Authorities say an Evangeline Parish man faces several charges after he got into the bedroom of a seven-year-old girl in Bunkie. Marsanne Golsby has more…
The statewide average for regular gas today is $3.03 a gallon, and AAA expects it to continue to drop. Brooke Thorington has more.
Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Ville Platte man allegedly found in bed with a seven-year-old girl in Bunkie early yesterday morning. Captain Tim Ryan says the girl’s parents held 61-year-old Jeffrey Brant at gunpoint until authorities arrived.
Brandt was arrested and booked with home invasion, criminal trespass, and indecent behavior with juveniles. Ryan says it doesn’t appear anyone involved was harmed, including the seven-year-old or her four-year-old sister, who Ryan says was also in the home.
He says Brant got in through an unlocked door, and he didn’t fight back when the parents confronted him.
Ryan says Brant appeared to be under the influence of a controlled dangerous substance.
Republican Senator Bill Cassidy says his “No Surprises Act” has saved 9 million Americans from receiving surprise medical bills this year alone. Cassidy authored the legislation that went into effect at the beginning of the year.
Passage of the bill was a two-year effort on behalf of Cassidy and New Hampshire Democrat Senator Maggie Hasson.
Cassidy who’s also a physician says the law protects patients from having to pay out-of-network costs billed by their health insurance and that patients can only be required to pay in-network costs for their services.
Cassidy says if you do receive a higher medical bill than expected, you should contact the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-985-3059 or the Louisiana Department of Insurance at 1-800-259-5300.
According to the National Retail Federation, a record 197-million consumers shopped either in a store or on the internet over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, which included Cyber Monday. N-R-F President Matthew Shay says the kick-off to the holiday shopping season saw a big increase of in-store shoppers…
Shaw says 63-million consumers shopped inside a store on Small Business Saturday, up from 51-million in 2021
Shaw says 86-percent of the consumers they surveyed say they expect to see great deals for the rest of the holiday shopping season, which gives them hope of seeing a six to eight percent increase in retail sales over last holiday season
The average price for a gallon of regular gas in Louisiana is $3.03 today, that’s down 28 cents from this time last month. And AAA spokesperson Nick Chabarria (Cha-BEAR-ee-uh) says the average price in Louisiana is down almost a dime from a year ago.
Chabarria credits a drop in crude oil prices for relief at the pump. He says crude oil prices account about for 50 to 60 percent of what motorists pay at the pump.
In addition to crude oil prices stabilizing, Chabarria says with today marking the end of the 2022 hurricane season, we were extremely fortunate we didn’t experience multiple storms in the gulf this year. And barring any disruptions he expects the average price in Louisiana to drop below $3.00 a gallon this week.
A week ago the average price for regular gas in Louisiana was $3.14.