News for Wednesday 061913
By Dave Graichen
The LSU baseball team’s record-setting season came to an abrupt end when North Carolina eliminated the Tigers from the College World Series with a 4-2 victory Tuesday afternoon in TD Ameritrade Park. The Tigers finished the season 57-11.
Gov. Bobby Jindal created a stir Tuesday by encouraging Republicans “to stop the bedwetting.” Jindal penned a pep talk in Politico to point out the GOP has 30 governors and took control of the U.S. House in 2010. One snippet reads: “Let’s stop defeating ourselves, get on offense, and go kick the other guys around. If you’ve followed the news over the past month, they are certainly asking for it. The governor then launched into what “the left” wants, listing pornography, abortion, lax moral standards, the elimination of super-sized soda drinks and a government that offers jobs to everyone.
Jefferson Parish authorities say a 5-year-old girl is dead after her 13-year-old half-brother inflicted fatal injuries to her, while imitating moves he saw while watching professional wrestling. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office spokesperson, Col John
Fortunato says during the questioning, the 13-year-old seemed to enjoy talking about the wrestling moves that lead to his half-sisters death. He's been charged with second degree murder.
Some residents in Washington Parish got a rude awakening yesterday morning as a result of a natural gas line explosion. The blast occurred at around 5:30 near the community of Enon. Several state agencies responded and Kevin Davis, director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says they are trying to determine what caused the explosion. Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal told reporters at the scene that it looks like a bomb went off. Davis says at point, the flames shooting up from the ruptured pipe were seen miles away.
During Governor Jindal's state-tour stop yesterday in Shreveport, he officially signed a pair of bills benefiting Hunters for the Hungry. Bossier City Representative Jeff Thompson says one of the bills will allow non-profit organizations to serve wild game. Earlier this year nearly 1600 pounds of venison meat were tossed out at a homeless shelter in Shreveport-Bossier by order of state health officials who said hunter-taken game was not allowed to be served. The other bill that is now law provides a checkoff box on hunting license forms that would help fund the Hunters for the Hungry.
A new law signed Tuesday night by Gov. Bobby Jindal will require the annual reporting of who is getting the college scholarships awarded by people who serve on Louisiana’s higher education management boards. The Board Scholarship Reporting Act affects scholarships that members of the LSU and Southern Board of Supervisors grant.
This sounds like a scene from the TV series “Bates Motel”. Vernon Parish authorities recently received information that led to the discovery of a large field of marijuana plants in a western area of Vernon Parish. The Vernon Parish law enforcement, working with State Police, the Wildlife and Fisheries Agency, the FBI and the Louisiana National Guard, destroyed approximately 6,815 marijuana plants growing on more than two acres of land .The plants ranged in size from seedlings to three feet in height
A judge on Tuesday struck down several exceptions to Louisiana’s ban on juveniles possessing handguns, including a little-known provision allowing youngsters to carry handguns as long as they have written permission from a parent. Judge Pamela Taylor Johnson of East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court upheld the remaining language in the ban, which forbids handgun possession among youths under the age of 17.
An environmental group claims that dozens of people in Ascension Parish are complaining of physical and mental health effects as of a result of last week's chemical plant explosion in Geismar. Louisiana Bucket Brigade director Anne Rolfes says they surveyed 67 people and most of the people reported some sort of symptom. However,
Department of Environmental Quality spokesperson Rodney Mallett says their air quality readings throughout Ascension Parish came back fine. Rolfes says her organization does not agree with the reports from the Department of Environmental Quality, who claim there were no reports of harmful effects after the explosion at the Williams Olefins plant..
The recent party switch by Opelousas state Senator Elbert Guillory is making national headlines. Newly minted Republican Senator Guillory tells his story to the Washington Post; the story is available online. Guillory is currently the only black republican in the State Legislature.
The attorney for Livingston Parish School board President Malcolm Sibley who was arrested on a hit and run charge Sunday says his client is remorseful. Sibley was involved in an accident in which a 21-year-old man from Mississippi was killed. Police say it appears the man was standing in the middle of the road at the time of the accident. However, police say leaving the scene and failure to report the accident was a felony offense.
An area of low oxygen to form this summer off the coast of Louisiana could grow to the size of New Jersey if forecasts released Tuesday hold true. That area of low oxygen, also known as the “dead zone,” could be one of the largest scientists have seen since annual monitoring began in 1985.
The Alexandria Police is requesting assistance in locating a missing person.
37 year old Deesha Austin was last seen June 9 wearing a gray and pink dress. Her family reported that she left the residence to go to the store and never returned. Anyone with information as to her whereabouts should contact the Alexandria Police Department.