News for Thursday 082015
By Dave Graichen
The National Hurricane Center predicts that Tropical Storm Danny will become the first hurricane of the 2015 season. Senior Hurricane Specialist Stacy Stewart says Danny has sustained winds of 50 miles per hour with higher gusts, but says the storm is expected to strengthen. Even though they expect hurricane status on Friday, they don’t expect it will stay a hurricane for long. Predictions are it will downgrade to Tropical Storm status by Monday.
Speaking of hurricanes, The 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is coming up August 29th, and President Barack Obama will join with New Orleans Mitch Landrieu on the 27th in the Crescent City to remember the victims, and honor the rebuilding of the city.
The Grant Parish sheriff’s office reports two Colfax men have been arrested and charged with hunting alligators out of season and without a license. 38 year old Samuel Daniels and 43 year old Patrick Daniels were cited by agents with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Agents found 12 gator heads and two freezers full of gator meat.
A panel created by the legislature to conduct a thorough review of the Common Core education standards and recommend changes, met for the first time Wednesday in Baton Rouge. The committee has received 29-thousand online comments regarding Common Core, many of those suggested keeping the English and math standards as they are now. Yesterday’s hearing was the first of six.
In a recent study by WalletHub, Louisiana is the 7th worst state for women’s equality. The study looks at how women rank in terms of equity around economic issues, health issues, education and political representation. The study also ranks Louisiana 49th in the pay gap between men and women.
Only five companies placed bids on 33 tracts in the western Gulf of Mexico during a federal oil lease sale in New Orleans. It’s the smallest lease sale in the Gulf off Texas since the federal government began regional sales in 1983. Louisiana Oil and Gas Association President Don Briggs says this is an indicator of how cautious companies are being. The last lease sale in the same region of the Gulf brought in over $100 million dollars compared to Wednesday’s $23 million dollars.
Planned Parenthood and its supporters will hold a rally this afternoon in front of the governor’s mansion to protest Governor Bobby Jindal’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood. Jindal ordered for the canceling of the Medicaid contract that the state has with the organization. Planned Parenthood’s Raegan Carter says the governor’s decision will make it harder for over 5-thousand low income Louisianans to receive high quality affordable healthcare.
Opelousas Senator and Lt. Governor candidate Elbert Guillory says the use of the “N-word” in his television commercial is for educational purposes. The TV ad, which only ran in New Orleans, has former President Lyndon B Johnson saying the N-word after signing the Civil Rights Act. Guillory says many people believe the former Democratic President was a hero…
Guillory is a black republican and the ad is an attempt to persuade blacks not to automatically vote for democrats.
Republican US Senator David Vitter is set to hit the television airwaves with the first commercial of his gubernatorial campaign. The spot will begin airing today statewide. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says this move is a sign that Vitter is ready to campaign. Republican Scott Angelle has been running ads this summer but we’ve heard little so far from Republican Jay Dardenne and Democrat John Bel Edwards as far as advertising goes.
Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Troy Hebert announced the firing today of veteran A-T-C agent Brette Tingle. Tingle was fired for racist and sexual text messages on his state issued phone. This news comes on the heels of Hebert’s state issued vehicle being stolen and the thief attempted to light the SUV on fire. Hebert says it will be up to investigators to determine if the incident is connected to Tingle.
LSU starting safety Jalen Mills reportedly miss four to six weeks after suffering an ankle injury during practice yesterday. Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham says Rickey Jefferson will likely replace Mills in the starting line-up and the injury will also give a couple of freshmen more playing time. Worsham says the injury Mills could force him to miss the SEC opener at Mississippi State on September 12th
The Saints have another joint practice with the Patriots today and then the two teams will travel to New Orleans for a preseason game on Saturday night. Quarterback Drew Brees says the workouts are spirited and it brings out the best in