News for Monday 052316
By Dave Graichen
60 year old Bobby Houston of Pineville was killed Saturday night when the lost control of his motorcycle and drove off of highway 71 near Montgomery. State police say he was wearing a helmet, but was ejected from the motorcycle. Houston was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Early Sunday afternoon a single vehicle crash claimed the life of a man from Clarence. State police say the accident occurred on LA Hwy 480 near US 71. When a vehicle driven by 56 year old John Turner Jr. left the roadway, collided with a ditch and over turned. Turner, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Louisiana’s unemployment rate is up to 6.3%, which is a 0.2% increase since March. This rate is the fourth worst in the nation. Oil and gas job losses slowed, but employment in that sector remains much lower than last year.
Just two weeks are left in the regular session, and the budget is still the biggest issue for lawmakers. Jeremy Alford with LaPolitics.com says legislators are trying to fund priorities like TOPS and safety net hospitals with a $600 million budget shortfall.
According to state officials, Governor Edwards hopes to have some tax proposals for a planned June special session ready for lawmakers by the end of the week. Edwards wants to call another special session so lawmakers can raise more revenues to close the budget deficit and stave off deep cuts to vital state services, because lawmakers cannot raise taxes during this regular session that ends June 6.
Health experts will share information about the Zika Virus with the public during a 5:30 PM meeting at LSU Health New Orleans Human Development Center. A panel of experts will discuss where the virus is, where it’s expected to go, and other important information. Health leaders want people who live in the southeastern states to be as prepared as possible for a potential Zika outbreak.
Based on released court records from a deposition, Saints and Pelicans Owner Tom Benson says his daughter and grandchildren “tried to kill him” during a confrontation at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. The deposition took place at the end of March and Benson gave that answer when he was asked why he was looking to remove control of his sports franchises from Renee Benson and Rita Benson LeBlanc.
New Orleans is seeking to host the Super Bowl in 2019 and those who will present a bid to the NFL owners on Tuesday are already in Charlotte putting the finishing touches on their presentation. New Orleans competition to host the 2019 Super Bowl is Atlanta, Miami and Tampa Bay. President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation Jay Cicero says they go in as the underdogs.
A new rule from the White House goes into effect on December 1 that would require employers to pay their workers overtime if they work more than 40 hours a week and make less than about $47-thousand a year. This would affect about 35% of salaried workers. LSU Economist Stephen Barnes says this will impact business owners more than anyone. The organization that represents small businesses says this will result in entry-level management positions disappearing and those employees falling back into hourly jobs. Proponents say it’s time workers get paid for the hours they work.
Governor John Bel Edwards has signed two pro-life bills into law, one measure increases the wait time for a woman to receive an abortion to 72 hours and the second requires doctors performing abortions to be board certified. Louisiana Right to Life Legislative Director Deanna Wallace says this truly is a victory for women in the state. Pro-choice supporters say it is quite the opposite.
As we approach a the Memorial day weekend, motorists can expect to see prices at the pump up more than 6 cents from the prior week. Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski from GasBuddy.com says they’ve got the current statewide average for a gallon of regular at about $2.06. Laskoski says prices haven’t been this low since 2008.
The governor’s daughter Samantha got married Saturday to Johnathan Ricau. Samantha and Jonathan met in 2012 and both graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is the oldest daughter of the governor and First Lady Donna.
Authorities say a man is behind bars and a three-year-old is recovering following a shooting in a Shreveport home late last week. Shreveport police say the child had already been taken to a local hospital by the time they arrived. The child reportedly suffered a single gunshot wound to the right arm, and although the injuries are serious, the child is expected to survive. The incident is still under investigation, but 17-year-old Dezhun Kendrick has been booked into the Shreveport City Jail on two counts of illegal use of a weapon.
Police say a Baton Rouge man who stopped to help at a car crash was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver. Baton Rouge police said in a statement that 36-year-old William Warren died early Saturday after he was struck by a car driven by 41-year-old Gregory Hamilton, of Baton Rouge. Hamilton was arrested on charges of vehicular homicide, second-offense drunken driving, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license. Hamilton’s license had been suspended since 2007 and his prior DWI was in 2009. He also was ticketed for driving without insurance.
A Baton Rouge-area sheriff’s office said two men were gunned down in a trailer home, and five people have been arrested after a good Samaritan reported seeing a wallet and papers thrown from a car about 60 miles from the trailer home. West Feliciana Parish sheriff ’s spokeswoman Erin Foster said two men turned themselves in Sunday and were arrested on first-degree murder charges in the St. Francisville killings, which occurred early Saturday. She said three women were arrested Saturday on charges accusing them as principals to murder. Foster said in an email that a shed behind the trailer home held remnants of a meth lab.
The LSU Baseball team leaves for Hoover, Alabama today where they’ll play tomorrow night in the SEC Tournament against Tennessee. The Tigers nearly swept top ranked Florida over the weekend as they took two of three from the Gators. But it wasn’t enough to get a first round bye in the SEC Tourney. Coach Paul Mainieri is not disappointed. It’s the first time LSU will have to play in the opening round of the SEC Tournament since it expanded in 2012.