News for Tuesday 091316
By Dave Graichen
The Pineville City Council tonight will discuss and possibly vote on increasing sewer and water rates. Two ordinances will come up for hearings and votes during the council’s meeting, which gets under way at 6 this evening in the Council Chambers at Pineville City Hall.
The investigation is ongoing into the death of an Alexandria man whose body was found late Saturday evening on England Drive and Loblolly lane. Police say that 48 year old Gerald Bryant had been shot to death. The APD says an autopsy is being conducted.
Delta Regional Authority announces $72 million in investments in Louisiana to strengthen infrastructure, prepare for disasters, build the workforce, and support small businesses. Federal Co-chairman Chris Masingill says they are putting a portion into the geauxBiz program to provide support for small businesses in central Louisiana. Masingill says they are also investing more than $1 million for waterworks improvements in Monroe to support CenturyLink’s new Century Village project.
Governor John Bel Edwards will be heading back to Washington, DC this week where he is scheduled to meet with more congressional leaders and others in an effort to get more money for flood recovery. He sent another letter to the White House asking for an additional $800 million dollars, on top of the $2 billion he was originally seeking. He says the new amount is for infrastructure projects and mental health support for flood victims.
While south Louisianan is recovering from a historic flood, flood recovery efforts are still ongoing from the catastrophic flood that hit north Louisiana just five months before. Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham of Richland Parish met with White House officials in an attempt to get more federal support for the March flooding recovery efforts in north Louisiana. So far,
President Obama has only agreed to increase the feds’ cost-share for the August flood. Abraham says between the two floods, 22 of the 24 parishes in his district were declared federal disaster areas.
Louisiana residents who live in areas that flooded this year will pay more for car insurance as a result of the 2016 floods, according to state Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. He says drivers’ comprehensive coverage will go up because over 100-thousand cars were destroyed by the flood. Donelon says the amount of the rate hike will vary from one company to another. He says people who live in areas that did not experience any flooding will not see the rate increase.
Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden is under scrutiny for being in Taiwan last week rather than speaking before Congress with the mayors of Central, Denham Springs and Walker about flood relief. Holden says he went out of the country to attend a forum about building sustainable port cities. Holden says some candidates for Baton Rouge mayor are attacking his lack of presence in the city during this tough time. He says Baton Rouge isn’t going to fall apart because there is communication between his staffers and everyone is working together.
AAA says the switch to winter blend gasoline has caused gas prices to fall nationwide for 12 straight days. The current statewide average for a gallon of regular in Louisiana is now $2.00, down about 4 cents from the prior week.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is investigating a boat crash in St. Mary Parish that claimed the life of a 7-year-old girl. LDWF Spokesman Adam Einck says the collision was between two boats and they are going to try to recreate the incident to determine if anyone was at fault. He says 7-year-old Jaidyn Montet died at a hospital of severe head trauma.
Democratic US Senate candidate Caroline Fayard has won the endorsement of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. Fayard is one of two well-known Democrats in the 24-person race. The other is Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell, who has the endorsement of Governor John Bel Edwards.
LSU Coach Les Miles says he plans to play both quarterbacks Brandon Harris and backup Danny Etling against Mississippi State this weekend, but he refused to name a starter. Etling entered the game against Jacksonville State after a slow start from Harris. Miles says Harris needs a break and take a deep breath. The Mad Hatter added star running back Leonard Fournette should return to play against The Bulldogs this weekend.