Louisiana news briefs
Trombone Shorty replaces boy’s stolen trombone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 14-year-old whose trombone was stolen at gunpoint has a new one thanks to musician Troy Andrews, much better known as Trombone Shorty.
Bill Taylor, executive director of the Trombone Shorty Foundation, said he delivered the instrument, which is engraved with the name “Trombone Shorty,” on Saturday.
“He was like speechless. And I got Troy on the phone. As soon as I gave him the horn I had Shorty on the line and gave him the phone,” Taylor said.
The foundation didn’t release the boy’s name. The mother accepted the offer of the new trombone after receiving assurances that the boy’s name wouldn’t be released because she feared for his safety.
He was walking home from band practice Thursday night in the middle-class neighborhood around his school when a gunman jumped from a van and grabbed his shirt, demanding his trombone, New Orleans police said.
State sells bonds to repay Isaac repairs
BATON ROUGE (AP) — State regulators said bonds have been sold to raise money to repay Entergy Corp. for repairs after Hurricane Isaac.
The slow-moving hurricane caused flooding throughout south Louisiana when it struck in August 2012.
About 787,000 Entergy customers in Louisiana, mostly in the New Orleans area, reported outages.
The Louisiana Public Service Commission said the sale of about $315 million in bonds that will be repaid through a surcharge on monthly bills of Entergy’s roughly 1 million customers across the state.
Because Entergy operates as a monopoly in its service area, the PSC can set rates and oversee decisions made by the private company. But the cost of raising broken poles, fixing severed power lines and repairing damaged substations caused by the storm must be paid by the utility’s customers, commissioners say.
Jindal goes to Mexican border for firsthand look
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will join state police officials and the speaker of Louisiana’s House in a trip to the Mexican border for a security briefing and tour by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The trip, which starts today, will be the second Col. Mike Edmonson has made to the McAllen area to discuss border security issues that affect Louisiana residents. The state police superintendent says illegal drugs, illegal weapons and immigrants without official permission all affect Louisiana daily.
Top officials from Troop Operations, Criminal Patrol Operations and SWAT/Aviation Operations also are going, as is House Speaker Chuck Kleckley.
Kleckley says that besides being speaker, he represents and lives in southwest Louisiana, a likely entry for any criminals coming from Mexico through Texas to Louisiana.
challenges system chief
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Southern University Faculty Senate leaders say their problems with system President Ron Mason are past the point of resolving through a sit-down meeting.
The bitter feud between Mason and some Southern University faculty members has continued to bubble over, following a unanimous Faculty Senate vote of “no confidence” and push for Mason’s ouster.
Mason has suggested that the two sides come together to figure out the best path forward for the cash-strapped historically black college.
But leaders of the Faculty Senate have rejected the offer.
Faculty Senate President Thomas Miller says they have consistently raised questions over university contracts.
Faculty and students also took issue with the ousting of former Baton Rouge campus Chancellor James Llorens, whose contract expired at the end of June.
Roads open around derailment
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Baton Rouge police say most roads around Friday’s train derailment are now open.
Cpl. Don Coppola Jr. most of the streets reopened Sunday.
Coppola says the Canadian National Railway train derailed about 9:30 a.m. Friday near South Choctaw and North Sherwood Forest.
He says some equipment still remains at the site of the derailment and once it is moved, police will open the outside westbound lane of South Choctaw.
The cause of the derailment is under investigation. The train’s 105 cars carried a range of merchandise and general freight and were head from Baton Rouge to Jackson, Mississippi.