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Governor Edwards issued a statement on Louisiana setting another record low unemployment rate of 3.6 percent

Shreveport, LA – According to the state officials, for the second month in a row, the state set a record for its lowest unemployment rate ever as the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the state’s seasonally adjusted rate is 3.6 percent.

The July 2022 estimate for employed individuals is 2,027,635, the 2nd largest figure in series history.

Louisiana’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate declined 0.2 percentage points from June 2022 and shows a 1.9 percentage point decline from July 2021, officials said.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has declined over the year for 17 consecutive months, and has not seen an over-the-month increase since April 2020.

The July 2022 estimate for employed individuals is 2,027,635, the 2nd largest figure in series history. When compared to July 2021, the number of seasonally adjusted employed individuals increased by 75,915.

Among Louisiana’s MSAs in July 2022, seasonally adjusted data shows: Shreveport (177,200 jobs) added 1,600 jobs from June 2022 and gained 5,700 jobs from July 2021.

Gov. John Bel Edwards released the following statement:

“I am very happy to announce that Louisiana has set another record-low for unemployment. The unemployment rate is now 3.6%, breaking last month’s record of 3.8%. While we still face many challenges, more of our people are working than ever before.

I want to remind Louisianans that this is a great opportunity to take advantage of our state’s nation-leading workforce training programs.

A great way to fight inflation and high energy costs is to give yourself the skills and qualifications needed to get a high-paying job.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission and our four and two-year higher education institutions are here to help.”

Gov. Edwards was joined by the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, the Louisiana House and Senate Select Committees on Veterans Affairs for the groundbreaking of the first African American Veterans Monument in the Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park

Baton Rouge, LA – State officials have announced that the Monument will be the first of its kind on the State Capitol Complex. According to the state officials, the monument will honor freed, formerly enslaved Louisiana soldiers who fought for the Union during the Civil War as well as soldiers from World War I and II, Vietnam, the Iraq War and more recent conflicts.

It will also recognize the sacrifices of their loved ones. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are more than 80,000 African American veterans in Louisiana.

Funding for the monument is through a public private partnership between the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Entergy and Walmart.

The monument will be designed by artist, Shaleen Jones who teaches at Xavier University and has done several other public artworks in the New Orleans area.  

It is set to be completed by summer 2023.

Gov. Edwards released the following statement:

“I was proud to sign Act 432 by Sen. Gerald Boudreaux last year, which establishes that this important monument be placed in the Louisiana Veterans Memorial Park.

Though it has been a long time in coming, the day is finally here when we will pay tribute to the bravery and courage of the African American men and women who have honorably served and protected our state and nation. It is the right thing to do.

And as a veteran, I know that when we serve- so do our families. This monument recognizes the sacrifices their loved ones have made as well.

I look forward to the day when we unveil this monument and encourage everyone to learn about the great contributions of these and all of our American military heroes.”

Shooting on Haney Drive leaves one person dead, police say

New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Police Department officials said the fatal shooting occurred right after 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

It happened in the 7700 block of Haney Drive.

NOPD Seventh District officers responded to a shooting call.

When the officers arrived on scene, they found one adult male victim.

Police said the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The victim’s age or identity have not yet been released.

Multiple individuals have been detained for questioning in this investigation. 

Investigators are currently in the process of gathering evidence and information to identify the person responsible for this incident.

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office will identify the victim and official cause of death upon completion of autopsy and notification of family.

Please call NOPD Homicide Detective Rayell Johnson at 504-658-5300 if you have any information about the shooting

This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available. 

Deputies arrested 32-year-old man who was caught selling fuel he stole from his employer

Caddo Parish, LA – According to the CPSO officials, the 32-year-old suspect was arrested and taken into custody on Wednesday.

His name is Justin Price and and he was charged with illegal possession of stolen things.

The 32-year-old suspect was reportedly caught selling fuel he stole from his employer.

On July 21, a fuel company reported Price for stealing 1,425 gallons of diesel fuel from worksites in Desoto and Sabine Parishes between June 26 and July 17.

The 32-year-old man then sold the stolen fuel to 18-wheeler truck drivers in Caddo Parish. 

The company filed theft reports with the Desoto and Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Offices and hired a private investigator who was able to record video evidence of Price with the stolen fuel in Caddo.

Price is being held on $25,000 bond.

This incident remains under investigation.

This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available. 

Applications from the CPSO are now available for citizens of unincorporated areas of Caddo Parish who would like to close their streets for National Night Out block parties

Caddo Parish, LA – According to the Caddo Sheriff’s Sheriff’s Office, the applications are available at any of the sheriff’s substations or on-line.

Officials also said that the applications must be completed and returned to the Sheriff’s Office substation nearest to the applicant’s residence no later than September 27.

If approved, a copy of the application will serve as the citizen’s permit to block portions of their street.

