News for Friday 071919
Compiled by Dave Graichen
An investigation is underway in Pineville that after a resident in College Park found a body in their yard late yesterday afternoon. The resident told the PPD they were cutting the grass when they noticed a strange odor and then discovered the body. Police say they know the body is that of a male, but not the race, age or the cause of death.
Proposed minimum wage hikes have yet to escape the lower chamber in Louisiana, but in the US House, lawmakers pass legislation increasing the pay floor to 15 an hour by 2025. LSU Economist Dr. Loren Scott says it’s bad policy and cites Congressional Budget Office numbers showing it would destroy 1.3 million jobs. But Louisiana Budget Project Executive Director Jan Moller says predictions about job losses have been wrong in the past because they don’t consider the economic benefits of paying workers more money. The CBO report says the increase would raise wages for up to 27 million people, and lift 1.3 million out of poverty.
Congressman Garret Graves is pushing for Louisiana to get a bigger slice of the revenue from offshore oil, and if the legislation clears Congress it could mean 80-150 million more a year for the state. States get a much bigger share of revenue from onshore drilling, which benefits state like Texas, but isn’t great for Louisiana. Gulf oil drilling accounts for 18 percent of the US crude supply, but in 2016 coastal states only received 11 million of the 2.7 billion dollars in royalty revenue generated in the Gulf.
An iconic New Orleans company is returning as Hubig’s Pies announces plans to restart production. The longtime producer of fried fruit pies will open a new $1.3 million dollar facility in 2020. Jefferson Economic Development Commission President Jerry Bologna says many Louisianans grew up on the treats and they will bring back their original recipes. A 2012 fire resulted in the dormancy of the brand.
Matt Deggs was introduced Thursday as the new head baseball coach of the Ragin Cajuns. Deggs was the head coach at Sam Houston State and led the Bearkats to their first-ever Super Regional Series appearance and back-to-back Southland titles. Before his time in Huntsville, Texas Deggs was an assistant coach at U-L Lafayette from 2012-to-2014 under the late Cajuns head coach Tony Robichaux. Deggs says Coach Robe would want him to take this challenge…
Louisiana Commissioner of Education John White spoke before Congress about the state’s efforts to better prepare teachers before taking on the job. White says if a teacher is ineffective in the classroom after four years of college funded by federal and state tax dollars, the blame doesn’t fall on the individual but should fall on the school’s system for introducing new teachers to the occupation. In 2017, Louisiana began requiring a year of residency under state-certified mentors for all aspiring teachers. White encouraged Congress to consider better federal support for similar models nationwide, saying it may be beneficial in retaining teachers to the trade.
A teenager who was riding in the back of a pickup truck in Jefferson Davis Parish is dead after an accident. State Police say the victim was 18-years. The driver of the truck is underage so their name will not be released, but they have been cited with careless operation and no driver’s license.
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality has put their fish and swim advisories in an app for on the go anglers. It’s the same information that is publicly available on DEQ’s webpage, but DEQ Administrator Jonathan McFarland says not everyone has a phone that can read the format, so the app fills the gap…
Lafayette Representative and Chairwoman of the House Education Committee, Nancy Landry, has resigned from the state legislature to become the chief of staff for Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin. Landry was term-limited and says her new job is a good way to continue to serve the people of Louisiana.
The A&E reality show Live PD is now filming in Lafayette. Airing Friday and Saturday nights, the show gives viewers a live look at real situations with police officers as they unfold. Lafayette Police Corporal Bridgette Dugas says the department is excited to be in the national spotlight. Dugas says the production is extensive, bouncing between different cities as the action takes place live. The show began filming with Lafayette PD this past weekend, despite the threat of Hurricane Barry. Dugas says hopes the program will showcase the city in a positive light.
In college football, Sun Belt coaches pick the Ragin Cajuns to repeat as West Champions ahead of Arkansas State. ULM is picked to finish in third place. Appalachian State is the preseason favorite in the East.
Southland Coaches and S-I-Ds pick Nicholls to repeat as league champs. McNeese is picked to finish sixth, S-L-U eighth and Northwestern 10th place.
And there’s a report that former Hornet, Chris Paul, will start the season in Oklahoma City as there doesn’t seem to be much interest in the 34-year-old who has three years left on his contract that pays him 125-million dollars.
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