News for Wednesday 032019
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The speed limit through Alexandria on I-49 was increased yesterday. From about Broadway Avenue north to the US 71 interchange, the speed was increase from 60 to 65, either side of that the increase will be to 70.
The Powerball is up to $550 million for today’s drawing, and as that number rises, so do the amount of people playing, all trying to chase that elusive life changing big ticket. The half billion dollar drawing is the 8th largest jackpot in the history of Powerball, and the 11th highest in American lotto history.
House Republican Caucus Chairman Lance Harris used yesterday’s joint legislative budget committee to question Governor Edwards re-election claims that taxes have gone down during his term. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says a combination of cuts and tax increases were needed to overcome a massive budget deficit left by the Jindal administration. Dardenne reminds Harris that deeper cuts to the state budget could have been made, but the state legislature never presented a plan.
The Department of Treasury is mailing out a second round of unclaimed property checks. Just over 44,000 checks are being mailed out this week, totaling $4.2 million dollars. State Treasurer John Schroder says they had some issues with the first wave of checks, with people not believing they had come into a large sum of money. For those that are curious to see if anything has been found in their name, head over to LATreasury.com and click on “unclaimed property” at the top of the page.
Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser gave an update on the status of the four New Orleans Confederate monuments yesterday, saying he’s working to get the city to transfer control of them. Rumors circulated after the monument’s removal that private citizens were cutting deals to have the statues transferred to their property, but Nungesser says none of those efforts were ever completed. Despite the initial failures, the Lt. Governor says some private citizens are still making an attempt.
Deputy Sheriff Stuart Wright announced on Tuesday his candidacy for Natchitoches Parish Sheriff in the election to be held in October. Wright is seeking to replace Sheriff Victor Jones who announced last week he will retire at the end of the current term. Jones has publicly endorsed Wright’s candidacy.
Starting next school year, the entire school system in Avoyelles Parish will have a four day week. The decision was made in an effort to recruit teachers to the area. Avoyelles School Superintendent Blaine Dauzat says the parish is last in salaries for teachers in the state and an attempt to collect a tax aimed at giving teachers a raise failed a few years ago.
DCFS Division of Family Support Deputy Assistant Secretary Sammy Guillory says those who normally get their SNAP on the 10th through the 14th will instead get their funds on the 9th next month. Guillory says they had to make the change to make sure some of their recipients did not end up going too long without their food assistance.
A former employee of the 19th Judicial District Drug Court program is accused of falsifying hundreds of drug tests and alerting program participants ahead of time when they would be tested. 54 year old Nina Burage performed drug tests for the program, which allows nonviolent offenders to receive judicial supervision and substance abuse treatment in lieu of incarceration, and arrest. A participant of the diversion program told the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office that Burage would accept money, between $100 and $400 per week, in exchange for the assistance.
On air today…
LSUA Men’s Basketball team meets Central Baptist College in the 1st round of the National Championship Tournament. 3pm on 94.7 ESPN
LSU Baseball vs Nicholls 6p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM