16:30 07-21-14

A total of 17 lawmakers filed a lawsuit today to challenge the methods the state used to adopt the Common Core Curriculum. The suit charges the BESE board and the State Department of Education failed to follow the Administrative Proceedure Act. Meanwhile, the stand-off between Governor Bobby Jindal and the State Superintendent of Education John White continues.

The ATC Commissioner is facing a federal racial discrimination lawsuit alleging he made working conditions unbearable for African-American Employees. Baton Rouge attorney Arthur Smith the Third is filing the law suit on behalf of three employees agains Troy Hebert…:
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Meanwhile, Hebert denies the allegations.
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Republican US Senator David Vitter files legislation to stop the sudden rise in unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the US-Mexico border. Jeff Palermo has the story…:
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Monroe Police say they are looking for a man they believe is responsible for hitting another man over the head with a large stick during an argument over a cell phone. Assistant Police Chief Don Bartley says the victim was walking out of the laundry room at an apartment complex when he was approached by Christopher Robinson..:
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A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Robinson.

A teenager from Pontchatoula has turned up missing in Gulf Shores in some very rough Gulf waters. Seventeen year-old Chaston Brown was reported missing yesterday at about 4 pm.

15:30 07-21-14

US Senator David Vitter is on the offensive about illegal immigration, filing a bill in Washington that would implement mandatory detention near the US-Mexican border, along with expedited deportation of unaccompanied minors from Central and South America…:
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The Republican Senator admits the bill will have a tough time even getting to a debate.

A Grant Parish woman has been arrested after she was standing in the middle of Parsonage Road,yelling, holding a knife an throwing rocks at passing cars. When a deputy arrived, she dropped the knife, took a swing at him, and ran away. When that deputy caught up to her, fifty year-old Connie Pennington of Colfax became violent. She was arrested on numerous charges.
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There’s a federal racial discrimination lawsuit facing ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert, where it is alleged that he made working conditions extremely difficult for African American employees. Baton Rouge attorney Arthur Smith the Third filed the suit on behalf of three men against Hebert…:
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Hebert denies the allegations.

An argument over a cell phone in Monroe has one man injured and police on the hunt for the attacker. The report says 48 year-old Jimmy Atwell was walking out of a laundry room at an apartment complex, when Christopher Robinson verbally assaulted Atwell, and allegedly hit him with a large stick. Monroe Assistant Police Chief Don Bartley says they are moving forward with the investigation…:
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A hit and run accident that killed a cyclist in Lafayette Parish earlier this month now has a man arrested in connection with the incident that killed 30 year-old Lon Lomas of Youngsville and left him on the side of the road. Fitzpatrick Doucette faces several charges…:
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That’s Louisiana State Police Master Trooper Brooks David (dah VEED).

14:30 07-21-14

The issue of illegal immigrants has Republican Senator David Vitter filing legislation that will stop the flow of illegal border crossings. He says current laws aren’t working, but Vitter says the bill will have difficulty even going to debate because of Senate leader Harry Reid…;
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And that issue is sure to be discussed some more.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Sulphur woman whom deputies found yesterday. A family member made the call, saying she had not heard from sixty-six year-old Pamela Parker in a couple of days. When deputies arrived, they found Parker dead inside her home. Authorities are ruling the death as a homicide, and that investigation is on-going.

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Louisiana State Police say they have made an arrest in connection with a cyclists who was found dead along a Lafayette Parish roadside. Master Trooper Brooks David (Dah VEED) says police found the body of 30 year-old Lon Lomas of Youngsville in a ditch on July 7th, and shortly after the incident, the LSP heard from Kaplan Police…:
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David says 43 year-old Fitzpatrick Doucette of Kaplan faces many charges.

ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert is facing a federal racial discrimination lawsuit alleging he made working conditions unbearable for African-American Employees. Michelle Southern reports.
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PM- Newscall July 21, 2014

Republican US Senator David Vitter files legislation to stop the sudden rise in unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the US-Mexico border. Jeff Palermo has the story

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ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert is facing a federal racial discrimination lawsuit alleging he made working conditions unbearable for African-American Employees. Michelle Southern reports.

