News for Thursday 011019
Compiled by Dave Graichen
18 year old Kevin Thompson of Pineville was sentenced this week in the shooting death of 19 year old Huey VanDyke III back in December of 2017. The Alexandria man was shot once in his back as he sat in the passenger seat of a car. Thompson was sentenced to 20 years in prison at hard labor for an amended charge of conspiracy to commit manslaughter and 28 years in prison at hard labor for conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
After a 2015 GOP gubernatorial blood bath that saw the ascendance of The South’s only Democratic governor, Louisiana Republican operative Scott Wilfong, on a Baton Rouge Talkshow said yesterday, the party is taking a hard look in 2019 at throwing their weight behind just one candidate before the October open primary. Wilfong says potential candidates will be given an opportunity to build support and compete for the Louisiana GOP’s backing, and he hopes that once a frontrunner becomes clear, the other competitors will bow out gracefully. The only two Republicans in the race so far are Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone, and Congressman Ralph Abraham.
President Donald Trump will be in New Orleans Monday for the National Farm Bureau Convention. It’s the second time the President has accepted the invitation to speak at the annual convention. Historically it’s a faction that’s backed the President, but ULM Poli Sci Professor Dr. Joshua Stockley says the trade war could mean a chillier reception than his last appearance.
The Pelican Institute is asking lawmakers to sign on to their revenue neutral tax plan that they say would slash corporate and upper-income tax levels by eliminating the myriad tax exemptions and deductions that have built up in the Louisiana constitution over the decades. Senior Fellow Chris Jacobs calls for eliminating refunds for businesses like job incentive, inventory tax credits, and others. But, to do that the state constitution would need to be rewritten.
Educators are keeping their finger on the pulse of sports betting in Louisiana after Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s open to dedicating any revenue from the additional gaming to better preparing children for kindergarten. While he expects the gains to be modest, Edwards says the sports betting is also an important aspect in making sure the state doesn’t see a decline in gaming revenue.
Detectives with the Bossier City Police Department’s Juvenile unit arrested a daycare worker following an investigation into a report of cruelty to a juvenile. On January 7, personnel from Epic Learning Center notified the parent of a toddler and the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services that an accident occurred at their facility. The parent then contacted the police. Detectives says it appeared an employee shook the toddler, then slung the child to the floor. The child suffered a bloody nose and busted lip.
After the Board of Ethics vote to no longer allow campaign funds to be used for childcare for campaign events and activities, the Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus has requested the board to reconsider the decision. Caucus Chair Sen. Beth Mizell says candidates may not have the financial means to cover the cost of child care for the time it takes to run a campaign.
Louisiana has received a one-point-two million dollar federal grant will go towards improving the outcomes for child victims of human trafficking. Governor John Edwards says the money is needed, because a report released last February found 681 adults and juveniles identified as victims of human trafficking in 2017. In 2016, Shared Hope International ranked Louisiana number one in the nation for its anti-trafficking laws. Edwards says the state is making progress in trying to stop modern-day slavery, which is why the Department of Justice trusts Louisiana with this federal grant.
An Acadiana restauranteur and chef has died following a plane crash while on a hunting trip in California. Lionel Robin is fondly remembered in his community. Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette says he has known Robin is whole life. Robin had owned and operated Robin’s Restaurant in Henderson for about four decades, but had recently been working as the hospitality chef for Tabasco Pepper Sauce.
The story of how former LSU offensive lineman Matt Branch lost his left leg in a hunting accident in Mississippi is making national headlines. Branch’s friend says a dog was sitting near a loaded shotgun on a pickup truck bed when the gun discharged, the bullet struck Branch in his left hip. Branch, who played for the Tigers from 2008 to 2011, is expected to recover.
The Sean Peyton era Saints are an undefeated 5-0 at home for the playoffs, and fans and the players are getting hyped for the Sunday dome showdown with the reigning champion Philadelphia Eagles. Peyton says quarterback Drew Brees lives for playing on the biggest stages. Brees is 7-6 for his career in the playoffs, averaging 323 passing yards and over two touchdowns per game.