News for Monday February 17th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Alexandria Mayor Jeff Hall says he is satisfied with the response to the city’s gun buyback program that was launched on Saturday. The city allotted $10,000 for gun returns and ran out of the money halfway through, but those who came and returned guns after the money ran out will get paid today. 147 guns were turned in during the event. Those who brought handguns were given $50 and $100 dollars were given for rifles, no questions asked.
The 8-year-old boy shot last week in drive-by shooting in New Iberia, died Friday night at a Baton Rouge hospital. The victim, Jamal Robinson, was the only person injured when Jonas Hawk allegedly shot rounds into a group of people outside of a home. Charges against Hawk will be upgraded to 14 counts of Attempted First-Degree Murder and 1 count of First Degree Murder.
In Mansura a Cottonport woman was arrested Sunday afternoon following a fatal hit and run Saturday night. Police were call to the scene of the accident to find 59 year old Randy Augustine lying dead in a ditch. Police say 21 year old Destiny Randall Struck Augustine as he was walking along the road shortly after 8pm Saturday night and fled the scene. Randall was arrested and charged with negligent homicide and hit and run fatality involved.
A report by the Advocate alleges Attorney General Jeff Landry, who rails against immigration issues, brought in skilled Mexican laborers on work visas to construct an LNG plant in Cameron Parish. The article says Landry used the H2B skilled worker visa program, which is opposed by both the Trump administration and labor unions. Advocate reporter Bryn Stole says there is no definitive proof Landry broke the law, but they did uncover documents indicating his companies may have misled the feds to get access to the visas. A spokesperson for Landry says the work was only temporary.
Gov. Edwards signs an executive order formally establishing the Governor’s Advisory Council on Rural Revitalization. Louisiana Farm Bureau President Ronnie Anderson says the expansion of broadband internet availability is an opportunity to help the rural areas become a more attractive place to live and work.
Senator Bill Cassidy is one of seven Republicans to join Senate Democrats in voting to limit the President’s authority to take military action against Iran. Cassidy says the vote was not a slight to President Trump, he just feels Congress needs to reclaim its responsibility in deciding when to head to war and make sure any decision has public support. The measure cleared the Senate 55-45 and heads to the House next, where a similar bill was passed earlier this year.
Legislation has been filed for the upcoming session that would eliminate the need to have a concealed carry license in order to carry a concealed handgun in Louisiana. Oil City Representative Danny McCormick says open carry is already legal in Louisiana and requiring people to get a permit to cover up that gun is just a tax. McCormick says putting additional barriers between legal gun owners and their right to carry in public is infringing on basic American rights.
A 2019 report on from True Colors United and the National Law Center for Homelessness ranks Louisiana in the top ten among the fifty states and District of Columbia in its efforts to address youth homelessness. Report co-author Dylan Waguespack says among the areas where Louisiana excels include providing unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness the opportunity to seek legal independence and live independently, and the state’s foster care, where those in the program can now receive benefits through the age of 21 instead of 18.
Former LSU baseball coach and athletic director Skip Bertman suffered a couple broken ribs from a during a single-car accident on Friday morning in Baton Rouge, according to an LSU spokesman. Bertman, who is 81, did not require an overnight hospital stay, but was unable to attend opening night..
The 11th ranked LSU baseball team opened the 2020 season by taking two of three from Indiana.
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