Two bills aimed at furthering the regulation of gun transfers have passed through the Democrat-controlled House are not sitting well with Minority Whip Steve Scalise. Kevin Barnhart has the story.
You may have noticed a big number on the Powerball jackpot for this Saturday’s drawing. Kevin Barnhart has the story.
A new bill that requires background checks for not only the sale of a firearm, but also the temporary transfer of a firearm, has passed in the Democrat-controlled House. However, it’s anticipated that it will not advance beyond the GOP-controlled Senate. House Minority Whip Steve Scalise says the bill turns law-abiding citizens into criminals.
The bill, called the Bipartisan Backgrounds Check Act of 2019, if the first of two bills focused on gun regulations this week to be passed through the house. A second bill, passed today, aims at extending the time to complete a background check before a gun sale can go through. Under current law, if a check isn’t finalized in three business days, the transaction can proceed automatically. Scalise says the two bills don’t sit well with him.
Scalise says it’s important that the laws do not hinder access to firearms, because every day, Americans use guns to protect themselves from criminals.
A 54-year-old wheelchair bound pedestrian was struck and killed in Lafourche Parish yesterday. Carl Guidry was pronounced dead on the scene, and the driver of the vehicle that struck him, 77-year-old Charles Richard Junior passed an on scene alcohol test. Louisiana State Police Trooper Jesse LaGrange says Guidry had strayed out into the road…
Full toxicology results are still pending.
LaGrange says Richard told authorities he did not see Mr. Guidry in the road, as he was rounding a curve when the accident occurred.
Richard has not been charged in the incident.
LaGrange says the accident was a tragic reminder to pedestrians about being aware of where you are standing when traveling alongside traffic, particularly during Carnival season.
You may have seen jackpots on those lottery billboards around the state getting noticeably larger. The Powerball jackpot is currently at $348 million for this Saturday’s drawing. Louisiana Lottery spokesperson Kimberly Chopin says when the jackpots surpass the $300 million mark, they tend to see an uptick in sales.
The cash value of the multistate drawing’s jackpot is right around $211.9 million. Chopin says those that might not play regularly might not realize you don’t have to hit the jackpot to come out of the game with some prize money by just matching a few numbers.
The jackpot has been rolling over since just before Christmas, but Chopin says they’ve seen many winners of smaller prizes since then.
Earlier this morning a man attempting to pass another vehicle on LA 139 lost control of his car, leading to a series of events that ended when his airborne vehicle struck a pole, resulting in the man’s death. Louisiana State Police Master Trooper Michael Reichardt says the incident began just before 7:20 AM, just south of the Morehouse Parish line.
30-year-old Jared Streeter of Monroe was pronounced dead at the scene, and Reichardt says Streeter was unable to survive the extreme force of the impact, despite having a seat belt on.
The state has seen some nasty weather this week, and heavy rains are predicted for the rest of the Carnival weekend. The Master Trooper says with increased traffic on the roads, and inclement weather expected, make sure you’re driving as carefully as possible.