KSYL Local News Archives for 2012-09

News For Friday 09/28/12


NEWS FOR FRIDAY 09/28/12
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

IT LOOKS LIKE COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANS ACROSS THE STATE WILL NEED A RAIN PONCHO TOMORROW NIGHT. STATE CLIMATOLOGIST BARRY KEIM SAYS ANOTHER FRONT IS MOVING THROUGH; BRINGING MODERATE RAIN CHANCES FOR THIS AFTERNOON, BUT BETTER CHANCES OF SHOWERS SATURDAY. HE SAYS THIS IS ESPECIALLY SO FOR SOUTH LOUISIANA HOME GAMES IN BATON ROUGE AND LAFAYETTE. KEIM SAYS MOST ALL OF THE STATE WILL GET AT LEAST SOME RAIN FROM THIS SYSTEM.

A MAJOR JOB FAIR WAS HELD IN ALEXANDRIA YESTERDAY BY SUTHERLAND GLOBAL SERVICES IN AN EFFORT TO HIRE UP TO 500 EMPLOYEES FOR THE COMPANY’S NEW CALL AND SERVICE CENTER. THE NEW YORK-BASED COMPANY WILL HOLD ANOTHER STAFFING EVENT AT THE SAI CONVENTION CENTER ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. A COMPANY OFFICIAL SAYS EMPLOYEE TRAINING SHOULD START IN MID TO LATE OCTOBER, AND IF ALL GOES ACCORDING TO PLAN, THE CENTER SHOULD BE UP AND GOING IN LATE DECEMBER OR THE EARLY PART OF JANUARY. INTERESTED APPLICANTS ARE STRONGLY URGED TO APPLY ONLINE BEFORE ATTENDING NEXT TUESDAY’S EVENT. VISIT CLEDA'S WEBSITE, WWW.CENTRALLOUISIANA.ORG YOU WILL FIND A LINK THERE TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION.

VETERANS WERE INVITED TO A "HIRE OUR HEROES" JOB FAIR YESTERDAY AT LOUISIANA DOWNS IN BOSSIER CITY. NUMEROUS EMPLOYERS TOOK PART, OFFERING JOBS TO MILITARY VETS, PERSONNEL TRANSITIONING OUT OF SERVICE AND MILITARY WIVES. IF YOU MISSED IT, GO TO "RECRUITMILITARY.COM" ON THE WEB.

THE FIFTH ANNUAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY IS TOMORROW ACROSS THE STATE. STATE POLICE IN COOPERATION WITH THE DEA HOPES RESIDENTS WILL USE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET EXPIRED & UNUSED PRESCRIPTION MEDS OUT OF THEIR HOMES. STATE TROOPER ALBERT PAXTON SAYS ABUSE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IS BECOMING A NATIONAL EPIDEMIC. THE DRUGS CAN BE BROUGHT TO ANY LOUISIANA STATE POLICE SITE FOR DISPOSAL.

THE FAMILY OF MICKEY SHUNICK IS HOLDING A CELEBRATION IN HER HONOR AT PARC INTERNATIONAL IN LAFAYETTE TOMORROW MORNING. SHUNICK'S FATHER, TOM, SAYS HE WANTED TO THROW A BIG PARTY IN REMEMBRANCE OF HIS DAUGHTER FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN HER SEARCH. THE "COMMUNITY CELEBRATION TO HONOR MICKEY SHUNICK" IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND EVENTS WILL BEGIN AT 11:30.

THE MAN WHO ROBBED A BANK IN OPELOUSAS EARLIER THIS MONTH IS NOW CONSIDERED A SUSPECT IN AT LEAST THREE OTHER AREA ROBBERIES. IT WAS BELIEVED THE SUSPECT HAD STARTED HIS CRIME SPREE IN OPELOUSAS, BUT POLICE CHIEF PERRY GALLOW SAID THE MAN IS NOW CONSIDERED A SUSPECT IN AN UNSUCCESSFUL BANK ROBBERY IN ALEXANDRIA AS WELL. GALLOW SAID HIS DEPARTMENT IS NOW WORKING CLOSELY WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES FROM ALEXANDRIA TO BROUSSARD. THE LATEST ROBBERY TOOK PLACE AT A REGIONS BANK BRANCH IN BROUSSARD MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE OTHER TWO ROBBERIES WERE AT SEPARATE WHITNEY BANK LOCATIONS, THE FIRST IN OPELOUSAS AND THE SECOND IN LAFAYETTE. POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN ALL THREE CITIES DESCRIBE A VERY SIMILAR SUSPECT .

EXXONMOBIL SAID THURSDAY IT WILL INVEST $215 MILLION TO EXPAND ITS CHEMICAL AND LUBRICANTS PLANTS IN BATON ROUGE AND PORT ALLEN, A MOVE THAT WILL ADD 45 NEW JOBS. THE INVESTMENT WILL ALLOW THE FACILITIES TO PRODUCE SYNTHETIC LUBRICANTS USED IN AIRCRAFT ENGINES.

A 17-YEAR-OLD HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN IS IN CUSTODY AFTER BRANDISHING A GUN DURING A FIGHT ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE AT GLEN OAKS HIGH SCHOOL IN BATON ROUGE, YESTERDAY MORNING. THAT RESULTED IN THE SCHOOL BEING LOCKED DOWN BRIEFLY. WHEN DEPUTIES LOCATED THE SUSPECT, NEIL HARRIS, HE SHOWED THEM WHERE HE STASHED THE WEAPON, WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE UNLOADED. HARRIS IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND CARRYING A WEAPON ON SCHOOL PROPERTY AND ANOTHER STUDENT WAS ALSO CHARGED.

THE MONROE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS AN INSULIN SYRINGE WAS FOUND IN A STUFFED ANIMAL WON AT THE ARK-LA-MISS FAIR. THE SYRINGE WAS FOUND BY THE CHILD WHO WON THE TOY AFTER SHE RETURNED HOME. THE SYRINGE STILL HAD THE CAP ON AND THE CHILD WAS UNINJURED.

A FEDERAL JUDGE GAVE HIS FINAL APPROVAL THURSDAY TO A $37.5 MILLION CLASS-ACTION SETTLEMENT BETWEEN COMPANIES THAT MADE GOVERNMENT-ISSUED TRAILERS AFTER HURRICANES IN 2005 AND GULF COAST STORM VICTIMS WHO CLAIM THEY WERE EXPOSED TO HAZARDOUS FUMES WHILE LIVING IN THE SHELTERS. U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE KURT ENGELHARDT RULED FROM THE BENCH AFTER HEARING FROM ATTORNEYS WHO BROKERED A DEAL RESOLVING NEARLY ALL REMAINING COURT CLAIMS OVER ELEVATED LEVELS OF FORMALDEHYDE IN TRAILERS PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOLLOWING HURRICANES KATRINA AND RITA. ROUGHLY 55,000 RESIDENTS OF LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA AND TEXAS WHO LIVED IN FEMA TRAILERS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR SHARES OF THE MONEY PAID BY MORE THAN TWO DOZEN MANUFACTURERS.

RESEARCH ON ALLIGATOR BLOOD BEING DONE AT MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY COULD BE AN PATH TO NEW TREATMENTS FOR DISEASE, VIRUSES AND INFECTIONS. BIOCHEMISTRY PROFESSOR DR. MARK MERCHANT SAYS THE MCNEESE RESEARCH TEAM IS TRYING TO ISOLATE WHAT'S IN ALLIGATOR WHITE BLOOD CELLS THAT CAN KILL A BROAD LIST OF BACTERIA AND FUNGI, TO USE IN NEW ANTIBIOTIC MEDICINES. HE SAYS IT APPEARS TO BE A SPECIFIC PROTEIN, AND RESEARCHERS ARE NOW TRYING TO RECREATE IT IN THE LAB.

News For Thursday 09/27/12


NEWS FOR THURSDAY 092712
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

ROSCOE BOLTON HAS DIED. BOLTON A LONGTIME COMMUNITY LEADER IN ALEXANDRIA, PASSED YESTERDAY AT THE ARE OF 99. BOLTON HE WAS BORN IN ALEXANDRIA, ATTENDED BOLTON HIGH SCHOOL AND LOUISIANA COLLEGE, AND THEN GRADUATED FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA'S WHARTON SCHOOL OF FINANCE. IN 1933, HE STARTED WORK FOR ALEXANDER & BOLTON, THE INSURANCE AGENCY WHERE HE CONTINUED TO WORK WELL INTO HIS 90S. ROSCO BOLTON WAS ALSO A PAST PRESIDENT OF THE CENTRAL LOUISIANA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. BOLTON CELEBRATED HIS 77TH YEAR AS A ROTARIAN EARLIER THIS YEAR, AND WAS SAID TO BE THE OLDEST LIVING ROTARIAN. HIXON BROTHERS IN ALEXANDRIA IS IN CHARGE OF FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS.. AGAIN, ROSCOE BOLTON WAS 99 YEARS OLD.

STATE POLICE SAY A NATCHITOCHES MAN DIED TUESDAY IN A SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH ON U.S. HWY 71. POLICE SAY 59-YEAR OLD KENNETH JOHNSON RAN OFF THE ROAD AND HIT AN EMBANKMENT. HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.

A WEDNESDAY MORNING BLAZE NEARLY DESTROYED THE ST. JOSEPH ABBEY CATHOLIC SEMINARY IN COVINGTON. STATE FIRE MARSHAL BUTCH BROWNING SAYS THE 65 PEOPLE THAT WERE ASLEEP INSIDE THE DORMS WERE ABLE TO ESCAPE, BUT ONE PERSON HAD TO BE TREATED FOR SMOKE INHALATION. HE SAYS THEY BELIEVE THE FIRE STARTED IN A CONCRETE ROOM THAT HOUSED COMPUTER SERVERS. BROWNING DOES NOT BELIEVE THE FIRE WAS INTENTIONALLY SET.

SUPPORTERS OF LOUISIANA TECH ARE PUSHING FOR LES GUICE TO REPLACE DAN RENEAU AS THE UNIVERSITIES NEXT PRESIDENT. GUICE IS THE VICE PRESIDENT FOR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AT TECH. LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION PRESIDENT BENJAMIN DENNY SAYS GUICE HAS BEEN INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING TECH BECOME ONE OF THE TOP SCHOOLS IN THE UL SYSTEM. RENEAU WILL RETIRE AT THE END OF JUNE AFTER 26 YEARS AS TECH'S PRESIDENT.

AN FBI INVESTIGATION IS LOOKING INTO ALLEGATIONS TWO ST LANDRY PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ATTEMPTED TO EXTORT MONEY FROM THE ACTING SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR VOTE IN THE SUPERINTENDENT ELECTION. ST. LANDRY PARISH SHERIFF BOBBY GUIDROZ SAYS HIS OFFICE IS NOT INVOLVED IN THE PROBE, BUT CAN SAY THESE ARE SERIOUS CHARGES. GUIDROZ SAYS JOHN MILLER AND QUINCY RICHARD ARE ACCUSED OF OFFERING TO TAKE MONEY FROM ACTING SUPERINTENDENT JOSEPH CASSIMERE.

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO SHIFT $20 MILLION IN HURRICANE RECOVERY DOLLARS FOR HURRICANES GUSTAV AND IKE TO FILL IN BUDGET GAPS IN THE STATE'S FREE PRESCHOOL PROGRAM FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS. PRESCHOOL ACCESS WON'T EXPAND WITH THE MONEY. THE DOLLARS WILL PLUG PART OF A BUDGET HOLE CREATED WHEN FEDERAL STIMULUS FUNDING THAT HAD BEEN USED FOR THE PROGRAM DISAPPEARED. THE PLAN STILL NEEDS THE OK FROM H.U.D.

THE U.S. COAST GUARD IS REPORTING A W&T OFFSHORE OIL PLATFORM CAUGHT FIRE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO YESTERDAY ABOUT 35 MILES SOUTH OF TERREBONNE PARISH. THREE WORKERS WERE REPORTED TO BE ON THE RIG AT THE TIME THE FIRE BROKE OUT AND WERE ALL RESCUED AND TREATED FOR MINOR INJURIES THE COAST GUARD IS REPORTING AN OIL SHEEN APPROXIMATELY 600 YARDS WIDE BY A HALF MILE LONG BUT ALL SOURCES OF OIL HAVE BEEN SHUT OFF AND THE FIRE IS NOW OUT.

THE LOUISIANA STATE RACING COMMISSION IS MEETING TODAY AND TOMORROW TO HEAR THE CASES OF NINE HORSE TRAINERS CITED FOR GIVING HORSES PERFORMANCE ENHANCING DRUGS. THE COMMISSION’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CHARLIE GARDINER SAYS
THEY BEGAN TESTING FOR THE DRUG DERMORPHIN AT ALL LOUISIANA RACE TRACKS IN THE SPRING AND 11 HORSES TESTED POSITIVE AT THREE TRACKS THIS PAST SPRING. HE SAYS DERMORPHIN IS AN OBVIOUS ATTEMPT TO CHEAT AND HAS NO PLACE IN HORSE RACING. GARDINER SAYS TRAINERS COULD RECEIVE A ONE TO FIVE YEAR RACING SUSPENSION PLUS A FINE IF THEY'RE FOUND GUILTY OF ADMINISTERING THE DRUG. A RULING COULD COME DOWN BEFORE THE END OF THE WEEK.

SENATOR DAVID VITTER SAYS LEGISLATION IS NEEDED TO LET COMMUNITIES REPLACE THEIR ELECTRICITY PROVIDER, IF THAT UTILITY DOES A POOR JOB. THE SENATOR HAS SENT A LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS ASKING THEM TO CONSIDER A REVIEW OF STATE STATUTES ON UTILITIES. THE SENATOR FEELS ENTERGY DID A POOR JOB OF RESTORING POWER AFTER HURRICANE ISAAC. HE SAYS CURRENT LAW GIVES UTILITIES A GUARANTEED SERVICE AREA, CUSTOMERS AND PROFITS--WITH NO COMPETITION. VITTER SAYS THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE. PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION CHAIRMAN FOSTER CAMPBELL SAYS A REVIEW OF ENTERGY'S POST-ISAAC PERFORMANCE IS UNDERWAY, WITH A HEARING BEFORE THE PSC IN A MONTH. HE FEELS POLITICS ARE AT THE HEART OF VITTER'S COMPLAINT.

RESEARCHERS AT THE PENNINGTON BIOMEDICAL CENTER ARE LOOKING INTO WAYS AGING AND DEMENTIA AFFECT A PERSONS MOBILITY, ESPECIALLY THEIR ABILITY TO DRIVE. DR. JEFF KELLER, DIRECTOR OF THE INSTITUTE FOR DEMENTIA RESEARCH AND PREVENTION AT PENNINGTON SAYS A PERSONS ABILITY TO DRIVE IS A GOOD INDICATOR OF HOW A PERSON IS AGING. KELLER SAYS IT MAY BE SURPRISING TO KNOW THAT THERE IS NO NATIONAL STANDARD TO MEASURE AN AGING PERSON'S ABILITY TO DRIVE. HE SAYS TOO OFTEN IT TAKES A SERIOUS ACCIDENT OR WORSE BEFORE SOMEONE TAKES THE KEYS AWAY. KELLER SAYS THEIR STUDY WILL HELP SET THAT STANDARD.

BRITAIN’S NATIONAL PIG ASSOCIATION WARNS OF A GLOBAL SHORTAGE OF BACON AND PORK. THEY SAY DROUGHT CONDITIONS AROUND THE WORLD DROVE UP THE COST OF HOG FEED AND MANY PRODUCERS HAD TO REDUCE THEIR HERDS. BUT NATIONAL PORK BOARD ECONOMIST STEVE MEYER DOWNPLAYS TALK THAT WE WON'T BE ABLE TO FIND BACON OR PORK ON THE SHELVES NEXT YEAR. HE SAYS IT WILL STILL BE THERE.. BUT WAIT, HERE IT COMES, IT WILL JUST COST MORE…

A 1,500 SQUARE-FOOT SECTION CAVED IN FROM THE EDGE OF A SINKHOLE IN ASSUMPTION PARISH TUESDAY NIGHT AND PULLED DOWN SEVERAL TREES AND PART OF AN ACCESS ROAD, PARISH OFFICIALS SAID WEDNESDAY. THE ROAD WAS BUILT TO PARK EXCAVATORS USED IN PENDING CLEANUP OF THE SINKHOLE, WHICH EMERGED AUG. 3 IN SWAMPS BETWEEN THE BAYOU CORNE AND GRAND BAYOU AREAS. THE 4-ACRE SINKHOLE HAS SEEN PERIODIC EDGE COLLAPSES, OR SLOUGHING OFF, AND HAS GRADUALLY BECOME WIDER AS THE SATURATED SOIL ON THE EDGE FALLS INTO THE SLURRY HOLE. HOWEVER, PARISH OFFICIALS SAY THE CAVE IN THIS TIME IS IN A NEW AREA. ANOTHER DISTURBING NOTE,
PARISH OFFICIALS ALSO ANNOUNCED ANOTHER BUBBLING SPOT WAS FOUND IN YET ANOTHER WATERWAY IN PIERRE PART.

AUTHORITIES BELIEVE THE SAME MAN MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR A STRING OF RECENT BANK ROBBERIES IN OPELOUSAS, LAFAYETTE AND BROUSSARD. THE ROBBER WAS DESCRIBED AS A LIGHT-SKINNED BLACK MAN OR DARK-SKINNED WHITE MAN IN HIS 50S, OF A HEAVY SET BUILD AND BETWEEN 5 FEET, 9 INCHES AND 6 FEET TALL. HE WAS WEARING BLUE JEANS, A WHITE T-SHIRT AND A CAMOUFLAGE HAT. THE LATEST ROBBERY WAS IN OPELOUSAS ON MONDAY.

NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY AND LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY AT ALEXANDRIA HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED AS MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOLS. THE 2013 MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOLS LIST, SELECTED BY VICTORY MEDIA, HONORS THE TOP 15 PERCENT OF COLLEGES, UNIVERSITIES AND TRADE SCHOOLS THAT ARE DOING THE MOST TO EMBRACE AMERICA'S MILITARY SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS AND SPOUSES AS STUDENTS AND ENSURE THEIR SUCCESS ON CAMPUS.

News For Wednesday 09/26/12


NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY 092612
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

THE SY-FY CHANNEL'S GHOST HUNTERS FEATURES THE ALEXANDRIA ZOO ON TONIGHT'S SHOW. THE TEAM OF INVESTIGATORS FOLLOWS UP ON STORIES THAT THE ZOO'S DEARLY DEPARTED DIRECTOR, IS STILL PULLING PRANKS. CURRENT DIRECTOR LEE ANN WITT SAYS SOME OF THE STAFF BELIEVE HER LATE HUSBAND, LES WITT, IS STILL HAVING FUN. WITT SAYS SHE HASN'T BEEN PARTY TO WHAT WILL BE ON TONIGHT'S SHOW. SHE SAYS SHE LEFT IT UP TO ONE OF HER STAFF MEMBERS TO STAY WITH THE TV CREW WHILE THEY SHOT FOOTAGE INSIDE THE ZOO. SHE SAYS TONIGHT'S WILL GIVE UP COMING EVENTS AT THE ZOO A BOOST. A VIEWING PARTY AND BENEFIT FOR THE FRIENDS OF THE ALEXANDRIA ZOO AT DIAMOND GRILL IS SET TO COINCIDE WITH THE 8 P.M. PREMIER.

RAPIDES PARISH SHERIFF DEPUTIES ARREST AN ALEXANDRIA MAN FOR ALLEGEDLY HIDING A LOADED HANDGUN ON A SHELF OF CANDY BARS. LT. TOMMY CARNLINE SAYS THEY WERE KEEPING A CLOSE EYE ON A STORE'S PARKING LOT FOR POSSIBLE DRUG ACTIVITY. CARNLINE SAYS A MARKED SHERIFF DEPARTMENT VEHICLE PULLED INTO THE PARKING LOT AND A DEPUTY SAW A 19-YEAR-OLD ACTING SUSPICIOUS. QWATRELL FORD WAS CHARGED WITH POSSESSION OF A FIREARM BY A CONVICTED FELON AND ILLEGAL CARRYING OF A WEAPON. CARNLINE SAYS FORD APPARENTLY GOT NERVOUS WHEN LAW ENFORCEMENT ARRIVED ON THE SCENE AND TRIED TO DITCH A LOADED 22-CALIBER PISTOL ON A SHELF STOCKED WITH CANDY BARS.

THE NEW INTERIM SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT FOR RAPIDES PARISH, GERALD WOODARD, HIT THE GROUND RUNNING YESTERDAY, HIS FIRST DAY ON THE JOB, BY MEETING THE CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF. WOODARD WAS APPOINTED INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT BY A 5-4 VOTE AT A SPECIAL SCHOOL BOARD MEETING MONDAY NIGHT. WOODARD, WHO WILL BE PAID $11,400 PER MONTH DURING HIS STAY, WAS SUPERINTENDENT OF GRANT PARISH SCHOOLS FROM JUNE 1, 1997 UNTIL HE RETIRED JULY 1, 2000. BEFORE THAT, HE SPENT 11 YEARS AS SUPERVISOR OF TRANSPORTATION AND MAINTENANCE FOR GRANT PARISH SCHOOLS.

THREE DEVILLE RESIDENTS WERE CHARGED WITH OPERATING A METH LAB MONDAY AFTER A TRAFFIC STOP ON LA. HIGHWAY 115 FOR A HEADLIGHT VIOLATION. ARRESTED WAS 24 YEAR OLD KINSEY ROSZELL, 29 YEAR OLD JOSEPH JACKSON JR. AND 28 YEAR OLD DARREN WILSON. ALL WERE CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT EACH OF CREATION/OPERATION OF A CLANDESTINE LAB, ACCORDING TO THE RELEASE. DEPUTIES NOTICED WHAT THEY THOUGHT WERE ITEMS USED TO MAKE METH WHILE GETTING THE IDENTITIES OF THE THREE. DETECTIVES SAID THE LAB WASN'T COOKING WHILE THE VEHICLE WAS IN MOTION.

BATON ROUGE AND LAFAYETTE SAW A SURGE IN THE NUMBER OF NONFARM JOBS IN AUGUST, WHEN COMPARED TO THE YEAR BEFORE, WHILE NEW ORLEANS SAW A MODEST DECREASE IN THE SAME PERIOD, ACCORDING TO INFORMATION RELEASED TUESDAY BY THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS. ALEXANDRIA / PINEVILLE SAW A MODEST GAIN, ADDING 300 JOBS FROM AUGUST 2011 FOR AN ESTIMATED TOTAL OF 63,400.

OFFICIALS IN ASSUMPTION PARISH SAY THE SALT DOME CAVERN UNDER THAT SLURRY-FILLED SINKHOLE NEAR BAYOU CORNE HAS COLLAPSED. TEXAS BRINE, WHO OWNS THE CAVERN SAYS RECENT SEISMIC ACTIVITY IS TO BLAME, BUT PARISH OFFICIALS ARE SKEPTICAL. MEANWHILE RESIDENTS LIVING NEAR THE SINKHOLE REMAIN EVACUATED FROM THEIR HOMES. THEY'VE BEEN LIVING THAT WAY SINCE EARLY AUGUST.

FORMER JEFFERSON PARISH PRESIDENT AARON BROUSSARD PLED GUILTY TO TWO CORRUPTION CHARGES IN FEDERAL COURT TODAY. BROUSSARD FACED 27 COUNTS FOR A PAYROLL SCHEME THAT RESULTED IN HIS EX-WIFE BEING PAID FOR A PARALEGAL JOB SHE WAS NOT QUALIFIED FOR AND DID NOT DO. U-S ATTORNEY JIM LETTEN SAYS THE COUPLE RECEIVED 323-THOSUAND DOLLARS OVER SIX YEARS. BROUSSARD WILL BE SENTENCED IN FEBRUARY AND FACES UP TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON.

BATON ROUGE POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A LOCAL MAN FOR THE SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS GIRLFRIEND AND HER UNBORN BABY. 33-YEAR-OLD ADAM STERLING IS CHARGED WITH KILLING 21-YEAR-OLD SHYLAH HICKS, WHO WAS 5 TO 6 MONTHS PREGNANT. THE CHARGES ARE 2ND DEGREE MURDER, 1ST DEGREE FETICIDE AND POSSESSION OF A WEAPON BY A CONVICTED FELON. HICKS AND HER BABY WERE SHOT DEAD AT HER HOME AROUND NOON YESTERDAY.

FEDERAL OFFICIALS ARE SEEKING THE PERSON WHO SHOT AND KILLED A DOLPHIN NEAR ELMER'S ISLAND, AND AN ANIMAL CONSERVANCY GROUP SAYS IT'S POSSIBLE A FISHERMAN IS RESPONSIBLE. COURTNEY VALE, WITH THE WHALE AND DOLPHIN CONSERVATION SOCIETY, SAYS WE MAY FIND DOLPHINS CHARMING AND CUTE, BUT THOSE WHO MAKE A LIVING FROM THE SEA FEEL THEY'RE PESTS. THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION'S LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICE WILL TAKE ANONYMOUS TIPS ON THE SHOOTING OF THE DOLPHIN. VALE SAYS HER GROUP IS ALSO OFFERING AN INCENTIVE TO HELP CATCH THE SHOOTER.

HURRICANE ISAAC IS BEING BLAMED FOR A 15-PERCENT DROP IN THE STATE'S PECAN HARVEST. PRE-STORM ESTIMATES PUT THIS YEARS YIELD AT 13-POINT-FIVE MILLION POUNDS, BUT THAT ESTIMATE HAS DROPPED TO AROUND 11-MILLION POUNDS IN THE WAKE OF ISAAC. LSU AGCENTER PECAN SPECIALIST CHARLIE GRAHAM SAYS LOSSES WERE MUCH HIGHER IN SOME AREAS. GRAHAM SAYS THE GOOD NEWS IS MOST OF THE TREES MADE IT THROUGH THE STORM WITH LITTLE STRUCTURAL DAMAGE, AND EVEN WITH THE EXPECTED 15-PERCENT LOSS, THIS YEAR'S HARVEST IS STILL VERY GOOD.

A NEW STUDY BY THE UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE SAYS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE ARE HUNTING AND FISHING FOR FUN. THE REPORT SAYS, OVER THE PAST FIVE YEARS, LOUISIANA HAD THE SECOND HIGHEST INCREASE IN WILD-LIFE RELATED RECREATION BEHIND ALASKA.






News For Tuesday 09/24/12


NEWS FOR TUESDAY 092512
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

OUACHITA PARISH SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ARE SEEKING THE PERSON WHO CALLED IN A BOMB THREAT TO THREE SEPARATE SCHOOLS MONDAY. SHERIFF'S CHIEF DEPUTY MARC MASHAW (MUH-SHAW) SAYS A SINGLE CALL TO 9-1-1, AT ABOUT 7:30 AM, THREATENED ALL THREE WITH BOMBS. HE SAYS THE SCHOOLS EVACUATED QUICKLY AND SAFELY. MASHAW SAYS THOROUGH SEARCHES OF OUACHITA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL, RIVER OAKS SCHOOL AND ST. FREDERICK'S HIGH WERE CONDUCTED IMMEDIATELY, AND NO EXPLOSIVE DEVICES WERE FOUND. HE SAYS SOME SCHOOLS RESUMED CLASS AFTER THE "ALL CLEAR", AND SOME DECIDED TO CLOSE EARLY.

AFTER A MONTH WITHOUT A SUPERINTENDENT, THE RAPIDES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD HAS NAMED GERALD WOODARD AS INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.
A 5-4 VOTE AT A SPECIAL BOARD MEETING MONDAY CLINCHED THE POSITION FOR WOODARD, FORMER SUPERINTENDENT OF GRANT PARISH SCHOOL DISTRICT. WOODARD RETIRED IN JUNE 2000 AFTER 36 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN GRANT AND RAPIDES PARISHES.

A COMMITTEE FORMED TO FIND A REPLACEMENT FOR RETIRING LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DAN RENEAU HAS ITS FIRST MEETING TODAY. UL SYSTEM BOARD CHAIRMAN WAYNE PARKER SAYS THE SEARCH COMMITTEE IS MADE UP OF NINE UL SYSTEM BOARD MEMBERS, PLUS TECH FOUNDATION PRESIDENT-ELECT JACK BYRD AND RUSTON MAYOR DAN HOLLINGSWORTH. HE SAYS SETTING A TIMELINE FOR THE SEARCH WILL BE
PART OF TODAY'S AGENDA, BUT HE HOPES TO HAVE A SUCCESSOR FOR RENEAU FOUND BY THE END OF THIS YEAR. RENEAU IS RETIRING NEXT JUNE, AFTER 46 YEARS OF SERVICE TO TECH – MOST OF THOSE AS ITS PRESIDENT.

MOTORISTS ARE SEEING SOME RELIEF AT THE PUMP AS GAS PRICES ARE DROPPING IN LOUISIANA. ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION, THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR GASOLINE IS MOVING TOWARDS $3.60. A WEEK AGO IT WAS AROUND $3.68. TRIPLE-A FUEL ANALYST MIKE RIGHT SAYS GAS PRICES ARE REACTING TO THE END OF THE SUMMER DRIVING SEASON. RIGHT SAYS THERE'S ALSO BEEN SOME MODERATION WITH CRUDE OIL PRICES AND WHOLESALE GAS PRICES. HE ANTICIPATES GAS PRICES WILL CONTINUE A STEADY DECLINE.

THE VIOLENCE POLICY CENTER HAS RELEASED ITS ANNUAL REPORT THAT RANKS STATES BASED ON HOW MANY WOMEN ARE KILLED BY MEN, AND LOUISIANA CAME IN AT NUMBER 4. THE REPORT INDICATES 43 FEMALES WERE MURDERED BY MALES IN LOUISIANA IN 2010. VPC LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR KRISTEN RAND SAYS THE STUDY USES THE MOST RECENT DATA AVAILABLE BY THE FBI AND IS RELEASED EACH YEAR TO COINCIDE WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH IN OCTOBER. SHE SAYS MOST OF THE WOMEN HOMICIDE VICTIMS WERE MURDERED BY AN INTIMATE PARTNER. IN LOUISIANA, 66 PERCENT
OF FEMALE VICTIMS WERE SHOT AND KILLED.

THERE MAY BE SOME ANSWERS SOON FOR RESIDENTS NEAR THE BAYOU CORNE SINKHOLE IN ASSUMPTION PARISH. ABOUT 150 HOMES NEAR THAT SINKHOLE HAVE BEEN EVACUATED FOR WEEKS. TEXAS BRINE OWNS THE SALT DOME UNDERNEATH THE SINKHOLE, AND COMPANY SPOKESMAN SONNY CRANCH SAYS A RELIEF WELL HAS BEEN DRILLED AND TESTING EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING SONAR, HAS BEEN LOWERED INTO THE SALT DOME. HE SAYS THEY WANT TO KNOW WHY TREMORS AND BUBBLES IN THE WATER HAVE
BEEN TAKING PLACE...AND IF THERE'S A DANGER TO ANY OF THE 150 HOMES NEARBY.

IBERVILLE PARISH SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ARE INVESTIGATING A STRANGE DOUBLE HOMICIDE CASE. MAJOR JOHNNY BLANCHARD SAYS A MOTORCYCLE PATROLMAN CAME ACROSS A VEHICLE IN A SUGARCANE FIELD ON HIGHWAY ONE MONDAY MORNING IN PLAQUEMINE, WITH TWO BLACK MEN SLUMPED OVER. BLANCHARD SAYS IT APPEARS THEY WERE GUNNED DOWN AS THE CAR WAS IN MOTION. BLANCHARD SAYS THEY ARE WORKING TO DEVELOP LEADS AND ARE ASKING FOR THE PUBLIC'S HELP.

THE BATON ROUGE BASED ADVOCATE NEWSPAPER LAUNCHED ITS DAILY NEW ORLEANS EDITION YESTERDAY. THIS WEEK THE PAPERS ARE FREE AS THEY ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO TRY IT OUT AND SUBSCRIBE. STARTING NEXT MONDAY, HOME DELIVERY OF THE PAPER WILL BEGIN. OCTOBER 1ST IS THE SAME DAY THE TIMES-PICAYUNE WILL CUT BACK ITS SERVICE TO THREE DAYS A WEEK. ADVOCATE COMPANY OFFICIALS SAY A TEMPORARY OFFICE HAS BEEN SET UP IN THE BIG EASY, AND THE ENTIRE STAFF ARE FORMER PICAYUNE EMPLOYEES.

LOUISIANA PAID AS MUCH AS $7 MILLION FOR A TWO-MONTH EXPANSION OF A TAX CREDIT DESIGNED TO ENCOURAGE THE PURCHASE OF ALTERNATIVE FUEL VEHICLES. THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE ISSUED A LITTLE-NOTICED RULE IN APRIL GOVERNING THE STATE’S ALTERNATIVE FUEL TAX CREDIT, WHICH ENLARGED THE LIST OF QUALIFYING VEHICLES. JINDAL SCRAPPED THE RULE IN JUNE AMID COMPLAINTS IT COULD WRECK THE STATE’S BUDGET. BUT IT APPEARS HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE EXPANDED LIST WHILE IT WAS ON THE BOOKS. MORE THAN 2,500 CLAIMS FOR THE ALTERNATIVE FUEL TAX CREDIT, TOTALING $7.4 MILLION, WERE PAID. HOWEVER, REVENUE SPOKESMAN BYRON HENDERSON SAYS THE DEPARTMENT DOESN’T KNOW HOW MANY CREDITS INVOLVED CAR AND TRUCK MODELS FROM THE EXPANDED LIST.

ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY, TEENAGERS WHO DRIVE DANGEROUSLY LEARNED THE BEHAVIOR FROM MOM AND DAD. 1700 TEENS WERE SURVEYED AND 94% ADMITTED TO SPEEDING WHILE 9 OUT OF 10 SAY THEY USE THEIR PHONE WHILE DRIVING. LOUISIANA HIGHWAY SAFETY EXPERT JIM CHAMPAGNE SAYS KIDS SITTING THE BACK SEAT, WATCH WHAT THEIR PARENTS ARE DOING. THE STUDY ALSO REVEALED THE MAJORITY OF TEENS SAY THEIR PARENTS PRACTICE "DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO" RULES WHEN IT COMES TO DRIVING.

STATE POLICE SAY A TRAFFIC STOP ON I-49 IN OPELOUSAS BECAME A DRUG BUST THAT YIELDED 15 POUNDS OF COCAINE. TROOPERS STOPPED A FORD PICKUP SUNDAY MORNING, AND BECAME SUSPICIOUS OF THE DRIVER. A SEARCH OF THE TRUCK TURNED UP THE COKE. TWO HOUSTON RESIDENTS ARE NOW IN CUSTODY.
 

