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A grand jury has indicted a man and his pregnant girlfriend in the death of a sex offender who repeatedly assaulted the woman throughout her childhood.  21-year-old Jace Crehan and 18-year-old Brittany Monk, both of Walker, face second degree murder charges in the death of 47-year-old Robert Noce of Zachary.  


Legal analyst Tim Meche says this is not a difficult case for prosecutors.
 
"Because you've been sexually abused, it doesn't give you the right to murder your perpetrator."

Noce's body was found inside a 55-gallon drum after he was stabbed and strangled.  Officials say Noce had just begun serving probation for sexually abusing Monk when he was killed.  Meche says doesn't think the judge will allow evidence of the abuse to be presented to the jury.

"It's going to be an uphill battle for the defense attorney to be able to present that type of evidence."

Authorities say Crehan admitted to the crime and placed Monk at the scene.  Meche says Monk will have to prove that the sexual abuse rendered her mentally insane at the time of the murder or that she feared for her life.

"If the abuse was ongoing and you're in imminent danger of it happening at that particular time and in order to prevent it you have to use violence, that's a different story." 

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Former state lawmaker and ex-Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke plans to take legal action if New Orleans removes the Battle of Liberty Place monument. Its a 124-year-old structure that recognizes a group of prominent whites and ex-Confederates who fought against Louisiana’s biracial Reconstruction government. Duke made the comments as the french quarter commission voted to remove the monument.

 
"We believe that the heritage of New Orleans is at stake, the heritage of our state is at stake and the heritage of our country is at stake."

The Battle of Liberty Place monument is one of four monuments that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is seeking to remove. The New Orleans City council will have the final say. Duke says city leaders are trying to take away New Orleans heritage.
 
"The mayor and his council members want to destroy these monuments, they're no more than an ISIS kind of cultural terrorism."

There are residents who believe the Battle of Liberty Place represents racism and they say the monument was erected to support the institution of Jim Crow. Duke says if the city council votes to take it down, he’ll file suit to stop it.
 
"We have a right to preserve our heritage and our values the same way that African American people have a right to honor those they consider to be their leaders and their heroes."
 
 
 

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The Louisiana Association of Educators and the Louisiana Federation of Teachers are teaming up to spotlight political candidates who support the best interest of public education.  Their "It's Time to Get it Right" campaign seeks to educate the public on the stands taken by candidates on important issues facing Louisiana's schools.  


LFT Public Relations Director Les Landon says the two organizations are usually competitive.
 
"But this is important enough that we are working together to try to get information to the voters about where these candidates really stand on education issues."

The campaign will promote recommended candidates in the governor's race, as well as elections for the state legislature and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.  LAE President Debbie Meaux says this campaign is an effort to help voters make an informed decision.

"We want to make sure that the citizens of our state not only listen to the lip service that is given by candidates, but that they know educators stand behind certain candidates."

A website has been set up to promote candidates at itstimelouisiana-dot-com.  They will also use Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to get their message out.  Landon says this is a very important election for public schools and the children of Louisiana.
 
"We think it's time that people really start paying attention to what candidates for public office are saying about education." 

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A study out of the UC-San Francisco finds that a lack of sleep can determine your likelihood of catching a cold. Professor of Family Medicine at LSU New Orleans Dr. Herbert Muncie says if you get less than five to six hours of sleep, your immune system is effected which increases your chances of getting the virus. He says it’s very important to get at least seven hours each night.

“Allows our body to recuperate from whatever we’ve been doing during the day and sort of allow the immune system to be appropriately gauged to deal with the viruses and bacteria we come in contact with.”

Muncie says this study doesn’t necessarily mean the more sleep the better. He says if you’re sleeping more than nine hours then that might be a sign on another concern.

“So it looks like more than six is necessary but certainly when you start getting up past nine, it may be another indication of an issue going on. So that seven or eight probably is the sweet spot to be at.”

Muncie says it doesn’t matter your age, race or gender, we all need an adequate amount of sleep for our bodies to do its best. He says sleep is just as necessary to staying healthy as a good diet and exercising.

“It is probably equally, if not maybe even more important because we just don’t function well when we don’t get enough sleep.”

 
 
 

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The first meeting of the task force to study the impact of illegal immigration on Louisiana taxpayers is today. Denham Springs Representative Valarie Hodges is the chairperson of the task force and she says Louisiana receives more unaccompanied minors than Arizona and New Mexico combined.

“We know that 26 million dollars was spent just last year on educating these undocumented children, that’s just the cost to educate 1,180 children that’s not counting medical costs.”

Hodges says the purpose of the task force is to minimize the cost to Louisiana taxpayers for having illegal immigrates in our state. She says it’s difficult to know how many illegal aliens are in the state, which makes it difficult to get the federal government to reimburse Louisiana for educating undocumented children.

“You cannot fix what you can’t identify and so as we begin to talk about this problem and discuss the ramifications for America, I believe we can find a fix to it.”

Hodges says the monetary cost isn’t even the most important aspect. She says people are killed around the country at the hands of illegal immigrants and sanctuary cities, like New Orleans, aren’t enforcing the law and putting citizens at risk.

“It’s not a democrat issue or republican issue, it’s an American issue and more specifically a Louisiana issue.”

 
 
 

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