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News For Tuesday 04/15/14


News for Tuesday 041514

By Dave Graichen

 

The Louisiana College board of trustees is meeting on campus today to discuss among things the future of it’s president Dr. Joe Aguillard. The 34 members will decide if Aguillard will be removed or given a new contract. About 50 Louisiana College alumni, students, faculty and community members joined hands in prayer for the private Baptist school in Pineville on Monday, as well as looking for guidance with the board’s decision.

 

A  spokesperson for Republican former congressman  Rodney  Alexander says  that he does not intend to run for his old congressional seat, currently  held  by  embattled  congressman Vance McAllister.  Robin Keller, Alexander's spokesperson says that Alexander has no interest in the 5th District seat.  Alexander  gave up the congressional seat last year to become Governor Jindal's veteran affairs secretary.

 

Chilly weather is back in the bayou state today as a result of that  strong cold front that produced severe weather across the state  yesterday. A damaging storm ripped though the town of Gautier (goh-SHAY) Mississippi last night toppling trees and destroyed or damaged up to 30 RV trailers at a local campground. State Climatologist Barry Keim says make sure you have a  jacket with you today as highs will only be in the low 60s.  Keim says the cold weather will last until tomorrow and there's a chance  we can break some record lows tomorrow as temperatures will dip into  the 30s for much of the state.

 

Today is tax day and there are millions of Americans who still haven't  filed and are waiting till the last minute. The IRS says if you plan to file  electronically, it must be done by midnight tonight. If you make less than $58,000 a year, you can log on to  irs.gov and choose from 14 different commercial software companies and  file your federal taxes for free. By the way, Three out of four filers get refunds  and they are issued within 21 days for the most part.

 

In a survey of 600 likely voters in the 6th district congressional race,   52-percent said they would NOT vote for former governor Edwin Edwards.  31-percent said they would vote for him, while 17-percent are undecided.  LSU Political Science Professor Kirby Goidel says the survey has 11-percent voting for Paul Dietzel and another 11-percent for state  senator Dan Claitor.  Goidel feels that Edwards is actually sitting in a  strong position to at least make a runoff election .

 

A  man who kidnapped a school bus driver in Baton Rouge at  gunpoint  surrendered  to  authorities  after  a stand-off that lasted for several hours. The BRPD SWAT team was called out to the house just a block away from an elementary school where 37 year old Jock Jones was holding the female bus driver hostage.  He eventually gave himself up without incident.

 

A distracted driver texting on a cell phone crashed his car into the back of a Calcasieu  Parish  School Bus on Highway 171 Monday morning. One of the injuries was reportedly  a  child  on  the bus.  Nineteen year-old  Tyler Moses of Longville-who was also injured-was  charged with texting  while driving, careless operation, and failure to stop for a school bus.

 

The Lafayette Police Department  says  they have interviewed the two men  who found the phone of a woman whose  body  was  discovered  in Girard  Park  early  Sunday.  The  two are not considered persons of interest  in  the  death  of  21-year-old   Alexandria   Shelton  of Lafayette.  The  cause  of  death  of  the  woman  has  not yet been released, however police are now saying  her death was not the result of a homicide. The investigation continues.

 

Former  LSU  linebacker  Tahj  Jones is recovering  after  a  second surgery Sunday afternoon from a  gunshot  wound.  Jones  was shot in the abdomen late Friday  night  allegedly  by  another former  LSU  football  player, Brandon Winey.  Winey was arrested  Saturday  and  charged  with one count of second degree attempted murder.

 

A man who is suspected of being  an  armed  robber  in  at least two cases  in  Northwest  Louisiana  was apprehended after a long  chase through Caddo Parish Sunday night. Several  agencies  were involved in the chase of Terry Leroy Smith who ended up being shot  by  officers after  he  allegedly  pointed  a  gun  at them. His injuries are not considered life threatening and he faces  a  laundry list of charges when he gets out of the hospital.

 

A bill that would require dogs to be secured  in  the  beds of pickup trucks traveling on interstates cleared committee 13-2  yesterday.  The legislation heads to the full house.

 

 

 

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