News for Monday 110215
By Dave Graichen
The Jindal administration told lawmakers Friday that the state finished last fiscal year with a 117-million dollar deficit. Jindal administration official say the deficit is the result of a higher than expected tax refunds and credits. The gap must be closed within eight months and it’s expected Governor Jindal will address the issue before he leaves office in January.
Democrat John Bel Edwards was joined by sheriffs from the around the state Friday as he received the endorsement of the Louisiana Sheriffs Association. Also Friday The National Federation of Independent Business announced its endorsement for David Vitter. Early voting for the runoff election begins November 7th.
Republican David Vitter and Democrat John Bel Edwards have a agreed to a televised debate on Nov. 16. WVLA-TV in Baton Rouge will host the event. WVLA oversaw a debate during the primary as well, but Vitter did not appear at that one.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission is rolling out enhancements to its online system for Louisiana job seekers and employers. LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink says the improvements are being made to the HiRE employment system. Eysink says these upgrades will better connect unemployment insurance to workforce development and job matching. He says Louisiana will be the first state in the country to launch a system where all the unemployment business conducted will ride on the same system as their job matching and skills development. Eysink says, with these enhancements, the re-employment process will begin immediately.
WVUE-TV in New Orleans reports the US Department of Education is investigating how LSU handles cases of rape and sexual assault. The report reveals 16 rapes were reported to an LSU campus advocacy group last year, but very little was done to protect the victims or punish the perpetrators. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell has written legislation addressing this issue and he says universities are required by law to have a Title nine coordinator to handle situations like this. In a statement, LSU says it cannot discuss matters pertaining to a pending investigation or any specific alleged incidents.
The Christian Science Monitor has named Louisiana’s START College Savings Program the 5th best plan in the country. State Treasurer John Kennedy says START is an underutilized program that allows money to grow over time without being taxed. He says over the past eight years tuition has gone up 70-percent and this is a great way to help students pay for college.
Kennedy says all a parent needs to do to open a START account is ten dollars and then the money is professionally managed for future educational expenses. He says for more information on Louisiana’s START saving program, visit latreasury.com…
Daylight Saving Time ended Sunday and Louisiana State Police reminds motorists to stay safe on the road as you adjust to the new time schedule. Trooper Dustin Dwight says it will take a little time for our bodies to adjust to the new time change. As the sun begins to set earlier in the day, it may throw some drivers off who are not used to driving in darker conditions.
As flu season is rapidly approaching, the Tulane University School of Medicine is working on more effective vaccines after receiving a 1.6 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health. Tulane immunologist Dr. Elizabeth Norton says their goal is to make a better vaccine for people regardless of the strength of their immune system. Norton says the grant will support research until 2020.
Cops say a gymnastics coach from Jefferson Parish has been arrested and booked with video voyeurism and possession and production of child pornography. Kenner Police say they executed a search warrant at the home of Brian Townsend and found several images of female juveniles engaging in sex acts. Townsend worked at several dance studios in Kenner and Metairie.
The State Department of Health and Hospitals says the deadly amoeba found in an Ascension Parish water system this summer has now been eradicated. Officials have been working for weeks to treat the water with chlorine into the lines outside Donaldsonville. Since 2011, three deaths in Louisiana have been attributed to the harmful strain of amoeba, prompting the Department of Health and Hospitals to order the state’s water systems to raise their chlorination levels.
The New Orleans Saints, left for dead three weeks ago, have pulled themselves up out of the grave. Behind the best day of Drew Brees’ career, the Saints won 52-49 in spectacular fashion Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, evening their record at 4-4. Brees was brilliant all day, throwing for a career-high 511 yards and tying an NFL record with seven touchdown passes.
The Kansas City Royals have won the World Series for the first time in 30 years. Kansas City Defeated the N.Y. Mets in a stunning 7-2, 12-inning ambush, in game 5 of the series, to claim the title of champs.