News for Monday 081819
Compiled By Dave Graichen
Louisiana’s only elected female governor, Kathleen Blanco, has passed away at the age of 76 after a battle with cancer. Blanco was a mother to six children and a former school teacher. It wasn’t until her early 40s that she got into politics when she was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1983. Blanco served five years in the House of Representatives and in 1988 the New Iberia native became the first woman elected to the Public Service Commission. In 2003, she defeated Republican Bobby Jindal to become the state’s first female governor. In 2017 she announced that she had a rare cancer which eventually attacked her whole body. In public appearances leading up to her death, the former governor said she had made peace with her future and the devout Catholic said she had an extraordinarily full life.
Former Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who died Sunday, will be honored with several events in Baton Rouge on Thursday, and there will be a funeral Mass on Saturday with a private burial. There will be a public visitation in Lafayette on Friday. Details will be released on Today.
A multiple Emmy-award winning TV news anchor and a stunt pilot are dead after a fiery plane crash in New Orleans East Friday afternoon. Nancy Parker was shooting a story about the stunt pilot, who has been identified as 69-year-old Franklin J-P Augustus of New Orleans. Parker was from Alabama and a beloved on Fox 8 television in New Orleans. It appears the crash was due to engine problems on the plane.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission says data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics show since July 2018, seasonally adjusted private-sector employment increased by 11-hundred jobs. L-W-C Secretary Ava Dejoie says Education and Health services gained 8,700 jobs year-to-year and is at a record high at 323,000 jobs. But it’s not all good news, Shreveport lost 3,100 jobs over the year, while Houma lost 2,900 jobs.
A Caddo Parish court judge has ruled that Shreveport Representative Barbara Norton does not live in Senator Greg Tarver’s district and she’s not eligible to run against him in the fall elections. Norton has 48 hours to appeal. If her appeal is unsuccessful, Republican Jim Slagle will be Tarver’s lone opponent on the October 12th ballot.
Saturday was the 50th anniversary of Hurricane Camille’s devastating landfall along the Mississippi coast in 1969. Before Hurricane Katrina, Camille was the Gulf Coast’s defining storm. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the impact was so devastating that it led to the creation of the Saffir-Simpson Scale, which categorized hurricanes in a way the public could understand. The system is one of only four Cat 5s to make landfall.
A new report shows the Asian market’s craving for hot sauce is on the rise and is expected to push international hot sauce sales from 2.3 billion dollars to 3.7 billion in 2026. The report by Fortune Business Insights says that’ll be a real boon to Louisiana products like Tabasco which Chef Kevin Belton says has a unique flavor. Tabasco Pepper sauces control the largest share of the market at 22.6 percent, which is good news for Louisiana produced Tabasco.
The New Orleans Saints experienced contrasting halves in Sunday’s 19-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. The first half was filled with mistakes and sloppy play, while the second half produced an energized team that fought back to make the game close.
LSU made it official over the weekend by announcing the hiring of Bill Johnson as the team’s defensive line coach. Johnson fills in for Dennis Johson, who badly injured his knees in a pickup basketball game. Johnson was the Rams defensive line coach the last two season and before that he was with the Saints from 2009 to 2016. Coach Ed Orgeron says Johnson has a long track record of coaching and developing top defensive linemen…
Despite criticism, U-L Lafayette Football Coach Billy Napier says he still wants his scholarship players to give 50-dollars annually to the Ragin Cajun Athletic Foundation, which raises funds for the athletic department. Napier says his goal is to create a culture where players are grateful for the opportunity. Napier says if a player can’t afford the 50 dollars or has a problem with giving money to the R-C-A-F, while being an unpaid student-athlete, he’ll cover the cost.