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News in Brief- May 12, 2019

News in Brief- May 12, 2019

Trump plans to talk energy jobs in May 14 trip to Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to visit Louisiana Tuesday to highlight job growth related to energy.

The White House said Monday that Trump is scheduled to travel May 14 to Hackberry, an unincorporated Louisiana community on the Gulf Coast between New Orleans and Houston. The president plans to tour a shipping facility that uses trains to bring in liquefied natural gas for export overseas.

The White House says Trump will discuss how energy infrastructure projects such as Sempra's Cameron LNG Export Facility in Louisiana are creating American jobs.

The visit will be Trump's third trip to Louisiana since he took office in 2017.

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House shelves bid for governor, lieutenant governor ticket

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's governor and lieutenant governor won't be elected jointly, after the House rejected the idea.

Rep. Walt Leger, a New Orleans Democrat, proposed the candidates for Louisiana's top two offices to be chosen on a ticket, like the president and vice president are.

Leger says 26 other states choose the leaders of the offices together. He says a joint ticket could guard against political conflict and help the governor use the state's number two official as "a true lieutenant."

Opponents questioned if the change would expand the governor's power and move Louisiana's politics to more closely mimic the partisanship of Washington.

Only 36 lawmakers supported the idea Wednesday, while 64 opposed it. The constitutional amendment required two-thirds support, or 70 votes, to reach the Senate.

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Tuesday likely reopening for Louisiana spillway

NEW ORLEANS, La. - The Army Corps of Engineers says it wants to open a historic Mississippi River flood control channel above New Orleans on Tuesday for an unprecedented second time in one year.

This comes as floods across the Midwest have caused billions of dollars of damage to homes, farms and other businesses and is less than five weeks after the Bonnet Carré Spillway was closed on April 11.

The National Weather Service says continued rains in the Midwest and Ohio Valley and floodwaters from the upper Mississippi River are heading down the Mississippi. In addition, storms are expected to dump 5 to 10 inches of rain in Louisiana and Arkansas.

The Mississippi River drains 41 percent of the U.S. mainland, and Corps officials say the past 12 months have been among the wettest on record. Floods across the Midwest have caused billions of dollars of damage to homes, farms and other businesses.

The spillway is opened to relieve stress on New Orleans levees when the Mississippi flows at 1.25 million cubic feet per second.

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Louisiana welcomes the record 51.3 million visitors in 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser announced record tourism numbers for 2018. The state welcomed 51.3 million visitors in 2018, representing an increase of nine percent over the 47.1 million visitors reported by DK Shifflet in April 2017.

Visitors spent $18.8 billion, an increase of seven percent over 2017. The travel and tourism industry generated $1.9 billion in state and local tax revenue in 2018. Tax revenue generated through travel and tourism spending saves each household in Louisiana $1,082 a year in taxes that would be needed to maintain current services.

Investing in tourism to promote and market Louisiana leads to thousands of direct and indirect jobs for the state. At the end of 2018, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows 237,200 jobs were the result of visitor spending in Louisiana, an increase of 2,600 new tourism-related jobs over 2017. A total of 6,700 new tourism-related jobs have been added in Louisiana since 2016.