News for Tuesday 070318
By Dave Graichen
Bad news for Fourth of July revelers, it’s going to rain. Thunderstorms that have the potential to produce heavy rainfall is in the forecast through Independence Day. State Climatologist Barry Keim says while the rain might be coming at an inconvenient time for the holidays, it’s sorely needed for much of the state that is getting dangerously close to drought conditions. Another upside: lower temperatures throughout the rest of the week.
If you are looking for some Fireworks the 4th of July you have many choices, weather permitting. Tonight, it the 14th annual Fireworks over Buhlow Independence Day celebration. The event is free and gates to Buhlow Lake will open at 4:30 p.m. with musical entertainment scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to start around 9:45 p.m
Tomorrow, it’s Rock the Red. A free event that will take place at the downtown amphitheater. Activities start at 7 p.m. with fireworks over the Red River starting at 10.
The City of Natchitoches will present fireworks over the Cane River at 9 p.m
In Pollock, the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration will take place at LaCroix Park on Highway 8. Refreshments and drinks will be provided. The fireworks are set to launch at dark.
The annual Avoyelles Arts and Music Festival opens at 10 a.m. tomorrow in downtown Marksville, with fireworks at 8 p.m.
Moody’s investor Service has raised Louisiana’s credit outlook from negative to stable, in a sign that Wall Street may be gaining more confidence in the Bayou State economy. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says this was one of the many reason the Edwards administration pushed for a stable final budget deal.After a sustained period on the negative watch list, Dardenne says the Moody’s decision is a validation of the governor’s financial policy.
Colorado State forecasters are downgrading their expectations for this year’s hurricane season, now saying we’re looking at a below average season for tropical activity. Colorado State University Research Scientist Phillip Klotzbach says they’re now projecting 10 more named storms, four hurricanes, and one major hurricane before the end of the season. He says conditions have changed over the last month. But Klotzbach says that doesn’t mean the gulf coast should get complacent. He warns that just because fewer named storms are predicted, doesn’t mean that one mega storm won’t cruise in and cause havoc.
AAA estimates this Fourth of July holiday will see a record-breaking 47 million Americans travel 50 miles or more. This is a five percent increase over last year and AAA Spokesperson Don Redman says the growing economy is propelling families to travel. AAA says the statewide average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.57, which is the highest in four years for Independence Day.
An early morning jailbreak marks at least the fifth of the year from the Swanson Center for Youth. Investigators say two teenage inmates escaped from the state juvenile prison in Monroe. The duo stole a state vehicle and drove it more than 40 miles south to the town of Olla, where they were captured after an hours-long manhunt.
Governor Edwards has released a video message asking Louisiana residents to look before they lock their vehicle in an effort to avoid leaving children unattended in hot vehicles. Edwards says over the last 20 years in Louisiana, there were 27 pediatric vehicular heatstroke deaths. Edwards says in this summer heat, the temperature inside your parked vehicle can quickly climb to over 110 degrees.
The 11th Annual National Suit Drive is underway through the end of July. The Louisiana Department of Corrections has once again partnered with Men’s Wearhouse to collect suits for offenders released from jail. CEO of Refined by Fire Ministries, Elaine Ellerbe, says when a recently released inmate receives a suit, they then have the appropriate clothing to go on a job interview.
State Police is reminding motorists about the three foot rule when passing bicycles following a fatal wreck on Saturday in St. Francisville that killed avid bicyclist and East Baton Rouge Metro Councilman Buddy Amoroso. Senior Trooper Bryan Lee says Alexander was booked into the West Feliciana Parish Jail on several charges, including negligent homicide. Amoroso was pronounced dead at the scene, while fellow bicyclist 71-year-old Thomas Clement of St. Gabriel sustained serious injuries.
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