PSC wants to know why residents were asked to conserve energy this week in the cold
Posted on 1/19/2018 1:43:00 PM.
The Louisiana Public Service Commission wants to know why utility customers were asked to reduce energy consumption for a time Thursday morning over concerns the grids may not be able to handle the high demand in the cold. PSC Chairman Eric Skrmetta says nobody's power was going to be shut off.
Louisiana Public Service Commission, Eric Skrmetta, Midcontinent Independent System Operator

Busted pipes lead to plumbing backlog
Posted on 1/19/2018 11:52:00 AM.

Roads were shuttered and pipes shattered as Louisiana suffered record lows this week. Many Louisianans woke up to the sound of running water and nasty surprises across their property. Pipes “R” Us owner Danny Griffin says there’s a good way to avoid the hassle going forward.

busted pipes, plumbing, arctic blast

Higher Ed. Commissioner is concerned about possible lack of TOPS funding
Posted on 1/19/2018 11:25:00 AM.
The Commissioner of Higher Education Joe Rallo is concerned about the possible lack funding for the TOPS program. Governor Edwards will present his budget proposal on Monday, which was delayed due to this week’s weather. Rallo says if funding for TOPS is eliminated, it will be devastating for students who benefit from the program.

"Our students right now are making decisions as to where they're going to go to college.  And having to wait until the end of June to find out if there's going to be funding if there's going to be TOPS support, is very, very disastrous because they're starting to make decisions to go out of state or just not go to school."
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TOPS, Joe Rallo, budget concerns

Legislative task force proposes new gaming laws
Posted on 1/19/2018 3:22:00 AM.

A legislative task force is recommending Louisiana loosen its restrictions on where gambling can take place. The task force put forward two recommendations to make bayou gaming more nationally competitive. Lake Charles Senator Ronnie Johns says one of those proposals involves allowing riverboat casinos some inland real estate.

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Jury selection in Joe McKnight’s shooting should conclude Friday
Posted on 1/19/2018 2:04:00 AM.
Jury selection in the second degree murder trial involving Joe McKnight’s shooter should conclude Friday, after having been delayed due to the recent extreme winter weather conditions. The former NFL and John Curtis runningback McKnight was shot by Ronald Gasser on a roadside in Jefferson Parish in December of 2016. Loyola Law Professor Dane Ciolino says the defense is claiming McKnight tried to enter Gasser’s car after a road rage incident.
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Former children's TV host Mr. Wonder receives five year sentence on plea deal
Posted on 1/18/2018 4:01:00 PM.
Frank Selas, known as Mr. Wonder on a Monroe children’s television show in the 1970s, accepted a plea deal in Rapides Parish, where he’ll serve five years for sexually assaulting a child during a camping trip in 1979. Selas gets two years credited for time served and will not have to register as a sex offender since the sex offender registry didn’t exist when the crime was committed. Legal analyst Tim Meche says this is exactly how a plea agreement is supposed to work.More
Frank Selas, Tim Meche, Mr. Wonder, Mike Small, Rapides Parish, KNOE-TV

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