News for Monday 040819
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A Saturday afternoon single vehicle crash on Highway 115 Just north of Effie claimed the life of a Pineville woman. State police say 34 year old Crystal Wiley lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway and struck a tree. Wiley, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The APD is asking for the public’s help in tracking down 28 year old Roderick Turner. Turner is wanted in connection with a shooting on 13th and Magnolia in the city. The APD issued a warrant for Turner on charges of attempted first degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, and aggravated assault with a firearm. Turner should be considered armed and dangerous.
Horseshoe Drive, near Jackson Street Extension, will be closed for a week beginning Monday. A sewer main will be relocated while the road is closed. According to the city of Alexandria, the "utility crossing and road closure will be located immediately southeast of the intersection with Jackson Street Extension." The closure is dependent on the weather.
Alexandria Fire crews were called out to another house fire Sunday night. The blaze broke out a home on Jones Avenue near Willow Glen around 9 p.m. Alexandria and Rapides Parish Fire Departments were there to put it out. At this time there's no word on the cause, or if there were any injuries.
The 2019 legislative session gets underway at noon today in Baton Rouge. It was very contentious at the State Capitol last year as lawmakers struggled to pass a budget, because of a huge deficit. This year the budget is in better shape, but political analyst Bernie Pinsonat doesn’t expect the process of approving a new budget will go smoothly.
Legislators can file up to five non-fiscal bills in this session and Pinsonat says legalizing sports betting and a proposal to extend Harrah’s New Orleans Casino’s land license for another 30 years will be hotly debated. This session will feature another effort to raise the state’s gasoline tax.
A proposal to raise the gas tax to fund bridge and road repair and expansion is shaping up to be one of the early battlegrounds in the revenue focused legislative session that kicks off today. Louisiana Coalition to Fix Our Roads President Eric Ponti backs the proposal to raise the tax by six cents in the first year, and 18 cents total over 10 years.
Americans for Prosperity State Director John Kay opposed a similar proposal in 2017 that failed to gain momentum, and says anti-tax crusaders will be back to stop this year’s push as well.
One of the focal points of the legislative session is pay raises for teachers and school support staff. House Education Chairman Nancy Landry says it’s a priority that teachers get a pay. Governor Edwards is behind a $1000 pay raise for teachers and a $500 raise for support staff. Edwards also supports an additional 39-million dollars in public school education funding. But Landry is not on board with that proposal. Landry says she’d rather see additional funding for early childhood education to help working families who can’t pay for high quality daycare.
Senator John Kennedy is blasting LSU President King Alexander, LSU Coach Ed Orgeron, and Governor Edwards for a fundraising event on campus where the football coach appeared to endorse Edwards’ reelection effort.Kennedy says the move could set a dangerous precedent and taint LSU football’s image. Edwards spokesman Eric Holl responded, saying “With all the problems facing our country, it’s downright embarrassing that this is what John Kennedy is worried about.”
Louisiana’s supply of Hepatitis C medication is about to drastically increase as the Louisiana Department of Health finalized a first in the nation deal with Asegua Therapeutics for “subscription model” access to the lifesaving treatment. Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee says before the new arrangement, thousands of Hep C sufferers went untreated. The “subscription model” will pay Asegua a flat fee every year for unlimited access to the medication roughly equal to the amount the state previously paid when ordering “a la carte”. Less than 3 percent of Medicaid patients with Hep C were treated last year.
The State Police are investigating a fatal crash involving an on-duty West Baton Rouge sheriff’s deputy and a pedestrian early Friday morning. Trooper Taylor Scranttz says the crash is still under investigation and Deputy Alberto Casco was questioned but there are a lot of unanswered questions.. Casco was driving with a suspended license at the time of the crash. The Advocate reports Casco was on his way to pick up inmates and it is unclear how the Deputy was allowed to drive an agency vehicle with a suspended license.
A new report has good news for those of us who love eating oysters, turns out the mollusk can help with anxiety and depression. Oysters are high in vitamin b12 and it can help reduce symptoms, and Professor of Psychiatry at LSU Health New Orleans Michelle Moore says in addition to improving mood, oysters can improve brain power.
Studies have shown a link between long chain omega-3 fatty acid deficiencies and depression. Then there’s of course the other claim to fame for oysters….
Though 36,000 felons had their voting rights restored in March, data from the secretary of state’s office did not show an uptick in the number of felons who registered to vote compared to February. The new law allows felons on probation or parole to register to vote if they have not been incarcerated for at least five years. Voter registration may pick up as the Governor’s race continues.
Tonight the winner take it al in the NCAA championship game as Texas Tech faces Virginia. Texas tech beat Michigan State on Saturday while Virginia beat Auburn. Coverage of tonight’s NCAA Championship game begins at 6:30 on 94.7 ESPN.
LSU took two of three from Texas A-and-M to move into a three-way tie for first place in the SEC West. The Tigers took the final game of the series on Saturday night with a nine to three win over the Aggies. Freshman pitcher Cole Henry had another impressive outing as he allowed two runs over eight innings and struck out nine.
Big explosive offensive plays were lacking in LSU’s spring football game on Saturday, but the quarterbacks were sharp throwing short and intermediate passes to a variety of wide receivers. Starting quarterback Joe Burrow was 15 of 25 for 159 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
It was a great weekend for the Houston Astros as they took three from the Oakland A’s. Tonight the Astros start a three game series at home against the new York Yankees.