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News for Tuesday 080613

By Dave Graichen


Members of the Rapides parish police jury met with another architectural firm Monday to discuss the Rapides Coliseum project. The parish is several months into the design phase of a $23 million renovation to the entertainment venue on La. Highway 28 West. Barron Heinberg & Brocato was awarded the project last August, but the jury decided last week to temporarily halt work over concerns BH&B’s design would not work within the budget. On Monday, jurors met with Alliance Design Group, which originally submitted a proposal for the project along with BH&B. no specifics of the meeting were released.


Governor  Jindal  has declared a State of Emergency as a result of a train derailment in  St.  Landry  Parish.  Because the Union Pacific train is carrying hazardous materials, about  one-hundred homes were evacuated  and  U-S  190  in  the  area  has  been  closed  in  both directions.  Jindal  is  hopeful  the evacuation order will  not  be prolonged. The train derailed Sunday afternoon near the town of Lawtell.


Suspended LSU running back Jeremy Hill  will  not have to go to jail for  violating  his  probation last April, when he  punched  another person in a parking lot  of  the  bar. But Judge Bonnie Jackson said

Monday that  Hill  will  remain  on probation  until  2015,  perform community service and his curfew will remain in place. Within an hour of the judge’s decision, Coach Les Miles announced Hill will be back on the team this fall.


State  Education Superintendent John White says  the  current  three high school  diploma  tracks  in Louisiana - basic, college prep and career - do too little to prepare young people for the workplace, or

for the post-secondary education they'll almost surely need to get a decent job. White says he's targeting  a  package  of proposed bills for  the  Spring  Legislative Session to reform high school  diploma tracks.


Three Natchitoches Parish Detention Center correctional officers were suspended for 30 days without pay after the escape of a prisoner who later was recaptured while armed near Freeport, Texas.

The unnamed officers were suspended for violating standard operating procedures at the  Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.  What procedures were violated was not divulged.


State  Police  say  a woman from  Ville  Platte  was  killed  in  an Evangeline Parish Crash  Sunday  night. They say 33-year-old Monique Branch was crossed a center line and  ran  off  the  road, entered a ditch  rolled  over  and  struck  a  house. Brand was not wearing  a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.


A St. Charles Parish Sheriff's deputy was  killed  Sunday  night while responding to a call. State Police Trooper Melissa Matey says Deputy John  Watson was rolling with emergency lights on, when he  collided with a  car making a left turn across traffic, then careened head-on into a Ford  Expedition.  A motorcyclist  traveling behind the expedition then drove into the back of it. Three other men were injured, one critically, in the crash.  Neither Deputy or the driver of the  SUV  were wearing seat belts.  Matey  says  impairment  is  not suspected in the crash.


The  Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's office is looking for a gunman that shot three  people  who  were part of a large gathering in a parking lot of a Waffle House in Gray.  Captain  Dawn Foret says between 100 to 200 people were in the parking lot early  Sunday  morning,  after attending a concert at the Evergreen Cajun Center. Foret  says  the  shooting  could  be  connected to an incident that

happened at the concert, when two people flashed their guns.


The  Department  of  Health  and  hospitals  says a third case of an intestinal  illness  caused  by  a  parasite has been  confirmed  in Louisiana.  The  newest  case  here in the  nationwide  outbreak  of

cyclospora  has been reported in  Caddo  Parish.  Other  states  are tracing the illness  to  pre-packed salads served at Olive Garden and Red Lobster.


A fairly rare occurrence  in  Monroe, as a local woman gives birth to identical triplets. The three  girls  came  into  the  world several weeks  early and are of pretty low birth weight, but their  prognosis

is good.  Parents,  Hallie  and  Curtis Coleman have named the girls Savannah, Madelyn and Lell.


A search is underway on the  Bogue Chitto River near Franklinton for a   young  woman who vanished while  tubing.  The  Coast  Guard  and sheriff's deputies  are  looking  for 22-year-old Melanie Borja, who they say hopped off her inner tube  to swim for a few minutes Sunday

afternoon. Friends lost sight of her,  and  called  authorities. The search  is encompassing area of five miles in the vicinity  of  the river.


Federal health officials gave approval Monday to the final piece of the financial deal involving LSU’s partnership with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services signed off on the arrangement in which the Lake took over operation of LSU outpatient clinics and urgent care center. CMS approved a compensation arrangement in which the Lake receives 95 percent of allowable Medicaid costs. The reimbursement is more than other area hospitals receive.





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