News for Friday 111618
Compiled By Dave Graichen
The price at the pump continues to decline. The average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $2.34 in Louisiana today, down nine cents since last week, putting prices just two cents higher than a year ago. Gas Buddy.com senior petroleum analyst Patrick DeHaan says some gas stations in the state are selling gas below $2 per gallon.
LSU announced Thursday that it had agreed to a settlement with former football coach Les Miles, bringing his final contract with the university to a close and allowing “both parties to move forward." LSU and Miles agreed to a lump-sum settlement that would pay the former Tigers coach $1.5 million of the remaining $6.5 million he was owed through 2023. Miles, who is now 65, lives in Baton Rouge, and reports have recently connected him to the coaching opening at the University of Kansas. It’s unclear if Thursday’s announcement is a sign that Miles is negotiating with Kansas, but the settlement frees up the opportunity for Miles to pursue another job.
Senator John Kennedy says the chances for a passage of any long term flood insurance program renewal in the lame duck session are slim. The program is set to expire November 30th, and in the meantime Kennedy says he’s proposing a six month renewal while a long term fix continues to be hashed out. Unlike most of the problems on Capitol Hill, Kennedy says this one isn’t actually about Democrats and Republicans, it’s more about people who live near water vs. those who don’t, and those who don’t just don’t consider it a priority…
A man convicted of three California murders and suspected in numerous other deaths, including three in Louisiana, now claims he was involved in about 90 killings nationwide spanning nearly four decades, and investigators in Texas already have corroborated about a third of those The Louisiana killings were in Opelousas, Houma and Gray.
78-year-old Samuel Little was booked into jail this week following his indictment in the 1994 death of a Texas woman.
Medicaid has come under fire in the wake of a Legislative Auditor’s report that showed the service may have paid up to 85 million in healthcare costs for people who were not wage eligible for the program at the time they received coverage, and today, Medicaid launched a new verification system that more frequently checks wage eligibility. Louisiana Medicaid Director Jen Steele says this should prevent that in the future.
The online system will also provide instant feedback on applications to join Medicaid.
Attorney General Jeff Landry says he’s running for re-election because he sees crime as the biggest issue facing Louisiana in the near future, and AG’s are best situated to tackle it. Landry says Medicaid fraud and abuse is another major issue he’ll tackle if re-elected. No Democrats have jumped into the AG’s race yet.
Food delivery service Waitr is going public on the NASDAQ stock exchange this Friday. The company started in Louisiana in 2013 and has since expanded into over 230 cities in the southeast. CEO Chris Meaux says services like Waitr have opened restaurant owners to the idea of using third party delivery companies. Meaux says restaurants will not only see cost savings, but continued growth of revenue with delivery companies such as Waitr.
Three people are dead after being among four men that were shot Wednesday night in Baton Rouge. The motive and suspects are unknown at this time, but authorities say they believe there were two gunmen. Baton Rouge Police Department spokesperson Sgt. L’Jean Mckneely says the initially while two victims died at the scene, the other two victims had survived. But, a third one died this afternoon.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has released a new report highlighting the lack of recorded data published on police activity in Louisiana in reference to traffic stops. S-P-L-C attorney Jamila Johnson says due to a lack of clear punishments for failures to follow the law, it’s difficult to get the compliance that is needed.
LSU will honor 18 seniors on Saturday night as the Fighting Tigers host Rice in the final game in Tiger Stadium this season. Senior tight end Foster Moreau has mixed emotions, as he’s loved his time at LSU, but at the same time he’s looking forward to this game….
The Saints host the Eagles on Sunday and Quarterback Drew Brees could have a chance to throw passes to a new wide receiver. Recently signed Brandon Marshall says he’s ready to contribute and quarterback Drew Brees believes Marshall is a good fit for the offense. The Eagles come in with a record 4-5, but Brees knows it will not be an easy game…