News for Tuesday 060215
By Dave Graichen
The LSU Baseball team and U-L Lafayette took care of business Monday afternoon in the NCAA tournament; both advancing to the Super-Regionals. The Tigers defeated UNC Wilmington 2 to nothing, while the Ragin’ Cajuns beat Rice 5-2 at the Houston Regionals. This sets the stage for a huge game between the two South Louisiana powerhouses this weekend at Alex Box Stadium.
The National Weather Service says floodwaters draining from Texas and Oklahoma continue to cause rising waters in the Red River in Louisiana. The NWS in Shreveport says the river is above 30 feet for the first time since 1990 in Shreveport. The Red is expected to crest there Saturday at 34 feet. The NWS in Lake Charles says the Red River is expected to crest at close to 38 feet next Monday in Alexandria. That will put the river in a moderate flood category.
There are 10 days left in the 2015 legislative session and lawmakers do not appear to be close to balancing the state’s budget. Legislators are tackling a $1.6 billion budget deficit for next fiscal year. La-Politics-dot-com Publisher Jeremy Alford says lawmakers have serious doubts about being able to produce a revenue-neutral budget as required by Governor Bobby Jindal.
John Purvis of Alexandria pleaded guilty Monday in a case where a man's burned body was found in a Wardville house back in March 2013. Sentencing Purvis will be on June 30. Purvis was facing a charge of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. He was indicted in June 2013 after the body of 27 year old Jonathan Sartin was found inside the burned house.
A bill that would give certain protections to victims of domestic violence when it comes to their housing passes a House committee Monday. Under the measure, a victim could break a lease to escape a violent situation and the landlord could evict an abuser. The Senate approved measure now heads to the full House for further consideration.
State lawmakers are choosing side arms over book bags. There’s a bill moving through the legislature that would put a hold on Louisiana’s sales tax Holidays as a way to plug the budget hole, at least temporarily. That would include the just passed Hurricane Preparedness tax holiday and the back to school holiday. But Senators did not want to temporarily suspend the one in September for firearms. The committee voted 7-2 to remove the gun sales tax holiday from the suspension legislation. We do have our priorities.
A recent Gallup Poll shows Louisiana has the third highest obesity rate in the country. At 33-percent, that tops the national average of nearly 28-percent. Pennington Biomedical Research Center Assistant Professor, Dr. Amanda Staiano (sty-AH-no), says the combination of rich food and sedentary lifestyles contribute to the problem. The City of Baton Rouge is listed as the most obese city in the nation with a rate of nearly 36 percent. Louisiana spends almost 3 billion dollars on medical costs that are directly related to our high obesity rate.
The Colorado State University Forecast team predicts 8 named storms, three hurricanes and one major hurricane for the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season which officially began yesterday. This is well below-average and they say it’s driven by the likely formation of a strong El Nino.
Nobody won the Mega Millions jackpot on Friday so tonight’s drawing is worth an estimated $253 million.
The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control announces the start of the agency’s annual summer crackdown on underage sales. ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert says this is the third year they will increase compliance checks statewide during summer months. Hebert says during last summer’s crackdown, agents conducted over 6500 compliance and issued nearly 900 citations from underage sales. He says they will be going into businesses with people who are underage trying to buy alcohol or tobacco.
The Grambling State Presidential search has been narrowed to 5 candidates who begin public interviews today. University spokeswoman Tracy Wright says they will narrow this list down to two on Thursday.
Starting this month, anyone who buys a saltwater fishing license could win a number of different prizes, including the grand prize of a 22 foot bay boat and trailer. Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Assistant Secretary of Fisheries Randy Pausina says License to Win is a way they are working to gather a very accurate database with angler contact information. He says they will be holding monthly drawings for an ice chest and a host of gift cards.