News for Tuesday 103018
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The former Alexandria Golf and Country property has been purchased. The club near Woodworth closed in February 2017 after struggling for some time to make it financially. According to the release from the new owners, TrustLand is "a closely held investment company focused on buying, selling, financing and developing rural land throughout Louisiana." While Trustland officials did not specify what the future use of the property will be, they did say the property is ideal for commercial and residential redevelopment.
The November 6th ballot includes an amendment that allows voters to decide whether or not convicted felons should be allowed to run for office right out of prison. Public Affairs Research Council Louisiana President Robert Scott says we’ve had that law in the past, but the law was overturned after a challenge by former state legislator Derrick Shepard, who had served two years in prison on corruption charges, and was seeking office after getting out. Scott says unlike other amendments on the ballot, this one certainly has some public opposition from groups who believe that once you serve your time, you shouldn’t be punished further.
Roy Hebron the former mayor of the town of Ball and a candidate for that office again, was sentenced to four years in federal prison and ordered to pay $105,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to one count of defrauding FEMA of an estimated $320,000 in the aftermath of Hurricane Gustav. Now, more than seven years later, the government is telling the town they have to refund that money back. The town’s current mayor, Neil Kavanagh says a large chunk of change, close to $270,000. The demand letter from GOHSEP says the town can pay in full, or request a payment plan, but until it's paid, the town may not receive future grants.
Medical Marijuana in Louisiana has been pushed back from the distributors hoped for launch date of late this year, to early next year as the grower, GB Sciences, its partner, LSU, and the Ag Department iron out the last regulatory details. If GB’s crop clears safety standards in November, and they finish up their background check with State Police, then mass production should begin.
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. will host the Louisiana Mental Health Summit today to bring together federal, state, and local leaders to discuss methods to improve mental health care in Louisiana. Cassidy says many sheriffs note local jail is the largest provider of mental health services in most parishes and that puts a strain on communities.
A new $200 million power plant is coming to Washington Parish with the groundbreaking taking place today. The facility is a 361-megawatt natural gas-fired peaking power plant in Bogalusa and will be run by Calpine. Louisiana PSC Commission Chairman Eric Skrmetta says between a growing population and energy needs, as well as other facilities needing an overhaul, the project is a necessity. The plant is expected to be operational in three years.
State treasurer John Schroder says tens of thousands of Louisianans will get a check from the state before the end of the year for unclaimed property that’s been held by the state. The checks will be up to 1,500 dollars. Schroder says they uncovered the money after teaming up with the Revenue Department. If you are owed more than 1,500 dollars, additional verification will be needed before the state will mail you your money. To see if you are owed money, drop by latreasury.com
According to a recent report, 56% of all occupants who died in a crash did not use a safety belt. Executive Director of Statistical Analysis at the Highway Safety Research Group Helmut Schneider says despite the threat of legal ramifications, some people are just continuing to hold out on buckling up. Schneider says the research is clear when it comes to the correlation between seatbelt usage and traffic fatalities.
The first four-day Disney cruise sold out in just an hour, and more cruise lines are about to launch bigger ships and longer cruises from the Port of New Orleans. Disney announced in September that cruises out of New Orleans would start in early 2019.
In the video for his breakout single "Moolah," local New Orleans rapper Young Greatness scrambles for cover outside a corner store as he sings about “being on the block when the shots go bang.” A similar scene played out in real life early Monday when the 34-year-old rapper, born Theodore Jones, was gunned down outside a Waffle House in New Orleans. Police are searching for two people in connection with the fatal shooting.
LSU are 14 point underdogs against the Crimson Tide this Saturday, in the largest spread against the Tigers at home in 20 years. Despite the Purple and Gold’s two major upset victories against Top Ten teams, Vegas has decided the Bama train will roll on, and easily. The Tigers were seven point underdogs when they crushed Georgia 36-16, and 10 point underdogs when they squeaked out a 22-21 win over Auburn.
The LSU Ticket office made it official Monday, Tiger Stadium is sold out for LSU's prime-time, top-five showdown with Alabama on Saturday night. It is LSU's third announced sellout of the season, with previous announcements made against Louisiana Tech and Georgia.