News for Monday 113015
By Dave Graichen
There are six weeks remaining in Bobby Jindal’s final term as Governor of Louisiana. Jindal has said that he and his family will remain in Baton Rouge after his term ends, but what’s ahead for him professionally? Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Jindal will probably use his expertise in government to pick up a job with a national company as a consultant. As far as the governor’s political future, Pinsonat says Jindal’s current unpopularity in Louisiana will probably keep him from running for office for quite a while.
The Attorney General’s Office has some tips to keep online holiday shoppers secure. Assistant Attorney General Lisha Landry advises people to make sure they’re using private wireless connections that are password protected, not unsecure wifi from coffee shops or other public locations. She says also make sure the website you’re using is secure before entering credit card information. Landry says always pay my credit card rather than using money orders or debit because there is an added protection. She says make sure to keep records after making online purchases.
As Louisiana ushers in a new Democratic governor, some political activists are hoping that John Bel Edwards’ election signals an opportunity for more progressive priorities that have been impossible to pass under Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal. One of the key distinctions in the election between Edwards and his Republican rival, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, was their positions on the minimum wage. Edwards thinks it should be higher. Vitter, who suffered a landslide defeat, disagreed. On the campaign trail, Edwards promised he would push for the state to set an increased minimum if the federal government doesn’t act. Louisiana is one of five states that doesn’t have a minimum wage, meaning it defaults to the federal government’s current $7.25 rate.
Even with the dry summer, the supply of real Christmas Trees in Louisiana is still plenty. Christmas Tree Farmer Clark Gernon, owner of Shady Pond Tree Farm in Pearl River, says the trees are fine, just not as tall as they typically would be.
State Police say the Thanksgiving holiday started with five fatalities on the roadway in two separate wrecks. Trooper Melissa Matey says early Thanksgiving morning in Plaquemines Parish a single vehicle crash resulted in the deaths of the vehicle’s driver and two passengers.
All were pronounced dead on the scene. The other fatality crash took place Wednesday night in Iberia Parish.
Les Miles is still the coach of the LSu football team despite a couple of weeks of speculation that he will be fired at the end of the regular season. But Athletics Director Joe Alleva announced after Saturday’s win over Texas A&M that Miles will remain the Tigers coach.
Miles and the Tigers ended a three-game losing streak by beating Texas A&M 19-7.
Louisiana Tech’s regular season ended in a frustrating manner as the Bulldogs turned it over seven times in a 58-24 loss to Southern Miss. The defeat keeps the Bulldogs from playing in the Conference USA Championship game. Head Coach Skip Holtz says it was a disappointing way to end the year. Tech finishes the regular season with an 8-4 record.
The Saints dropped their third straight game on Sunday as the Houston Texans topped New Orleans 24-6. Offensively, the Saints could only muster two field goals, so for the first time in 155 games the Saints failed to score a TD.