News for Tuesday 091713
By Dave Graichen
Gas prices continue their steady decline. The American Automobile Association says the current statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.33 which is down seven cents from this time last week.
The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's office says two men in Carencro are dead in what may be a murder-suicide. Captain Kip Judice says 61-year-old Harold Pope was shot and killed during a fight with his son, 38-year-old Jeremy Pope who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He says they are not looking for a suspect in this case that remains under investigation..
Lake Charles Police say a DeQuincy man is brain-dead, after taking a beating while trying to stop a fight between several people at the bar where he worked. Deputy Police Chief Mark Kraus says 30-year-old Chad Babineaux was punched numerous times while trying the break up the fight. He was found lying unresponsive on the floor of the On The Rocks bar. One suspect, 19-year-old Austin Soileau has been arrested for 2nd degree battery and more charges are expected.
A report by the state Legislative Auditor says the Department of Natural Resources has done an inconsistent job of collecting the millions in oil & gas royalties owed Louisiana by energy companies.
The audit alleges a "lax" system of review that's allowed lots of money to go unpaid. A representative of DNR says the audit ended in late 2012, and steps have already been taken to assure oil & gas companies are paying what they should.
Monday Governor Bobby Jindal broke ground on the first phase of the $975 million Centeler Steel manufacturing project in Shreveport. Last year the European company announced this two-phase project will be built on 330 acres at The Port of Caddo-Bossier and create 675 new direct jobs. The project will create more than 1,000 construction jobs with the first phase expected to be completed in 2 years followed by the opening of a steel production mill within the next four years.
Louisiana residents seeking a health insurance policy for when Obamacare goes into effect on January first can begin shopping for their coverage two weeks from today. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana C-E-O Mike Reitz (Rightz) says health insurance exchanges will open for enrollment on October first. Reitz says Medicare and Medicaid patients are not impacted and many
people who pay for health coverage through their employer will continue to receive their insurance. But he says people who are on a group plan through work are encouraged to see if they can a find a more cost effective alternative through the insurance marketplace
The LSU Board has temporarily reached an agreement with 2 newspapers who are demanding the presidential search records be turned over. Apparently the documents will be given to the judge to comply with her order, however they will stay under seal while LSU appeals the ruling that the information is public record. It could be months before the contents are made public, depending on how higher courts rule.
Law enforcement agencies were investigating bomb threats late Monday afternoon made to several CVS and Walgreen drug stores in Acadiana. No devices were found and the incidents remain under investigation.
A former Louisiana congressman is fighting proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid that could be disastrous for the elderly and disabled. Billy Tauzin is now senior counsel for the Partnership for Quality Home Health Care. He says federal authorities plan a 14% cut to the Medicare home health benefit, over a three year span. He says he'll lobby hard to convince Congress to reject the proposed cut.
The 6-year-old boy from west Shreveport, who was reported missing last week has been found in East Texas with his father. 45-year-old Mathew Monie has been charged on an outstanding warrant for interference with the custody of a child. He will soon be extradited
back to Shreveport.
An LSU fraternity has apologized for an offensive banner they hung from their house Saturday that read "Getting massacred is nothing new to Kent State" -- referencing the 1970 shootings on the
Kent State campus. A picture of the banner spread in outrage over social media and LSU police asked the fraternity to remove it.
Police in New Orleans say a 5-year-old child was shot when his drunk father began firing at his wife in another room, and the bullets went through the wall. They say the little boy was struck in the leg
and side and is in stable condition at a hospital. The father faces a charge of attempted murder.
School officials in St. Bernard Parish say they've decided to shut off water at all of their schools due to the brain-eating amoeba that was found in its water supply recently. They say they want to be extra careful. Health officials say the risk is mostly with children getting water up their noses.
A fender bender in Caddo Parish led to two DWI arrests; one of them an off-duty Caddo deputy. Lt. Don Gibbs was hit while making a left turn by someone passing him in a no-passing zone. When fellow deputies arrived, they determined both drivers were impaired. Gibbs was charged with 1st ofense DWI. For the other driver, 2nd offense DWI and driving under suspension.
Authorities in Baton Rouge says five local woman, all tax preparers, are charged with tax fraud totaling over $1-million. One allegedly submitted W2's from businesses that didn't exist to get
people refunds they didn't deserve. The others are charged with filing false returns using stolen personal information.