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News for Thursday 020614

By Dave Graichen


The National Weather Service has issued yet another winter weather  advisory for  Rapides, Avoyelles and Vernon Parish. The NWS in Lake Charles says  the advisory is in effect from 9 am til 12 noon. During that time there is the possibility of sleet or light freezing rain. Today's winter event could cause problems on elevated roadways or bridges, but poor conditions shouldn't last very long.


Keith Bonin, president of the Alexandria Kennel Club and chairman of the Mardi Gras Dog Show, said he plans to sign a two-year contract this week to keep the event at the At the Alexandria Riverfront Center for the next two years. It was feared, due to scheduling conflicts and the unavailability of the Rapides Parish coliseum, the show would be forced to leave town.  Bonin said local officials have “bent over backward” to ensure the show stays in Alexandria.


The  state  department  of  education announces 47 of Louisiana's 69 school systems are technology  ready, which is a 25 percent increase from July. State Superintendent John White says the progress seen in a short time shows school districts  are  committed  to ensuring all students have access to technology. White  says  the Department of Education is helping schools  achieve technology readiness  by helping them purchase computers, I-pads and laptops at discounted prices.


More  jobs  are  headed  to  New  Orleans as Governor  Bobby  Jindal announced yesterday that International Shipholding Corporation is moving their corporate headquarters from Mobile  to  New Orleans.  Once the corporate headquarters are complete, the company will bring at least 100 high-paying jobs to the city.  Mayor Mitch  Landrieu  says  this move reflects to rebuilding of New Orleans post-Katrina to be –quote -"better than we were before."


The state Civil Service Commission agreed Wednesday to the privatization of LSU’s hospital in Bogalusa after hearing that it would save taxpayers at least $10 million annually. The commission voted 6-1 for the plan, which involves the layoff of the hospital’s 554 employees. The good news is, 100 percent of the hospital employees have been offered a position with the private operator. The transition is scheduled to take place March 17.


A former  volunteer firefighter has been charged with four counts of simple arson  in  connection  with  fires that investigators say were intentionally  set  in  a  wooded  area  just   south  of  Deridder,

Twenty-six  year-old Brandon Harris was booked into  the  Beauregard Parish jail with a $60 thousand dollar bond.


The prosecution has rested its corruption case against former New  Orleans mayor Ray Nagin. Federal prosecutors brought over two-dozen  witnesses to the stand and 5 of them testified they bribed Nagin in  order to receive lucrative contracts. Loyola University law Prof Dane  Ciolino says the prosecution has delivered a strong case so far.  Ciolino says Nagin's defense team will have to prove that the  prosecution's witnesses are liars.


CVS Pharmacy announced Wednesday that they will stop selling tobacco  products by October 1. Director for the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco  Free Living Torrie Harris says they have been working hard to get  pharmacies in Louisiana to get tobacco products from behind the counter. Harris says the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living advocates for  a healthy lifestyle and CVS's decision is a milestone. Especially since smoking is the number one cause of preventable deaths across  the world.


The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's office says an argument over certain groups  being  mentioned  in  rap  song  lyrics  lead  to a drive-by shooting Sunday that claimed the life of a woman who was an innocent bystander. They say two arrests were made Monday and Tuesday and the search  continues for a 17 year old who was also allegedly  involved in the shooting. The charge for the 3 is first degree murder.


There are reports that the New Orleans Arena, where the NBA's Pelicans  play, will be renamed the Smoothie King Center. An official announcement  could be made today. Tulane Marketing Professor Eric Hamerman says the NBA All Star Game is taking place at the New Orleans Arena on  February 16th. Hamerman says that’s probably why the naming rights deal  is going down now. Hamerman says  it makes perfect public relations sense that Smoothie  King would want their name on the  Arena since their headquarters are in  suburban New Orleans.


Jacoby Davis, a former Vermilion Catholic High School standout football player filed a lawsuit against the school and Diocese of Lafayette, claiming he was expelled in 2013 without due process after he was accused of getting two teens pregnant.  The lawsuit claims, one of the girls was another Vermilion Catholic student who was not expelled, while Davis was expelled in February 2013 during his junior year and was denied requests to defend himself. The lawsuit does not provide additional information about the second mother, including what school she attended.





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