News for Friday 091313
By Dave Graichen
A tropical depression has - as expected - formed in the Bay of Campeche, in the southern Gulf of Mexico. The system is expected to become Tropical Storm Ingrid within the next couple days. At this time, computer models predict the storm affecting Mexico's mainland, and posing no threat to Louisiana.
Three fishermen were rescued by Grant Parish sheriff’s deputies from the Red River on Wednesday after their boat took on water, authorities reported. The rescue, in the Red River near Colfax, came after a boat with the fishermen hit a stump below the water’s surface, puncturing a large hole in the boat.
Gasoline prices are slowly falling. According to the American Automobile Association, the statewide average for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.38, which is a nickel cheaper than a week ago. Triple A fuel analyst Don Redman says lower prices at the pump coincides with a decline in crude oil prices. Redman also points out we're paying about 30-cents less for gas than this time last year.
Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu is angry that funding for a long-sought-after levee project to protect Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes is neglected in the House's version of a water
infrastructure bill. The Senator says it makes no sense to leave this project out. Landrieu says the $10-billion Morganza-to-the-Gulf project needs to be funded and gotten underway as soon as possible. The project would protect nearly 100 miles of Louisiana's coast from rising sea levels and hurricane storm surge.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says it's already time to start thinking about getting your flu shot. State Immunization Director Dr. Frank Welch says, the only thing you can
predict with the flu is that it is unpredictable. He says while peak influenza season typically hits in January in Louisiana, cases are already starting to pop up. Welch says there's good news about flu shots this year: the vaccination is here now and there's plenty of it.
BASF announced Thursday it will spend $42.6 million to build a polyurethanes blending facility at its Geismar plant, a move that will create 22 new direct jobs. The new jobs will have an average annual salary of more than $72,300 a year, plus benefits. The work also will create 145 indirect jobs and an estimated 175 construction jobs, according to the Louisiana economic development department. This is the fourth recent expansion at the BASF plant, which has more than 2,000 direct and contract employees.
Authorities say a frightening situation in which a house collapsed in New Orleans has left five people injured. They say it happened shortly before noon yesterday. The good news is, no one was seriously injured. The reason the collapse has yet to been determined.
A message to young people in Crowley: pull your pants up. The city's saggy pants ordinance goes into effect today, after the parish council adopted it in August. Being busted with your pants around your butt could cost you $200 in fines or even get you 60 days in jail. The ordinance says undergarments must never be visible...so, if the pants are saggy, but the shirt is tucked in...is that OK?
Police say a man from Texas is in the Jeff Parish jail accused of raping a woman from Jennings. They say 26-year-old Joseph Ray Oliver followed a woman home and assaulted her in the bathroom. Apparently Oliver is a convicted sex offender from Harris County Texas.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's office says an 8th grader was arrested after an unloaded gun was found in his book-sack at Beechwood Academy. They say the 15-year-old is booked
with illegal carry of a weapon on school property.
Bossier City Police arrest a Texas woman for selling bogus bars of silver to a local business. Police say 23-year-old Monique Reyna, of Corpus Christi, made about $6500 off 500 bars - which the buyer found to be fake. She's scheduled to be extradited from the Corpus Christi area back to Bossier, where she'll be held, pending $100-thousand bond.