News for Thursday 010319
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Much of Louisiana is under a flash flood watch as several inches of rain are expected to fall between now and tomorrow morning. Kent Kuyper with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles says Central Louisiana could see the highest rainfall totals, as three to five inches is forecasted.
The attorney for Town of Ball’s Mayor-elect Roy Hebron has filed an appeal with the Third Circuit Court of Appeal after a judge said he’s unable to hold office. Charles Elliott filed the appeal for expedited consideration on Wednesday. This comes after Rapides Parish District Court Judge Monique Rauls ruled Hebron, a convicted felon, can’t hold office because of a constitutional amendment that passed the same day he was elected.
Starting this year Hospitals are now required to put a master price list online for all of their services, but Unfortunately a brief survey of Louisiana hospitals indicated that many have either not posted those prices on their primary hospital website, have dead links to price charts, or have made them very difficult to access. So, if you’re interested in seeing what the real cost of that x-ray is, you may not have an easy time doing it.
The shooting deaths of five horses at Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Area is currently being investigated by Ft. Polk personnel. Spokesperson for the Pegasus Equine Guardian Association Amy Hanchey says she believes the killings were no accident and is glad to know the base is investigating the matter. Hanchey say historical documentation shows the wild horses have roamed the area dating back to the 14th century and genetic testing indicates very strong Colonial Spanish ties.
Gasoline prices continue to fall. According to Triple-A, the statewide average for a gallon of regular gasoline is a $1.95. That’s about 20-cents cheaper than a month ago. Low gas prices are a double edge sword for Louisiana. Low oil prices means less revenue for state government. Triple-A fuel analyst Don Redman says says the current cost for a barrel of crude oil is 50-dollars and he says if that keeps going down it can cause real problems.
The Louisiana Legislature is seeing a high turnover rate as the AP reports 22 state lawmakers, roughly 15%, have left office without completing their terms since January 2016. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says he doesn’t foresee the trend being reversed, as there are many more attractive jobs in government worth pursuing.
He says low pay, longer than expected hours, and no benefits also add to the disinterest.
Five out of six Louisiana US House members find themselves out of power as Democrats take control of the lower chamber today. LSU Poli Sci Professor Dr. Robert Hogan says the House and Senate couldn’t even agree on a budget when both were controlled by Republicans, so you should probably get ready for two years of hardcore gridlock.
A pastor whose wife was killed in late November in a New Orleans carjacking has been declared missing after his vehicle was found abandoned in the city. David Plessy was last heard from by his daughter on Monday, who says they’re quite worried because it’s highly unusual for Mr. Plessy to be out of contact with his family for this long. His wife died after three teenagers threw her out of the vehicle, and struck her as they departed.
The US 11 bridge between Slidell and New Orleans will be shut down to traffic starting today, running through April 18th. Department of Transportation Spokesperson Rodney Mallet says it’s the continuation of a lengthy repair process that won’t be completely finished until summer of 2020. That bridge is close to 100 years old.