News for Wednesday 041019
Compiled by Dave Graichen
A prank call to 911 results in a juvenile being charged with terrorism. Multiple agencies responded to Buckeye Junior High in Deville in reference to a possible gunshot victim at the school. Within minutes, authorities arrived to the campus and following a search of the area, found no one injured. Through an investigation, sufficient evidence was found to establish a suspect.
An Alexandria man is facing charges after he attacked a police officer yesterday afternoon. Police say 27 year old Demarcus Davis was reported to be standing in intersection of Shannon Road and Carl Street yelling obscenities at passing vehicles, when the officer arrived to investigate. The police officer is being treated for minor injuries, Davis, is being evaluated at a local hospital.
The statewide average price for gasoline is up 26-cents from a month ago. According to Gas-Buddy-dot-com the statewide average stands at $2.48 per gallon, which is six cents more than a year ago. GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan says oil prices are also rising, up 21-dollars a barrel from Christmas. He says expect gas prices to keep rising for another six weeks. DeHaan says if you want to save a few pennies on gasoline, try filling up on Tuesday. He says they’ve found that’s the best day to buy gas. The worst day to buy gasoline is Friday.
Lawmakers are in the early days of the session, nailing down an early working budget, and for the first time it looks like there won’t be a massive budget deficit for leaders to tackle. Governor John Bel Edwards celebrated the change of pace. Now that budget woes have faded into the background, the Governor is pivoting to an old campaign promise, raising the minimum wage. He got some good news on that front today, as The latest release from the 2019 Louisiana Survey shows 81% of respondents support raising the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour, and 59% back a raise to 15 an hour, from the current rate of $7.25. Edwards is backing a constitutional amendment to raise the minimum to 9 dollars an hour.
The latest installment of the Louisiana Survey shows there is strong support for teacher pay raises among residents, with 88% backing the pay bump. Giving educators a pay raise is the governor’s top legislative priority. Director of LSU’s Public Policy Research Center Dr. Mike Henderson says the legislature will likely fall in line with public opinion.
More than 90% of Democrats and Independents support the pay hike, as do 80% of Republicans.
The Department of Children and Family Services says they need a 13 million dollar funding increase over last year to meet their budget needs, or the food stamps program could be shut down. The House budget being worked on currently does not include any funding increase for DCFS.
It’s University of Louisiana System day at the State Capitol, and over a thousand students will pack the lawn to call attention to the needs of the 92,000 students studying at one of nine system colleges. U-L System President Jim Henderson says this year’s event is certainly more upbeat than last year’s. The system is comprised of Southeastern, Northwestern, ULM, UL Lafayette, Louisiana Tech, Grambling, McNeese, Nicholls, and UNO.
Legislation in the House is bringing attention to law enforcement profiling of motorcycle riders. Many Representative Frank Howard says bikers in various organizations have said it has become an issue. Howard is sponsoring a bill that would add a 30 minute motorcyclist profiling awareness session to the training academy. Howard says despite the dedication that many motorcyclists have to their community, they are often on the receiving end of profiling from police.
Governor Edwards campaign reports it raised 2.5 million dollars in the 1st quarter of 2019, giving the reelection effort a total of 10.2 million dollars cash on hand, and today one of his rivals, Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, reported he’s now got 10.4 million on hand, but it’s not clear how much of that was fundraising, and how much was another injection of personal funds into the campaign coffers. Political analyst Clancy DuBos says it’s still early to be concerned about the GOP’s early fundraising issues.
A young child has been found dead in a drainage ditch in Morehouse Parish. According to authorities, the child is an eleven-year-old, who was last seen by family members on Saturday. Police believe the child was a victim of the flash flooding that occurred in the area over the weekend. The investigation is ongoing.
In a sign a new football season is not far off, the Saints announced their preseason schedule. New Orleans will host Minnesota and then the Black and Gold will head on the road, visiting the Los Angeles Chargers and the New York Jets in Weeks two and three. The Saints will host Miami in the preseason finale. The regular season schedule is expected to be released later this month.
The Pelicans season is now over after they lost 103 to112 to the Golden State Warriors last night, ending a very disappointing season. For the first off season since 2012 the team is not planning on how to build a winner around All-Star forward Anthony Davis, who demanded a trade earlier in the season. Since that trade demand, the Pelicans fired their general manager, so “Locked On” Pelicans host Jake Madison says the team’s first move will be finding a replacement with a vision for the future.
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