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The Monroe Police Dept. says they are looking for a man they believe is responsible for hitting another man over the head with a large stick during an argument over a cell phone. Assistant Police Chief Don Bartley says the victim was walking out of the laundry room at an apartment complex when he was approached by Christopher Robinson..:
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Bartley says investigators were able to talk to the victim, 48-year-old Jimmy Atwell, who told them Robinson was mad because because Atwell informed police the suspect had stolen his cell phone. He says a verbal encounter took place and that’s when Robinson allegedly hit Atwell with a 3 foot long stick…:
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A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Robinson with bond set at $50,000. Barley says the case is under investigation…:
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Republican US Senator David Vitter files legislation that he says will stop the flow of illegal border crossings. Vitter’s measure would implement mandatory detention near the US-Mexico border and expedited deportation of unaccompanied minors from Central and South America.

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Between October and this past June, an estimated 57-thousand unaccompanied children were apprehended by Border Patrol. The Obama administration says that number could reach 90-thousand by the end of September. Vitter says law enforcement of immigration laws for decades has encouraged more immigrants to come here illegally
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Vitter admits his legislation will have a difficult time getting a debate in the Senate, because Senate leader Harry Reid will not be in support of this legislation
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State Police says they’ve made an arrest in the case of the cyclist who was found dead on the side of the road earlier this month in Lafayette Parish. Master Trooper Brooks David says on July 7th, 30-year-old Lon Lomas of Youngsville was struck from behind by a vehicle believed to have been driven by Fitzpatrick Doucette…:

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David says the body of Lomas was found in a ditch on the side of the road around 7am the day of the incident and it wasn’t long before they heard from the Kaplan Police Department…:

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David says Doucette’s vehicle sustained a significant amount of damage to the front and there was sufficient information obtained by investigators to issue an arrested warrant. He says the suspect faces many charges…:

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ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert is facing a federal racial discrimination lawsuit alleging he made working conditions unbearable for African-American Employees. J. Arthur Smith III is a Baton Rouge attorney who has filed the suit on behalf of Charles Gilmore, Daimian McDowell and Larry Hingle…:

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Smith says Hebert was trying to force out his clients in every conceivable way. The ATC Commissioner says it’s an injustice to all races when people use the race card to hide laziness. But Smith says his clients have exemplary records and were stellar employees…:

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A hearing date has not been set. Smith says Hebert was adamant about making the work of his clients so miserable that they would either resign or have a complete meltdown…:

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Hebert says it is not a secret that he inherited a troubled agency with problem employees, but he’s very proud of the way they’ve turned things around…:

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13:30 Newscast July 21, 2014

Republican US Senator David Vitter files legislation that he says will stop the flow of illegal border crossings. Between October and this past June, an estimated 57-thousand unaccompanied children were apprehended by Border Patrol. The Obama administration says that number could reach 90-thousand by the end of September. Vitter says law enforcement of immigration laws for decades has encouraged more immigrants to come here illegally…

cut 7 (09) “from there”

Vitter admits his legislation will have a difficult time getting a debate in the Senate, because Senate leader Harry Reid will not bein support of this legislation.

Head Coach Paul Manieri announced today that Andy Cannizaro has been hired as recruiting coordinator and hitting coach for the Tigers baseball team. He replaces Javi Sanchez who left the team earlier this month. Cannizaro, a Mandeville native, has worked as a scout for the Yankees since 2009.

Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert is facing a federal racial discrimination lawsuit alleging he made working conditions unbearable for African-American employees. J. Arthur Smith III is a Baton Rouge attorney who has filed the suit on behalf of Charles Gilmore, Damian McDowell, and Larry Hingle…

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Smith says Hebert was trying to force out his clients in every conceivable way, but the ATC Commissioner says that it’s an injustice to all races when people use the race card to hide laziness.

