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News for Friday 082313

By Dave Graichen


A 15-year-old faces first-degree  murder  charges  in the death of a Pineville woman, who was killed in Lafayette last weekend. Lafayette Police Corporal Paul Mouton says the teenager is from  Lafayette and he was booked into the parish juvenile detention center. Mouton says

detectives also believe they've found the murder weapon. 51-year-old Connie Burch, a Pineville resident,  was found shot dead on  a  city  street Sunday morning. A tip led to the  teen  suspect, whose name is  being  withheld. Mouton says his motive for allegedly killing the victim is unknown. And they still don't know why 51-year-old Connie Burch was in Lafayette.


State Superintendent of Education John White says the number of  technology-ready school districts has increased sevenfold in one year.  Over the last year, school districts have upgraded or purchased an  additional 65-thousand computers and tablets. White says because of  these efforts, 37 districts meet the minimum technology standard. White says an additional 18 districts are on the cusp of meeting the  minimum standard for technology devices, which is one computing device  for every seven students.


Outgoing District 5 Congressman Rodney Alexander has endorsed Columbia  state Senator Neil Riser to replace him in the U.S. House. Many feel  there's been a plot to set Riser up with an advantage over other  candidates seeking to succeed Alexander. LSU political science professor

Kirby Goidel says some will likely use that in their campaigns.  The endorsement of the outgoing office-holder usually gives candidates  an edge. Goidel says the appearance that Alexander's resignation, his  appointment to the Governor's cabinet and Riser's "favorite son" status  could look to some  like a "back room deal" was made, which could  backfire on Riser's campaign.


A  burn  ban has now been  order for Bossier Parrish areas and parts of southern Caddo and Desoto   parishes.  The  ban  will  remain  in effect  as long as present conditions  continue.  Those  areas  have received less than average rain fall and have very dry vegetation.


Dramatic video showing  numerous  trees being swallowed whole by the Bayou Corne sinkhole, in Assumption  Parish, is getting national and international  media attention. The footage  -  shot  by  Assumption Parish Emergency  Preparedness  Director  John  Boudreaux - has been viewed more than 425-thousand times on YouTube.  Boudreaux says it's a  powerful  illustration  of  what  folks  with property  near  the sinkhole have been going through.


Vernon  Parish lawmen are still investigating who is responsible  for three large  outdoor  marijuana  growing  operations  that have been discovered and uprooted in recent months. The three pot  fields  had an  estimated  street value of over $60-million. There are currently no solid leads to identify the growers.


A Jefferson Parish state lawmaker has resigned his seat in the state House,  after  federal  authorities  accuse  him  of cheating on his income  taxes.  Harvey  Rep.  Girod  Jackson  is  alleged   to  have misrepresented his income on one tax return, and failed to file  for two  other  years.  The  Legislative Black Caucus issued a statement reacting   to   Jackson's  resignation   this   afternoon.   Jackson

represented Louisiana House District 87.


The Department of Transportation and Development launches an  application that will provide drivers with traffic information while  on the road. DOTD spokesman Dustin Annison says it's called the "Way  to Geaux" (G-E-A-U-X) app. The app can be downloaded for iPhones or Androids by visiting DOTD's  website, the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Annison says all you  have to do is set your phone down, and traffic alerts will automatically be sent to your phone after an incident is entered into  the system by operators at Traffic Management Centers.


Shreveport's Independence Bowl is losing its title sponsor. Advocare says 2013 will be the last  year for the Advocare V-100 Independence Bowl. Bowl officials says they  aren't giving up after 38 years, and are confident they'll find another sponsor.


The  federal  corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been delayed.  Set  to  start on October 7th, Nagin's trial will now begin three weeks later.  The  "Chocolate  City" former mayor is

accused of taking bribes from contractors while he was in office. He denies doing anything wrong.


 Southern Living Magazine has once again named LSU as a contender for  the "South's Best Tailgate" competition -- which is featured in their  issue that hits newsstands today. Travel and features editor Jennifer  Cole says they picked 15 schools with the greatest pregame parties for

 a chance to earn the best tailgate honor, and LSU was a no brainer.  Cole says they are asking fans to decide which school best honors the  great tradition of Southern hospitality with the most spirited tailgate.



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