News for Monday 102119
Compiled By Dave Graichen
Panhandlers seem to be everywhere in the city lately, at intersections and in parking lots. The city has decided it is time to address the matter in a positive way. Beginning today the APD will be carrying a pocket sized card that lists services available to the homeless. APD Chief Jerrod King says the panhandlers create a potential safety hazard as they interact with traffic. If someone truly needs help, King says we need to get them this information so they can get the help they need from the trained professionals we have in the area. King did however caution saying if they are just looking for a handout, they need to move on.
The Louisiana unemployment rate of 4.3 percent for September is at an 11-year-low according to a report from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Louisiana Workforce Commission Secretary Ava Dejoie says the Bayou State has seen all kinds of industry expansion. Dejoie says some sectors that have seen the most growth have been education and healthcare. The employment picture is not rosy everywhere. Shreveport lost three-thousand jobs over the year, Houma 28-hundred and Monroe lost one-hundred. The Preliminary numbers for Cenla show slight growth.
A poll shows Governor Edwards in a dead heat tie with Eddie Rispone 47 to 47 with less than a month until voters head to the polls. Edwards ended the primary with 47 percent of the vote, and We Ask America Pollster Andrew Weissert his lack of gains point towards a troubling sign that his support may be capped out. Despite his lack of electoral support, Edwards remains a popular figure with a 55 percent approval rating compared to Rispone’s 49 percent.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Eddie Rispone has so far not agreed to participate in any run-off debates or forums with Governor Edwards before the November 16 election. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says Rispone has the momentum and a finely crafted message that is working, so there’s little incentive for the candidate to participate. Governor Edwards says he’ll debate Rispone, and has RSVP’d to the October 30th Louisiana Public Broadcasting run-off debate. Cross does not expect there to be a run-off debate.
President Trump signed the Fair and Accurate Medicaid Pricing Act into law to close a loophole that allows drug companies to overcharge taxpayers. U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy authored the law that he says will save Americans over 3 billion dollars in taxes. Cassidy says he hopes the newly passed law is not the only healthcare reform he can push through Congress. Cassidy says 20 other pieces of bipartisan legislation are in the pipeline to send a message to drug companies…
Authorities say the demolition of two cranes leaning precariously over a partially collapsed New Orleans hotel went exactly as expected and the "next objective" is to retrieve the bodies of two dead workers still in the ruined building. Fire Chief Tim McConnell says part of one crane fell and got "hooked on the building like we wanted. It's very stable." He says it will be cut away in pieces and removed. The other crane crashed to the ground.
The state’s latest tally of hepatitis A cases is up to just shy of 600, the highest case count in twenty years. It’s part of a larger nationwide outbreak. Louisiana Department of Health immunization director Dr. Frank Welch says the state’s number of new cases appears to be slowing down. The average number of cases each year in the state is 10 to 15 cases. Livingston Parish has the largest concentration of cases with between 121 and 240 cases. East Baton Rouge and Ouachita parishes reported the second highest concentration.
A Shreveport man accused of shooting two people early Friday Morning, including a police officer, on the Grambling State campus is in custody. There were concerns the incident was the start of a mass shooting event on campus but State Police Trooper Michael Reichardt says this was just an isolated incident. Reichardt says the officer’s injury is non-life threatening, while the other shooting victim is in serious condition at a Shreveport hospital.
The Houston Astros did it defeating the New York Yankees 6 tp 4 to win the American League Championship series 4 to2 .. The Astros no face The Washington Nationals Tuesday Night for game one of the World Series. Hear all the games here in Cenla on 94.7 ESPN.
Second ranked LSU started slow, but eventually cruised to another SEC road victory as the Bayou Bengals scored 27 unanswered points on their way to a 36-13 win over Mississippi State on Saturday.
The LSU football team stayed at No. 2 in the latest rankings of the AP Top 25 poll, which was updated and released Sunday afternoon.
The Saints stretched their winning streak to five straight with a dominating performance in Chicago beating the Bears 36-25. New Orleans returns home next Sunday to host the suddenly hot Cardinals, who have won three in a row.
For the first time in five seasons, Louisiana Tech beat its biggest Conference USA Rival as the Bulldogs downed Southern Miss Saturday Afternoon 45-30 to improve to 6-1 overall, 3-and-0 in Conference USA.
Reports say Pelicans rookie sensation Zion Williamson will miss the next several weeks after injuring his knee. That means Williamson is expected to miss the season opener in Toronto next Tuesday, and the team’s home opener against the Mavericks next Friday. Williamson has dominated in pre-season play, leading the team to an undefeated 4 and 0 pre-season record.