News for Monday 121613
By Dave Graichen
After being rained out Friday night, the Pineville Christmas parade will roll tonight at 7pm. The parade begins on Main Street in Pineville near Huey P. Long Medical Center and will go northward onto Military Highway and end near the Trotter Center.
The grand opening of Alexandria’s new fire station on Coliseum Blvd is today. The public is invited to the grand opening at 10:30 or just drop by to tour the new facility any time before 6pm.
If you have LSU football season tickets, then you'll probably be paying more for them next year. The LSU Board of Supervisors have approved a plan that raises the cost to buy tickets for games at Tiger Stadium. Those ticket price hikes will generate an additional 2.3 million dollars in revenue for the athletic program. The average increase next year will be about 6 percent over this
The Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday will be at least $550 million after lottery officials announced there was no winning ticket sold in Friday night's drawing. A $550 million prize would be Mega Millions' second-largest jackpot ever and the fourth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. The $550 million jackpot would net a cash option of $295 million.
The New Orleans Saints could have clinched a playoff berth and moved a step closer to winning the NFC South with a victory in St. Louis on Sunday. But the Rams, who have given the Saints trouble in the past, continued to do so again on Sunday. St. Louis outscored New Orleans 17-0 in the first half and held on despite a frantic Saints rally for a 27-16 victory.
George Rodrigue, the Cajun Louisiana artist most known for his iconic “Blue Dog” paintings, died Saturday evening at a hospital in Houston after a long battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements should be announced today. George Rodrigue was 69.
Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States are scheduled to go before the Public Service Commission today seeking a rate hike. P-S-C member Foster Campbell says he'll vote against it. Campbell says the utility company originally asked for a 200-million dollar rate increase, but after
talking with P-S-C staff, they'll seek a ten-million dollar rate hike. Campbell says he'll actually seek to reduce Entergy's rates. The commissioner says the company is already allowed a profit margin of over 10-percent, which he thinks is too high.
The Centers for Disease Control are stressing the importance of getting a flu shot before the flu season gets any worse. Clinics and doctors offices in Louisiana report the number of diagnosed flu cases is on the rise. CDC immunologist Dr. Michael Jung (young) says flu vaccine is readily available at doctors' offices, clinics, parish health centers and even at many drug stores. Some people resist getting the flu vaccine because they're squeamish about needles. Dr. Jung says those under 49 can get the nasal spray.
A high-powered Japanese sniper rifle, a sawed-off shotgun, a revolver missing a bullet chamber and a BB gun were among the weapons people hauled to a church Saturday for the latest Baton Rouge “Gas for Guns” buyback event. The program, which has been conducted twice previously in Baton Rouge, is designed to remove unsecured and unwanted weapons from the community. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said 71 handguns, rifles and shotguns were turned in to law enforcement officials Saturday with no questions asked in exchange for $4,200 worth of gas cards.
The Louisiana Lottery announces the Robertsons of A&E's Duck Dynasty are the newest members of its family of $5 scratch-off games. Spokeswoman Kimberly Chopin says they were very eager to bring the West Monroe crew to their popular games. The overall odds of winning a scratch-off prize are 1 in 4 and the game contains more than $5.7 million dollars in prizes.
The Bossier City man accused of killing his wife, burning her body, then burying her in the woods...before fleeing the state...has been brought back to Bossier Parish to face charges. Robert Bond shot himself with a small caliber handgun as Mississippi lawmen approached his vehicle at a rest stop. He's been transferred from a hospital there to the Bossier parish prison. His bond is a million dollars.
LSU says it will establish a Baton Rouge campus of its New Orleans Med School. It would be the first permanent medical school campus in the Capital City. Branch status would bring students to Baton Rouge full-time for their third and fourth years of medical school. The phase-in begins in July with 32 future physicians arriving for their third year. The New Orleans medical school has 800 students today. The school gets about 3,000 applications for the 200 student spots that open every year.
A south Louisiana man who claims he thought he got a gift from God when actually there was a bank error on his account is arrested on theft charges. Kenner Police report the wife of 36 year old William Lopez went to deposit $700 in their account, but it actually showed up as $7000. The suspect proceeded to go on a spending . Lopez allegedly ignored the banks attempts to contact him and went to spend the entire $6300 in Mississippi.
Fred Howell Jr., a cast member from the show Cajun Pawn Stars, has been arrested on burglary charges after he asked a pawn shop owner to help him crack a password on a laptop. The tip was called in to authorities, and investigators later discovered the suspect had stolen 2 laptops, an XBOX and a Nintendo from a home in Alexandria.