News for Monday 031714
By Dave Graichen
Rumors floating around Baton Rouge say that today could be the day former Governor Edwin Edwards will announce he's decided to run for the 6th Congressional District. Political analyst Bernie
Pinsonat says Edwards is still extremely popular in Louisiana, but he doesn't think there are enough Edwards lovers to elect him to Congress. However, Pinsonat says we're talking about a man who is the only Governor in Louisiana to be elected 4 times.
A West Monroe lawmaker has a bill that would allow certain motorcyclists to choose whether or not they want to wear a helmet. Senator Mike Walsworth says the legislation would only apply to people
21 and over and those who have completed a motorcycle safety awareness program. Riders were not required to wear a helmet in the late 90s early 2000's but due to a high number of fatal accidents involving bikes, the law was put back on the books.
It's against the law to threaten lawmakers according to State Police. But that's just what one Monroe man allegedly did says Trooper Albert Paxton. He says 31-year-old Roy Green was arrested after a report came in that he sent an email to a state representative saying if he didn't support marijuana law reform, the suspect would personally see that his office and livelihood were placed in danger. Paxton says Green denies sending the email but says it was a Facebook post. Green is charged with extortion and if found guilty faces 15 years in prison.
Louisiana's legendary hot sauce - Tabasco - was profiled last night on CBS's 60 minutes. Dr. Sanjay Gupta sat down Tabasco and McIlhenny (MAC-LENNY) Company CEO Tony Simmons, the great great grandson of the company's founder, Edmund McIlhenny. Simmons says CBS was intrigued by
the story of a 5th generation, family owned business. Simmons says every bottle of Tabasco in the world is made in Avery Island.
In recent years there has been a growing concern that playing high school football may contribute to brain issues later in life.. However, a new study conducted by Tulane University's Dr Gregory Stewart has found there is no link between high school football play and neurocognitive function. Stewart's study involved 12-hundred New Orleans high school football players who played between 1998 and 2001. He says they looked at their concussion history and scores on common neuropsychological tests. The research does however suggest the need to reinforce education of high school and college athletes about concussion symptoms so they can be properly treated.
A woman from Galliano is facing multiple felony theft charges for allegedly stealing money from an elderly man she had befriended. Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Brennan Matherne says Charlene Romero confessed to taking thousands from the man’s home but they aren't sure exactly how much money it was. She currently is charged with more than 10 felony counts of theft.
The solider who was busted in Port Allen with 23 pounds of pot in his car in February was released from the West Baton rouge Parish prison Friday to military police. 30-year-old Sgt. Horace Brown was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.
If a teacher yanked your child's shirt at school do you think that educator should be arrested for simple battery? Baker Police say yes. Chief Mike Knaps says 47-year-old Deborah Anderson is arrested for simple battery in the matter at Baker Middle. The Baker School Superintendent thinks that's too far. But Knaps says you are not allowed to touch students unless they are posing a threat.
The Ragin Cajuns men's basketball team is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005. U-L Lafayette rallied back from a 9-point deficit with three minutes in regulation to beat Georgia State 82-81 in overtime in the Sun Belt Tournament Championship game. The Cajuns are a 14-seed in the tournament. And they'll play third-seeded Creighton on Friday in San Antonio.