News For Tuesday 081914
By Dave Graichen
A water boil advisory has been issued for a small part of the Alexandria, that after a 12-inch water line was damaged on New York Avenue near the Stratford Manor subdivision. As a precaution, the Alexandria Water Department issued the advisory effective immediately. This boil advisory is to remain in effect until further notice.
The Alexandria City Council is expected to consider increasing its contribution to build the new Central Louisiana Technical Community college campus at its meeting tonight. The new main campus will be located in downtown Alexandria and will replace the current Alexandria campus on South MacArthur Drive. The city had pledged $2.28 million to the project as the required 12 percent match of the budget. However, it looks like the figure will now be at least $2.8 million, with the added funds to cover things such as property appraisals.
Education Superintendent John White told the Baton Rouge Advocate the education department’s website was shut down Monday because the Jindal administration refused to make a payment. A spokesperson for the division of administration says that was not the case and called it a technical glitch. Jindal’s office and the Department of Education are involved in a legal battle over Common Core. The website was up and running again by midday. A statement from the education department said they are glad the bill was paid.
Louisiana’s private sector labor force grew to an all-time high in July. Statistics show just over 2.1 million people employed across the state. Louisiana Workforce Commission Executive Director Curt Eysink says several industry sectors hit all-time employment records in July. While the labor force grew to record numbers in July, the state’s unemployment rate rose to 5.4 percent, up from 5 percent in June. Eysink thinks that may partially be due to more people joining the workforce in Louisiana to look for work. He says every part of the state will benefit from the employment growth.
Monday The Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested 34 year old Willie Chapman of Colfax after deputies discovered a large amount of drugs. Chapman was arrested for Possession of CDS II (crack cocaine) with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of CDS I (marijuana) with the Intent to Distribute, and Possession of Legend Drugs.
Beginning today, United Airlines is offering nonstop flights from Lafayette to Denver, CO. The flight will be offered seven days a week departing at 4PM. Lafayette Regional Airport Director Michael Burrows says, in part, this flight is in response to oil and gas industry workers traveling to the northwest corridor. A small fifty seat jet will be used in the service.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s office says they are still looking for the person or persons responsible for the death of a 7-year-old child who was shot while traveling in a car with his family. Spokeswoman Casey Hicks says two children in the back seat of the car were shot — one was grazed with a bullet and she’s expected to be okay.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s office says a Denham Springs couple is under arrest after being found passed out in a vehicle with their two young children in the back seat. Col. John Fortunato says investigators were called to the parking lot of a closed restaurant in Metairie Sunday afternoon. When questioned, 41-year-old Michael Pierce and his 34-year-old wife, Melanie, each admitted to injecting heroin earlier in the day. Both were charged with child endangerment and several drug related charges.
The LSU Ag Center is conducting research to determine the extent of damage done by feral hogs in Louisiana. Forestry economist Shaun Tanger says they’ve been getting reports from farmers and landowners about property damage, but they want to get a better picture of the problem with a couple of detailed surveys. Tanger says the animals cause major damage to agricultural crops because they can be used for wallows, for forage and for protection. He says the first step to reaching a resolution to the problem is to find out exactly how big the problem is.
Saints Quarterback Drew Brees is on track to see his first action of the preseason when New Orleans visits Indianapolis on Saturday night. Brees has spent most of this training camp recovering from an oblique injury, but has taken a majority of the snaps with the first team offense the last two days. Coach Sean Payton liked what he saw from number nine yesterday.