News for Tuesday 020414
By Dave Graichen
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's office says a man from Arnaudville is dead after he was shot in the back during a carjacking. They say 49 year old Michael Patin died in the parking lot of the Jockey Lot where he worked. Suspects are reportedly in custody but no other information on them is being released because of their age.
The State Department of Health and Hospitals will hold a public hearing today on new regulations on abortion clinics that have pro-choice activists upset. New Orleans lawyer Ellie Schilling says she opposes the new rules because they could prevent new facilities from opening and being licensed. She says by reducing the availability of abortion clinics, women's safety is at risk and access to information is eliminated.
A move to tweek the state's anti sodomy law is stirring controversy. Part of Louisiana's anti sodomy law lists consensual oral or consensual anal sex between humans, as crimes against nature. Representative Patricia Smith of Baton Rouge filed a bill to get rid that part of the law because the U.S Supreme court has already ruled it unconstitutional . However, Louisiana Family Forum leader Gene Mills is against changing the current anti sodomy law. With support from the state sheriffs association and the Louisiana district attorneys association, Smith intends to move forward with the bill in the upcoming legislative session to remove portions of the law.
The weekend death of Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch in a hotel room in Biolxi is being investigated as a suicide. Morgan City Police Department spokesman Lt. James Blair says the Biloxi police department does not believe there was anyone else involved in this incident at the Beau Rivage. Blair says whether or not it was an accident or intentional remains under investigation.
Sad story out of New Orleans. Police say a 6 year old boy died after he was struck by a hit and run car Monday morning while crossing a street. They say the child's 9 year old sister was injured but she will survive. Police have a suspect in custody.
Authorities in Lake Arthur say they've identified the body of a woman who was found lying face down in a ditch on Friday. They say they don't know how 27 year old Lacie Fontenot died just yet, but authorities are treating the death as suspicious.
Governor Bobby Jindal announced Monday the expansion of the LSU College of Engineering project has exceeded its private donation goal. He said more than 450 Individual and corporate donors pledged $52.5 million-dollars which fulfills the College of Engineering's commitment to match $50 million in state capital outlay funds. LSU Chancellor F King Alexander says this state of the art renovation of Patrick F Taylor Hall will attract the best and the brightest
A man on death row for killing his 6 year old stepson almost 20 years ago is going to wait another 90 days. The state has experienced difficulty in finding the approved drug used for all
lethal injections. Since the state is changing it to a two-drug system, attorneys for Christopher Sepulvado says they want to investigate that new plan to make sure it is not going to create any
cruel and unusual punishment questions.
A massive search is underway right now for two inmates who escaped from the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville. The Sheriff's Office says the men are considered to be dangerous. They are 28 year old Chris Horton of Bayou Vista and 36 year old Joshua Folks of Franklin. Horton is incarcerated for second degree murder.
According to a release from the Governor's office, the selection of Baton rouge for the IBM technology center project was one of the top 8 economic development deals in the nation in 2013. Governor Jindal also says Business Facilities magazine names Louisiana as runner-up for State of the Year.
The Powerball jackpot is getting high again. The Louisiana Lottery says the prize is up to $215 million for Wednesday's drawing. That's a cash value of $124.1 million.
A teenager from Baton Rouge has been arrested for posting a nude picture on twitter of another teen she was having an argument with. Seventeen year-old Hayley Douglas told Sheriff's Deputies she did not post the picture of the 15 year-old juvenile with any kind of maliciousness. She was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Jail on one count of video voyeurism.
New York just hosted its first ever Super Bowl and now we're looking at when The Big Easy could get The Big Game for the record 11th time. New Orleans is a finalist to host the Super Bowl in 2018. Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation President Jay Cicero says they've got stiff competition in Minneapolis and Indianapolis. The Super Bowl was in Indianapolis in 2012 and the city received good reviews as a host city.
It is exactly one month away from Fat Tuesday! Because Mardi Gras is a state wide event, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne hopes the new interactive web and print advertisements running in surrounding state will bring in additional visitors to partake in the Louisiana carnival. This is the first time the state has conducted an out of state advertising campaign to promote the Mardi Gras season. Dardenne says they are trying to take advantage of the later than normal carnival season.