News for Wednesday 111815
By Dave Graichen
Governor Bobby Jindal has announced he’s dropping out of the 2016 Presidential race. In a statement, Jindal says now is not his time. The governor says he’ll go back to work at the think tank he started a few years ago, called America Next. Jindal’s second term as governor ends in January.
The debate on whether or not to accept Syrian refugees has become an issue in Louisiana’s gubernatorial race. In a new TV commercial, Republican David Vitter claims Democrat John Bel Edwards has pledged to work with President Obama to bring Syrian refugees to Louisiana.
Edwards has fired back at Vitter claiming the senator missed key votes regarding the Syrian refugee issue.
Gubernatorial candidate John Bel Edwards will campaign in Alexandria and Marksville on Thursday. Edwards will attend a rally at 10 a.m. Thursday at Spirits Food and Friends restaurant, on Texas Ave. in Alexandria. At 1 p.m. Thursday, he will be at a rally at the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse in Marksville. The rallies are open to the public.
The Arts Council of Central Louisiana is taking over management of the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center in downtown Alexandria. The Alexandria City Council on Tuesday adopted an ordinance authorizing Mayor Jacques Roy to enter into a cooperative endeavor with the Arts Council of Central Louisiana for a lease and management agreement of the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center. The center has been managed by the Central Louisiana Community Foundation.
Two Opelousas men were arrested Tuesday by Louisiana State Police, accused of trying to funnel drugs into the Avoyelles Correctional Center through work-release inmates. When the pair was arrested Tuesday, they had more than 50 bundles of synthetic marijuana and more than 20 packages of cigarette paper.
Fatal crashes in Louisiana are on the rise. The state Highway Safety Commission says in 2014, 739 people died on Louisiana’s roadways, up 2% from the prior year. Stats also show the number of 18-24 year olds dying in alcohol related crashes is up as well.
The Louisiana Department of Revenue says they are suspending the 2015 Tax Amnesty Program until December 1st. They say there was a mistake with the information included in some of the amnesty invitation letters so they decided to stop the period until the letters can be corrected.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana ranked number two nationally for worker safety in 2014. They survey showed Louisiana improved to 2 incidents per 100 full time workers. The national average is 3.2. Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eyesink credits business and industry in the state as well as their employees
Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control commissioner Troy Hebert announces he will be leaving his post at the end of 2015 after having served as the head of the ATC the past 5 years. In a statement, Hebert says he looks forward to spending time with his family and added, “Who knows. I may have one more political race in me.”
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has implemented new guidelines that calls for 100% screening of imported seafood before it enters the country. The new policy comes after U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy questioned the FDA when studies showed large amounts of bacteria in imported seafood. Cassidy says our Louisiana producers are required to follow strict safety measures and we should demand that other countries do the same. He hopes this new policy will help local shrimpers.
Another one of the big items on the 2015 runoff ballot on Saturday is the race for Lt. Governor. In a recent forum, both Republican Billy Nungesser and Democrat Kip Holden were asked what was the first thing they planned to do if they were elected to the state’s second highest post. Holden said he’s going to travel the state and find out what people want for their cities Nungesser says he’s going to put together a package to present to the legislature that would restore cuts to the state’s parks, museums and historical sites…