News for Monday 092115
By Dave Graichen
A Sunday evening crash claimed the life of a Forest Hill man. 24 year old Mario Mancada-Rubio was killed when his vehicle left Evangeline Drive and struck a tree. Police believe Rubio was traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred and was not wearing a seatbelt. They also believe alcohol may have been a factor.
Experian, one of the three major credit reporting bureaus, recently released data on the average credit score in more than 200 U.S. metro areas. Alexandria was the fifth-worst in the country. Your credit rating can affect anything from finding a place to live to how much you pay for insurance.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler is reminding Louisianians that the deadline to register to vote in the October 24th primary is Wednesday September 23rd. This applies to citizens who have never registered to vote and voters who need to update their card. You can do so online at GeauxVote.com, Geaux spelled the Cajun way.
Democratic presidential hopeful Hilary Clinton will make a campaign stop in Baton Rouge Today. Clinton will hold what is described as a “grassroots organizing event. Supporters can sign up to attend the event online at Clinton’s campaign website. There will also be a private campaign fundraiser while she is in town.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the number of people employed in mining and logging, and that includes the oil sector, is at its lowest level since December 2005. There are 46-thousand people employed in this sector of the state’s economy, a decline of 78-hundred over the last year. Executive director of the L-W-C Curt Eysink says you can blame the low price of oil. But Eysink says overall the state has added more jobs in the last year because of an industrial construction boom happening across south Louisiana. He says the state has nearly 25-thousand more workers than in August 2014
Gasbuddy-dot-com reports that the statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline has officially dropped below two-dollars a gallon. Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski says the average price has fallen to $1.99 a gallon. Laskoski reminds motorists that $1.99 is Louisiana’s average price. There have been some reports of gas selling as low as $1.67 a gallon. Laskoski it’s uncertain just how low gas prices will go.
According to the latest U.S. Census data, Louisiana had the third highest rate of poverty in the country for 2014, just below 20 percent. Jan Moller, Director of the Louisiana Budget Project, says he hopes the gubernatorial candidates will create plans to reduce poverty in the state because it’s often a topic that gets swept under the rug. Almost 897-thousand of Louisiana residents lived below the poverty line, which is 24-thousand dollars for a family of four. Moller says the rate of children living in poverty in the state was even higher and estimated at 28 percent.
The Baton Rouge Press Club is holding a gubernatorial forum today and three of the four major candidates are expected to attend. Senator David Vitter will not be at the forum. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says even with the other debates he’s missed, he doesn’t think this will hurt Vitter’s chances of making the runoff. Pinsonat says even though Vitter is missing today’s forum, he has enough money to get is message out through TV commercials.
The US House of Representatives passed two abortion related bills Friday. The actions come on the heels of Planned Parenthood’s alleged use fetal tissue. One measure would freeze government funding for the organization for a year. Another would establish criminal penalties on medical personnel who do not try to save a baby if an abortion fails. It’s unlikely the legislation will make it to President Obama’s desk as there’s enough democrats in the Senate to vote against such a measure.
A disturbing story out of Livingston Parish finds 56-year-old Minton Morris and 52-year-old Nina Morris in jail after they allegedly produced child pornography involving bestiality. They each face 250 counts of crimes against nature. Minton was also charged with child pornography and both face drug charges. Each were booked with a bond over $6 million.
Governor Bobby Jindal raised $350,000 during a Thursday presidential campaign fundraiser in New Orleans. The governor resumes campaign efforts in Iowa this weekend. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan says the key for Jindal is to beat expectations. Hogan feels Jindal’s message resonates with a sizable number of very conservative voters.
Former state Senator Derrick Shepherd, who spent time in jail on a money laundering charge, has been disqualified from next month’s election. Shepherd was seeking a return to the state legislature, but state Judge Stephen Enright ruled Friday that Shepherd’s name should be removed from the ballot. Legal Analyst Chick Foret says Shepherd can take his case to the Court of Appeals. A 1998 constitutional amendment prevents convicted felons from running for election unless they’ve been pardoned or 15 years have passed since their prison sentence.
LSU’s Leonard Fournette is the biggest star in college football after his jaw dropping performance in a 45-21 win over Auburn. Fournette had a career-high 228 yards rushing and three touchdowns. The victory for LSU gives them a 2-0 record, with both victories coming against SEC west division foes.
The Saints are 0-2 on the season after losing to Tampa Bay 26-19 in front of home crowd at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. The Saints had a brief lead in the 2nd quarter, but the Buccaneers took control in the 3rd quarter and three New Orleans turnovers were too much to overcome. Coach Sean Payton says the Bucs were the better team.