News for Monday 030419
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Parade goers need to bundle up for a frigid Fat Tuesday. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the temperatures are going to reach below freezing in Shreveport, Alexandria, and Lafayette. He says the big easy isn’t off the hook either. New Orleans will also face 15 mile per hour winds today and tomorrow as parades roll by.
Witnesses said Tashonty Toney, the man accused of plowing his Camaro into nine bicyclists on Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans Saturday evening, was so drunk they had to revive him when he lay passed out on the pavement after trying to flee the scene on foot. Toney had just sped into a group of friends and associates from New Orleans' environmental justice circles, leaving two of them dead.
Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain has sent a proposal that would allow GB Sciences and LSU to begin growing medical marijuana in a large scale, permanent facility. The Commissioner says State Police still need to finish background checks for the program, something that has been ongoing for over two years, but if that checks out the growing could be set to significantly increase in scale. LSU will be put in charge of keeping an eye on the entire grow operation run by GB Sciences. Still no word as to when the drug will be available to consumers.
Anyone 17-year-old who is arrested, starting this month, will no longer be treated as an adult, and will be instead put through the juvenile justice system. Louisiana was previously part of a small minority of states to prosecute minors as adults in all cases.
Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves has been named the top Republican on the newly reformed Climate Crisis panel. The panel will focus on threats posed by climate change, but will likely feature a partisan split on the origin of the threat. Graves, who agrees that sea rise poses a threat to the nation, says the appointment will give him a platform to raise awareness of Louisiana’s vulnerabilities.
Louisiana has declared a state of emergency as the Mississippi River approaches flood levels. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness spokesperson Mike Steele says this precaution is taken to speed up any support process needed for areas throughout the Bayou State…
The FAA has now confirmed two people were killed in a plane crash in North Louisiana. Authorities suspect a plane that lost contact with the tower Thursday shortly after takeoff from the Shreveport Downtown The plane was recovered late Saturday night. Authorities say the two victims of the crash were still strapped in their seats.
While many in Louisiana were celebrating the Mardi Gras weekend, the number one ranked LSU Tigers got swept in Austin as the 18th ranked Texas Longhorns completed the sweep with a come from behind 7-6 win on a cold and dreary Sunday. LSU returns to the diamond for a game on Wednesday against Holy Cross.