News for Friday 062113
By Dave Graichen
Cenla Broadcasting Welcomes Steubenville South to Alexandria for the next three days. This year’s event though will be different with all activities taking place downtown. Events will take place in the Alexandria Riverfront Center, CoughlinSaunders Performing Arts Center, St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and Emmanuel Baptist Church. Expected attendance is around 3,000. The conference is Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Four LSU hospitals, including those in New Orleans and Lafayette, change from public to private partner operations Monday, but details of those and other hospital agreements remain under question. Members of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget on Thursday pressed for information about budget commitments amid their complaints about incomplete documents and a sketchy bullet point presentation of “significant” changes to the New Orleans and Lafayette agreements. Later in the day, state Treasurer John Kennedy pressed the Jindal administration to release budget savings anticipated from each of the hospital privatizations.
At least two employees of the Alexandria Housing Authority attended Thursday’s board meeting with complaints against the current director. Fred Waller and Dana Ellis spoke on behalf of themselves and two other employees whose positions recently were eliminated. Waller has been an employee of the Alexandria Housing Authority for 21 years in various maintenance capacities, most recently as facility maintenance manager. Ellis has been an employee for eight years as the accounting technician. The layoffs will take effect on June 28. All four employees have filed an appeal through the Department of State Civil Service.
Upandcoming Louisiana rap artist Lil Snupe was shot and killed in Winnfield early this morning. The 18yearold rapper, whose real name is Addarren Ross, was found shot to death at around 4 am. Police say they have a suspect in the crime, but have not made an arrest and are not yet ready to identify that person.
A 33yearold Ball man was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 24 months in prison and four years supervised release for manufacture and possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Sidney Earl Wheeler III pleaded guilty March 4. Authorities found more than 100 marijuana plants on his property.
One person is dead after a shooting involving a Caddo Parish Sheriff's deputy. Spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says they received a call last night that a man locked himself inside a vehicle in Blanchard and threatened to harm himself. Chadwick says when a deputy arrived, the man kept screaming he had a gun and was unwilling to show his weapon. 28 year old Joseph Hanegan of Shreveport was shot once by the deputy and later died. They later learned the man actually had a tool, not a gun.
The U.S. House rejected its own version of the federal farm bill Thursday, which largely protected Louisiana’s sugar and rice crops, because of a partisan stalemate over food stamp funding. The Louisiana congressional delegation was divided on the vote with Reps. Bill Cassidy, Charles Boustany and Rodney Alexander backing the legislation. Reps. Steve Scalise, John Fleming, and Cedric Richmond were opposed. Many of the 62 Republicans say they voted against the measure primarily because they did not consider more than $20 billion in food stamp cuts to be enough.
Louisiana’s top school board has approved a funding source for a controversial new initiative aimed at offering hardtoget classes for public school students through nontraditional means. The program, which is called Course Choice, will be funded with federal dollars from and oil and gas settlement that have aided schools since 1986.
The new option was part of a series of sweeping public school changes pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2012. It was originally supposed to be funded with dollars from the Minimum Foundation Program. But the state Supreme Court struck down that source earlier this year. The funding will allow up to 4,500 enrollments,
State Police have arrested a man they say pointed a rifle at the State Capitol on Wednesday. LSP spokesman Sgt. J.B. Slaton says a calledin tip identified the man as Russell Vaughn, of Greenwell Springs. Slaton says Vaughn had been arrested early Thursday by Baton Rouge deputies on an unrelated charge. He has been charged with resisting an officer, because he fled from the Capitol armed security guard, who confronted him when he allegedly aimed the bbgun at the building.
The Internet blog "MoneyUnder30.com" rates Baton Rouge as one of America's Top Five Cities in which to "young, broke and single". LSU and warm winters help the Red Stick score high on the list, which was compiled by looking at the number of single adults from 1844, low unemployment and cost of living, and the number of bars in the
city. Austin, Texas ranked tops. New Orleans made the list, but at Number 7.
Governor Jindal has signed into law the Equal Pay for Women Act, assuring that state employees who do the same work will get the same payregardless of gender. Carrie Wooten, with Louisiana Progress, is somewhat surprised Mr. Jindal signed the bill, after he vetoed a similar measure last year. She says under the new law, state workers can still be paid more if that's based on experience, merit or
qualifications. She says this is a good start, but her group hopes to see the law expanded into the private sector. In Louisiana, women on average make 69cents for every dollar a male counterpart is paid.
Police in Bossier City are investigating the discovery of a woman's body, not far from the area Association for Retarded Citizens, of which she was a resident. The 53yearold woman's remains were found in a bayou, about an hour after the center reported her missing. An autopsy is scheduled, but police don't suspect foul play.
Deputies in St. Bernard Parish acted on a tip to bust a meth lab being run behind a Chalmette home. They report the tipster was concerned for the wellbeing of the three kids in the home. The children's parents were arrested, plus another woman. The kids were decontaminated, as a precaution, and taken into protective custody.
State licensed casinos took in more winnings in May than in April, and more than the total figure for May of last year. Casinos raked in just over $214million in May; nearly $18million more than April, and $10million over May 2012. MAy to May figures for some casinos in western Louisiana trended downward a bit.
The longest running agriculturebased festival in the state gets underway today in Ruston. The 63rd Annual Peach Festival showcases the juicy and healthy Ruston peach. RustonLincoln Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Nancy Bergeron says all kinds of things are happening during the twoday festival that kicksoff at five o' clock tonight.
The New Orleans City Council has voted to bring back Hubig's Pies. They've approved a permit for the famous pie company to rebuild just a few blocks from its original site where it burned down last summer. Hubig's has been a New Orleans tradition since 1921.