News for Tuesday 020519
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The US Supreme Court will take up a challenge to a Louisiana law requiring abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says a ruling in favor of the law could signal a major shift in the court’s treatment of abortion related issues. Supporters of the law say it’s a necessary requirement for a healthcare facility, and opponents argue it’s an onerous burden that will shut down clinics. The law has been put on hold until at least Thursday while the court considers an appeal from Louisiana abortion providers.
The President will speak to the country tonight for his annual State of the Union address. It comes just after a contentious government shutdown centered on his demands for funding for additional physical border wall, a demand that ultimately was not met. The speech will be made in the House of Representatives, a chamber that flipped to the Democrats in the midterm elections. You can hear the president’s address this evening starting at 8 on KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM.
Who Dats turned off the Super Bowl in record numbers as boycott parties raged across New Orleans. The Nielsen rating for the New Orleans market was a 26.1. National ratings cratered during this year’s 13-3 snoozer that featured a widely panned half time performance and only six points through three quarters. The 44.9 national rating was the lowest in a decade. Nielsen estimates about 165,000 households had the game on last night in the New Orleans market.
Another government shutdown is looming in a couple of weeks, if funding is not secured for a Southern border wall. Republican Senator Bill Cassidy filed legislation that would take money seized from drug cartels and us it to pay for a southern border wall. Cassidy says the Department of Treasury Forfeiture Fund averages 842-million dollars annually and his proposal is to issue bonds in order to make billions of dollars for immediate improvements to border security…Cassidy thinks his idea could find bipartisan support.
For the second quarter of fiscal year 2019, the Louisiana Lottery has seen an uptick in contributions to the state treasury, transferring over $53.9 million towards K-12 public education in the state. Louisiana Lottery spokesperson Dustin Annison says that’s nearly a $10 million increase from this time last year. Annison says the record-breaking Mega Millions jackpot from autumn had a big impact on the numbers.
Governor John Bel Edwards has released a couple of new digitals ads with the message being the state is better off now compared to how it was when he took office. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says it’s an absolute must for Edwards to start campaigning now, before opposing campaigns begin to target him. Pinsonat says the digital ads are just the tip of the iceberg in advertising for the November governor’s race.
The Baton Rouge area saw motorcycle wrecks leave three dead in a span of less than 24 hours, including one on-duty police officer. With those deaths comes an increased focus on motorcycle safety. Motorcycle Awareness Campaign spokesperson Scotty Drake says motorcyclists need motorist to be actively aware and watching for those on two wheels. A separate motorcycle crash claimed the life a Woodworth man over the weekend.
St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies have made the arrest of an Arnaudville woman accused of the theft of flowers and other items from a Cecilia cemetary. Following a complaint, deputies were able to identify and locate 42-year-old Rhonda Lagrange. A search of her home produced silk flowers, floral arrangements, religious statues, vases, and other religious memorabilia.