News for Thursday 062013
By Dave Graichen
Six executives of a Louisiana company have been arrested on charges of improperly storing explosives. Each faces five felony charges and five accompanying conspiracy counts. State officials say Explo improperly stored millions of pounds of military propellant after an explosion, a discovery that led to the evacuation of the town of
We have our second named storm of the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Tropical Storm Barry is over the Bay of Campeche in the Southern Gulf and on track to head inland into Mexico; making no threat to U.S. shores.
Senator David Vitter's amendment to the federal immigration bill, which would have mandated that securing the border at Mexico be a priority in the bill, has been defeated on the Senate floor. 51 Senate democrats and 7 fellow republicans voted against Vitters proposal. One of them was Florida Senator Marco Rubio, one of the architects of the immigration reforms bill.
Governor Bobby Jindal signs into law a measure that provides an additional one-million dollars in state money to help provide services for the hearing impaired. The telecommunications Fund for the Deaf is mostly funded by a five cent tax on landline phones. But revenues have declined because there are fewer homes with landline service.
Some unfinished business in the state Legislature could result in Louisianans being told to have a passport to get on any commercial flight. Office of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Stephen Campbell says a transportation bill, that was allowed to die on the Senate floor, would have undone a 2008 act, passed by state lawmakers. That act stated the new federal Real ID was too intrusive. Since then, Homeland security has loosened some to the requirements and even extended the deadline for compliance. However, this fall, unless the deadline is extended again, Louisiana will have to comply. Campbell says the OMV is trying to come up with a way to do so without having to involve the legislature.
The LSU baseball team returned to Baton Rouge yesterday afternoon after a shorter than expected stay at the College World Series. The disappointment was still evident on the coaches and players' faces. Coach Paul Mainieri wishes they could have brought home another championship for the fans. Mainieri says he's already thinking about making a return trip to the College World Series next season.
Shreveport Police arrest a babysitter for the death of a 3-year-old girl Monday night. Police spokesman Corporal Marcus Hines says 32-year-old Tarika Wilson was caring for the little girl, and brought her into the LSU Shreveport Hospital ER that night. He says doctors immediately noticed sings of physical abuse, which launched
an investigation. The child died from her injuries, and now Wilson is charged with
The town of Grand Isle got a bit of a scare yesterday when a large waterspout, that’s more or less a tornado over water, formed just of the coast. Police say the waterspout stayed just offshore. But, strong winds surrounding it damaged several buildings and knocked down a power line. The good news is, no one was hurt.
The LSU Board of Supervisors approved Wednesday an agreement lacking in financial details for the private takeover of LSU’s public hospital in Bogalusa. The agreement could also reduce the health care for women currently provided at the hospital and its clinics in the rural Washington Parish. The documents the board used included a “cost-analysis” sheet filled with blank spaces as well as hospital and equipment leases with no numbers. The name of the legal entity with which LSU and the state is contracting with is also missing.
Wade Lohse, formerly Acadian's most wanted man is scheduled to be in court on his vehicular homicide charge next month. Lohse is accused of being drunk when he got into an wreck that claimed the life of Cacie Barras. The runaway defendant also faces multiple other charges. His lawyer reportedly plans to file a motion to move the
trial outside of Lafayette Parish because of massive pre-trial publicity the case has received.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne's office is now responsible for overseeing the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board. Dardenne says the move by legislators makes sense since his office is already in charge of Louisiana's tourism marketing. Dardenne says the seafood board was very small before the BP oil spill but has since received $30 million from the oil giant. The new law takes effect July 1st.
A Lake Providence man is dead after a fatal crash that involve a train in Ouachita Parish. State Police Troop F spokesman Albert Paxton says 22-year-old Jason Hensley was driving his truck while towing a car and was unable to stop before colliding with a train. The crash remains under investigation and alcohol use is not
The state Department of Transportation and Development says the White Castle ferry is shutting down for good on Friday. The closure comes before the planned June 28th date because DOTD says there is no staff continue the service until that time as workers are resigning in advance of their layoff. The state says $1.3 million a
year is going to be saved by closing the White Castle ferry.