News For Monday 09/24/12


NEWS FOR MONDAY 092412
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

AN INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT FOR RAPIDES PARISH SCHOOLS IS EXPECTED TO BE NAMED TODAY AT A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD THIS AFTERNOON AT 5:15. ACCORDING TO THE MEETING AGENDA, THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL DETERMINE A METHOD FOR SELECTING AN INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT THEN WILL SELECT ONE. GARY JONES RESIGNED EFFECTIVE SEPT. 1 AS SUPERINTENDENT TO TAKE A JOB WITH THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. THE BOARD HAD VOTED IN MAY NOT TO RENEW JONES' CONTRACT WHEN IT WAS SCHEDULED TO EXPIRE DEC. 31

SEVEN YEARS AGO TODAY HURRICANE RITA MADE LANDFALL IN LOUISIANA. THE CATEGORY 3 STORM WAS THE FOURTH MOST INTENSE ATLANTIC HURRICANE EVER RECORDED AND CAUSED NEARLY $12 BILLION IN DAMAGE TO THE GULF COAST. CAMERON PARISH OEP DIRECTOR EDDIE BENOIT SAYS BEFORE RITA THERE WERE APPROXIMATELY 10,000 PEOPLE LIVING IN CAMERON PARISH AND THERE ARE ABOUT 7,000 TODAY.

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS CONFIRM ANOTHER LOUISIANA RESIDENT HAS DIED FROM THE WEST NILE VIRUS. THAT BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF FATALITIES FROM THE MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASE TO 11. THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS SAYS THERE'S ALSO BEEN 251 CASES OF THE INFECTION, WITH 36 CASES REPORTED IN THE LAST WEEK.

GAS PRICES ARE STARTING TO FALL AGAIN IN LOUISIANA. ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION, THE LATEST STATEWIDE AVERAGE FOR REGULAR GASOLINE IS $3.64, THAT'S ABOUT A NICKEL CHEAPER THAN A WEEK. LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME WE WERE PAYING ABOUT $3.40 FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR GASOLINE.

A 250-MILLION DOLLAR DEFENSE CONTRACT HAS BEEN AWARDED TO BOLLINGER SHIPYARD IN LAFOURCHE PARISH. THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO BUILD SIX FAST RESPONSE CUTTERS FOR THE COAST GUARD. SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU SAYS THE PROJECT WILL HELP EMPLOY EIGHT-HUNDRED WORKERS AND POSSIBLY BRING ADDITIONAL BUSINESS TO BOLLINGER SHIPYARD.

GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL DISCUSSES HIS PLANS FOR THE SURPLUS REVENUE FROM THE FISCAL YEAR THAT ENDED JUNE 30TH. THE GOVERNOR SAYS THE ROUGH FIGURE IS ABOUT $130-MILLION, AND HE ALREADY HAS A USE FOR THE MONEY IN MIND, HEALTH ACRE AND HIGHER EDUCATION. THE GOVERNOR SAYS ACTION WILL NEED TO WAIT UNTIL THE STATE'S REVENUE ESTIMATING CONFERENCE FINALLY CLOSES THE BOOKS ON FISCAL 2011-12. HE SAYS THE NEXT STEP WOULD BE LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL OF HIS SPENDING PROPOSAL. HOWEVER, THAT MAY BE EASIER SAID THAN DONE, HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRMAN JIM FANIN SAYS THE SURPLUS MUST BE USED TO REFILL THE STATE'S RAINY DAY FUND.

CARINSURANCE.COM SAYS LOUISIANA IS ONE OF THE MOST MISERABLE STATE'S FOR DRIVERS. MANAGING EDITOR DES TOUPS THE INDEX RANKS LOUISIANA AS THE THIRD WORST STATE FOR DRIVERS BEHIND MISSISSIPPI AND OKLAHOMA. TOUPS SAYS IN ADDITION TO PAYING SOME OF THE HIGHEST RATES IN THE COUNTRY, LOUISIANA ALSO SUFFERS BECAUSE OF A UNIQUE SET OF LAWS REGARDING LAW SUITS THAT GET SETTLED BY AN ELECTED JUDGE.

EVERY SECTION OF INTERSTATE 49 NORTH, EXCEPT THROUGH THE CITY OF SHREVEPORT, SHOULD BE OPEN TO TRAFFIC IN 2016, AND WORK IS UNDER WAY TO MAKE U.S. 90 WORTHY OF BEING I-49 SOUTH. MICHAEL BRIDGES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT TOLD THE JOINT BUDGET COMMITTEE ON FRIDAY THAT THE $634.1 MILLION CONSTRUCTION OF I-49 NORTH FROM I-220 TO THE ARKANSAS STATE LINE IS FULLY FUNDED AND SHOULD BE COMPLETE ON TIME.

SOYBEAN PRODUCERS IN NORTH LOUISIANA ARE REPORTING EXCELLENT YIELDS AS THEY FINISH UP HARVESTING THE CROP. LSU AG CENTER SOYBEAN SPECIALIST RONALD LEVY SAYS IT'S ALMOST A RECORD CROP.

THE LSU AGCENTER ESTIMATES HURRICANE ISAAC HAS CUT LOUISIANA'S PECAN HARVEST BY 15 PERCENT. CHARLIE GRAHAM, PROFESSOR FOR FRUIT AND NUT CROPS, SAYS THAT WOULD BRING THE TOTAL TO JUST OVER 11 MILLION POUNDS -- DOWN FROM PRE-STORM ESTIMATES OF 13 MILLION TO 13.5 MILLION POUNDS. IT STILL WOULD BE UP FROM LAST YEAR'S 9 MILLION POUNDS. GRAHAM SAYS PRICES ARE LIKELY TO BE SIMILAR TO 2011 LEVELS.

THE SAINTS ARE AN UNTHINKABLE 0-AND-3 AFTER BLOWING AN 18-POINT LEAD AND LOSING TO THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS 27-24 IN OVERTIME.

THE THIRD RANKED LSU TIGERS SURVIVED A MAJOR SCARE AT AUBURN. THE BAYOU HELD ON FOR A 12 TO 10 VICTORY.




News For Friday 09/21/12


NEWS FOR FRIDAY 092112
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

LAST NIGHT WAS THE THIRD AND FINAL FORUM TO GET PUBLIC INPUT TO AID IN THE HIRING OF A NEW SUPERINTENDENT IN RAPIDES PARISH. THE FORUM AT GLENMORA HIGH DREW THE SMALLEST CROWD YET, ABOUT 15 TO 20 PEOPLE. THE NEXT STEP, THE REPORT FROM THE CONSULTING FIRM THAT CONDUCTED THE FORUMS ON BEHALF OF THE SCHOOL BOARD. THE BOARD SHOULD RECEIVE THAT REPORT BY THE END OF THE MONTH. INFORMATION GLEAMED FROM THE FORUMS, ACCORDING TO THE SCHOOL BOARD, WILL BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION WHEN INTERVIEWING POTENTIAL CANDIDATES.

OFFICIALS AT LOUISIANA COLLEGE SAY PRESIDENT DR. JOE AGUILLARD APPEARS TO BE FINE, THAT AFTER HE WENT HOME WEDNESDAY WITH CHEST PAINS. DR. AGUILLARD HAD TESTS DONE THURSDAY MORNING AND THEN WENT HOME TO REST. AGUILLARD UNDERWENT QUADRUPLE BYPASS HEART SURGERY ON APRIL 4, 2011, IN RAPIDES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AFTER SUFFERING A HEART ATTACK MARCH 28 WHILE AT WORK.

A POLICY REGARDING THE SELECTION OF CHEERLEADERS AND MAJORETTES IN AVOYELLES PARISH PUBLIC SCHOOLS FACES OPPOSITION, CONTINUING THE SCHOOL DISTRICT'S COURT-ORDERED QUEST FOR UNITARY STATUS IN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.
ALLEN HOLMES, INTERVENER IN THE AVOYELLES DESEGREGATION CASE SINCE THE 1980S, FILED A MEMORANDUM IN OPPOSITION. THE MEMORANDUM OPPOSES A POLICY THE AVOYELLES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD PASSED AUG. 28, STATING THAT "JUDGES, THAT ARE TO BE USED FOR THE SELECTION OF CHEERLEADERS, DANCELINE AND MAJORETTES, MUST CONTAIN AT LEAST ONE MEMBER OF THE MINORITY RACE." HOLMES SAYS THE POLICY IS NOTHING MORE THAN A STATEMENT, AND IT IS NOT ENOUGH.

THE US ATTORNEY OFFICE SAYS A FEDERAL GRAND JURY HAS INDICTED THE MAN ACCUSED OF PHONING IN A BOMB SCARE AT LSU MONDAY. WILLIAM BOUVAY JR. WILL NOW FACE FEDERAL CHARGES OF MAKING A BOMB THREAT, WHICH CARRY A PENALTY OF UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON IN CONVICTED. HE COULD ALSO FACE FINES OF UP TO A QUARTER-MILLION DOLLARS. THERE'S BEEN NO INDICTMENT AS YET ON ANY STATE OR LOCAL CHARGES. BOUVAY'S MOTIVES FOR THE BOMB SCARE ARE BEING WITHHELD FOR NOW.

TOMORROW MARKS THE FIRST DAY OF FALL AND STATE CLIMATOLOGIST BARRY KEIM SAYS THE LONG-RANGE FORECAST CALLS FOR OUR FALL TO HAVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES, BUT ABOVE-AVERAGE PRECIPITATION. KEIM SAYS FALL WILL OFFICIALLY ARRIVE AT 9:49 A-M ON SATURDAY MORNING. HE SAYS IT ALSO FEELS LIKE FALL OUTSIDE AS COMFORTABLE TEMPS ARE PREDICTED ALL WEEKEND LONG.

RECALL PETITIONS AGAINST GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL AND HOUSE SPEAKER CHUCK KLECKLY BOTH FELL SHORT OF THE NEEDED SIGNATURES. CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL TEACHERS ANGIE BONVILLIAN AND BRENDA ROMERO, WHO LEAD THE EFFORT, RELEASED AN EMAIL SAYING THEY COULDN'T GET ENOUGH SUPPORT. THE THRESHOLD TO FORCE A RECALL FOR GOVERNOR JINDAL IS 950-THOSUAND SIGNATURES WHILE ONLY NINE-THOUSAND SIGNATURES ARE NEEDED TO RECALL A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE. THE EMAIL DID NOT SAY HOW MANY SIGNATURES THEY WERE ABLE TO GET.

SPEAKING OF THE GOVERNOR, HE WAS IN BILLINGS, MONTANA YESTERDAY FOR A
REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION EVENT AND A FUNDRAISER FOR MONTANA
GOVERNOR RICK HILL'S RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN. HE RETURNED HOME LATE LAST NIGHT.

NEW DATA FROM THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU SHOWS LOUISIANA POVERTY RATE IS GOING UP, WHILE AVERAGE INCOMES GO DOWN. THE REPORT SHOWS THE POVERTY LEVEL INCOME AT JUST OVER 20% FOR 2011--UP FROM 19% IN 2010. THE CENSUS REPORT ALSO SHOWS THE MEDIAN INCOME IN LOUISIANA IS $41,730 WELL BELOW THE NATIONAL AVERAGE OF $50-K. AND OVER $2000 LOWER THAN IN 2010. LOUISIANA'S POVERTY RATE 3RD WORST--BEHIND NEW MEXICO AND MISSISSIPPI.

THE STATE'S CHIEF ECONOMIST SAYS THE STATE FINISHED THE LAST FISCAL YEAR, WHICH ENDED JUNE 30TH, WITH A 130-MILLION DOLLAR SURPLUS. GOVERNOR JINDAL WANTS TO USE THE MONEY TO FILL IN A GAP IN THE MEDICARE BUDGET. BUT HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS CHAIRMAN, JIM FANNIN, SAYS THE MONEY SHOULD BE USED TO REPAY THE STATE'S RAINY DAY FUND.

A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER AT J. WALLACE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LAFAYETTE IN UNDER INVESTIGATION BY LAFAYETTE PD FOR ALLEGEDLY TAPING A 9-YEAR-OLD CHILD'S MOUTH SHUT. THE INCIDENT WAS REPORTED ON SEPTEMBER 12TH. PARISH SUPERINTENDENT DR. PAT COOPER SAYS THE TEACHER HAS BEEN DISMISSED AND WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO WORK IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AGAIN. HE SAYS THE CHILD WAS NOT INJURED AND HE DOES NOT BELIEVE THE TEACHER HAD ANY MALICIOUS INTENT, BUT SHE SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER. AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE INCIDENT BY THE SCHOOL BOARD CONCLUDED THE TEACHER WAS HAVING A ROUGH TIME HANDLING THE CLASS THAT DAY.

THE NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE SAYS THE 2011 SEAFOOD CATCH IN THE GULF OF MEXICO WAS THE LARGEST SINCE 1999. BUT THE LOUISIANA SEAFOOD PROMOTION AND MARKETING BOARD SAYS THIS REPORT DOESN'T TELL THE WHOLE STORY. BOARD CHAIRMAN, HARLAN PEARCE, SAYS THE MAIN FISHERIES ARE STILL NOT WHERE THEY SHOULD BE AFTER THE 2010 B-P OIL SPILL. THE REPORT SAYS THE 2011 CATCH IN LOUISIANA WAS ONE-POINT-FIVE MILLION POUNDS, BUT PEARCE SAYS FISHERMEN WILL TELL YOU 2011 WAS A DOWN YEAR.

AN AMAZING STORY, POLICE IN HOUMA SAY A FLEEING SHOPLIFTING SUSPECT DROVE OFF SO QUICKLY, SHE CAUSED HER 5-YEAR-OLD CHILD TO BE TOSSED OUT OF THE MOVING VEHICLE. OFFICERS SAY 28-YEAR-OLD NAKEISHA WHITE - WHILE TRYING TO ESCAPE A WAL-MART STORE - DROPPED THE MERCHANDISE, THREW HER TODDLER INTO THE BED OF HER PICKUP AND SPED OFF...FLIPPING THE CHILD OUT ONTO THE PARKING LOT PAVEMENT. SHE REPORTEDLY STOPPED, PUT THE LITTLE GIRL BACK IN THE TRUCK AND ROARED OFF. HOURS LATER POLICE WERE CALLED TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL, WHERE A CHILD WAS BEING TREATED FOR A HEAD WOUND. WHITE WAS DETAINED, BUT TOLD OFFICERS SHE WAS PREGNANT AND FELT SICK - USING THAT AS A PLOY TO ESCAPE AGAIN. SHE'S STILL AT
LARGE, BUT WANTED ON MULTIPLE CHARGES INCLUDING CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE.

ULM FOOTBALL FANS ARE FIRED UP ABOUT TONIGHT'S NATIONALLY TELEVISED HOME OPENER AGAINST BAYLOR. THE WARHAWKS FOOTBALL TEAM IS RECEIVING NATION-WIDE ATTENTION FOR ITS PERFORMANCE SO FAR THIS SEASON MOST NOTABLY THE 34-31 OVERTIME UPSET WIN OVER ARKANSAS. THE GAME TONIGHT WILL BE ON ESPN

IT'S BEING REPORTED THAT ONE SUSPECT IS NOW IN CUSTODY SUSPECTED OF SETTING A FIRE IN THE BASTROP HIGH SCHOOL GYM WEDNESDAY. THE SUSPECT IS A JUVENILE, BELIEVED TO BE A STUDENT, AND NO NAME IS BEING RELEASED. STATE FIRE MARSHAL BUTCH BROWNING CONFIRMED THE FIRE WAS AN ARSON AND THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.

News For Thursday 09/20/12


NEWS FOR THURSDAY 092012
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

A 42-YEAR-OLD MAN IS UNDER ARREST FOR ALLEGEDLY PHONING IN A BOMB THREAT TO LSU THAT EMPTIED THE CAMPUS MONDAY. WILLIAM BOUVAY IS ACCUSED OF MAKING THE CALL FROM A DEACTIVATED CELL PHONE INVESTIGATORS WERE ABLE TO TRACK THE PHONE AND GET A G-P-S LOCATION ON BOUVAY. SO FAR, AUTHORITIES ARE NOT RELEASING A POSSIBLE MOTIVE IN THE CASE. UNIVERSITY POLICE SAYS THEY ARRESTED BOUVAY IN 2004 FOR MAKING THREATENING CALL TO A FORMER GIRLFRIEND WHO WORKED AT THE SCHOOL.

THE FINAL OF THREE FORUMS TO GATHER PUBLIC INPUT ON THE NEXT RAPIDES PARISH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT IS TONIGHT AT 6 AT GLENMORA HIGH SCHOOL. THE CONSULTANT CONDUCTING THE FORUMS WILL COMPILE A REPORT ABOUT THE COMMENTS MADE AT THE FORUMS FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD. THEY WILL ALSO USE THE COMMENTS AS GUIDELINES IN SCREENING APPLICANTS FOR THE POSITION.

STATE-MANDATED TESTING HAS BEEN DELAYED AT BRAME MIDDLE SCHOOL. THE PROBLEM, DUE TO ITS LARGE STUDENT POPULATION, THE SCHOOL NEEDS FOUR MORE TEACHERS, BUT THOSE TEACHERS CANNOT BE HIRED OR TRANSFERRED BY ANYONE BUT A SUPERINTENDENT AND CURRENTLY THERE IS NO SUPERINTENDENT IN CHANGE.
LOUISIANA MANDATES THAT EACH TEACHER HAVE NO MORE THAN 33 STUDENTS IN A CLASS. PARISH RULES TRY TO KEEP THAT NUMBER DOWN TO 25 PER TEACHER. CURRENTLY, BRAME, WITH A STUDENT POPULATION OF 979, IS AT AN APPROXIMATE 33-TO-1 RATIO.

