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KSYL Local News Archives for 2020-01

Good Morning... News For Friday January 31st, 2020

News for Friday January 31st, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The World Health Organization names the Wuhan Coronavirus a public health emergency as the virus is thought to have infected over 8,000 people in 20 different countries now, with six infections in the US. Petroleum analyst for gas-buddy-dot-com Patrick De Haan says the infection has sent gas prices tumbling to 2.15 a gallon, an eight-cent drop in the last week due to collapsing demand from China. DeHaan says it’s possible the statewide average could get down to two dollars a gallon.

 

From the “Not the sharpest  knife in the drawer” department, there has been a spike in Google searches of people trying to figure out if coronavirus has a connection to Corona beer. Since January 18th, searches have skyrocketed for the terms "Beer Coronavirus," "Beer Virus," and "Corona Beer Virus."  So far, Corona beer's parent company has yet to comment.

 

KALB TV reports a Pineville man has been arrested after allegations he was involved in murder for hire. 29 year old Curtis Dean Lacombe, Jr. was arrested earlier this week.

Lacombe, Jr. was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center in reference to one count of solicitation for murder and one count of violation of a protective order. Lacombe, Jr. is currently being held in lieu of $130,000 bond.

 

Authorities in Avoyelles Parish report a Bunkie man is under arrest for two shooting incidents that happened in the last three months. 18 year old Travis Green faces charges of assault by drive-by shooting and three counts of attempted second degree murder. Green is being held in the Avoyelles Parish Jail on a $500,000 bond.

 

The story involving the Saints and their involvement with the New Orleans Archdiocese’s sexual abuse crisis is not going away. The lawyers for one of the victims claim the Saints actively helped shape the list of credibly accused clergy. The Saints say their behind the scenes public relations work was minimal.

 

Saints Coach Sean Payton said today he honestly doesn’t know if quarterback Drew Brees will return for his 20th season. Payton made the comments on the D-A Show on C-B-S Sports Radio. Brees, who played in last Sunday’s Pro Bowl, said he plans to spend the next month with his family and then make a decision on whether he’ll play another season.

 

Houma Representative Jerome Zeringue has been named the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. The Republican from the Bayou was first elected to the House in 2015. Lafayette Representative Stuart Bishop will serve as chairman of House Ways and Means.

 

Authorities in Calcasieu Parish report an 18-year-old Lake Charles man has been arrested for having and uploading child pornography. Garrett O’Quain was arrested yesterday by Louisiana State and was found to be in possession of images and videos depicting child sex abuse. He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center on 376 counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles. His bond was set at $50,000.

 

3,100 dollars raised to “help purchase Clemson a new mascot costume” on GoFundMe in jest will instead be used to help protect real tigers in the wild. The account was created after LSU fans noticed Clemson’s fairly hideous tiger mascot on the sidelines during the National Championship game.

 

A study by Color of Change shows bias in television crime dramas helps shape public perception of criminal justice issues. President Rashad Robinson says one of the issues the study discovered was the makeup of TV writers. Robinson says roughly 80 percent of crime drama writers are white, and their bias was evident.

 

Food delivery will be a big business Sunday as many will gather to watch the 49ers clash with the Chiefs for Super Bowl LIV (pronounced 54). Delivery service app Waitr spokesperson Dean Turcol says 1.3 billion chicken wings will be consumed this weekend, so it’s no surprise it’s historically the most ordered item in the app. Super Bowl Sunday is one of America’s biggest eating holidays, second only to Thanksgiving.

 

 

Good Morning.... News For Thursday January 30th, 2020

News for Thursday January 30th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Cenla Broadcasting notes the passing of Willie Harp Tuesday night. Willie was a very successful Central Louisiana entrepreneur and publisher, but more than that, for those who called him friend, he was a great guy. Willie Harp started the Cenla Focus Magazine more than 20 years ago. He also started several businesses in Cenla including Taco Bell, Smoothie King and Cenla Perks. Willie was also passionate about  the "Perfect Fit Fundraiser" which bought shoes for school children. We will miss his smile and pancake breakfasts. Funeral arrangements are pending for Willie Harp.  

 

A Celebration of Life service honoring Mrs. Florice Delores Evans Hall, mother of Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall, will be held Tomorrow at 11 a.m. at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Alexandria. Visitation will be at the church from 8:30 a.m. Friday until time of service. Burial will follow at National Cemetery in Pineville. Mrs. Hall passed away Monday, she was 89.

 

The APD was at the scene of another shooting in the city Wednesday afternoon, this time in the 1800 block of Levin Street. Police arrested two people and recovered a handgun, after a vehicles and a house were shot at. Police say no one was injured and the investigation continues.

 

A Chalmette Representative is bringing this year’s major lawsuit reform bill aimed at limiting damages in jury trials, hopefully bringing down auto insurance rates as a result.

HB 9 is a core part of a suite of insurance premium related bills this session. The bill increases the period of time you can wait before filing a lawsuit to two years, in a hope to allow for more out of court settlements, and decreases the jury trial threshold to 5,000 dollars. Opponents argue that these changes could limit a victim’s winnings in court while providing no promise rates would actually go down.

 

Crawfish farmers have been setting traps over the last month or so and the crop production so far is showing positive signs for the rest of the season.  LSU AgCenter Crawfish specialist Mark Shirley says supply is good for this weekend and there should be plenty to go around for the Super Bowl.

 

At the White House yesterday, President Trump signed a new trade deal with Mexico and China. Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says this trade deal has the potential to empty every grain bin and cold storage facility in the state. The President calls the agreement a colossal victory for farmers and manufacturers.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards has promoted Treone Larvadain to lead Protective Services, making her the first African-American female captain in Louisiana State Police History. Larvadain succeeds Captain Clay Chutz, who is retiring after providing security services for six governors.

 

The Westwego City Council votes unanimously to not allow any permitting of a proposed 500 million dollar Wanhua chemical storage and distribution facility in it’s suburban New Orleans city limits. Councilmember Glen Green says the public and council had serious concerns about the flammability and combustibility of the facility, it’s emissions and the potential for leaks. The site selected was directly across the river from the Audubon Park and Zoo, formerly used by KinderMorgan.

 

Environmental groups are raising concerns that Formosa Plastics is seeking to build a chemical plant in St. James Parish on top of a slave cemetery, but a private archaeologist says he’s not sure who is buried at the site. Co-owner of TerraXplorations Paul Jackson says they’ve looked at old newspapers, diaries and personal land records in an effort to establish who might be buried there, but they have not found any conclusive indications.

 

Three parishes will see an expansion of high-speed internet access as the USDA commits $15.5 million into rural broadband.  USDA rural development state director Roy Holleman says this portion of the Reconnect Program covers 136 square miles of Iberville, Pointe Coupee and St. Landry parishes. Star Telephone Company will use the half grant and half loan funding to rollout 154 miles of optical fiber and 95 miles of drop optical fiber cable.

 

E. Pluribus Unum has assembled a substantial list of every 2020 presidential candidates’ positions on 3 major topics concerning racial equity in the South. Unum Founder and former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says some of the topics include the racial wealth gap, health equity, gun safety, and gerrymandering.  Landrieu says it’s a non-partisan collection of positions from both Republican and Democratic contenders. You can see all 15 candidate’s positions at unumfund.org

 

Seven hotel workers, including clerks and managers, are being accused of defrauding a Shreveport Holiday Inn Express of $280,000.  Caddo Parish Sheriff’s spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says the company did an internal audit and upon realizing the size of the theft, contacted authorities in November. Three people have been taken into custody so far. 

 

18-year-old Daniel Smith of Homer is under arrest for the alleged killing of a bald eagle in Claiborne Parish, one of the most heavily protected species in the country. Wildlife and Fisheries spokesperson Adam Einck says Smith’s loose lips ultimately did him in and pointed authorities in his direction. Shooting a bald eagle is a serious offense that can land you jail time and up to 100,000 dollars in fines.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday January 28th, 2020

News for Wednesday January 29th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting           

 

Alexandria Police Chief Jarrod King will be back on the job Thursday. Mayor Hall, in a press release, explained the City followed an investigation process required by state law. The investigation determined a violation of the city’s social media policy occurred and warranted a brief suspension.  The Mayor went on to say he had a great conversation earlier this week with Chief King and as far as he was concerned the matter is behind them. Hall stated the city will not provide any further comments on this matter. King was placed on paid administrative leave Jan. 3.

 

KALB Newschannel Five has learned that two residents from Alexandria are among those who are trying to get out of China in wake of the Wuhan coronavirus. Benjamin Wilson, and another relative, Jacob Wilson, are in Wuhan China right now. Benjamin graduated from Bolton High in 2000. According a story from NBC News, if men can get back to the U.S., they have to be quarantined for 14 days.

 

The APD reports a Monday night shooting claimed the life of a 17-year-old near Carr and Bogan Streets in Alexandria. The APD says the unidentified man was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene. There is no word yet if any arrests have been made.

 

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Natchitoches man, 21 Year old Jessie (PT) Petitie Jr., who is charged with two counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted first degree murder, in connection with a double homicide in Natchitoches Monday night. Petite is described as a black male, about 5’7 and weighing 135 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact authorities.

