News for Monday 072015
By Dave Graichen
Authorities are investigating a motorcycle crash that claimed the life of 26 year old Tony Seal of Dry Creek Saturday night. The accident occurred on LA 26 In Allen Parish. Police suspect excessive speed and alcohol consumption as contributing factors to the crash.
State police report early Saturday morning a single vehicle crash killed a pedestrian from Forest Hill, LA. Troopers responded to the crash around 5:00 a.m., which occurred on Interstate 49 south of Alexandria. The crash involved an unknown vehicle and a pedestrian, identified as 23 year old Rigoberto Luna. Prior to the crash, Luna was operating a vehicle southbound on Interstate 49 and had stopped on the shoulder. For unknown reasons, Luna entered the southbound lane and was struck by an unknown vehicle who then sped off. Luna was pronounced dead at the scene.
The privatization deal for LSU’s Shreveport and Monroe hospitals seems to be imploding. Maybe that was inevitable when university leaders agreed to a contract filled with blank pages or when they chose a manager with no experience running a patient care facility. The hospital manager, the Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, has one more week to devise a plan for correcting LSU’s complaints about its oversight of the facilities or the university system will seek to remove the manager, claiming breach of contract. LSU clearly wants a new hospital operator. Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees. So do several of the candidates running for governor in this fall’s election. But the research foundation is fighting efforts for its ouster.
For a sixth straight year, Louisiana ranks number one among southern states in the number of major business projects per capita according to Southern Business and Development magazine. State Economic Development Secretary Steven Grissom says the state has done so well in this ranking because Louisiana offers a strong business climate for companies looking to invest. Louisiana ranks among the top 10 states in the US in five national business climate rankings.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed three new cases of the West Nile virus last week, the first cases of the year. Two cases were confirmed in the southwest and central Louisiana region and one in the Baton Rouge area. Last year, there were 62 cases of West Nile in Louisiana. Officials ask residents to take precautions against mosquitoes in order to avoid contracting the virus.
Governor Jindal has signed an executive order allowing the Louisiana National Guard to arm guards protecting military facilities. It states that the Guard is permitted to give military guards the means to protect themselves in order to preserve the lives, property, and the security of themselves and others subject to the threat of an attack. This executive order comes after four Marines and a Navy officer were killed in a shooting at a military recruitment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
A recent Fox News poll on the Republican presidential field shows Governor Bobby Jindal polling at less than one-percent. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says the Jindal campaign has enough money available to get in the game, but these poll numbers could have a serious effect on fundraising efforts going forward. Cross says this is obviously not good news for Jindal.
U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy and David Vitter introduce the National Disaster Relief Tax Act that would give tax relief to victims of natural disasters that have taken place in recent years. Cassidy says this will greatly help those affected by the Red River flooding, because the President did not approval individual assistance for those victims. Cassidy says the legislation would give disaster victims a break on their taxes and they can use that money to help in their recovery .
According to The Hill, a Washington, DC newspaper, Louisiana’s congressional “Clout Index” has fallen from 4th to 30th now that Mary Landrieu is no longer a member of the Louisiana delegation. LaPolitics-dot-com publisher Jeremy Alford says if not for Metarie Congressman Steve Scalise’s election to majority whip, the third most powerful position in the US House, the ranking would have been worse. Going forward, Alford says the state’s “Clout Index” could drop further because of US Senator David Vitter’s quest to become governor. He says if Vitter wins the governorship, it would negatively affect Louisiana’s influence in Washington.
Egg prices at the store are getting even higher. State Agriculture Commissioner and Chair of the Louisiana Egg Commission Mike Strain says the big increase is because of avian flu. He says egg prices have gone up 90 percent since May.Strain says the last case of bird flu was detected on June 17th and there have been 227 farms affected. He says more than 48 million birds were infected and those that died have yet to be replaced. Strain says egg prices will remain high until farmers can properly sterilize their facilities to reintroduce hens. He says there is concerned we might see the virus return in September.
News for Monday 072015