News for Wednesday 081419
A very slight drop in temps is expected today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says a cold front is coming and will bring with it cloud cover and an increased chance of rain.
Keim says the drop should bring conditions closer to normal, but the high humidity will present dangerous heat index values. Keim says hotter weather should present itself again over the weekend.
A Public Religion Research Institute study shows Louisiana has the lowest levels of support for abortion rights in the nation, with only 34 percent saying it should be legal. 60 percent of respondents replied that abortion should be illegal in most or all cases. This compares to 54 percent nationwide who said abortion should be legal in most or all cases, while only 40 percent said the procedure should be illegal in most or all cases.
This week marks the three-year anniversary of the 2016 south Louisiana flood. The Advocate reports that only a third of the 2016 flood victims who applied for assistance through the Louisiana Restore Program actually received money. But Office of Community Development Executive Director Pat Forbes says many of the applicants were not eligible for the federal funds. The state received one-point-two billion dollars from the feds to rebuild. Forbes says 90-percent of the homeowners eligible for Restore grant dollars have received checks, the other 10-percent will get their money soon. Forbes says 15-thousand households have received assistance through the Restore Louisiana program.
It’s been a week since medical marijuana became available to patients in Louisiana and grower GB Sciences says about 10,000 vials of the treatment have been sent out to select pharmacies. GB President John Davis says all nine of the state’s medical marijuana pharmacies have received product, and the pharmacies are reporting few hiccups, and steady demand. GB is partnered with the LSU AgCenter in growing the plants that are turned into the non-psychoactive treatment.
A Pro-Edwards super PAC called Gumbo PAC releases two statewide television ads attacking both major Republicans in the race, Eddie Rispone and Congressman Ralph Abraham. The anti-Rispone ad claims the Baton Rouge businessman failed to properly pay workers and attempted to hire foreign workers instead of labor from Louisiana. Rispone’s campaign doesn’t deny the facts but says the ad is an attempt to distract voters that Louisiana ranks dead last in almost every category. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says the Gumbo PAC spent millions four years ago, and it appears they are going for a repeat.
A grisly scene in New Orleans East as a rock band shooting a music video stumbles upon the charred remains of several dogs. Authorities say they’re not sure what happened to the dogs. The Louisiana Humane is investigating.
Surveillance video has been released that shows the punch that knocked comedian Andy Dick to the ground after a performance in the French Quarter this past weekend. In the video you can see an unidentified man sucker punch Dick outside of One eyed Jack’s and then walk away. No arrests have been made.
A police officer assigned to Baker High in Baton Rouge was forced to use his stun gun to break up a fight among students gathered Monday morning in the gym. The fight which was captured on video and posted online, shows the officer breaking up a fight between two students when other students jumped in, sparking a brief brawl. It was only brought to a halt after the officer discharged his stun gun. School officials say the officer did his job and brought a stop to an escalating situation.