National Night Out is being celebrated in Caddo parish on October 4. Residents are encouraged to take a public stand against crime by participating in neighborhood gatherings and crime prevention events.

For more information about National Night Out, contact the Sheriff’s Office Community Programs Unit at 681-0875.

No other information is available at the moment.

This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available. 

2 seriously injured after Gordon Avenue shooting, police say

Monroe, LA – Monroe Police Department officials said the shooting occurred around 4:51 p.m. Thursday afternoon.

It happened in the 2600 block of Gordon Avenue.

Monroe Police Department officers responded to a shooting call.

When the officers arrived on scene, they found two adult male victim.

Police said both victims suffered gunshot wounds and were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Both victims were listed in serious condition.

Their identities have not yet been released.

No other information is available at the moment.

Please call the Monroe Police Department at 318-329-2600 if you have any information about this incident.

This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available. 

Governor Edwards announced that five Louisiana applicants are set to receive a total of $63.1 million in federal Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation

Shreveport, LA – According to the state officials, The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grant program is the first discretionary funding program to accept applications as directed by President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

State officials said that the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grants will be allocated as follows:

  • $22,164,000: Roadway and intersection improvements on the healthcare corridor near the intersection of I-49 and I-20 in Shreveport; includes reconstructed roadways and transit bus pull-outs, bus rapid transit with electric bus technology, ADA improvements, traffic signal and emergency vehicle preemption improvements, pedestrian facilities including a pedestrian bridge, protected bicycle lanes, and street lighting.
  • $20,000,000: Right-of-way acquisition, design, and construction of the Baton Rouge Train Station and Gonzales Train Station along the planned Baton Rouge-New Orleans (BR-NO) Inter-City Rail Service, including ADA accessible platforms and stations and supporting infrastructure.
  • $17,253,272: Rehabilitation of the Texas Street Business Corridor from the Highway 1 South Bypass to Washington Street in Natchitoches; includes rehabilitation of roads and drainage facilities, new pavement, new and widened sidewalks, walking paths, and dedicated bike and pedestrian lanes.
  • $2,626,679: Replacement of the existing closed, dilapidated Valentine Pontoon Bridge over Bayou Lafourche on LA 1 and LA 308 between Lockport and Larose with a more modern pontoon bridge.
  • $1,099,455: Replacement of a gravel roadway with a hard-surface roadway to the Pointe-a-la-Hache ferry facility; includes the addition of a new southbound left turn lane on LA 23, a northbound deceleration turn lane and acceleration lane, subsurface drainage improvements, and a parking area to accommodate commuters.

The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grant program was previously referred to as the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development and Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery discretionary grants.

The Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity grant program allows recipients to move forward with infrastructure projects that are more difficult to support through traditional funding programs.

The grant allows applicants to invest in road, rail, transit, and port projects that are critical to state and community infrastructure.

The City of Shreveport will host some of the top high school football programs in the region during the 2022 Battle on the Border High School Football Showcase

Shreveport, LA – According to the city officials, the games will be held on September 2-3 at Shreveport’s Independence Stadium. 

City officials also said that Battle on the Border XI features local, state, and regional powerhouse high school football programs from Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

The Battle on the Border consists of four games over two days, providing a slate of weekend games for area high school football fans. 

Tickets for the Battle on the Border start at $10 for advanced general admission, and one ticket is good for all four showcase games.

More information about the Battle on the Border High School Football Showcase here.

This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available. 

The state of Louisiana has distributed $25.4 million in mortgage assistance to 2,769 homeowners through the Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Fund

Shreveport, LA – According to the statement, our state was one of the first states in the country to launch the program.

The Louisiana Homeowner Assistance Fund is a federally funded relief program for homeowners financially affected by COVID-19 who are behind on their mortgages and at risk of foreclosure.

Homeowners can find out if they are eligible to receive assistance and apply here.

The program launched in January 2022 and funded through the American Rescue Plan Act and it provides $10 billion in federal relief for vulnerable homeowners nationwide.

Louisiana received $146.7 million and can provide up to $25,000 per eligible Louisiana homeowner.

The Louisiana Office of Community Development is administering the program.

Eligible homeowners include those who meet the following criteria:

  • Own and occupy a home in Louisiana as their primary residence
  • Meet income qualifications
  • Must be at least 30 days delinquent on mortgage payments
  • Experienced a financial hardship associated with the COVID-19 pandemic

1 dead following shooting on Sail Street, police say

New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Police Department officials said the fatal shooting occurred right after 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

It happened in the 7800 block of Sail Street.

New Orleans Police Department officers responded to a shooting call.

When the officers arrived on scene, they reportedly found one adult male victim.

Police said the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office will identify the victim and official cause of death upon completion of autopsy and notification of family, police officials said.

No other information is available at the moment.

Please call NOPD Homicide Detective Walter Edmond at 504-658-5300 if you have any information about the shooting.

This incident remains under investigation.

This is a developing story and it will be updated as new information become available. 

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