News for Wednesday 090215
By Dave Graichen
The state of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana isn’t pretty. That’s according to Louisiana Oil and Gas Association President Don Briggs. He says not only is this meaning massive layoffs, but every dollar drop in the price for crude oil equals a $12.5 million loss to the state budget.
He says there are only 71 oil and natural gas drilling sites in Louisiana, down from 116 a year ago. He says it’s unclear when the industry will rebound.
The American Automobile Association says the current statewide average for a gallon of regular is $2.16. That’s almost 25 cents less than the month before.
The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Department reports a deputy resigned Friday after an inmate filed a complaint, alleging that the deputy hit him while he was handcuffed. "The inmate was treated for minor injuries. The deputy has not been identified "as the internal investigation is still ongoing. The sheriff’s department says once the investigation has been finished, the file will be turned over to the Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office.
Today a Federal judge is set to hear the case of Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against Governor Bobby Jindal over his decision to cut their Medicaid payments at clinics in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Court documents showed this week that the US Justice Department is siding with the organization. The DOJ says they haven’t seen “sufficient reasons” to keep Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast from receiving funding. The Jindal Administration says they planned to cancel the Medicaid contract starting today after secret videos surfaced which they believe show Planned Parenthood officials talking about selling fetal tissue.
The state department of health and hospitals says they have found a brain-eating amoeba in another water system in Louisiana. This time the amoeba was located in the North Monroe Water System, which serves the town of Sterlington. It’s the fourth water system to test positive for the deadly amoeba. Officials say the water is safe to drink, just don’t get it up your nose.
A super PAC which supports Republican David Vitter for governor has launched an ad campaign which attacks GOP opponents Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle. The 30 second ad, which is running in Shreveport and Monroe, criticizes Dardenne for his support of the Stelly Plan and Angelle for supporting the requirement of companies to collect state sales tax on online purchases.
Three of the four major candidates for governor will take part in a forum on the future of higher education tonight. The discussion, sponsored by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, will air throughout the state on LPB and online at 8 p.m. While there have been several gubernatorial forums already, this one is slated to be the first to air live state-wide. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle, both Republicans, and Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards are expected to participate. US Senator David Vitter will not be taking part.
The Shreveport Police Department says they are searching for answers in the case of the discovery of charred human remains which were found in a burning vehicle around early Tuesday morning near I-49. They say firefighters extinguished the blaze and located human skeletal remains inside the Chevy Avalanche. Authorities are conducting interviews and searching missing persons reports. Investigators have not ruled out foul play in the matter.
The latest Republican presidential polls in Iowa show Governor Bobby Jindal rounding up very little support. A Monmouth (mon-muth) University survey shows Jindal receiving one-percent of Iowa Republican caucus goers support, while a Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll shows him with two-percent. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says this has got to be discouraging for Jindal’s campaign. The good news is Jindal does have a few months left to generate some excitement around his campaign and move up in the polls.
Though its adherence became a political football in the most recent legislative session, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has again signed the Americans for Tax Reform’s no-new-tax pledge, this time for his presidential campaign. Donald Trump, the leading Republican in the polls, however, has reportedly been skeptical of the pledge, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has said he opposes tax hikes but has opted not to sign the pledge.
A data compiling website called RoadSnacks has put together a list of the “Most Redneck Cities in Louisiana” and Shreveport is number 1. Rounding out the top five are Westwego, Mandeville, Slidell and Cut Off respectively. RoadSnacks co-founder Nick James says
the list is an opinion based on facts and is meant as “info-tainment.”
The LSU football team and the Head Health Network are partnering up to study how an impact to the head affects players. H-H-N President Curtis Cruz says LSU is on the forefront for creating new technologies to prevent head injuries and the study will equip 24 players’ helmets with sensors to monitor impacts.
According to a Wall Street Journal report McDonald's will begin serving breakfast all day beginning in October. McDonald’s USA President Mike Andres told the Journal that this is the company's biggest strategic move since it rolled out its McCafe line of drinks across in 2009.