News for Wednesday 102115
By Dave Graichen
State Police say a 17-year-old from Alexandria lost her life Yesterday in a single vehicle wreck in Rapides Parish. Troopers says Bree Ducote lost control of her pick-up truck and ended up colliding with two trees. She was not wearing a seat belt.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the state set an employment record in September, but the oil and gas job losses continue at a rapid pace. 2500 non-farm jobs were added between the same time last year according to LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink. He says we’ve seen about 60 months straight now of growth year over year, however it’s not all good news. Eysink says despite over the year gains, the mining and logging sector, which includes oil and gas, lost 1200 jobs in September and 8,800 over the 12 month period. He says the longer the price of oil stays low, the more it’s going to affect employment in that category
Gas prices are below $2 again after a brief jump. The current statewide average for a gallon of regular is $1.99 down four cents from last week according to AAA.
Nearly 80% of Louisiana lawmakers races will be decided after this Saturday’s election according to LaPolitics.com. Publisher Jeremy Alford says there are 23 House races and 9 Senate races which have multiple candidates that could head to the November 21st runoff…:
He says about half of state lawmakers were automatically re-elected.
Retired state employee and teacher groups wanted to know where the four major governor’s candidates stood on issues important to them, like pension and health care benefits.
But two of the candidates declined overtures, Republicans U.S. Sen. David Vitter and Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle. Both men claimed they had scheduling conflicts. When asked if they would answer the group’s questions in writing, both men declined.
And Lake Charles Police are looking for a green SUV that was involved in break-in early Tuesday morning that resulted in a three-year-old getting shot. The child is in stable condition, the two suspects are still on the run.
The Baton Rouge Police Department is looking for three men after they say a 15-year-old girl was found bound and gagged in a drainage canal Yesterday afternoon. They say the girl had been tied up in the woods since overnight.
The Hammond Police Department says a Baton Rouge couple found dead at a truck stop near I-12 was strangled and kidnapped from their home. Authorities say they used OnStar to locate the vehicle in Hammond. It appears more than one suspect is likely involved and police believe the couple was taken from their home on Sunday.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office confirms that New Orleans Saints Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt was injured over the weekend while chasing two people who were trying to steal cars in his Metairie neighborhood. They say Vitt saw a woman in his front lawn trying to break into a neighbor’s car then he saw a man in his own car. While chasing them, cops say Vitt fell and was injured. Sources say he broke his ankle and arm in the fall. The suspects got away.