Rest in peace: John Walton, one half of the Walton and Johnson radio show once based in Baton Rouge, has died, according to co-host Steve Johnson this morning. Walton died Monday at home with his family, according to a special message from Johnson, WAFB-TV reports. The show was based in Baton Rouge for years, airing on The Eagle 98.1 in Baton Rouge, before moving to Houston, but continuing to air in Baton Rouge on WJBO 1150, an AM station. Read the full story.
Notices: Nearly 11,500 people were kicked out of Louisiana’s Medicaid program at the end of June because they didn’t prove they qualified for the government health insurance coverage. Health department spokeswoman Kelly Zimmerman confirmed the removals Monday. They were the second round of people booted from Medicaid under new quarterly wage checks that started this year. About 17,000 Medicaid enrollees received notices in May, flagged by a new computer check that determined they earned too much for the program. Read the full story.
Shell: Two people were killed Sunday at Royal Dutch Shell’s Auger Tension Leg Platform in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico while testing mandatory safety equipment, the company said on Monday, Reuters reports. “One other non-life-threatening injury was sustained and that individual is being treated at a nearby hospital,” Shell said in an emailed statement. Read the full story.