Two Senate bills aimed at ending the government shutdown crashed and burned today as the historically long government shutdown drags on, and now Food banks are facing a possible hunger crisis in part because of it. Jay Vise, spokesman for Second Harvest Food Bank, who serves hundreds of food pantries across south Louisiana, says they’ve seen an increased demand for help during the shutdown.
The recently sworn in mayor of Shreveport, Adrian Perkins is attending the US Conference of Mayors Annual winter meeting in Washington D-C. Perkins was sworn in on December 29th. One of his first tasks has been working to improve police and community relations.
Governor John Bel Edwards has announced plans to spend 350-million dollars on coastal restoration and flood protection projects. Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana spokesperson Jimmy Frederick says nearly 300-million is federal dollars from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act. The rest comes from state surplus money. Frederick says the previous administration took away money for designated coastal projects and spent it elsewhere…
Two are dead following a five-vehicle crash on I-10 in Lafayette, including the daughter of the Lady Cajuns head softball coach. A Houston man and 24-year-old Geri Glasco of Arnaudville, who was also a volunteer softball coach at UL-Lafayette, were pronounced dead at the scene. The area has several hot spots of active construction and State Trooper Thomas Gossen encourages drivers to practice patience and vigilance when behind the wheel.