 

A former LSU student and Phi Delta Theta (fata) member convicted in the hazing death of a pledge has waived his right to appeal. 21 year old Matthew Naquin (NAH-kanh) was convicted in July of last year of negligent homicide in the hazing death of 18-year-old Max Gruver. Naquin waived his right to appeal his conviction Tuesday in exchange for an agreement from prosecutors to drop an obstruction of justice charge that carried up to five years in prison. Naquin was sentenced to five years in prison, but a judge suspended all but 2½ years. He started that sentence Monday.

 

High school principals gather in Baton Rouge today for the annual LHSAA convention and once again the main topic is the public-private school split that’s been in place since the 2013 football playoffs. LHSAA Director Eddie Boninie says on Friday principals can vote to end the split. The split was created because public schools believe private schools have certain advantages that allow them to put better teams on the field or court.

 

The East Baton Rouge Coroner’s office reports a 3-year-old boy who died this past weekend accidentally shot and killed himself. The Coroner's report, released Tuesday, says the death was accidental due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. No word as whether or not charges will be filed in the case.

 

Cameron LNG has asked federal regulators for a six-year extension to complete the construction of a proposed expansion at its Hackberry liquefied natural gas export terminal in southwest Louisiana. Cameron LNG has been considering adding two natural gas liquefaction units at the Hackberry site, where supercooled LNG is sent on tanker ships around the world to customers. The company already secured permits for units four and five dating back to 2016. If the extension is granted and construction proceeds, that expansion would add 515 billion cubic feet per year of LNG exports for the company.

 

K-12 students will have a chance to learn a little more about their Louisiana musical heritage thanks to a curriculum assembled by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Nine musicians were selected, one from each region of the state, and LEH VP of Content Erin Greenwald says the course shows just how unique, and prolific the state’s musical culture has always been. Some of the nine include Lead Belly from northwest Louisiana, Little Walter in Central Louisiana, Kenny Neal in Baton Rouge, and Nathan Williams Jr. in Acadiana.

 

You can now view 5 years of financial disclosures for all 298 judges in the state of Louisiana at the New Orleans Metropolitan Crime Commission’s website.  Previously the only way you could get that kind of information was by filing a public records request.  12 years ago an ethics reform package was passed that required the executive and legislative branches to publicly post financial disclosures, but the State Supreme Court blocked judges from having to comply.

 

Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s deputies arrest a Lake Charles couple for cruelty to a juvenile after a 3-year-old is rushed into surgery with a brain injury.  Sheriff Tony Mancuso says the stepmother brought the child to the hospital after it appeared the child was having a seizure.  She indicated the injuries may be from the father’s disciplinary actions. Mancuso says the child remains hospitalized in critical condition adding there is a chance the charges may be upgraded. Other children in the home have been placed into state custody.

 

Two environmental groups are threatening to file suit against the Army Corps of Engineers, the Mississippi River Commission and the Interior Department for failing to evaluate the impact of repeatedly opening the Bonnet Carre Spillway. The lawsuit threat stems in part from the lengthy toxic algae blooms created by twice opening the spillway,  for a total of 123 days, last year to protect levees in the New Orleans area that were threatened by record high water levels on the river.

 

Authorities arrest a Calhoun man on a drug charge after he approached two people asking to borrow guns at a Planet Fitness parking lot in West Monroe.  West Monroe Police Major David May says the two declined the request of 19-year-old Landon Duke before going into the gym and calling the police. Duke faces one count of possession of a schedule II controlled dangerous substance.

 

22nd ranked LSU looks to stay undefeated in SEC play tonight when they host Alabama at 6:00. The Crimson Tide has won 10 of their last 13 and lead the SEC in scoring averaging almost 83 points a game. Airtime 5:30p on KSYL 104.9 FM and 970 AM.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday January 28th, 2020

News for Tuesday January 28th. 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A Pineville man was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday for charges related to the death of his girlfriend in 2017. Douglas Ponthieux pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter in November in the death of Connie Ducote Patterson. He had been facing a second-degree murder charge. The 40-year sentence given by Judge Greg Beard was the maximum allowed.

 

Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday for 26 year old Korri Thornton of Alexandria who is accused of shooting and killing Dadrian Henderson  on Henry Street back in June 2018. Thornton faces charges of second-degree murder and firearm possession by a felon.

 

Police academy began yesterday with 39 cadets from police departments around Cenla.

Out of the 39 cadets, 15 are specifically training for the Alexandria Police Department. The Academy lasts 17 weeks. Currently there is a shortage of 30 officers in the department.

 

There is a third confirmed death from a vaping-related illness in Louisiana. According to a spokesperson with the Louisiana Department of Health, the death had taken place in Lafayette. Between August and December of 2019, the state had 35 cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury. The first death in Louisiana was reported in November followed by its second later that same week.

 

Today is National Plan Your Vacation Day and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says the state has been busy marketing itself to visitors from outside of Louisiana but also encourages residents to take a staycation in their home state. Nungesser says last year nearly nine million days of vacation went used in Louisiana.

 

The Louisiana Department of Health kicks off the Own Your Own Health Challenge, a competition aimed at getting Louisianans more active, healthier, and ultimately lighter. Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Director Rudy Macklin says you can compete against others around the state and country to see who can win a steps challenge, or who can lose the most weight. Visit O-Y-O-H-Dot-com to sign up.

 

LSU announces Bo Pelini is back as defensive coordinator. Pelini was the D-C for the Tigers for three seasons and helped LSU win a national title in 2007. LSU was 34-6 during Pelini’s three seasons in Baton Rouge

 

Juries may soon get to know if someone injured in a car crash was wearing a seatbelt, something not allowed under current law.  Slidell Senator Sharon Hewitt has pre-filed a bill for the change and says the juries should be aware if someone is negligent in mitigating damages from not being properly restrained. Hewitt says there is hope this bill could result in lower claims and lower settlements with insurance companies, with that savings being passed along to consumers.  Two people not wearing a seatbelt were killed in a head-on crash in Vermilion Parish Monday morning.

 

The Coast Guard says that they have suspended its search for three missing men on Monday, after two towing vessels collided on the Mississippi River near Luling on Sunday. Coast Guard crews searched over 835 nautical miles for around 67 hours but were unable to find the three missing mariners.

 

Bayou Country Superfest says they will be taking a break until further notice. The announcement of a hiatus came on social media from the festival's Facebook Page. In the post, Bayou Country Superfest says that the Memorial Day weekend tradition will not continue after 10 years in the state.

 

Nicholls State University gets recognition from the National Council on Teacher Quality as the top teacher prep program for early reading instruction, receiving an A+ rating.  Nicholls head of teacher education Dr. Alyson Theriot says students who struggle with reading will struggle with just about every other subject.

Good Morning.. News For Monday January 27th, 2020

News for Monday January 27th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

KALB TV reports three RPSO deputies were arrested late last week after officials received word that they were allegedly bringing illegal narcotics and other contraband into an RPSO correctional facility. Following an investigation, enough probable cause was developed to arrest the deputies, Brandon Anderson, Anthony Luttrul and Patrick Hall. RPSO says the investigation is ongoing at this time.

 

A shooting early Sunday morning in Bunkie has left an Unidentified 20 year old man dead. Bunkie Police Chief Scotty Ferguson says the shooting happened just after 2am on Highway 115 when a pickup truck was struck by more than 20 bullets from what appears to have been an assault type rifle. At least one bullet struck the victim, a passenger in the truck, who later died at a local hospital.

 

After guiding LSU to a national title, head coach Ed Orgeron has agreed to a six-year contract extension worth 42-million dollars. Tiger Rag Editor Ron Higgins says there were doubters when former athletics director Joe Alleva hired Orgeron as the head coach in 2016, but it’s turned out to be a perfect fit. The contract extension is pending approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors. The deal keeps Coach O’ in Baton Rouge through the 2026 season.

 

The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep hundreds of emails from being unearthed showing the team’s executives advised the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans in doing PR damage control, as they are accused of helping the in the church’s “pattern and practice of concealing” evidence of sex abuse.  The team has responded saying the advice was simple and never wavering. Be direct, open and fully transparent, while making sure that all law enforcement agencies were alerted.

 

Starting today you can submit your 2019 state and federal taxes, and you’ll have until April 15th to get them done. New Orleans CPA Jerry Schreiber says his number one tip for filers every season is to efficiently organize your tax information either for yourself or your preparer. Schreiber recommends taking your return to a reputable preparer, but if you chose to go it alone just know the IRS offers a free filing tool called IRS Free File. You can find it on the IRS website.

 

New job numbers released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics shows the Baton Rouge area has set a fourth consecutive nonfarm employment record in December 2019.  Louisiana Workforce Commission chief economist Ali Bustamante says 1,800 jobs have been added over the month. New Orleans gained 11,300 jobs over the year, and 2,100 jobs from November to December. The numbers were not so rosy in other parts of that state over with over the year job losses including Shreveport down 2,800 jobs, Houma down 1,200, and Lake Charles down 800.  Here in Cenla, the numbers remain flat.

 

The Coast Guard and local responded yesterday a report of two towing vessels that collided on the Mississippi River near Luling. The coast Guard received the call shortly after 5:30 in the morning yesterday. The collision caused one of the vessels to sink and barges to break away. One of the missing crew members was rescued by a good Samaritan. The search for the other three people is ongoing.

