News for Monday 100713
By Dave Graichen
Louisiana wakes to brisk Autumn weather today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says a cold front entered the state over the past several hours, bringing cold, dry conditions. Keim says the blast of cool air over the state started over the northern Pacific Ocean, before crossing the Rocky Mountains and slowly working its way southeast. He says we can enjoy the cool snap now through Wednesday.
Early voting for the October 19th election runs now through Saturday. Polling hours are from 8:30 AM to 6 PM at your parish Registrar of Voters Office or at other designated locations. Voters in 49 parishes have various items on the ballot including tax propositions. The biggest item is the Fifth Congressional district election, which impacts 24 parishes in the state.
The federal government shutdown will NOT affect benefits for Louisiana mothers and their kids, under the Women, Infants and Children Program, commonly called "WIC." J.T. Lane is Assistant Secretary for Public Health at the Department of Health and Hospitals. He says a local budget surplus is the reason why. Lane says feds gave DHH to permission to use leftover WIC funds from last year to assure that doesn't happen here.
A 7-year-old child outside playing was shot and wounded in the leg Sunday afternoon when a man opened fire on a nearby SUV. Baton Rouge PD report the gunman approached the SUV, which was occupied by two people, and opened fire with bullets going through the front windshield and the driver’s side door. Neither of the occupants was injured in the attack.
With the help of a private consultant, the Jindal administration plans to give a tune-up to a state government IT system that employs hundreds of workers and costs nearly half a billion dollars a year. Roughly 800 people work in information technology, the computer and telecommunication systems that store and use data departments in 20 executive branch agencies. Jindal administration aide Ruth Johnson said any positions eliminated will not be through layoffs, but when people retire or take other jobs. She said the goal is not privatization in and of itself. although there may be some of that.
The Ouachita Parish Police Jury is meeting today along with both the Monroe and West Monroe City Councils to vote on an ordinance that would ban smoking in bars and establishments like Bingo
Halls. Police jury president Shane Smiley says this is an extension of the state smoking ban that's already in place for restaurants. He says the parish-wide smoking ban would mean a level playing field for businesses. Smiley says Monroe and West Monroe have agreed to a workplace smoking ban as well and he expects it will pass today.
It's Fire Prevention Week and that's important, because Louisiana has one of the highest death rates in the country based on data compiled by the US Fire Administration. The state's fire death rate is 7th highest in the nation. United States Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell says most of these fatalities happen at night and are preventable. Mitchell says the best thing you can do it to make sure your smoke detectors work.
Louisiana Tech won its first ever Conference USA game on Saturday with a
38-35 victory over U-TEP. Coach Skip Holtz says it was a big win for his
The Ragin Cajuns won their Sun Belt opener on Saturday by beating Texas
State 48 to 24.
The 10th ranked LSU Tigers bounced back from their loss to Georgia with
a 59-26 win over Mississippi State.
The Saints are an NFC best 5-and-0 after beating the Chicago Bears 26-18