News for Wednesday 010219
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Louisiana is seeing a wet start to the New Year. A flash flood warning has been posted for Lake Charles, Alexandria, and Monroe as the state is expected to get pounded with rain. National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Nuttall says the rain is expected to last until Thursday evening. Some areas in North Louisiana could see 4-6 inches of rain.
Twenty states had minimum wage increases take effect on the 1st, while the minimum wage in Louisiana remains set by the federal government, $7.25 an hour and it’s been that way since 2009. Governor John Bel Edwards will attempt once again this year to raise that minimum wage. Previous attempts to raise the wage have faced resistance from groups who say it will increase the costs of running a business.
Several new state laws went into effect on the first day of 2019. Families can install video cameras in nursing home rooms to keep an eye on loved ones and boat registration fees are nine dollars higher.
All felony convictions require a unanimous jury decision, as the unanimous juries constitutional amendment that passed in November is now in effect. It’s the end of a Jim Crowe era law that made Louisiana one of only two states that did not require unanimous decisions in those cases, and Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says it’s a positive change. 64-percent of voters approved the amendment. Opponents are concerned unanimous verdicts will make it tougher for justice to be served to those who commit heinous crimes. Ciolino says those concerns are exaggerated, as DAs in other states do just fine…
A major story in 2019 will be the governor’s race. Democrat John Bel Edwards is up for re-election and there’s two announced Republican challengers, Ralph Abraham and Eddie Rispone. UL-Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says it’s unclear who will be Edwards’ biggest challenge. The gubernatorial primary is October 12th.
Only one person in Louisiana was sentenced to death in 2018, David Brown of Lafourche Parish, who was convinced of sexually assaulting, then murdering a mother and her two daughters, and setting their house on fire in 2012. Louisiana has not performed an execution since 2010
A representative is bringing legislation in the upcoming session that would lock in protections for Louisianans with pre-existing conditions and allow dependents to stay on their parent’s plans until 26, even if a pending court case strikes down Obamacare. A Judge in Texas declared the entire ACA unconstitutional. The case is set to be heard next in the New Orleans based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The Harahan Police Department’s recent offer to screen methamphetamine for the Zika virus has captured the attention of social media and news outlets across the globe. In a Facebook post, the department encouraged meth users to bring all of their drug to police for free testing. Police Chief Tim Walker admits there is no meth actually contaminated with the Zika virus. But has anyone been gullible enough to take him up on the offer of testing meth? He’s not saying..
With the new year comes the tradition of making new year’s resolutions. But many of the goals don’t necessarily withstand the test of time. Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health at LHD, Alex Billioux says among the recommendations in order to complete goals, choose goals you can truly commit to out of desire. Billioux recommends setting goals that might not be so big and overwhelming.
There will be no talk of a national championship at U-C-F. LSU ended the Knights 25-game winning streak with a 40-32 win in the Fiesta Bowl. Quarterback Joe Burrow bounced back from an early pick six to throw for 394 yards and four touchdowns.
LSU finishes the season 10-3. It’s first ten-win season since 2013.
After losing to the Carolina Panthers 33-14 in the regular season finale, the Saints say they will use the extra week before their January 13th playoff game to focus on fundamentals. New Orleans defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins says the mistakes they made against the Panthers are fixable. The Saints will play either Dallas, Seattle or Philadelphia in the NFC Divisional round. Rankins says having a week to focus on themselves will be good for the Black and Gold
The Pelicans celebrated the new year by beating Minnesota 123-114 New Year’s Eve. . Anthony Davis did not play because of illness, but Elfrid Payton returned from a broken finger and it helped spark a nine-point win. Julius Randle led the way with 33 points and 11 rebounds. Tonight, The Pels are at Brooklyn to play the Nets.. Airtime 6p on 97.4 ESPN.