News for Tuesday 060419
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Authorities in Natchitoches are investigating the suspicious death of a pregnant woman in Clarence. Detectives with the NPSO have identified the deceased as 22 year old Elonzeya Teal of Campti. Teal was pronounced dead at the scene. The body is being sent for an autopsy to determine the manner of death. Late last night, the NPSO announced the arrest of 25 year old Christopher Houston Jr. of Campti in connection with the death of his wife and unborn child.
A three-year fight in the Louisiana Legislature over creation of statewide regulations for ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft has ended with the proposal's passage. The measure by Houma Republican Rep. Tanner Magee is aimed at expanding the services to more areas, particularly smaller, rural communities. A 98-0 House vote Monday sent the legislation to Governor John Bel Edwards for his signature.
The House votes unanimously to give K-12 teachers a 1,000 dollar pay raise, support personnel a 500 dollar pay raise, and approves 39 million dollars in new public-school funding. Monroe Representative Katrina Jackson says the state is long overdue for an increase in education spending. The pay raises plus additional funding will cost the state an extra 140 million dollars a year and will be permanent, rather than a one year stipend.
The state Senate breathed new life into the effort to legalize sports betting by allowing a hitchhiker amendment, then approving Monday the newly revamped legislation. Senators voted 24-13 for fantasy sports regulation, House Bill 459, which picked up a last-minute rider on the Senate floor: the sports betting legalization language from a measure sidelined last week. The amended legislation now returns to the Louisiana House for consideration of the changes.
The Senate amends a proposal to let medical marijuana patients use cannabis inhalers that results in the measure’s favorable passage. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell spoke in favor of the bill, saying providing a remedy for debilitating issues when other drugs fail to help is the fair thing to do. Winnfield Senator Gerald Long was on the opposing end of the measure, insisting that medical marijuana was paving a pathway to a slippery slope toward recreational marijuana. Following the 31-7 favorable vote, the bill is heading back to the House.
The legislative battle over whether Louisiana should have a minimum age to get married continues. Legislators are pushing to set the minimum age at 17. An amendment was introduced that would preserve the lack of minimum age, but would require 16 and 17-year-olds have parental consent for marriage and judicial review for younger individuals.
Lafayette Representative Nancy Landry says she’s for sending the bill to a conference committee prior to advancing the measure any further.
The Senate passes legislation legalizing industrial hemp production and CBD oil, but the upper chamber packed it with new amendments, so the proposal still needs House approval. Franklin Senator Bret Allain says farmers are itching to grow hemp, as the prices for rice, cotton, and soybeans are currently low.
The Corps of Engineers says they’re delaying the opening of the Morganza Spillway to Sunday, the second time the structure’s much talked about opening has been pushed back. Corps spokesperson Ricky Boyett says it’s due to recent reports that the river’s high-water mark will be arriving three days later than previously thought. Just outside the State Capitol building you can see the water pushing up close to the top of the levee system. Boyett says the river level in Baton Rouge has been up and down but is projected to stay within safe levels through the end of the week.
Authorities in Hammond report a 13-year-old boy is accused of stabbing a woman to death in Hammond early Sunday. 30 year old Ceirra Miller died from stab wounds to her neck and head. Investigators identified the suspect as a boy who "was in Miller's care for the evening." Authorities did not release the juvenile's identity.
A Baton Rouge teenager was arrested Monday after authorities said he shot his father multiple times, causing injuries that will likely prove fatal. The father remains hospitalized with gunshot wounds to his head and torso. 17 year old Anthony Templet is accused of retrieving two handguns from his father's bedroom and then firing multiple shots during an argument. He confessed to the shooting in an interview with detectives.
LSU catcher Saul Garza was voted as the Baton Rouge Regional’s co-Most Outstanding Player as he helped the Tigers defeat Southern Miss six to four last night. The Tigers advance to the Super Regionals where they’ll face Florida State.
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