News for Tuesday 101414
By Dave Graichen
Governor Bobby Jindal has issued a state of emergency as a result of the severe weather that moved the through the state on Monday. Kevin Davis, director of the governor’s office of homeland security and emergency preparedness, says Ouachita Parish is cleaning up from a possible tornado or damaging straight line winds. Some areas experienced 60 mile per hour winds when the storm system moved through. At one time, nearly 40-thousand people were without power in north Louisiana. Most are back on line today.
Tonight voters will finally see a US Senate debate featuring all three major candidates. Senator Mary Landrieu and Republican challengers, Congressman Bill Cassidy and retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness will face off in Shreveport at 7PM. The debate, sponsored by Council for a Better Louisiana in partnership with Louisiana Public Broadcasting, will be televised statewide on LPB stations.
Walmart announced yesterday that they plan to hire up to 190 associates for the Walmart Neighborhood Markets opening in Alexandria and Pineville. Walmart is hosting a temporary hiring center in the food court area of the Alexandria Mall. It's open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Interested applicants can also apply online at http://careers.walmart.com.
An accident yesterday morning in downtown Alexandria, has left four people injured. The accident occurred when a city bus struck an SUV at the intersection of Jackson Street and 4th. The driver of the SUV received moderate injuries, while the driver of the bus and two passengers were treated for minor injuries. Police are not saying who ran the light, causing the accident.
A judge in Baton Rouge grants a temporary restraining order that keeps the ashes from the incineration of a Dallas Ebola victim’s belongings from being disposed in a Calcasieu Parish landfill. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell sought . The company that owns the landfill involved in this controversy released a statement that says it will not take the Ebola waste, until state officials determined it would not pose a health threat. Linen, bedding and carpet from the apartment of Thomas Duncan, who died from Ebola, was destroyed at an incinerator in Port Arthur, Texas and was set to be transported to a landfill in Calcasieu Parish.
Election day is three weeks away and Secretary of State Tom Schedler is encouraging Louisiana voters to download their GeauxVote mobile phone app. The app is convenient way to get all of the election information you may need. Schedler says Louisiana is a front runner in the country for this technology.
The app, which is available for iPhone and Android phones, provides information on local polling locations, updated ballots, and much more. Schedler says it even provides up-to-the-minute election results.
Despite his concerns about Common Core, Gov. Bobby Jindal will back a state bid to land a $15 million federal prekindergarten grant. Jindal’s office made the announcement Monday after days of letter exchanges between the governor, who opposes Common Core, and state Superintendent of Education John White, who backs the classroom standards. Jindal repeatedly said he was concerned that the grant would be linked to the new academic standards in reading, writing and math. White disagreed and said the money could finance pre-K services for about 800 4-year-olds from low-income families per year for four years.
The Tigers wild 30-27 victory over Florida was win number 100 at LSU for Coach Les Miles. The mad hatter joins Charles McClendon as the only two coaches in LSU history to win at least 100 games. Miles says one of his players gave him the game ball after the win and he’s glad it was the type of victory that exemplifies how his teams play. Miles will go after win number 101 this Saturday at home against Kentucky.