News for Friday 032919
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A massive fire broke out in downtown Alexandria at the Alexandria Iron & Supply Corporation located at the corner of 5th and Arial Street, just before 9pm last night. Several crews from the Alexandria Fire Department worked at the scene. As of now, no further word on the fire, other than the blaze caused extensive damage.
Community leaders got together yesterday at the Central Louisiana Regional Chamber of commerce office to discuss upcoming legislation that would set in place rules statewide to encourage ride services life Uber and Lyft to offer their services across the state. Members of Geaux Louisiana, a statewide coalition that supports the legislation, was on hand to discuss why they support the legislation. The coalition has a petition (geauxridesharing.com) that it is urging people who support ride-sharing to sign. Currently, Alexandria is home to the only airport in the state not served by ride-sharing companies.
The RPSO is looking for a man who they say robbed the Family Dollar store in Tioga Tuesday Night. According to evidence at the scene, the suspect appeared to be a black male approximately 6’-6’2” in height. Detectives say he entered the store, produced a handgun and robbed the cashier of an undetermined amount of money. Sheriff's Detectives say their investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information on this robbery, they are asked to contact the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office.
Despite changes made by lawmakers to rein in the state's film tax credit, taxpayers still lose roughly two-thirds of the money they put into the program. New preliminary figures unveiled Thursday show for every dollar spent on the tax credit programs for the entertainment industry in Louisiana, mainly the film tax credit, state and local governments get about 36 cents back in tax revenue. The study was paid for by the Louisiana Department of Economic Development.
With the Mueller Report in the rear-view mirror, President Trump says he and his Republican colleagues will become the “party of healthcare”. The party failed to pass an Affordable Care Act repeal in 2017 despite a Congressional majority. One of the primary concerns then was that Republicans had no replacement plan ready to pass Congress if they did undo the law. Senator John Kennedy says this time around that must change.
CVS and Walgreens are beginning to distribute over-the-counter CBD products on the national level, but don’t expect to see it at your local store under the current law that outlaws products containing the marijuana extract. While CBD products have been sold in Louisiana before, recently citations have been issued to those selling the supplements. While the 2018 Farm Bill opens the possibility to legally sell CBD products, legislation on the state level must pass first before it is legal in Louisiana.
LSU is launching the state’s largest ever education fundraising effort, aiming to raise 1.5 billion dollars for the entire LSU system. 60 percent of the funds raised will go towards academics, and the other 40 percent will fund athletics. LSU Foundation spokesperson Sarah Whitaker says the “Fierce for the Future” campaign is the first to unite fundraising for all eight LSU campuses.
Yahoo Sports has identified the alleged recipient of suspended LSU basketball coach Will Wade’s “strong offer” as Baton Rouge Basketball Guru Shannon Forman. This comes via new wiretaps and emails from an ongoing corruption investigation. The report mentions phone calls from Wade to now convicted felon Christian Dawkins about Foreman rejecting the offer because Foreman “didn’t get a big enough piece of the pie”.
AAA estimates the average price of gallon of regular this this spring will be 20 cents lower than it was last year, and Fuel analyst Don Redman that lower price will encourage many to take a road trip. Redmon says if you decide to take a camper or SUV out on the road for an extended adventure, those savings could add up to 200 dollars by the end of your trip.
A Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputy is recovering from a gunshot wound, while two suspects are dead after a shooting during a drug bust outside of an IHOP restaurant in Gretna. Sheriff Joe Lopinto says undercover narcotics officers attempted buy drugs from a suspect, when the driver realized it was a sting, he tried to get away and backed into a deputy. Lopinto believes the deputy, who is in stable condition, was hit by friendly fire. A passenger in the vehicle was also shot and died of his injuries at a local hospital. Details were still rather murky late last night.
The Tigers take on Michigan State tonight at 5:30 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. It’s LSU’s best tourney run since 2006 when they made the Final Four. Hear the game on KSYL 970am/ 104.9fm
The Houston Astros won their Season Opener yesterday 5 to 1 against Tampa Bay. Tonight, they’ll continue that three game series. Airtime 5:35 on 94.7 ESPN.