30-YEAR-OLD BRETT MICHAEL LOWERY OF PINEVILLE FACES OBSCENITY AND DRUG CHARGES AFTER HE WAS CAUGHT TUESDAY MASTURBATING IN A LOUISIANA COLLEGE PARKING LOT. POLICE RECEIVED A CALL FROM SECURITY AT LOUISIANA COLLEGE THAT FOUR FEMALE STUDENTS HAD SEEN A MAN IN THE PARKING LOT OF A FEMALE DORMITORY.
WHEN OFFICERS ARRIVED, THEY FOUND THE SUSPECT SITTING IN A CAR PERFORMING THE ACT. AFTER MORE INVESTIGATION, POLICE FOUND SUSPECTED MARIJUANA AND A SMOKING PIPE. LOWERY IS NOT A STUDENT AT THE COLLEGE.

THE TERREBONNE PARISH SHERIFFS OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING A DOUBLE HOMICIDE YESTERDAY IN HOUMA. 24-YEAR-OLD ALYCE CHAUVIN AND 29-YEAR-OLD TROY HEBERT WERE FOUND DEAD IN A HOME THERE. MAJOR MALCOM WOLFE SAYS THE VICTIMS DIED FROM APPARENT GUNSHOT WOUNDS AND WERE PRONOUNCED AT THE SCENE. HE SAYS THEY HAVE BEEN INTERVIEWING PEOPLE WHO KNEW THE COUPLE AND CRIME STOPPERS IS ASSISTING IN THE INVESTIGATION.

THIBODAUX REPRESENTATIVE DEE RICHARD IS SPEARHEADING THE EFFORT TO HAVE THE LEGISLATURE CALL ITSELF INTO SPECIAL SESSION. RICHARD SAYS HE AND A NUMBER OF LEGISLATORS, ARE NOT HAPPY ABOUT CUTS GOVERNOR JINDAL HAS MADE TO THE BUDGET SINCE THE LAST SESSION ENDED. RICHARD SAYS THE GOVERNOR'S CUTS HAVE CLOSED HEALTH CARE FACILITIES, SHUT DOWN STATE PRISONS AND IMPACTED EDUCATION.

SPEAKING OF PRISON CLOSURES, GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL DEFENDS THE CLOSURE OF A STATE PRISON IN BEAUREGARD PARISH AS GOOD FINANCIAL SENSE. THE GOVERNOR WAS UNDER FIRE FROM SOME LAWMAKERS FOR THE SEEMINGLY SUDDEN DECISION TO CLOSE PHELPS CORRECTIONAL CENTER. HE SAYS IT CAME DOWN TO DOLLARS AND CENTS. MR. JINDAL SAYS HOUSING INMATES AT PHELPS COSTS TAXPAYERS ABOUT $50 A DAY. BY MOVING THEM TO ANGOLA AND ONE OTHER FACILITY, THAT COST CAN BE REDUCED TO AROUND $16. HE SAYS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SECRETARY JIMMY LEBLANC MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE. AREA LAWMAKERS ARE UPSET THEY WEREN'T EVEN CONSULTED ON THE DECISION.

STATE POLICE SAY A HIT AND RUN ACCIDENT IN JEFFERSON PARISH HAS CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A FIVE YEAR OLD BOY AFTER HE WAS RUN OVER WHILE RIDING HIS BICYCLE. THE DRIVER FLED THE SCENE BUT WAS DETAINED BY A CITIZEN IN A NEARBY PARKING LOT. 22-YEAR-OLD STESHONDIA STACKHOUSE, WAS LATER APPREHENDED BY TROOPERS AND ARRESTED FOR HIT AND RUN AND NO DRIVERS LICENSE.

A LAKE CHARLES COUPLE ARE CELEBRATING THE ARRIVAL OF THEIR NEWBORN BABIES--ALL FIVE OF THEM. THE QUINTUPLETS WERE BORN TO SARAH AND BRUCE PLAUCHE ON THE 7TH; THREE BOYS AND TWO GIRLS. THEY ARE THE FIRST QUINTS EVER BORN IN LAKE CHARLES.

A NEW STUDY BY "CONSUMER REPORTS" SAYS LOUISIANA RICE CONTAINS "SIGNIFICANT" AMOUNTS OF ARSENIC, BUT STATE AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER MIKE STRAIN FEELS THE MAGAZINE'S FINDINGS ARE NO CAUSE FOR ALARM. DR. STRAIN SAYS RICE IS ONE OF MANY PLANTS THAT MAY CONTAIN TRACE AMOUNTS OF ARSENIC--LEECHED IN FROM THE SOIL.

THEN 2012 FRESHMAN CLASS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT MONROE IS HAS GROWN 10 PERCENT AND HAS THE STRONGEST ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS IN THE SCHOOL'S HISTORY. ULM PRESIDENT NICK BRUNO SAYS THE SIZE AND QUALITY OF THE FRESHMAN CLASS THIS YEAR IS A RESULT OF INCREASED RECRUITMENT EFFORTS. THIS YEAR'S ULM FRESHMAN CLASS THIS YEAR CONSISTS OF ABOUT 1300 STUDENTS WITH AN AVERAGE GPA OF 3.3.

A BOSSIER CITY MAN, WHO DROPPED HIS COMPUTER OFF FOR REPAIRS, IS UNDER ARREST FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. PC TECHS FOUND THE IMAGES ON HIS MACHINE AND ALERTED POLICE. 40-YEAR-OLD DAVID CONERLY IS BEING HELD PENDING BOND.

THE ALLEN PARISH FAIR HAS A MESSAGE FOR SEX OFFENDERS: YOU ARE NOT WELCOME. THE FAIR OPENS TONIGHT, WITH AMPLE SIGNAGE WARNING CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS THEY MUST STAY 1000 FEET AWAY FROM THE FAIRGROUNDS. THE SIGNS ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH A NEW STATE LAW BARRING SEX OFFENDERS FROM PUBLIC PARKS, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES AND DAYCARE CENTERS.

CITY-PARISH GOVERNMENT WILL CONTINUE PAYING AN ANNUAL SUBSIDY OF $500,000 FOR OPERATIONS AT THE CAJUNDOME AND CONVENTION CENTER, MONEY THAT THE ADMINISTRATION ARGUES IS AN INVESTMENT IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND QUALITY OF LIFE. THE COUNCIL VOTED 8-1 TO RENEW A CONTRACT WITH THE STATE-OWNED FACILITY THAT CALLS FOR THE ANNUAL FINANCIAL SUPPORT, A SUBSTANTIAL PART OF THE CAJUNDOME’S $7.2 MILLION OPERATING BUDGET. THE AGREEMENT ALSO OFFERS THE CAJUNDOME THE ABILITY EACH YEAR TO DRAW ON A $100,000 FUND FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS ON AN AS-NEEDED BASIS.

RESIDENTS IN IBERIA PARISH WILL NOT HAVE THE CHANCE TO CONSIDER LEGALIZING VIDEO POKER IN THE PARISH DURING THE NOV. 6 ELECTION BECAUSE THE ITEM HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE BALLOT. THE IBERIA PARISH COUNCIL VOTED UNANIMOUSLY WEDNESDAY TO REMOVE THE VIDEO POKER OPTION FROM THE BALLOT AND THEN PASSED A SECOND AGENDA ITEM 9-4 ASKING THE STATE LEGISLATURE TO AUTHORIZE SUCH AN ELECTION FOR AN UNSPECIFIED DATE LATER. PARISH LEGAL ADVISER DEAN WATTINGY SAID VIDEO POKER WAS REMOVED FROM THE BALLOT BECAUSE THE PROPER PROCEDURE IS TO HAVE THE LEGISLATURE APPROVE THE ELECTION BEFORE IT COMES TO A PARISH WIDE VOTE.

AT&T IS BRINGING ITS "IT CAN WAIT" MOVEMENT TO LOUISIANA TO URGE MOTORISTS TO STOP TEXTING AND DRIVING. ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL, SOMEONE IS KILLED OR INJURED ONCE EVERY FIVE MINUTES IN A CRASH INVOLVING A DRIVER WHO WAS TEXTING. AT&T SPOKESPERSON SUE SPERRY SAYS THEY ARE HOLDING AN EVENT AT DILLIARD UNIVERSITY IN NEW ORLEANS TODAY, THEY'LL BE AT BATON ROUGE HIGH SCHOOL TOMORROW AND IN LAFAYETTE ON SATURDAY. SPERRY SAYS THEY ARE URGING EVERYONE AT THESE EVENTS TO SIGN A PLEDGE THAT SAYS THEY WILL NEVER TEXT AND DRIVE AGAIN. SHE SAYS NO TEXT IS WORTH DYING FOR.


News For Wednesday 09/18/12


NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY 091912
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

LOUISIANA IS WAKING UP TO SOME COOL FALL WEATHER TODAY. STATE CLIMATOLOGIST BARRY KEIM SAYS THE COOL SNAP COMES COURTESY OF A FRONT CARRYING A LOT OF COLD CANADIAN AIR. KEIM SAYS THURSDAY MORNING WILL BE THE COOLEST WE'VE SEEN SO FAR THIS SEASON, BUT A SLOW WARMING TREND WILL BEGIN ON FRIDAY.

LOUISIANA COLLEGE ON TUESDAY ANNOUNCED THAT J. MICHAEL JOHNSON HAD RESIGNED AS DEAN OF ITS SHREVEPORT-BASED LAW SCHOOL. LC PRESIDENT DR. JOE AGUILLARD SAID THE PROCESS OF REPLACING JOHSON, WHICH WILL INCLUDE SOME LONG-RANGE PLANNING BY LC, COULD AFFECT THE OPENING DATE OF THE LAW SCHOOL, WHICH WAS SCHEDULED FOR THE FALL SEMESTER IN 2013. WE’RE TOLD THAT J. MICHAEL JOHNSON’S DEPARTURE IS DUE TO A JOB OFFER.

THERE APPEARS THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA WILL NOT BE DOING AWAY WITH THE LITTLE USED BICYCLE LANES ON BOLTON AVENUE. STRUGGLING BUSINESS ALONG ROADWAY WERE SURPRISED SEVERAL MONTHS AGO TO FIND THAT THE PARKING HAD DISAPPEARED ALMOST OVER NIGHT. SEVERAL OF THE BUSINESS DO HAVE PARKING IN THE BACK OF THEIR BUILDINGS. BUT, HIGH CRIME IN THE AREA HAS DISCOURAGED MANY FROM USING THAT PARKING. AT A RECENT CITY COUNCIL MEETING BUSINESS OWNERS SHOWED UP TO EXPRESS THEIR FRUSTRATIONS OVER THE LOSS OF THEIR ROADSIDE PARKING. SEVERAL BICYCLE ENTHUSIASTS, FEW FROM THE AREA, WERE ALSO ON HAND. IT APPEARS THE COUNCIL SIDED WITH THE LATTER.

ALEXANDRIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT WILL RECEIVE A $7 MILLION GRANT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CONTINUE A NOISE MITIGATION PROJECT THAT BEEN ONGOING FOR YEARS. U.S. SEN. MARY LANDRIEU IN A NEWS RELEASE TUESDAY SAID THE GOVERNING BOARD THAT RUNS AEX IN ALEXANDRIA WOULD RECEIVE $4 MILLION FROM THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION. THE MONEY, LANDRIEU SAID, WAS INCLUDED IN GRANTS GIVEN TO LOUISIANA AIRPORTS THAT TOTALED $7.7 MILLION. THE DIRECTOR OF ENGLAND AUTHORITY, WHICH RUNS AEX, SAID THERE WILL BE AN ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS OF AN ADDITIONAL $3 MILLION TO FURTHER AEX'S NOISE MITIGATION PROGRAM. JON GRAFTON SAID THE $7 MILLION WOULD BE ISSUED IN ONE GRANT BY THE FAA.

THE FOOD BANK OF CENTRAL LOUISIANA GOT A HELPING HAND FROM SMITHFIELD FOODS AND THE UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS UNION WHO DONATED A COMBINED 30-THOUSAND POUNDS OF PROTEIN TO THE BANK. THE 15-TONS OF FOOD WILL BE DISTRIBUTED THROUGH A NETWORK OF CHARITABLE AGENCIES IN CENTRAL LOUISIANA.

NO FEDERAL AID EXISTS FOR THE NEARLY $100 MILLION IN DAMAGE THAT HURRICANE ISAAC UNLEASHED ON CROPS ACROSS LOUISIANA. THE LSU AGCENTER ESTIMATES THE BIGGEST IMPACT WAS ON SUGAR CANE, COTTON, CITRUS, SWEET POTATOES AND PECANS. HOWEVER, THE CATEGORY 1 STORM ALSO WHIPPED AND SATURATED HUNDREDS OF ACRES OF CORN, RICE AND SOYBEANS. STATE AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY COMMISSIONER MIKE STRAIN SAID HE WANTS TO FIGURE OUT HOW MUCH OF THE DAMAGE WAS UNINSURED BEFORE HITTING CAPITOL HILL TO BEG FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S ASSISTANCE.

ENTERGY OF LOUISIANA SAYS DAMAGES FROM ISAAC WILL COST THE COMPANY BETWEEN 400 AND 500-MILLION DOLLARS TO REPAIR. ENTERGY SPOKESPERSON MICHAEL BURNS SAYS THE COMPANY IS LOOKING INTO A NUMBER OF WAYS OF RECOUPING ITS LOSSES INCLUDING TAPPING INTO STORM RESERVES, INSURANCE AND POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL CHARGES TO ITS CUSTOMERS. BURNS SAYS ISAAC IS THE FOURTH MOST DAMAGING STORM IN ENTERGY'S ALMOST 100 YEAR HISTORY.

EARLY ESTIMATES OF DAMAGES TO STATE PARKS FROM HURRICANE ISAAC ARE APPROACHING SEVEN-MILLION DOLLARS. LT. GOVERNOR JAY DARDENNE, WHO OVERSEES STATE PARKS, SAYS THE BRUNT OF THE DAMAGE WAS TO A PAIR OF STATE PARKS IN ST. TAMMANY PARISH. HE SAYS THE COSTS TO REOPEN FONTAINEBLEAU AND FAIRVIEW-RIVERSIDE STATE PARKS WILL ACCOUNT FOR NEARLY HALF THE COST.

THE CITY OF PORT ALLEN, IN WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, IS HAVING TROUBLE FILLING SOME FULL-TIME SLOTS ON THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE REASON? CANDIDATES ARE FAILING THE PSYCH EVALUATION REQUIRED BY THE DEPARTMENT'S INSURANCE CARRIER. THE POLICE CHIEF SAYS HE'S LOSING FAITH IN THE PSYCHIATRIC TEST. HE SAYS TWO REJECTED CANDIDATES WERE 20-YEAR LAW ENFORCEMENT VETERANS; ONE WITH HONORABLE MILITARY SERVICE.

A ST. FRANCISVILLE TEEN HAS BEEN INDICTED FOR 1ST DEGREE MURDER, FOR THE STABBING MURDER OF AN 8-YEAR-OLD BOY BACK IN JUNE. 16-YEAR-OLD TREVOR REESE WILL BE TRIED AS AN ADULT. HOWEVER HE CANNOT BE GIVEN THE DEATH PENALTY, BECAUSE OF HIS AGE.

THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS HAS CANCELED PLANS TO USE AERIAL DRONES TO MONITOR CROWDS FOR THE 2013 SUPER BOWL. THE CITY OFFERS NO REASON NOT TO USE THE SPIES IN THE SKY, BUT SAYS A HOMELAND SECURITY HELICOPTER WITH A CAMERA ABOARD WILL BE EMPLOYED.

A DELIVERY TRUCK DRIVER FROM DIAMONDHEAD, MISSISSIPPI HAS BEEN CHARGED IN A FATAL ACCIDENT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON IN ROBERT, LOUISIANA. A DISABLED CAR, WITH FOUR OCCUPANTS INSIDE, WAS PARKED ON THE RIGHT SHOULDER OF I-12 WHEN THE DELIVERY TRUCK, DRIVEN BY 37-YEAR-OLD LOUIS BREAUX, DRIFTED ON TO THE SHOULDER AND SLAMMED INTO THE CAR. A ONE-YEAR-OLD CHILD WAS KILLED IN THE CRASH. THE DRIVER OF THE CAR AND A TWO-YEAR-OLD WERE TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL WITH
MODERATE INJURIES. A SECOND ADULT IS IN SERIOUS CONDITION.

A MANDEVILLE MAN PLEADS GUILITY TO RUNNING A PONZI SCHEME THAT BENEFITED HIS OWN BANK ACCOUNT. ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL DAVID CALDWELL SAYS 54-YEAR-OLD HUGO URREA (U-RAY-UH) CONVINCED PEOPLE HE KNEW THAT HE WOULD INVEST THEIR MONEY, INSTEAD IT WAS FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL GAIN. CALDWELL SAYS URREA WILL SPEND AT LEAST THE NEXT FIVE YEARS IN A JAIL AND THE JUDGE HAS ORDERED URREA TO PAY FULL RESTITUTION OF 247-THOUSAND DOLLARS

SPORTS..

