News for Monday 111416
By Dave Graichen
Congress reconvenes today, which means Louisiana’s congressional delegation will resume its efforts to get more federal funds appropriated for flood recovery. Baton Rouge Congressman Garrett Graves says right now the state still needs to come up with a plan for spending the $438 million they’ve already received. The Governor’s Office says the Restore Louisiana Task Force has delayed a vote on how to allocate the funds because the money is tied up in red tape. Graves says at this point, they aren’t sure how many payments Louisiana will receive because president-elect Donald Trump’s victory changes the dynamic.
Today is the final day for flood victims to register for Disaster Assistance. Ray Perez with FEMA says approximately 152-thousand individuals have registered for federal aid. To apply for federal disaster aid visit disaster-assistance-dot-gov (disasterassistance.org). Perez says just because registration stops today, does not mean that the work stops. He says FEMA will be in Louisiana for the long term because they’re just getting started.
Gas prices have once again dipped below two dollars. Senior Petroleum Analyst with GasBuddy.com, Gregg Laskoski says the nation is seeing prices five cents lower than a week ago, with Louisiana being four cents lower. He says there is a very good chance we will see these gas prices continuing to decline.
The two candidates in the US Senate runoff have each agreed to participate in two TV debates, but disagree about which two. Democrat Foster Campbell and Republican John Kennedy have each agreed to attend a December 2nd forum planned by WVLA-TV in Baton Rouge. But Kennedy also said he plans to debate on WDSU on November 29th, and Campbell on LBP December first. It’s unclear how the campaigns will resolve the conflict.
Republican Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle is up against fellow GOP contender Capt. Clay Higgins in the runoff for the 3rd Congressional District seat. Higgins is confident he will win soundly, and he says he feels good going into the runoff. He says if elected, he will not be a part of the corruption in Washington. Angelle believes he is in a strong position going into the runoff, as he beat Higgins in the polls by three percent. But he says he’s not taking anything for granted.
The ex wife of Congressional candidate Clay Higgins, aka the Cajun John Wayne, has filed a lawsuit against the former St. Landry Parish deputy for back child support. It’s reported Higgins owes almost $100,000. The lawsuit was filed the day after the election and Higgins’ campaign says the timing is ridiculous.
Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie said all officers will have body cameras by spring.He says they hope to wrap up a body camera pilot program by then and begin rolling out the devices. A decision on how or whether to cover the cost of outfitting the entire department with body cameras will be up to the next mayor and Metro Council.
A Shreveport-based jet maintenance company announces plans to close next year, putting hundreds of jobs at risk. ExpressJet Corporate Communications Director Bobbie Batista issues a statement saying the base is scheduled to close by June 17. ExpressJet currently employs 286 local workers, some of whom have been there for more than a decade.
The Golden Boot Trophy is back in Baton Rouge as a result of LSU’s dominating 38-10 win over Arkansas in Razorback Stadium. It’s the Tigers first win over the Hogs since 2013. Interim Head Coach Ed Orgeron says the players were determined to get a win in Fayetteville
Nine out of 10 LSU fans approve of interim head football coach Ed Orgeron’s job performance, according to a statewide public opinion poll. 72% of fans said LSU should keep Coach “O” permanently.
The Saints lost in a shocking manner on Sunday afternoon in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome as Denver blocks an extra point with 1:22 left in the game and returned it for two points for a 25-23 victory. Will Parks returned the blocked kick for a score. The loss drops New Orleans record to 4-5. Payton says the team will have to bounce back, with Carolina coming up on Thursday.