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Compiled by Dave Graichen
The Saints Super Bowl hopes isn’t the only thing going cold in the Bayou State this week as more cold air moves into the state today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says with this latest front you’ll need to dress warm for the next few days and arm yourself with an umbrella for today. Keim says by this afternoon the front will have crossed the state and the cold temps will continue to drop throughout the afternoon and into tomorrow as well.
Another damning study just released by WalletHub shows Louisiana as the third least-educated state in the country. Researchers looked at a variety of educational and economic metrics to develop new rankings of the country's most and least educated states. Louisiana came in at No. 48 in terms of total education, followed by West Virginia and Mississippi. The report also pointed out Louisiana ranked fourth-lowest in the nation when it came to the number of residents who graduated high school.
Former Bunkie police chief Bobby Corner pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Avoyelles Parish to charges stemming from his October 2018 arrest. Corner was arrested after an investigation by Louisiana State Police. He was charged, and later indicted, on first-degree injuring of public records, tampering with surveillance systems and two counts of malfeasance in office. In one of those malfeasance charges, Corner is accused of tampering with evidence.
Governor John Bel Edwards officially launched his re-election campaign Tuesday with a video message to voters. The main theme is that he says Louisiana is better now, than when he took office in 2016. Edward, who is facing two announced GOP challengers, expects his opponents and out of state interest groups to spend millions of dollars attacking his record.
According to St. Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne, a pharmacist was using justifiable force when he shot and killed a man trying to rob his store Monday night in Luling. Deputies say a man wearing a mask ordered the pharmacist and a clerk to hand over drugs and a scuffle ensued. Authorities have identified the deceased as 36 year old Mark Fisher, Jr., of the Madisonville area, and say he was armed at the time of the incident.
Three people are dead, including a two-year-old child after a pickup truck ran off the road into Bayou Lafourche in Golden Meadow. State Police Senior Trooper Jesse LaGrange says it happened shortly after midnight Tuesday on LA 308. Police say the driver of the vehicle over corrected after his truck left the roadway.
An organization is gearing up to push for hemp legalization in Louisiana after the 2018 Farm Bill let states start regulating it. Louisiana Industrial Hemp Alliance Representative Arthur Walker says it’s a lucrative cash crop that is found in a range of products. Currently most has to be imported. Some uninformed lawmakers have expressed concern that allowing hemp would lead kids using recreational marijuana. Industrial hemp is a distant relative to marijuana and lacks the TCP needed to get high from smoking it. At onetime Hemp was the nations #1 export. The Louisiana legislature would have to pass a regulatory bill for hemp growth to be allowed here.
There’s a push at this week’s Louisiana High School Athletic Association annual convention to allow schools in the “select” divisions, generally private schools, the ability to choose their own championship game locations. Teurlings Catholic principal Mike Boyer says ideally, “select” teams could host the championship at the higher seeded team’s home field to save on stadium rental costs. The move was inspired in part by disappointing revenue for high schools in the 2017 state football championships, a year where the cost to rent the Superdome increased significantly.
The St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s office has joined members of the Who Dat Nation in Rulling Sunday’s Burglary on the Bayou as a homicide. Dr. Chuck Preston says the criminal intent was clear in the Saints loss in the NFC Championship. Preston says his message for the perpetrators is that the Who Dat Nation knows what really happened and will be watching because what’s done in the dark will be brought to the light.
A Barksdale Air Force Base airman has been sentenced to 35 years in prison by a military jury for killing his roommate during a deployment to Guam in March. 22-year-old Airman Isaiah Edwards stabbed 20-year-old Airman Bradley Hale in there quarters while on deployment, claiming self-defence, but prosecutors said the attack was unprovoked. Edwards will be eligible for parole after serving a third of his sentence. The victim’s father says he is not satisfied with the sentence.
A New Orleans lawyer is taking the NFL to court over the outcome of the NFC Championship game. Attorney Frank D’Amigo has filed a petition with the court to compel Roger Goodell to explain why he is not invoking a rule in which the commissioner has the sole authority to take appropriate actions and or corrective measures in the event a calamity occurs having a major effect on the result of a game. D’Amigo says the rule is on the books for a reason, and it’s situations like the one presented Sunday that make it perfectly acceptable to invoke the rule.
Governor Edwards has penned a letter to Goodell, expressing his disappointment with the outcome of the game as well. Edwards said while he doubts Goodell will change the outcome of the game, he suggested Goodell and owners should make sure there is some recourse on the field to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
The 25th ranked LSU men’s basketball team shoots for its eighth straight victory tonight when they host Georgia. The Tigers are 4-0 in league play, while the Bulldogs are 1-and-4. But Coach Will Wade says his team better not be complacent tonight. Airtime 5:30 on KSYL 970AM/104.9FM
After squashing the Memphis Grizzlies Monday night, the New Orleans Pelicans play host tonight to the Detroit Pistons. Hear the game starting at 6:30 on 94.7 ESPN.