News for Wednesday March 10th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Authorities in Avoyelles parish report an 18-year-old Pineville High School student died Sunday in a single vehicle accident in Effie. Corry Barbay, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and passengers were wearing seatbelts and alcohol is not a suspected factor in the crash.
Pineville mayor Clarence Fields put the rumors to rest yesterday on Talkback 970 when he was asked by Host Matt Dunn whether or not he would run for reelection. That mayor said yes, he plans to run again for another term, unless something happens that says he can no longer function or do his job. Mayor Fields said he wife Rosa says he needs a job.
Cenla Broadcasting would like to take a moment to congratulate some of our own. At yesterday’s Louisiana Association of Broadcasting awards banquet, KRRV’s Melissa Frost and David Atwood received the award for Best Radio Personality/Team. On Magic 100.9 Murphy, Sam and Jodi won the Best Morning Show in the state for the 3 year running. Congratulations!
The Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office has confirmed that a body found Tuesday afternoon is believed to be that of James Gunnels, the man who went missing from Alexandria on February 13.Authorities say a local farmer and his employee found a body in a field Tuesday, a few hundred feet from the spot where Gunnels truck was found on February 14th
Governor Edwards announced Tuesday afternoon two more presumptive cases of coronavirus, bringing the grand total to three in Louisiana. All are in the New Orleans area. Keep in mind only 17 people have been tested in the entire state.
While the focus of many may be on coronavirus, Louisiana is still dealing with an intense flu season. Assistant state health officer Dr. Joseph Kanter says the seasonal flu is should still not be taken lightly as it can be devastating for both age extremes in both younger and older people. In a typical flu season, the regional baseline for the percentage of doctor visits for flu-like symptoms is just below 4 percent. Here in Louisiana that number is now at 10%. The best protection from the flu is getting vaccinated.
Some of the biggest festivals in the nation are getting cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus. Could we see that here in Louisiana? State Immunization Director Dr. Frank Welch says they are monitoring the situation and working with event organizers.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival takes place over the course of ten days and welcomes around 400,000 visitors each year. All of the St. Patrick’s parades in New Orleans this weekend have been canceled.
Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat expects the legislature will have a bitter fight this session over the right for local governments to sue oil and gas companies for damage to their coastlines. The oil lobby is pushing hard for the change. Pinsonat says Governor Edwards has always supported the lawsuits, and he may come out swinging against the proposed change.
Six people have been arrested in a human trafficking sting executed by north Louisiana law enforcement. Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Davis says the arrests took place at an area hotel. Three of those arrested were also hit with drug charges.
Washington Parish Sheriff’s deputies make an arrest in the shooting death of 17-year-old Ja’Quarius Taylor. Taylor was shot in the head three times in January and his body was found in a wooded area near the town of Angie. Chief Deputy Mike Haley says their suspect is the victim’s cousin, 20-year-old Jo’Andre Dawson. Haley says the family suspected the suspect was someone Taylor knew. Bond is set at $800,000.
A New Iberia woman is dead and her boyfriend, 59-year-old Luis Valdez is charged with second degree murder. Authorities have not released how 38-year-old Stephanie Worley was killed.
A series of bills has been filed by Houma Rep Beryl Amedee that would require doctors disclose more information to patients about vaccines, and bar employers from requiring employees be vaccinated. Amedee says current events are likely to raise the bill’s profiles….
19th ranked LSU hosts South Alabama tonight before it begins SEC play on Friday at Ole Miss. We’ll see if sophomore Gavin Dugas is back in the line-up tonight. The Houma native hit two home runs on Sunday in a come from behind six to four win over U-Mass Lowell.