News for Wednesday 012213
By Dave Graichen
U. S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., announced Tuesday morning that he plans to run for governor in 2015.
In an email to supporters, Vitter said he and his family arrived at the decision after thought, prayer and discussion. The 52 year old Vitter vowed to make the governor’s office his last political job, either elected or appointed. Vitter could face two strong republican challengers like Lt. Governor Dardenne or State Treasurer John Kennedy.
State lawmakers met in Baton Rouge Tuesday to discuss the legalization of marijuana and the possibility of reducing sentences for those found guilty of possession. Baton Rouge Representative Dalton Honore requested The House Criminal Justice Committee meeting. He says it doesn't make
sense that a doctor can prescribe marijuana but patients can't fill it.
Louisiana has been dealing with some very dry conditions and high winds which has fueled many out of control brush fires recently. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning stopped short on a statewide burn ban, but he does request all Louisiana citizens to delay debris and trash burning until the state gets so more precipitation.
Governor Bobby Jindal announced yesterday that he'll propose a $142 million dollar increase in funding for higher education institutions across the state. That will be part of his proposed budget, which will be released Friday. He's also proposing a new 40 million dollar workforce fund as an incentive for colleges to produce more high demand jobs.
Baton Rouge Police may have a break in a series of home invasions, where women were victims of sexual assaults. 35 year old Vorris Mouton of New Iberia was arrested for a December home invasion, but Police Chief Carl Dabadie says D-N-A linked him to a break-in and sexual assault of a
woman last Friday.
In Baton Rouge, Authorities are investigating a police chase late Monday in which a vehicle being pursued because it had no license plate slammed into another car, killing the driver of that car.
The crash claimed the life of a 37 year old man who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The Department of Transportation says they are discussing the possibility of picking up more revenue by selling sponsorships on things like roads and bridges. Spokesman Rodney Mallett says they want to tap into resources they already have in order to bring in more cash. For example, the service of the Motor Assistance Patrol vehicles. Mallet says right now they are talking with other states that sell sponsorships on its highways to see how it's working for them and once they have that information they will proceed accordingly.
The Natchitoches Parish sheriff’s office reports a man’s body was recovered Tuesday morning from Black Lake near Chandler’s Camp on La. Highway 9, north of Campti, after a person reported finding the body on the edge of the lake. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office. His identity is being withheld until his next of kin has been notified. The man was known to have had a heart condition and it is believed he got wedged between two stumps while fishing and could not help himself.
A former Haliburton manager is sentenced to one year of probation for destroying evidence after the 2010 BP oil spill. US District Judge Jay Zainey had the option of sentencing Anthony Badalamenti to one-year in prison, but legal analyst Tim Meche says the judge determined that prison time did not fit the crime. Badalamenti also must perform 100 hours of community service and pay a one-thousand dollar fine.
Sad story out of St. Francisville. The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's office says one of their long-time deputy's drowned in a fishing pond. They say 55 year old Ernest James was with a friend
fishing when their boat overturned. His body was found about 30 minutes later. The situation is still being looked into by investigators.
LSU announces Jeff Grimes as its new offensive line coach and running game coordinator. He served in the same capacity at Virginia Tech last season and he also served as an o-line coach at Auburn from 2009-2012. Grimes is considered, by many to be, one of the better offensive line coaches and recruiters in college football.