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News for Friday 081018
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Dr Malcom Denley, a long time and well-loved pediatrician in Alexandria has passed away. Dr. Denley practiced for 68 years and delivered generations of children to the area. Dr Denley was found unresponsive in his home last night by a family member, He was 94 year old.
Active shooter training for schools here in Rapides Parish has canceled for now, due to an ongoing, undisclosed, investigation of an employee of the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office. That employee, Amber Carter, who had been acting as the liaison for a company working with the DA's Office who would provide the training, is on administrative leave. The DA’s office confirmed Carter was under investigation by an outside agency, but that all they would say. No word as to when or if that training will take place.
It was certainly not a good way to start out the school year. A school bus transporting students Vernon Middle School caught fire Thursday morning. Authorities say no injuries were reported and the students were transferred to another bus. It’s believed the fire may have have started with the brakes while the bus was traveling on Highway 467 near Parkway Elementary.
In the city of Natchitoches, two Police officers have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into allegedly racist posts on Facebook. The names of the officers have not been released. The City though did issue a press release saying "If any City employee is found to have engaged in any racist actions or words, the employee will be disciplined harshly, including, but not limited to, discharge from employment."
NOAA has lowered its prediction for the number of named storms for this hurricane season. Back in May, government forecasters estimated as many as 16 storms, now they say the 2018 total could be between 9 and 13. State Climatologist Barry Keim says despite this dialed down long-range forecast, there are more storms to come.
Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards visited with President Donald Trump in New Jersey yesterday to talk criminal justice reform, a topic that is reportedly under consideration by the Republican President for a major congressional push. Edwards celebrated the state’s savings of 12.2 million dollars from the first year of new laws. Edwards was the only elected Democrat at the meeting of governors, attorney generals, and other officials from across the country.
A report shows a record number of Louisiana high school students are now earning AP credits. 12 percent more students scored a 3 for the tests that allow them to get some early college credit. Louisiana Education Department Assistant Superintendent Ken Bradford says the results come down to increased incentives for high school students to enroll in the optional courses.
The Youth Infrastructure Coalition has launched an effort to get the federal government to approve funding for a proposed new interstate that would run from Texas to Georgia and cut through central Louisiana. It would be called Interstate 14. Frank Lumpkin the Fourth, president of the organization, says the project will mostly be upgrading existing roads to interstate standard, which will cut down on the costs. Lumpkin says they are trying to show government leaders that the interstate can reduce poverty and improve lives along the proposed route.
The State Police Commission has reduced the punishment that three troopers received for that controversial trip to California for a law enforcement conference that also included a side trip to Las Vegas. Two of the troopers were demoted and had their salaries reduced. But the Commission felt that was too harsh and restored their ranks and reversed the cuts in salary. But those two troopers will have to serve suspensions. L-S-P Colonel Kevin Reeves says he disagrees with the commission’s actions, but respects their decision.
A team of 40 UL Lafayette students and their instructor are releasing a podcast chronicling the 2016 floods through the eyes of those who experienced the disaster first hand. UNDERWATER: Memories of the 2016 Floods is the result of over a hundred interviews. Assistant History Professor Dr. Liz Skilton says the program weaves together a narrative that reveals just how widespread the problems were, and how communities responded in the aftermath.
Louisiana shrimpers say a strike could be coming soon if prices hit thirty cents a pound as they are feeling the effect of cheaper, imported seafood. Captain Acy Cooper says many of the imported shrimp from countries like Indonesia are flooding the market just before the season kicks off in the Bayou State. Cooper says tariffs are only a temporary fix and suggests possibly putting a cap on imported shrimp so local shrimps can continue to make a living.
The Orleans Parish Coroner confirms the body pulled out of Lake Pontchartrain on Tuesday is that of 31-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux. But the cause of death remains unknown. The Baton Rouge woman was reportedly on a sailboat with 43-year-old Michael Farley on Sunday when the two decided to jump off the boat and go for a swim. Farley was found Monday in good condition.
Several new traffic laws went into effect as of August 1. Among those laws, were stiffer penalties for DWI convictions, new laws on driving in flooded areas, and the use of off-road vehicles on public roads. Act 198 levies an additional $50 fine for the use of breath-testing in a DWI conviction, with the increase bringing the price tag up from the original $75 to $125. Impaired driving consultant, Mike Barron, says that money is being reinvested into traffic safety.
The New Orleans Saints won their preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night - a 24-20 comeback victory - but more importantly the coaching staff got long looks at the two players competing to be Drew Brees' backup at quarterback, Tom Savage and Taysom Hill. Savage started the game and played every offensive snap in the first half except for the final one and completed 10 of 14 passes for 70 yards while leading the Saints to their first touchdown, a 2-yard run by Mark Ingram.
Hill played most of the second half and ran seven times for 52 yards while completing 8 of 9 passes for 72 yards.
LSU and Florida State will play a pair of neutral site games in 2022 and 2023, according to a report Thursday by college football reporter Brett McMurphy. McMurphy wrote that the Tigers and Seminoles will play in 2022 in New Orleans and 2023 in Orlando. The game in 2022 will be the first scheduled meeting between the schools since 1991, a 27-16 Florida State victory in Tiger Stadium.
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Today’s sources: Louisiana Radio Network, Advocate & Cenla Broadcasting.