12:30 LRN Newscast August 19

By a 4-3 decision, the state Supreme Court has ruled that Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins CAN run for re-election in November. Justices heard arguments Tuesday, and their decision came down this morning. LSU-Shreveport political science professor Jeff Sadow says he and many others thought the High Court would go the opposite way…:

CUT 12  (12)        “…bit of a surprise.”

Perkins’s candidacy was challenged by a resident whose main complaint was he listed the wrong address on election qualification papers. Perkins may now proceed with his campaign.

New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell, during a town hall meeting Thursday night, said shrinking ranks in the New Orleans Police Department might cause next year’s Mardi Gras to be canceled. Mardi Gras Guide publisher Arthur Hardy says parade routes were reduced this year due to a shortage of officers and increased crowds as the COVID pandemic subsided…:

CUT 10(09)      “…we understand it.”


Yet another property insurer is ending coverage in Louisiana, meaning over ten-thousand customers will have to seek new coverage pretty quickly. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says Florida-based Weston Property & Casualty is the latest to “fold up its tents”; citing the fiscal impacts of hurricane claims from 2020 and 2021. Donelon says Weston customers, and those with recently-folded United Property & Casualty, will be given an additional 60 days to get coverage – if it’s under the state’s last-resort insurer, Louisiana Citizens…:

CUT 07  (10)        “…the private sector.”

Six companies have left the state in recent months; forcing over 90-thousand to scramble for new coverage.

…and now today’s markets…