News for Wednesday 013019
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Authorities say they have obtained a confession from 21-year-old Dakota Theriot, the south Louisiana man accused of killing his parents in Ascension Parish and then three others in Livingston Parish during Saturday shooting spree. Theriot was arrested Sunday morning in Virginia in the driveway of his grandmother’s home. He’s currently in the Richmond County, Virginia jail facing an extradition hearing Friday morning. Theriot faces five counts of first-degree murder when he returns to Louisiana.
The Alexandria Police reports an Alexandria man has been charged in the Monday afternoon shooting of a 5-year-old girl. The APD responded to a home in the 2100 block of Alma Street around 4:15 p.m., finding the girl "conscious and alert,". She had been shot in the side. The girl was taken to a local hospital. She remains listed in stable condition. Police say 19-year-old Joshua Vercher was playing with a gun when it accidently went off.
A new poll shows Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards with a significant lead over GOP opponents U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham and businessman Eddie Rispone, though few of those surveyed are yet familiar with the governor's challengers. The poll, conducted by LJR Custom Strategies, shows Forty-five percent of those surveyed said they would vote for Edwards if the election were held today, followed by 17 percent who would vote for Abraham and 4 percent for Rispone.
It’s been four years since the legislature approved legislation to allow Louisiana patients who suffer from certain diseases have access to medical marijuana, but you still can’t get it. Some families are frustrated that the process has been delayed once again, this time with a treatment availability estimated at early summer. Katie Corkern is a mother of a child who suffers from epilepsy and believes medical marijuana could be used to replace some of her child’s current medications, medications that have severe side effects. Last year the Department of Agriculture laid out an extensive process that would need to be followed in order for the plant to be approved. Corkern says the bureaucratic delays are suspicious.
Congressman Clay Higgins has been named the top Republican of the Subcommittee of Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations, which is responsible for all aspects of security ops along land, air, and maritime borders. Higgins says although he expects the subcommittee to be one of the more contentious in the 116th Congress, he expects his role to be one to unify both sides of the border security debate.
The Louisiana Department of Education is hosting the 2019 Behavioral Intervention Summit today at the River Center in Baton Rouge. Chief of Staff at the Office of Student Opportunities Lisa French says about 1400 educators and national experts will convene for a full day that will focus on equipping educators with the tools and resources needed to work with the behavior issues of students.
A state commission is advancing a legislative plan to dramatically increase the amount of support for early childhood education. The preliminary funding plan, called LA B to 3, aims to clear the 22,000 children on the wait list for early childhood education financial support, and provide support to 114,000 children three and under. The commission was created during the last legislative session.
A report shows Louisianans are leaving 8.9 million vacation days a year on the table, 27th highest in the nation. Of the 17 days a year Louisianans do take, only eight of them were for travel, so Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser says now’s a great time to start planning your “Staycations” for the year.
A judge has denied bail for LSU receiver Drake Davis after his most recent arrest for violating a protective order. Authorities claim Davis contacted his ex-girlfriend, whose ribs he is accused of breaking after an assault that led to his August arrest. After those charges he was placed on under house arrest, and ordered to not make contact with the victim.
New research shows people who sleep less than six hours a night might be at an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The study indicates there’s an association between the lack of quality sleep and more plaque buildup in the arteries throughout the body. Chief of Cardiology at LSU Health New Orleans, Doctor Frank Smart, says getting enough sleep, as well as quality sleep, are important factors. He adds that it’s import to exercise and not be inactive while awake.
The LSU basketball team is in College Station. Tonight the Tigers, who have won nine in a row, will face the Aggies, who are coming off a win over Kansas State. Tip off is at 8 PM you can hear the game on KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM
The NBA has slapped a $50,000 fine on Pelican’s forward Anthony Davis following his agent’s public disclosure of his trade request. The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement prohibits such disclosures, citing the comments made by agent Rich Paul to ESPN as “an intentional effort to undermine the contractual relationship between Davis and the Pelicans.”