News for Monday 092418
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Louisiana’s unemployment rate worsened for a fifth straight month and reached five percent in August, but the number of people employed last month was the second highest number for an August in the state’s history. Louisiana Workforce Commission Director Ava Dejoie says manufacturing continues to see the biggest job gains as that sector added 54-hundred jobs over the last year and there’s been an increase in the number of jobs related to the oil and gas industry. Dejoie says the Baton Rouge and New Orleans metro areas added the most jobs.
For most Americans 2017 was a good year as most cities in the country saw median income rise.. 24/7 Wall Street reviewed the data from the Census Bureau’s report to identify the 42 metro areas across the country where the typical household earns less than $45,000 annually. Four of the cities were in Louisiana. Hammond did best on the list coming in at 42nd. Alexandria was #11, Monroe was #6 and the overall worst performer in the state was Shreveport / Bossier. According to the WSJ, The cities on the list share several characteristics, including high unemployment, low property values, and low educational attainment.
The state kicks off voter registration week today, ahead of a hotly contested midterm season nationally, that may not yield many surprises in the Bayou State. Statewide, the election will give voters a chance to decide on congressional races and the special election for the Secretary of State’s office. Interim Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin says the ballots will be littered with local issues and a selection of constitutional amendments, like unanimous juries, that could lead to notable changes in Louisiana law. The deadline to register for November in person or by mail is October 9th, and the deadline to register online, with a valid ID, is October 16th.
A gag order and two motions have been filed in the case of Kayla Jean Giles, the woman accused of fatally shooting her estranged husband in a Walmart parking lot. Giles was arrested by the Alexandria Police Department on Sept. 8 after allegedly shooting Thomas Coutee Jr. in the parking lot on Coliseum Boulevard. Giles' attorney, Paul Carmouche of Shreveport, on Friday filed motions for a bond reduction and for preliminary examination. A hearing date has not been set yet.
It’s been a little over a week since the landfall of Hurricane Florence on the east coast. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says dozens Louisiana emergency personnel are in Horry County, South Carolina, helping local authorities and first responders with evacuations as waters continue to rise from Florence. Browning says their deployment ends Tuesday, but could be extended.
A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court’s ruling that blocks Louisiana from enforcing a law that prohibits women under the age of 21 from working as an exotic dancer at a strip club. The state legislature passed a law in 2016 requiring a minimum age of 21 for strippers at clubs. Lawmakers will have to rewrite the legislation next year.
The Mayors of Baton Rouge, Vidalia and St. Gabriel have joined a commitment to reduce the amount of plastics in the Mississippi river. Plastic waste such as litter can eventually wash into the Gulf of Mexico where it can dissolve into dangerous micro-plastics. NOLA.com cited an LSU study finding the Gulf is among the most polluted water bodies from plastic debris on planet earth. The commitment to try to reduce plastic pollution by 20 percent in 2 years.
This life-sized statue was recently installed at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Home in Bossier City. The statue is a female service member wearing a tactical military uniform and shouldering an M-16 rifle with a bronze-like finish. The realistically styled figure is made to withstand the weather as it “stands watch” on the grounds of the veterans’ facility. The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs operates the home in Bossier City for veterans and installed the statue to honor the more than 28 thousand female veterans it estimates live in the state.
A former McKinley High Marching Band member was awarded 185,000 dollars for damages related to a 2015 incident where he required to do 200 push-ups for being late to band practice. The incident led to a five day stay in the hospital for Tristen Rushing. Medical professionals who saw Rushing testified the injuries were potentially life threatening.
Tiger Stadium wasn’t the only place hopping Saturday night. Taylor Swift dazzled a full Superdome with her Reputation Tour. The stage for the event towered 110 feet above the floor. Wristbands distributed to attendees lit up and changed colors in sync with the show. The audience of 53,172 is reportedly the largest ever for a female headliner in the Superdome.
The Saints are 2-1 after a thrilling 43-37 overtime victory over the Atlanta Falcons. The game had seven lead changes and New Orleans forced overtime with a touchdown with 1:15 left in regulation. Saints Coach Sean Payton says it was a hard fought victory. Quarterback Drew Brees orchestrated the winning touchdown drive to cap off a 396-yard and three touchdown passing day.
LSU and Louisiana Tech was a three-point game in the fourth quarter Saturday Night, but the Fighting Tigers scored the final two touchdowns for a 38-21 win over the Bulldogs. All in all Tech was a big winner taking away $1.15 million, its highest price tag for any money game deal reached by LSU to date.