News for Monday 083115
By Dave Graichen
The 2015 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday is set for this Friday through Sunday, Sept. 4-6. The sales tax holiday applies to individual consumer purchases of a wide range of hunting gear. Unlike the other tax free holidays where you have to pay local taxes, guns, ammunition and other hunting supplies will be exempt from state and local sales taxes on those days.
As we enter the month of September, it’s usually the busiest month of the year for the hurricane season. State Climatologist Barry Keim says sea surface temperatures tend to peak during this month and we typically see an average of three to four named storms in the north-Atlantic and about two to three become hurricanes. So far this season we’ve had five named storms, 10 to 12 is the average number.
Former President George W Bush touted education successes in New Orleans as he visited the Crescent City for the ten year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Bush says because of the proliferation of charter schools, test scores and graduation rates are up in the Big Easy.
Bush delivered the speech at Warren Easton High School. He also spoke there on the first anniversary of Katrina.
According to BankRate.com, Louisiana is the worst state for drivers. The website’s research and statistics analyst Chris Kahn says they ranked all 50 states according to the amount of fatal crashes, car thefts, commute times, gas prices, and insurance premiums.
An anonymous tip has led authorities to the largest cocaine seizure in the history of Plaquemines Parish. Sheriff’s Office Commander Eric Becnel says they seized more than 200 pounds of pure cocaine, with an estimated street value of 18 million dollars.
With some financial help from the Federal Communications Commission, Monroe-based CenturyLink has announced plans to bring high-speed internet to more than 24-thousand rural households and businesses in Louisiana. The company says construction is expected to begin early next year.
LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron says he’s been successfully treated for prostate cancer. Cameron says he had a procedure and received news a couple of weeks ago that he was cancer free. The 54-year-old says he’s ready to roll for the regular season.
A new Louisiana State Police cadet class starts their first full day of training today in Baton Rouge. Sgt. Nick Manale says over the next 16 weeks, they will cover everything from classroom instruction to hands on scenario based training. Manale says even though they’ve added over 100 troopers since 2014, they are still hoping to have another cadet class soon, after this current one wraps up.
In the end, it was a game marred by mistakes and penalties The Texans Beat the Saints in Exhibition Sunday 27-13