News for Monday 091613
By Dave Graichen
State health officials confirm the presence of a rare brain-eating amoeba in the St. Bernard Parish water supply. Four water sites have tested positive. Earlier this month, a 4-year-old boy visiting a St.
Bernard home died from encephalitis caused by the amoeba. Parish water systems are being flushed with chlorine to kill it.
DHH announced Friday three new cases of West Nile have been confirmed bringing this year's total number of cases to 34. Two of the newest reports of the illness are out of Livingston, Rapides and St. Martin Parishes.
The Thibodaux man, accused of dismembering his disabled son in 2011, is scheduled before a judge for a status hearing today. Jeremiah Wright has been in a mental institution for several months. Today, Judge John LeBlanc will look at whether Wright is mentally competent to stand trial yet.
Senate Democrats, tired of David Vitter delaying an energy bill, threaten to reopen debate over his past indiscretions. Vitter wants a vote on his bill to require Congress to use Obamacare. Politico reports democrats threaten an amendment that would dredge up Vitter's 1990's prostitution scandal. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says Democrats are thinking about creating a
rule that would yank government benefits from anyone ever involved in a prostitution scandal. In a statement, Vitter said Harry Reid is acting like a "Vegas mafia thug" just to protect the Obamacare exemption and is calling for an ethics investigation.
Lottery officials have announced on the Powerball website that no ticket has matched all Saturday’s numbers drawn for that game’s giant jackpot, which now swells to an estimated $400 million or a $223.6 million cash-option value. The next drawing is Wednesday..
Sunday a new law took effect that requires government appointees who make over $100,000 a year to have a Louisiana's driver's license and vehicle registration here. It's legislation put
together by Representative John Bel Edwards after he says he found out some of Governor Bobby Jindal's administration kept their out-of state licenses and registrations.
A state lawmaker from Shreveport says he is seriously considering entering the 2014 race for U.S. Senate. Republican Representative Alan Seabaugh (SEE-baw) says the country is headed in a bad direction, and he feels a true conservative is needed in the race. If he decides to enter the race, Seabaugh would join already-declared Congressman Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, and retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness (May-ness) of Madisonville, as GOP challengers against incumbent democrat Mary Landrieu. Seabaugh says he's been encouraged to get in the race.
Lawmen in Bossier Parish warn the public of a phone-based scam intended to trick you into surrendering control of your computer. Bossier Sheriff's spokesman Bill Davis says the calls appear to be coming in from outside the country. Davis says they convince unsuspecting victims to download a program that allows remote computer access, so they can "fix the problem". Davis says never grant an outside caller access to your computer. He asks anyone who thinks they've been victim of this scam to call law enforcement right away.
Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance, the last-resort insurance company run by the state, says it will lower premium rates for commercial customers in coastal areas by an average of about 23%.
Most of the businesses to benefit are in the New Orleans area.
For the first time since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, enrollment at Southern University in Baton Rouge is up. 6,667 students are enrolled this year, compared to 6,611 last year; an increase of 56.
Chancellor James Llorens says that's a slight figure for total enrollment, but represents a big increase in first time students. Llorens says the goal now is to increase the university's rate of
Two former dance school owners in Bossier City, arrested two weeks ago for molestation of a juvenile years ago, now face more charges. During a search of Gregg and Missy Hornbeak's home, investigators reportedly found nude pictures of their victim--taken when she was under 17. They're now also charged with child pornography.
Most of Louisiana is hoping against hope for some measurable rain, to relieve serious drought conditions. Sixteen parishes in northern Louisiana are under burn bans, to avoid risk of wildfires. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the northwest has it worst. He says rainfall there has been negligible.
A Shreveport woman was arrested for swimming naked in the fountain at Bossier City's Horseshoe Casino. Police offered 29-year-old Courtney Cox the chance to get dressed and have a sober friend drive her home, but she reportedly grew belligerent and disorderly, so she was taken in and charged with disturbing the peace and public drunkenness. and before you ask, this Courtney Cox was not the actress.
LSU's offense rolled up 571 yards of total offense in the Tigers 45-13 win over Kent State
Drew Brees was sacked four times, knocked around a bunch more and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Still, the New Orleans quarterback found a way to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers again. Garrett Hartley kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired to give the Saints a weather-delayed 16-14 victory and their fourth consecutive win over their NFC South rivals on Sunday.