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News for Wednesday 020514

By Dave Graichen


With Louisiana having a difficult time finding drugs  to  perform  a lethal  injection  against  a convicted child killer, Governor Bobby Jindal confirms the state is  examining  other  alternatives. Jindal says  expect to see legislation in the upcoming session,  addressing this issue. Christopher  Sepulvado  (suh PULL  vah  doe)  was  scheduled  to  be executed today for murdering his six year-old stepson.


Abortion rights supporters claimed success Tuesday as the state health agency scrapped new rules for outpatient abortion facility licensing, but said they remain leery of what comes next. The DHH suddenly canceled a planned Tuesday afternoon public hearing on the abortion clinic licensing standards.  According to a statement issued by DHH communications director Olivia Watkins, “There were problems with the wording.” Watkins said the rules would be revised “for consistency and clarity.” and the agency will issue “a revised rule and letter of intent at a later date”. No time frame was given for the revamp.


Louisiana's Ag Commissioner Mike Strain is happy Congress finally  approved a Farm Bill. The nearly 100-billion dollar a year measure heads  to President Barak Obama's desk, where he is expected to sign it. Strain  says the bill provides a safety net for farmers, who face unpredictable market and weather conditions.  Strain says the bill also aggressively restores U-S trade promotion


Citing a need for better communication among first responders, State Police officials announced Tuesday plans for a new statewide training system aimed at getting roads reopened more quickly following accidents. The Traffic Incident Management system developed by the Federal Highway Administration is already in place in 33 states. The system aims to make sure all first responders, police, fire, medical and even wrecker services, have the same training and information when arriving at an accident scene to streamline the process and reopen roads more quickly.


Two inmates who escaped from the  St.  Mary  Parish  Law Enforcement Center in Centerville are back in custody.  28 year old  Christopher Horton and 36 year old Joshua Folks escaped Sunday.  Horton  is a convicted  murderer,  while Folks was in prison for aggravated rape. The sheriff's office has  not  yet provided details on how they were captured.


Police  in  Welsh say caught a garbage man selling  drugs  from  the trash truck while  he was on his route. Authorities say says 33 year old Nicholas Coble  was  fired  after  he was booked on several drug  charges  for allegedly honking his horn outside  houses  where people would come  out  and  by  drugs.


Louisiana  State  Police  say  an  officer with the Lake  Providence Police Department is under arrest for  allegedly  offering to accept $50  from a person who was speeding in lieu of issuing  a  citation. Spokesman   Albert   Paxton   says   a  resident  of  Arkansas  told investigators the suspect pulled them  over  for  speeding on a Lake Providence Highway. Paxton says 51-year-old Clint Reed confessed that he  requested  and took  $50  instead  of  issuing the citation. He is charged with one

count of malfeasance in office.


A Lake Charles City  Councilman wants to have regulations on the new e-cigarettes.  Dana Jackson  says  the city should be careful on how easily people can get their hands on  them, especially since there's not a lot of research from the FDA to determine their safety of use. The council will review the proposal tomorrow and vote on Feb 19.


The  Baton  Rouge Police Department says a 30 year old man is  under arrest for allegedly  giving  his  girlfriend  a dose of heroin that lead to her death last month. They say Brandon Erick  was taken into custody Monday and is charged with second degree murder. 31 year old Leah Hutchinson and the suspect were found by officers passed out in a  car in December...both were taken to a hospital where  the  woman later died of an apparent drug overdose.


A man who used to fight fires himself is believed to have been found in the ashes of his own Loranger home  early  this morning according to State Fire Marshal Butch Browning. He says they  are working with the  coroner  to  determine  if  the deceased is 79 year old  George George Schilling. Browning says neighbors and family  told investigators Schilling was inside the home at the time of the blaze.


One of the most popular assistant coaches in the Who-Dat Nation will be  serving  as the Grand Marshal for the Krewe of Argus Parade. New Orleans Saints  Defensive  Coordinator  Rob  Ryan  will  be  rolling through Metairie on Fat Tuesday which is March 4th.


The University of Louisiana at Lafayette announces they are now offering  courses online for certified teachers who want to mentor their peers.  ULL Curriculum Instruction Department head Dr. Peter Sheppard says educators can take this 12-hour, non-degree "Teacher Coaching" program  to fine tune their own expertise.  Sheppard says each of the four courses which, are structured to accommodate working teachers, is 7 weeks long and they all can be  completed in about 10 months. You can get more information on this program by emailing:  "online@louisiana.edu"



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