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News For Monday 121216

News for Monday 121216

By Dave Graichen

 

Cardell Hayes has been found guilty of manslaughter in shooting death of ex-Saints star Will Smith. An Orleans Parish jury found Cardell Hayes guilty of manslaughter on Sunday for pumping eight bullets into former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Will Smith on a late April night. The jury of eight women and four men, deliberating for just short of six hours at the end of a blockbuster week-long trial, also found Hayes guilty of attempted manslaughter for a shot that tore through the legs of Smith's wife, Racquel, in a fracas on the street following a three-car collision.

 

Now that Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy has been elected as U.S. Senator, he plans to tackle some of Louisiana’s problems in Washington D.C. Kennedy says it’s time for a change and the first thing he will fight for is additional relief for our flood victims. Kennedy says he will fight to bring more jobs to Louisiana. He says we have the third highest unemployment rate in the country. The future U.S. Senator says our economy is in trouble and he’ll work to fix that.

 

Republican John Kennedy’s victory in the US Senate race gives the GOP a larger majority in the Senate. ULM political science professor Dr. Joshua Stockley says this is an important win for Republicans because it gives them a larger cushion to deal with issues as they arise in the Senate.

 

In his first bid for public office, Clay Higgins, known as the Cajun John Wayne, defeated political veteran Scott Angelle on Saturday night in the contest to become the 3rd district  congressman. Higgins, who ran as a tough-talking outsider, soundly beat Angelle, who was the presumptive front-runner since entering the race, by about 7,000 ballots, or 12 percent of the total vote. He will replace six-term U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, who chose to pursue, unsuccessfully, Louisiana’s open U.S. Senate seat.

 

In the 4th congressional district runoff, republican Mike Johnson cruised to an easy win over his democratic opponent Marshall Jones, by taking 65% of the vote.

 

By the way, the official Voter turnout for the Saturday runoff election was just shy of 28%.

 

FEMA has refused Governor John Bel Edwards’ request to lower the state’s share of disaster response cost for the March flooding that affected the central and northern part of Louisiana down to 10-percent. The state is required to pay 10-percent of the response from the August flooding and 25-percent from the March flooding. Officials with the Edwards’ administration believe the floods should be grouped together because of the destruction.

 

With the state facing another year of budget problems, Governor John Bel Edwards says it’s time to create a tax structure that’s fair and predictable and able to pay for state services. Lawmakers learned last week that the state has a budget deficit that’s grown to 600-million dollars. Earlier this year the legislature approved 1.5 billion dollars in tax increases to help fill a huge budget gap when Edwards walked into office. But Edwards says that wasn’t enough to prevent cuts to government services.

 

Two different polls show a majority of Louisiana residents agree with repealing the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Pollster Ed Chervenak says in a telephone survey conducted by the University of New Orleans Survey Research Center, 66-percent of 776 people polled support the idea. Chervenak says the poll also found men are more interested in the complete repeal of the Affordable Care Act than women.

 

The number of international visitors has grown in Louisiana, but Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, who oversees tourism in the state, doesn’t just want these travelers to visit New Orleans. Nungesser says there are direct flights into New Orleans from London, Germany, and Honduras, but he wants to see these tourists get out to the rest of the state. Louisiana saw a 36-percent increase in international tourism from 2014 to 2015, ranking second in the nation for overall growth.

 

Sports..

 

Saints offense sputters for second straight game in crushing 16-11 loss at Tampa Bay. New Orleans now has just one touchdown in the past two weeks.

 

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