News for Tuesday 020916
By Dave Graichen
Louisiana’s economy is just one out of those in seven states in the nation that did not end 2015 on a strong note, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. The index shows our economy contracting during the last three months of the year. LSU Economist Dr. Loren Scott says the impact of the oil cuts are hitting Louisiana really hard. As you may suspect, Scott says the big hits Louisiana incurred were in Houma and Lafayette, with employment down three and a half and two and a half percent. He says the historic low oil prices have hammered most areas across the state.
It’s Mardi Gras Day and the hottest spot to celebrate in the nation today is in Louisiana. Fat Tuesday expert Arthur Hardy, who puts out a comprehensive guide to all things Carnival, says he cannot remember the last time we’ve had such beautiful weather for the parades. He says the greater New Orleans area had a 12-day parade season. There are also events all over south Louisiana today like the unique Courir de Mardi Gras in Mamou. In Lake Charles & Lafayette, parades roll all day long.
With Louisiana facing historic budget shortfalls, a good government group, the Public Affairs Research Council, recommends ways the state can control its spending. PAR President Robert Travis Scott PAR has published a nine page report on ways to control state spending. Scott says one suggestion is to do away with various tax credits the state gives, like the tax deduction parents receive for sending their child to a private school. Some of PAR’s other recommendations include no merit pay increases for state employees next fiscal year, stay away from funding local pork projects and no more tax amnesty programs. Scott admits legislators have a difficult task in front of them.
The state police report a Plaucheville man died Sunday evening in a single-vehicle accident. 51 year old Charles West died after his vehicle left highway 451 and struck a tree. State police believe alcohol may have been a factor.
For the second time in two weeks there has been a shooting along a Mardi Gras parade route in Louisiana. A week ago, there was a shooting in Thibodaux and Sunday night shots rang out during the Bacchus Parade. Good news is, no one was injured in the shooting
A Crowley man is facing multiple charges after allegedly stabbing two Acadia Parish Narcotics Agents. 42-year-old Jason Broussard has been arrested for several charges including two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. The officers are recovering, and Broussard is held on a one million dollar bond.
The Saints have released four-time All-Pro right guard Jahri Evans, who has started all 10 seasons since New Orleans drafted him. In moves posted on the NFL’s transactions list Monday, New Orleans also has released linebackers David Hawthorne and Ramon Humber and receiver Seantavius Jones, while signing veteran free agent defensive back Tony Carter.