News for Monday 062419
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Just a reminder, the public is encouraged to attend tonight’s superintendent finalists public forum. The event takes place at the Instructional Resource Center, across from the school board in Alexandria. A meet and greet with candidates begins at 5:30 p.m. and the public forum begins at 6 p.m.
Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in May, a .6 percent drop year to year, and a .1 percent drop from March. Workforce Commission Secretary Ava Dejoie says the state has 2,600 fewer unemployed than last month, and 12,000 since last year. She says in total it’s a record for the decade. The 4.4 percent unemployment rate puts Louisiana in a category economists call “full employment”, the first time Louisiana has received that designation in years. Dejoie says this level of unemployment means businesses have to fight harder for new hires. It’s not all rosy news however, as Houma is down 2,600 jobs from last year, Alexandria is down 600, and Shreveport is down 2,700.
The Diocese of Alexandria released the names of three additional clergy against whom there have been credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. Evidence for all three were presented to the Permanent Review Board and the allegations were deemed credible. The Diocese of Alexandria pledges to provide updates to the list of credibly accused clergy as new information becomes available. All cases date back to the 50’s and 60’s. Two of the named priests have died.
An Opelousas woman died in a Sunday afternoon crash in St. Landry Parish. State police report 21 year old Qiana Orville died from injuries suffered in a single-vehicle crash on La. 167 in St. Landry Parish. Reports say Orville lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway and struck a tree.
A father is in jail after admitting to striking his two-month-old child several times in the back of the head, resulting in his death. Welsh Police Chief Marcus Crochet says the suspect did not a previous criminal history. The suspect is charged with manslaughter and is being held at the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail.
Governor John Bel Edwards spoke at the Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans. During the address, Edwards highlighted that Louisiana needs the China trade deal resolved, and soon, in an effort to return to stability.
A recent poll making the rounds in the media shows support for President Trump in Louisiana is not what is used to be. But U-L Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross questions the validity of the survey. Another shock in the poll was the data that Louisianans oppose the President’s border wall plan 49 percent to 41 percent. Cross says sometimes you have to take poll results with a grain of salt.
The intense summer heat is upon us in the Bayou State and according to state climatologist temps will be higher than normal this summer. Officials with the State Department of Health want you to enjoy the summer but also remember to take precautions and not succumb to the dangers of heat exhaustion or worse. Assistant State Health Officer Dr. Joseph Kanter says with heat indexes already reaching into the 100’s we all need to practice heat safety, stay hydrated and wear proper clothing.
Dr. Kanter also wants to encourage those transporting children to never leave them in a car unattended, even for a short amount of time.
A similar warning from the Louisiana Humane Society who reminds pet owners not to leave animals in cars unattended as it only takes a few minutes for the heat to cause organ failure and kill an animal.
The state of Louisiana has reached a settlement with Bell Helicopter over an economic development deal that never took flight in Lafayette. The Daily Advertiser reports Bell Helicopter is ordered to pay the state about $9.5 million in cash. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson also told the newspaper that the state will keep a helicopter valued at $4 million. The deal with Bell Helicopter was highly touted when announced by former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration in 2013, but when Bell Helicopter failed to meet hiring goals the deal was off. The company moved its operations to Amarillo last year.
A study from LSU Health New Orleans shows a link between pre-pregnancy weight and breast milk and the effects it could have on infant growth rates. Lead author of Dr. Henry Nuss says the levels of hormones like insulin and leptin in the breast milk of mothers that are overweight pre-pregnancy could impact childhood obesity. They don’t want to discourage mothers that are overweight from breastfeeding at this time, they still believe breastfeeding is the best option.