 

One man is in jail and two are dead in what Baton Rouge Police are calling a drag-racing crash. 56 year old Christopher Brock of Baker, was allegedly drag racing with his brother and died at the scene. A bicyclist in the area at the time, 24 year old Deondrick Rudd of Jeanerette, also died at the scene. 57 year old Lattimore Brock Baton Rouge was arrested and booked with two counts of vehicular homicide and a count each of driving while intoxicated, drag racing, failure to maintain control and reckless driving.

 

Americans United for Life ranks Louisiana as the most pro-life state in the nation, largely on the back of a series of bills passed last year in the Legislature.  The rankings also touted an upcoming March 4th Supreme Court admitting privileges case originating from Louisiana that Louisiana Right to Life spokesperson Alexandra Seghers says could have major implications.

 

The hunt for the killer of a gay black teen who was found near a lake in Angie two weeks ago continues, and the Southern Poverty Law Center is concerned it may have been a hate crime. 17-year-old Ja’Quarius Taylor was found shot in the head only an hour after being reported missing by his mother. Washington Parish Sheriff’s chief deputy Mike Haley says it’s their office’s primary focus. Haley adds they’re currently reviewing a key piece of evidence discovered in the lake by the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s dive team.

 

Onlineschoolsreport.com ranks Northwestern State University’s online Bachelor of General Studies as the number two program in the nation. Executive Director of Academic Advising Steve Hicks says the positive ranking should help with enrollment.

Data sources for the rankings include the National Center for Education Statistics and the US Department of Education’s College Scoreboard.

 

On the air this week….

 

Today..

Tiger Talk 4 to 6p 96.9 KZMZ

 

Tuesday January 28th

Pelicans @ Cavaliers 6p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

 

Wednesday January 29th

LSU Basketball vs Alabama 5:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM

 

Friday January 31st

Pelicans vs Grizzlies 6:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

Good Morning... News For Friday January 24th, 2020

News for Friday January 24th, 2019

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Happy Birthday to 4 term Alexandria City Councilman and longtime businessman Harry Silver, who turned 98 year old a few days ago. In addition to being a very involved member of the council, Silver, who was a member of the Rapides Regional Hospital board for 34 years, still shows up to his day job running Weiss and Goldring.  

 

Attorney General Jeff Landry is one of twenty-one Republican AGs filing a letter condemning the impeachment trial, urging the Senate to reject the articles of impeachment.  Landry says there are grave concerns about what he and other AGs have deemed a politically motivated impeachment process.

 

A new tarp is up covering the remains of a worker at the collapsed Hard Rock Hotel construction site in New Orleans. Pictures of the victim’s legs dangling from the debris made the rounds on social media Wednesday after wind shifted the original tarp. New Orleans Fire Chief Tim McConnell l says they hope the remains of two of the victims will be recovered after a scheduled implosion in March. A protest march demanding accountability from New Orleans officials for the handling of the Hard Rock collapse, and justice for the victims of the collapse is gathering today in the French Quarter at 3 PM.

 

A suspect set for trial next month in a series of fires at African American churches, in and around Opelousas, is now scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing. Holden Matthews has pleaded not guilty to federal charges arising from the arson fires at south Louisiana churches. However, a court filing Thursday says a plea-change hearing now is set for Feb. 10 in Lafayette. Court records show that plea negotiations have been going on in the case.

 

In Shreveport, a man is now in custody after the Sex Crimes Unit launched an investigation into the alleged rape of a juvenile victim. Police have arrested 91-year old Otis Allen on first-degree rape. He was taken into custody by the US Marshal’s Office.

 

A miniature goat is found shot to death in Lafayette, leaving the family of the pet seeking answers.  Humane Society of Louisiana Director Jeff Dorson says it appears that the goat was shot in the neck by either a .22 or pellet rifle and bled to death. The reward is currently set at $1300 for information that leads to an arrest.

 

The human remains discovered in November by a hunter in Franklin Parish have been positively identified as Joshua Charles Berry, a Richland Parish man who was last seen in September 2012. The remains were found about a half-mile away from where Berry’s truck was originally found in 2012. No details have been released about the cause of death.

 

An LSU Marketing Professor finds playing low volume music or ambient sound in restaurants can help influence customers to pick healthier food options. Professor Courtney Szocs says while low music can help people eat healthily, the opposite is also true, and playing loud music or background noise can help boost the sale of not-so-healthy options. Szocs co-authored a paper in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science on the topic.

 

Onair….

 

Tonight..

Pelicans vs Nuggets 6:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

Saturday

LSU Basketball @ Texas (SEC Big 12 Challenge) 12:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM

LA Lakers @ Philadelphia 7p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

 

Sunday January 26th

Probowl 1:30p  94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

Good Morning.... News For Thursday January 23rd, 2020

News for Thursday January 23rd, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Cenla Broadcasting notes the passing of a well-known Philanthropist and broadcasting pioneer, Dr. Judith “Judy” Karst-Campbell.  Many will remember Judy as a broadcast journalist here in Cenla at the radio stations she owned KRRV and KDBS, but she was so much more. She opened a Rape Crisis Center here in Alexandria and supported multiple charities and community outreach centers in Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina. For many others, including myself, she was a mentor. The full obituary can be found on our website. Dr. Judy Karst-Campbell was 78.  Click here for the full Obituary.

 

Matthew Carter, the 17-year-old who was shot during an armed robbery over the weekend in Lafayette, has died. The Comeaux senior succumbed to his injuries Wednesday morning at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center. Charges against the two juveniles, 13- and 14-year-old boys, arrested in the case were upgraded Wednesday to first-degree murder.

 

Washington Mardi Gras kicks off today with Louisiana’s biggest movers and shakers in D.C. for three days of politicking and celebrations. The tradition was started over 50 years ago by Senator Russel B. Long, and was an event only for those Louisianans stuck in D.C. for the carnival season. LSU Communications Professor and veteran political staffer Bob Mann says each night will feature a ball attended by state leaders based both here and in D.C., capped off by Saturday night’s mini-parade. This year’s theme is based around Louisiana’s contributions to the United States.

 

The first US case of the Wuhan Coronavirus has been reported in Washington State, and while it’s has spread rapidly in China the CDC says the virus doesn’t pose much of a threat to Americans. LSU Health New Orleans Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Fred Lopez says the lone US case does not appear to be serious. Flights from China are being routed through the screening airports which include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta, and New York.

 

Four people are now in police custody for the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Kendall Thompson, Jr. of Jeanerette following the arrest of two suspects here in Rapides Parish Tuesday night. Interim Jeanerette Police Chief Fernest Martin says investigators are still searching for answers as to why the shooting happened.

 

Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s deputies conduct a major drug bust on Interstate 20, discovering about $900,000 in meth.  Sheriff’s office spokesperson Glenn Springfield says the Special Crimes Apprehension Team was working Tuesday night when they noticed the suspicious vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. Springfield says while talking to the suspect, he consented to a search of a vehicle and deputies deployed a K-9 on the vehicle who uncovered the drugs. The driver of the vehicle was from Houston.

 

The Louisiana Family Forum wants to highlight couples that have been married for seven-decades or longer in the 2020 Marriage Hall of Fame. President of the Louisiana Family Forum, Gene Mills says he wants to showcase couples who make marriage a lifetime commitment. To nominate a couple, contact the Louisiana Family Forum at 1-800-606-6470. The due date for nominations is February 5th.

 

Experts estimate LSU received more than $200 million in free media exposure in the seven weeks between December 1st and January 21st as a result of the football team’s successful championship run. Director of sponsorship analytics for Joyce Julius and Associates, Jeremy Creutz. says by their calculations, LSU got just over 150,000 mentions across TV, internet and print media. Creutz says while it may not be tangible dollars LSU has earned, the exposure can be parlayed into merchandise sales and interest in receiving an education as a Tiger.

 

Eli Manning, who led the New York Giants to two Super Bowls in a 16-year career that saw him set almost every team passing record, has retired. The Giants said Wednesday that Manning would formally announce his retirement on Friday. The recently turned 39-year-old's future had been in doubt since the end of the season. Manning's contract with the Giants expired after the 4-12 season and there was little chance he would be returning after losing his long-time starting job to rookie Daniel Jones.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday January 22nd, 2020

News for Wednesday January 22nd, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The Alexandria City Council voted on Tuesday night to move forward with an outside consultant to look at the city's current utilities system. Mayor Jeff Hall says work with Kyte Consulting could take upwards of several months, then requests for proposals will be sent out. Mayor Hall says the system evaluation is no different than what other administrations have done in the past.

 

The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office announced yesterday that scammers are at it again and this time the scammers are impersonating members of the RPSO. The scammer will pretend that they have active warrants for your arrest. The caller will likely identify themselves using the name of a known RPSO deputy, complete with a number associated with the department. Bottom line, RPSO says law enforcement will never contact you by phone and threaten arrest in lieu of payment. Nor will they inquire about personal information such as your date of birth, social security number, home address, etc. If you receive such a call, hang up and report it to the Sheriff’s Department.

 

An Alexandria man has been arrested after a nine-month-old was found unresponsive Monday. The infant was transported to Rapides Regional Medical Center and pronounced dead at the hospital. 21 year old Devonte Stafford was arrested and charged with first degree murder and booked into the Rapides Parish Jail. The APD says the investigation is ongoing..

