News for Monday 081219
Compiled By Dave Graichen
Get ready for another scorcher across Louisiana today as the National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory. State Climatologist Barry Keim says temps are going to be in the low to mid 90s, but it is the very high humidity with very little chance of rainfall that will make conditions extremely uncomfortable. The advisory is in effect through 7PM.
The Louisiana Department of Health says now 450 cases of Hepatitis A have been confirmed as part of an ongoing outbreak in the state. LDH says five of those cases are unrelated to the current outbreak in the state and could be the result of infections happening outside of Louisiana. Of the outbreak 58-percent have been hospitalized with only one death reported. The majority of the cases are in Livingston and East Baton Rouge parishes.
President Trump announces he’s backing stronger background checks for gun purchases and red flag laws allowing authorities to remove firearms from those who are a danger to themselves or others. Despite the White House’s shift in policy many Congressional Republicans say they’re still strongly against the proposals. Congressman Ralph Abraham says the President’s shift hasn’t changed his mind.
Abraham voted against recent background check and red flag laws that cleared the House on a party-line vote. The biggest fight over background checks will likely be in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated he’d allow discussion of the issue.
Four Eunice families lost their homes Saturday when an apartment fourplex burned. Eunice Fire officials say no one was injured in the blaze, which destroyed the complex on the Eunice-Iota Highway. So far there is no determined cause of the fire, which is still under investigation.
Louisiana food delivery company Waitr's stock price fell by half Friday, sending the company's market value to $134 million from a peak of $910 million just five months ago. The company was coming off a financial report Thursday and a shake-up of its workforce, including its top executive's role in the company.
A Monroe woman has been arrested for allegedly shooting at a mosquito abatement aircraft that she says she thought was a drone circling her home. Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s spokesman Glenn Springfield says they received a call from a woman who said a drone had been circling her home, taunting her, so she shot at it three times with her revolver to knock it out of the sky. After deputies determined what had actually happened, 40-year-old Stacy Rodgers was arrested on illegal use of weapons.
The US Small Business Administration is opening a disaster loan outreach center in the Ruston City Hall in an effort to issue low-interest loans to those impacted by a tornado outbreak in April. SBA spokesperson Louise Porter says anyone who has received damage is eligible to apply. Porter says while there is consideration put into a person’s ability to handle repayment, the SBA is a bit more flexible than a conventional lender.
Statewide incumbents appear to have gotten off pretty easy this year with few high profile, or well-funded challengers signing up to run for their seats. Prominent Republicans sat out this cycle with all statewide offices except for Governor controlled by the party. UL Lafayette Poli Sci Professor Pearson Cross says challengers are rare in states with one-party rule.
New Orleans city council unanimously bans property owners from renting out homes for Airbnb use unless the home itself is the owner’s primary residence. Supporters say real estate speculators have been buying up historic residential neighborhoods, pricing locals out of owning homes, and drastically cutting the supply of rental units. The ruling also caps the percentage commercial “short term rentals” to 25 percent of the units in a single property, and a substantial limit on private business use of Airbnb as well.
A Shreveport woman is accused of intentionally slamming the head of her 23-month old child following a bus accident in an effort to collect an insurance pay day. State Police Trooper Brent Hardy says the arrest of 38-year-old Deidra Lee comes after an investigation into the incident that took place on a city bus.
The American Hotel and Lodging Association announces the “No Room for Trafficking” campaign aimed at helping hotel workers recognize the warning signs to look for when dealing with potential human trafficking situations. AHLA President and CEO Chip Rodgers says in 2018, Louisiana had 149 cases with 19 of those in hotels.
The Saints first preseason game of 2019 saw the Black and Gold coming up short against the Minnesota Vikings with a final score of 34-25 on Friday night. The spotlight was placed firmly on backup QB Teddy Bridgewater, who took plenty of snaps throughout the first half. Bridgewater spoke after the game, calling it a learning experience.
Major League Baseball announced it is going to play a professional game in Iowa, a first for that state…at the same field the movie Field of Dreams was filmed at. A temporary 8000 seat ballpark will be constructed at the site where the 1989 classic sports flick was shot. That game is set to take place August 13, 2020 between the Yankees and the White Sox.
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Houston Astros @ Chicago White Sox 6:35p 94.7 ESPN