1:30 PM LRN Newscast Sept 28

Thirty days after Hurricane Ida, the Louisiana Public Service Commission reports nearly eight thousand customers are without power as a result of the Category 4 storm. Entergy Louisiana VP of Distribution Operations John Hawkins says a month after landfall, he says the utility wouldn’t have been able to have the lights back on for as many customers as they do without the assistance of out-of-state crews.

Cut 5 (11) “…quicker.”

Thousands of Terrebonne Parish residents are still having to resort to tents or storm debris as a shelter following the landfall of Hurricane Ida a month ago today.  Houma Representative Tanner Magee says his efforts to find decent temporary housing for his constituents have been frustrating.

On a positive note when it comes to temporary housing, Magee says FEMA has sent out a request for proposals for 10-thousand trailers to be located in Terrebonne Parish but says it’ll be a waiting game.

Cut 8 (08) “..actual real trailers”

Gas prices remain high even as fall arrives, Triple-A’s Don Redman saying the statewide average price of regular is holding at around two-90 a gallon for now.  Redman says most Louisiana refineries are running again, so hopefully, gas prices will stabilize and possibly decline as demand falls…

Cut  11 (10)  “…the reality ”  

The latest trend for job seekers is to add their vaccination status to their resume and/or job application. According to an August Wall Street Journal survey of more than a thousand hiring managers, 70-percent prefer to hire vaccinated individuals. UNO Business Professor Mark Rosa says your vaccination status is almost like a credential now.

Cut 12 (07) “….about safety.”  

Rosa says he feels as if employers are going to rally around the vaccination movement and we will see more workplaces requiring workers to be fully inoculated.