News for Tuesday 100615
By Dave Graichen
The Pineville Police Department is reporting a severely autistic boy who was reported missing yesterday from Pinecrest, has been found safe and sound. The Louisiana State Police had issued a Level II Endangered/Missing Child Media Advisory for the missing child. But, again the good news, the child has been found and he’s fine.
A Louisiana company announces plans to build an 11 billion dollar facility along the Calcasieu River ship channel to export liquefied natural gas. Baton Rouge based G2 LNG is the name of the company and the chairman is Former Governor Buddy Roemer. Federal agencies must approve the project before they can put shovels in the ground, but the company says the facility is expected to create thousands of construction jobs and more than 250 permanent jobs.
A barge manufacturer says it will close a facility near Madison in St. Tammany Parish and lay off 336 workers. Trinity Marine Products Inc. announced the layoffs on Monday in a notice to the Louisiana Workforce Commission. The company says the layoffs will take place by the end of the year.
A new statewide poll on Louisiana’s governor’s race shows Democrat John Bel Edwards has jumped out to a 9-point lead over Republican David Vitter. Pollster John Couvillion with JMC Analytics found Edwards had 28 percent and Vitter had 19 percent. Republicans Scott Angelle and Jay Dardenne polled at 8-percent and 7-percent respectively. Couvillon says it’s probably time for them to shift their focus from Vitter to Edwards.
A new NBC/Marist poll on the presidential race in Iowa shows Governor Bobby Jindal now has 6-percent of the vote. That’s a two-percent increase from their previous poll. Jindal’s 6-percent has him tied for fifth place, along with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, among Republican presidential hopefuls. Donald Trump leads the poll with 24-percent, followed by Ben Carson with 19-percent.
The terms of Louisiana’s settlement with BP for $6.8 billion dollars over the 2010 Gulf Oil spill were finalized Monday. This clears the way for the state to begin receiving billions of dollars for coastal restoration and economic recovery. Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says laws need to be changed so that similar situations in settlements of this magnitude don’t take so long.
ULM is grieving today over the loss of backup quarterback Daniel Fitzwater who passed away suddenly on Saturday. Warhawk Coach Todd Berry says he had to tell the players about the passing of their 20-year-old fellow teammate three hours before the homecoming game. He said they didn’t have all the details about Fitzwater’s death but it didn’t appear to be self-inflicted and foul play is not suspected.
In the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday, the lawyers of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin went before a three judge panel to argue that the jury that convicted their client on corruption charges was given improper instructions. There is no indication of when the court will rule on whether or not to appeal the corruption convictions. Nagin, who has always maintained his innocence, is serving 10 years in federal prison.
Minden Congressman John Fleming announces his support for Metairie Representative Steve Scalise to become the House Majority Leader. LaPolitics-dot-com Publisher Jeremy Alford says there were questions whether Fleming would support Scalise’s bid to move up in the House leadership. Scalise, the current House Majority Whip, looks to move into the number two leadership position in the US House.
Louisiana volunteers are joining the Red Cross response in South Carolina as the state deals with severe flooding. Spokeswoman Nancy Malone says they’ll be helping families stay safe and dry by opening shelters and bringing in meals…
The Thibodaux Police Department says a toddler and 17 dogs were removed from a home that was in deplorable conditions. Five people, ranging in age from 17 to 70, were arrested after officers made the discovery on various charges of animal cruelty counts and child desertion. Officers say the child and dogs were found among urine, feces, mold and rotten food throughout the home.
LSU’s passing game took a step backwards in its progression during the Tigers 44-22 win over Eastern Michigan. The Tigers only completed four passes for 80 yards. The Tigers are ranked 124th in the nation in passing, one of just five teams in the country averaging less than 100 passing yards a game. Good news is The Tigers are 4-0 and ranked fifth in the latest coaches poll. But Miles says there’s room for improvement as his team heads back into SEC play this Saturday.