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News For Tuesday 09/16/14

News for Tuesday 091614

By Dave Graichen


The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals confirms that the brain-eating ameba that has showed up in two South Louisiana water districts, has now been found in a water system in Sabine Parish. Office of Public Health Medical Director, Takiesha Davis, says while the ameba is potentially dangerous, it doesn’t make water unusable. The only the ameba can be dangerous is when it finds it’s way to the brain. The way it is believed that can happen is through the nose. Davis says a chlorine burn has been ordered for that water supply in Sabine Parish.


Efforts to increase enrollment at Central Louisiana universities seem to be working. Louisiana State University of Alexandria announced a 21-percent increase for the fall at a news conference Monday. It’s the largest enrollment at the school since 2008 and largest year-to-year increase since 1987, according to the university. Northwestern State also reported a small increase Monday, pushing the school’s enrollment past 9,000 students.  Louisiana College in Pineville reported 330 new students this fall, with 247 being first-time freshmen. LC Director of Enrollment Management Byron McGee said that is a little lower than last fall.


The Avoyelles Parish Sheriff's Office reports a traffic stop near Centerpoint ended with the arrests of Pineville and Hessmer men and the recovery of more than a quarter-million dollars in heavy equipment reported stolen from multiple Central Louisiana parishes. Avoyelles deputies stopped a truck driven by 30-year-old Robert Paul of Pineville. The 20-feet trailer with a track hoe that Paul's vehicle was towing both were reported stolen. An investigation also led to the arrest of 34 year old Ryan Juneau of Hessmer. The recovered equipment includes boats, motors, farm tractors, trailers, bobcats, welding machines and assorted other items, that had been reported stolen over the past  year. More arrests are expected.


PayScale-dot-com ranks Louisiana Tech number one in the state in early- and mid-career salaries for graduates. The report says Tech graduates, early in their career, earn an average of over $49,000 per year. Mid-career salaries for Tech graduates, who have at least 10 years of experience in their field, average over $86,000 per year.


A Democrat-leaning group has filed a complaint accusing U.S. Sen. David Vitter of violating a state campaign finance law. The American Democracy Legal Fund accused Republican Vitter and his Senate campaign of impropriety in contributing $100,000 to a group supporting his 2015 governor’s race bid. The complaint was filed Friday with the Louisiana Board of Ethics which functions as the Supervisory Committee on Campaign Finance Disclosure. The group publicly released the complaint and request for an investigation on Monday.


When the Saints play the Minnesota Vikings in the dome Sunday, there will be a recognizable name on the playing field. Less than a week after he was charged with child abuse, star running back Adrian Peterson is cleared to play. The Vikings’ owners say they want to let the legal process play out before any other playing decisions are made.


According to State Farm, the number of vehicle-deer collisions are on the rise in Louisiana. Spokesman Gary Stephenson says there was a nearly six-percent increase in these accidents in the state. Stephenson says there were over 9,700 vehicle-deer collisions in the Bayou State last year. He says the number of collisions is actually higher because many of these collisions are not reported, uninsured motorist collisions are not included, and drivers with only liability coverage were not counted. Stephenson says there’s a fair amount of expense involved, too. He says the average claim was around $3,400.


The recent indictment of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges has opened a nationwide discussion on disciplining children with corporal punishment. Peterson allegedly used a switch, a tree branch stripped of its leaves, on his son reportedly causing multiple injuries to the child. State Department of Children and Family Services Secretary Suzy Sonnier says corporal punishment is considered legal in Louisiana within reason. Sonnier says there is nothing in Louisiana law that explicitly says what you can or cannot do when it comes to disciplining your child. She hopes parents put a lot of thought into how they discipline their child and consider using alternative methods to corporal punishment.


Attorneys for the state Department of Corrections are asking a federal appellate court to reverse a judge’s ruling that said conditions on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola are unconstitutional during the summer. Judge Brian Jackson says the state must install a cooling system that will keep heat indexes from going over 88 degrees.


Two Shreveport police officers are on routine paid administrative leave after they were involved in a shooting of an armed robbery suspect. Corporal Marcus Hines says the incident happened Saturday night and the person who was shot has been identified as 26-year old Anthony Thomas of Shreveport. He says Thomas’ gunshot wound is considered non-life threatening, but he faces numerous criminal charges.


The Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Bethany couple after they delayed seeking medical treatment for a toddler with a head injury. Spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says detectives responded to a call from a local hospital and found a 15-month-old girl suffering from severe bruising and swelling of her head. The couple told deputies the child was injured when the man fell asleep feeding her in his lap and dropped her. They said in a panic he then fell on top of the child. Chadwick says the charges stem from the couple not seeking medical attention for the child until about 48 hours after the injuries occurred. Chadwick says the couple were also arrested for possession of marijuana. 


The Saints are 0-and-2 and now their leading rusher will reportedly miss the next four weeks, because of a broken hand. ESPN reports running back Mark Ingram suffered the injury in Sunday’s heartbreaking loss against Cleveland.