 

Northwest Louisiana Congressman Mike Johnson is named to President Trump’s impeachment defense team in the ongoing Senate removal trial. The Congressman expects the President will be swiftly acquitted of the two impeachment charges.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards signals support for splitting the vacant LSU Presidency back into two jobs of leadership, one governing the Baton Rouge campus, and one running the other campuses. Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says former President F. King Alexander’s expanded responsibilities happened in 2012 and were as a result of consolidation during the Jindal years. Erwin says if the old model is brought back, it’s a chance to hire people with different skillsets for both Chancellor and President, as each job caters to different students and facilities.

 

Billionaire former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign loads up on renowned Louisiana political operatives for its push to win the state’s April 4th primary. Former Edwards Deputy Chief of Staff Richard Carbo is now the campaign’s State Director. He says the team will have a substantial presence in Louisiana.  Bloomberg is currently polling 5th in the race nationally after a late entry. No Louisiana primary polls exist yet.

 

News yesterday from ESPN that Joe Burrow will be represented by Creative Arts Agency Sports. The Heisman winner and likely Number one NFL draft pick will be represented by the same agency that represents Drew Brews and Zion Williamson.

 

Zion Williamson is set to make his long-awaited NBA debut tonight when the Pelicans host the San Antonio Spurs. Williamson was expected to return six to eight weeks after undergoing his surgery in October. But he has missed half of the season as the trainers used the time to get Zion’s entire body ready for the NBA grind. New Orleans has won 10 of its last 14, and is only 3.5 games out of the playoffs. Hear the game beginning at 8 tonight on 94.7 ESPN.

 

Despite a pay raise for teachers last year, the average salary for a Louisiana educator remains below the southern regional average. Governor John Bel Edwards has indicated it may take the rest of his term to hit that target. Louisiana Federation of Teachers President Larry Carter says teachers can’t wait that long. The LFT will pressure lawmakers for an additional pay bump. Louisiana’s average teacher pay is just over $50,000, about $1,800 shy of the regional average and Carter says it is important to close that gap now. The state has about 50,000 public school teachers.

 

Former New Orleans State Senator Wesley Bishop pleads guilty to making false statements to the Department of Housing and Urban Development about renting out his property when he received a post-Katrina Road Home grant in 2012. Bishop received 188,000 dollars from HUD for renting the property at low rates, but evidence arose that no one had lived at the property since at least 2013.

 

The US Environmental Protection Agency announces a regulatory program aimed at reducing emissions from heavy-duty engines and vehicles, the first update to standards in nearly two decades. Regional administrator Ken McQueen says this is an opportunity to modernize the heavy-duty program. The changes will take place with the 2027 model year.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday January 21st, 2020

News for Tuesday January 21st, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A new Legislative class was sworn in last week and for the first time in nearly a century; Louisiana finds itself without a member of the Long family serving in public office. Gerald Long served as a Republican Senator for Natchitoches during his time at the State Capitol.  The political dynasty began with Governor Huey Long, the firecracker leftwing populist who pushed a massive public works program, built Tiger Stadium, The state charity hospital system and several major highways across the state. Huey Long was assassinated in 1935 in the midst of a run against President Roosevelt, who he attacked for not being far being leftwing enough.

 

A Morning Consult poll finds Governor John Bel Edwards is the most popular Democratic Governor. Overall, he is ranked 15th with a 54% approval rating. ULM Poli Sci Professor Joshua Stockley says a big part of Edwards being the most favored Democrat governor is his popularity and connection to the people of the state. Stockley says if the national Democratic Party is not paying attention to Edwards both as an individual and as a model for how to win as a Democrat in the south, then they are making a significant strategic error and it could cost them elections in 2020 as well as the White House.

 

A 17-year-old in Lafayette is fighting for his life after he was shot in what police are calling an attempted armed robbery. Corporal Bridgette Dugas says they’ve arrested two boys, one is 13 and the other is 14-years-old. The victim has been identified through media reports as Matthew Carter, a member of the Comeaux High School football team. Dugas says it’s believed the two teens were trying to steal his car..

 

The impeachment trial of President Trump begins today in the US Senate, where Senators will vote on rules that will govern the trial. Senator Bill Cassidy says the affair will demand their attention for eight hours a day, six days a week, and while the process is ongoing it’s important to remember this isn’t a criminal trial. The two articles, charge the President with Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress. Cassidy isn’t sure how long this process will take, but he’s hoping for a speedy resolution.

 

State and National health experts are saying you may have already caught the flu this season, but there's a chance you could get it again. According to the CDC, there's an increased chance for a "double-barreled flu season" this year, meaning two different strains of influenza could strike back to back. While influenza B was the dominant strain early on in the season, an equal number of influenza A cases have been reported in recent weeks.

 

A medical marijuana company has big expansion plans for its Louisiana operations and is separately courting hemp farmers to support an upcoming launch into CBD products.

Wellcana Group, one of only two companies approved in the state to produce medical marijuana, is scouting out locations between Baton Rouge and Lafayette for space to build a 100,000 square-foot indoor marijuana greenhouse and storage facility, according to The Advocate. The company expects that the expansion will create between 100 to 200 new full and part-time jobs.

 

Lafayette Regional Airport says that Frontier Airlines has suspended services from Lafayette indefinitely. According to a press release, LFT Executive Director Steven Picou was told by Frontier that the demand for the airline's services was insufficient to continue at the airport.

 

According to the American Heart Association’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science study, whether teens believe nicotine and vaping products are harmful is largely due to gender, household income and education level. Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Tobacco Specialist Josh Pitre says the study shows that one in four high school students use e-cigarettes and the trend among middle school students has increased 50-percent.

 

An LSU Geology Professor believes the Indian Mounds at LSU’s flagship campus may be the oldest man-made structures on Earth, with parts of the structure believed to possibly be 11,300-years-old. Brooks Ellwood says a scan of the mounds, followed by a test of the material indicates the mounds are likely far, far older than the Pyramids of Giza. Prior research indicated the mounds were only about 6,000 years old. The structures are thought to be ceremonial burial grounds for tribes that inhabited the region millennia ago.

 

Sports..

 

LSU brings a perfect 5-and-0 SEC record into tonight’s matchup against the Florida Gators. Both teams are ranked just outside of the A-P Top 25 and Coach Will Wade is expecting a tight contest. LSU is second in the SEC in scoring, averaging nearly 80 points per game. Florida is coming off a 22-point over Auburn, who was ranked fourth in the country at the time. Airtime this afternoon at 5:30 on KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM

 

The Honeybadger is headed to the Super Bowl. Tyrann Mathieu led Kansas City in tackles in the AFC Championship game as the Chiefs defeated the Titans 35 to 24. Matthieu was signed in the offseason to bolster a K-C defense that struggled last season. The Chiefs will clash with the San Francisco 49ers on February 2nd in Miami. Kansas City is a slight favorite.

 

LSU cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond has agreed to a three-year contract to stay with the Tigers.

 

Back-up field goal kicker Connor Culp has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

 

Former LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has been introduced as the head coach of the Baylor Bears.

 

Louisiana Tech is 4-and-2 in Conference USA after losing to North Texas 51 to 50 at the Buzzer. Tech is at Middle Tennessee on Thursday. The Blue Raiders are winless in league play this year.

 

The Ragin Cajuns and Warhawks are both tied for last place in the Sun Belt. The two teams will face each other on Saturday.

 

Nicholls is a half-game back of first place in the Southland after beating Central Arkansas 79-72. After starting 0-3 in the Southland, McNeese has won four straight and the Cowboys are at Southeastern Louisiana on Wednesday.

 

 

Good Morning.. News For Monday January 20th, 2020

News for Monday January 20th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

A federal appeals court said Friday that it will not reconsider its ruling that Mississippi's law banning most abortions after 15 weeks is unconstitutional. The 2018 state law remains blocked and Mississippi's only abortion clinic remains open. The owner has said the clinic does abortions up to 16 weeks. Mississippi is likely to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider the case. Judge Reeves' ruling on the Mississippi law also put a similar law in Louisiana on hold.

 

Multibillion-dollar Medicaid contracts awarded by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration have been scrapped by Louisiana's chief procurement officer, who determined the health department mishandled the bid process for deals to provide health services to 1.5 million people. A new Louisiana health secretary and Medicaid director will inherit the contract dispute. Health Secretary Rebekah Gee is resigning from the job at the end of the month, and the department's Medicaid director, Jen Steele, has left the agency.

 

CDC numbers show 30 percent of Louisianans are considered “inactive”, twice the national average. LSU AgCenter nutrition specialist Denise Holston says inactivity is defined by not meeting the recommended 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity activity and can be the result of a number of impediments. Louisiana also sports one of the highest obesity rates in the nation at 35 percent. If you are one of those inactive adults, Holston recommends starting slow if you’re first getting into exercise, and find little ways to work it into your busy schedule.

 

State Police report an early Saturday night single-vehicle crash killed a man from Campti on Louisiana Highway 153. Troopers say a vehicle driven by 32-year-old Zantere Smith left the roadway and collided with a tree.  Smith, who was not wearing a seatbelt, sustained fatal injuries during the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash remains under investigation.