THE SECOND RANKED LSU TIGERS BEGIN SEC PLAY THIS SATURDAY AT AUBURN. THE HOME TEAM HAS DOMINATED THIS SERIES IN RECENT HISTORY, BUT THE BAYOU BENGALS ARE BIG FAVORITES TO WIN THIS WEEKEND. AUBURN IS 1-AND-2 AND HAVE PLAYED POORLY ON OFFENSE.

AFTER A DAY OFF YESTERDAY, THE SAINTS RETURN TO THE PRACTICE FIELD TODAY IN THE HOPES THAT THEIR PREPARATION FOR SUNDAY'S GAME AGAINST KANSAS CITY WILL RESULT IN THEIR FIRST VICTORY OF THE SEASON. NEW ORLEANS CORNERBACK JABARI GREER SAYS THEY ARE COMMITTED TO GETTING BETTER. THE SAINTS DEFENSE HAS TAKEN A LOT OF THE BLAME FOR THE TEAM'S 0-AND-2 START. BUT WIDE RECEIVER LANCE MOORE SAYS THE OFFENSE CAN PLAY BETTER TOO. MOORE SAYS THE 0-AND-2 START IS NOT SITTING WELL WITH THE PLAYERS.

news For Tuesday 09/18/12


NEWS FOR TUESDAY 091812
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

STATE POLICE SAY THEY'RE COMMITTED TO CATCHING THE PERSON OR PERSONS WHO CALLED IN A BOMB THREAT AT LSU MONDAY. STATE POLICE SUPERINTENDENT COLONEL MIKE EDMONSON SAYS THE FIRST PRIORITY WAS SEEING TO EVERYONE'S SAFETY. PRIORITY TWO IS CATCHING THE PERPETRATOR. THE BOMB THREAT CALL CAME IN TO THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH 9-1-1 CENTER AROUND 10:30 MONDAY MORNING. WITHIN AN HOUR, THE ROUGHLY 30-THOUSAND PEOPLE ON THE CAMPUS WERE BEING EVACUATED. EDMONSON SAYS OFFICERS WITH BOMB DETECTING DOGS AND EQUIPMENT COMBED OVER EVERY BUILDING ON CAMPUS.

A STATE PRISON IN CALCASIEU PARISH IS SET TO CLOSE BY NOVEMBER FIRST. DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS SECRETARY JIMMY LEBLANC NOTIFIED WORKERS AT PHELPS CORRECTIONAL CENTER IN DEQUINCY ON FRIDAY THAT THE FACILITY WILL BE SHUT DOWN. THE INMATES FROM PHELPS WILL BE MOVED TO ANGOLA. THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS HAS NOT COMMENTED PUBLICLY ABOUT THE CLOSING OF THE 924-BED STATE PRISON. HOWEVER, SECRETARY LEBLANC HAS SAID THE MOVE WILL SAVE THE STATE MONEY. 300 DIRECT JOBS WILL BE LOST BY THE CLOSURE.

ANOTHER SPELL OF COOL, AUTUMN WEATHER IS COMING TO LOUISIANA. STATE CLIMATOLOGIST BARRY KEIM SAYS A COLD AIR MASS WILL ENTER THE STATE TODAY, BRINGING THE COOLEST TEMPERATURES SO FAR THIS SEASON. KEIM SAYS WE CAN EXPECT THE COOLER WEATHER TO BE WITH US THROUGH THE WEEKEND. HE SAYS TEMPERATURES WILL DIP INTO THE 60'S OVERNIGHT TONIGHT, WITH EVEN COOLER MORNINGS LATER IN THE WEEK.

NATCHITOCHES POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING HUMAN REMAINS FOUND INSIDE A HOUSEBOAT THAT WAS PARKED ON A TRAILER. THE GRIM DISCOVERY WAS MADE SATURDAY. THE REMAINS WERE IN AN ADVANCED STAGE OF DECOMPOSITION, AND HAVE BEEN SENT OT THE MEDICAL EXAMINER. THAT OFFICE WILL TRY TO DETERMINE THE PERSON'S IDENTITY AND CAUSE OF DEATH. POLICE IN NATCHITOCHES ASK ANYONE WITH USEFUL INFORMATION TO CONTACT THEM.

THEY’RE BACK.. GROUND TREMORS ARE BEING RECORDED AGAIN, NEAR THAT HUGE SINKHOLE IN ASSUMPTION PARISH NEAR BAYOU CORNE. THERE WERE STRONG TREMORS RECORDED LEADING UP TO THE SINKHOLE'S FIRST APPEARANCE AS WELL. EARTHQUAKE RESEARCHER STEVE HORTON SAYS A RELIEF WELL IS BEING DRILLED TO DETERMINE WHAT'S CAUSING THE TREMORS, AND THE SINKHOLE ITSELF. HE SAYS THEY DON'T KNOW WHY THE TREMORS HAVE RETURNED. THAT RELIEF WELL COULD BE FINISHED WITHIN ONE OR TWO WEEKS.

A FOURTH-GRADE STUDENT AT RIVERBEND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN MONROE HAS DIED OF WEST NILE ENCEPHALITIS. SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY CHARLY PRATT HAD BEEN HOSPITALIZED SINCE LATE AUGUST WITH SYMPTOMS OF THE NERO-INVASIVE FORM OF WEST NILE. SHE PASSED AWAY SUNDAY. CHARLY IS THE STATE'S 11TH WEST NILE DEATH THIS YEAR. IT'S IMPORTANT TO TAKE STEPS TO PROTECT ONESELF AND ONE'S CHILDREN FROM MOSQUITO BITES THAT TRANSMIT CARRY WEST NILE.

THE FORMER UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA SYSTEM PRESIDENT TELLS THE AP THE ONGOING BUDGET WOES IN THE STATE WILL MAKE HIS POSITION HARD TO FILL. RANDY MOFFETT'S LAST DAY WAS FRIDAY. HE SAYS THE CUTS HINDERED UL'S MISSION OF FOCUSING ON INCREASED PERFORMANCE.

AN LSU MASS COMMUNICATION PROFESSOR IS STARTING A NEW PUSH TO MAKE THE BATON ROUGE CAMPUS COMPLETELY TOBACCO AND SMOKE FREE. DR. JUDITH SYLVESTER SAYS A SMOKE-FREE INITIATIVE WOULD ALSO HELP CLEAN UP THE CAMPUS SHE SAYS IS LITTERED WITH CIGARETTE BUTTS. SHE SAYS THE CURRENT POLICY OF NOT SMOKING 25 FEET FROM A CAMPUS BUILDING NEEDS TO BE BETTER ENFORCED. SYLVESTER SAYS ITS AN ISSUE OF RESPECT. SHE SAYS THE IDEA IS TO CHANGE THE CULTURE ON CAMPUS AND SHE'D ALSO LIKE TO SEE NO SMOKING DURING TAILGATING ON GAME DAYS.

BREAUX BRIDGE NATIVE AND NASHVILLE RECORDING ARTIST HUNTER HAYES HAS THE NUMBER ONE COUNTRY SINGLE IN THE USA THIS WEEK. HAYES LATEST SINGLE, THE PLATINUM-SELLING "WANTED" IS BURNING UP AIRWAVES ON COUNTRY STATIONS NATIONWIDE. HE'S BEEN NOMINATED FOR THE 2012 CMA NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD AS WELL. HAYES TURNED 21 LAST WEEK.

News For Monday 09/17/12


NEWS FOR MONDAY 091712
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

A BOSSIER CITY WOMAN TRYING TO AVOID MILITARY SERVICE CONVINCED HER HUSBAND TO SHOOT HER ON PURPOSE THEN TOLD POLICE IT WAS AN INTRUDER. SPOKESPERSON MARK NATALE SAYS BOTH 25-YEAR-OLD JUDY GROOMES AND HER HUSBAND 26-YEAR-OLD CHRISTOPHER GROOMES NOW FACE CRIMINAL CHARGES. NATALE SAYS THE HUSBAND AND WIFE WERE BOTH ACTIVE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES AIRFORCE AND PLANNED THE SHOOTING TO STOP THE WOMAN FROM BEING DEPLOYED.

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA SYSTEM PRESIDENT RANDY MOFFETT HAS RESIGNED AFTER HIS 41 YEAR CAREER IN HIGHER EDUCATION. OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED FRIDAY THAT LONG TIME EDUCATOR TOM LAYZELL WOULD SERVE AS INTERIM PRESIDENT OF THE NINE-UNIVERSITY UL SYSTEM.

A SHREVEPORT LAWMAKER CALLS A TOWN HALL MEETING TONIGHT, TO ADDRESS PEOPLE'S CONCERNS ABOUT BUDGET CUTS FOR LSU'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN SHREVEPORT, ALEXANDRIA AND MONROE. REP. ROY BURRELL SAYS HIS CONSTITUENTS WORRY ABOUT POSSIBLE FACILITY CLOSURES, AS THE STATE CONTINUES TO CUT THE BUDGET FOR HEALTH CARE. FOR THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR, LSU'S SHREVEPORT HOSPITAL FACES A $46-
MILLION DEFICIT. BURRELL IS AMONG THOSE THAT FEEL CLOSURE OF ONE OR MORE
STATE-RUN HOSPITALS IN THE REGION IS COMING.

GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL ANNOUNCED FRIDAY THAT HE'S SUPPORTING THE IDEA OF CONSOLIDATING THE LSU SYSTEM PRESIDENT'S POST WITH THE CHANCELLOR'S JOB AT THE BATON ROUGE CAMPUS. JINDAL SAYS COMBINING THE TWO JOBS INTO ONE WOULD SAVE LSU MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THE UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN WITHOUT A SYSTEM PRESIDENT SINCE LATE APRIL WHEN JOHN LOMBARDI WAS DISMISSED. MICHAEL MARTIN LEFT HIS POSITION AS CHANCELLOR IN AUGUST.

THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS SAYS 39 NEW HUMAN CASES OF WEST NILE HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN LOUISIANA BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES TO 215. 10 WEST NILE DEATHS HAVE BEEN REPORTED SO FAR IN 2012. DHH OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE LOUISIANIANS TO BE AWARE OF THE THREAT OF WEST NILE AND TO FIGHT THE BITE.

HURRICANE ISAAC DEVASTATED THE CITRUS CROP IN PLAQUEMINES PARISH. CITRUS FARMER BEN BECNEL SAYS BETWEEN 90 AND 95 PERCENT OF HIS TREES WERE COMPLETELY WIPED OUT FROM THE STORMS FLOODWATERS. HE SAYS THERE IS FRUIT ALL OVER THE WET GROUND, AND WHAT IS LEFT ON THE TREES PROBABLY WON'T MAKE IT TO MARKET. LSU AG CENTER COUNTY AGENT ALLEN VAUGHN SAYS THE STORM'S DAMAGE WILL MOST CERTAINLY EXTEND INTO NEXT YEAR.

NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL IS EXPECTED TO MEET WITH JONATHAN VILMA TODAY TO DISCUSS THE SAINTS LINEBACKER'S SUSPENSION THAT WAS TEMPORARILY LIFTED EARLIER THIS MONTH. IT’S EXPECTED VILMA WILL BE ABLE TO PRESENT ANY NEW EVIDENCE HE MAY HAVE IN THE SAINTS' BOUNTY SCANDAL. THE OTHER PLAYERS INVOLVED, SAINTS DEFENSIVE END WILL SMITH, BROWNS LINEBACKER SCOTT FUJITA AND FREE AGENT ANTHONY HARGROVE ARE EXPECTED TO MEET WITH GOODELL TOMORROW.

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SAYS NEARLY 5-THOUSAND STUDENTS HAVE ENROLLED IN THE NEW STATEWIDE PRIVATE SCHOOL TUITION VOUCHERS PROGRAM. EVEN THOUGH THERE WERE OVER 6-THOUSAND SPOTS AVAILABLE, ONLY 4,944 ENROLLED. BOARD OF ELEMENTARY & SECONDARY EDUCATION PRESIDENT PENNY DASTUGUE SAYS THAT'S A GOOD START FOR THE STATEWIDE PROGRAM.

THE SECOND RANKED LSU FOOTBALLL TEAM PREPARED FOR SEC PLAY BY TROUNCING IDAHO 63 TO 14 ON SATURDAY NIGHT. COACH LES MILES SAYS IT WAS A GOOD PERFORMANCE BUT THERE'S STILL ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT.

THE SEAN PAYTON-LESS SAINTS ARE OFF TO AN UNEXPECTED 0-AND-2 START FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2007, AFTER LOSING TO CAROLINA 35 TO 27 IN CHARLOTTE YESTERDAY. QUARTERBACK DREW BREES HAS FAITH THINGS WILL TURN AROUND. THE SAINTS HOST THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS THIS SUNDAY. KANSAS CITY IS ALSO 0-AND-2. BREES SAYS IT'S TIME TO START A WINNING STREAK.


News For Friday 09/14/12


NEWS FOR FRIDAY 091412
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

A SMALL CROWD WAS ON HAND LAST NIGHT FOR THE SECOND OF THREE PUBLIC FORUMS AIMED AT GETTING PUBLIC INPUT AS THE SEARCH CONTINUES TO FIND A NEW SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS IN RAPIDES PARISH. THE CROWD MADE OF CURRENT AND FORMER SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES, CLERGY AND A SMATTERING OF PARENTS. THE THIRD AND FINAL FORUM WILL BE HELD NEXT THURSDAY AT GLENMORA HIGH SCHOOL.

STATE EDUCATION OFFICIALS HAVE A FINAL TALLY ON THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC SCHOOL KIDS WHO'LL ATTEND A PRIVATE OR PAROCHIAL SCHOOL THIS YEAR, UNDER THE STATE'S VOUCHERS PROGRAM. 4944 STUDENTS FROM FAILING PUBLIC SCHOOLS MAKE THE TRANSITION THIS YEAR. 14% OF THOSE CAME FROM SCHOOLS EARNING A "C" GRADE. 69% WERE FROM "D" SCHOOLS; 17% FROM SCHOOLS GETTING AN "F". THE VOUCHERS WERE AVAILABLE ON A NEEDS BASE.

PRIVATE AND PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS RECEIVING LOUISIANA STATE FUNDS FOR VOUCHERS MUST SUBMIT TO AUDITS OF HOW THOSE FUNDS ARE USED. SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION JOHN WHITE SAID THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION WILL PAY FOR THE AUDITS, WHICH ARE TO BE PERFORMED BY ACCOUNTING FIRMS APPROVED BY THE STATE TO ASSURE THAT THE FUNDS ARE BEING USED WISELY. THE AUDITS WOULD BE DONE ANNUALLY AND WOULD BECOME PART OF THE ANNUAL REVIEW TO DETERMINE IF SCHOOLS SHOULD CONTINUE TO RECEIVE STATE FUNDING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE VOUCHER PROGRAM.

A SIKES MAN WAS FOUND GUILTY THURSDAY IN FEDERAL COURT IN ALEXANDRIA FOR FIRING SHOTS AT A LOUISIANA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD HELICOPTER FROM CAMP BEAUREGARD BEING USED DURING A MARIJUANA ERADICATION PROGRAM IN WINN PARISH. THI INCIDENT OCCURRED BACK IN AUGUST OF 2010. 61 YEAR OLD JAMES KELLY WAS FOUND GUILTY OF A LONG LIST OF CHARGES. HE WILL BE SENTENCED IN DECEMBER AND FACES A LONG PRISON STAY.

A POLLOCK WOMAN HAS BEEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH A HOME INVASION IN ALEXANDRIA EARLY MONDAY MORNING. ALEXANDRA POLICE INITIALLY ARRESTED 47-YEAR-OLD DAVID WELLS OF ALEXANDRIA. 27-YEAR-OLD CHRISTINA BOLGIANO WAS ARRESTED BY ALEXANDRIA DETECTIVES WEDNESDAY. SHE WAS BOOKED INTO THE RAPIDES PARISH DETENTION CENTER, CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF HOME INVASION. THE VICTIM TOLD OFFICERS THAT TWO SUSPECTS KICKED IN THE DOOR OF THE RESIDENCE AROUND 12:50 A.M. ONE WAS ARMED WITH A KNIFE, AND THEY DEMANDED THE VICTIM'S MONEY. THE VICTIM WAS NOT INJURED IN THE ATTACK.

WALGREENS PHARMACIES AND EXPRESS SCRIPTS HAVE PATCHED UP THE DISPUTE THAT MADE THEM SEVER TIES LAST YEAR; FORCING THOUSAND OF WALGREEN'S CUSTOMERS TO FILL THEIR MEDS ELSEWHERE. THAT'S COST WALGREENS BILLION IN BUSINESS. STARTING SATURDAY, YOU CAN FILL AND REFILL YOUR EXPRESS SCRIPTS PRESCRIPTIONS AT WALGREEN'S AGAIN, STATEWIDE.

STATE POLICE SAY A MAN SNAPPED AT A DSNAP DISTRIBUTION SITE IN LAPLACE WEDNESDAY TROOPER MELISSA MATEY SAYS 46-YEAR-OLD MARK KNIGHT GREW AGITATED WHEN TURNED DOWN FOR DISASTER FOOD STAMPS FOR HURRICANE ISAAC. HE WENT TO HIS VEHICLE AND GOT THE WEAPON, BUT WAS QUICKLY SUBDUED. SHE SAYS THE
INCIDENT COULD HAVE TURNED VIOLENT AND TRAGIC, BUT NO SHOTS WERE FIRED.

