News for Wednesday 121813
By Dave Graichen
There were two winning tickets sold for last night’s drawing of the Mega Millions lottery. Officials say tickets were sold in California and Georgia. The $636 million jackpot was the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. history.
Thick fog played a major role in a 21-vehicle pileup on La. 1 north of Donaldsonville Tuesday morning that left one man dead and the road closed for eight hours while the vehicles were removed and investigators tried to determine what happened. A 62 year old Plaquemine man was killed in what State Police said were three separate accidents that occurred around 5 a.m. in early morning darkness and thick fog.
Governor Bobby Jindal, along with coastal officials and representatives from Louisiana's universities, announce plans to build a Water Campus in Baton Rouge, on the bank of the Mississippi River. The governor says funding resources are in place to build a state-of-the-art center for research into solving Louisiana coastal issues. Governor Jindal says this could create thousands of new jobs.
Four years after he kicked the Saints into Super Bowl XLIV and then nailed three field goals to help them win their only championship, Garrett Hartley is no longer on the team. The Saints waived Hartley on Tuesday, two days after he had a 36-yard field goal blocked and then missed a 26-yarder wide left in a 27-16 loss to the Rams in St. Louis.
Bossier City Representative Jeff Thompson and US Senator David Vitter as well as Texas US Senator Ted Cruz will be holding a "Tele-Town Hall" to tonight to discuss efforts to protect 2nd Amendment rights of gun owners across America. Thompson, who is also the founder of the group Defend Louisiana, says they will address the gun rights movement. Thompson says the Tele-Town Hall begins at 7pm and more information about how you can take part is available online at Defendla.org.
Senator Mary Landrieu fears there may be no fix the flawed flood insurance reform law before the year's end. The Biggerts-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act will mean huge premium hikes for many residents in Louisiana. Landrieu says there is a widely supported Senate bill, but it's hung up waiting on a procedural vote to debate it. Landrieu says she and Senator David Vitter are doing all they can to get the bill passed this week.
A new poll on the 2015 Louisiana Governor's race shows Republican Senator David Vitter with only a modest lead over Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. UL-Lafayette Political Science professor Pearson Cross says Vitter's 35% indicates he's not the "shoe-in" for Governor that some say he is. The poll shows, in a three way question of preference for governor, Vitter has 35% followed by Landrieu with 29% and Dardenne with 22%. Dardenne paid for the survey, and Cross feels the results may give him cause to rethink running in 2015...:
In New Roads a 5 year old child was reportedly left on a school bus in Pointe Coupee Parish for several hours Monday morning and a school bus driver and one other person who was an aid has been suspended. The child fell asleep and after the other children were unloaded at the school yesterday morning, the bus driver went home and left the little boy on the bus. He was discovered just before noon. Additional disciplinary action against the driver is expected.
Police say a man from Carencro is under arrest after causing a crash that ended up causing a woman, who was 6 months pregnant, to lose her baby. They say the driver of the vehicle, whose lights were not on, fled on foot after the crash took place. The suspect was later apprehended and Luis Ortiz was charged with hit and run driving but more charges could be filed for the death of the unborn child.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has filed a lawsuit against Festiva Hospitality Group for unfair and deceptive practices in connection with its points-based "vacation club." The suit alleges that Festiva
sold Louisiana consumers "points" for membership in a vacation club that they could use for trips to any of its resorts around the country. The trouble is...consumers found it impossible to book
vacations due to no accommodations.
The Houma Police Department says two arrests have been made in the beating, tasing and robbery of a disabled man who was walking home from work last month. Chief Todd Duplantis says the November 11th crime was caught on a surveillance camera. He says the video shows two suspects shocking and beating the victim then taking his cell phone and wallet.
A New Orleans woman is under arrest for throwing a kitchen knife at her boyfriend during a fight, but hitting her 2-year-old grandson instead. Police say the boyfriend ducked and the knife hit the child
on the left side of his head, leaving a gash that required stitches to close.
Gov. Bobby Jindal on Tuesday appointed former Mayor Lynn Robertson to serve as interim mayor of Port Allen in the wake of “Deedy” Slaughter’s recall from office. The announcement from the Governor’s Office came exactly 24 hours after the 20-day deadline expired for the Port Allen City Council to make the appointment. The City Council canceled a special-called Monday meeting because the five-member body could not reach a consensus on who should serve as interim mayor. The 57 year old Robertson served as the city’s mayor from 1993 to 2004.