news for Wednesday 111516
By Dave Graichen
LOUISIANA WILL EXPERIENCE SOME ROLLERCOASTER TEMPERATURES THIS WEEK. STATE CLIMATOLOGIST BARRY KEIM SAYS WE’LL SEE HIGH TEMPERATURES IN THE 80S ACROSS THE STATE OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS BUT A SIGNIFICANT COLD FRONT WILL COME IN ON FRIDAY. KEIM SAYS SATURDAY WILL BE RELATIVELY COOL AND BREEZY, WITH TEMPERATURES IN THE 50S IN THE MORNING AND REACHING THE MID 60S IN THE AFTERNOON.
the alexandria city council yesterday introduced an ordinance that authorizes city officials to research further how much it would cost to assume ownership of the old weise and goldring building downtown. the building at the corner of desoto and 3rd street has been vacant since the early 1990’s. the current owner of the building has been ordered to EITHER DEMOLISH THE BUILDING OR FIX THE ISSUES MAKING IT UNSAFE. he has offered to give the building to the city, but many believe it could be an expensive ACQUISITION for the city.
College students who have TOPS are looking at paying for 60-percent of their tuition for the spring semester. Governor John Bel Edwards expressed his disappointment that young adults are facing this kind of cost to get an education. Edwards says it’s his hope the state can allocate more dollars to the popular scholarship program next year.
Caroline Fayard has endorsed Foster Campbell in the US Senate runoff, but whether or not that will help him win the race remains to be seen. UL-Lafayette political science professor Pearson Cross says even though Louisiana voters elected a Democrat as governor last year, it doesn’t seem likely. Campbell will be on the ballot with Republican John Kennedy on December 10.
FEMA announces they will continue to pay for hotel rooms for displaced flood victims through December 18th. More than 2-thousand families are using this federal assistance to live at a hotel.
SOME LAWMAKERS ARE NOT HAPPY WITH THE OFFICE OF MOTOR VEHICLES DECISION TO STOP ACCEPTING CASH AS A FORM OF PAYMENT. OMV COMMISSIONER KAREN ST. GERMAIN SAYS A MAJOR REASON WHY THE OMV WILL NOT LONGER ACCEPT CASH IS THAT IT will SAVE THE STATE 500-THOUSAND DOLLARS. St. Germain says it COSTS MONEY TO HANDLE and transport the cash. JONESBORO SENATOR JIM FANNIN SAYS MANY SENIOR CITIZENS DO NOT HAVE CREDIT CARDS. he says he has received several complaints.
CSRA HAS OPENED A NEW INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGY CENTER IN BOSSIER CITY, WHICH IS GOOD NEWS FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN NORTHWEST LOUISIANA. LED SECRETARY DON PIERSON SAYS CSRA is A MAJOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COMPANY. PIERSON SAYS the company NOW EMPLOYS 400 PEOPLE IN SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER BUT WILL EXPAND TO 800 BY JUNE 2018. HE SAYS LOUISIANA IS FUNDING A 10-YEAR $14 MILLION HIGHER EDUCATION INITIATIVE WITH COLLEGES IN NORTHWEST LOUISIANA TO HELP THE COMPANY EXPAND ITS WORKFORCE.
It’s been one year since GLO Airlines inaugural flight out of their New Orleans based terminal. Currently, GLO offers daily flights from New Orleans to five destinations in the Gulf South. Founder and CEO Trey Fayard says they’re looking to depart from other Gulf and mid-South cities in the future. GLO recently added flights to Huntsville, Alabama, and Destin.
A 17-year-old boy is continuing to recover after receiving a serious neck injury during a football game on Friday night. Michael Doherty, a junior at St. Paul’s High School in Covington, collided with three players resulting in a major injury to his C5 vertebra. The school’s athletic director, Craig Ketelsen, says Doherty’s condition is still in a holding pattern after undergoing a seven hour surgery on Saturday. He says the love and support Doherty is receiving is amazing.
It’s been more than a year since a production has been filmed at Celtic Studios in Baton Rouge, and Executive Director Patrick Mulhearn says they’re doing what they can to keep their doors open. He says he’s finding other ways to use the facility. Mulhearn is hopeful the film industry will improve when the cap on film tax credits expires in 18 months.