News for Wednesday 020718
By Dave Graichen
It’s going to be an upside down day with weather in the Bayou State. It’s a type of day that occurs once in a while when a cold weather front moves through. State Climatologist Barry Keim says many areas in Central and south Louisiana will see their high temperatures early in the day and temps will fall throughout the day. After some wet weather today, a dry day is on tap for Thursday. Then Keim says another front is moving in just in time to put a damper on Mardi Gras weekend.
The Louisiana Department of Education on Tuesday revoked the license an Alexandria child care center, Jumpin' Jacks Development Center on Metro Drive, after receiving a complaint from a mother who said her child nearly escaped from the child care center. The parent explained it was not the first time such an incident had occurred. The center, which has a history of noncompliance, failed to report the critical incidents. The state also terminated the center’s public funding.
Can you imagine opening your water bill to find that you owe more than $40 thousand dollars? Up to 60 Pineville residents have had that experience after a computer malfunction sent out bogus bills. Chief of Staff Rich Dupree says something went wrong, when information from a meter-reading device that wasn't working properly, had to be manually entered into the billing system. The problem has been resolved. But, city officials say anyone with concerns are welcome to contact the utility office.
With a one billion dollar state budget gap looming, Governor John Bel Edwards has a self-imposed Friday deadline on whether he will call for a Legislative special session before the regular session starts on March 12th. A group of 14 bipartisan senators have sent a letter to Governor Edwards urging him to call a special session this month, so legislators can solve the shortfall the state faces on July 1st. Port Allen Senator Rick Ward says solving the fiscal cliff now will make it easier for legislators to pass a budget in June. Governor Edwards is expected to make a call for a special session by Friday.
Workers are starting to see a difference in their paychecks. The federal tax reform bill has kicked in, giving the average worker an additional one-point-six-percent more in take home pay. But not everyone is seeing the increase just yet. Co-owner of Metairie based Crescent Payroll Solutions Sanders Offner says some of the income tax bracket changes are just getting to some employers.
U.S. Republican Senator John Kennedy has joined Democratic Senator Tom Carper of Delaware in introducing the Stopping Improper Payments to Deceased People Act. Kennedy says in 2015, the Social Security Administration made nearly ten-billion-dollars in improper payments. After contacting the Social Security Administration as to why they couldn’t share their dead person’s database with the Treasury Department, Kennedy was told they didn’t have the legal authority to do so. Kennedy says this bill will allow them to trade that information, stopping the waste of billions of dollars.
Baton Rouge Representative Barry Ivey is proposing legislation for the regular session that would require state agencies to publish all of their expenditures online for the public. The measure would create a “Louisiana Checkbook” that Ivey says it’s all about transparency. The proposal seeks to replicate Ohiocheckbook.com, where all Ohio state expenditures are logged, and available to view using a user-friendly interface. Ivey says an online checkbook would provide citizens with the ability to keep a close eye on every single transaction the state makes.
Topcashback.com surveyed thousands of adults asking their opinion on Valentine’s Day gifts that may have some of you scrambling for the receipts. Chief Communications Officer Natasha Rachel Smith says according to their results, materialistic gifts are out, and quality time is in.
Investors are concerned with the recent drop in the Stock Market. Monday’s drop of 1,175 points of the Dow Jones Industrial average was the biggest one day point decline and percentage wise the largest loss in six years. Financial analyst Fred Dent says if you find yourself concerned about your portfolio, don’t sell out. He says it’s a good time to talk with a financial adviser to reevaluate your portfolio.
Search crews recovered the body of a St. Martinville man from Bayou Amy Tuesday morning in St. Martin Parish. LDWF enforcement agents and the St. Martin and Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Offices recovered the body of 54-year-old Richard Pellerin. Officials were notified about a capsized vessel found in the Bayou. Upon recovery there was no personal flotation device found on the body.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office says a student at Barbe High School brought a weapon to school Tuesday. The 15-year-old boy brought the firearm that belonged to a sheriff’s deputy, identified as a family member. The weapon was taken without the deputy’s knowledge. The juvenile was arrested and the sheriff’s office is conducting an internal investigation in reference to the firearm.
A Krewe of Oshun horse rider was given a citation for animal cruelty after he were filmed abusing his horse Friday during the uptown Mardi Gras New Orleans parade. SPCA Communications Director Alicia Haefele says the video was a disturbing example of animal abuse. The horse is in good condition and is being transferred to SPCA control.
Today marks National Signing Day, but it’s not like how it used to be. LSU signed 21 players during the first ever December signing period and they will likely sign four more players today to complete the 2018 recruiting class.