30.


The Pelicans are reportedly listening to trade offers for disgruntled superstar Anthony Davis. Newly hired Pelicans executive David Griffin reportedly met with Davis and his agent, Rich Paul, last week to see if the six-time All-Star had a change of heart and wanted to stay in New Orleans. But there have been reports that Davis is still seeking a trade, even though the Pels own the top overall pick in the draft.


Saints quarterback Drew Brees was not at Tuesday’s session of organized team activities because he was reportedly in San Diego dealing with a lawsuit. Court records indicate that Brees and his wife are suing a San Diego-based jeweler. It gave backup Teddy Bridgewater a chance to run the first team offense.


LSU teammates Zack Hess and Todd Peterson were both taken in 7th round of MLB Draft Monday night.


The Independence Bowl is reportedly losing its tie-in with the SEC. Starting in 2020 the annual football game in Shreveport will have teams from the ACC and PAC-12 play in the bowl game. In 2020, 2022 and 2024 the SEC will have teams playing in the Las Vegas Bowl and the Gasprilla Bowl in Tampa.


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Good Morning.. News For Tuesday 06/04/2019

News for Tuesday 060419

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


Authorities in Natchitoches are investigating the suspicious death of a pregnant woman in Clarence. Detectives with the NPSO have identified the deceased as 22 year old Elonzeya Teal of Campti. Teal was pronounced dead at the scene. The body is being sent for an autopsy to determine the manner of death. Late last night, the NPSO announced the arrest of  25 year old Christopher Houston Jr. of Campti in connection with the death of his wife and unborn child.


A three-year fight in the Louisiana Legislature over creation of statewide regulations for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft has ended with the proposal's passage. The measure by Houma Republican Rep. Tanner Magee is aimed at expanding the services to more areas, particularly smaller, rural communities. A 98-0 House vote Monday sent the legislation to Governor John Bel Edwards for his signature.


The House votes unanimously to give K-12 teachers a 1,000 dollar pay raise, support personnel a 500 dollar pay raise, and approves 39 million dollars in new public-school funding. Monroe Representative Katrina Jackson says the state is long overdue for an increase in education spending. The pay raises plus additional funding will cost the state an extra 140 million dollars a year and will be permanent, rather than a one year stipend.


The state Senate breathed new life into the effort to legalize sports betting by allowing a hitchhiker amendment, then approving Monday the newly revamped legislation.  Senators voted 24-13 for fantasy sports regulation, House Bill 459, which picked up a last-minute rider on the Senate floor: the sports betting legalization language from a measure sidelined last week. The amended legislation now returns to the Louisiana House for consideration of the changes.


The Senate amends a proposal to let medical marijuana patients use cannabis inhalers that results in the measure’s favorable passage.  New Orleans Senator JP Morrell spoke in favor of the bill, saying providing a remedy for debilitating issues when other drugs fail to help is the fair thing to do. Winnfield Senator Gerald Long was on the opposing end of the measure, insisting that medical marijuana was paving a pathway to a slippery slope toward recreational marijuana. Following the 31-7 favorable vote, the bill is heading back to the House.


The legislative battle over whether Louisiana should have a minimum age to get married continues. Legislators are pushing to set the minimum age at 17. An amendment was introduced that would preserve the lack of minimum age, but would require 16 and 17-year-olds have parental consent for marriage and judicial review for younger individuals. 

Lafayette Representative Nancy Landry says she’s for sending the bill to a conference committee prior to advancing the measure any further.


The Senate passes legislation legalizing industrial hemp production and CBD oil, but the upper chamber packed it with new amendments, so the proposal still needs House approval. Franklin Senator Bret Allain says farmers are itching to grow hemp, as the prices for rice, cotton, and soybeans are currently low.


The Corps of Engineers says they’re delaying the opening of the Morganza Spillway to Sunday, the second time the structure’s much talked about opening has been pushed back. Corps spokesperson Ricky Boyett says it’s due to recent reports that the river’s high-water mark will be arriving three days later than previously thought. Just outside the State Capitol building you can see the water pushing up close to the top of the levee system. Boyett says the river level in Baton Rouge has been up and down but is projected to stay within safe levels through the end of the week.


Authorities in Hammond report a 13-year-old boy is accused of stabbing a woman to death in Hammond early Sunday. 30 year old Ceirra Miller died from stab wounds to her neck and head. Investigators identified the suspect as a boy who "was in Miller's care for the evening." Authorities did not release the juvenile's identity.


A Baton Rouge teenager was arrested Monday after authorities said he shot his father multiple times, causing injuries that will likely prove fatal. The father remains hospitalized with gunshot wounds to his head and torso. 17 year old Anthony Templet  is accused of retrieving two handguns from his father's bedroom and then firing multiple shots during an argument. He confessed to the shooting in an interview with detectives.




LSU catcher Saul Garza was voted as the Baton Rouge Regional’s co-Most Outstanding Player as he helped the Tigers defeat Southern Miss six to four last night. The Tigers advance to the Super Regionals where they’ll face Florida State.


