Austin eating places assist increase cash for Louisiana fisherman affected by Hurricane Ida

AUSTIN (KXAN) – On Monday night, Austin restaurants teamed up to serve fishermen hit by Hurricane Ida.

A benefit tasting was held at Justine’s Secret House to raise funds.

Adam Brick works for a seafood-based wholesale company in central Texas. He helped organize the event.

According to Brick, many local restaurants work with a select group of fishermen in southwest Louisiana – many of whom lost their boats during Ida.

“All we are trying to do is get the fishermen paid so they can focus and make the right decisions to get their boats fishing again. And they can focus on their families and they can focus on doing the right things and not have to worry about getting a paycheck in the next few weeks or something, ”Brick said.

brick has also set up a GoFundMe for Austinites who want to help.

To date, $ 2,100 has been raised online. The goal is $ 20,000.

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Hurricane Ida landed in Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 storm with winds reaching 250 mph, one of the strongest storms to hit the region since Hurricane Katrina, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

The National Hurricane Center warned on Sunday A life-threatening storm surge of nine feet or more from Burns Point, Louisiana to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, is expected at 11 a.m. ET and could potentially topple local levees.

Hurricane-force winds hit the southeastern Louisiana coast on Sunday morning before the storm hit land near Port Fourchon, Louisiana.

In the past hour, sustained winds of 43 mph and a gust of 67 mph have been reported at New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport. Ida was about 15 miles southwest of Grand Isle, Louisiana, and about 72 km southeast of Houma, Louisiana, the Hurricane Center said.

Ida landed on the anniversary of Katrina, the dangerous Category 3 storm that devastated Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years ago, killing more than 1,800 people and causing $ 125 billion in damage.

Ida’s strength and path will be a major test of flood control from New Orleans to Katrina, including levees, flood walls, and gates built to protect against storms. Katrina had broken levees and caused catastrophic flooding in New Orleans.

Ida has also raised concerns about the city’s hospitals, which are already overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients and have little space for evacuated patients. Emergency shelters in Louisiana are operating at reduced capacity due to the pandemic, although state officials are working to secure hotel rooms for evacuees.

Ida intensified so quickly that officers did not have time to order mandatory evacuations. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell ordered a mandatory evacuation for a small portion of the city outside the levee system, but said there was no time to enact one for the entire city.

All Sunday flights were also canceled due to the approaching storm, New Orleans Airport announced on Saturday.

president Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency for Louisiana and Mississippi, a move that empowers the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to coordinate all disaster relief efforts.

“The storm is a life-threatening storm,” said the president on Sunday at a briefing at FEMA headquarters. “The devastation is likely to be immense. Everyone should listen to instructions from local and state officials.”

Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards said Saturday the storm would be one of the strongest to hit the state since at least the 1850s.

A resident picks up sandbags home from a city-operated sandbag distribution point on Dryades YMCA along Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 in New Orleans as residents prepare for Hurricane Ida.

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National Weather Service forecasters “are extremely confident about the current route and intensity forecast for Hurricane Ida, and you don’t hear them talk very often about that level of confidence,” Edwards said during an afternoon press conference.

Harmful winds will spread to southwest Mississippi on Sunday night and early Monday, likely causing widespread tree damage and power outages, as well as heavy rains and expected across the central Gulf Coast, the Hurricane Center said.

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Covid vaccinations greater than double in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama

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More and more people who were once hesitant in several southern states are now getting their first vaccinations as the Delta-Covid variant is tearing through areas of the United States with low vaccination rates.

Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama have more than doubled the seven-day average of daily first-doses reported since early July, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows, as the outbreak worsened nationwide.

Over the same period, the average daily case number is unvaccinated from about 13,000 per day across the country to about 94,000 per day on the 4th.

“Americans are clearly seeing the effects of not being vaccinated and unprotected, and they are responding by doing their part, rolling up their sleeves and getting vaccinated,” White House Covid Tsar Jeff Zients said Thursday to reporters.

In Arkansas, which has the third worst outbreak in the country, based on new cases per capita every day, vaccinations nearly tripled. On July 1, the state administered a seven-day average of 2,893 first doses in the arms, which, according to a CNBC analysis of CDC data, represented new people receiving their first shots. By August 4, that number shot to a seven-day average of 8,585 first doses per day.

Mississippi, which saw the country’s fourth worst eruption, rose 109% through the 4th.

Louisiana is experiencing the worst per capita outbreak of new Covid cases in the country, recording hospital admissions after the Delta variant targeted the state’s mostly unvaccinated population.

The state governor has reintroduced a mask mandate until at least September 1 to slow down the transmission. Although, despite the recent surge in vaccinations, Louisiana still ranks fifth lowest in the country when it comes to fully vaccinated residents at 37.2%.

Behind Louisiana is Arkansas with 37% of the fully vaccinated population, Wyoming with 36.7%, Mississippi with 34.8% and Alabama with 34.6%, according to CDC data.

Covid cases with serious consequences are also increasing, according to US officials. The seven-day average of daily hospital admissions is up 41% from a week, with the average daily death toll up 39%, said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Thursday.

Studies have shown that the Delta variant, unlike the original Covid strain, is much more transmissible and requires two doses of vaccine to give the body a chance to fight against infection and severe symptoms.

“Even if someone decided to get the vaccine today, it will be some time before their body and immune system are able to cope with it,” said Gigi Gronvall, immunologist and senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Safety, said CNBC. “You want to make sure you aren’t exposed before your body has a chance to turn the virus off.”

