News for Tuesday 070213
By Dave Graichen
Former LSU and NBA Star Shaquille O'Neal says he wants to build a children's hospital in Baton Rouge. O'Neal made the announcement during a press conference this weekend in Natchitoches prior to his induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. He says he wants to build a big hospital in Baton Rouge, where sick
children can receive medical care for free.
You can scratch Ag Commissioner Mike Strain's name off the list for potential candidates for governor in 2015. Strain says he formed a gubernatorial exploratory committee, ran polls and talked with voters over the last few months and game to the realization that he has the job he wants.
U.L.-Monroe has named Brian Wickstrom as its new Athletic Director. Wickstrom comes to ULM from the University of California - Riverside, to replace Bobby Staub who resigned last April after 9 years helming ULM sports.
A dip at the beach may seem like a good idea to beat the summer heat, but state health officials warn there are health risks in Louisiana's natural waters. State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard says Gulf seawater can contain the so-called flesh-eating bacteria. Dr. Ratard says four swimmers in Louisiana Gulf Coast waters were infected with the bacteria - probably through open wounds or cuts. Three have gotten sick and one person died. He says the bacteria can be especially harmful in persons with pre-existing health issues, or weak immune systems.
The Department of Children & Family Services says all the state's 15 juvenile justice facilities are now under one set of operational standards. DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier says the standards lay out clear rules for health, safety, staff training and many of procedures and policies. She says it's been a long time coming.
Motorists are seeing some relief at the pump during fourth of July travels as gas prices in Louisiana have fallen five cents from last week. According to Patrick Dehaan with GasBuddy.com, the current statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.27. you can find it a lot lower here in Alexandria / Pineville. He says gasoline inventory in the United States is 10% higher than it was a year ago.:
A St. Mary Parish Sheriff's deputy was killed Sunday, when his motorcycle swerved into oncoming traffic and hit an SUV. It happened in Morgan City on state Highway 182. Deputy Carril Crooks was pronounced dead at the scene. The matter is under investigation
An investigation continues into a rather strange crash and fatality. Police in Shreveport are reporting that just after 11pm last night a car went off Jefferson Paige Road and fell onto I-220. The car was reportedly on fire when the driver jumped out and then ran into traffic where he was struck several times.
No sooner does a major construction project on I-10 between Baton Rouge and New Orleans finish, than another is slated to get underway. The Department of Transportation says they'll soon begin elevating the roadway at LaPlace, an area that was covered in over a foot of water - and had to be closed - in the days after Hurricane
Isaac last Fall. Crews will lay 15 inches of additional asphalt, to bring the roadway above the high water mark. The work should be done by September.
Police in Monroe say a 25-year-old Marine drowned over the weekend. They say Sgt. Ricky Franklin Sugg was found in a swimming pool at a home Saturday afternoon. Detectives don't suspect suspicious circumstances but his drowning death is still under investigation.
Authorities in Sabine Parish say a two-year-old girl drowned Sunday afternoon in an above-ground swimming pool. It's believed she got outside while everyone else in the home was napping, and climbed the ladder--falling into the water. The parish coroner is calling it a tragic accidental death.
Do red light cameras reduce accidents? A study done in Baton Rouge after 5 years of cams says T-bone type accidents at camera-monitored intersections are down sharply....however, rear-end collisions at the same intersections are up slightly.