Even the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is feeling the effects of the economy. Brooke Thorington explains.
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The recently hired Grambling State University volleyball coach who famously cut the entire team has been fired and the students are reinstated. Michelle Southern reports:
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Even the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development is feeling the effects of the economy. DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson says inflation, supply chain issues and the worker shortage are all impacting road construction projects.
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Wilson says the skilled labor shortage is also a factor for the department. He says it’s hard for the department to compete against jobs that are paying significantly more.
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Even though the state has received a significant amount of infrastructure funds Wilson says bids for some projects are coming in 30, 40 and even 50 percent above estimate. For example, he says the current work on I-10 that are preservation projects…
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Wilson says if they can’t afford a project, it will most likely be readvertised for new bids.
The Grambling State University volleyball coach who famously cut the entire team when she was hired has been fired from her job and all student athletes have been reinstated. Chelsey Lucas was under heavy scrutiny from parents and alumni as the players held scholarships with the institution. Kyle Mosley is the Managing Editor for Sports Illustrated’s HBCU Legends…:
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Grambling released a statement on the firing of Lucas saying the move was the result of an internal investigation, and they will commence a national search for the next coach. Mosley says Lucas didn’t give the players a chance from the get-go…:
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Lucas issued a statement to the media saying she will be working with her attorney to prepare a response which tells her side of the story, and that what happened to her was not right. Mosley says Lucas will likely make the case that Grambling initially supported her move to cut the team…:
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While visiting his home district this week, Baton Rouge Congressman Garret Graves says he’s met with local businesses and leaders to discuss how the current economy and worker shortage is impacting their bottom line. Graves blames government programs for keeping people from reentering the work force and that we continue to suffer the consequences.
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The state’s unemployment rate hovers around four percent but Graves says in his conversations with business experts that some individuals refuse to reenter the workforce, so the numbers are misleading.
As for those who are working, Graves says inflation is making it extremely difficult for them.
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Graves says small businesses are the ones most affected by the worker shortage, he says larger companies have more flexibility to bring workers in from other states or shift work to other areas.
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A Calcasieu Parish man is dead, after being shot late Monday night by a homeowner as he tried to force his way into a house. Calcasieu Sheriff Tony Mancuso says the Lake Charles homeowner, who has not been identified, became alarmed when 21-year-old Joseph Tezeno tried to get in through his front door, then the back door too…:
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Mancuso says Tezeno, of Lake Arthur, seemed to be very drunk at the time, and perhaps unaware of where he was. Fearing for the safety of he and his wife, the homeowner got a gun and met Tezeno at the door, to warn him away…:
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The sheriff says when Tezeno refused to back off and kept approaching, the man fired twice. Tezeno was pronounced dead at the scene. Mancuso says the case is still under investigation, but – as of right now – no charges against the homeowner are expected. He says security and doorbell camera footage of the event backs up the man’s story…:
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Mancuso says the District Attorney will look at the evidence and make the final decision if the homeowner will face charges, if any.
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