POLICE IN EUNICE HAVE ARRESTED A "KISSING BANDIT" AT THE CITY'S WAL-MART STORE. OFFICERS SAY LONG-HAUL TRUCKER RANDY BUTCHER APPROACHED A FEMALE STORE WORKER AND SUDDENLY GRABBED HER AND KISSED HER. SHE BROKE FREE AND TOLD HER SUPERVISOR, WHILE BUTCHER WAS STILL IN THE STORE. BUTCHER THEN ALLEGEDLY APPROACHED A FEMALE CUSTOMER, AND WAS MOVING IN FOR THE SMOOCH...WHEN HER BOYFRIEND WALKED UP. HE'S BEEN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT, BATTERY AND FALSE IMPRISONMENT. WE ASSUME THE LAST CHARGE WAS FOR THE EMBRASE..

THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY IS ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS IN HURRICANE ISAAC AFFECTED AREAS TO REPORT ILLEGAL DUMPING TO AUTHORITIES. THEY SAY RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL WASTE SHOULD BE PLACED OUTSIDE FOR TRASH PICKUP AND PROPERLY SEPARATED. THE DEQ SAYS ILLEGAL DUMPING IS A SERIOUS CRIME THAT COULD CARRY JAIL TIME AND A $25,000 FINE.

GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL SPENT SOME TIME IN NEW HAMPSHIRE YESTERDAY,
CAMPAIGNING FOR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY. JINDAL ALSO HELPED THE GOP CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR THERE IN HIS CAMPAIGN. JINDAL'S REMARKS TO A GOP "UNITY BREAKFAST" WERE LESS ABOUT ROMNEY, AND MORE CRITICAL OF PRESIDENT OBAMA, WHOSE ADMINISTRATION HE SAYS IS "MARRED BY BROKEN PROMISES".

SHREVEPORT POLICE SEEK TWO MEN INVOLVED IN A FATAL SHOOTING OUTSIDE A HOME THERE LAST NIGHT. PD SPOKESMAN CPL. MARCUS HINES SAYS THE MEN WERE ATTEMPTING TO BREAK INTO THE HOUSE. THE HOMEOWNER, 32-YEAR-OLD JASON WILLIAMS WAS SHOT AND KILLED. HINES SAYS THEY HAVE FEW LEADS AT THIS TIME, BUT ARE LOOKING OUT FOR TWO BLACK MEN, EACH ABOUT 5-FOOT-TEN. HINES SAYS THE INCIDENT IS LIKELY DRUG-RELATED. A FULL INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY.

PICCADILLY RESTAURANTS, A BATON ROUGE-BASED CAFETERIA CHAIN, HAS FILED CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY. THOMAS SANDEMAN, THE COMPANY'S CEO, TOLD SAYS THE FILING, WHICH WAS MADE TUESDAY IN U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT IN LAFAYETTE, WILL PROTECT THE VALUE OF PICCADILLY, ALONG WITH ITS EMPLOYEES AND RESTAURANTS. THE BANKRUPTCY FILING SAID THE CHAIN WANTED TO PROTECT ITSELF FROM WHAT IT CALLED "AN AGGRESSIVE LEGAL MANEUVER" TAKEN BY A LENDER. THIS IS PICCADILLY'S SECOND BANKRUPTCY FILING; THE FIRST WAS IN 2003.




News For Thursday 09/13/12


NEWS FOR THURSDAY 091312
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

THE SEARCH FOR A RAPIDES PARISH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT CONTINUES TONIGHT WITH A FORUM INTENDED TO GAUGE PUBLIC OPINION. THE FORUM, THE SECOND OF THREE, WILL BE HELD TONIGHT AT PEABODY MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL STARTING AT 6. LAST WEEKS FORUM DREW ONLY ABOUT 30 PEOPLE, MOST OF WHOM WERE EITHER CURRENT OR FORMER EDUCATORS. THE THIRD FORUM WILL BE HELD SEPT. 20 AT GLENMORA HIGH SCHOOL. THE FIRM CONDUCTING THE FORUMS WILL COMPILE A REPORT BASED ON THE THREE FORUMS AND PRESENT IT TO THE SCHOOL BOARD. IT IS ALSO TO BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

TWO DEFENDANTS IN THE FOREST LAWN MEMORIAL PARK THEFTS WERE SENTENCED TO PRISON THIS WEEK, PLEADING GUILTY MONDAY BEFORE THEIR TRIALS ON STEALING CEMETERY VASES AND URNS AND SELLING THE COPPER AT SCRAP YARDS.
46 YEAR OLD JOHNNY FITZGERALD JR. PLEADED GUILTY TO CHARGES OF THEFT OF URNS AND VASES FROM A RELIGIOUS CEMETERY AND CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY. JUDGE THOMAS YEAGER SENTENCED THE BALL RESIDENT TO HARD-LABOR PRISON TERMS OF 10 YEARS AND TWO YEARS, TO BE SERVED CONSECUTIVELY. 21 YEAR OLD BILLY LEE JOHNSON OF PINEVILLE, WAS SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS AT HARD LABOR. EARLIER IN THE YEAR, 55 YEAR OLD DEBORAH PRICE AND 36-YEAR-OLD KIMBERLY GAGNARD WERE ALSO SENTENCED TO PRISON TIME.

A LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARDSMAN WAS KILLED AND ANOTHER INJURED IN A TWO VEHICLE CRASH TUESDAY ON INTERSTATE 49. THE SOLDIERS WERE TRAVELING IN A MILITARY CONVOY RETURNING FROM HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS WHEN THEIR HUMVEE WAS HIT FROM BEHIND BY A TRACTOR-TRAILER CAUSING IT TO FLIP. 30-YEAR OLD SGT. KEVIN WEINER WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE OTHER SOLDIER WASN'T SERIOUSLY INJURED, NEITHER WAS THE DRIVER OF THE TRACTOR TRAILER. STATE POLICE ARE AWAITING TOXICOLOGY TEST RESULTS.

FORUM ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES SAYS IT PLANS TO BUILD A NEW 150,000-SQUARE-FOOT FACILITY IN ST. MARTIN PARISH TO PRODUCE ONSHORE AND OFFSHORE DRILLING EQUIPMENT FOR GLOBAL CUSTOMERS. FORUM ENERGY CEO CRIS GAUT SAYS THE $19 MILLION PROJECT WILL REPLACE AN EXISTING FACILITY IN NEARBY BROUSSARD. THE PROJECT WILL RETAIN 203 EXISTING JOBS AND CREATE 125 NEW DIRECT JOBS WITH AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARIES OF MORE THAN $45,000, PLUS BENEFITS. STATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICIALS ESTIMATE THE PROJECT WILL ALSO CREATE AN ADDITIONAL 300 NEW INDIRECT JOBS.

THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU REPORTS THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS IN POVERTY STOOD AT 15 PERCENT IN 2011. ABOUT 46.2 MILLION PEOPLE, OR NEARLY 1 IN 6, WERE IN POVERTY. THAT IS NOT STATISTICALLY DIFFERENT FROM THE 15.1 PERCENT WHO WERE IMPOVERISHED IN 2010. BROKEN DOWN BY STATE, NEW MEXICO HAD THE HIGHEST SHARE OF POOR PEOPLE, AT 22.2 PERCENT, ACCORDING TO ROUGH CALCULATIONS BY THE CENSUS BUREAU. IT WAS FOLLOWED BY LOUISIANA AT 21.1 PERCENT WITH ABOUT 947,000 RESIDENTS LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE. THE MEDIAN INCOME FOR LOUISIANA RESIDENTS IS ABOUT $40,658 A YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT. THAT'S LOWER THAN ALL BUT THREE STATES: KENTUCKY, SOUTH CAROLINA AND MONTANA. NATIONALLY, THE MEDIAN INCOME IS ABOUT $50,000 A YEAR.

ALLSTATE CORP. IS RAISING RATES FOR 144,000 LOUISIANA HOMEOWNERS WHO GET THEIR INSURANCE COVERAGE FROM TWO ALLSTATE COMPANIES. THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED TUESDAY THAT ABOUT 71,000 HOMEOWNERS INSURED BY ALLSTATE INSURANCE CO. WILL SEE THEIR RATES INCREASE BY 11.3 PERCENT, WHILE 73,000 ALLSTATE INDEMNITY CO. POLICYHOLDERS WILL SEE AN AVERAGE INCREASE OF 5.4 PERCENT AS OF MARCH 1. INSURANCE COMMISSIONER JIM DONELON SAYS ALLSTATE'S RATE INCREASES OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS HAVE BEEN IN LINE WITH OTHER COMPANIES, ABOUT FOUR-PERCENT A YEAR. BUT HE SAYS HOMEOWNERS WHO ARE UNHAPPY ABOUT THE INCREASE SHOULD SHOP AROUND BEFORE RENEWING THEIR CURRENT POLICY.

A GROUP CONSIDERING TOLLS TO HELP PAY FOR INTERSTATE 49 THROUGH LAFAYETTE HAS PUT ITS WORK ON HOLD PENDING A STATE STUDY ON USING TOLL REVENUE TO COMPLETE I-49 ALL THE WAY TO NEW ORLEANS. COMPLETING THE INTERSTATE FROM LAFAYETTE TO NEW ORLEANS WOULD COST AN ESTIMATED $5 BILLION, A PRICE TAG THAT HAS BEEN A MAJOR ROADBLOCK FOR THE PROJECT.

A PAIR OF NORTHEAST LOUISIANA PARISHES WILL HAVE THEIR LEVEES RAISED BY THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. THE LEVEES, IN CONCORDIA AND EAST CARROLL PARISHES, WILL BE RAISED BY TWO FEET. 5TH LOUISIANA LEVEE DISTRICT BOARD PRESIDENT REYNOLD MINSKY SAYS THE IMPROVEMENTS WILL BRING THE LEVEES UP TO 500-YEAR FLOOD PROTECTION LEVELS. TWO AREAS TO BE RAISED ARE SOUTH OF THE TOWN OF TRANSYLVANIA AND A THIRD IS 15 MILES SOUTH OF VIDALIA.

THE LAKE PROVIDENCE PORT IS FULLY OPERATION AGAIN AFTER IT WAS CLOSED FOR TWO MONTHS BECAUSE OF LOW MISSISSIPPI RIVER WATER LEVELS. PORT DIRECTOR WYLY GILFOIL SAYS THEY RE-OPENED IN TIME TO HELP SHIP SOME OF THE STATE'S SOYBEAN CROP.

ABOUT TWO-HUNDRED-PEOPLE WHO WORK AT AN ALUMINA PLANT IN ASCENSION
PARISH HAVE RECEIVED LAYOFF NOTICES. ORMET IS LETTING THE WORKERS GO
BECAUSE THEY'VE SEEN A REDUCED DEMAND FOR THEIR PRODUCT.

FRENCH-SPEAKING RESIDENTS AND SUPPORTERS ACROSS THE WORLD RAISED
90-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO MAKE UP FOR A 100-THOUSAND CUT TO CODOFIL
FUNDING, WHICH HELPS FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAMS IN THE STATE.
CARENCRO REPRESENTATIVE STEPHEN ORTEGO SAYS DONORS CAME FROM ALL
WALKS OF LIFE. GOVERNOR JINDAL USED HIS LINE-ITEM VETO POWER TO CUT 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN STATE FUNDING TO CODOFIL, WHICH IS OVER A THIRD OF THEIR ANNUAL BUDGET.

LSU HEAD COACH LES MILES SAYS FOUR OF HIS TEAM HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED
FOR ACADEMIC INELIGIBILITY. JUNIOR LINEBACKER TAHJ JONES, SENIOR
TIGHT END TYLER EDWARDS, SOPHOMORE TACKLE EVAN WASHINGTON AND
SOPHOMORE LINEBACKER D.J. WELTER WILL SIT THE SEASON OUT DUE TO LOW
GRADES.

THE AMERICA'S WETLAND FOUNDATION SAYS AN INVESTMENT OF 50-BILLION DOLLARS IS NEEDED TO SAVE LOUISIANA'S DETERIORATING COAST. THE FOUNDATION'S MANAGING DIRECTOR, VAL MARMILLION, SAYS MONEY IS NOT THE ONLY ISSUE, BUT THEY ARE ALSO CALLING ON CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR COASTAL RESTORATION PROJECTS TO BEGIN. THE AMERICA'S WETLAND FOUNDATION HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON D-C TO EXPRESS THEIR NEED FOR MORE MONEY AND THE ABILITY TO FAST-TRACK SOME OF THESE COASTAL RESTORATION PROJECTS. MARMILLION SAYS SOME OF THE POLICIES IN PLACE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARE KEEPING PROJECTS FROM TAKING PLACE.

NEW ORLEANS WILL RECEIVE $27.3 MILLION IN GRANTS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO HELP COVER SOME OF THE CITY'S COSTS RELATED TO HURRICANE ISAAC. SOME OF THE MONEY WILL REIMBURSE THE CITY FOR LABOR AND EQUIPMENT FOR A VARIETY OF EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE MEASURES INCLUDING POLICE PATROLS AND OPERATION OF MAJOR DRAINAGE SYSTEMS AND PUMPS. OTHER COSTS REIMBURSED WILL INCLUDE DEBRIS REMOVAL AND CLEANING OF MUD, SILT AND SAND FROM STREET DRAINAGE CATCH BASINS.

SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR, HEADED FOR RETIREMENT IN CALIFORNIA, IS SCHEDULED TO PERFORM LOW FLYOVERS — AS LOW AS 1,500 FEET — AS IT PASSES NASA FACILITIES IN MISSISSIPPI AND LOUISIANA. STENNIS SPACE CENTER IN HANCOCK COUNTY IN MISSISSIPPI TESTED THE ORBITER'S MAIN ENGINES. MICHOUD ASSEMBLY FACILITY IN NEW ORLEANS IS WHERE THE SHUTTLE'S ICONIC ORANGE EXTERNAL FUEL TANK WAS CONSTRUCTED. THE FLYOVERS, WEATHER PERMITTING, WILL TAKE PLACE MONDAY AFTER ENDEAVOUR LEAVES KENNEDY SPACE CENTER IN FLORIDA HEADING WEST.

LOUISIANA LT. GOV. JAY DARDENNE IS PROMOTING THE STATE'S ASSETS IN NEIGHBORING TEXAS. DARDENNE IS IN DALLAS TO PROMOTE LOUISIANA CULINARY TRAILS THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LOUISIANA TRAVEL PROMOTION ASSOCIATION AND TEXAS MONTHLY MAGAZINE. THE MAGAZINE IS CO-HOSTING THURSDAY'S EVENT FOR NEWS MEDIA AND FOOD WRITERS AT WHICH CAJUN AND CREOLE FARE WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED. IN ADDITION, DARDENNE WAS TO MEET WITH REPORTERS TO DISCUSS THE LAUNCH OF LOUISIANA'S NEW RETIREMENT BRAND AND WEBSITE: WWW.RETIRELOUISIANASTYLE.COM

TULANE UNIVERSITY SAYS TWO OF ITS SENIORS HAVE DESIGNED A T-SHIRT AND WRISTBAND BEARING THE NAME AND JERSEY NUMBER OF GREEN WAVE FOOTBALL PLAYER DEVON WALKER. BRAD GIRSON AND JESSE SCHWARTZ STARTED THEIR OWN CLOTHING LINE AS SOPHOMORES. NOW, THE UNIVERSITY SAYS, NET PROCEEDS FROM SALES OF THE SHIRTS AND WRISTBANDS WILL BE DONATED TO A FUND ESTABLISHED FOR WALKER. WALKER SUFFERED A CERVICAL SPINE FRACTURE SATURDAY DURING TULANE'S GAME AGAINST TULSA.




News For Friday 09/07/12


NEWS FOR FRIDAY 090712
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

TRAGEDY YESTERDAY IN EVANGELINE PARISH, WHEN A SCHOOL CROSSING GUARD WAS
STRUCK AND KILLED DURING A TWO CAR CRASH NEAR VIDRINE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. STATE POLICE TROOPER STEPHEN HAMMONS SAYS 60-YEAR-OLD RESERVE DEPUTY JOHN GRANGER IS THE VICTIM. HAMMONS SAYS THE WRECK HAPPENED AT THE CROSSING OF HIGHWAYS 10 AND 376 WHILE GRANGER WAS DIRECTING TRAFFIC. AS OF NOW NO CITATIONS HAVE BEEN ISSUED TO EITHER DRIVER, BUT THE INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY.

THE FIRST OF THREE PUBLIC FORUMS WERE HELD LAST NIGHT TO GET PUBLIC INPUT TO AID IN THE HIRING OF A NEW RAPIDES PARISH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT.IN THE END THOUGH, THERE WERE AS MANY TEACHERS AND SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES AS PARENTS. MEMBERS OF THE SCHOOL BOARD WERE ASKED, BY THE CONSULTING FIRM CONDUCTING THE FORUM, TO LEAVE THE TIOGA HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM BEFORE THE FORUM BEGAN SO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WOULD BE COMFORTABLE EXPRESSING THEIR OPINIONS. HOWEVER, AT LEAST FOUR MEMBERS DECIDED TO STAY. THE NEXT TWO FORUMS WILL BE SEPT. 13 AT 6 P.M. AT PEABODY MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL AND SEPT. 20 AT 6 P.M. AT GLENMORA HIGH SCHOOL.

