News for Wednesday 083116
By Dave Graichen
Over the weekend we lost a member of our Cenla Broadcasting family. Dr. Joy Browne, a long time Talkhost on 970 KSYL, died suddenly Saturday. Joy, originally from the New Orleans area, broadcast from her home office daily to over 300 stations nationwide. I had the pleasure to work with her in Boston close to 40 years ago and even though she was the so called Star of the station, she seemed to enjoy sitting sometimes for hours chatting with the young guy who was relegated to engineering the Red Sox games. That young guy was me.. Dr Joy Browne died while talking on the phone. I think she would have approved..
Former state senator Joe McPherson has been appointed by Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy to serve as a city representative on the England Authority, which oversees operations of England Airpark. The Alexandria City Council voted 5-2 to approve Roy’s appointment of McPherson to the Authority.
63-hundred people applied for the Shelter At Home Program on the first day of registration, according to the Governor’s Office. Deputy Chief of Staff for the Governor, Julie Baxter Payer, says the program will not completely repair someone’s home, but it will make it livable while repairs continue. Payer says people can apply at ShelterAtHome.la.gov.
The Governor’s Office of Emergency Preparedness reports FEMA has already awarded $315 million to flood victims, but many have been denied federal assistance. FEMA encourages people to read their denial letters carefully to see why they are not eligible. Appeals can be made within 60 days of the decision letter date, and it may be as simple as providing more information
The House Committee on Homeland Security meets today and will hear from FEMA, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, The Small Business Administration and the Department of Children and Family Services. The maximum disaster aid amount flood victims can receive from FEMA is 33-thousand dollars, but US Rep. Garret Graves says the highest he’s heard of is 8-thousand dollars.
The state Department of Health has confirmed 14 cases of West Nile virus in Louisiana this year. Louisiana Medical Director for the Center for Community Preparedness, Dr. Frank Welch, says none of the cases are flood related. Welch says we could see more West Nile cases soon, as mosquito populations will increase because of all the standing water from the flood.
WBRZ TV reports Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Tullier, who was injured in the police ambush, is responding to doctor’s commands. Tullier reportedly responded to doctor’s requests to move his thumb and his toes. Tullier is the only surviving officer still in the hospital following the ambush.
The Salvation Army in Lafayette was robbed, and the charity organization is trying to restock their supplies as they continue to assist flood victims in the area. Commanding Officer of the Lafayette Salvation Army, Maj. Mel James, says the thieves stole a variety of things from the warehouse. James says the items taken can be replaced, but the loss of food is the biggest problem. He says despite the crime, they are still trying to bring hot meals to flood victims in the Lafayette area.
Crews pulled the small plane that crashed into Lake Pontchartrain last weekend out of the water Wednesday and the bodies of the missing pilot and passenger were located inside. Director of Aviation at the New Orleans Lake Front Airport Ben Morris says the chartered plane was on a sightseeing tour Saturday night when they apparently encountered a thunderstorm.
The F-A-A is investigating the crash.
Today the Public Service Commission will discuss Entergy’s plan to build a new natural gas powered facility in St. Charles parish. Commissioner Eric Skrmetta says Entergy is seeking to build an 869-million state of the art generator, so they can retire several older plants.
Skrmetta says the new St. Charles plant would save about $1.3 billion during the first 30 years of the facility’s operation.