News for Wednesday 022019
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Kayla Giles, the woman accused of fatally shooting her estranged husband last year in a Walmart Parking lot, was reminded that a gag order still exists in her case after the prosecution alleged she'd been trying to contact the media again. Ninth Judicial District Court Judge Greg Beard made the point Tuesday after Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorney Monica Doss revealed that Giles has tried to contact the media more than once. Shortly after her arrest, she gave an interview from jail to KALB TV in which she declared she wasn't a killer. Days later, Doss sought and was granted a gag order.
Multiple motions were slated to be heard on Tuesday, but those were continued until March 7. Giles is being held on a $1 million bond.
The state health department says one out of ten visits to a health care provider are for flu-like symptoms. While there are flu cases being reported all around the state, LDH indicates a big concentration is in New Orleans. Flu bug expert Dr. Frank Welch says flu season has peaked just in time for Mardi Gras. Welch recommends washing hands and not sharing drinks while congregating and celebrating Mardi Gras and if you haven’t already, get the shot! The flu causes approximately 500 deaths and nearly 3000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana. The LDH recommends if you are sick, stay away from other people until you have not had a fever for 24 hours.
Higher Ed Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed recently made comments suggesting the cost of community college in the state is too expensive when compared to what students in other southern states are paying. Chancellor of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System Monty Sullivan says the LCTCS board has worked toward raising the value of the education, while keeping the prices from on tuitions from rising as well. Sullivan says on average, community college students can roughly double their income when compared to the state’s per capita income.
Higher Education Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed is keeping a close eye on the criminal investigation into alleged hazing at the LSU’s Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter that has so far resulted in nine arrests. Reed says it’s vital the Board of Regents gathers this new information, and uses it to craft additional policies that can be applied statewide.
Last year the legislature passed harsher anti-hazing laws in the wake of the Max Grvuer’s 2017 death that allegedly resulted from hazing.
Louisiana now has a record seven entities under the control of fiscal administrators, agents of the state who are appointed when a municipality’s budget woes cause it to default on mandatory payments. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says the administrators have broad authority to adjust budgets by lying off city or district employees, and raising rates to make up for fiscal crisis. The municipalities are Jeanerette, St. Joseph, Clayton, Clarence, and the Madison Parish Hospital district, along with newly added Sterlington and Bogalusa.
Abbeville Senator Bob Hensgens has pre-filed a bill for the legislative session that begins in April that would give teachers a 250 dollar tax deduction for purchased school supplies, reviving a temporary deduction that expired in 2008. The deduction would apply to anyone who is employed as a teacher or aid in a qualified school, and works fifteen hours a week on average.
A 41-year-old Prairieville woman is lucky to be alive after State Police say a suspected drunk driver hit her vehicle in Garyville on Monday morning causing it to erupt in flames. Cell phone video shows four good Samaritans dragging her out as flames shot out of the back of the car. Police say 22-year-old Richard Preston hit her vehicle and he’s been arrested.
The 13th ranked LSU basketball team begins a three-game homestand tonight as the Bayou Bengals host Florida. A big crowd is expected to welcome the 21-and-4 Tigers back to the PMAC. Saturday’s game against 5th ranked Tennessee is sold out. You can hear all three games on KSYL 970am/104.9fm Airtime for today’s game is 5:30p