News for Wednesday 091119
Compiled by Dave Graichen
According to a 24/7 Wall Street report, Alexandria has lost better than 2,300 jobs over the past 5 years. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed percent change in total employment over the five years from June 2014 to June 2019 in U.S. metro areas, Employment, the total size of the labor force and the number of unemployed workers. All stats were obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Alexandria was 12 in the nation when it came to the total number of jobs lost. Lafayette came in at #3 showing a decrease of 7.2%. Nationally, at #1 Houma-Thibodaux, who saw an employment change from 2014-2019 of a negative 16.7%. The decrease in the two south Louisiana cities was due to the down swing in the oil patch.
Yesterday the Alexandria’s Riverfront center was officially renamed the Randolph Riverfront Center, in honor of long time Alexandria mayor Ned Randolph.
Last year the Alexandria City Council under Mayor Jacques Roy's administration voted to rename the riverfront center after, and in honor of, Randolph. At Tuesday's ceremony, Deborah Randolph, the former mayor’s widow, received a plaque dedicating the name change. Mayor Jeff Hall also declared Sept. 9 as Ned Randolph Day in the city. Signage across the building has been changed as well to show the new name.
Investigations are underway in Opelousas after a 4-year-old student walked off the Park Vista Elementary campus on Monday. St. Landry Parish School Superintendent Patrick Jenkins says that the school board is looking into how and why the kindergarten student walked off campus Monday. Jenkins says someone who was in the area saw the child with his backpack walking down the street. That person brought the child to the school's office.
Ten inmates at David Wade Correctional Center in Homer suffered injuries after lightning strikes the field where they were playing flag football. Department of Corrections spokesperson Ken Pastorick says a weather event was closing in, but the flag football game was not called off because there were no signs of imminent danger. The strike hit just adjacent to where the inmates were playing.
The National Hurricane Center is monitoring a tropical disturbance near the southeast Bahamas that’s expected to move over the Florida straits and into the Gulf of Mexico late this week and into this weekend. Forecasters give the tropical wave a low chance of developing into a tropical depression over the next five days.
State Fire Marshal Butch Browning is commemorating the anniversary of 9/11 by seeking donations to construct a museum to house the Spirit of Louisiana fire truck that was built by donations and sent to New York following the attacks. A GoFundMe campaign has been created so anyone can make a donation of any size, so far they’ve raised about 15-hundred dollars Browning says hopes construction can begin around the holidays.
Parents who have lost their driver’s license due to falling behind on child support payments only have three weeks left to correct the issue as part of the “On the Road Again” project. Department of Children and Families Regional Administrator for Child Support Enforcement Sandra Broussard says so far, the project has result in 140 people getting their license back. Broussard say anyone interested in settling up on their child support enough to receive their license back needs to contact DCFS to speak with a caseworker. The program ends September 30.
West Monroe Police say they have identified the two men accused of sparking a lockdown at West Monroe High on Tuesday. Police say a teacher saw the armed men at the school and alerted administration. Police, who were already on campus, quickly detained the two men.
The University of Texas claims LSU Coach Ed Orgeron’s comments about the visitor’s locker room having no air conditioning was the first time they were made aware of the issue. Coach O says he had intel about the situation before showing up.Temps peaked at 103 for Saturday’s game in Austin that saw the Tigers win 45-38. Orgeron says the humidity was not as bad as it is typically in Louisiana.
A Haughton man has been arrested on charges that he had sexual relations with juveniles and solicited minors over the internet the past several years. 45-year-old Saunders King Jr. was suspected in a similar case involving a pre-teen in 2016 but was ultimately not arrested. Bossier Sherriff’s spokesperson Bill Davis says that all changed recently when a victim came forward. King faces Computer Solicitation of a Minor, 1st Degree Rape, Molestation of a Juvenile, and Felony Carnal Knowledge.
Saints fans are celebrating the team’s hard-fought 30-28 win over the Texans but Coach Sean Payton says the Black and Gold will need to play better, especially on defense. Houston QB DeShaun Watson put on a show, scoring four total TDs and routinely breaking the Black and Gold’s back on third down. Payton says nothing seemed to slow him down.
LSU QB Joe Burrow is in the Heisman conversation after putting up 749 yards and nine touchdowns through just two games. Burrow saw his odds rise from 200 to 1 to five to one with some oddsmakers after dissecting Texas. US Today beat reporter Glenn Guilbeau says Burrow has a real shot.