AFTER A VERY HOT WEEK ACROSS THE STATE, LOUISIANANS CAN EXPECT SOME FALL-LIKE WEATHER THIS WEEKEND. STATE CLIMATOLOGIST BARRY KEIM SAYS WE MAY SEE SOME BRIEF SCATTERED RAIN SATURDAY, AND WAKE UP TO NOTICEABLY LOWER TEMPERATURES FOR SUNDAY AND INTO THE WORK WEEK.

AFTER THE SEARCH OF A BAYWOOD DRIVE IN PINEVILLE, 5 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH AN ASSORTMENT OF DRUG RELATED CHARGES. DETECTIVES HAD RECEIVED INFORMATION ABOUT A POSSIBLE METH LAB AT THE LOCATION AND AFTER SURVEILLANCE WAS CONDUCTED, AND DETECTIVES OBTAINED A SEARCH WARRANT. WHAT THEY FOUND WAS SIX PEOPLE INSIDE THE HOUSE, ALONG WITH MARIJUANA, METH AND AN ASSORTMENT OF OTHER DRUGS. ONE SUSPECT ESCAPED DURING THE RAID AND IS BEING SOUGHT BY AUTHORITIES.

TODAY OPENS THE 3RD ANNUAL LOUISIANA 2ND AMENDMENT SALES TAX HOLIDAY. LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE SPOKESPERSON BYRON HENDERSON SAYS OVER THE NEXT THREE DAYS, A SPECIFIC LIST OF HUNTING ITEMS WILL BE EXEMPT FROM THE 4% STATE SALES TAX AND ALL LOCAL SALES TAXES THROUGHOUT LOUISIANA. HE SAYS THE EXEMPTION APPLIES TO A WIDE RANGE OF FIREARMS AND OTHER OUTDOOR GEAR. A FULL LIST OF ELIGIBLE ITEMS, EXCLUDED ITEMS AND SPECIAL PROVISIONS CAN BE FOUND AT REVENUE.LOUISIANA.GOV.

THE LSU BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL VOTE TODAY ON WHETHER OR NOT THE LSU ATHLETICS FUND WOULD TRANSFER $7.2 MILLION ANNUALLY TO SUPPORT UNIVERSITY ACADEMICS. ASSOCIATE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR HERB VINCENT SAYS THEY'RE NOT AWARE OF ANOTHER UNIVERSITY THAT HAS AN ANNUAL PLANNED AGREEMENT LIKE THIS IN PLACE. THE DEAL WOULD ALSO GIVE THE UNIVERSITY A PERCENTAGE OF SURPLUS FROM SPORTING EVENTS, SHOULD THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT HAVE A PARTICULARLY GOOD YEAR. VINCENT SAYS ITS THE DUTY OF ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT TO PLAY A ROLE IN THE MISSION OF THE UNIVERSITY.

THE LSU SYSTEM'S TOP LAWYER ANNOUNCED THURSDAY THAT HE IS RESIGNING FROM THE JOB, AMID A CONTINUED SHAKE-UP OF SYSTEM LEADERSHIP SINCE GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S APPOINTEES TOOK CONTROL OF THE SYSTEM GOVERNING BOARD. RAY LAMONICA SAID HE WAS QUITTING HIS POSITION AS GENERAL COUNSEL, EFFECTIVE FRIDAY. HE WILL RETURN TO TEACHING AT THE UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL. LAMONICA, A FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY WHO HAS BEEN THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM'S CHIEF LAWYER FOR MORE THAN 10 YEARS, GAVE NO REASON FOR LEAVING IN THE ANNOUNCEMENT AND DIDN'T RESPOND TO A REQUEST FOR COMMENT.

ENTERGY HAS SHAKEN UP ITS MANAGEMENT, AMID COMPLAINTS AND FILED LAWSUITS OVER WHAT SOME FEEL IS THE SLOW RESTORATION OF POWER AFTER HURRICANE ISAAC. ENTERGY PRESIDENT BILL MOHL WILL BE REASSIGNED TO NEW YORK. CHAIRMAN AND CEO J. WAYNE LEONARD WILL RETIRE EARLY NEXT YEAR. THE COMPANY SAYS NONE OF THIS HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS AFTER ISAAC. A CLASS ACTION SUIT AGAINST ENTERGY IS IN THE WORKS.

THE CITY OF MANDEVILLE HAD TO DEAL WITH A STINKY PROBLEM FOLLOWING HURRICANE ISAAC --- THOUSANDS DEAD ANIMAL CARCASSES WASHING ASHORE ONCE WATERS FROM LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN RECEDED. MANDEVILLE MAYOR DONALD VILLERE SAYS SO FAR PUBLIC WORKS CREWS PICKED UP ABOUT 1200 DEAD NUTRIA, FISH AND EVEN WILD HOGS AFTER THE STORM CAME THROUGH. HE SAYS ALL OF THE ANIMALS WERE DISPOSED OF IN A LANDFILL.

FEMA HAS ADDED FIVE MORE PARISHES ELIGIBLE FOR AID. RESIDENTS WHO SUFFERED DAMAGES AS THE RESULT OF ISAAC IN ASSUMPTION, ST. HELENA, ST. JAMES, TERREBONNE AND WASHINGTON PARISHES NOW QUALIFY FOR INDIVIDUAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE.

DEQUINCY POLICE SAY THEY'VE ARRESTED FIVE PEOPLE FOR RUNNING A CLANDESTINE METH LAB. THE FIVE SUSPECTS RANGE IN AGE FROM 18 TO 58. THIS IS THE TOWN'S 7TH METH LAB BUST IN JUST UNDER THREE MONTHS.

A NATIONAL SANCTUARY FOR RETIRED RESEARCH CHIMPS IN NORTHWEST LOUISIANA WILL GET SOME HELP RAISING A SURPRISE BABY CHIMP WHOSE PRESUMED FATHER WAS THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN STERILIZED. ANITA HIRSH, A CHIMP HAVEN SUPPORTER FROM THE LOS ANGELES AREA, PLEDGED $13,000 A YEAR TO "ADOPT" THE BABY FEMALE. THE NEW CHIMP HAS BEEN NAMED NATALIE, AFTER HIRSCH'S LATE MOTHER. NATALIE WAS BORN AUG. 13 TO 42-YEAR-OLD GINGER. SANCTUARY OFFICIALS SUSPECT THE FATHER WAS CONAN, WHO FATHERED ANOTHER CHIMP BORN ON VALENTINE'S DAY AND ONE BORN IN 2007.

A BAYOU VISTA WOMAN IS CHARGED WITH HAVING SEX WITH A TEENAGE BOY. ST. MARY PARISH DEPUTIES SAYS 23-YEAR-OLD KAYLA BONNETTE IS CHARGED WITH FELONY CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A JUVENILE. THE BOY WAS 16 WHEN THE CONTACT OCCURRED. A COMPLAINT ABOUT BONNETTE WAS FILE TWO WEEKS AGO. SHE WAS ARRESTED AND LATER RELEASED ON $5-THOUSAND BOND.





 

News For Thursday 09/06/12


NEWS FOR THURSDAY 090612
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

PINEVILLE POLICE ARE ASKING FOR HELP FROM THE PUBLIC IN FINDING A HIT-AND-RUN SUSPECT INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT ON THE COTTINGHAM EXPRESSWAY THAT INJURED A MOTORCYCLIST TUESDAY. THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED AROUND 4:30 P.M. IN THE NORTHBOUND LANES OF THE EXPRESSWAY. THE SUSPECT'S VEHICLE HIT THE MOTORCYCLIST, BUT LEFT BEFORE OFFICERS ARRIVED, POLICE SAID. THE DRIVER OF THE MOTORCYCLE RECEIVED MODERATE INJURIES. POLICE SAID THEY ARE LOOKING FOR A MID-SIZED BLACK CAR THAT MAY HAVE DAMAGE ON THE PASSENGER SIDE.

TONIGHT IS THE FIRST OF THREE FORUMS IN WHICH THE PUBLIC WILL GET ITS CHANCE TO SAY WHAT IT WANTS IN THE NEXT RAPIDES PARISH SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT. THE FORUM IS TONIGHT AT 6 AT TIOGA HIGH SCHOOL. A CONSULTANT WILL LEAD THE FORUM. SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO BE THERE TO GREET THE PUBLIC, BUT HAVE BEEN ASKED NOT TO ATTEND THE FORUM IT SELF. THE CONSULTANT WANTS PEOPLE ATTENDING TO FEEL COMFORTABLE VOICING THEIR OPINIONS. THE FIRM WILL COMPILE A REPORT BASED ON THE THREE FORUMS AND PRESENT IT TO THE BOARD. THE REPORT ALSO WILL BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

HUNTERS AND CAMPERS WILL PAY NO SALES TAX ON FIREARMS, AMMUNITION AND HUNTING AND FISHING SUPPLIES DURING THIS WEEKEND'S LOUISIANA SECOND AMENDMENT SALES TAX HOLIDAY. UNLIKE THE BACK TO SCHOOL AND HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS TAX FREE HOLIDAYS, ELIGIBLE PURCHASES ARE EXEMPT FROM THE 4 PERCENT STATE SALES TAX AND ALL LOCAL SALES TAXES AS WELL. THE EXEMPTION STARTS FRIDAY AND RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY.

THE BEGINNING OF AUTUMN IS A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY, BUT A HEAT ADVISORY WAS IN EFFECT FOR MUCH OF THE STATE YESTERDAY. MIKE BERRY WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, SAYS HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL GET CLOSE TO TRIPLE DIGITS THROUGH FRIDAY, PLUS COUPLE THAT WITH THE HUMIDITY AND HEAT INDEXES WILL BE ABOVE 100. THE GOOD NEWS.. A COLD FRONT IS EXPECTED TO BRING SOME RELIEF THIS WEEKEND.

THE AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION SAYS AS FALL APPROACHES, THE PRICE AT THE PUMP SHOULD START TO FALL. AAA FUEL ANALYST DON REDMAN SAYS THE CURRENT STATEWIDE AVERAGE FOR A GALLON OF GASOLINE IS $3.69 AND IT COULD DROP AS MUCH AS 25 CENTS OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. HE SAYS THIS IS TYPICAL FOR SEPTEMBER. REDMAN SAYS HURRICANE ISAAC HAD LITTLE EFFECT ON GAS PRICES BUT ANOTHER HURRICANE COULD DISRUPT THE FALLING GAS PRICE.

SPEAKING OF HURRICANE'S, AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE IN THE GULF COULD DEVELOP INTO ANOTHER TROPICAL SYSTEM. METEOROLOGISTS SAYS THE BLOB OF CLOUDS IS A REMNANT OF HURRICANE ISAAC THAT, KIND OF, LINGERED THERE. RIGHT NOW THEY
GIVE IT A 40% CHANCE OF DEVELOPING TROPICAL CHARACTERISTICS WITHIN THE NEXT TWO DAYS. IT'S PROJECTED MOVEMENT WOULD BE NORTHEAST, AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT COMING THIS WEEKEND.

AS THE STATE MOVES INTO HURRICANE RECOVERY MODE, LT. GOVERNOR JAY DARDENNE SAYS THERE IS STILL AN URGENT NEED FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP OUT. HE SAYS THE WEBSITE, "VOLUNTEERLOUISIANA.GOV" HAS BEEN ACTIVATED WHERE YOU CAN GO AND REGISTER FOR SPECIFIC "INTEREST AREAS". DARDENNE SAYS THEY HAVE NEEDS IN MANY DIFFERENT AREAS.

ANOTHER TOP LEADER OF LSU'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS BEING REPLACED, AS REPUBLICAN GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S ADMINISTRATION PUSHES THE UNIVERSITY-RUN NETWORK OF HOSPITALS AND CLINICS TO CHANGE ITS APPROACH TO PROVIDING SERVICES AMID SIGNIFICANT BUDGET CUTS. ROXANE TOWNSEND WILL NO LONGER WORK AS CEO OF THE LSU HEALTH CARE SERVICES DIVISION, WHICH RUNS SEVEN OF THE 10 PUBLIC HOSPITALS OVERSEEN BY THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM, INCLUDING THE LARGEST FACILITY IN NEW ORLEANS. LSU ANNOUNCED THE LEADERSHIP CHANGE WEDNESDAY BY NAMING TOWNSEND'S REPLACEMENT, WITHOUT EXPLANATION. THE MOVE COMES FEWER THAN TWO WEEKS AFTER THE LSU SYSTEM'S TOP HEALTH CARE LEADER, FRED CERISE, WAS OUSTED FROM HIS JOB.

BP CONFIRMS THAT OILY SHEEN AND TAR BALLS TURNING UP ON LOUISIANA BEACHES AND MARSHES IS PROBABLY LEFT OVER FROM THE 2010 MACONDO WELL SPILL. BP OFFICIALS SAY THE HURRICANE DREDGED UP OIL AND TAR AS IT CAME ASHORE. BP SAYS IT'S WORKING WITH STATE AND LOCAL OFFICIALS TO GET THE NEW MESS CLEANED UP.

GRAND ISLE MAYOR DAVID CARMARDELLE SAYS THE AFTERMATH OF HURRICANE ISAAC IS DESTROYING WHAT IS LEFT OF THE FISHING COMMUNITY THERE. IN THE MIDST OF CLEANUP FROM THE HURRICANE, OIL AND OTHER DEBRIS FROM THE 2010 B-P OIL SPILL CHURNED UP BY THE STORM IS NOW BEING BLAMED FOR SHRINKING FISH CATCHES.

RAIN FROM THE REMNANTS OF HURRICANE ISAAC COULD HELP THE DROUGHT-STRICKEN MISSISSIPPI RIVER, BUT EXPERTS SAY IT'S NOT ENOUGH FOR LONG-TERM RELIEF FOR THE VITAL WATERWAY THAT IS AT ITS LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 1988.

THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL SAYS THE UNITED STATES IS EXPERIENCING
THE WORST OUTBREAK OF WEST NILE EVER FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR, AND THE FLOODING FROM ISAAC IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE THE MOSQUITO POPULATION IN LOUISIANA. LSU AG CENTER ENTOMOLOGIST DENNIS RING SAYS THAT MEANS THE RISK OF CONTRACTING WEST NILE WILL GO UP. RING SAYS SINCE MANY AREAS HAVE HAD STANDING WATER WHERE IT WASN'T PREVIOUSLY, THE MOSQUITO POPULATION IS IN PRIME SHAPE TO REPRODUCE
RAPIDLY. HE ALSO SAYS THE WARM WEATHER ISN'T HELPING EITHER

RECORD RAINS FROM HURRICANE ISAAC COULD IMPACT NEXT SEASONS CRAWFISH
HARVEST. RAINS THAT FELL ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA HAVE FILLED CRAWFISH PONDS AHEAD OF THEIR NORMAL SCHEDULE. DR. GREG LUTZ, AN AQUACULTURE SPECIALIST WITH THE LSU AGCENTER, SAYS HIGH WATER NOW CAN SPOIL NEXT YEAR'S CRAWFISH HARVEST. LUTZ SAYS ISAAC STRUCK THE AREA JUST AS MANY FEMALE CRAWFISH WERE LAYING EGGS IN THEIR BURROWS. HE SAYS MOST OF THEM WILL STAY WITH THEIR EGGS BUT SOME WILL RESPOND BY EMERGING EARLY AND THOSE CRAWFISH COULD BE LOST.

ST. MARY PARISH DEPUTIES ARE SEEKING THREE MEN WHO ROBBED A GROUP OF ALLIGATOR BUYERS THIS WEEK. DEPUTIES SAY THE BUYERS WERE WRAPPING UP A DAY'S BUSINESS, WHEN THREE MEN PULLED UP IN A DARK GRAY SEDAN, GOT OUT AND ROBBED THEM AT GUNPOINT. THE THIEVES TOOK CELL PHONES AND BRIEFCASE CONTAINING OVER $6000. THEY LEFT THE GATORS. DEPUTIES ASK ANYONE WITH USEFUL INFO TO CALL THEM.


News For Wednesday 09/05/12


NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY 090512
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

THE TWO ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENTS OF THE RAPIDES SCHOOL DISTRICT SAID IT'S BEEN "BUSINESS AS USUAL" SINCE FORMER SUPERINTENDENT GARY JONES' DEPARTURE FRIDAY.
ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENTS EDDIE MAE WASHINGTON AND BILL MORRISON ARE HANDLING DAY-TO-DAY DUTIES UNTIL AN INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT CAN BE NAMED. BOARD MEMBER JULIE MCCONATHY WAS APPOINTED TUESDAY AS ACTING SECRETARY OF THE BOARD TO SIGN DOCUMENTS AS NECESSARY UNTIL AN INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT IS APPOINTED. MCCONATHY WAS ALSO GIVEN THE AUTHORITY TO SIGN CHECKS FOR THE BOARD.

THE ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL ON TUESDAY PASSED AN ORDINANCE THAT WILL SAVE CITIZENS MORE THAN $1.65 MILLION. IN EARLY AUGUST, THE CITY BEGAN THE PROCESS OF SELLING $10 MILLION IN LIMITED TAX BONDS TO REFINANCE SOME CITY DEBT. AT THAT TIME IT WAS ESTIMATED THAT BY USING A TAX BOND INSTEAD OF A CERTIFICATE OF INDEBTEDNESS THE CITY COULD SAVE ABOUT $140,000 PER YEAR OVER 10 YEARS, CITY ATTORNEY CHUCK JOHNSON REPORTED THAT ON AUG. 30, THE INTEREST RATE WAS CERTIFIED AND THE CITY WILL SAVE MORE THAN $1.65 MILLION OVER THE LIFE OF THE BOND.


