News for Friday 093016
By Dave Graichen
Forecasters have upgraded Tropical Storm Matthew to a hurricane. The National Hurricane Center says Hurricane Matthew continues its march westward in the Caribbean Sea. The Category One storm has maximum sustained winds of 75 miles per hour. Forecast models show the storm then taking a turn directly to the north, possibly impacting Jamaica, Haiti, or Cuba before coming close to the U.S. eastern seaboard.
The job outlook in Louisiana this year isn’t too good for much of the state as the latest numbers show the state is set to lose 17,000 positions. LSU economist Dr. Loren Scott says job growth will remain flat in Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria and New Orleans, while Baton Rouge and Lake Charles will see employment gains because of the industrial boom. He says the struggle in Houma/Thibodaux & Acadiana is due to low oil prices. Scott doesn’t believe the flooding will impact the economy but will create an uptick in construction employment.
The Thibodaux Police Department says a man is under arrest after cops say he threatened to blow up a building. They say 59-year-old Monty Savoy of Thibodaux was at a bank when he tried to get into a political discussion with an employee and threatened to blow up the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. He is charged with Communicating False Information of Planned Arson.
An explosion lit up the sky at Camp Minden in Webster Parish around 5:00 Thursday morning. The Louisiana National Guard reports a storage bunker filled with M6 propellant exploded. Crews have been working around the clock to destroy these 15 million pounds of explosives, which were improperly stored several years ago. Louisiana State Police is conducting an investigation into the blast and they say it could happen again. Over 6.2 million pounds of the propellant has been destroyed since the operation began in April.
Congress has approved $400 million for flood recovery efforts in Louisiana, but when that money will be available to flood victims is still up in the air. Lafayette City-Parish president Joel Robideaux says people are looking for answers, and that’s something local officials can’t give them right now. Robideaux says 4-thousand homes were impacted in Lafayette parish.
The Deepwater Horizon movie premieres in theaters today and shows the story of the lives lost during the 2010 rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana. Lt Governor Billy Nungesser was the president of Plaquemines Parish when 11 crew members were killed in the worst offshore oil disaster in U.S. history and he says this movie accurately portrayed what went on during the blast. The movie was filmed in Louisiana.
One man is behind bars and another is wanted after they posed as FEMA personnel. Police say the men knocked on the door of a home in Tangipahoa parish claiming they worked for FEMA. They then allegedly produced a handgun and pushed their way into the home, shooting one of the residents in the stomach and critically wounding him.
New FEMA flood maps go into effect today impacting three southeast Louisiana parishes. FEMA Assistant Administrator, David Maurstad, says 60-thousand homeowners who are currently in the high risk mandatory purchase area are moving to a low to moderate risk, which means flood insurance is no longer federally required by lenders and residents might be eligible for lower rates on their policy. The changes to the FEMA flood maps will impact residents in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes.
Wildest Show in the South gets underway this weekend, as the Angola Rodeo returns Sunday on the grounds of the state prison. Angola spokesperson Gary Young says the rodeo is held every Sunday in October, and the gates open at 9am.
:A Desoto Parish man said he wanted to bring a smile to the faces of his northwest Louisiana community, so he posted a now viral video of him dancing around his wife’s bed as she was in labor to “The Baby Momma Dance.” 29-year-old Sky Jones says he made the video to cheer up the people in his hometown.