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News For Thursday 10/20/16

News for Thursday 102016

By Dave Graichen

 

Funeral arrangements for longtime Louisiana political fixture Clyde Holloway have been announced. Visitation will be Tomorrow from 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at Elwood Baptist Church in Forest Hill. The funeral service will be at the Forest Hill festival grounds at 11 a.m. Saturday.  After a private burial, a reception will be held in Forest Hill Town Hall where the public is invited to share memories and stories of their experiences with Holloway. Holloway, the chair of the Louisiana Public Service Commission and a former congressman from Forest Hill, died at his home Sunday night at the age of 72.

 

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump has said the November 8th election has been rigged by the media and at the polls to favor Democrat Hillary Clinton. Republican Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler calls Trumps comments irresponsible and says,

in Louisiana, we haven’t had a problem with a voting machine count in decades. Schedler says he is confident that the Presidential election will go off without any major problems and they have protections in place to protect against voter fraud.

 

Fall weather is finally set to return to Louisiana, thanks to a cold front that will move through the state today. State climatologist Barry Keim says the cold front will also likely bring us some rain, which is much-needed given the drought-like conditions the state has been experiencing. But he says it probably won’t be enough to break out the rain boots. Keim says once the rainfall moves through, fall weather will return. He says you’ll really start feel the cool temperatures tomorrow.

 

An Alexandria man has been arrested for the 79th time, with the latest charge accusing him of simple burglary. But, police didn’t have to go far to arrest 41 year old Lucius Williams Jr., he  was already in jail when arrested Monday by Alexandria Police detectives on the burglary charge. Williams was arrested on a warrant after detectives connected him to the Sept. 24 burglary of a grocery store in the 1500 block of Vance Street.

 

Good news if you are a coffee fan. CC's Coffee House is coming to Alexandria. The popular South Louisiana coffee shop chain will open a store in the strip mall anchored by Johnny's Pizza on Jackson Street Extension. CC's currently has 31 locations and seven more expected to open soon. Company officials say the Alexandria store is expected to open by Christmas.

 

The Town Talk reports today A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge denied a motion Wednesday by Revolution Aluminum Propco LLC to pay its creditors by borrowing against the property in Pineville where its parent company says it will build an aluminum mill. Revolution Aluminum Propco, which bought the property in March, was forced into bankruptcy court by three petitioners who say they lent the company money to buy the land. Revolution Aluminum Propco sought to borrow $5.7 million to pay the petitioners in the bankruptcy case and settle other financial obligations. The full story is in today’s Town Talk.

 

Law enforcement, elected officials, and the public gathered at the House Judiciary Committee meeting yesterday to discuss ways to improve community relations with police. State Police Col. Mike Edmonson says he’s been meeting with law enforcement around the country to learn more about practices implemented in other areas. Edmonson says they also want to address how the public responds to police officers, especially young adults. He says many young people don’t know what to do if they get pulled over.

 

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Jefferson Parish Council, members called for parish President Mike Yenni’s resignation and gave him a vote of no confidence. But the embattled politician says it is his job to move the parish forward and asks that the council let him do his job. He says he has never taken his oath to the parish or the people lightly. A recall petition has been started to remove Yenni from office

 

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser is coming up with new ways to combine Louisiana’s seafood with tourism promotion. He says they are getting close to releasing details about a social media program where all Louisiana residents can be an ambassador for the seafood industry.

He says seafood and tourism combined account for 14-billion dollars in annual revenue for Louisiana.

 

The Department of Agriculture says its getting millions of dollars from the federal government to help keep your food safe. The FDA says Louisaina will get more than $3 million dollars to help meet new safety standards. Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Mike Strain said he will use some of the money to create a partnership with the federal government, which could mean more training for some farmers.

 

During Governor John Bel Edward’s monthly call-in show, he addressed several topics including a new Mississippi River bridge in Baton Rouge, the future of the film tax credit program, and coastal parish lawsuits against the oil and gas industry. Edwards says a new bridge is a huge priority for Baton Rouge. The Transportation Task Force is meeting today to discuss the matter.  Edwards says he doesn’t think the $180 million cap that lawmakers placed on the Film Tax Credit program in 2015 a problem. He says a lot of movie producers had concerns about Louisiana’s commitment to the future of the industry, and expects lawmakers will address those concerns in next year’s legislative session.  Edwards also touched on the lawsuits filed by several coastal parishes against the oil and gas industry for the destruction of the coast. He says he supports the suit because it’s not enough to say these companies create jobs and boost revenue if they’re expediting coastal erosion.

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