News for Thursday 083018
By Dave Graichen
After a two-month investigation led by agents of the Central Louisiana Safe Streets Task Force, Two residents, 40 year old Desmond Jordan and 33 year old Selena Sanders, were arrested and charged with Possession of CDS I with intent to distribute, possession of CDS II and possession of drug paraphernalia. Jordan, who is on parole for drug-related charges, was also charged with illegal carrying of a weapon with CDS, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Both were booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center.
RPSO detectives are asking for the public's assistance in a theft investigation from the Hineston area. The theft occurred on August 25 between 7:00 and 11:00 a.m. in the 2400 block of Hwy 121. The stolen items were a black 20 foot tandem axle utility trailer and a zero turn mower. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s office.
This November voters will get to decide whether or not ex-cons will have a five year waiting period before they’ll be allowed to pursue a public office. The constitutional amendment, brought by Metairie Senator Conrad Appel, is the second such effort in the last two years. Appel says it’s a good way to improve the state’s reputation for political corruption. LaPolitcs-dot-com recently reported there are at least three former mayors who have been convicted of felonies seeking their old job. One of those is Roy Hebron In Ball.
ExxonMobil on Wednesday won approval for a multimillion-dollar property tax break on a potential Baton Rouge plant expansion the company said is worth between $500 million and $1 billion.The state Board of Commerce and Industry gave its approval, with the backing of Gov. John Bel Edwards. Economic development officials said the approval was the next step in landing the project in Baton Rouge. Exxon said it will make a final decision later this year on whether to put the project in north Baton Rouge.
Yesterday marked the 13th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall, and official recognitions were… notably sparse, the governor did not hold any events, while New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell attending a wreath laying. While certainly not forgotten, some say they simply do want to be reminded every year.
Following Hurricane Katrina, actor Brad Pitt helped build homes for displaced families in one of the hardest hit areas, the lower ninth ward, as part of the Make it Right Foundation. Thirteen years later, the homeowners are planning to bring a lawsuit against the foundation that sold them the affordable dwellings as they have not withstood the test of time. Attorney Ron Austin says his clients are seeking legal action as the homes were built with substandard materials and quality.
The Mississippi legislature has approved legislation that creates a lottery in the Magnolia state. Chief Legislative economist Greg Albrecht says once Mississippi begins selling lottery tickets, it’s less likely Mississippi residents will buy lottery tickets in Louisiana, which means less money for our state. At least 35-percent of all lottery proceeds are transferred to the state treasury and the state constitution says that money must go to K-through-12 education.
A new eight-million dollar Delta Community College campus will be constructed in Ruston and anchor the city’s planned technology park. Louisiana Community and Technical College System President Monty Sullivan says the facility will help produce high-skilled workers for area businesses. Sullivan says construction will begin next year and be completed in 2020.
Forbes has named the city of Kenner as the best place to retire in Louisiana and Lafayette would be the second best place to retire in the state. Among the pros for Kenner, low serious crime rate, while Forbes says Lafayette has good air quality and doctors per capita are near the national average. Overall the state came in near the bottom of the list.
You can lease the historic Bailey Hotel in Bunkie for one-dollar a month for 24 months. But the person who leases the 110-year-old building must have a business plan that includes how they would renovate the property. Real Estate agent Robert Burke says the Bailey is in good condition, but has been closed since the early 2000s. Burke says whoever leases the building, doesn’t have to re-open it as a hotel.
The Bayou State is home to the production of many famous movies and television programs, and the state wants to make it easier for tourists to scope out where those films were shot with a movie trail. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says it’s a big visitor draw for the state. Nungesser says the movie trail will showcase locations from both modern and classic films.
The Republican Judiciary PAC is backing a constitutional amendment on the fall ballot that would require unanimous jury verdicts in all criminal cases. Louisiana is one of only two states in the nation that does not require a unanimous jury verdict for conviction in criminal cases.
LSU is the highest ranked Louisiana university and in the top half of the SEC at fifth, according to Washington Monthly 2018 College Guide and Rankings. The favorable result comes just days following Forbes also recognizing the purple and gold in its top college rankings. LSU President F. King Alexander says he credits the latest accolades to the return on investment students see upon graduation.
The college football season gets underway tonight and there are two games in Louisiana. Tulane hosts Wake Forest and Southeastern Louisiana visits ULM. Northwestern State is also in in action tonight as they begin the season in College Station where they’ll take on the Texas A&M Aggies.
The Saints have made some news as they’ve reportedly traded for Jets Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater to serve as a back-up to Drew Brees
The first high school football rankings are out…John Curtis is ranked number one in Five-A, Karr is number one in 4-A, University High is the top team in 3A, Amite (A-meet) is number one in 2A, and the top team in One-A, is West St. John.