News for Wednesday 040914
By Dave Graichen
Sad story today out of Winnfield. Winn Parish Sheriff Cranford Jordan (Jerdon) says the search for a three year old little boy who fell into a creek Monday has ended with the boy’s body being found. He says they received the 911 call around 10:30 am Monday about a child who had fallen into the water. Jordon says the boy slipped under a culvert and he drowned.
5th district congressman Vance McAllister in an exclusive interview with The (Monroe) News-Star, said he asked his wife, Kelly, and their five children for forgiveness weeks ago, before the release Monday of a video showing him kissing another woman. He said the relationship was “absolutely” his first infidelity.
So how might the Vance McAllister kissing video scandal affect the election for the 5th District Seat coming up this fall? Political analyst Elliott Stonecipher says this might be the end of McAllister. Stonecipher believes the reason someone wanted to tarnish McAllister's reputation is so that more candidates would jump into the Congressional race. He feels state Senator Neil Riser, who was Bobby Jindal's choice for the job in the 2013 special election, will pop back up. Stonecipher believes the Jindal Administration and Timmy Teeple are behind this. Stonecipher says there's also a rumor that Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo has an interest in yanking McAllister's family values platform.
The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office says two deputies have been arrested and fired for allegedly engaging in inappropriate sexual behavior with an inmate at the jail. Spokesman Tommy Carnline says the charges are against 56-year-old John William Benjamin and 51-year-old Donald Weston. Carnline says Benjamin and Weston were each charged with Malfeasance in Office and Prohibited Sexual Contact with an inmate.
The senate health and welfare committee gives unanimous approval to legislation that would give hospitals the ability to NOT hire someone just because that person smokes. The bill by New Orleans Senator David Heitmeier has the support of the hospital industry. Catherine Levendis, with the Ochsner Health System, spoke in favor of the bill. Levendis says hospitals are also interested in implementing a tobacco free living policy for its workers, because they want to protect patients from known carcinogens that could be found on a smoker's clothes, hair or skin.
A bill that would ban unmanned aircraft devices from flying over chemical plants or water facilities passed in a Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Baton Rouge Senator Bodi White's says he bill would make it illegal use a drone to take surveillance of "critical infrastructure sites" without prior written consent of the owner. The measure advanced to full Senate without objection.
A senate committee approves legislation that would allow lawmakers who possess a concealed handgun permit to bring their gun into the state capitol. Franklin Senator Brent Allain says legislators should have the ability to protect themselves. He says the proposed law requires an armed legislator to undergo annual firearms training. The measure passed on a five-to three vote and heads to the Senate floor.
The latest campaign finance reports show US Senator Mary Landrieu continues to our raise her main republican challenger in the 2014 US Senate race. Landrieu's campaign says the Senator raised 1.8 million dollars in the first three months of 2014, while Baton Rouge Congressman Bill Cassidy collected 1-point-2 million dollars. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says you can expect to start seeing the money being spent on ads here in about two or three months.
Penalties would go up dramatically in vehicular homicide cases involving accidents in which two or more people die under a bill headed to the Senate floor. The Senate Committee on Judiciary C approved the measure Tuesday under which the offender would be sentence separately for each victim. In addition, the sentences would run consecutively. Senate Bill 148 would also include the unborn who dies along with a pregnant woman as a feticide victim. The feticide provision was added in committee.
Representatives from all 32 NFL teams are in Baton Rouge today to scout LSU players that are eligible for next month's draft. It's a big day for quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who is expected to throw in front of scouts, for the first time since tearing his A-C-L in November. NFL draft analyst Mike Detillier says LSU will have 20 former players participating in a variety of drills during today's Pro Day. Detillier says there's only one sure first round pick out of the group and that's wide receiver Odell Beckham junior.