News for Wednesday 071818
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Qualifying for the November election begins today. It will give voters a final roster of candidates for Congressional seats, and the special election to replace Tom Schedler as Secretary of State. The race for the Mayor’s seat in Alexandria will also be on the line. So far three candidates, state Rep. Jeff Hall, local attorney Catherine Davidson and a former member of Mayor Jacques Roy's administration Kay Michiels have announced their intentions to run for mayor.
You most likely noticed a heavy haze the past few days. Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Forecaster Patrick Zahn says its dust from over 5,000 miles away in the Sahara desert. Zahn says it could make it a bit more difficult to breathe these next few days for people who suffer from asthma.
Governor John Bel Edwards has announced 23 new projects aimed at coastal recreation throughout the state. The $60 million being used to fund the projects comes from a settlement stemming from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says the projects will be beneficial to those with or without a boat.
Baton Rouge Republican Congressman Garret Graves says he’s not exactly happy some of the comments made by President Trump in Finland. Graves saying it was a poor choice of words on the President’s part. Trump has since reversed his initial statement, saying he has full confidence in the findings of US intel concerning Russian meddling in US elections.
Two years ago yesterday in Baton Rouge, a lone gunman opened fire on law enforcement in an ambush that would kill three officers and injured three others. East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux says it goes down as one of the worst days in Louisiana’s history. Corporal Nick Tullier continues his difficult recovery at a Houston hospital, however he cannot walk, talk, or move his limbs without assistance.
Louisiana has seen an uptick in productions around the state for television shows and motion pictures. Executive Director of Louisiana Entertainment, Chris Stelly credits a 2017 reform in the state’s incentive program for the boom. Currently, five television shows being filmed in communities around the state. Stelly estimates that the economic impact is in the billions, but says a true metric is being studied right now with more official results available in early 2019.
The Audubon Zoo in New Orleans says the jaguar that got loose on Sunday and killed nine other animals most likely bit through a stainless steel cable barrier near the roof of his enclosure. Zoo Director Kyle Burks says the big cat then pushed through an eight-by-ten inch hole in the roof and got out. Burks says the jaguar will not be euthanized and they are not sure how long he was out of his enclosure.
The Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington received a 42 million dollar grant to keep the lights on and the medical research on schedule. The grant, from the National Institute of Health, is aimed at maintaining the facility’s infrastructure and day to day operation. The center employs over 300 people in a variety of functions.
Despite seeing its losses more than double over the last fiscal year, GB Sciences is pushing forward with phase two of its medical marijuana growing operation in Baton Rouge and has landed another $3.8 million in funding from its Louisiana investor group. GB Sciences filed its annual financial results in late June for the fiscal year ending March 31, posting a net loss of $22.9 million for the year, and an accumulated deficit of $58 million since inception. GB executive John Davis, who is heading up the Louisiana operation, said the recent losses will “absolutely” not affect its partnership with LSU.