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News for Monday 080618
Compiled by Dave Graichen
Military service members will get their biggest raise in a decade with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act this week. In addition to the pay raise for U.S. military service members, the legislation also funds improvements at military installations. This opens up the possibility of funding going toward projects at military installations in Louisiana such as Barksdale Air Force Base, Fort Polk, and the Belle Chasse Naval Air Station among others. The House gave a ‘thumbs up’ to the legislation last month.
The Department of Corrections is celebrating the one year anniversary of the 2017 criminal justice reforms that saw Louisiana lose its title as the incarceration capital of the world. The department says the total prison population is at a 20 year low. The new parole system has seen the total supervised population fall by 7,000 people due to reforms that allow offenders to work towards goals that will reduce their time in the system.
Louisiana has begun its effort to extend foster care services for kids in the system up to age 21, from the current age limit of 18. The program got legislative approval and funding during the legislative season with widespread support. DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters says the extension costs the state about one million dollars a year, which allows it to get access to three million dollars in additional federal funding to help cover the costs.
Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says, head on out to the stands and enjoy the fruits of your local farmers and craftsmen’s labor during National Farmers Market Week. It’s a national week of recognition for the local markets, and Strain says that means it’s time to go check out one of the state’s 75 farmers markets and over 100 roadside stands.
With the November elections just three months away, the campaigns of those on the ballot are doing their best to find funding. LA-Politics.com Publisher Jeremy Alford says it’s still early for many of the campaigns, but adds the six congressional districts have seen a solid collection so far. House GOP Whip Steve Scalise has seen the most money raised for his District 1 race. Alford says Julie Stokes has the lead in fund with the Secretary of State’s race.
Curators with the Louisiana State Musuem opened a time capsule found underneath a recently removed confederate monument in New Orleans Friday. The contents of the copper box revealed Confederate money, flags, a US medal and other items. Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser says it’s amazing that people of that time period had the foresight to preserve these items for people of today.
The Superdome is marking it’s 43rd birthday on Friday. The world famous venue arrived on August 3rd 1975 and was approximately 100 million dollars over budget. The Superdome’s completion was almost three years later than expected. However, since it’s opening the Superdome hosted events featuring the Pope, massive concerts, and of course, plenty of Saints football games.
A DeRidder gymnast will represent the United States in November when she competes in the World Age Group Gymnastics Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia. Lynlee Taylor is the 11 year old daughter of Wesley and Amber Taylor. The Taylors adopted Lynlee from Korea. The girl started in gymnastics at 4 year of age and began competing at the age of 6.
An airman assigned to Barksdale Airforce Base is scheduled for a general court-martial trial Jan. 7. Officials at the North Louisiana base say Airman 1st Class Isaiah Edwards is in custody, charged with the murder of Airman 1st Class Bradley Hale. Both Hale and Edwards were assigned to the 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron as electronic warfare journeymen. Edwards is accused of stabbing Hale, his roommate, to death in March of this year.
From the goodness is next to Godliness department, A Rouses’ grocery store clerk in Baton Rouge has received over 54-thousand dollars in donations as a result of a kind act. Jordan Taylor was putting up bottled orange juice in a cooler, when an autistic 17-year-old asked if he could help. The father of the autistic teenager made a video of it and the video has gone viral. A Go fund me account was set up to help Taylor go to college and donations are rolling in.
Saints rookie running back Boston Scott says he’s looking to make the team anyway possible through offense or special teams, possibly as a returner. Scott says as a way to get ready for his NFL career, he spent a week with Drew Brees and his trainer in San Diego. The 39-year-old Brees admitted over the weekend he’s spoken with his wife about retiring. But Brees says the entire family supports his effort to win another Super Bowl, plus his kids like coming out to practice.
The Houston Astros continue their west coast swing tonight after taking 2 out of three games over the weekend from the LA dodgers. Tonight, it’s the opening of a two game series against the San Francisco Giants. It’s a late game, starting at 8:40p on 94.7 ESPN.