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News for Friday 080913

By Dave Graichen


Governor Bobby Jindal has issued an executive order, setting dates for  special elections to replace 5th District Congressman Rodney Alexander.  A primary is set for October 19th, with a November 16th general  election. Supporters are already falling behind Columbia state Senator  Neil Riser. Congressman Charles Boustany has endorsed Riser, and there  are reports that Congressman John Fleming backs him too.  Word is, Ruston Democrat state Senator Rick Gallot is likely to get in

the race, as is Monroe Democrat Rep. Marcus Hunter.


The Saints kick-off the preseason tonight against the Kansas City  Chiefs. The starters will be on the field for just a few plays, but  Saints radio color analyst Hokie Gajan says he hopes Charles Brown gets  a long look at left tackle.  The Saints will also show off their new 3-4 defense tonight and tonight is also the first time Coach Sean Payton will be on the  sidelines for the Saints, since the playoff loss to San Francisco in  January 2012. Hear the game on 96.9 KZMZ.


New  research  from  Stanford  University shows Louisiana leads  the nation in student achievement at  charter  schools; ranking near the top  in  reading and math. Governor Bobby Jindal  proudly  made  the announcement yesterday at a charter school in New Orleans. There  are  over  100 charter schools in our state;  educating  some 60-thousand kids. Jindal  says  charter  schools  can  be especially helpful to kids from low-income homes and kids with disabilities.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has followed the lead of Colorado  state  University  hurricane  researchers  and has revised  its  forecast  for  the  remainder of the 2013 storm Season downward slightly. NOAA now expects  no  more  than 19 named storms, but they've trimmed the number expected to become hurricanes down to between 6 and 9.


All  the  remaining  evacuees  from  Sunday's  train  derailment  in Lawtell, in St. Landry Parish, have been  allowed  to  return  home. Cleanup of debris and wrecked train cars is in its final stages, but

any hazardous materials being hauled have been safely moved from the area.  Highway 190 is reopened, but State Police ask you still avoid the area  if  possible.  The cost of that train wreck is still being calculated.


The pot has officially  been stirred for LSU's season opener against TCU on August 31st -- but  this  is  between coaches. TCU Coach Gary Patterson is criticizing Coach Les Miles for allowing the players to vote on Jeremy Hill's reinstatement. Patterson  said  the  way  Miles  handled   the situation  doesn't teach life lessons.


Vanity Fair magazine  places  Louisiana First Lady Supriya Jindal in the Top Ten of its Best Dressed  political  wives  list. The article praises  Mrs.  Jindal's  style  sense,  and choice of "body-slimming

suits and lots of Republican-approved red".


The  town of Gibsland in Bienville Parish is under investigation  by several  agencies  for  more than $80,000 in missing funds. They are also having troubles paying  their  bills.  Entergy  has warned they

will be shutting power off to them and the Red River Pump Specialist is suing them for nearly $20,000 in unpaid fees. On the  15th  state officials  will determine if a fiscal administrator needs to take over

the towns finances.


Officials  say  a  27-year-old woman will get 150 days in  jail  for coming to court drunk with her kids. They say Jessica Wood of Larose came to the Lafourche Parish court house on traffic charges, and the staff said they could  smell  alcohol.  Apparently  Wood also argued with  the  judge  who then held her in contempt. The young  children were put into the custody of the state.


The  Terrebonne  Parish Sheriff's office announces an arrest in last weekend's triple shooting  in  the  parking  lot  of a Waffle House. Captain  Dawn  Foret says they booked 22-year-old Larry  Chatman  of Thibodaux  and  charged   him   with   three   counts  of  attempted second-degree murder. Foret says Chatman's bond has also been set at one-million dollars. The three people shot in the Waffle House parking lot are recovering from their injuries.


AT&T  announces  it  will  hold a job fair Saturday  in  Houma.  The company  is  looking for technicians  to  work  inside  and  outside testing equipment  and  services.  The  event will take place at the Holiday Inn on Martin Luther King Blvd from 9am-3pm.


Police  in  Gonzales, in Ascension Parish, seek a man dressed  as  a woman, who allegedly  tried  to  rob  a Capital One Bank branch, but  apparently lost his nerve and left. Police  Sgt.  Steve Nethken says the  suspect  entered the bank wearing a wig, a woman's  hat,  black scrubs and carrying a purse. He wrote something on a deposit slip; presumably a hold-up note, but left before his turn in line came up.  Nethken  says  they intend to charge the man with attempted robbery, once he's caught.


More than 700 men and women donning caps and gowns will leave their seats at LSU’s basketball arena Friday, shake hands with university bigwigs and then walk across the stage into their new lives as college graduates. Among the 715 graduates who will pack the arena will be students from 43 Louisiana parishes, 33 states and 32 foreign countries. Their ages range from 66 to 20.

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