News for Monday 061719
Compiled By Dave Graichen
Senator Bill Cassidy says the feds have finally relented and will allow those who suffered damage in the 2016 floods, but received SBA loans, access to Louisiana RESTORE grant money. Cassidy says if you make below 120 percent of the area-median-income, you will be immediately eligible for RESTORE, once the state writes some final rules. No word as to how long that might take.
State Police report a man from Winnfield was killed in a single vehicle crash Saturday afternoon on Highway 471 at French Cemetery Road. 36 year old Rufus Green was a passenger in a pickup truck being driven by a 17 year old. Troopers say the driver lost control and ran off the right side of the roadway, causing the truck to overturn. The driver and other 4 injured passengers were treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries The driver was cited for careless operation and no driver’s license.
The City of Alexandria has received a report indicating individuals approached a homeowner and identified themselves as Alexandria Water Department employees. They asked to enter the home in order to collect water samples. They were not employees.. The City of Alexandria reminds residents that any time city employees need to come to a person’s home or office they will always be wearing proper city-issued uniforms, will have city-issued ID badges with photo ID and workers should arrive in a city-marked vehicle. If someone approaches a residence and says they are a city employee but does not have the proper credentials and is not in a city-marked vehicle, please contact police immediately."
Tensions are rising in the Mideast once again as the US alleges Iran is responsible for several recent attacks against oil tankers in the vital oil shipping lane of the Strait of Hormuz.LSU Center for Energy Studies Director Dr. David Dismukes says the political instability will likely lead to a rise in fuel costs for Americans. Iran and the US have traded threats ever since President Trump canceled an agreement, to ease sanctions on the nation in exchange for international monitoring of it’s nuclear abilities.
Some Louisiana drivers will see their car insurance rates drop starting later this summer. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced last week that he has approved a 2.2% rate decrease for private passenger automobile policies through Progressive Security Insurance. Donelon says more than 175,000 of the company's policyholders will see the lower rate when they renew their policies, starting in September.
Former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain has been released from jail after posting bond Friday, at the jail he used to run. Strain was indicted and arrested this on sex crime charges. Strain made few comments to the press as he left jail but stated he’ll have plenty to say in court.
Investigation Discovery ran a four-hour special over the weekend on the unsolved murders of eight women in the Jennings area between 2005 and 2009. A decade later the deaths remain unsolved. ID Executive Producer Liz Massie says they hope their in-depth look can change that. Not all of the deaths have been ruled murders, and no one was ever charged in the cases.
A corrections officer at the state penitentiary at Angola is facing one count of malfeasance. Prison officials report Christopher Allen of Woodville, Mississippi is a facing charge after investigators say he seized contraband from one prisoner and gave it to another. The contraband included money and cellphones. Allen had worked for the department since 2009 and has resigned following his arrest.
Over 260 dolphins have been stranded since February 1st in the Gulf and Mexico prompting NOAA to declare Unusual Mortality Event. Of the mammals they have been able to perform necropsies on 23-percent have shown skin lesions consistent with fresh water. There are concerns the recent openings of the Bonne Carre Spillway has increased the amount of fresh water and pollutants into the Gulf.
Disgruntled Pelicans star Anthony Davis gets his wish and is traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for young guns Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, along with the 4th pick in this year’s draft and a bevy of future 1st round selections. Locked On Pelicans Publisher Jake Madison says it’s not the deal many fans wanted, but it’s likely the best they could get.
New ULM athletic director Scott McDonald is not using the lack of money as an excuse for not having success. The latest USA Today report says ULM’s athletic budget ranks last among the 130 FBS schools. McDonald, who was interim AD for nine months before getting the job full-time, says he understands the challenges.