News for Thursday 112119
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The state Motor Vehicle offices will remain closed today due to a cyber attack earlier this week. Officials with the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles and the Office of Technology Services have worked continuously since the beginning of the incident making progress to ensure all public systems are operational and ready for full service. Individual office openings will be evaluated as electronic services are restored throughout the day today.
State police report a Marksville man is dead after a single vehicle crash early Tuesday morning on Highway 71. Troopers say 25 year old Jonathan Decuir lost control and left the roadway colliding with an overpass column. Decuir, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Governor Edwards says he’s not daunted by Republicans near supermajority in the Legislature. The GOP came two seats in the House shy of being able to override vetoes after the run-off. Edwards says he’s built a career in politics working with both sides of the aisle, and just because the Capitol is red and he’s blue, doesn’t mean they get some major accomplishments passed. Analysts note the increased Republican presence in Baton Rouge will likely doom many of the Governor’s pushes for campaign promises like an increased minimum wage.
Louisiana’s unemployment rate fell nearly a half a percent year-to-year for October, having added 3,600 seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs. The state’s unemployment rate now sits at 4.5 percent, up from 4.3 percent last month, but Workforce Commission Chief Economist Ali Bustamante says the trend is still towards growth. New Orleans lost 500 jobs over the last month, but has still gained 8,600 year to year. The state also remains in “Full Employment”.
The former LSU frat member at the center of the hazing death of fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver receives a five-year prison sentence, half of the sentence is suspended, so Matthew Naquin (Na-Can) is set to serve two and half years. Naquin, who was found guilty in July of negligent homicide, also was sentenced to one-thousand hours of community service and three years’ probation. Naquin’s attorney John McLindon says not enough blame has been put on Gruver who had a history of heavy drinking.
If you feel like you have been getting a lot of robocalls lately, you're not alone. We have all gotten them. YouMail , a robocall blocking app, found there were 5.7 billion robocalls during the month of October. This is a 25% increase from September, with 49 billion in total for the year. As you may suspect, those numbers are higher than 2018.
Walgreens has ranked Lafayette #1 in the country in their most recent Flu Index. The numbers are compiled using retail prescription data for antiviral medication used to treat influenza across Walgreens locations across the country. Following Lafayette is Las Vegas, Nevada and Biloxi-Gulfport, Mississippi. Other Louisiana cities on the list are New Orleans (#4) and Baton Rouge (#6). Louisiana is also ranked #2 on list of states with highest flu activity.
Tim McGraw, Meghan Trainor, Bastille and others are coming to New Orleans to put on a free concert as part of the celebration around the College Football Playoff National Championship game. Host Committee Executive Director Jeff Hundley says the fun starts Saturday, January 11th, at the Woldenberg Park. Lafayette native Lauren Daigle will perform the National Anthem prior to the game. More info can be found at collegefootballplayoff.com.
Shared Hope International says Louisiana needs to address laws allowing children who’ve been victims of sex trafficking to be charged with prostitution. Founder Linda Smith says the state scored an A on their yearly legal report card on all other child sex trafficking issues, but one relic from the past keeps us from a perfect score. Smith says allowing children who’ve been trafficked to be charged with prostitution creates is physiologically damaging to the child and potentially deprives them of much-needed services.
A 14-year-old is under arrest after allegedly stabbing his 50-year-old father to death with a spear inside their Terrytown home. Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto says they aren’t sure what provoked the outburst Wednesday Morning, but they suspect the son may have a mental illness.
Over a million dollars’ worth of drugs were seized during a bust in Shreveport thanks to K-9 cop named Mingo who sniffed out the narcotic filled shipping container. Shreveport Police Chief Ben Raymond says most of the bust was THC related. The container was recovered from a car parked in front of a Shreveport residence.
A drunken driver has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatally hitting a Louisiana man waiting at a Baton Rouge bus stop. The Advocate reports 40-year-old Ever M. Hernandez was sentenced Tuesday to 15-years for vehicular homicide and 10 years for hit and run, to be served consecutively, in the 2018 death of Eric Joseph.
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Louisiana Tech played poorly on Friday against Marshall and lost their first conference game. Starting quarterback J’Mar Smith, leading receiver Adrian Hardy and starting linebacker James Jackson were suspended for the game, but Coach Skip Holtz is not using that as an excuse for why they lost. Smith and Hardy will also miss Saturday’s game at UAB.