News for Wednesday 070616
By Dave Graichen
Hundreds of Louisiana workers will be out of work as a result of GE Oil and Gas in Pineville closing its doors in September. Pineville Mayor Clarence Fields says the company is closing its Pineville facility to move its operation to their other location in Jacksonville, Florida. He says he is disappointed to see this company move to another state. The plant closing will result in 269 of the company’s 289 employees encountering permanent layoffs .The move to Florida will be to a non-union shop.
State Police are upping their efforts to enforce the “Move Over” law after several officers were struck by vehicles while working on the side of the road, Killing one over the weekend. State Police Sgt. Jared Sandifer says people should always watch out for any emergency vehicle on the side of the road, including police, EMS, firefighters and tow trucks. According to the “Move Over America” campaign, over 70% of Americans do not know about move over laws.
Just in time for summer vacations, drivers are seeing prices go down at the pump. AAA spokesperson Mike Right says we could see gas prices below $2 a gallon before the end of the summer. Gas prices have been falling for the past few weeks, and Right says that’s unusual during the summer months. He says this time last year, the statewide average was $2.55 a gallon, and today the average is $2.08. Here in Alexandria, prices are substantially lower than $2.00 a gal.
Governor John Bel Edwards announces the state’s Economic Development department will take a comprehensive look at the Louisiana’s film tax incentive program. With reports that movie industry jobs are fleeing to other states, LED Secretary Don Pierson says it’s time to see how they can help Hollywood South. Pierson says they’ll make recommendations on how to reform the program and legislators will get a chance to vote on them next year.
Louisiana is set to receive 60-million dollars in federal grants that will benefit significant road projects in the state. The grant will be used to improve and expand I-10 between Lafayette and the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge. The Funds will also allow the state to use dollars to address the bottleneck on I-10 east as you come over the Mississippi River Bridge from West Baton Rouge parish.
LSU student-athletes, coaches, and support staff will undergo sexual harassment sensitivity training and awareness classes. Deputy Athletic Director Eddie Nunez says they are increasing their efforts on this topic after troubling reports of sexual assaults involving athletes at other schools. Nunez says their classes will be very broad and address everything from human relations risks to prevention of harassment and abuse.
An officer involved shooting outside a Baton Rouge convenience store left one man dead. The convenience store clerk told a Baton Rouge TV station he saw suspect carrying a gun but he did not have it out at the time of the shooting. The coroner has said that Sterling was shot multiple times in the chest and back. One officer is on administrative leave and the investigation is ongoing.
One man is dead and another is in the hospital following a shooting in Shreveport on Independence Day. Cpl. Marcus Hines says 33-year-old Antonio Collins and 32-year-old Exzavious Thomas were next door neighbors arguing over shooting fireworks. Hines says Collins suffered a fatal shot to the chest, and Thomas was also injured.
In Ascension Parish, a Gonzales man has been arrested after he fatally shot his ex-girlfriend in her vehicle after a high speed chase. Chief Deputy Bobby Webre says 26-year-old Jarvis McNair faces several charges. Authorities say the couple’s 10-month-old boy was in the back seat when she was shot.
Stadium Journey has ranked LSU’s Alex Box Stadium as the best ballpark in the country. In its review, they say the Box has it all, powerhouse ball club, state of the art facility, great food selection, rabid fan base and an intimidating atmosphere for opposing teams.
Abortion providers in Louisiana have filed suit over seven abortion laws enacted this year. The Center for Reproductive Rights brought forward the federal suit to keep the rules from taking effect on August 1. The lawsuit seeks to get a judge to determine the state’s new 72 hour waiting period for a woman to get an abortion is illegal and they are also challenging the ban of the so-called dismemberment abortion, which is commonly used in the second trimester.
It's a new record. 34 drawings and still no Mega Millions jackpot winner. Virginia Lottery Director, Paula Otto says Friday's drawing is expected to be worth $508 million to the lucky winner.