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Good Morning.. News For Monday 06/03/2019

News for Monday 060319

Compiled By Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting


We note the passing over the weekend of a Louisiana Legend. Leah Chase was know by many as the Queen of Creole Cuisine. But, she was also a civil rights pioneer. Leah Chase died Saturday, surrounded by her family. She was 96.


The state Senate approves a 30-billion dollar budget for next fiscal year and the controversy over the fetal heartbeat abortion bill spilled into the debate. New Orleans Senator and chairwoman of the state Democratic Party , Karen Carter Peterson, tried to steer more money towards the state’s foster care system, but it was shot down by her colleagues. If the federal courts uphold a similar law in Mississippi, than abortions would be outlawed in Louisiana once doctors detects the heartbeat of a fetus, usually six weeks into a pregnancy. The House and Senate still have to settle their differences with the spending plan.


Governor Edwards proposal to provide teachers with a one-thousand dollar pay raise and also provide public schools with 39-million dollars in block grant funding received approval from a key committee in the House. The Appropriations Committee okayed the proposal, despite concerns it may cause funding problems in future years. House Republicans rejected a similar proposal earlier this year over concerns the state can’t afford this type of spending.


Teachers may not know what kind of pay raise their getting yet, but judges are celebrating as a 2.5 percent pay raise, with potential for a 2.5 percent raise every year for the next five years. That as a result of bill that has received final legislative passage.

A study by LSU Economist Dr. Loren Scott indicated Louisiana judges were 2.5 percent behind the southern regional average in pay. The raise will cost 1.8 million in the first year and could grow to 9.5 million if the State Supreme Court approves raises in each of the next five years.


A bill prohibiting handheld use of cellphones while behind the wheel has cleared the House and is being heard in Senate Judiciary Committee C today.  From there, it would need final passage on the Senate floor before the session wraps up on Thursday. Last year, a similar effort got hung up, but Breaux Bridge Representative Mike Huval is confident this year will be different. Current law only calls for no handheld cell phone use while driving in a school zone.


A bill to bring Uber and Lyft ride sharing services to Alexandria and rural areas is close to final legislative passage. The proposal has died in the Senate the last two years, but over the weekend the upper chamber approved the measure 34-to-1. Alexandria Senator Jay Luneau (Lou-NO) says this legislation can help reduce drunk driving deaths among college students. The lone Senator to vote against the measure was Kenner Republican Danny Martiny, who questioned why Lyft and Uber would not be regulated by the Public Service Commission, which currently regulates taxi cabs. The bill still needs House approval of changes made by the Senate, but that is expected to happen.


Houma Representative Beryl Amadee withdraws her bill that would extend Stand Your Ground legal protections to houses of worship amid concerns from opponents who say the legislation could extend to interpersonal conflicts, and poorly defines what a “justifiable threat” is in a church.


The House Ag Committee advances a Senate-approved bill that would prohibit Louisiana manufacturers from labeling foods such as of cauliflower rice as rice when it doesn’t contain rice. Opponents of the bill say it will also be a hindrance to manufacturers who specialize in producing plant-based meat imitation products.

The bill moved forward without any objecting votes.


Beer and wine could be available for purchase in the general seating areas in Tiger Stadium this year as the SEC has lifted its stadium wide ban on alcohol sales. Tiger Rag Editor James Moran says LSU has been a driving force behind this rule change.

The policy change gives the 14 schools in the SEC the ability to draw up their own alcohol sale policy.


AAA is warning drivers to be extra cautious on the roads this summer as teens off from school pack the roadways. Spokesperson Don Redman says there’s a 17 percent increase in fatal teen crashes during this period relative to other times in the year.

The top three killers of teen drivers are speeding at 28 percent of all fatalities, drunk driving at 17 percent, and distraction at 9 percent. Redman says parents need to set a good example for all three, particularly distraction.


Port Allen based Holy Family Catholic School Principle Michael Comeau was arrested in Washington D.C. Friday morning while in the Capital for a school field trip for allegedly getting highly intoxicated at a strip club, refusing to pay his bill, and then standing drunkenly in the roadway and refusing to move when police arrived on the scene. Comeau is an award winning educator who’s previously received the prestigious Milken award.


Police are investing an arson and vandalism case at a Lake Charles church that occurred May 22nd. The church security camera caught a suspect walking up to the church with a five gallon bucket of some kind of liquid, and filmed them as they attempted to kick in the glass door. After failing to do so, the suspect kicks in a side window, tosses the liquid in, and follows it up by throwing items he lit on fire on the liquid. A vehicle has also been caught on film. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Lake Charles Police.




LSU will play in a Super Regional series for a 14th time in program history as the Fighting Tigers won the Baton Rouge Regional last night with a six to four victory over Southern Miss. LSU will host Florida State in the Super Regionals, which will start on either Friday or Saturday.


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