News for Wednesday 020514
By Dave Graichen
With Louisiana having a difficult time finding drugs to perform a lethal injection against a convicted child killer, Governor Bobby Jindal confirms the state is examining other alternatives. Jindal says expect to see legislation in the upcoming session, addressing this issue. Christopher Sepulvado (suh PULL vah doe) was scheduled to be executed today for murdering his six year-old stepson.
Abortion rights supporters claimed success Tuesday as the state health agency scrapped new rules for outpatient abortion facility licensing, but said they remain leery of what comes next. The DHH suddenly canceled a planned Tuesday afternoon public hearing on the abortion clinic licensing standards. According to a statement issued by DHH communications director Olivia Watkins, “There were problems with the wording.” Watkins said the rules would be revised “for consistency and clarity.” and the agency will issue “a revised rule and letter of intent at a later date”. No time frame was given for the revamp.
Louisiana's Ag Commissioner Mike Strain is happy Congress finally approved a Farm Bill. The nearly 100-billion dollar a year measure heads to President Barak Obama's desk, where he is expected to sign it. Strain says the bill provides a safety net for farmers, who face unpredictable market and weather conditions. Strain says the bill also aggressively restores U-S trade promotion
Citing a need for better communication among first responders, State Police officials announced Tuesday plans for a new statewide training system aimed at getting roads reopened more quickly following accidents. The Traffic Incident Management system developed by the Federal Highway Administration is already in place in 33 states. The system aims to make sure all first responders, police, fire, medical and even wrecker services, have the same training and information when arriving at an accident scene to streamline the process and reopen roads more quickly.
Two inmates who escaped from the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville are back in custody. 28 year old Christopher Horton and 36 year old Joshua Folks escaped Sunday. Horton is a convicted murderer, while Folks was in prison for aggravated rape. The sheriff's office has not yet provided details on how they were captured.
Police in Welsh say caught a garbage man selling drugs from the trash truck while he was on his route. Authorities say says 33 year old Nicholas Coble was fired after he was booked on several drug charges for allegedly honking his horn outside houses where people would come out and by drugs.
Louisiana State Police say an officer with the Lake Providence Police Department is under arrest for allegedly offering to accept $50 from a person who was speeding in lieu of issuing a citation. Spokesman Albert Paxton says a resident of Arkansas told investigators the suspect pulled them over for speeding on a Lake Providence Highway. Paxton says 51-year-old Clint Reed confessed that he requested and took $50 instead of issuing the citation. He is charged with one
count of malfeasance in office.
A Lake Charles City Councilman wants to have regulations on the new e-cigarettes. Dana Jackson says the city should be careful on how easily people can get their hands on them, especially since there's not a lot of research from the FDA to determine their safety of use. The council will review the proposal tomorrow and vote on Feb 19.
The Baton Rouge Police Department says a 30 year old man is under arrest for allegedly giving his girlfriend a dose of heroin that lead to her death last month. They say Brandon Erick was taken into custody Monday and is charged with second degree murder. 31 year old Leah Hutchinson and the suspect were found by officers passed out in a car in December...both were taken to a hospital where the woman later died of an apparent drug overdose.
A man who used to fight fires himself is believed to have been found in the ashes of his own Loranger home early this morning according to State Fire Marshal Butch Browning. He says they are working with the coroner to determine if the deceased is 79 year old George George Schilling. Browning says neighbors and family told investigators Schilling was inside the home at the time of the blaze.
One of the most popular assistant coaches in the Who-Dat Nation will be serving as the Grand Marshal for the Krewe of Argus Parade. New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan will be rolling through Metairie on Fat Tuesday which is March 4th.
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette announces they are now offering courses online for certified teachers who want to mentor their peers. ULL Curriculum Instruction Department head Dr. Peter Sheppard says educators can take this 12-hour, non-degree "Teacher Coaching" program to fine tune their own expertise. Sheppard says each of the four courses which, are structured to accommodate working teachers, is 7 weeks long and they all can be completed in about 10 months. You can get more information on this program by emailing: "firstname.lastname@example.org"