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News For Thursday 05/29/14

News for Thursday 052914

By Dave Graichen


Two men have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting in Alexandria Tuesday night that left  one  person  dead and two others wounded.   Alexandria  Police say 28-year-old Quantrella  Turner  of Alexandria was pronounced  dead  at the scene.   21-year-old Lajavas Hall  and  25-year-old  Cinquanta Hall,  both  of  Alexandria,  were arrested for the shooting.


A lot of rain fell across the state yesterday, especially in south  Louisiana.  There were several reports of street and property flooding.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says the upper air low that caused all

of that rain yesterday is still basically in place and we could see heavy rains again today.  The dry conditions of the past few weeks helped with  flooding issues yesterday due to the soil soaking in the rainfall.  Keim  says that won't be the case today since the soil is saturated. Most of the state is under a Flash  Flood Watch through this evening


First-time  claims for unemployment insurance increased in Louisiana for the week ending May 17.  The Louisiana Workforce Commission said there were 134 more initial claims than the previous week.  However, continued unemployment claims decreased by 380 .


Some of the biggest stars in the republican party will be in New Orleans over the next few days speaking at the Republican Leadership Conference. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says it's an important  event for those individuals who plan to run for President in 2016.  Governor Bobby Jindal is scheduled to address the conference tonight.  Another potential GOP presidential candidate speaking is Texas Senator  Ted Cruz. Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame is also  set to speak.


House legislation that  would  allow  Louisiana  to use out of state pharmacies  to  obtain  drugs  used in lethal injections  passed  in committee  Tuesday  and now heads  to  the  full  Senate. The same bill has a provision that would let pharmacies who  provide the deadly compounds remain anonymous.


The  sexual predator who is accused of the brutal murder of a twelve year-old  boy  has  been  given the death sentence in DeSoto Parish. Thirty-seven year-old Brian  Horn  was  convicted  in the killing of Justin Bloxom in March of 2010. Judge Robert Burgess passed judgment that Horn be sent to Angola to await his execution.


In  an  independent  poll  regarding  the 2015 Lieutenant Governor's race, Jefferson Parish President John Young  is  the  early  leader. The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted by Southern Media  and Opinion  Research.   The  poll pitted a three-way trial heat between Young, Plaquemines Parish President  Billy  Nungesser, and Opelousas Senator Elbert Guillory.  It is still early and you can expect a few more  candidates  throwing their hat in the ring.   Pollster  Bernie Pinsonat says a couple  of  names  interested  in  the  position are Public   Service   Commissioner   Scott  Angelle  and  State   Police Superintendent Colonel Mike Edmonson


A bill that allows a truck stop owner in  Iberville Parish to keep a live  Tiger  on  the property of his store passed  out  of  a  House committee Wednesday.  Tiger  Truck  Stop owner Michael Sandlin says his 550-pound Siberian-Bengal tiger is  well  cared for and loved by the people who visit his truck stop off Interstate 10.  Sandlin has been battling animal rights groups in the courts to keep Tony the Tiger at his truck stop.  The measure has passed the Senate and needs House approval before the session ends Monday.


A  bill that has received final legislative approval would make it easier  for  home-based  cooks  to  start their own business with fewer  regulations  that are currently in  place.   The  measure  is

waiting for Governor Jindal's signature.


A Napoleonville man is charged with negligent homicide after a child died  who  was  riding  in  a  vehicle  that he crashed. In happened Tuesday morning in Thibodaux and deputies  say there were two adults and  three  children  in the vehicle. They say  an  11-year-old  was ejected after 35-year-old  Jermain  Wooden  tried to pass a car on a highway  then  lost  control  and  crashed.  The  crash   is   under investigation.


In Shreveport  a woman is recovering from multiple stab woulds after allegedly being  attacked  by  an  elderly  man  she was caring for. 75-year-old Walter Smith reportedly freaked out. He was arrested and booked  with  aggravated  battery.  The  victim  is listed  in  good condition.


Authorities in Ascension Parish say, a 56-year-old man who was found dead underneath his truck late Wednesday afternoon in his employer’s flooded parking lot might have slipped and fallen into swiftly moving water that swept him under the vehicle. The Water was flowing swiftly across the parking lot, and was probably 12 to 18 inches deep. Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said deputies are continuing to investigate but believe the death was accidental.


A grandma and grandpa from Wisconsin are happy  campers  today. They were visiting their grandchildren last weekend in Slidell  and  went home  with a $1 million Powerball ticket. Lottery officials say they got all 5 numbers but missed the powerball.



Local Events

Pancake Day

Thursday September 18th

September means pancake time!  Once again, A Perfect Fit Foundation will be hosting its annual pancake fundraiser, this Thursday, September 18,

from 6:30am until 11:00am at St. James Episcopal Church in Alexandria.  100% of the funds raised go directly toward providing well-fitted, uniform-approved shoes for underprivileged elementary school children in Cenla. 

September 20th

A Cycling Event

Kent House Plantation

(318) 487-5998

Les Fest 2014

Thursday Sept 25th 6pm

Enjoy a wild evening at this outdoor music fest and fundraiser celebrating the Alexandria Zoo and remembering Zoo Director Les Whitt and his love for music.  Live music by Bonerama, silent auction, food available for purchase, presentations with animals and updates on the Alexandria Zoo are featured.


Avoyelles Commission of Tourism


Prehistoric Mounds Tour

Marksville State Historic Site

September 20, 2014

$4adults(over 62, under 13 free)


UMW Fall Festival

1st United Methodist Church

Of Pineville

Saturday October 4th from 9a to 1p

30 Booth of Handmade Arts & Crafts for Sale Along With a BBQ Lunch, Food Booths & the Pumpkin Patch

Public is Invited. Call 640-1050 For Info.

The Running Man Dash

Saturday October 4th


The Running Man Dash is an annual fun run and walk put on by Anytime Fitness to promote staying active in Cenla. The fun run/walk will be held in honor of Maddie Norris and to help build awareness about her disability. It will have obstacles including a colored chalk station, and a Slip-N-Slide. The event will be fun for all ages. We encourage you to make teams, come up with fun team names, and wear costumes. The Running Man Dash will be held at beautiful Buhlow Recreation Area. All proceeds from the race will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Help us build awareness about cerebral palsy by participating, or making a donation




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