News for Tuesday 020513
By Dave Graichen
The Superintendent of Louisiana State Police believes local law enforcement in The Bayou State is ready if there was an active shooter situation in one of our schools. Col Mike Edmonson says
there are over 19-hundred schools in Louisiana and there are plans in place with local law enforcement if a gunman enters a school. He says there's great cooperation, which will be a huge benefit in the
time of a crisis.
On that note, Students yesterday afternoon alerted faculty to a fifth-grader who was showing off a revolver in his backpack at Horseshoe Drive Elementary School. The weapon was found by the school resource officer and the student was taken into the custody. The officer reported The .22 caliber revolver was not loaded, and no ammunition was found.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recapped his thoughts on the Super Bowl Monday morning and indicted the power outage would have no effect on New Orleans' chance to host another Championship game. He says the incident was unfortunate and they are still investigating the exact reason half the lights went out in the Superdome in the third quarter. Gooddell said the city of New Orleans did a spectacular job hosting the big game.
However, An article in Forbes magazine is suggesting that New Orleans not be allowed to host another Super Bowl until it replaces what it calls the "outdated" Superdome.
You've probably noticed by now the big recent spike in gas prices. The American Automobile Association says the current statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.34 cents which is about 15 cents higher than it was at the start of the year.
State health officials say they've seen a drop-off in the number of flu cases. After the holidays, there were reports doctor offices were flooded with people suffering from flu-like symptoms. But Department of Health and Hospitals Immunization Director, Dr. Frank Welch, says a public awareness campaign to fight the flu bug has helped. Welch says the state is still reporting widespread flu cases, but influenza activity has been declining.
Governor Bobby Jindal's office says a Houston based company, "Genesis Energy" is expanding its operations in Baton Rouge and plans to build a pipeline that will connect to the Exxon plant. They
say the planned expansion will create 50 new jobs with an average of $80,000 a year plus benefits.
Detectives from the Rapides parish sheriff’s office report when they arrived at a Sieper residence to serve warrants on, they found 20 year old Walter Benoit watching child pornography on his computer. Benoit was already wanted on warrants for indecent behavior with a juvenile and sexual battery. He can now add a few charges to that list. Benoit was arrested and charged with two counts of pornography involving juveniles and for the warrants - one count of indecent behavior with juveniles and two counts of sexual battery. Benoit was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
Baton Rouge businessman Jim Bernhard is apparently a top contender to replace Steven Chu as the country's next Energy Secretary. Bernhard is CEO of the Shaw Group, a Fortune 500 company
headquartered in the Capitol City. Northeastern Louisiana Congressman Rodney Alexander says Bernhard has proven leadership skills, and can develop ideas for making America energy independent. Alexander hopes President Obama will give Bernhard serious consideration for the Cabinet Post.
Police in Monroe are looking for the person responsible for hitting and killing a pedestrian late Saturday night. They say witnesses saw a white Mitsubishi Galant with white tinted windows struck a man and
flee the scene. The victim was pronounced dead from his injuries at a local hospital.
The Livingston Parish man accused of brutally attacking his pregnant wife and killing their unborn child had his bond revoked in court today. Jeffrey Reynolds, of Walker says he was under the influence
of illegal "bath salts" last October, when he attacked his wife. She survived the attack, the baby
The Oscar-Winning Team at Shreveport's Moonbot Studios now says they're working on a new project: a video game. Founders Williams Joyce and Branden Olendenburg says the game "Golem" needs pledges of $750,000 by March 26th to be funded.