News for Thursday 071014
By Dave Graichen
As expected, Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo in Alexandria yesterday to announce his candidacy for the 5th Congressional District seat. The 57 year old Mayo barely missed a runoff in last year’s special election for the 5th Congressional District seat. He’s hoping to be the only Democrat in the race this year, which would better position him for a runoff spot and possibly victory in the general election.
The 5th District’s current congressman, Vance McAllister is seeking re-election. The primary election is set for Nov. 4.
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to ten years in federal prison yesterday on charges of bribery, money laundering, and fraud. Nagin was convicted in February for accepting thousands of dollars in bribes from businessmen who were seeking city contracts or favors from Nagin. Nagin was ordered to report to the federal prison in Oakdale by September 8.
A Provencal man was fired from his position as a Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's correctional officer after being arrested Tuesday on forcible rape and malfeasance in office charges. 28 year old Lindsey Hoke was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center after an investigation into a complaint filed on Friday by a female inmate. An investigation is continuing.
Governor Bobby Jindal and the Department of Education announce the state school voucher program awarded more than 8,800 student with vouchers to attend a school of their choice for the upcoming school year. That's nearly 3,800 more vouchers than were issued just two years ago. The vouchers were awarded for student attendance at 133 participating schools in 30 parishes across the state. The program received more than 13,000 applications for vouchers for the upcoming school year - up by 1,000 applications from last year.
With about a year and a half left to go in his second term, Governor Bobby Jindal's approval rating is at 32-percent. That's according to Public Policy Polling, which surveyed over six-hundred registered voters in Louisiana. Pollster Tom Jensen says Jindal continues to have the worst poll numbers of just about any elected official in the country. Jindal is considering a possible run for President in 2016. But Jensen says their poll of Louisiana voters shows he would not do well in a republican presidential primary in his home state.
Louisiana State Police say two people who worked at public works for Iberia Parish died in a tragic accident Tuesday afternoon. They say 48-year-old Ross Migues of Lydia and 57-year-old Jody Anthony of St. Martinville were putting up signs on the road when they were hit by their own work truck after it was hit by a car that went into the shoulder. This crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Police says a 4-year-old who stepped into the middle of Highway 165 in Monroe shortly before 10pm Tuesday night, was struck and killed by a vehicle. Trooper Albert Paxton says the investigation revealed 45-year-old Marvin Jones was traveling north on Hwy 165 when his vehicle ran over the little girl. He says troopers suspected impairment on part of the driver. Jones was arrested for 1st offense DWI. But, here’s where the story gets strange, Jones submitted to an alcohol breath test and was found to have a .06 blood alcohol content which is below the legal limit of .08. No word as to what a 4 year old was doing in the middle of a major highway at 10pm.
Police in Baton Rouge say a man and woman are under arrest for allegedly going gambling and leaving their children behind in the Bell of Baton Rouge Casino Hotel. Apparently the two were found roaming the halls and told police they'd seen their parents hours earlier. The suspects were discovered to have been in the casino and they were booked for child desertion.
The 19th annual Manning Passing Academy, which brings in athletes from across the country to Nicholls State University to work on their game, kicks off today. The Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce estimates the event has a nearly $2 million economic impact for their area. President and CEO Kathy Benoit says this is a tremendous event for the city. Not only does the camp bring in 1200 students and a staff of about 120 pro football athletes, but their families also come in for the 4 day event and they fill hotels and take big advantage of their time in Thibodaux.