News for Friday 120718
Compiled by Dave Graichen
There’s rain moving in across the state today that could total anywhere from 2 to 5 inches. The heaviest amounts are expected in the northwest portion of the state. State Climatologist Barry Keim says once this front moves through, the state should see cool air move in next week.
5th district Congressman Ralph Abraham made it official yesterday that he is joining the race for Governor. Abraham, a conservative Republican, says he’s been concerned about the direction the state is moving since Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards took over in 2015, the same year he was elected to Congress. He joins Baton Rouge businessman Eddie Rispone as the only two Republicans to have officially joined the race. However, Pollster Bernie Pinsonat says be on the lookout for a few more candidates to rise to the challenge. Governor Edwards responded to the announcement by releasing a statement saying he welcomes the debate.
5 different propositions dealing with Pineville's regulations on selling alcohol will be on the local ballot Saturday, along with five tax propositions. Currently, only restaurants are able to sell alcohol in Pineville, but that could change, depending on Saturday's election. The propositions range from no alcohol sales of any kind in the city to expanding alcohol sales into other types of businesses, such as retail stores and bars.
Congress punted yet again on overhauling the National Flood Insurance Program, extending the program for two more weeks as part of a broader stop-gap funding deal. The NFIP has lurched along for more than a year on a series of short-term extensions as lawmakers have deadlocked and then put off overhauling the federally run program, which underwrites most flood coverage in the U.S.
Former President of the Shaw Group Jim Bernhard says he is ready to back the loan, if need be, to build a new bridge across the Mississippi River. Bernhard says his company is willing to underwrite the bonds for the project. Bernhard says there is much infrastructure work that needs to be done prior to the bridge being built.
75 year old Former Governor Kathleen Blanco, who was diagnosed with cancer last year, told a Council for A Better Louisiana luncheon Wednesday that her cancer has spread to other parts of her body and that while she remains optimistic, she understands there’s “no escape. Blanco said that she is at peace with the disease and that she realizes the monster is not far down the road.”
After spending $750 million to construct an oil pipeline that’s scheduled to open at the end of the month, the builders must spend another $450 to settle claims it didn’t properly seize a swath of undeveloped land in St. Martin Parish. In a ruling released Thursday, state judge Keith Comeaux said those building the Bayou Bridge Pipeline had a right to seize the land under eminent domain, but he refused to forgive their trespassing against three property owners. He ordered the pipeline’s owners to pay them $150 each. The judge then said the company was clear to seize the land.
It’s the tenth year of the George Rodrigue Foundation art scholarship contest is seeking submissions. Spokesperson Christine Dunaway says it’s been an important program for art students in it’s over decade of existence. The school with the top number of submissions will win a 1,000 dollar art kit.
The security website SafeWise has put together it’s list of the twenty safest cities in the state for 2018. Safety and Security analyst for the site Rebecca Edwards says Louisiana has struggled to keep it’s statewide crime rate down as the average number of violent crimes per 1000 citizens was 8.6, nearly double the national average. Edwards says among the safest cities are De Ridder, Harahan, Scott, and topping the list was the St. Mary Parish city of Patterson.
Advanced cancer patients are a lot better off receiving palliative care, where treating symptoms is the focus, than traditional treatments, according to a new study by Tulane. Graduate student Laura Perry says the research, led by Tulane Assistant Professor Michael Hoerger, could inspire a new norm for patients with severe prognoses .2,092 patients were observed, and 56 percent of those who received palliative treatment survived past a year, compared to 42 percent who got typical treatments.
A win Sunday over Tampa Bay and the Saints clinch a second consecutive NFC South title. The Bucs beat New Orleans in the season opener and Quarterback Drew Brees says Tampa Bay’s defense has been playing well lately. Last time out the Saints had their 10-game winning streak snapped with a Thursday night loss in Dallas. Brees says it’s a defeat they can learn from.