News for Friday 081613
By Dave Graichen
Tropical Storm Erin has formed in the far eastern Atlantic. She is forecast to keep moving west over the next few days. The Caribbean disturbance that is approaching the Gulf is now at a 50 percent chance that it will continue to develop.
That tropical wave in the Gulf of Mexico is now less of a threat to Louisiana than it was just 24 hours ago. Jonathan Brazzell with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles says the disturbance is now less organized. And the National Hurricane Center has also lowered the chances of the wave developing into a named storm.
The second hostage who was shot Tuesday in St. Joseph has died. LaDean McDaniel was taken off life support yesterday. She was shot by a gunman who was holding her and two others in a room at the Tensas State Bank during negotiations with officers. One hostage was let go. Before SWAT took down the man, he shot McDaniel and Jay Warbington...who died that day.
According to a new report by Families For Better Care, Louisiana ranks second-worst in the nation for nursing home care. The report says Louisiana gets an F in patient care -- and found that patients here receive an average of just 32 minutes of professional nursing care per day. Texas ranked as worst in the report which also found that one in five nursing homes abused, neglected or mistreated residents in almost half of all states.
Lawmakers have reversed themselves and are now backing a 257-million dollar agreement with an energy company from South Africa that wants to build a multi-billion dollar fuel plant in the southwestern part of the state. A week after delaying a vote, the Joint Legislative Committee on the budget agreed to the contact with Sasol Limited without any objection. Sasol plans to build a complex near Lake Charles that would turn natural gas into chemicals, diesel and other fuels while creating nearly 13-hundred new jobs.
More than 160 soldiers in Covington, Independence, and Gonzales-based engineer companies with the Louisiana National Guard are headed to Kuwait. They will spend a year working in construction. The deployment ceremony will be held Today in Hammond at Southeastern University.
A deployment ceremony is set for Sunday, Aug. 18, in Alexandria for members of the Louisiana National Guard’s 844th Engineer Company, 527th Engineer Battalion. They will bid farewell to family and friends during the ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday in the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center at 1202 Third St. The 844th, based in Pineville and with detachment locations in Ruston and Monroe, will deploy more than 160 soldiers to Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. They will help maintain and upgrade base camps and provide engineer support for all base camps throughout Kuwait.
US Senator David Vitter tells Louisiana residents at a town hall meeting in Baton Rouge he would rather see a federal government shut shutdown than support the use of taxpayer money for President Barak Obama's health care law. Vitter says there are serious problems with
the legislation. Vitter told the town hall attendees he will not vote for a bill that will keep US government services going beyond September 30th if it contains money to implement the new healthcare law.
In a case of “just in case,” the state’s insurer of last resort received permission Thursday to secure a $125 million line of credit to pay off storm damage. The State Bond Commission granted the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation’s request to increase its line of credit from $75 million to $125 million. Citizens CEO David Thomas said the corporation has sufficient funding and insurance to cover damage inflicted by one hurricane and the line of credit would be utilized only if a second storm hits the state.
A remembrance ceremony is being held today, one year after two St. John the Baptist Parish sheriff deputies were fatally wounded and two others severely injured in a shootout with anti-Government extremists who lived in a LaPlace trailer park. Deputies Brandon Nielsen and Jeremy Triche were killed. Seven people were initially charged for their roles in the shootings, 3 of them are still waiting trial.
The Louisiana Republican Party begins a statewide effort today to beat Senator Mary Landrieu in next year's U-S Senate race. The state GOP is starting a "Red to the Roots" Tour and the party says it’s a chance to organize ahead of the 2014 elections. The "Red to the Roots" Tour gets underway this morning in Winnsboro. There will also be events in Rayville, Monroe and Sterlington today. The
different stops will feature legislators, local public figures and political consultants.
Louisiana's “Duck Dynasty” family set another cable-TV ratings record with Wednesday’s premiere of season four on A&E. A record 11.8 million viewers tuned in, making it the most watched non-fiction series in cable history.