News for Tuesday 100416
By Dave Graichen
Independent U.S. Senate candidate Troy Hebert has filed a lawsuit in an effort to have Louisiana Public Broadcasting and the Council for a Better Louisiana to include more candidates in an October 18th televised debate. The five candidates invited are Republicans Charles Boustany, John Fleming, and John Kennedy, along with Democrats Foster Campbell and Caroline Fayard. Along with having raised one million dollars, candidates must have polled at least 5-percent in a non-partisan survey. CABL President Barry Erwin says with so many candidates in the race and being only three weeks away from the election, there has to be some criteria for participation.
The APD reporting a Jena man has been arrested in connecting with a shooting in the city last week. 21-yearold Cameron Jackson was booked into the LaSalle Parish jail on 2nd degree murder charges in the death of 27 year Jarvis Jackson last Friday.
Cleco is warning customers that scammers are trying making fraudulent phone calls that demand immediate payment and threaten disconnection of power. “Cleco reminds customers that the do not make personal calls demanding payment of overdue accounts, do not suggest a payment method and do not demand that customers use certain locations for payment. If you think you are being scammed, call CLECO
Many flood victims in Denham Springs could be forced to elevate their homes. Mayor Gerard Landry says about 1200 residents were informed by mail over the weekend that initial FEMA assessments show the structure was “substantially damaged” by the flood. Landry emphasizes that these FEMA assessments are just an initial snapshot of the damage each home likely received.
A report by ProPublica finds many state leaders along with residents are very frustrated with the Red Cross’ flood response efforts in Louisiana. The report stems from email’s from state officials showing concern with the organization, as well as many attempts to resolve the issues. Staffers with the governor’s office reportedly met with officials from the Red Cross yesterday.
While flood victims in south Louisiana are struggling to recover from the August flood, many north Louisianans have still not recovered from the flooding there in March. Monroe Police Juror Pat Moore says many people still have not gotten back into their homes. She says some of the people didn’t know how to get the assistance they need. Moore estimates as many as 20-percent of the people in her district couldn’t get federal aid.
A committee searching for a new president of the University of Louisiana System has made a recommendation to the full board for consideration. Northwestern State University President James Henderson was the only person submitted for review by the committee. If chosen, Henderson will fill the position vacated by Sandra Woodley in December.
Keep Louisiana Beautiful has released a new slogan that aims to raise awareness about the state’s litter problem. Executive Director of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Susan Russell, says they hope “Love the Boot, Don’t Pollute” will provide a consistent message to Louisianans not to trash the state. She believes it’s a fitting slogan for the Bayou State, especially the word love.
Rogers says the slogan appears on bumper stickers that will be placed on 12-thousand state vehicles.
Louisiana residents are now able to purchase REAL ID licenses today from the Office of Motor Vehicles. Once October 2020 hits, you’ll need a REAL ID to fly domestically without a passport. OMV Commissioner Karen St. Germain says in order to get a REAL ID, your birth certificate, social security card, and proof of residency are needed and they look similar to the current licenses. REAL ID licenses cost 13 dollars for a four year duplicate and 17 dollars for a six year duplicate.
Louisiana has received a $67 million federal grant to better prepare new teachers and provide more support for rural school districts. Assistant Talent Superintendent Hannah Dietsch says much of the grant money will go towards making sure teachers are prepared for the classroom before they begin their careers in education. The money will be dispersed among 16 rural school systems, reaching a total of 137 schools as part of an effort to better prepare educators.
Part of Taylor Swift’s $1 million dollar pledge to Louisiana will go to the YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge’s Early Head Start Center. CEO Dianna Payton says the Early Head Start program provides comprehensive early childhood and family services for low-income children up to three years of age. She says they are very grateful for the pop star’s gift.
The first campaign ad attacking a candidate has been released by Republican Congressman Charles Boustany. UL-Lafayette Pearson Cross says it’s not surprising the target of the attack is GOP State Treasurer John Kennedy. He says it’s likely only one Republican will make the runoff, so it’s a dogfight of a race among the top GOP contenders.
LSU Health New Orleans researchers found a link between certain kinds of cancer and sugary drink consumption. Dr. Melinda Sothern with LSU Health New Orleans says it’s recommended that people do not have more than three 12 ounce sugary drinks per week. She says there is also a link to obesity and cardio-metabolic diseases with these drinks.
Bossier Parish authorities report a 16-year-old student has been arrested by Caddo Sheriff’s deputies for posting threats about students and teachers on her Instagram account. The posts said that students and teachers would be kidnapped and killed. Account followers reported the messages to the Sheriff’s office. The teenager was booked into Caddo Juvenile Detention Center.