News for Wednesday 072215
By Dave Graichen
Louisiana’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to six-point-four percent in June based on the latest labor statistics. Louisiana Workforce Commission executive director Curt Eysink says the data also shows the Bayou State adding 13,400 jobs over the last 12 months. Payrolls rose by 5,000 from May to June but Eysink admits Oil and gas jobs in Louisiana have continued to plummet, sinking to the lowest level in almost a decade.
The political news website Politico reports that Governor Bobby Jindal is still not polling high enough to be included in the first Republican televised debate. They are basing their prediction on a recent Washington Post/ABC poll where Jindal received just two-percent of the vote. Fox News will host the first debate on August 6th and only the top 10 contenders based on an average of recent polls will be invited.
The State Police are blaming a bad adhesive on some vehicle inspection stickers as the reason some are just fall off. Master Trooper Scott Moreau says the good news is the peeling stickers should almost be out of circulation. Moreau says motorists who have peeling stickers and want them replaced, should return to the station where they had their vehicle inspected for a replacement.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speed accounted for at least 27 percent of traffic deaths, killing 193, in Louisiana in 2013. State Police Sgt. Nick Manale says the data found that young male drivers out of all age groups were most likely to be speeding at the time of fatal crashes. 34 percent of motorcycle riders involved in fatal crashes in 2013 were also speeding.
A spokesperson for the Louisiana National Guard says they are still putting a policy in place so they can follow Governor Bobby Jindal’s executive order that allows guardsmen to be armed at military facilities. Colonel Pete Schneider says Louisiana’s major National Guard bases have full-time force protection personnel, but their armories and recruiting offices do not have this type of security. Governor Jindal issued the executive order last Friday after a gunman fatally shot four Marines and a sailor at two military centers in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Schneider says unit commanders will determine which guardsmen will be armed once they arrive at a National Guard facility
With the first day of school on August the 6th, a group of Tangipahoa Parish parents say it’s too hot for their kids to get on school buses, without air conditioning, in the hottest part of the day, and they are presenting a petition to the school board to delay the first day of school until after Labor Day. School officials are saying there is not time to change the scheduled opening of school in less than 2 weeks.
A former Iberia Parish Sheriff’s deputy faces a day in jail for punching a man who was under arrest in September 2013 after the Sugar Cane Festival in New Iberia. Twenty-nine-year-old Cody Laperouse must also perform 200 hours of community service, take anger management classes and pay a $2,000 fine.
Gas prices are down in Louisiana four cents from this time last week. The current statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.49
The lifestyle digital publication PureWow has named Thibodaux as one of the 12 cutest small towns in America. The article says the picks were based on places with loads of charm, festivals and quaint locations. Also on the PureWow list are places like Levenworth, Washington, Carmel-By-The-Sea, California, Charlottesville, Virginia and Fayetteville Arkansas.
In an effort to re-establish the Alligator Snapping Turtles , the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has released some juvenile turtles into the Calcasieu River Basin. LDWF Natural Heritage Program Manager, Amity Bass, says this is the culmination of three years of work. She says the turtle is a Species of Concern, and they want to keep it off the endangered list.