News for Wednesday 112812
By Dave Graichen
A 20-year-old Reginald Harrison of Colfax faces theft and extortion charges after an investigation by the Grant Parish Sheriff's Office and Colfax Police Department. Authorities were investigating a report of two stolen ATV’s and arrested Harrison after finding the two plus one more ATV in his possession. All of the ATVs have been returned to their rightful owners. Harrison was on probation at the time of his arrest and is being held in the parish jail.
Governor Jindal's new private school vouchers program, known as Act 2 of the 2012 Legislature, goes before a Baton Rouge judge today, as a state teachers union challenges the law. Louisiana Federation of Teachers president Steve Monaghan says the "omnibus" nature of the bill - doing multiple actions within a single instrument - violates the state Constitution. He says the LFT also objects to the law's use of public school funding to pay private and parochial school tuitions.
Have you bought your Powerball ticket yet? Tonight’s estimated jackpot was raised to $500 million earlier today. That puts the cash value at $327.4 million. Also keep in mind Powerball tickets are now $2 as the rules changed earlier this year. By the way, the odds of winning tonight are about one in about 175-million
First time unemployment claims in Louisiana for last week were down from previous weeks; from over 3000 new claims to just over 28-hundred. By comparison, jobless claims for the same week of last year were over 45-hundred. Continuing claims are also down by about a thousand from the previous week.
Rumors are running ramped that Arkansas has an offer of five-years, 27.5 million dollars on the table for Les Miles to become the next head coach of the Razorbacks. Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham says Arkansas may be interested in Miles, but Les is likely not interested in Arkansas. Miles is making three-point-eight million dollars and has not received a raise since after the 2007 national championship season. Worsham says Miles could use this offer from Arkansas as leverage.
The Alexandria City Council voted Tuesday to support with up to $50,000 idea from local actress Faith Ford and her director/screenwriter husband Campion Murphy, which the pair said would add a new dimension to their studio and turn their productions into a place where locals can get on-the-job training learning skills needed to work on movie production crews. Ford and Murphy, who live and work here through most of the year now, told the council that they want to provide training to local people. Ford said her ultimate goal is to bring a television series to the area.
A Washington DC think tank says Louisiana tax payers could see their bill go up as much as five-percent if Congress and the President can't pass legislation by the end of the year to avoid the so-called
fiscal cliff. Tax Foundation economist Will MC Bride says tax cuts enacted by Presidents Bush and Obama are set to expire December 31st.
A recent survey by State Farm shows an alarming number of people are surfing the internet while driving. Spokesperson Gary Stephenson says in a July 2012 survey of 1000 motorists, nearly half of drivers between 18-29 years old admit to using the internet on their phone while driving. He says that's startling.
Two semi-finalists in the search for Louisiana Tech's new president will be interviewed today by the search committee. Search Committee Chairman and UL System Board Chair Wayne Parker says semi-finalists Dr. Leslie Guice (GICE) and Dr. Duane Hrncir (HUN-ser) are both well-qualified for the job.
State Police and the Webster Parish Sheriff's Office are still trying to figure out what to do with thousands of pounds of improperly stored explosive powder. State Police Lt. Julie Lewis says the explosives were found during a routine inspection of property leased by Explo Systems. Lewis say there is no danger to the public.
The U.S. Coast Guard reports a man's body was recovered from the Gulf of Mexico yesterday, about three miles off the coast of Lafourche Parish. The man was found about 25 miles from the Black
Elk Energy offshore rig which exploded and burned earlier this month. Authorities cannot yet say if the body is that of the missing rig worker, but they say it is possible. A medical examiner will make a positive ID of the remains
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is embarking on an aerial spraying campaign to control an invasive alien water plant called Giant Salvinia. Aerial spraying begins today at
Lake Bistineau and Thursday at Toledo Bend where the invasive plant is becoming a threat. Giant Salvinia was discovered in Lake Bistineau in 2006.
The 2013 talent lineup for the fourth annual Bayou Country Superfest in baton rouge has been revealed. The headliners for the May 25th and 26th shows next year are Lady Antebellum, Zac Brown, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker and The Band Perry.