The Monroe Police Department says they are looking for a man they believe is responsible for hitting another man over the head with a large stick during an argument over a cell phone. Assistant Police Chief Don Bartley says investigators were able to talk to the victim, 48-year-old Jimmy Atwell, who told them Christopher Robinson was mad because Atwell informed police the suspect had stolen his cell phone. He says a verbal encounter took place and that’s when Robinson allegedly hit Atwell with a three foot long stick…

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A warrant has been issued for Robinson’s arrest with a bond set at $50,000.
A Patterson man is under arrest for allegedly hitting a teenager in the head with a vase that fractured his skull. The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office says the 16-year-old boy was attempting to stop a heated argument between 38-year-old Charles Elmore and a woman when the incident happened. Elmore was charged with second degree battery.

12:30 Newscast July 21, 2014

Republican US Senator David Vitter files legislation to stop the sudden rise in unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the US-Mexico border. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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Covington Representative Paul Hollis has announced that he is endorsing Baton Rouge Congressman Bill Cassidy in Louisiana’s US Senate race. Hollis, a Republican, dropped out of the race last week.

State Police say they’ve made an arrest in the case of the cyclist who was found dead on the side of the road earlier this month in Lafayette Parish. Master Trooper Brooks David says on July 7th, 30-year-old Lon Lomas of Youngsville was struck from behind by a vehicle believed to have been driven by Fitzpatrick Doucette…

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He says Doucette faces negligent homicide, felony hit and run, driving under suspension, improper passing of a bicycle charges.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has ruled the death of a 66-year-old Sulphur woman a homicide. Authorities responded to a family member’s call saying they had not heard from Pamela Parker in a couple of days. When deputies arrived and entered the home this morning, they found Parker dead. The investigation is ongoing.

11:30 Newscast July 21, 2014

Republican US Senator David Vitter files legislation that he says will stop the flow of illegal border crossings. Vitter’s measure would implement mandatory detention near the US-Mexico border and expedited deportation of unaccompanied minors from Central and South America…

cut 6 (12) “stem the flow”

Between October and this past June, an estimated 57-thousand unaccompanied children were apprehended by Border Patrol.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Patterson man for allegedly hitting a teenager in the head with a vase that fractured his skull. Investigators say the 16-year-old boy was attempting to stop a heated argument between 38-year-old Charles Elmore and a woman when the incident happened. Elmore was charged with second degree battery. The boy is in a local hospital, his condition was not given.

The three day qualifying period for the November 4th election is now one month away. In the race for the 6th Congressional District, LSU Political Science Professor Dr. Wayne Parent says even though a majority of the voters tend to vote Republican, former Democratic Governor Edwin Edwards will most certainly make the runoff…

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He says we’re still a few weeks away before campaigning ramps up. Qualifying begins August 20th.

The Monroe Police Department says they are looking for a man they believe is responsible for hitting another man over the head with a large stick during an argument over a cell phone. Assistant Police Chief Don Bartley says the victim was walking out of the laundry room at an apartment complex when he was approached by Christopher Robinson…

cut 3 (10) “in the head”

Bartley says investigators were able to talk to the victim, 48-year-old Jimmy Atwell, who told them Robinson was mad because Atwell informed police the suspect had stolen his cell phone. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Robinson.

In Grant Parish, a woman is under arrest after reportedly standing in the middle of the road in Colfax holding a knife and throwing rocks at passing cars. The Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office says when a deputy approached 50-year-old Connie Pennington, she swung at him and began running away. She then became physcally violent by fighting the deputy. Pennington has been charged with battery of a police officer, two counts of resisting an officer, and disturbing the peace.

10:30 Newscast July 21, 2014

We’re another day closer to the start of the school year and because of the dispute over Common Core a standardized test is not in place for the upcoming school year. The Public Affairs Research Council has issued a commentary criticizing Governor Jindal for creating a “crisis in education.” PAR President Robert Scott says Jindal regularly criticizes the federal government for this type of executive over reach. He says court action could be avoided if the governor could demonstrate he has the skills to work with others…

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Scott says Jindal’s actions call into question whether he’s a reliable leader.