 

The Louisiana Lottery is looking into expanding ticket sales by allowing players to make purchases of games over the internet through a smartphone app.  Louisiana Lottery CEO Rose Hudson says in order to start online starts legislative approval is needed to change a state statute that prohibits gambling by computer. Hudson says eleven other state lotteries allow for the purchase of tickets online and with the launch of the Louisiana Lottery app, it’s a great time to explore adding Louisiana to that list.

 

A Lake Charles man is arrested and charged with two counts of second-degree murder in connection with a trailer fire that killed a mother and daughter and gravely injured an 11-year old boy. State Fire Marshal deputies in collaboration with the Lake Charles fire department announced the Calcasieau Parish Sheriff’s office booked 36-year-old Casey Hatch into the parish jail and bond is set at $2-million.  Police say Hatch confessed to setting the blaze in an attempt to commit suicide on January 14th.

 

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has started the process of finding a new Superintendent of Education to replace John White, who is stepping down. BESE member Holly Boffy says they are seeking someone with strong organizational skills who can implement their agenda. A two-thirds vote from BESE will be needed to hire a new superintendent. White’s resignation is effective March 11th, and Boffy says they will be using that date as a “milestone” for finding a replacement.

 

Senator John Kennedy has co-introduced legislation aimed at combatting the global trade in bear parts along with New Jersey Senator Cory Booker. Animal Wellness Action spokesperson Wayne Pacelle says legislative action was needed to protect bears that are being killed for their gallbladders. The subspecies known as the Louisiana Black Bear was at one time on the federal endangered species list, but with a bit of growth in the population, but Pacelle says that protection has been taken away. Pacelle says the bears are slow to reproduce and cannot keep up with the large scale poaching cases throughout the US.

 

59-year-old Myrna Thomas Quarles is set to serve 71 months in federal prison for stealing over million dollars by defrauding a federal summer lunch program for hungry children who are out of school. The case is linked to a fraudulent company Quarles set up in 2014 and 2015 that handed out some food to kids, but significantly overstated the amount of work it did to overbill the feds.

 

Advanced Aero Services announces the launch of its maintenance, repair, and overhaul facility in Shreveport that is expected to create sixty direct jobs by 2021. AAS President Mike Anderson says the forecasted growth could result in the company employing 1000 people by the sixth year of operation.

 

An Ascension Parish man is accused of animal cruelty after 33 dogs were found in what officials described as "horrid conditions." Ascension deputies responded Sunday to a home on Martin Road to assist the animal shelter in the case. Upon arrival, they found one dead dog and 32 living dogs. 50 year old Thomas West was arrested on 33 counts of animal cruelty. The dogs were taken to a local animal shelter for treatment.

 

A Houston-based renewable fuels company is looking at leasing a 164-acre site at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge to build a $400 million to $500 million plant. Greentech Materials LLC would produce environmentally friendly diesel fuel from soybean and palm oil. The port’s executive committee approved a measure Thursday that gives Greentech 90 days to reach an agreement for an option on the land.

 

On the air today..

 

Tiger Talk 4 to 6p 96.9 KZMZ

Pelicans @ Grizzlies 3:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

Good Morning... News For Friday January 17th, 2020

News for Friday January 17th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

KALB reports more than four months after APD Chief Jerrod King submitted his pick for deputy chief, Mayor Jeff Hall has yet to approve it and feels it's best to get rid of the position altogether. Civil Service Board Attorney Brian Cespiva says the board received a letter from the city administration just days ago about their decision to get rid of the deputy chief's position. Now, the civil service board wants an explanation as to why.

They've asked that someone from the city's administration attend the next board meeting so they can explain the rationale behind their decision. The board will then vote on whether the city has given a sufficient explanation, followed by a public hearing after thirty days.

 

The National Champion LSU Tigers visit Washington DC today.  Congressman Garret Graves says there are a number of different events to honor the team including a dinner, a tour of the Capitol and the House floor, and a meeting with the President at the White House.

 

LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda is reportedly set to leave the program to take over as the new head coach of Baylor. Aranda was widely regarded as one of the best defensive minds in college football.

 

And that’s not the only story blowing up the LSU newswire. An arrest warrant is now out for former star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for an incident caught on tape where he slapped the behind of a Superdome police officer who was reportedly in the locker room during an incident where players were caught smoking cigars. This stacks with another video controversy where he was caught handing out money to players after championship game.   Beckham’s pro team, the Cleveland Browns, says they are monitoring the situation.

 

State regulators have endorsed a $14 billion merger that would transfer control of Harrah’s land-based facility in New Orleans. In what is being described as a minnow swallowing a whale, tiny El Dorado Resorts, based in Reno, is taking control of industry giant Caesars’ Entertainment. The new combination, if approved by some dozen more states, as expected, will control 60 casino-resorts in 15 states, including five properties in Louisiana, making El Dorado the largest casino owner in Louisiana and the nation.

 

After nearly two years of a trade war, phase one of the trade agreement between the US and China has been signed.  Louisiana Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says China will buy $36.5 billion in ag products this year adding structural reforms will change the goods that China purchases which he says should result in long term stability.

 

The Army Corps of Engineers has been sued by a coalition of environmental groups for allegedly failing to disclose the public health risks of a plastics plant set for construction in St. James Parish. The Center for Biological Diversity is one of the plaintiffs and staff attorney Emily Jeffers says the Corp was blatantly disregarding the law when they issued a permit for the facility. The suit alleges that a full accounting of the public health effects was not done because it would likely have resulted in a rejection of the site’s permit. A Corps spokesperson says they cannot comment on litigation.

 

The Jazz Fest lineup is absolutely stacked this year with Foo Fighters, Lizzo, and the Wu-Tang Clan primed to headline along with classic hitmakers like Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie, the Who, and Dead and Company. The festival will also have several tributes to the late Dr. John.

 

A trailer fire in Lake Charles kills a 12-year-old girl and puts three other people in the hospital. State Fire Marshal spokesperson Ashley Rodrigue says the home did not have working smoke alarms, which could have added critical seconds to the escape. This is the first residential fatal fire in Louisiana of 2020.

 

Advanced Aero Services announces plans to build an aviation facility at Shreveport Regional Airport that will initially create 60 new jobs with an average salary just below 50-thousand dollars. Workers will perform maintenance, repair and overhaul work on commercial airlines at the facility.

 

More than 70 soldiers with the Louisiana National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 225th Engineer Brigade are set to return home from an overseas deployment at Million Air Alexandria at the Alexandria International Airport this afternoon at 3 p.m. During the nine-month deployment, the unit conducted general engineering, geospatial engineering, survivability, and mobility operations in their area of responsibility while maintaining decisive action readiness and building interoperability with partners. Welcome Home!

 

A recent study finds that professional wrestling is the most popular content on YouTube for Louisiana web surfers.  Frontierbundles.com conducted the study and spokesperson Elaine Thompson says the research is based on each state’s most searched or subscribed YouTube channel, with WWE way ahead of everyone else. Thompson says the Bayou State isn’t alone in its fascination with piledrivers and powerbombs as WWE is the most popular YouTube channel in seven other states.

 

The LSU Championship Parade is set for Saturday at 11AM at the school’s flagship Baton Rouge campus. LSU Senior Associate Athletic Director Robert Munson says it’ll be a party and one last time to see all of the players and coaches together before many of them move on in their careers or graduate. The parade starts at the School of Music and wraps up by heading down victory hill. The campus will open early to tailgating at 8 AM.

 

On air this weekend….

 

Saturday January 18th

Pelicans vs Clippers 2p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

LSU Basketball @ Ole Miss 6:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM

 

Sunday January 19th

AFC Championship Game

Tennessee @ Kansas City 1p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

NFC Championship Game

Green Bay @ San Francisco 5:15p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM

Good Morning.... News For Thursday January 16th, 2020

News for Thursday January 16th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

LSU passing game coordinator Joe Brady, who helped revolutionize the team’s offense, has reportedly agreed to become the next offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. Tiger Rag Editor Ron Higgins says the move makes sense for the 30-year-old. LSU set an FBS record with 726 points scored during the national championship season.

 

LSU Athletics releases a statement concerning the cash being handed out to players in the post-game celebration by Odell Beckham Jr. Initial information suggested that the bills were not real money. Joe Burrow told Barstool sports that Beckham was handing out legit cash to players after the national championship game. LSU says upon further review, it is apparent that real cash may have also been given to student-athletes. LSU says they are working with the NCAA and the SEC and student-athletes in order to rectify the situation.

 

The LSU Tigers are headed to the White House following their National Championship win on Monday. The team is scheduled to meet with President Trump Friday in Washington, DC. The president was in attendance for the game on Monday when the Tigers took on Clemson. He was greeted with cheers from the crowd.

 

Former New Orleans Saints player and ALS advocate Steve Gleason receives the Congressional Gold Medal, becoming one of only 163 people to every receive the honor.  Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in January 2011 and in the time since has helped over 15,000 people also dealing with the crippling disease with his charity Team Gleason. Gleason’s efforts have helped establish a database for thousands of ALS patients worldwide for researchers to access in an effort to combat the disease. Former teammate Drew Brees also spoke at the presentation.

 

KALB reports a recent Louisiana Legislative Auditor report found that a Village of Anacoco employee allegedly stole $71,205 of village funds over the past year.

The unnamed former employee allegedly took several payroll checks that exceeded their salary. They also allegedly made personal charges on the village's credit card and took cash that was received at the village office. According to the State Police there is currently no open investigation in the case.

