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News For Thursday 06/27/13

News for Thursday 062713

By Dave Graichen


The Rapides Parish  Sheriff's  office  announces  the  arrest  of  a Marksville  man who allegedly had a loaded gun in a backpack that he was attempting  to  get  on  a plane at the Alexandria International Airport. Lt. Tommy Carnline says  TSA  agents found the weapon while 25-year-old Rashad Hamideh was going through security. Carnline says the investigation is still  ongoing,  but  they  don't believe this was an intentional act.


Louisiana has the second highest  dental  shortage  in  the country. That's  according to the Pew Research Group, who says 24-percent  of the state's population is underserved. Pew Researcher Jane Koppleman says another  big  concern is that more than 40-percent of Louisiana dentists are older than 55. Koppleman says one possible  solution  is to train a dental hygienist to do more basic procedures.


With full page ads in three of the nation’s largest newspapers,   BP is claiming businesses have  been  encouraged  to  submit thousands  of claims for inflated or non-existing loses. In the ads, BP is also threating  lawyers  that  they intend to recover some of the multibillion dollar settlement with  an  appeal  to a judges' ruling over the massive 2010 oil spill in the gulf.


The U-S Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is holding a  hearing today to look into the Williams Olefins plant explosion in  Geismar that killed two and injured dozens more earlier this month.  State and federal officials are still probing what might have caused  the deadly blast June 13th.


The Louisiana Department of Economic Development says a big job fair  hosted by Edison Chouest (Shwest) Offshore is going to be held in  Houma tomorrow. LED Secretary Stephen Moret says Edison Chouest is one  of the many companies that continues to expand as a result of the  great deepwater work going on in the Gulf of Mexico. Moret says the job fair seeks applicants interested in skilled hourly  positions at Edison Couest Offshore's LaShip shipyard in Houma. He  says the facility is looking to hire between 250-500 employees in the  next six to eight months.


The Jindal Administration announced yesterday rising interest rates could spell a $65 million savings loss for a refinancing built into the state’s operating budget. The loss would not affect the $25 billion state spending plan for the fiscal year that starts next week,  assuming current projections hold. However, it would mean fewer dollars for the budget in future years.


The 140-member Louisiana Hospital Association has asked the Jindal administration for data it used to justify making more than $50 million in health care cuts, mostly in Medicaid — the government insurance program for the poor. Department of Health and Hospitals officials announced the cuts last week, stating that without the action the agency would run a shortfall at current operating levels in the fiscal year beginning next week. In addition, the new budget reduces the number of people eligible under Medicaid. While other hospital-based initiatives have also cut costs,


After receiving several complaints, a Metairie moving  company,  has been  charged with extortion of its customers. This has prompted the Public Service Commission to request greater authority in regulating the moving  and  storage  industry  in  Louisiana. PCS Chairman Eric Skrmetta  says The  company  was  raising  its  rates after picking  up  costumers' belongings and refusing to release  them  until  the higher rate was



Gay  activists  in  Louisiana  are celebrating Wednesday’s  Supreme Court rulings concerning gay marriage.  The  nation's  highest court ruled that  legally married same-sex couples should get the  same  federal benefits  as heterosexual couples. Sarah Jane Brady, director of the Forum for Equality in Louisiana, says this is a huge victory for the LGBT community. The  Supreme  Court  also handed down a ruling that allows  for  gay marriages  to  take place  in  California.  Neither  of  these  decisions  impact  Louisiana's  ban  on  same  sex marriages.


State Police  have  made  eight arrests in an allegedly staged crash ring out of Lafayette Parish. They say these individuals involved in defrauding insurance companies  put young children's lives in danger by involving them in these fake car  accidents.  The  group obtained over $112,000 fraudulently. More arrests are expected.


At  least  one person is dead after an AmTrak train hit a vehicle in St. Martin Parish.  The Sunset Limited was en route from New Orleans to Los Angeles. The crash  occurred  at state highway 182 and highway 92 in the town of Cade. One person in the vehicle was killed. No one aboard the train is reported hurt.


A Cameron Parish man is under arrest; accused  of  robbing a bank in Orange,  Texas. 49-year-old Allen Miller was taken into  custody  by Calcasieu Parish deputies  when he was found in a vehicle believed used in the robbery. Miller also matched the description of the robbery suspect.


Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff detectives are looking for those responsible  for another A-T-M theft in the Hammond area. Sheriff's Office  spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto says the latest "smash and grab" occurred  early Wednesday morning at a convenience store.  Authorities say there have been a several similar burglaries in recent weeks.







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