News for Wednesday 012914
By Dave Graichen
I-49 Remains closed until further notice from Rapides Station to the North to Hwy71 to the South.
Boyce Highway 8 Bridge is Closed as is the Jackson Street Bridge in Alexandria.
A-Trans Bus Service has been suspended until further notice.
South Louisiana Highways are in many cases closed.. I-10 between Lafayette and Baton Rouge is closed..
Most Central Louisiana Schools, Public & Private are closed again tomorrow. The exceptions at this point, Natchitoches Parish and Winn Parish Schools..
NSU, Louisiana College And LSUA Will be closed Wednesday
State office closings: State offices will be closed Wednesday in the following parishes:
Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Evangeline, Franklin, Grant, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, LaFourche, LaSalle, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Terrebonne, Vermillion, Vernon, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.
Rapides Parish Courthouse: Closed Wednesday
City Of Pineville City Hall Closed Wednesday (essential Personnel Only)
Alexandria VA Medical Center, Fort Polk VA Clinic and Natchitoches VA Clinic: Closed Wednesday.
Old Man winter begins to loosen its grip on Louisiana today. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the sun will come out and the icy conditions will melt away as the day goes on. Keim says we'll see high temperatures today in the low 40s and the warm-up will continue into Thursday, before we some really mild temps for the weekend.
Now that the precipitation has left The Bayou State, the Department of Transportation says there are still certain conditions they have to monitor before a closed road is deemed passable. DOTD spokesman Rodney Mallett says it does take a while for a frozen bridge or elevated roadway to thaw out. Mallett says just because it's sunny & clear outside, that doesn't mean a road is safe to travel.
Two teenagers were killed and five others were injured Monday night as a result of a single-vehicle crash in the Rapides Parish town of Tioga. State Police Trooper Scott Moreau says wreck is NOT weather-related, but they believe the 16-year-old driver of the 2011 Jeep S-U-V was driving at a high rate of speed. Moreau says seven juveniles were in the vehicle, and two of them were killed, 17-year-old Logan Cameron Ammons of Ball and 15-year-old Christian Gage Lavaillie of Pineville. He says the driver received minor injuries and he's initially been charged with careless operation. Moreau says none of the teenagers were wearing seatbelts.
We could see more changes to the high school football playoffs as the LHSAA convention gets underway today. The postseason was split between select and non-select schools last fall. LHSAA president Todd Guice says there are different proposals to change the format, but how high school
principals will vote is anyone's guess. Guice says one of the proposals calls for each classification to decide if they want to have split playoffs. He says their agenda also calls for a vote on scrapping the current playoff system and returning to the previous system, which resulted in five state champions. Principals will get a chance to vote tomorrow.
President Obama made the case for raising the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour in last night's State of the Union address. LSU Economics Professor Robert Newman says the President won't get the desired results he is seeking because businesses will actually lay off workers. The President will sign an executive order that brings new federal contract workers wages up to ten dollars and ten cents an hour, but raising the minimum wage for all Americans is up to law-makers.
Metairie business owner Roger Villere has been re-elected to another 2 - year term as chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party. Villere has held that post since 2004. Villere says the state G-O-P has made tremendous strides since he took over. Villere says the top priority of the party right now is defeating Landrieu this year. Villere will also serve as the party chair when Louisiana elects a new governor in 2015.
The Louisiana Supreme Court rejected a challenge Tuesday to two state firearm statutes, deciding voters expected “sensible” gun regulations when they approved a constitutional amendment in 2012 that made the right to bear arms fundamental.The high court reversed the findings of an East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court judge in an opinion experts said would send a clear signal to lower courts weighing similar challenges to the state’s gun laws.