MONDAY: Power Outage News, Air Quality Awareness Week, Film Tax Credits, and the Odds of for the 2016 Presidential Election


Tom Peters from Entergy shares news on power outages.  In New Orleans there are reports that winds were clocked at 71 miles per hour.  "We still have around 65,000 out in the Baton Rouge area," Peters says.  There are no known fatalities from the thunderstorm.  Peters warns from interfering or moving fallen power lines or branches tangled in power lines.  


Environmental Scientist Manager at Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality Vivian Aucoin begins Air Quality Awareness Week today.  She is joined by Lauren Tompkins from Louisiana Clean Fuels.  May is Air Quality Awareness Month.  Their website allows for notification for when there is a dangerous ozone level.  "We are really trying to promote the use of alternative fuel," Tompkins says, "What I mean is natural gas, electric, and propane vehicles." 

The Economist Dr. Loren Scott from LSU comments on film tax credits.  He was at LSU for 33 years.  He calls the potential budget cuts to LSU "ugly" and "cut to the bone."

 His report says that Louisiana is only getting about 25 cents back for ever dollar they spend on the film industry.


Expert on Odds Peter Loshak gives the current odds of the 2016 presidential election.  The odds right now on Governor Jindal are 25 to 1 to win the GOP Nomination and 41 to 1 to win the presidential election from Paddy Power.  Hillary Clinton is even odds right now to win the presidential election.  Clinton is 1 to 7 to win the Democratic Nomination.  

Jeb Bush is 9 to 4 to win the Republican Nomination.  He is 4 to 1 to win the entire race.  

Kim Kardashian is 1000 to 1 to win the 2016 presidential election.  Donald Trump is 100 to 1.  

Marco Rubio is 3 to 1 to win the Republican Nomination.

Chris Christie is 10 to 1 right now to win the Republican Nomination.   

Elizabeth Warren is 12 to 1 to win the Democratic Nomination.  

Patrick Mulhearn Director of Studio Operations, Raleigh Studios Baton Rouge at the Celtic Media Centre offers a different opinion on tax credits.  He argues that the film industry brings in a great deal of tourism.  He talks about an online poll in which 14.5% of people said that the film industry is the reason people came to Louisiana.  

A film is eligible for tax credits after their budget in Louisiana exceeds $300,00.  People in Louisiana favor 4 to 1 keeping the film tax credits as is.  

Films such as Oblivion and Battleship were filmed in Louisiana, as well as three new television shows.  

"If you were to eliminate the whole thing, there would be zero savings for the 2015-16 budget year." 

He suggests people take a harder look at fracking.