News for Wednesday February 26th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A significant cold front is blasting into the state today. National Weather Service Shreveport meteorologist Brad Bryant says gusty winds between 15 and 20 miles per hour will make it worth wile to bundle up. Bryant says over the winter, the state has seen multiple cold fronts creep through and stall at the coast, but that won’t be the case this time. The front should push it’s way through the state even leaving New Orleans much colder..
Yesterday Millions celebrated Mardi Gras around the world, but no one does it bigger than New Orleans. The celebration has a large economic impact on the Big Easy, bringing in over $1 billion annually, which is roughly 2 percent of the city’s GDP. The average price to attend a Mardi Gras ball is about $190 a ticket. Personal finance website WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzales says a VIP experience of riding on a float is upwards of $3000. An interesting stat.. About 25 million pounds of beads are thrown during the celebrations. 92,000 pounds of beads are removed from storm drains after the celebration.
Former LSU Quarterback Joe Burrow put to rest rumors yesterday that he would pull a fast one and not play for the Bengals who are expected to draft him with the number one pick in the NFL draft on April 23rd. Burrow spoke to reporters at the draft combine and said if Cincinnati selects him number one, he’ll play for the Bengals. The Ohio native also joked that he could drive home for dinner if they drafted him.
Governor John Bel Edwards wants to raise the state’s minimum wage and Marrero Representative Kyle Green has filed legislation that would increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to nine dollars an hour in 2021. He says since the economy is booming, there’s no reason businesses can’t afford to pay their workers fairly. Arkansas increased its minimum wage to 10 dollars this year. It’s set to rise to eleven dollars in 2021.
Democrats running for President back a 15 dollar minimum wage by 2025.
Ash Wednesday begins the Lenten season and seafood becomes a popular dish. Chairman of the Gulf Seafood Institute Harlon Pearce believes there should be plenty available. Pearce says high water levels and weather conditions have resulted in a bountiful crawfish harvest. Pearce says oysters went through a rough phase with the high Mississippi river levels, but now there are more than enough to go around and prices are leveling out much better than what they were.
New data from the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control shows Louisiana ranks fifth in the nation among states with the highest per capita gun death rates in 2018. The states with the highest rates are Mississippi, Alabama, Wyoming, Missouri followed by the Bayou State. The nationwide average for gun deaths is 12 per 100-thousand, in Louisiana the death rate is 21 per 100-thousand, significantly above the national average.
LSU Football Coach Ed Orgeron has reportedly promoted Kevin Faulk to running backs coach. Faulk, who is the school’s all-time leading rusher, will replace Tommie Robinson, who is taking the same job at Texas A-and-M. Faulk has served as the Tigers director of player development.
And remember the controversy surrounding Odell Beckham Junior and the handing out of cash after the national championship game. Wide receiver Justin Jefferson says he donated his money handshake to his church.
LSU basketball coach Will Wade is not happy with the SEC schedule makers. The Tigers are at Florida tonight for an 8 PM tip and then they’ll host Texas A-and-M Saturday at 11 AM. Wade says it’s the second time his team has had to play late on Wednesday and turnround and play their next game on Saturday morning. The first time LSU played a late Wednesday night game, followed by an early Saturday morning contest, they lost to Vanderbilt and Auburn. Here tonight’s game on KSYL 970AM/104.9FM Airtime 7:30
The 11th ranked LSU baseball team welcomes Louisiana Tech to Alex Box Stadium tonight. The Tigers are 5-3 and through eight games Coach Paul Mainieri has been shuffling the line-up and getting mixed results. Mainieri says with SEC play starting in a couple of weeks, he intends to use a similar lineup over the next four games to see if they can win with that group.