News for Tuesday 090616
By Dave Graichen
Gov. John Bel Edwards will travel to Alexandria next Monday to announce a new $21.5 million campus for Central Louisiana Technical Community College, a project previously delayed by the state's budget woes. Edwards, along with Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy and Louisiana Community and Technical College President Monty Sullivan, will make it official during a press conference at Alexandria City Hall.
FEMA announced yesterday that they are hiring Louisiana residents for temporary work to help with the flood recovery process. The jobs are said to be full-time, but temporary. To apply, visit www.laworks.net
Alexandria police seem to be getting closer to being equipped with a police body camera. The City’s Public Safety, Works and Transportation Committee is set to consider final adoption of the ordinance that would authorize Mayor Jacques Roy to accept the low bid on body cameras for the city's police department. The full council will hold hearings on the ordinance before any final vote is taken on the issue.
Congress reconvenes for the fall session today, which means the discussion begins about getting more federal aid to Louisiana. Governor John Bel Edwards wants Congress to approve a two-billion dollar federal aid package that will cover housing, economic development and infrastructure repairs. In a letter to the White House, the governor called it a reasonable request. Edwards says they’ve documented that 55-thousand homes were damaged the catastrophic flooding and over 80-percent of damaged homes lacked flood damage.
The third phase of the disaster food stamp program begins today as flood victims in nine more parishes can receive a benefits card to purchase food. Sammy Guillory, with the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services, says if you lost food or income as a result of the floods and don’t receive regular food stamps, you could be eligible for this special assistance. So far, Guillory says almost 110-thousand households have received disaster food stamps and the distribution has gone well
The Monroe County, Florida Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a Natchitoches man who was snorkeling in the Dry Tortugas. Authorities say 67-year-old Bryan Wimberly was diving from a commercial vessel when his dive partner noticed he was panicking underwater. Wimberly was retrieved by a rescue diver and CPR was performed. Wimberly was the director of the Natchitoches utility system and served as a fire chief.
Fort Polk has about 750 horses on their property and the military base in Vernon Parish is looking to give them a new home. Public Affairs Officer Troy Darr says the horses were probably abandoned over the years and started to reproduce. He says they are willing to give the horses to animal welfare groups or private citizens. Darr says the horses range from very healthy to some that are probably on their last leg. He says three animal welfare groups have already signed up, and a lot of people are interested.
The court battle over four New Orleans monuments honoring Civil War era figures will be heard by a federal appeals court on Sept. 28. The 5th U.S. Circuit court recently set the date in a case that pits the city against some preservationists and supporters of the monuments.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu urged removal after police said a white supremacist killed nine parishioners inside the African-American Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June of last year. The City Council voted for removal in December, leading to the court fight.
A new report from Trust for America’s Health finds Louisiana has the highest adult obesity rate in the country, at 36-percent. Bob Johannessen with LDH says it might be a new report, but it’s certainly not new news. He says studies dating back to 2008 have shown Louisiana as one of the heaviest states in the nation. Johannessen says healthy living practices start when you’re a child and unfortunately in Louisiana many of our kids are not doing enough to stay in shape. He says Louisiana suffers from the lack of sidewalks in neighborhoods, in some cases limited outdoor activity options and there’s also less access to physical activity in school.
The American Red Cross is now providing casework that can connect flood victims with other resources, besides the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Red Cross Spokesperson Anthony Tornetta says in some case they will actually provide a family with some spending cash, if they don’t qualify for federal disaster assistance through FEMA… Flood victims can register for this aid at Red-Cross-dot-org-slash-LA-flood-assistance redcross.org/lafloodassistance. Tornetta says after registering, the Red Cross is able to provide limited financial assistance in 48 to 72 hours. He says the amount of aid available is done on a case by case basis.
Tigers Head Coach Les Miles has suspended offensive lineman Josh Boutte (Boo-tay) for one game after his personal foul on D’Cota Dixon, a Wisconsin defensive back. Boutte will sit out this Saturday’s game against Jacksonville State in Tiger Stadium. Miles says plays like this don’t belong in football even though Boutte made a mistake. Miles says Boutte personally called Dixon Monday to apologize.
We hear from LSU Coach Les Miles today for the first time since Saturday’s disappointing 16 to 14 loss to an unranked Wisconsin team. The Tigers had just 257 yards of total offense on Saturday.