News for Monday 092319
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate is at an eleven-year low of 4.3 percent. Louisiana Workforce Commission Chief Economist Ali Bustamante says
the total number of employed workers in the state is 2,004,096, an increase of more than 7,600 last year. Bustamante says geographically, the New Orleans and Baton Rouge metro areas are firing on all cylinders.
We note the passing of Jonathan E. Martin, The longtime Chairman of RoyOMartin.. Jonathan Martin was the grandson of the company’s founder and had been an iatrical part of the company for 49 years. Visitation will be this Friday evening from 5 to 8p at Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria and Saturday from 9 to 10a prior to a memorial service. The family asks that, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home, Rapides Symphony Orchestra, or the individual’s charity of choice. Jonathan E Martin was 70 Years Old.
A Mandeville Police officer is dead and another is wounded following a Friday afternoon shooting. Police Chief Gerald Sticker says the fallen officer is 58-year-old Captain Vinny Liberto Junior. Liberto served in the U-S Marine Corps and joined the Mandeville Police department in 1994. He leaves behind seven children. State Police has charged 21-year-old Mark Spicer of Covington with the fatal shooting of Liberto. The other officer shot is expected to survive.
A new poll from Nexstar Media group finds that 47% of respondents support a higher gas tax if used on a $14 billion backlog on transportation projects. JMC Analytics Pollster John Couvillon says voters are more likely to be in favor of a tax with a specific direction. On the topic of gun control, Couvillon says 58% support limitations on the Second Amendment, 33% want zero limitations, and 27% back outlawing automatic rifles.
Early voting for the October 12 election starts in a week; are you ready for a long ballot?
Early voting is Sept. 28-Oct. 5 (except Sunday) from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. at your local registrar of voters office. There are four proposed Constitutional amendments on the ballot. As usual, the Public Affairs Research Council has posted details about what each means, as well as arguments for and against each amendment. That address is reports.parlouisiana.org
Without giving any reason, The U.S. Postal Service has temporarily suspended operations at the Eunice Post Office. A flyer posted by the Developing Eunice Facebook page indicates the closure is for "safety concerns." No other information though was provided. Eunice customers may conduct retail transactions, including picking up mail from their PO Box at the Lawtell Post Office. Postal officials have given no target date for reopening.
A bizarre encounter unfolded at the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete last week when a Florida truck driver and her husband crawled into a camel's enclosure at the truck stop to retrieve their dog. Police report the camel sat on the woman, who used her teeth to bite the camel's testicles to escape. They were both ticketed for allowing the dog off the leash, and for trespassing.
The Saints pulled off a stunning win in Seattle, beating the Seahawks 33-27 without Drew Brees. It’s the Saints first win without Brees since 2005. Payton says he didn’t think about Brees not playing, they just worked to win the game. Brees tweeted after the game, “so proud of our TEAM! Who Dat baby!” New Orleans hosts Dallas on Sunday night.
LSU’s offense remains an offensive force, but questions remain about the Tigers defense after improving to 4-0 with a 66-38 win over winless Vanderbilt. Quarterback Joe Burrow set a school-record with six touchdown passes and he threw for 398 yards, 357 yards in the first half, which is also a school-record. But a once-dominant Tigers defense gave up 374 total yards of offense and numerous big plays. Coach Ed Orgeron says he’s bothered by the poor tackling.