News for Monday 070813
By Dave Graichen
A noted demographer says U.S. Census data shows Louisiana is still steadily losing population, despite what the Governor says. Shreveport's Elliot Stonecipher numbers spanning 10 years, from July 2002 to July 2012, shows net outmigration losses decreased Louisiana's population by over 178-thousand. This contradicts Governor Jindal's periodic claims that Louisiana has stemmed outmigration, and has - indeed - been gaining population. Stonecipher says outmigration is also outpacing the rate of births-to- deaths in Louisiana; meaning the population continues to shrink.
A federal appeals court is wading into a high-stakes dispute over the terms of a multibillion-dollar settlement of claims arising from BP’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments today by attorneys for the London-based oil giant and for Gulf Coast businesses that say the nation’s worst offshore oil spill cost them money. BP asserts that the judge who approved the deal and a court-appointed claims administrator have misinterpreted the settlement, allowing thousands of businesses to secure hundreds of millions of dollars in payments for inflated and fictitious losses.
A new study ranks Louisiana last in the country for its percentage of women in the legislature. Slightly less than 12% of our state lawmakers are women. The study was done by Rutgers University and the Ctr for American Woman and Politics. It shows, there are just 13 women in the 105-member state House, and only 4 in the 39-member Senate.
The U.S. Coast Guard has shut down Mississippi River traffic in southeastern Louisiana near Venice as the search continues for a sunken tugboat. The 48-foot tug “C-Pec” sank Saturday afternoon. The Coast Guard said two people aboard were rescued by a vessel in the area. River traffic was shut down in both directions from around the mouth of the river up to mile marker 10. The Coast Guard said it will be re-opened only after the submerged vessel is located and authorities are sure the river can be safely navigated.
According to a list of America's Top Booming Suburbs, the Ascension Parish town of Prairieville came it at No. 2. The rankings put together by Coldwell Banker Real Estate rated 1500 communities based on good employment opportunities, good schools, commute by car and community safety. The price of real estate is much lower in Prairieville than it is in Baton Rouge.
There's a little controversy stirring over a New Orleans Police Department Policy that goes into effect next month requiring officers to hide all of their tattoos. NOPD says it's about making the force look more professional. The new policy will reportedly require officers with visible tattoos to wear long sleeve shirts or put makeup over neck tattoos. Until now New Orleans Police officers could have tattoos as long as they weren't offensive.
With the Summer season here, a dating website survey ranks Baton Rouge in the Top Ten American cities for having the "Best Bikini Bodies". MissTravel.com spokeswoman Angela Bermudo says their destination-dating website polled 14-thousand single men to determine which cities had the hottest women to go to the beach with. Bermudo says with seven of the "Top Ten Best Bikini Bodies" cities located in the southern United States, single men should travel to the Bayou State if they're looking for romance.