News for Monday 122319
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The Louisiana Workforce Commission says total private employment has seen an increase in jobs over the year for 21 consecutive months. Also, seasonally adjusted nonfarm employment is at its highest level since 2015, and Workforce Commission Chief Economist Ali Bustamante says the state added 41-hundred jobs from October to November. The state’s unemployment rate fell slightly over the year to 4.7 percent in November.
According to AAA a third of the country will be in transit over the holidays, either by plane, trains or automobiles. AAA Spokesperson Don Redman says AAA estimates a 5 percent increase in air travelers this year, so show up to the airport earlier than you normally would. Redman says the busiest travel day in the skies will be December 26th, and the official traffic season began this past weekend and ends January 1st.
State Police say charges are pending against the driver involved in a fatal wreck in Grant Parish that killed 18-year-old Jessie Andrew Richards. The Pineville teen died from his injuries sustained in an accident last Tuesday night. The driver, 18-year-old Matthew Molan of Pineville, lost control and hit a tree. None of the teens in the vehicle were buckled up.
A Ville Platte man was arrested on several charges after a woman was found severely injured. A caller told EPSO on December 18 that a woman was requesting help on Traffic Lane. She was suffering from multiple severe injuries. The victim was transported via Air-med to Rapids Medical Center in critical condition with severe life-threatening injuries. During the initial investigation, it was learned that the injuries had been caused by Nicholas James Rollins of Ville Platte. After further investigation and questioning Rollins was charged with attempted second degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated second degree battery, aggravated kidnapping (2 counts), and child desertion.
Congress has raised the minimum smoking and vaping age to 21 nationwide. The provision was added to a year-end spending bill signed by President Trump. Louisiana Health Secretary Rebecca Gee says its welcomed news considering, many people get addicted to nicotine in their teens. But government moves slowly, the new regulation is expected to go into effect in nine months.
LSU and Oklahoma are in Atlanta as they continue preparations for the semi-final contest in the Peach Bowl. LSU fans are expected to get to Atlanta after the Christmas holiday. Peach Bowl C-E-O Gary Stokan says there will be a fan night at the Georgia Aquarium on Friday and a fanfest Saturday, plus there are many other activities. The game is Saturday at 3 PM central time.
The Calcasieu-Parish based Isle of Capri has received approval from the state to be the first riverboat to build a land-based casino as a result of a 2018 law that allows riverboats to conduct gaming activity on the land. The industry pushed hard for this legislation and Gaming Control Board Chairman Ronnie Jones says more boats are likely to follow. The 112-million dollar facility will have 72,000 square feet of gaming space.
A Benton mother is behind bars facing a second-degree murder charge as a result of a two-month-long investigation into the death of her one-year-old child. 35-year-old Courtney Marie Seilhammer faces a 500-thousand dollar bound. Deputies arrested Seilhammer after an autopsy determined that her child died of renal failure because the child was poisoned.
Gilead Sciences awards 245,000 dollars in grants to four Louisiana organizations to help combat HIV as part of 2.3 million dollars in grants administered across the south. Corporate Contributions Director Arun Skaria says HIV is still a serious problem in America, but we’re near epidemic levels in the south. Skaria says the Central Louisiana AIDS Support Services, Louisiana Public Health Institute, Brotherhood Inc., and 504 Health Net will receive the funds.
St Tammany Parish will see major job growth. Medline Industries will build a distribution center that will create more than 460 new jobs near Covington. State Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson says Interstates 12 and 55 make the location very attractive for industry.
The Saints rallied from a 14-0 deficit to beat Tennessee 38-28 to keep alive their chances of getting the number one seed in the NFC playoffs. Drew Brees threw for 279 yards and three touchdowns and Michael Thomas broke the NFL record for most receptions in a season, as he had 12 catches for 136 yards on the day. Thomas has 145 catches on the year
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