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News for Thursday 120717

By Dave Graichen

 

Governor Edwards has established a seven member task force to review sexual harassment and discrimination policies in state agencies.  They will review current polices, identify the most effective mode of training to prevent harassment and develop a protocol for new employees  The report must be submitted to the Governor no later than March 1.  This all comes after Governor Edwards’s staff member Johnny Anderson resigned following sexual harassment allegations…

 

A new study from the University Council on Gender Equity finds that LSU male professors make more money than female professors.  Assistant Accounting Professor Christine Cheng says the data is missing variables such as experience, education and other market factors. But she says additional research needs to be done when outside information is used…

 

The embattled National Flood Insurance Program is set to expire on Friday if Congress doesn’t take some sort of action. The House has already passed a five-year re-authorization of the NFIP, but the Senate is very wrapped up in dealing with the tax reform legislation right now. Lafayette Congressman Clay Higgins predicts there will be a brief extension to buy some time.

 

Louisiana’s Medicaid program is spending at a slower pace than expected.  The forecast shows they may spend as much as 650-million-dollars less, which could give the program a surplus in six months.  30-million-dollars of that money would go to a state general fund surplus that could be spent elsewhere in state government.

 

You may be thinking about using heaters and fireplaces to keep you warm now that winter weather has arrived.  The chances for house fires increases, especially if proper precautions are not followed.  State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says it’s not advisable to use space heaters for an extended period of time.

 

The holiday season is supposed to be a joyous time but can often be overwhelming, causing seasonal depression. Our Lady of the Lake Psychiatric Nurse Glenda Natale says this time of year, they receive more calls for help dealing with the holiday blues. She says we live in a perfectionist society. Natale says people who feel like they don’t have a strong support system are at a higher risk for developing holiday depression. She suggests getting out to volunteer or befriending a neighbor, rather than dwelling on past memories with people who are no longer with you.

 

The 2017 Allstate Sugar Bowl—L-H-S-A-A Prep Classic begins today and runs through Saturday at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Nine state champions will be crowned over the next three days and Association Executive Director Eddie Bonine says they anticipate several close games.

 

The recent cold snap could bring central and south east Louisiana some wintry precipitation tonight into Friday morning.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says even though the air temperature will stay above freezing, you may still see freezing precipitation. Sunny but still cold weather is expected to return by the weekend.  Temperatures will remain in the 50’s for the majority of the state.

 

The New Orleans Saints are set to square off against the Atlanta Falcons tonight in a key NFC South showdown.  Quarterback Drew Brees says the short week can make it difficult to prepare, but he knows the Falcons will be ready with some new tricks up their sleeve. Kickoff is tonight at 7:25 at Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta. Saints running back Mark Ingram is listed as questionable with a toe injury.

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