 

Former prosecutor Jermaine Harris has announced his candidacy for District Attorney in Rapides Parish in the fall election. Harris, who graduated from Peabody, served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office from 2015-2017.

 

Governor Edwards touched on the contentious election for Speaker and the resignation of Superintendent of Education John White in his first Monthly Talkshow since inauguration. Republican Speaker Clay Schexnayder’s win is considered a victory for Governor Edwards in the House. He says they won’t always agree, but he knows at least the Speaker will listen. On the matter of the departing Superintendent of Ed John White, Edwards wasn’t heartbroken at his departure. But he did thank White for his eight years of service. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will meet today to discuss selecting a new Superintendent.

 

The US House of Representatives votes to send two articles of impeachment to the Senate, a month after voting to impeach President Trump. Senator John Kennedy slammed the House impeachment process, saying the Upper Chamber will be fairer to the President. The impeachment links back to allegations that the President attempted to pressure Ukraine into investigating the Bidens in exchange for military aid.

 

The New Orleans Saints and Pelicans have each named UL Lafayette as their official higher education partner. UL Lafayette spokesperson Eric Maron says the three-year collaborations will give students and recent grads access to internships, practical career experience, and networking opportunities. The Saints and Pelicans will also fund two annual scholarships for qualifying students.

 

University of Louisiana at Monroe President Nick Bruno has told the University of Louisiana System that he plans to retire by June 30th. Bruno has led ULM since 2010. During that time higher education saw cuts in state funding, despite that challenge Bruno was able to bring a medical school to campus.

 

Authorities report a third person has died in Bossier Parish from early Saturday morning E-F 2 tornado that knocked down trees and damaged homes in the Haughton area. Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis says 87-year-old Ira Jefferson was hospitalized with injuries from the tornado and passed away Tuesday night. Jefferson was an Army veteran and lived next door to an elderly couple who also died.

 

Fanatics runs the official LSU e-commerce store, and global co-president Jack Boyle says the Purple and Gold title has fueled their largest selling NCAA championship period ever. Of course, championship T-shirts and hats are always the top sellers, but Boyle says this year the popularity of the team’s beloved head coach has created a never before seen market for new products…

 

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has begun an I-10 widening and improvement project in Calcasieu Parish.  DOTD spokesperson Tammy York says the initial phase will see alternating lane closures with many of which will happen at night. The project is expected to wrap up in the summer of 2021.

 

Sports..

 

Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin says the plan is for Zion Williamson to make his NBA debut January 22nd when the team hosts San Antonio. Williamson had surgery on October 21st on his right knee and did not participate in full-court, five-on-five practices until January 7th. Griffin says they’ve been encouraged by what they’ve seen at practice. Griffin says Williamson will not be on a minutes restriction, instead playing time will be determined by how Zion looks when on the court.

 

Saints guard Larry Warford has been added to the N-F-C Pro Bowl squad, giving the Black and Gold a franchise record 10 players at the pro bowl. And Saints fullback Zach Line has announced his retirement, ending a seven-year career. Line played in 12 games this past season but missed the last four and the playoff game because of a knee injury.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday January 15th, 2020

News for Wednesday January 15th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

29 year old Keisha Renee Green of Alexandria has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the death of her one year old child. APD responded to the 3000 block of Monroe Street on Sunday in reference to a reported death. The child was found dead at the scene. No other information has been released as the investigation is ongoing.

 

A former principal at a Louisiana Christian school pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile stemming from encounters with underage male students. Stephen Couch of Winnsboro accepted a plea deal in 5th Judicial District Court on Monday. District Attorney Mack Lancaster said each count represents one victim in the case. Couch could spend up to 7 years in prison and face a $5,000 fine per count when sentenced in May.

 

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) has called a special meeting for Thursday to consider next steps regarding the selection of a new State Superintendent of Education. At the meeting the Board will formally receive the resignation of Superintendent John White and discuss necessary transition activities in moving toward the selection of his replacement. The agenda also includes the ceremonial swearing-in of new members and the election of 2020 BESE officers.

 

About 300 LSU fans were at the LSU Football Operations Building to welcome home the national champion Tigers. Their charter buses rolled back into town around lunchtime yesterday. LSU is preparing for a much larger celebration to take place Saturday as a parade is set to role through LSU’s campus beginning at 11 AM. A national championship celebration will begin at noon outside the west side of Tiger Stadium.

 

There is some in the Jefferson Davis Parish town of Jennings who are a bit sad that hometown hero Travis Etienne and the Clemson Tigers didn’t win. Etienne says he’s disappointed he did not win a second championship ring, but he had a blast playing in his home state. Etienne will have to decide soon if he’ll return to Clemson for his senior season. Etienne is NFL draft-eligible after completing his third season in college. He’s ranked as the top running back prospect, and a lock for the 1st round in the 2020 draft, if he decides to declare.

 

Former New Orleans Saints player and ALS advocate Steve Gleason will receive the Congressional Gold Medal this afternoon at the US Capitol.  Gleason was diagnosed with ALS in January 2011 and in the time since has helped over 15,000 people also dealing with the crippling disease with Team Gleason.  Senator Bill Cassidy worked on the honor on the Senate side will Cedric Richmond and Steve Scalise made the push on the House side.  The distinction is the highest honor Congress can bestow on a civilian and fewer than 200 have been a recipient.

 

The image of Joe Burrow’s victory stogie in the locker room is one that will forever be attached to LSU’s championship celebration.  Baton Rouge defense attorney and cigar enthusiast Franz Borghardt says he couldn’t help but wonder how many of the guys who were partaking were under 21, which is a violation of federal law. Smoking is also prohibited in the Superdome as it is a state-owned building. Despite the unlawful behavior, Borghardt does not believe any law enforcement officer or prosecutor in their right mind would actually try to pursue any real ramifications against the players.

 

Speaker of the House Clay Schexnayder’s election has Democrats celebrating, and conservative Republicans lamenting what it might mean for Legislation over the next four years. Schexnayder won 60-45, with over half of his votes coming from Democrats. House GOP Caucus Chairman Blake Miguez says it’s disappointing to see a republican court Democrats for power. The Republicans who broke rank are considered to be more moderate than the rest of the caucus.

 

Sports..

 

Saints QB Drew Brees turns 41 today

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday January 14th, 2020

News for Tuesday January 14th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The LSU Tigers are national champs as they completed a 15-and-0 dream season with a 42-25 victory over Clemson in the Superdome last night. Quarterback Joe Burrow had another spectacular game, 463 yards passing and five touchdowns. LSU will go down as one of the best teams ever in the 150-year history of college football. They beat seven teams that were ranked in the top 10 when they played them. It was Joe Burrow’s final game in an LSU uniform. He finishes his career with 65 total touchdowns and 60 passing touchdowns. Both are NCAA records. Burrow goes down as a legend…

 

The U.S. Attorney’s office announced yesterday that 37 year old Alexandria resident Daniel Aikens has been charged with extortion involving threats and the detonation of two pipe bombs.  If convicted on the extortion charge, Aikens faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. He remains in federal custody pending the outcome of his detention hearing later this week.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards was sworn in yesterday to begin his second term on a rainy day in Baton Rouge. Edwards says education will be a top priority during his next four years and that means more funding for pre-K. Early childhood education advocates are calling for an 80 million dollar upfront investment, with increased yearly funding so that eventually there is universal access into pre-K.

 

Gonzales Republican Representative Clay Schexnayder wins the Speaker vote 60-45 over Albany Republican Sherman Mack. Schexnayder was backed by a coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans, and is thought to be a more friendly choice for Governor Edwards, but he says the People’s House will speak for itself. As expected,  Lafayette Senator Page Cortez was named Senate President.

 

Former Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was in attendance at the Inauguration Day event in Baton Rouge yesterday.  In recent years, Jindal has transitioned away from public service and is now working in the private sector and says more elected officials should try it. Jindal is still living in Baton Rouge, working in the energy and healthcare fields, but when it comes to the possibility of hopping back into politics, he says never say never.

 

The Grant Parish Sheriff's Office Monday announced the arrests of several residents on meth possession and other charges. Arrested were 44 year old Charles Mundy of Dry Prong, 36 year old Alton Coke of Pollock, 51 year old Susan Stark, 29 year old Jonathan Vaughn, 30 year old Julia Gordon and 50 year old Vaslinsky Holmes all of Colfax Also making the list, 32 year old Eric Sandifer and 36 year old Mindy Campbell both of Pineville.

 

In Northwest Louisiana, power is being restored and cleanup crews have moved in after an EF-2 tornado swept through the area around 2 am Saturday morning. Lt Bill Davis with the Bossier Parish Sheriff office says Swepco has restored power to most of the area.

 

Sports..

 

Major League Baseball brought the hammer down on the Astros Monday after its investigation revealed the team used video to steal signs during its 2017 World Series championship season. Manager A-J Hinch and general Jeff Luhnow were suspended for a year and they have since been fired by Astros owner Jim Crane. Houston is also losing its first and second round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and the organization was fined five-million dollars.

 

Good night last night for the New Orleans Pelicans as they defeated Detroit 117 to 11. They’ll play host to the Jazz Thursday night.

