News for Wednesday 091218
Compiled By Dave Graichen
About 90 Bayou State first responders are on their way to the Carolinas to assist in what’s likely to be a significant natural disaster as Category Four Hurricane Florence is set to smash into the East Coast. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says the crew, comprised of fire departments across the state, will be based out of Columbia, South Carolina. The latest report indicates the storm may strengthen to category five before landfall.
Hurricane season is at its peak as a tropical depression has potential to form today in the Gulf of Mexico. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the area of disturbed weather in the southern part of the gulf is gradually becoming more organized. Keim says the storm is most likely headed to the Houston area but it’s too early for the Bayou State to take a sigh of relief, since it track is less than certain. Keim says there are two other storms in the Atlantic moving this way, but he says neither storm aren’t expected to have a huge impact.
Optimism among small business owners is at an all-time high. That’s according to the National Federation of Independent Business, who has been surveying its members for 45-year. NFIB State Director Dawn Starns says improved federal economic policy has business owners looking to expand and hire. Starns says it’s expected to get even better for small businesses next year when the remainder if the federal tax reform plan kick in.
A lawsuit filed by New Orleans-area parents against a catholic school because of its hair policy prohibiting braids has been dismissed. Christ the King School has rescinded that policy and Loyola University Law Professor Dane Ciolino says the plaintiffs got what they wanted and it would have been difficult to get much more. The case garnered national attention thanks to a viral video showing a girl wearing braids and crying because she was sent home from school.
Jefferson Parish Medical Societies along with Smoking Cessation Trust CEO Mike Rodgers are behind the effort. Rodger says raising the legal age will roadblock smokers at a crucial age. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals estimates 7,200 people die every year in Louisiana from complications linked to smoking. Louisiana has one of the highest adult smoking rates in the nation.
Two groups are now forecasting that the end of oil is coming. The Carbon Tracker Initiative says demand for fossil fuels will peak around 2023, while Norwegian risk-management company DNV also predicts oil demand will max out in five years’ time. But LSU economist Dr. Loren Scott says he thinks it is wishful thinking. Scott cites the emerging economies in China and India will continue to contribute to the continued demand.
A Slidell high school teacher is out of a job after making a racially charged comment on Facebook. Valerie Scogin made a post saying, in reference to African Americans that if they “want not to be stereotyped, tell people of color to quit acting like animals and perpetuating the stereotype.” Along with another commentary about Africans selling other Africans into slavery. The school district responded after the dismissal saying the incident did not reflect the districts values.
A member of the jury that convicted a Baton Rouge man last month in the 2003 rape of a teenager claims two white jurors made racially charged remarks about the defendant, who is black. An attorney for 43 year old Sedrick Hills is now asking for a new trial. Marion Lathan, who was Juror 167, also alleges in a notarized affidavit that a group of white male jurors bullied and intimidated the other jurors. Hills was found guilty Aug. 17 by an East Baton Rouge Parish jury that consisted of eight whites and four blacks.