News for Monday 010614
By Dave Graichen
Arctic air has moved into Louisiana bringing some of the coldest temps the Pelican State has felt in years. Various cold-related warnings are posted across the state from a hard freeze warning to a wind chill advisory in northeast Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry Keim says this cold weather will be here for the next couple of days.
It's January 6th; known as 12th Night, the Twelfth Day of Christmas and also King's Day. It's also the official start of the Mardi Gras season and time for King Cakes. This will be a long Carnival, with Fat Tuesday on March 4th.
The Saints finally have that monkey of winning a road playoff game off their back. New Orleans went into Philadelphia on Saturday night and beat the Eagles 26-24 in cold temperatures. Saints Quarterback Drew Brees threw for 250 yards and a touchdown. He calls it a great team win. The Saints are now getting ready to play the Seahawks in Seattle on Saturday.
The conservative blog called the "Hayride" reports former Governor Edwin Edwards is looking at running for the state's 6th Congressional district. That seat is open because Bill Cassidy is running for Senate. Edwards reportedly believes the potential field for that race is weak. When asked about running for Congress Edwards told a reporter that he's received a lot of encouragement, but he's not commenting any further. Now.
The Jindal administration announces it's paying an outside contractor four-million dollars to help finds ways to make state government more efficient. Commissioner of Administration Kristy
Nichols says Alvarez and Marshal will find savings that will far exceed the 4-million dollar contract.
Enrollment at Louisiana public schools has increased by nearly 6,000 students. There are 713-thousand students attending K-through-12th grade schools and that's up from 707-thousand the year before. State department of education spokesperson Barry Landry credits the higher enrollment total to a decrease in the state's dropout rate.
In a report to the state department of environmental quality, Axiall admits chemicals were released into the air when its vinyl chloride plant in Lake Charles caught on fire on December 20th. How large of a discharge is unknown. A total of 27 people were treated for injuries as a result of the fire.
The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s office says they've arrested a 20-year-old woman who allegedly stole two vehicles, two computers and other electronic items from a man she met through a social networking site. Deputies say Jamie Howard spent the night at the man's house and ran off with his 2000 Cadillac Deville, a 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe, and other items, after the victim fell asleep. Authorities believe more than one person participated in the crime.
State Police say charges are pending against an 87-year-old driver who allegedly caused a fiery crash that killed a motorcyclist from Baton Rouge. Trooper report the driver of the motorcycle was hit from behind by a Ford F-150 pick-up truck in LaFourche Parish and killed. Authorities the 87 year old driver of the pickup has investigators looking at distracted driving as a factor.