THE WIDESPREAD POWER OUTAGES CAUSED BY HURRICANE ISAAC HAVE NEARLY ALL BEEN REPAIRED. THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION SAYS ABOUT 36,000 HOMES AND BUSINESSES REMAINED WITHOUT ELECTRICITY TUESDAY. THAT'S ABOUT 2 PERCENT OF CUSTOMERS.
THE LARGEST REMAINING OUTAGES WERE IN THE TWO PARISHES HARDEST-HIT BY ISAAC'S FLOODING: PLAQUEMINES AND ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISHES.

THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS ESTIMATES. AT LEAST 13,000 HOMES WERE DAMAGED IN LOUISIANA BY HURRICANE ISAAC. SPOKESPERSON CHRISTINA STEPHENS SAYS THIS IS A VERY PRELIMINARY NUMBER BASED ON INITIAL ASSESSMENT OF FLOOD AND WIND DAMAGE. SHE SAYS THAT NUMBER COULD RISE. STEPHENS SAYS SO FAR IT APPEARS AS THOUGH ST. JOHN AND PLAQUEMINES
PARISHES GOT THE BRUNT OF THE DAMAGE FROM THE STORM. HOWEVER SHE SAYS
THERE IS STILL FLOOD WATER IN MANY AREAS OF SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA. STEPHENS SAYS WHEN FEMA FINISHES THEIR HOUSE-BY-HOUSE INSPECTIONS THEY'LL HAVE A MUCH BETTER IDEA OF HOW MANY HOMES WERE DAMAGED BY THE STORM.

LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT DANIEL RENEAU SAYS HE WILL RETIRE AT THE END OF JUNE 2013. HE'S BEEN WITH THE UNIVERSITY 50 YEARS AS A STUDENT AND EDUCATOR, AND SERVED 26 YEARS AS PRESIDENT — THE LONGEST ANYONE HAS HELD THE JOB.
RENEAU ANNOUNCED HIS PLANS TUESDAY DURING THE UNIVERSITY'S FALL FACULTY AND STAFF MEETING.

BECAUSE OF HURRICANE ISAAC, PEOPLE ON WHAT USED TO BE THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM MAY USE THEIR CARDS TO BUY READY-TO-EAT HOT FOODS DURING SEPTEMBER. THE WAIVER APPLIES TO NEARLY 389,000 HOUSEHOLDS ON THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AND ANY APPROVED DURING THE COMING WEEK FOR THE DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM OT SNAP.

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL HAS DECLARED A STATEWIDE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY TO LET GOVERNMENT WORKERS ENTER PRIVATE PROPERTY TO ASSESS AND REMOVE NUISANCE DEBRIS FROM HURRICANE ISAAC THAT POSES A HEALTH HAZARD. HIS STATEMENT MONDAY NOTES THAT WIDESPREAD FLOODING CONTINUES IN SOME AREAS, THE STATE HAS ISSUED MORE THAN 200 WATER BOIL ADVISORIES AND HAS LOST MORE THAN 40 PERCENT OF THE ELECTRICAL POWER STATEWIDE FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD. IT ALSO NOTES THAT EVERY PARISH IN THE STATE ISSUED AN EMERGENCY DECLARATION AND MANY ISSUED EVACUATION ORDERS, AND THAT HEALTH CARE MAY BE DISRUPTED FOR PEOPLE WHO HAD TO MOVE OUT OF THEIR HOMES.

THE STATE'S TWO U.S. SENATORS SAY THEY TOOK ADVANTAGE OF PRESIDENT OBAMA'S VISIT MONDAY TO PRESS HIM FOR MORE AND BETTER FLOOD CONTROL FOR ALL OF SOUTHERN LOUISIANA. SENATOR DAVID VITTER SAYS IT'S TIME TO FOCUS ON AREAS OUTSIDE GREATER NEW ORLEANS. SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU ARGUED THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS IS UNDERFUNDED. SHE SAYS SHE THINKS MR. OBAMA NOW HAS BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT LOUISIANA FACES, AFTER SEEING DAMAGE
FIRSTHAND. BOTH SENATORS WANT TO SEE BETTER FLOOD CONTROLS FOR AREAS LIKE
PLAQUEMINES PARISH, WHERE HUNDREDS OF HOMES TOOK ON WATER AND TWO PEOPLE DROWNED.

STATE INSURANCE COMMISSIONER JIM DONELON HAS ISSUED AN EMERGENCY RULE ALLOWING MORE FLEXIBILITY AND PROTECTION FOR HOMEOWNERS HIT BY HURRICANE ISAAC. AMONG ITS ACTIONS...ALLOWING CUSTOMERS MORE TIME TO PAY PREMIUMS DUE WHILE THE STORM WAS HITTING AND FORBIDDING CANCELLATION OF POLICIES FOR THOSE WITH ACTIVE CLAIMS IN PROGRESS.

STATE OFFICIALS HAVE CLOSED BEACHES AND SOME COASTAL FISHING, AFTER HURRICANE ISAAC WASHED UP TAR BALLS AND OIL SUSPECTED OF BEING FROM THE 2010 BP OIL SPILL. STATE COASTAL PROTECTION AND RESTORATION DIRECTOR GARRET GRAVES SAYS TEAMS ARE ASSESSING THE OILY MESS AND TAKING PRELIMINARY SAMPLES FOR ANALYSIS. GRAVES SAYS IT CERTAINLY SEEMS LIKE THE OIL IS FROM BP'S MACONDO WELL STIRRED UP BY HURRICANE ISAAC.

FORMER LSU FOOTBALL STAR TYRANN MATHIEU IS BACK ON CAMPUS, BUT ONLY AS A STUDENT. MATHIEU HAS ENROLLED FOR CLASSES FOR THE FALL SEMESTER. THE HONEY BADGER COULD ENTER THE NFL DRAFT NEXT SPRING OR HOPE THAT HE CAN BE ALLOWED BACK ON THE LSU FOOTBALL TEAM IN 2013. COACH LES MILES IS STILL NOT SPECULATING ON THE HONEY BADGER'S FOOTBALL FUTURE.

THEY SAY THREE TIMES IS THE CHARM, BUT THAT'S PROBABLY NOT THE CASE FOR A VIVIAN WOMAN WHO'S HOME WAS BURGLARIZED THREE TIMES IN ONE DAY. CADDO PARISH SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ARE INVESTIGATING THE BREAK-INS THAT HAPPENED BACK IN JULY. AUTHORITIES SAY BURGLAR #1 STOLE A JEWELRY BOX, A GAME SYSTEM AND SOME MOVIES. BURGLAR #2 KNEW #1 AND WENT TO THE HOUSE TO STEAL A SHOTGUN THE FIRST BURGLAR SPOTTED. BURGLAR #3 WAS ALSO ACQUAINTED WITH THE OTHER TWO THIEVES, AND WENT TO THE HOUSE TO STEAL A PAIR OF COWBOY BOOTS. ARRESTS HAVE
BEEN MADE.

A $258 MILLION JUDGMENT AGAINST HEALTH PRODUCTS MAKER JOHNSON & JOHNSON HAS BEEN UPHELD BY A STATE APPEALS COURT. A THREE-JUDGE PANEL OF THE 3RD CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEAL UPHELD A ST. LANDRY PARISH JURY'S DECISION THAT THE COMPANY OWED THE MONEY TO THE STATE FOR DEFRAUDING THE MEDICAID PROGRAM, BY MISLEADING LOUISIANA DOCTORS ABOUT THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF ONE OF ITS ANTI-PSYCHOTIC MEDICATIONS. A SPOKESWOMAN SAYS THE COMPANY WILL APPEAL THE DECISION TO THE LOUISIANA SUPREME COURT, SAYING THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE THAT A FRAUDULENT CLAIM WAS SUBMITTED TO THE MEDICAID PROGRAM.

MOST AMTRAK SERVICE TO AND FROM NEW ORLEANS HAS BEEN RESTORED FOLLOWING HURRICANE ISAAC, BUT THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS' SERVICE IN MISSISSIPPI AND LOUISIANA, REMAINS SUSPENDED THROUGH FRIDAY. THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS, A DAILY SERVICE BETWEEN CHICAGO AND NEW ORLEANS, WILL CONTINUE TO TERMINATE AND ORIGINATE IN MEMPHIS, RATHER THAN IN NEW ORLEANS, AT LEAST THROUGH FRIDAY. MEANWHILE, THE SUNSET LIMITED, WHICH RUNS THREE DAYS A WEEK, IS RESTORED WITH DEPARTURE OF THE WEST BOUND TRAIN FROM NEW ORLEANS BEGINNING WEDNESDAY. THE EASTBOUND TRAIN FROM LOS ANGELES RESUMED DEPARTURES ON SATURDAY.


News For Tuesday 09/04/12


NEWS FOR TUESDAY 090412
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

THE OWNER OF A LOCAL PAINTING & CONTRACTING COMPANY WAS SHOT EARLY MONDAY MORNING DURING AN ARMED ROBBERY IN ALEXANDRIA. THE APD GOT THE CALL AROUND 8:45 A.M. AND ARRIVED AT 93 BOLTON AVENUE TO FIND GENE DECKER HAD BEEN SHOT AND ANOTHER VICTIM, JULIUS LITTLETON, HAD BEEN STRUCK. BOTH MEN WERE TAKEN TO RAPIDES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER WHERE THEY WERE TREATED AND RELEASED.
DETECTIVES ARE LOOKING FOR SUSPECTS BUT THERE HAVE BEEN NO ARRESTS.

THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS IS REPORTING RECORD NUMBERS OF WEST NILE CASES ACROSS MUCH OF THE STATE. DHH REPORTS 53 NEW CASES OF WEST NILE THIS WEEK, BRINGING THE STATES TOTAL FOR THE YEAR TO 145. DHH SECRETARY BRUCE GREENSTEIN SAYS HURRICANE ISAAC WILL ACTUALLY GIVE US A BREAK FROM THE SWARMS OF INFECTED MOSQUITOES. GREENSTEIN SAYS THE MOSQUITO POPULATION WILL REBOUND USING THE NEW SOURCES OF STANDING WATER TO BREED SO HE ADVISES RESIDENTS TO DUMP OUT ANY STANDING WATER AROUND THEIR HOMES AND TO CONTINUE TAKING PRECAUTIONS TO AVOID GETTING BITTEN.

BUSINESS AND JOBS CONTINUE TO BE ON THE RISE IN LOUISIANA. THE LOUISIANA WORKFORCE COMMISSION IS REPORTING A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF RESIDENTS ARE WORKING IN THE STATE THAN IN MOST OF THE NATION. LWC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CURT EYSINK SAYS NON FARM EMPLOYMENT FOR JULY WAS OVER 1-POINT NINE MILLION, UP ALMOST 41-THOUSAND FROM JULY OF 2011. EYSINK SAYS THE BUSINESS CLIMATE IN LOUISIANA IS BETTER THAN EVER.

PRESIDENT OBAMA VISITED ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH YESTERDAY AFTERNOON TO SEE THE DAMAGE FROM HURRICANE ISAAC. OVER THREE-THOUSAND RESIDENTS IN LAPLACE HAD TO EVACUATE AS A RESULT OF FAST RISING FLOOD WATERS. THE PRESIDENT SAYS THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING SHORT TERM RELIEF, WHILE EXAMINING HOW THEY COULD PREVENT ANOTHER DISASTER. GOVERNOR JINDAL, MEMBERS OF LOUISIANA'S CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION AND LOCAL OFFICIALS WERE WITH THE PRESIDENT WHEN HE TOURED THE DAMAGE FOR NEARLY TWO HOURS YESTERDAY.

THERE ARE STILL CLOSE TO 1,000 PEOPLE AT THE ALEXANDRIA MEGA SHELTER. YESTERDAY, US SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU MET WITH EVACUEES AND THE MEDIA PRIOR TO MEETING THE PRESIDENT IN ST. JOHN PARISH. MANY OF THE EVACUEES COMPLAINED ABOUT THEIR TREATMENT AT THE CENTER, BUT MOST AGREE IT WAS A CASE OF MISDIRECTED FRUSTRATION AS MANY OF THE EVACUEES ARE WORRIED ABOUT WHAT THEY’LL FIND WHEN THEY ARE ALLOWED TO GO HOME. FAMILIES WHO ARE UNABLE TO RETURN HOME BECAUSE OF DAMAGE FROM HURRICANE ISAAC CAN ENROLL THEIR CHILDREN IN A PUBLIC SCHOOL IN THE PARISH IN WHICH THEY CURRENTLY RESIDE, ACCORDING TO THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.

STATE AGRICULTURE OFFICIALS SAY HURRICANE ISAAC RESULTED IN AN ESTIMATED 92-MILLION DOLLARS IN CROP LOSSES. THAT ESTIMATE INCLUDES SUGARCANE, RICE, CORN, COTTON, SWEET POTATOES AND PECANS. LSU AGCENTER ECONOMIST KURT GUIDRY SAYS THESE NUMBERS ARE NOT SET IN STONE. GUIDRY SAYS IT WILL BE SEVERAL WEEKS, BEFORE THEY HAVE A FINAL DOLLAR LOSS FIGURE.

MOST STATE RESIDENTS, WHO LOST POWER DURING THE SIEGE OF HURRICANE ISAAC, HAVE NOW HAD THEIR ELECTRICITY RESTORED. THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION IS REPORTING THAT AROUND 131-THOUSAND HOMES AND BUSINESSES IN LOUISIANA ARE STILL WITHOUT POWER, OR ABOUT SIX-PERCENT OF ALL ELECTRICAL CUSTOMERS STATEWIDE. THE MAJORITY OFTHE OUTAGES ARE IN RURAL AREAS OF PLAQUEMINES PARISH THAT WERE INUNDATED WITH FLOODWATERS FROM THE STORM SURGE.

FEMA IS TELLING RESIDENTS WHO SUFFERED LOSSES FROM HURRICANE ISAAC TO GET REGISTERED FOR DISASTER ASSISTANCE. AFFECTED RESIDENTS CAN REGISTER AT DISASTER-ASSISTANCE-DOT-GOV. FEMA SPOKESPERSON RAY PEREZ SAYS ONCE YOU ARE REGISTERED AN INSPECTOR WILL COME TO YOUR HOME. HE SAYS PEPOLE SHOULD NOT BE CONCERNED IF THEY SEE IN INSPECTOR ON THEIR STREET BUT NOT VISITING EVERY HOME. PEREZ SAYS INSPECTORS ARE ON STRICT SCHEDULES AND CAN ONLY VISIT HOMES ON THAT DAY'S LIST. HE SAYS AFTER THE INSPECTION, FUNDS ARE DISTRIBUTED QUICKLY.

MOST LOUISIANA MOTORIST NOW HAVE THE OPTION TO HAVE THEIR VEHICLES INSPECTED EVERY TWO YEARS, INSTEAD OF EVERY YEAR. STATE POLICE SPOKESPERSON SGT. LEN MARIE SAYS THEIR BIGGEST CONCERN IS THAT PEOPLE TAKE CARE OF THEIR VEHICLES BETWEEN INSPECTIONS. A ONE YEAR SAFETY INSPECTION STICKER IS TEN-DOLLARS AND A TWO YEAR STICKER IS 20-DOLLARS.

MISSISSIPPI OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE RELEASED ENOUGH WATER FROM A 700-ACRE LAKE SWOLLEN WITH RAIN FROM ISAAC TO BRING IT TO NORMAL POOL LEVELS. JAMES MACLELLAN, DAM SAFETY DIRECTOR WITH THE MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, SAYS OFFICIALS WILL DROP LAKE TANGIPAHOA AT PERCY QUIN STATE PARK ANOTHER FIVE FEET THIS WEEK. MACLELLAN SAYS BY THE TIME THE LAKE IS DROPPED ANOTHER FIVE FEET, WORKERS SHOULD HAVE COMPLETED A DRAINAGE DITCH THAT WILL DIVERT EVEN MORE WATER FROM THE LAKE INTO NEARBY FIELDS. MACLELLAN SAYS THE DAM IS STABLE.

SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU SAYS THE WIDESPREAD FLOODING CAUSED BY HURRICANE ISAAC LAST WEEK ILLUSTRATES THE NEED FOR MORE & BETTER FEDERAL FLOOD PROTECTION FOR LOUISIANA. TWO PEOPLE DIED IN FLOODWATERS FROM OVERTOPPED LEVEES IN PLAQUEMINES PARISH; ONE PERSON DIED IN FLOODING IN SLIDELL.

LT. GOVERNOR JAY DARDENNE SAYS MANY STATE PARKS IN SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA ARE CLOSED INDEFINITELY DUE TO ISAAC. DARDENNE SAYS INSPECTION TEAMS WILL ASSESS THE AMOUNT OF DAMAGE TO THE PARKS TO DETERMINE THE AMOUNT OF WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

A FEDERAL JUDGE HAS SIDED WITH LOUISIANA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE BERNETTE JOHNSON IN HER LEGAL EFFORT TO BECOME THE STATE'S FIRST BLACK CHIEF JUSTICE.
U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE SUSIE MORGAN RULED LATE SATURDAY THAT JOHNSON HAD THE SENIORITY TO SUCCEED CHIEF JUSTICE CATHERINE "KITTY" KIMBALL WHEN THE ALEXANDRIA NATIVE RETIRES EARLY NEXT YEAR. JOHNSON HAD SUED TO BLOCK HER COLLEAGUES FROM DECIDING THE MATTER.



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