News for Thursday 061214
By Dave Graichen
Attorney Tiffany N. Sanders has announced her candidacy for the Division A judgeship of the 9th Judicial District Court. Sanders is a graduate of Louisiana State University and Southern University Law Center. She has served as an assistant Alexandria city attorney and worked in the Office of the Chief Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.
You can expect tuition to go up at Louisiana's community and technical colleges this fall. The Louisiana Community and Technical College Board approved the fee increase of up to 10 percent without dissent. The fee hike needs approval from the state Board of Regents before going into effect.
Figures from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis show Louisiana's economy grew 1.3 percent in 2013, which was below the national average of 1.8 percent. The report also says Louisiana lags behind neighboring states, but LSU Economist Loren Scott disagrees and says Louisiana has better post-recession job numbers than other states in the southeast. Scott says Louisiana is also on the cusp of an economic boom, as the state has announced plans for 90-billion dollars in oil and chemical industrial announcements. Scott says when this same report comes out next year, he anticipates Louisiana's growth rate will be higher than the national average.
State Police say 37 people have died in the last six months in the Acadiana area as a result of not being buckled up in traffic accidents. Troop I spokesperson Stephen Hammons says that's why they are taking a zero tolerance stand in the Lafayette area against those who are not buckled up. Those who are caught without a seatbelt face a 25-dollar fine and St. Landry Parish District Attorney Earl Taylor says, in some cases, community service is the punishment.
LSU defensive back Jalen Mills has been suspended indefinitely from the team following his arrest for allegedly punching a woman in the mouth. Mills was taken into custody early this morning on a charge of second degree battery. Baton Rouge Police Corporal Don Coppola says the incident happened on May 4th at an apartment complex. LSU Sports Information Director Michael Bonnette says Coach Les Miles is aware of the incident and suspended Mills indefinitely.
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, of Jefferson, will run for the position of House majority whip as part of the Republican leadership scramble set off by the unexpected defeat of U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Virginia primary, Scalise said Wednesday. The post of whip is No. 3 in the U.S. House majority pecking order, after House speaker and majority leader. The current whip is Kevin McCarthy, of California, who said he would run for majority leader.
The Baton Rouge Police Department says a 16-year-old is under arrest in the accidental shooting death of a 14-year-old boy. They say the suspect was sitting in the back of a vehicle playing with a gun when it went off and struck the front seat passenger, 14-year-old Brandon Bindon, in the torso. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he later died. The 16-year-old is charged with negligent homicide.
Lafourche Parish authorities have arrested a Larose man in connection with the murder of a Jefferson Parish woman and her unborn child. 29-year-old Emilio Calderon told investigators he was visiting Katherine Martinez at her home in Terrytown Saturday when an argument ensued. He admitted to stabbing Martinez several times and choking her until she was lifeless. Calderon will be booked in Jefferson Parish with second degree murder and first degree feticide.
A man who claimed he was too hot to work outside on a job site, has been arrested for his allegedly making a bomb threat to the plant, so he could get the day off. Fifteen hundred people had to be
evacuated from the Williams Olefin's plant in Geismar. The 18 year old from Terrytown Texas has been charged with terrorism..
The Louisiana Restaurant Association says they are excited to announce the findings of a new report from the Food and Drug Administration encouraging pregnant women to eat more seafood. LRA spokeswoman Wendy Waren says the new advice is based on extensive peer-reviewed science
that looks at fish as a whole food. Waren says the new advice recommends pregnant women eat at least 8 ounces, or two servings, of seafood per week. Waren says Omega 3's that are found in seafood improves overall baby development and brain health.
A 28-year-old Louisiana woman was wrongly arrested twice by the Clay County Sheriff's Office in Florida. Ashley Nicole Chiasson of Chalmette shares the first and last name of a woman wanted for grand theft and writing bad checks. Chiasson's attorney Andrew Bonderud says the sherrif had precise details about the woman wanted for the crimes. Chiasson spent 28 days in jail in January and another week in jail last month. During the course of the ordeal, she lost her home. A similar situation happened with the same sheriff's office last year with a 17- year-old young man. Both plan to sue.