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News For Wednesday 10/23/13


News for Wednesday 102313

By Dave Graichen

 

Alexandria police detectives are investigating a shooting on Lee Street Monday evening that killed an 18-year-old woman. The  body of Leiunna  Collins of Alexandria, was found at the intersection of Dallas and Lee streets shortly before 6 Monday night. Collins was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police say the investigation continues.

 

Drive-thru flu shots will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Rapides Parish Health Unit, 5604-A Coliseum Blvd. in Alexandria. The shots are free if people present proof of insurance. Bring a photo copy of both sides of your insurance, Medicaid or Medicare card. For those without proof of insurance, there will be a $10 charge.

 

A jacket for when you are outside and another blanket at night could be  needed this week as more cool air is filtering into Louisiana. State  Climatologist Barry Keim says a cold front has brought more Canadian  air to the Bayou State.  Keim says high temperatures will be in the mid 70s today and low

temperatures will be in the mid 40s over the next few mornings. He says  we'll see another temperature drop later in the week.  Keim is not anticipating any record lows, but we'll experience the

coolest temps of the fall this week.

 

State lawmakers gather in Baton Rouge today to discuss the impact of  rising flood insurance premiums for some Louisiana property owners.  Senate Insurance Committee Chairman, Blade Morrish of Jennings, says  much of the public is in the dark on who will be impacted as a result of

flood insurance reform legislation that went into effect on October 1st   An estimated 18-thousand Louisiana policies will see an immediate impact  and some property owners could see rate increases of up to four-thousand  percent.

 

Louisiana Public Broadcasting will air a program tonight that  discusses whether or not Louisiana should legalize the recreational  use of marijuana. Kirby Goidel from the LSU Public Policy Research

Lab is co-hosting the show.  A release from LBP says mandatory drug sentencing costs Louisiana

taxpayers millions of dollars to incarcerate people charged with  simple possession of marijuana. Goidel says a recent survey showed  overwhelming support for de-criminalizing pot in Louisiana.  The show will air tonight on LPB at 7pm.

 

The Caddo Parish Sheriff's office arrests a man for allegedly trying to  extort  a  contestant on the popular music competition show "The Voice. Spokeswoman  Cindy  Chadwick says Harold Martin of Texarkana, Arkansas  faces  extortion  charges   for   threatening   to  defame 22-year-old  Cole  Vosbury  of  Shreveport  if he didn't perform  at benefit concerts for free. She  says Martin then started to threaten Vosbury,  after  he  began appearing on the NBC television show.

 

The  East  Baton Rouge Sheriff's office  says  a  47-year-old  woman killed her 84-year-old  mother  and  a  dog, before fatally shooting herself  at a home in an upscale Baton Rouge  neighborhood.  Colonel Lawrence McLeary  says  investigators learned Karen Diamond suffered from severe depression and  was  also  concerned  about  her  mother needing home health care, which could explain why the murder-suicide occurred. It's  been  reported  Diamond was a doctor, who had a drug addiction and recently left her job at a Baton Rouge hospital.

 

Amid new controversy surrounding the Tulane legislative scholarship program, a state senator from Baton Rouge said Tuesday he will propose legislation to scrap the program, which allows each of Louisiana’s 144 lawmakers to award a one-year scholarship worth an estimated $43,150 to the private university each year. The program dates to the 1880s, when the then-public University of Louisiana was privatized into Tulane.

 

Governor Bobby Jindal joined former Governor Mike Foster in Franklin earlier Tuesday  to  announce  that  more than two million dollars has been  set  aside to maintain the archives  of  Foster,  a  two  term Republican  Governor   of   the  Pelican  State.  According  to  the governor's office, the money  will  be  used  to  preserve the third floor  of  the  former  Crowell Elementary School. That  school  now houses the Franklin City hall on the first two floors.

 

The University of Louisiana System Board plans a comprehensive review of  Grambling State University. UL System President Sandra Woodley says outside experts and consultants will be  brought in to look at all aspects of the university. Grambling's troubles came to particular light last week, when the  football team boycotted the Jackson State game due to terrible conditions and problems with the school’s administration. Woodley says the institutional review of Grambling State could take  several months to complete.

 

Five people had to be rescued  Tuesday  morning  from  the  Mississippi River  when  their  tugboat overturned in uptown New Orleans.  There were  no injuries reported.  New  Orleans  port  officials  say  its possible  that  a  wake  from  a  passing ship caused the tugboat to

capsize.

 

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