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