News for Wednesday 081915
By Dave Graichen
Pineville’s first black city councilman and a longtime educator in Rapides Parish, Lemon Coleman, passed away Monday. Coleman served on the Pineville City Council for 24 years, including serving as mayor pro tem. In 1974, Coleman became the first black member of the Pineville council, elected from a district that was overwhelmingly white. Lemon Coleman will be missed.. he was 80 year old.
Tropical Storm Danny has formed way out in the Atlantic Ocean. The models show the storm strengthening into a Category Two hurricane by the weekend as it moves closer to the Caribbean. State Climatologist Barry Keim says Danny is so far away, it’s hard to say if it will impact the US or the Gulf. But, it does Bare watching. Danny is more than 15-hundred miles east of the windward islands.
The RPSO reports a Vick man who allegedly fired shots from a truck while in Deville was captured Monday in Texas. 47 year old Ricky Darnell McGraw was apprehended by Rapides detectives and members of the U.S. Marshals Service’s Violent Offender Task Force at a home near Hemphill, Texas. McGraw was charged with illegal use of a weapon, aggravated flight from an officer, reckless operation, driving under suspension, two counts of aggravated criminal damage to property, two counts of public intimidation and the contempt of court warrant.
The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Danny in the Atlantic as it moves toward the Caribbean. Director Kevin Davis says the storm is expected to reach hurricane strength later this week. Davis says it’s important for people to take notice now. Davis says on its current track, the storm could possibly enter the Gulf of Mexico. He says we will know more as the week progresses. Davis says this would be a good opportunity to make sure you have a plan in place in case a hurricane threatens.
According to a study by WalletHub, Lafayette is the 9th least educated city out of 150 of the largest US metropolitan statistical areas (MSA). In the 2015 Most & Least Educated Cities report, the Hub City is in the bottom 10 at No. 142. New Orleans MSA ranking was 106 out of 150, Baton Rouge was 108 and Shreveport-Bossier was 127.
The Department of Health and Hospitals says they’ve found a brain eating amoeba in a water system in Terrebonne Parish. State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry says this is the third water system in the state to test positive for the amoeba this summer and one reason is because they are using a better test. He says officials are taking steps to increase the chlorine level in the system so Houma area residents may notice a difference in the taste but the water is safe to drink.
The first of six public hearings on whether or not changes should be made to Common Core takes place today in Baton Rouge. It’s the first meeting of the Standards Review Committee, which was created by lawmakers in the last legislative session. Future public meetings will take place in each of the state’s six congressional districts over the next several months.
Republican Jay Dardenne is taking advantage of technology in his race for Governor. The campaign says there’s an app for that — it’s called Jay Dardenne for Governor and it’s available on Apple and Android devices. Dardenne says the app awards points for actions supporters take to grow the campaign. Dardenne says they will also use the app to remind people when deadlines to register to vote approach.
Two different high school students at two different South Louisiana high schools have been arrested for bringing loaded guns to to their schools. A Plaquemine High School student was charged after information provided by a football player located his gun. The other was Tuesday morning at McKinley High in Baton Rouge where 17 year-old Owen Galo was arrested for a loaded 38 caliber gun in his book bag.
The Jindal Administration announces Louisiana was given a grade of A in Thumbtack.com’s 2015 report card on small business friendliness. The report ranks Louisiana No. 4 in the nation for its supportive small business environment. The survey asked nearly 18,000 small business owners in the US to rate their state across a broad range of policy factors. Louisiana has ranked among the Top 5 states in the Thumbtack.com survey for three of the past four years.
The Saints begin two days of joint practices with the New England Patriots at their training camp facility in West Virginia. The two teams will also play each other in preseason game on Saturday night in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Coach Sean Payton says with training camp winding down soon, going up against another team comes at a good time…