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.