News for Wednesday 121918
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Word yesterday of the passing of former District 27 State Representative Rick Farrar. Rick represented Rapides Parish from 1992 to 1996 and again from 2000 to 2008 and worked as an assistant DA under Philip Terrell. The Parish DA’s office released the news Via social media saying Farrar died Tuesday morning at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. He will be missed Rick Farrar was 58.
Another passing of note.. Charlie Baker, a longtime coach and teacher at Peabody High School died last Friday at the Alexandria VA Medical System Hospital. Funeral services for Charlie Baker will be this Saturday at Newman United Methodist Church in Alexandria with visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. and the funeral starting at 11. Charlie Baker was 82.
An investigation in to several damaged tombstones in the Dry Prong Cemetery earlier this month, has led to the arrest of 32 year old Felicia Ruiz. The GPSO charged the Dry Prong woman with hit and run and reckless operation of a vehicle. Sheriff McCain says It appears Ruiz not paying attention, when she ran off of the road, hitting the gravestones. It’s believed she panicked and left the scene.
The Trump Administration has banned bump stocks, a firearm add-on that can be used to increase a semiautomatic weapon’s rate of fire. The Justice Department estimates 520,000 bump stocks have been sold in the US since 2010. Bump stock owners now have 90 days to destroy their devices, or turn them in to ATF.
Governor Edwards says he’s concerned a recent Texas court ruling could mean the end of health insurance for over a million Louisianans, and scolded Attorney General Jeff Landry for his support of the lawsuit that may overturn Obamacare. The Trump administration said yesterday that no changes will be made in the affordable care act until an appeal is heard. 480,000 Louisianans have received coverage under Medicaid expansion alone.
The state health department has declared a Hepatitis A outbreak as they’ve confirmed 24 cases of hepatitis A, a highly contagious liver disease, in the Baton Rouge area. The illness is spread by consuming contaminated food or beverages, during sex or through close contact with an infected person. The state has received funding to vaccinate at-risk groups, which are drug users and those who are homeless.
Attorney General Jeff Landry says he’s teamed up with the Connecticut AG in a suit against generic drug manufacturers, claiming the companies are violating anti-trust laws to push prices higher than they should be. Landry says they’re discussing a settlement with 18 manufacturers in a suit that involves 47 states.
Construction of the Prien Bridge portion of I-210 in the Lake Charles area is set to begin in early January. The project will see the addition of extra lighting and a new surface for the 930-foot stretch of bridge. DOTD spokesperson Tammy York says the main area of construction will begin near where I-210 splits off from I-10. The bridge was built in the 60’s and York says several issues are being tackled with the $35 million project.
The early signing period for 2019 football recruits begins today and LSU is expecting a signed national letter of intent from the nation’s top prospect. Tiger Rag Editor James Moran says cornerback Derek Stingley Junior from Dunham High in Baton Rouge is expected to be impact player in 2019. Moran says LSU’s 2019 recruiting class also features two of the state’s best running backs, Destrehan’s John Emery and Southern Lab’s Tyrion Davis. The early signing period lasts through Friday.