News for Friday 100518
Compiled By Dave Graichen
New, cheaper health insurance plans are available on the Louisiana marketplace, but there’s a catch: they don’t have to provide the same level of coverage as was mandated under Obamacare. Since 2010 many Louisianans have likely grown used to the guarantee that their health insurance covers pre-existing conditions, emergency services, hospital stay, and likely comes with a reasonable deductible, but Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says you may not get that with these new plans. The Commissioner says Louisianans may need to employ an insurance expert before shopping for the new plans.
A subtle reminder we are still in Hurricane season, a disturbance in the Caribbean Sea has had its chances for tropical development upgraded slightly as it tracks toward the Gulf of Mexico. The broad area of low pressure has a "medium" chance -- 40 percent -- to develop over the next five days.
The two Republican senators of Louisiana have expressed their satisfaction with the findings of the 5-day FBI investigation into the accusations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Senator John Kennedy, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says after reading through the report, he wishes the report could be public. Senator Bill Cassidy says although he has not read the FBI report, he doesn’t believe it’ll be all that different from all the other statements given under oath.
A buyer has purchased the Avondale Shipyard in Jefferson Parish, with plans to turn the site into a global logistics hub that could employ 2,000 people. Governor Edwards says it’s a solid come back for a facility that used to employ thousands. The shipyard shut down back in 2014 after a long and distinguished history where it was home to the construction of many of the naval vessels that patrolled the seas during the cold war.
Usually, gasoline prices fall at this time of year, but the statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is actually on the rise to $2.65 per gallon. AAA fuel analyst Don Redman says the price at the pump is at its highest level since 2014. Redman says the price of crude oil could go even higher, so a break between now and the holidays is not likely.
Louisiana’s Catholic bishops came out Thursday in favor of requiring unanimous jury verdicts in all felony trials in the state. If it passes, Louisiana would fall back in line with 48 other states, as well as the federal court system, in requiring unanimity in all criminal jury verdicts.
The Louisiana Department of Health recently released its voluntary non-opioid directive form as a new tactic in combatting opioid abuse. Those who sign the form pledge refuse the offer or administration of opioid medications. Dr. Janice Petersen with LDH says the form is meant to be used by patients as a communication tool with care providers. Petersen says although Louisiana ranks as one of the worst states for feeling the effect of the opioid epidemic, the state is seeing progress in the fight against the use of the drugs.
A proposal to build an airstrip on Elmer’s Island in Jefferson Parish has been grounded after receiving complaints from conservation groups and environmentalists who questioned whether it’s a good idea to have an airport in a protected wildlife refuge.
The Orleans Parish Coroner Office says the death of 32-year-old Sadie Thibodeaux, whose body was pulled from Lake Pontchartrain in August, was an accidental drowning. At the time she went missing, the case was investigated as a potential homicide by NOPD. Her companion who was also on the boat was rescued and survived the ordeal.
Days after a woman was punched in the face and robbed of her purse in the Central Business District of New Orleans, she found a new image had been synced to her iCloud account. It was her alleged robbers. They had taken a selfie. New Orleans police sent out the high-resolution photo Thursday afternoon in hopes of identifying the robbers. The woman said the pair "repeatedly" struck her in the face and head before stealing her purse.
Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport says a book borrowed 84 years ago has been returned by the son of the woman who checked it out when she was 11. The copy of “Spoon River Anthology” was in pretty rough shape, so it’s probably not worth much. The book was found while cleaning house. The library’s maximum late fee is $3, but that was waived.
State Farm Insurance, Louisiana's largest auto insurer, is laying off 47 workers at its operations center in Baton Rouge and is leaving its 30,000-square-foot space. The company told state employment regulators the layoffs will take place Nov. 30. It will leave the space at the end of the year.
Drag Queen Story Time in Lafayette has been put on hold after Southern Louisiana Community College backed out of hosting the event citing concerns for the safety of its students and other visitors. The event has been a growing source controversy in the city and was set to run tomorrow. A doctor who supports Story Time says public showcases of tolerance are important for young people who may be LGBTQ. The event, where Drag Queens will read stories to children about accepting their LGBTQ classmates, is seeking a new location.
After losing to Kentucky for the first time in over three decades, Florida has bounced back to beat SEC foes Tennessee and Mississippi State and boast a 4-1 record heading into Saturday’s game against 5th ranked LSU. Local broadcast begins at 12:30p on 96.9 KZMZ & KSYL 104.9
Since winning the season opener against Grambling State, UL Lafayette has lost three straight heading into Saturday’s Sun Belt contest against Texas State.
In other action this weekend, Louisiana Tech is back home on Saturday night to host UAB. The Bulldogs coming off a big win over North Texas. Hear the game locally on 94.7 ESPN beginning at 4:30p
McNeese looks to improve to 5-1 when they host Abilene Christian and Northwestern State hosts Nicholls State at six o’ clock. The Demons next three out of four are at home
After a little break, the Saints are back at practice facility for Monday’s game against Washington. The Redskins are playing well on defense. Through three games they are giving up just 15 points a game, 187 yards through the air and 278 total yards of offense. The Saints just had one of their more balanced games on offense between the run and the pass.