Still, residents in severely affected states who start vaccinating will help slow the spread of the virus sooner rather than later and could prevent future hospitalizations and deaths.

Patients of different ages hospitalized with Covid in states like Missouri, Florida, Arkansas and Louisiana express their regret and ask their communities to get vaccinated after initially not receiving the vaccination.

Overall, the US reported an average of about 677,000 daily vaccinations last week (as of August 4), an 11% increase over the previous week.

The number of first vaccine doses increases faster than the overall rate. According to the CDC, an average of about 446,000 first doses were given daily for the past seven days, 17% more than the week before.

Louisiana school makes use of pandemic cash to pay scholar debt

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A junior college in Louisiana is using federal COVID-19 aid money to clear student debt for everyone who attended last year.

Chancellor Rodney Ellis says Southern University in Shreveport’s offering should help students who got into financial trouble during the pandemic get back to school without worrying about debt.

Ellis says the school is also offering $ 1,000 grants to all students who enroll by Aug. 6.

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Group Basis difficult northwest Louisiana to boost cash for early childhood schooling

SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) – After the worst days of COVID-19, the pandemic has exposed some of the injustices of society such as access to health care and the internet and economic wellbeing.

One of the most notable is education.

To meet the basic need for quality education, Northern Louisiana Community Foundation urges residents and businesses to raise funds to provide access to early childhood education programs.

“Early childhood education is critical to a young person’s brain development,” said Kristi Gustavson, executive director of the Community Foundation. “We now know from research that 90 percent of a child’s brain develops before the age of 5, especially language development between the ages of 0 and 5 is crucial.”

The Community Foundation hopes to raise $ 800,000 for early childhood education in the Bossier ward. The organization is seeking generous community members to donate $ 360,000. If that goal is achieved, the Community Foundation will add $ 40,000 and request a dollar-for-dollar match from the state.

“This year the state of Louisiana started a fund to give dollars to communities that raise funds,” said Gustavson.

Earlier, Gustavson said the Community Foundation helped raise $ 1 million for Caddo Parish families to gain access to early childhood education.

“In autumn 2019, 60 percent of the children who started school in the Bossier community were not ready for kindergarten,” according to the Community Foundation. However, the benefits of early childhood education extend beyond the child.

“It also helps mom and dad to go to work or school, and it has economic implications and benefits for the privately run daycare,” explains Gustavson.

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Louisiana legislature refers two amendments to 2022 poll regarding investing state cash in shares and digital submitting and remittance of gross sales taxes

Louisiana legislature put two amendments to vote in November 2022 last week.

Louisiana Increase In Maximum Amount In Stocks For Certain SWF Change (2022)

This change would increase the proportion of money in certain sovereign wealth funds that could be invested in stocks (stocks) from 35% to 65%. The increase would relate to the following funds:

  • Educational Quality Trust Fund in Louisiana;
  • Artificial Reef Development Fund;
  • Endowment Fund for Lifetime Licenses;
  • Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge Trust and Protection Fund; and
  • Russell Sage or Marsh Island Refuge Fund.

The change would also remove a provision in the Constitution that restricts the ability of lawmakers to increase the amount of money in the Millennium Trust that can be invested in stocks and instead allows lawmakers to provide for investment under common law.

Legislators passed House Bill 154 on June 2, 36-0 in the Senate and 100-0 in the House of Representatives. In Louisiana, a two-thirds majority is required in every chamber of the Louisiana state legislature to put an amendment to the vote.

Louisiana Creation of the State and Local Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Commission Amendment (2022)

This change would create the state and local streamlined sales and use tax commission. The commission would consist of eight members. The purpose of the Commission would be to streamline the electronic filing and transfer of all sales and use taxes. It would also be responsible for promulgating regulations on all sales and use taxes levied by a state tax authority. The administration of the commission would be funded by sales and use tax revenues. The change would require a two-thirds majority (66.67 percent) of the state legislatures to legislate on the functions and funding of the commission. The commission would replace the Louisiana Distance Sales and Use Tax Commission and the Louisiana Uniform Local Sales Tax Board after one year, with all employees moving to the new commission.

This change was introduced as House Bill 199 (HB 199) on March 26, 2021. On April 21, 2021 the House passed HB 199 by 97 votes to 4 with three absent. The Senate passed the bill unanimously with amendments on May 12, 2021. The House of Representatives rejected the Senate’s changes and a conference committee was convened. Both houses unanimously passed the legislative version of the conference committee on June 3, 2021.

Possible election actions in Louisiana in 2021 and 2022

There are eight other constitutional amendments for the 2022 ballot and three changes for the 2021 ballot that have been passed by a chamber of the Louisiana Legislature. They would appear on the nationwide ballot when passed in the second chamber.

Louisiana Historic Ballot Statistics

From 2000 to 2020, a total of 132 constitutional amendments were voted on nationwide in Louisiana. A total of 96 amendments appeared on the ballot paper in the even years and 36 amendments appeared on the ballot paper in the odd years. The average number of amendments appearing on the nationwide ballot was 10 in even years and 4 in odd years. Voters approved 71.88% (69 out of 96) and rejected 28.13% (27 out of 96) of the changes in even years. Voters approved 69.44% (25 out of 36) and disapproved 30.56% (11 out of 36) of the changes in odd years.

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