News for Monday 120318
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Senator John Kennedy says he will not run for governor, ending months of speculation that he would challenge Governor John Bel Edwards in the 2019 contest. Kennedy says after much consideration, he’s decided he can get the most done for Louisiana, and the country, in the Senate.
Jeffery Hall will be sworn in as Alexandria’s next mayor today. The Inaugural Ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. at the Randolph Riverfront Center where Hall will be introduced by his wife Patricia. Around noon, Hall will provide an acceptance address to the community. Following the ceremony, an Inaugural Reception will be held for invited guests.
One of the last things outgoing Mayor Jacques Roy did Friday was signed off on the confirmation of Alexandria Police Chief Jerrod King. The document signed by the mayor stated that King had successfully completed a standard probation process.
It was announced Friday night that the 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush had died. It was in New Orleans that his road to the White House became official when he accepted the nomination at the GOP National Convention at the Superdome in 1988. Bush was applauded for his efforts in establishing the Bush-Clinton Katrina fund, which he formed with Former President Bill Clinton that donated millions to local schools, libraries, and non-profits. Bush was preceded in death by his wife Barbara, who passed away earlier this year. George H.W. Bush was 94 years old.
New CDC data indicates drug overdose deaths rose 12% in Louisiana from 2016 to 2017. Overdose deaths have contributed to the life expectancy rate declining for three straight year in the United States, a pattern not seen in 100 years. President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health John Auerbach says this marks the first time that more than 1,000 people died in a single year from overdoses in Louisiana.
A federal judge has ordered $34.8 million in restitution from the owner of Explo Systems, a military contractor hired to demilitarize artillery charges at Camp Minden in Webster Parish, in a case stemming from a huge munitions blast in 2012 due to illegal dumping of the materials. In addition to the restitution, five people are heading to the clink with sentences between 2-5 years. US Attorney David Joseph says he’s happy with the outcome.
A 23-year-old North Shreveport woman was seriously injured from a gunshot wound she received in the back. Her two-year-old child is believed to have accidentally discharged the unsecured weapon. The investigation is ongoing.
Shreveport Police are looking for one or more people who fired gunshots at a five-year-old boy and a man and a woman who arrived at a location to sell a puppy. Authorities say the child was shot once, while the adults were shot multiple times. The gunshot wounds to the three individuals are not considered life threatening. A motive for the shooting has not been established. The puppy was not hit by gunfire.
A Koch brother’s backed conservative advocacy group has begun airing anti-gas tax ads on social media and at gas station video screens across the state ahead of next year’s legislative session that may include a push to raise the tax to pay for road projects. Americans for Prosperity State Director John Kay says gas taxes hurt everyday Louisianans most. Last year infrastructure advocates attempted to pass a 17 cent gas tax that would have raised half a billion dollars a year.
A Fort Polk interior designer and military spouse had the honor last week of joining 150 volunteers for the annual Christmas decoration of the White House. Amy Hirata was one of the seven thousand people who sent in an application to take part in the activities.
At least two Boy Scout campers who returned from a recent trip with fevers, chills and a cough have been hospitalized for exposure to a rare and unusual disease linked to bird and bat droppings found in the soil, spurring involvement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. St. Francisville resident Emiley Bonano has been battling histoplasmosis since she traveled to Camp Avondale with her little brother’s Boy Scout troop in early November. Reports say other scouts have reported similar symptoms. However, CDC and Louisiana Health officials will not say how many.
For the first time in the 125-year history of LSU Football, the Tigers will play in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona on New Year’s Day and they’ll face UCF, who has won 25 in a row. Coach Ed Orgeron says his team deserved to play in a New Year’s Six Bowl game. U-C-F beat Auburn in last year’s Peach Bowl.
Louisiana Tech will face former Western Athletic Conference foe Hawaii in the Hawaii bowl on Saturday night, December 22nd. The Bulldogs will play in a bowl game for a fifth consecutive season. Coach Skip Holtz says playing a bowl game in Hawaii is an unique experience and he’s glad his team has this opportunity.