News for Thursday
By Dave Graichen
Fall weather is definitely on its way, as a cold front finishes passing the state today and gets rid of the humidity. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the air is going to be dry and cool with high temperatures in the mid to upper 60s for the next few days. Keim says come Saturday and Sunday, we’ll see low temperatures in the 40s. He says for the next three days, it’s time to break out the sweaters and jackets. Keim says make sure you’re well prepared on Saturday when tailgating for the LSU- Arkansas game because it will be the chilliest game of the season.
One of the Marksville officers involved in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy and injuring of his father, is reportedly set to be released on a million dollars bond today. Apparently 23-year-old Norris Greenhouse Jr.s’ dad is securing property to come up with the bond. Greenhouse and Derrick Stafford are each charged with second degree murder in the fatal shooting of 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis.
You’ve probably noticed we’re dealing with a major mosquito problem in Louisiana right now, even this far into November. Colby Colona, President of the Louisiana Mosquito Control Association, says blame the weather. She urges folks to protect themselves from mosquitoes until things really start to cool off. Colder temperatures are expected to move in over the next several days.
At this time last year, three-percent of all doctor visits were because of the flu. That’s according to Dr. Frank Welch, with the Department of Health and Hospitals. Welch says this year they are seeing fewer cases. Welch says it’s not hard to explain why we saw more flu cases at this time last year. He says last year’s flu shot was ineffective against the strain going around, which led to more cases. The doctor says this year’s flu vaccination should be more successful.
A New Orleans organization advocating for low-income residents urged Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration to end a new minimum work requirement enacted for more than 60,000 food stamp recipients. The group Stand With Dignity sent a complaint letter to Jindal and his Department of Children and Families Services secretary, Suzy Sonnier, calling the work requirements “unreasonably harsh.” The Jindal administration let a federal waiver expire on Oct. 1 that allowed adults aged 18 to 49 without children to receive food stamps without a work requirement. They will soon be required to work at least 20 hours per week or be enrolled in a federally-approved job training program to receive benefits.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office says a man is dead and another is behind bars after a fight escalated between the two over a dog. They believe the suspect, 38-year-old Danny Breaux of Raceland, arranged to buy the dog from 39-year-old Duong Tran, but ended up not paying for it. Cops say during a fight over the matter, Breaux beat Tran to death. He will be booked on a charge of second-degree murder.
State Police say an “on duty” Shreveport Firefighter has been placed under arrest and charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile, computer aided solicitation of a minor and prostitution. They say 35-year-old Brian Garza believed he had set up a sex encounter with a 13-year-old and her mother together, but when he left the fire station to meet up, he was met by troopers and arrested.
Joe’s Crab Shack, which has locations across the country including Louisiana, is the first major restaurant chain to experiment with dropping tipping wages for its servers, and paying them higher, fixed, hourly wages. Don Kasten is an Assistant Professor at Nicholls State’s Chef John Folse Culinary Institute. He expects this to become a trend. The Joe’s Crab Shack owner said front house workers at select restaurants will now earn hourly wages of around $12-$14, and prices on the menu increase around 15%.
The New Orleans Saints and Pelicans’ owner has donated $20 million to expand the Gayle and Tom Benson Cancer Center at Ochsner Medical Center. The money is on top of the $5 million gift Tom Benson gave to create the center in 2010. The money will go toward growing cancer care services and advancing clinical research at Ochsner’s main campus in Jefferson Parish. Since its creation, the center has served patients from eight states and seven countries. Last year, 24,000 patients were treated. In 2008, Benson underwent surgery there to remove a cancerous mass on his left kidney.