A Kaplan man is under arrest in the hit-and-run death that took the life of a Youngsville cyclist two weeks ago. 42-year-old Fitzpatrick Doucette was arrested by State Police at his home last night and charged with negligent homicide, felony hit and run, driving under suspension, and limitations on passing bicycles. The victim, 30-year-old Lon Lomas, was riding his bicycle July 7th when he was stuck and killed by a car.

The three day qualifying period for the November 4th election is now one month away. Michelle Southern has more…

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State Farm has announced the hurricane deductible for home owner policy holders will go up from 2 to 5 percent. Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon met with State Farm officials and requested that they allow poliy holders in Louisiana the option to buy back down to the two percent deductible in their policy by paying a higher premium. He says higher hurricane deductibles became prevalent in every coastal state after Hurricane Katrina. Donelon says the real solution of this problem is for Congress to enact a bill that creates “Named Storm Deductible Savings Accounts”…

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State Farm says they are considering Donelon’s request.

9:30 Newscast, July 21, 2014

November 4th qualifying begins in about a month and it’s shaping up to be an interesting election year. Most polls show the long serving incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu and Baton Rouge Congressman Bill Cassidy in a head to head heat. There’s also the 6th Congressional district race featuring 86-year-old former Governor Edwin Edwards. LSU Political Science Professor Dr. Wayne Parent says Edwards will most certainly make the runoff…:
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Qualifying begins August 20th.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s office says they are investigating the death of a 66-year-old woman from Sulphur who was found in her home Sunday. Investigators feel Pamela Parker had been dead for a couple of days and though there are no suspects at this time and cause of death is not being released, the case has been ruled a homicide.

The stalemate over Common Core and what assessment tests should be used in public schools could lead to legal action soon. Jeff Palermo has more…:
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A Shreveport researcher has a grant to help produce a potentially cancer preventing gum. Dr. Cherie-Ann Nathan, with the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport, was awarded a $50,000 grant from the LSU System’s LIFT2 Program. Nathan says the gum would contain curcumin which is believed to have cancer-preventing qualities. She says once the gum is manufactured, they will enroll 16 healthy volunteers for a clinical trial…:
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A man from northwest Louisiana was arrested Sunday for reportedly causing a disturbance and battery of a customer at a gas station in Calhoun after smoking synthetic marijuana. Witnesses report 52-year-old Ricky Lyn Addy of Shreveport said he was spreading the word of God and yelling and cussing and battering customers. He was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center.

08:30 Newscast, July 21 2014

With no standardized test in place for the school year that is just around the corner, where does that put Louisiana right now?  Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says BESE leaders believe they are the ones who should decide what kind of assessment test is used in public schools, but the Jindal administration believes they should be involved in that process. He says a lawsuit to settle this dispute could be filed by BESE…:
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He says the judicial system is needed to settle this dispute.

State Police have arrested a Kaplan man in the hit-and-run death that took the life of a Youngsville cyclist two weeks ago.  Last night, 42-year-old Fitzpatrick Doucette of Kaplan was arrested at this home and charged with negligent homicide, felony hit and run, driving under suspension and limitations on passing bicycles.  The victim, 30-year-old Lon Lomas, was riding his bicycle July 7 when he was struck & killed by a car.

State Farm has announced the hurricane deductible for home owner policy holders will go up from 2 to 5 percent. But Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon asks that they let policy holders here have the option to buy back down to the 2 percent deductible in their policy by paying a higher insurance premium. He says a typical policy holder with a two percent hurricane deductible on a $150,000 home would pay $3,000 out of pocket before their insurance took effect…:
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He says State Farm is considering the request.

I scientist in Shreveport has just gotten a grant that would help her produce a gum that has the potential to prevent cancer. Dr. Cherie-Ann Nathan with the LSU School of Medicine in Shreveport says curcumin is a food substance found in the spice turmeric which could have cancer-preventing qualities. She says curcumin is one of the top selling supplements on the market…:
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She was awarded a $50,000 grant from the LSU System’s LIFT2 Program for the study.

We’ve seen a nice steady drop in gas prices over the past month. Louisiana stands at $3.39 a gallon of regular which is down a dime from 4 weeks ago.