News for Wednesday 092116
By Dave Graichen
Today is the final day of what was a hot and wet summer. Alek Krautmann with the National Weather Service in Slidell says it goes down as one of the warmest summers on record for several Louisiana cities and in New Orleans it was the warmest summer on record since 1947. He says a very warm Gulf of Mexico is to blame. Krautmann says Louisiana also saw a very wet summer, with Baton Rouge experiencing the wettest one on record.
Louisiana has the second highest rate of women who are murdered by men. That’s according to data from the Violence Policy Center. Legislative Director Kristen Rand says Louisiana needs to do something to protect domestic violence victims because most of these murder victims are in relationships with their attacker. Rand, says this is the sixth year in a row that Louisiana has made the top 10. Alaska was the only state with a higher rate of women murdered by men.
Louisiana has two of the country’s fastest growing economies, while also having two of the fastest-shrinking, according to data from the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis. Baton Rouge grew by over 5-percent and Lake Charles grew by about 8-percent. But the numbers show Houma-Thibodaux has the nation’s second worst economy, shrinking nearly 8-percent and Lafayette shrunk four-percent, both due to the drop in oil prices.
It was another record-breaking year for the Louisiana Community and Technical College system saw over 6-thousand more students graduate than last year. Graduates earned credentials in programs like process technology, construction, and industrial production.
The Livingston Parish Office of Emergency Management says there is still over one million cubic yards of trash that needs to be collected. Dukes of Hazard star and Livingston parish resident John Schneider says we pay our taxes for debris removal yet we still don’t seem important enough for FEMA to take some sort of action. Officials with the parish say it could be Christmas before everything is cleaned up.
More and more south Louisiana flood victims are selling their flood damaged homes to investors as is. Baton Rouge area realtor Ginger Maulden says the category “Currently Damaged” is being used to help flood victims track and sell their homes. Maulden says several homes in this category have already sold, and all of them were cash buys from investors. She says they expect the number of homes in the listing group to continue to grow.
Brown tap water has been flowing from faucets in Oak Grove for years, and city officials are taking action to get clean water. Mayor Adam Holland says he toured America Water and Waste’s facility last week to find out what is causing the discoloration in the water. Holland says he is executing the 120 day termination clause in the water company’s contract.
The Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office says they busted the Iowa fire chief purchasing pills from an online black market pharmacy. They say 59-year-old Sandi Miller was allegedly illegally purchasing pills advertised as Oxycodone over the internet and having them shipped to her residence. Miller was arrested and fired. Miller was charged with possession of heroin and released on a $50-thousand bond.
A multi-agency investigation in Terrebonne parish has led to 29 arrests in just four days. State Trooper Jesse LaGrange says eighteen of the arrests were for felony charges. LaGrange says they also seized 388 grams of marijuana, 6 grams of crack cocaine, 5 grams of heroin, and various prescription pills. He says they recovered 6 guns, two of which were stolen, and over $6-thousand during the investigation.