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News for Tuesday 020414

By Dave Graichen


The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's office says a man from Arnaudville is dead after he was shot in the back during a carjacking.  They say 49 year  old  Michael  Patin died in the parking lot of the Jockey  Lot where he worked. Suspects  are  reportedly  in  custody but no other information on them is being released because of their age.


The State Department of Health and Hospitals will hold a public hearing  today on new regulations on abortion clinics that have pro-choice  activists upset. New Orleans lawyer Ellie Schilling says she opposes the   new rules because they could prevent new facilities from opening and  being licensed. She says by reducing the  availability of abortion clinics, women's safety is at risk and access  to information is eliminated.


 A move to tweek the state's anti sodomy law is stirring controversy.  Part of Louisiana's anti sodomy law lists consensual oral or consensual  anal sex between humans, as crimes against nature.  Representative  Patricia Smith of Baton Rouge filed a bill to get rid that part of the  law because the U.S Supreme court has already ruled it unconstitutional . However, Louisiana Family Forum leader Gene Mills is against changing the current anti sodomy law. With support from the state sheriffs association and the Louisiana  district attorneys association, Smith intends to move forward with the bill in the upcoming legislative session to remove portions of the law.


The  weekend  death  of  Morgan City Police Chief Travis Crouch in a hotel room in Biolxi is being investigated as a suicide. Morgan City Police Department spokesman  Lt.  James Blair says the Biloxi police department does not believe there was  anyone  else involved in this incident at the Beau Rivage. Blair says whether or not it was an accident or  intentional remains under investigation.


Sad story out of New Orleans. Police say a 6 year old boy died after he  was  struck by a hit and run car Monday morning while  crossing  a street. They  say  the child's 9 year old sister was injured but she will survive. Police have a suspect in custody.


Authorities  in  Lake  Arthur say they've identified the body  of  a woman who was found lying  face  down in a ditch on Friday. They say they don't know how 27 year old Lacie  Fontenot  died  just yet, but authorities are treating the death as suspicious.


Governor  Bobby  Jindal  announced  Monday  the expansion of the  LSU College  of Engineering project has exceeded  its  private  donation goal. He said  more than 450 Individual and corporate donors pledged $52.5 million-dollars  which  fulfills  the College of Engineering's commitment to match $50 million in state capital outlay funds. LSU  Chancellor  F  King  Alexander  says  this  state  of  the  art renovation of Patrick F Taylor Hall will attract  the  best  and the brightest


A  man  on  death  row  for killing his 6 year old stepson almost 20 years  ago  is  going  to wait  another  90  days.   The  state  has experienced difficulty in  finding  the  approved  drug used for all

lethal  injections.   Since the state is changing it to  a  two-drug system,  attorneys  for Christopher  Sepulvado  says  they  want  to investigate that new plan to make sure it is not going to create any

cruel and unusual punishment questions.


A massive search is underway right now for two  inmates  who escaped from the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center in Centerville.  The Sheriff's  Office  says the men are considered to be dangerous. They are 28 year old Chris  Horton  of Bayou Vista and 36 year old Joshua Folks of Franklin. Horton is incarcerated for second degree murder.


According to a release from the  Governor's office, the selection of Baton rouge for the IBM technology center project was one of the top 8 economic development deals in the nation  in  2013. Governor Jindal  also  says  Business Facilities magazine names Louisiana  as runner-up for State of the Year.


The  Powerball  jackpot is getting high again. The Louisiana Lottery says the prize is up to $215 million for Wednesday's drawing. That's a cash value of $124.1 million.


A teenager from Baton Rouge has been  arrested  for posting  a  nude picture  on twitter of another teen she was having an argument with. Seventeen  year-old  Hayley  Douglas told Sheriff's Deputies she did not post the picture of the 15  year-old  juvenile  with any kind of maliciousness. She was booked into the East Baton Rouge  Parish Jail on one count of video voyeurism.


New York just hosted its first ever Super Bowl and now we're looking at when The Big Easy  could  get  The  Big  Game for the record 11th time.  New  Orleans is a finalist to host the Super  Bowl  in  2018. Greater New Orleans  Sports  Foundation  President  Jay  Cicero says they've got stiff competition in Minneapolis and Indianapolis. The  Super  Bowl  was  in Indianapolis in 2012 and the city received good reviews as a host city.


It is exactly one month away from Fat Tuesday! Because Mardi Gras is a  state wide event, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne hopes the new interactive  web and print advertisements running in surrounding state will bring in  additional visitors to partake in the Louisiana carnival.  This is the first time the state has conducted an out of state  advertising campaign to promote the Mardi Gras  season. Dardenne says  they are trying to take advantage of the later than normal carnival season.



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