News for Tuesday 052819
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Information is still sketchy at this time, but the APD reports a, yet to be identified male, was shot in the chest outside of the N&N Food Mart No. 2 at the intersection of Monroe Street and Bolton yesterday afternoon. Police say the injuries in the shooting are "non-life threatening."
The Morganza Spillway in Pointe Coupee Parish will open it’s gates on June 2nd. It would divert Mississippi River water into the Atchafalaya Basin, flooding thousands of acres of farmland. Current forecasts show the river would top the spillway at Red River Landing in Point Coupee Parish on June 5 if the corps doesn't open the spillway. If it were allowed to be overtopped, the spillway would likely fail. This is only the 3rd time in the floodway’s 65 year history that it has been opened.
Today, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will begin sinking a barge in Bayou Chene in southern Assumption to act as temporary flood gate. It’s needed to prevent backwater flooding after the Morganza spillway is opened.
The 2018 high school class sets a record for the number of kids who’ve made the jump to a two-year or four-year college. Roughly 64 percent of all grads will be entering into higher education. Louisiana has seen a 23 percent increase in the number of students entering college from high school since 2012. 29 percent of those who enrolled in a college are set to go to a two year school, versus 71 percent who chose a four year program.
The legislative session will end a week from Thursday and there are numerous bills still trying to get final legislative passage. Fairness for Fantasy Sports spokesperson Ryan Berni says the bill that sets up taxing and regulation of fantasy sports still needs to get through the Senate and there’s a chance it might not pass. Sports betting and statewide regulation for ride sharing services are other pieces of legislation that’s seeking final legislative approval.
A Senate approved bill that would allow a parish by parish vote on the legalization of sports betting will be heard today in the House Appropriations Committee. Currently the bill calls for the activity at racetracks and casinos but video poker interests are hoping to expand that. Metairie Senator Danny Martiny is optimistic and thinks Louisiana could have sports betting in the state’s racetracks, riverboat casinos, and land-based casino in New Orleans by the end of the year. A companion bill to tax the activity proposes a 13 percent tax rate, which Martiny says is about average, and nearly equal to that of Mississippi’s. One percent would be sent to compulsive gambling funds.
Gov. John Bel Edwards and Shell Chemicals Vice President for Gulf Coast Manufacturing Rhoman Hardy announced the company will advance feasibility plans for a potential $1.2 billion manufacturing expansion at its Shell Geismar facility in Louisiana. At the 841-acre complex in Ascension Parish, Shell Chemical LP would build a world-scale monoethylene glycol plant, pending final engineering, design and investment decisions. A decision to proceed with the project could come from Royal Dutch Shell in 2020.
It was an exceptionally violent Memorial Day weekend in New Orleans, where as of Monday evening, at least five people were killed and 13 shot.
Researchers from LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center and other institutions will study why some people in rural parishes and counties live longer, more healthier lives. Doctor Stephanie Broyles will lead the Louisiana portion of the study and they’ll look at two parishes, Assumption and Franklin. Broyles says in a couple of years they will recruit about 700 participants from Assumption and Franklin parishes to see why Assumption is more resilient to heart disease and other illnesses compared to Franklin, where there are currently no obvious reasons. The Boston University School of Medicine is coordinating the six-year study and funding comes from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
LSU will face a familiar foe on Friday night in the opening round of the Baton Rouge Regional. Stony Brook, who upset the Fighting Tigers in the Super Regionals in 2012, returns to B-R to take on LSU once again. Coach Paul Mainieri says the 2012 team had seven players drafted in the first few rounds. He says Stony Brook deserved to beat them seven years ago. But, not this time. Southern Miss and Arizona State are the other two teams in the LSU Regional.
Southern is in the NCAA Baseball Tournament for the first in 10 years and they will head to Starkville to play Mississippi State on Friday afternoon. The other two teams in the Starkville Regional are Central Michigan and Miami.
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