 

Tiger Talk this afternoon 4 to 6 on 96.9 KZMZ

Good Morning.. News For Monday January 13th, 2020

News for Monday January 13th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

After a long 15-day layoff since winning the Peach Bowl, LSU and Clemson strap on the helmets tonight in college football’s national championship game. Coach Ed Orgeron says he’s tried to keep the preparation for this game close to what they’ve done all year

LSU is seeking its fourth national title in program history, while Clemson can win its third championship in four years. Airtime 5p  96.9 KZMZ & KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM

 

The LSU/Clemson showdown in the Dome tonight is expected to bring a lot of revenue and national attention to the state. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says it’s exposure you just can’t pay for. LSU students at the Baton Rouge campus do not have to worry about school today or tomorrow, classes have been canceled both days.

 

Governor John Bel Edwards will be sworn in today (at 11:30 AM) for his second term of office on the steps of the Capitol, weather permitting. Advisor to the Governor Richard Carbo says attendees will get to hear from Edwards about his plans for the next four years. The Governor’s Ball is traditionally held the night of the inauguration, but it’s been canceled to allow state dignitaries to head down to New Orleans for the CFP National Championship. The House and Senate convene at 10 AM, before the ceremony.

 

A new state legislature will choose their leaders for the next four years today. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Lafayette Senator Page Cortez is expected to be picked as Senate President, but it’s a battle for House Speaker, between Albany Representative Sherman Mack and Gonzales Representative Clay Schexnayder.

Pinsonat says the selection of House Speaker has huge ramifications. If Mack wins, the governor will not have an ally leading the House. The Louisiana Legislature convenes at 10 AM.

 

Senator Gerald Long is exiting the state legislature Monday, making it the first time in a century that Louisiana won't have someone from the Long family serving in elective political office. Long, who is 75, was term limited after serving 12 years in the state Senate.

 

Friday night’s storm caused some downed limbs and scattered power outages in Cenla. But the damage to the northern part of the state was much worse. The Bossier Parish Sheriff’s office says two people died in the Haughton area when strong winds possibly associated with a tornado moved a home 200 feet away from its foundation, killing the two people inside. A preliminary report says at least 50 homes damaged in the area. Another death was reported in Caddo Parish. Authorities say a large tree fell on a home in Oil City killing an elderly man inside. His wife was not injured.

 

Larose has it’s purple and gold ready for the big game tonight. The Lafourche Parish town is where Coach O grew up. Larose attorney and longtime friend of Orgeron Henry LaFont says there is a surreal feeling in the town following his long path to get to the helm of LSU’s football program and at the doorstep of a championship. Coach O took over the team on an interim basis in 2016 before being named the permanent head coach.

 

Tonight’s Championship game will decide which school is the best on the field. But, have you ever wondered which school does the best in the classroom? That distinction currently goes to Clemson and the experts say it all comes down to money. The South Carolina School enjoys a wide lead after a decade of crippling budget cuts to higher education in Louisiana.  16 budget cuts over a decade,  during which state aid was cut by nearly 50%,  gets most of the blame for why U.S. News ranks Clemson No. 70 and LSU No. 153, or why The Wall Street Journal puts Clemson at No. 188 and LSU at No. 295.

 

Questions about Drew Brees' future continue to surface after the Saints season ended abruptly with an overtime loss to the Vikings during the wild-card round of the playoffs.

While the long-time Saints QB has remained vague about his football future and whether or not he'll renew his contract, Sean Payton is certain Brees will return to play in the Superdome. The sports news network reported early Sunday that Brees was contacted by at least one network to discuss a career change from quarterback to a TV game analyst.

Good Morning.. News For Wednesday January 8th, 2020

News for Wednesday January 8th, 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

37 year old Daniel Aikens of Alexandria has been arrested as the joint investigation into last week's explosion off MacArthur Drive continues.  Aikens, who has a criminal history in both Grant and Rapides parishes, was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center shortly after noon on Tuesday as a federal prisoner. Aikens has an unrelated court date in Colfax Thursday.

 

They came, they protested and in less than 10 minutes, it was all over.. A large crowd showed up at last night’s Alexandria City Council meeting to show their support for the city’s police chief, Jarred King, who was placed on administrative leave last Friday. Several people were also in the meeting to show their concern over a shortage of police officers in the city. The council refused to address both issue and the meeting was brought to a close less than 10 minutes after it had started.

 

State police report a Monday night crash on LA Hwy 1205 near LA Hwy 28 East claimed the life of a Pineville man, 48 year old Danny Obrien. Troopers say Obrien lost control of the vehicle he was driving, causing it to leave the roadway and overturn. Obrien, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Those wanting to be at the Superdome Monday night to cheer on the LSU Tigers in the CFP National Championship game will need to shell out some serious coin.  Stubhub spokesperson Adam Budelli says even the cheapest priced ticket to get into the game is currently $840. Budelli says compared to other years, this game is on pace to be one of the biggest selling National Championship games On StubHub. Tickets have been purchased in Canada, the UK, and Australia and from over 20 different states domestically. Roughly 4000 tickets are currently up for grabs on Stubhub.

 

Walk On’s restaurants will be showcased on national television with the season premiere of Undercover Boss on CBS tonight.  Co-Founder Brandon Landry and investor Drew Brees will be disguised to work with the staff at some of the locations throughout the chain.  The episode was filmed last June and  Landry says Brees was only available for one day of production at the location near the Superdome, but Brees got plenty of work done that day. Landry says they are holding watch parties at all 33 locations with food and drink specials, as well as giveaways.

 

There’s some confusion as to whether or not retailers can sell tobacco products to 18 year olds in Louisiana after a federal law raised the age to 21. Louisiana ATC Commissioner Juana Lombard says it’s legal under state law, but you could be busted by the feds for doing so, and she hopes we can get a more clarity from the FDA so retailers can know their rights. The lack of FDA guidance also leaves questions about potential exemptions for military members or others unclear.

 

Members of a state task force are pushing for more dual enrollment options for Louisiana high school students. The Advocate reports that these classes are expected to be one of Governor Edwards' priorities for the 2020 legislative session. Members of the task force say Louisiana high school students who are eligible for dual enrollment "should have access to at least four classes for college credit without charge." The group compiled a report explaining and framing the different options.

 

The computers at the Office of Motor Vehicles and State Police are down for a second day Tuesday. A state police spokesman said this wasn't another attack but was planned. Back in November, state computers were attacked by hackers attempting to employ ransomware. The attack was repelled, but in the process the computers in the Office of Motor Vehicles had to be reimaged and were down for some time, even after the rest of the state's offices were back up and running.

 

Louisiana's Medicaid program started the new year under a cloud of uncertainty, amid a continued dispute over multibillion-dollar contracts to provide health services to 1.5 million state residents. Lucrative deals with five private companies that manage care for most Medicaid patients, accounting for roughly one-quarter of the state's annual operating budget, were slated to expire at the end of December. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration chose four companies to do the managed care work, with the deals planned to begin in January. But two losing bidders that currently hold managed care contracts are protesting that decision, and the legal process stopped the new contract awards from taking effect. In response, the Edwards administration signed emergency contracts to keep the existing five companies in place for up to another year, to avoid the disruption of health care access to nearly one-third of Louisiana's population.

 

Before the kickoff for the College Football Playoff National Championship, musician, Lafayette native and LSU Grad Lauren Daigle will perform. Back in November, Daigle announced that she would be singing the national anthem at the CFP National Championship game in New Orleans. That was before LSU had nabbed a spot in the game. The LSU Tigers will take on Clemson next Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

 

The National Transportation Safety Board issues its preliminary report on the recent Lafayette plane crash that claimed five lives and injured four others.  There are no rulings, explanations or theories within the report that pointed to the cause of the plane crash.  A final report is not expected for at least another year.  Only one of the six passengers survived.

 

Ricky Lincoln Sr. and Jr., a father-son duo out of Terrytown, were arrested for allegedly robbing and murdering an 82-year-old Gretna man outside the bar he worked at New Years Eve. Sheriff Joe Lopinto says the two were taken into custody and are now at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.

 

Sports…

 

If you drive through the small town of Jennings right now, you might feel as if you’re in an episode of the Twilight Zone because the town is split on which Tiger to pull for Monday. Seeing as the Clemson Tigers stand out running back Travis Etienne hails from the Jefferson Davis Parish town it’s understandable why some, like Jennings Mayor Henry Guinn, are conflicted. Etienne graduated from Jennings High School in 2017 and will play for his second college football national championship on Monday. Guinn says they are extremely happy for the ACC Player of Year.

 

It was a great season for Saints linebacker DeMario Davis who was selected as a first-team All-Pro performer following a 111 tackle season, with four sacks, one interception and eleven tackles for losses. Davis says having the season come to an abrupt end is not a good feeling, but there will be a 2020 season.

 

Who will be on the Saints 2020 roster is a big question mark. And the biggest question mark among fans is quarterback Drew Brees, who can be an unrestricted free agent in March. Coach Sean Payton said he believes Brees wants to keep playing.

 

Fresh off a win in last night’s Lending Tree Bowl in Mobile, Ragin Cajuns Coach Billy Napier’s name has surfaced as a candidate for a Power Five Job Opening. Baylor has lost head coach Matt Rhule to the Carolina Panthers and 24-7 reports Napier is a serious candidate for the Baylor opening. But the university tells the Daily Advertiser they believe Coach Napier is staying.

Good Morning.. News For Tuesday January 7th, 2020

News for Tuesday January 6th 2020

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

Alexandria Police, along with the FBI, were involved in what was being called a “court-authorized law enforcement activity” on Mac Arthur Drive at Elliot last night. As with other investigations in the area over the past week, all we are being told is further comment on the nature of the activity or investigation is not available at this time. What we do know is the undisclosed activity continued for several hours during the evening.

 

After information requests over the weekend and throughout the day Monday from local media and the public, Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall released a statement yesterday afternoon addressing the suspension of the city’s police chief Jerrod King, basically saying nothing. In the statement the Mayor said no further comments would be made until the city’s internal processes for reviewing such matters have been completed and a determination has been made about whether further action, if any, is necessary. That, according to Mayor Hall, could take up to a month to complete. Members of the city council saying yesterday they were not made aware of the plan to place Jerrod King on administrative leave.

 

Rapides Parish Sheriff William Earl Hilton came out publicly yesterday in support Chief  King, saying he is one of the best chiefs of police that Alexandria could possibly have at this time. The Sheriff told KALB yesterday that the matter had been brewing between city hall and the police department since Chief King was confirmed to the position just before former Mayor Jacques Roy left office.

 

The City of Alexandria's finance director, David Crutchfield, announced yesterday that he was moving on to new challenges. Crutchfield, who has been with the city for the better part of 14 years, gave the city just two weeks’ notice.

 

A spokesperson with the Lafayette Police Department has confirmed that Lafayette Police Chief Toby Aguillard has resigned.  Aguillard has resigned the same day that Mayor-President Josh Guillory was sworn into office. Guillory had previously stated his intent to replace the incumbent police chief with a new candidate. Lt Scott Morgan was announced as the interim police chief.

 

A just released U.S. Census report shows Louisiana’s population declined by nearly 11,000 residents from 2018 to 2019. 26,000 people moved out of Louisiana to another state last year, the 6th highest number in the nation despite Louisiana’s relatively small total population. Demographer Greg Rigamer says blame the local economy. Texas was the biggest recipient of Louisiana’s ex-pats and led the nation in total population growth at 367,000 new residents. Rigamer says a lack of good-paying jobs is the number one factor driving people out of the state. He notes the median household income here in Louisiana is only just above 46,000 dollars. The national median household income sits at 63,000 dollars.

 

There’s concerns Louisiana could be heading for a second peak in the flu season sometime in late January/early February as cases continue to climb. Office of Public Health Assistant Secretary Dr. Alex Billioux says if we do get hit with another peak, it’ll likely be because a new strain of flu is beginning to pick up steam in Louisiana.  

Flu A is more adaptive and mutates more frequently than Flu B.  Billioux says the most important thing is to get vaccinated.

 

The GOP spent 34 million on the recent governor’s race, but were topped by Democrats who spent a whopping 39 million between the Edwards campaign, and pro-Edwards super PACs. The combined 73 million spent was a record for a Louisiana election.

 

With events the size of the College Football Championship Game happening in the state comes the opportunity for fraudulent tickets to end up in fans’ hands.  Attorney General Jeff Landry warns to be on the lookout for red flags. One good one is tickets selling below the asking price. Landry adds if the seller is a member of the National Association of Ticket Brokers that is usually a good sign they are a legit source for tickets. A reminder, there will be no print-at-home PDF tickets that will be valid for entry to the game.

 

Borden Dairy company can use some cash as it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filing also covers the Borden Dairy Company of Louisiana which operates a milk processing plant in Lafayette. There are an estimated 220 people who work for Borden and a company spokesperson says there are no plans for plant closures or personnel implications.

 

Louisiana Health Secretary Doctor Rebekah Gee is resigning effective January 31st. Gee received criticism from GOP lawmakers, including US Senator John Kennedy, who called for her firing last year on the heels of an audit that showed the state misspent 85-million dollars on ineligible Medicaid recipients.  

 

Two horses are dead following Saturday’s opening day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs racetrack in Bossier City.  Both horses fell on the track and had to be euthanized.  Animal Wellness Action Executive Director Marty Irby says deaths of this nature will not end until federal lawmakers pass the Horseracing Integrity Act which would end doping and provide greater safety for horses.  Irby says it is vital to flag the deaths because no member of the Louisiana Congressional delegation has come forward in support of the bill yet.

 

Mortgage rates are expected to remain low in 2020 with the national average mortgage rate currently at 3.86 percent and dropping. Bankrate.com chief financial analyst Greg McBride says we could see rates stay below four percent, a critical threshold.

 

The DASH diet has been ranked as one of the top popular diets by US News and World Report.  The diet was developed by researchers at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center.  Chief of dietary assessment Catherine Champagne says the diet puts more focus on plant-based foods, including most fruits and vegetables. The DASH diet ranked only behind the Mediterranean diet. The Keto Diet, ranked last of the 35 diets listed.

Good Morning.. News For Monday January 6th, 2020

News for Monday January 6th 2020        

Compiled by Dave Graichen

Cenla Broadcasting

 

The reaction for many is shock and the question is why.. Friday it was announced Alexandria Police chief Jarred King was placed on administrative leave. City officials are saying nothing other than it is a personnel matter and that there is no timeline for when the city will comment. The city has been facing many problems as of late, increasing crime and a severe shortage of police officers, many of whom have left the city force for higher pay elsewhere. The pay issue is one the mayor and council have refused to address. Yesterday afternoon a city spokesperson announced that Assistant chief Farrell Gaspard will temporally be in charge, while the city conducts an internal investigation into Chief King.  

 

Saturday morning the APD along with several other state and federal agencies were involved in an “active” scene on Jackson street in a field across the street from the shopping center which houses Mac’s Fresh Market. Investigators were on the scene for several hours. The activity follows an explosion on Thursday near a payday loan business on Mac Arthur Drive. It appears now that may been a failed extortion attempt. News Channel 5 reported Sunday that the FBI and ATF have officially taken over as leads in the investigation.

 

A Bunkie man is dead following an early morning shooting in Opelousas Sunday.

St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said his office responded to the Yambilee Grounds around 1 a.m. after the shooting happened during a concert. The victim, whom the sheriff only identified as a 28-year-old black man from Bunkie, died after he was taken to a local hospital in a private vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.

 

For the second year in a row, the Saints lose a home postseason game in overtime as Minnesota upset the Black and Gold 26-20 in overtime. The Vikings had the better running attack, Kirk Cousins made some big throws and the Saints offense struggled through the first three quarters. Coach Sean Payton says they didn’t lose by a miracle or bad call this time.

 

After a U-S airstrike in Baghdad Friday, oil prices and futures have seen a 4-percent increase so far. Analysts at GasBuddy.com say we should see gas prices start to rise at the pump over the next week or two at least $.05 to $.10 a gallon. But GasBuddy Head of Petroleum Analysis Patrick DeHaan says that all could change if violence escalates between Iran and the US. The good news is gas prices should be somewhat insulated in the the US, seeing we are producing 7.5 million more barrels of oil every day than we were a decade ago.

 

The first homicide of 2020 in Baton Rouge almost went undiscovered and unreported after detectives and the Coroner made an incorrect assumption while processing the scene, overlooking the victim's gunshot wound and declaring his death an accidental drug overdose. It was funeral home workers who uncovered the mistake while preparing the body the following day. That prompted the coroner's office to reconsider their assessment and left homicide detectives scrambling to collect whatever evidence may still be left.

 

State Police report 57 year old Stephanie Soileau of Ville Platte died after a Sunday crash on La. 103. Troopers say the crash happened when Soileau  failed to negotiate a curve and crossed the centerline, striking another vehicle.  Soileau was restrained at the time of the crash. She was transported to a local hospital in critical condition where she ultimately succumbed to her injuries.

 

An LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine professor details the treatment of a  blood clot involving an astronaut on the International Space Station. An ultrasound performed about two months into the mission revealed a blood clot in one astronaut. It’s the first time NASA had encountered this condition in space before. The astronaut took blood thinners to shrink the clot and it was eventually gone 10 days after the astronaut returned to earth.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will stock 13 fishing sites around Louisiana later this month with rainbow trout.  LDWF fisheries biologist Megan MacMenamin says it is all part of the “Get Out and Fish” community fishing program.

Rainbow trout is a cold-water fish, and will only be able to survive in Louisiana during winter months.  MacMenamin says the fish being stocked are adult rainbow trout that are about one to two pounds in weight.

 

A West Monroe man has been arrested after he allegedly put a gun to his son's head after his son drank the last Dr Pepper in their home. Chad Kinnaird was arrested and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on one charge of Felony Violation of Protective Order and one charge of Domestic Abuse Battery, Child Endangerment.

 

The Ragin Cajuns go after their 11th victory tonight when they face Miami of Ohio in the Lending Tree Bowl in Mobile, Alabama. The Red Hawks started 2-and-4, but won six of their last seven including the MAC Championship game.

 

A week from tonight the LSU Tigers will try to complete a perfect 15-0 season by beating Clemson in the national championship game. Sophomore Tigers linebacker K’Lavon Chaisson has played very well down the stretch and is likely getting ready to play in his final game in purple and gold. An improved LSU defense faces its biggest test. Clemson has one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in Trevor Lawrence, who is 25-0 as a starter during his college career.

 

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