News for Tuesday 030314
By Dave Graichen
Many children in central Louisiana got Mardi Gras day off after all.. The threat of icy weather has closed the public and catholic school in Avoyelles, Rapides and Vernon parishes today. LSUA: Will open at 11 a.m.
The weather forecast calls for a wet and cold Mardi Gras day. State Climatologist Barry Keim says temperatures are below freezing for much of the state this morning and we are expecting highs only in the 40s. He says there's also a good chance for rain in south Louisiana.
State police report a single-vehicle crash Monday morning killed a Boyce man. 40 year old David Cundiff was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Brown's Creek Road. Troopers say Cundiff, who was not wearing a seatbelt, lost control of his vehicle, ran off the road and hit several trees and a fence.
A house fire in St. Landry Parish has claimed the lives of two people in Lawtell early Monday. The bodies of Willis and Lou Anna Semien were found on the scene by firefighters. Their 19
Year old granddaughter, a 14 year-old foster child, and another granddaughter escaped the fire, and were able to get to a neighbor's house. The State Fire Marshal says the blaze is under
A mobile home fire claimed the lives of two people in Caddo Parish Yesterday. The bodies of 35 year old Adonis Walker and his girlfriend, 32 year old Hanna Hawkins were found inside by firefighters after the blaze was extinguished.
Your state issued driver’s license can now read "I'm a Cajun" right below your DMV photo for an extra five dollars. State Senator Fred Mills the proceeds will go to the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana. Mills says the money will support scholarships for French language
and culture studies.
Two bills for the upcoming legislative session have been filed to legalize the use of medical marijuana. One of the bills is authored by St. Martinville Senator Fred Mills, an owner of a retail pharmacy. Mills says Louisiana law allows for a doctor to prescribe medical marijuana, but it remains illegal for a pharmacist to dispense the drug. The legislation regulates the growers of medical marijuana, the dispensers, and the doctors who prescribe it. Mills says the proposed law involves many different agencies to share the responsibilities of implementing the intended uses of medical marijuana.
Louisiana continues to gain recognition for places that companies look to for expansion. Site Selection Magazine has listed the Baton Rouge area was one of the top 10 metro areas for new and expanded corporate facilities for 2013. According to the report, Baton Rouge placed 2nd (in the top 10).
Governor Bobby Jindal made an appearance in St. James Parish Monday to mark the completion of the Nucor's direct reduced iron plant in Convent. The $750 million dollar plant started production 2 months ago, and has already created 140 new direct jobs.
Legendary high school football coach Don Shows has passed away at the age of 75, after battling health issues for over a year. Shows turned West Monroe High School into one of the best high school football programs in the country, winning eight state championships.
The fourth ranked LSU baseball team makes a rare trip to Natchitoches today to play Northwestern State. It's the Tigers first visit to Brown- Stroud Field since 2003. LSU is trying to bounce back from a tough 8-7 loss to Yale on Sunday. You can hear that game this afternoon beginning at 3 on 970 KSYL
Nearly a two-week run of high school basketball begins today in the Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles, which is the host site for the Top 28 state boys and girls basketball championship tournaments.