News for Tuesday 073013
By Dave Graichen
State Treasurer John Kennedy says he's seriously considering a run for the governor of Louisiana in 2015. Kennedy, who has been a vocal critic of fellow Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, says he believes that the state's future can he much better than it is right now. Kennedy feels Louisiana needs a Governor with knowledge and wisdom who believes higher education is sacred and not line items on a budget. There's been chatter that Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne also intends to run in two years and possibly US Senator David Vitter. State Representative John Bel Edwards has already announced his candidacy.
State Treasurer John Kennedy threatened Monday to forward files on 36 community groups, including one with ties to a state legislator, to a new state debt collection unit. The groups on Kennedy’s list include a New Orleans area housing organization, a Baton Rouge social club, an alumni association, a health care center and an organization affiliated with a Boy Scouts troop.
Kennedy said the groups either ignored or failed to fully comply with requests for details on how $4.5 million in taxpayer money was spent. He said certified letters and emails have been sent and personal calls have been made for years to the groups without resolution.
New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Louisiana among the few states with more jobs now than it had before the recession. Louisiana Workforce Commission executive director Curt Eysink says the net increase is not huge, 15,000 jobs, but it's still good news. Eysink says the future looks bright for employment in Louisiana, as existing industries expand here, and new businesses - like IBM – plan multi-billion dollar investments in our state.
Six people charged with unlawfully and improperly storing explosives at Camp Minden have pleaded "not guilty". The men are all with Explo Systems, where over 10-million pounds of M-6 propellant was found stored unsafely. You may remember the whole town of Doyline was evacuated for several days in December while those munitions were moved. The men go to trail in November.
The Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office says famous radio personality David "Kidd" Kraddick died from complications related to heart disease. The 53-year-old radio host was in New Orleans over the weekend for his "Kidd's Kids" charity golf tournament when he suddenly became ill Saturday. The coroner went on to say Kraddick died quickly and most likely felt little pain.
Senators David Vitter and Mary Landrieu are urging President Obama to hold FEMA chief David Fugate's promotion to head the Department of Homeland Security, until problems with the National Flood Insurance Program are addressed. Vitter says Louisianans face crippling flood insurance premiums hikes if something isn't done. Vitter says FEMA is using flawed flood maps to predict future flood insurance rates in Louisiana. Vitter says he and Landrieu just sent the letter Monday, so there's been no response yet from the White House.
The state auditor’s office says former Terrebonne Parish Sheriff Vernon Bourgeouis owes $19,000 for allegedly improperly paying officers during the time they were being filmed on the A&E relativity show Cajun Justice. The report says Bourgeouis is going to pay the money but he is protesting the claim.
Two Baton Rouge cops are on administrative leave after they shot and killed a 32-year-old man who they say tried to run them over. The officers were trying to stop Tyris Wilkerson for a traffic
violation, when the incident occurred. It's now under investigation.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux apologized Monday for several arrests his deputies have made of men who agreed to have consensual sex with undercover agents. The deputies used an unconstitutional anti-sodomy law that Gautreaux is now seeking to get repealed. None of the arrests was prosecuted because the District Attorney’s Office determined the men had not committed a crime. The law had been invalidated a decade ago by a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Say it ain't so....The Duck Commander himself, Phil Robertson, says he may be leaving the top-rated show "Duck Dynasty" Robertson doesn't say when, but feels the show can easily go on without him. Robertson founded the West Monroe duck call business that blossomed
into a multi-million dollar venture for his sons. Season 4, which features Phil quite a bit, debuts next month on A&E.
State Police say a man from Dehli died Sunday night after his motorcycle hit a deer. Trooper albert Paxton says 67-year-old Bobby Davis was traveling on Highway 134 when he was unable to avoid a deer that was crossing the road. He says his passenger, 66-year-old Mary Davis was taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries..