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Good Morning News For Wednesday 01/17/18..... Audio Link After 7a https://www.cenlabroadcasting.com/media/710.mp3

News for Wednesday 011718

By Dave Graichen

 

Some of the coldest temperatures Louisiana has seen so far are being observed this morning. Some areas are reporting near single digit temperatures while coastal areas are not warmer than the 20’s to start the day off.  Lake Charles National Weather Service forecaster Robert Megnia (meg-knee-a) says after bottoming out this morning, temperatures will slowly rebound across the state over the next 48 hours…

 

Due to Icy Road conditions, most schools across Cenla are closed again today. Public Schools in Rapides, Avoyelles, Grant, Vernon, LaSalle and St. Landry Parishes are closed.  Catholic schools in Avoyelles, Rapides and Natchitoches parishes Closed.  Alexandria Country Day School, Louisiana College, Northwestern State University, LSUA and University Academy are closed..

 

All State Offices are closed today.

 

Iced roads and closed schools have many workers asking if they have to go to their jobs today. Baton Rouge Attorney Yigal Bander says if your boss threatens you with a pink slip for skipping out, you don’t have many legal options. Louisiana, like most states, is employment at will. Bander says outside of gender, race, religion, and other protected areas, this means your employment status is wholly up to your boss…

 

A statewide poll by UNO shows President Donald Trump beating Oprah Winfrey by double digits in a hypothetical general election matchup. Trump gathered 60 percent of support in the poll of 722 Louisiana voters.  Pollster Ed Chervenak says part of the reason is the president’s high approval rating in the bayou…

 

Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced he’ll be in Louisiana this week on a domestic trade mission. Scott says he’ll try to convince Louisiana businesses to move to Florida. Scott says he will share with Louisiana companies how the Sunshine state is making it easier on families and job creators.

 

The State Revenue Department says online retailers outside of Louisiana which delivered goods or services to Louisiana addresses will soon notify shoppers to pay sales taxes on those purchases. LDR’s Byron Henderson says a 2016 makes it mandatory for customers to pay sales tax on shipped items if they didn’t at the time of purchase. Amazon, the nation’s leading online retailer, started charging the sales tax after the bill passed.

 

A legislative task force today recommended moving riverboat casinos onto dry land, and Republican State Senator Ronnie Johns of Lake Charles said he would draft bills based on the suggestions. The only casino on land now is Harrah’s in New Orleans. The proposed legislation would lift the requirement that the paddle wheels operate and that the boats be manned with a captain and other marine crew.

 

Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell says taxpayers could save millions, if electric companies and cities convert to new energy efficient environmentally friendly LED streetlights.  Campbell is proposing that the PSC conduct a comprehensive review of streetlight technology and how cities can save money by changing over.  For example he says 40 percent of Shreveport’s electric bill is for their 35,000 street lights…

 

Drew Brees’s contract is a huge question mark for the Saints this offseason. The quarterback turned 39 on Monday, and is a free agent in March. Brees and the Saints front office have been coy so far about contract negotiations, but Brees says he hopes to have a deal before the free agent deadline.