News for Friday March 6th, 2020
Compiled by Dave Graichen
The Louisiana Division of Administration had to spend 2.3 million dollars, mostly on personnel, responding to cyberattacks last year. Spokesperson Jacques Berry says last year’s series of attacks are evidence that the threat to public sector entities from cyberspace is growing. He says the 2.3 million dollar figure does not include local government spending on the responses. 1.7 million of it went towards response to the massive ransomware attack that crippled the Office of Motor Vehicles in November for three weeks.
Louisiana volunteers are helping in the aftermath of a deadly tornado outbreak in Nashville, Tennessee. United Cajun Navy founder Todd Terrell says his organizations is feeding about 500 people with basic hotdogs and hamburgers for now, but Cajun cuisine is on the way. At least 24 people are dead as the result of the early Tuesday morning tornado outbreak and many are still unaccounted for. Terrell says they are accepting financial contributions on their Facebook page.. United Cajun Navy.
Coronavirus is on the radar of the Lt. Governor’s office as tourism in Louisiana could see big losses from the spread of the illness. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says one international convention has already decided to pull the plug on their New Orleans event. Some of Louisiana’s biggest festivals, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, are happening within the next few months. While no cases have surfaced in Louisiana yet, Nungesser says an outbreak could be devastating.
The Grant Parish Sheriff's Office is warning of a new scam involving text messages.
The text messages are being sent to cell phones with an access code. A second text message will then appear and request that you enter the access code into your phone.
Authorities are saying do not respond to these messages.
This Sunday, time springs forward by an hour for Daylight Savings Time. If Haughton Republican Dodie Horton had her way, time would never change back. Horton introduced a House bill that would adopt Daylight Savings Time as the standard all year long in Louisiana. Horton says three other states have passed similar legislation, but any sort of change would hinge on federal law. Horton says constituents have requested the change for years.
Denham Springs Representative Valerie Hodges brings legislation that would mandate all Louisiana public schools to provide students the opportunity to recite the pledge of allegiance as a group. Hodges says if the law passed students and faculty would not be forced to recite the pledge, but schools must find a time to offer the chance. Hodges says she’s heard of schools in other states that do not recite the pledge but is not aware of any in Louisiana that do not.
Senator Elizabeth Warren drops out of the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary, making the race a tight two way contest between Senator Bernie Sanders and former VP Joe Biden. State Party Director Stephen Handwerk says expect to see both candidates visiting Louisiana in pursuit of it’s critical 54 delegates April 4th. The last day for non-Democrats to register online as a Democrat for the closed primary is March 14th.
Louisiana Tech receives a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to foster computer science education in north Louisiana. Dean of the College of Education at Louisiana Tech Don Schillinger says the money will help attract students into fields of study to become STEM educators. Schillinger says the money will also help in providing freshmen and sophomore students with internship opportunities to give them a taste as to what it is like to be a STEM educator.
The 20th ranked LSU baseball team will host U-Mass Lowell for the final weekend series before SEC play begins next week. The Tigers are 8-and-5 and Coach Paul Mainieri would like see his team gain confidence before his team heads to Ole Miss next weekend. Her tonight’s game starting at 6:30 on KSYL 970AM/104.9FM
On the air..
LSU Baseball vs UMASS 6:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM
Pelicans vs Miami 6:30p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM
Saturday March 7th
Houston Astero @ St. Louis 11:50a 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM
LSU Basketball vs Georgia 12:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM
Sunday March 8th
LSU Baseball vs UMASS 1:30p KSYL 970AM / 104.9FM
Pelicans @ Minnesota 2p 94.7 ESPN / 1410AM