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Trump Tariffs Could Cripple Louisiana

Jul 9, 2018
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A Forbes report shows Louisiana is the state most at risk of being economically crippled by the escalating trade wars initiated by the Trump Administration. The study shows nearly 21 percent of the state’s GDP comes from exports, with five percent coming from Mexico and China specifically. Louisiana US Congressman Garret Graves says he’s watching the negotiations closely.

He says he does not like that we are having impacts in our economy but thinks if we play this right we can get trade remedies.

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The defense attorney for a man charged with killing a Mississippi woman by setting her on fire says a district attorney sought false testimony from an unrelated defendant in exchange for leniency. The lawyer for Quinton Tellis, accused of killing 19-year-old Jessica Chambers in 2014, wants District Attorney John Champion thrown off the case. A judge will hear arguments on the motion Monday.

 Louisiana spent nearly $108,000 to respond to claims that a former top aide to Gov. John Bel Edwards sexually harassed a woman when they worked together in the governor's office. Settlement documents released in March showed Louisiana agreed to pay $85,000 to end the legal allegations against Johnny Anderson. On top of that, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reported Tuesday the state also paid nearly $23,000 to attorney Vickie Crochet to investigate and respond to the allegations.

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Authorities say a Louisiana toddler has died after being pulled from a swimming pool.

A news release from Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre says Riley Bourgeois of Matthews died Monday evening, just days before his second birthday. Webre's statement Tuesday said the child had been playing with a friend as his family visited a neighbor's residence Saturday. He was later found, unresponsive, in a swimming pool at the residence.

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A black bear had made a weekend visit to residents of a neighborhood in Louisiana.  The Courier of Houma reports that the bear was spotted Saturday in a tree in the yard of Jared Theriot  in Houma. Residents of Houma's Acadian Drive summoned officials from the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Officials showed up with a trap, but it proved unnecessary. After a few hours the bear climbed down and wandered away. Department officials say people should avoid encounters with bears.

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 NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Authorities say a 16-year-old boy has been killed in a shooting in New Orleans.New Orleans police say the teen was killed Thursday morning along Bass Street in the Little Woods area. Police say he was taken to a hospital, where he died.  No other details were immediately available early Thursday. 

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A man sentenced in January for drunkenly plowing his truck into a New Orleans Mardi Gras parade crowd is to be released later this month, despite a five-year sentence.  Authorities say Neilsen Rizzuto benefits from a 2017 Louisiana prison reform law. It allows release of well-behaved inmates who have served 35 percent of their sentences for crimes classified as non-violent. In January, Rizzuto was sentenced to five years with one year suspended for the crash that injured 32 people.

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Today marks the 2years since the shooting death of Alton Sterling by Officer Blane Salamoni. Since then legislation has been passed to try to address the gap in trust between some Louisiana communities and law enforcement. Baton Rouge Representative Ted James says they’ve had some initial success with programs aimed at increasing training for cops on how to interact with communities they serve.

Catholic Diocese of Shreveport

Pope Frances has appointed a new Bishop to preside over the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Bishop Michael Duca will be transferred from Shreveport, where he’s been for the last ten years. He’s replacing Bishop Robert Muench, who’s held the position since 2002. Duca says he didn’t see it coming, but he’s looking forward to serving the people of Baton Rouge.

"I was completely suprised by this appointment and while I am sad to leave the good people of the Diocese of Shreveport, I immediatley accepted the appointment without reservation", said Duca.

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The man who struck and killed a Sterlington police officer, David Elahi with his car in 2016 was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. 46-year-old Tracy Govan was found guilty of vehicular homicide and vehicular negligent injury in February. Govan’s Attorney, Louis Scott, says it’s a shocking sentence considering his client’s clean record and the fact that the crime was an accident.

"I think it was extremely excessive, and I've been trying to figure out what was it that caused the judge to impose a sentence of that nature", said Scott. 

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