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News For Friday 06/28/13

News for Friday 062813

By Dave Graichen


Regarding the buzz surrounding Bobby Jindal  joining  the  US Senate race,  the  Governor's  political  adviser says there is no interest there at all. An article in La-politics.com  that  said the decision for Jindal to join a race with Democrat Mary Landrieu seems obvious. Publisher John Maginnis said running for president would  be  a long shot for Jindal.


President  Obama  has  nominated New Orleans attorney Kenneth Polite (PO-leet)  to  be the next  US  Attorney  for  the  state's  Eastern District. Polite  would replace Jim Letten, who stepped down earlier this year. Senator  David  Vitter  issued  a  statement  saying  he would  have preferred  a  more  seasoned  leader  from the US Attorney's  office (Polite is 37) but indicates he will support Polite's nomination.


Tonight is the grand opening for the 23-million dollar Louisiana Sports  Hall of Fame in Natchitoches. The building is the new home to great  memorabilia from Louisiana's rich sports history. Chairman of the  Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, Doug Ireland, says it's must see for that  fan who loves the Saints, Tigers or any other Louisiana team. Ireland  says the large complex will also contain the Northwest  Louisiana History Museum, which features artifacts from early native  American civilizations...


Yesterday was National HIV testing day, which has special importance in Louisiana. The  Bayou State ranks number one in the US for HIV cases for people 13-24  years  old.  Doctor Fred Lopez with the LSU Health Sciences  Center for Infectious Diseases  says  he's  not  surprised based on surveys  that  show  high sexual activity among high school students. Baton Rouge and New Orleans are  also two of the top three cities in

the country for new HIV Infection Diagnoses for people of all ages.


Talk about a cold case, A Lake Charles grand jury indicts a man for the murder  of  his wife 51 years ago. 73-year-old Felix Vail is accused of killing his wife, Mary  Vail,  in October of 1962. Her body was found in the Calcasieu River.


The Terrebonne Sheriff's  office  has arrested 11 people for dealing drugs  out  of  3  convenience  stores.  The   six-month  covert  drug operation  may have stopped a half million dollars  from  going  to Yemen. The Drug  Enforcement  Administration  has no indication that the money is tied to terrorist activity but the  investigation is ongoing.


Federal lawmakers and officials discussed Thursday increasing the level of safety inspectors and improving enforcement under existing laws in the wake of recent plant explosions in Geismar and West, Texas. The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing focused on learning more about what caused the Geismar incident and on what more could be done to prevent explosions like the one in Texas.


State  Police  say  a  motorcyclist in Lake Charles died following a crash in eastern Calcasieu  Parish.  They  say  25-year-old  Zachery David  Manuel  began  to  pass three cars on a highway when the lead vehicle made a left turn and  his bike crashed into the driver’s side door. Manuel was taken to an area  hospital  where  he died from his injuries.


State  Police  say  a  27-year-old  man  from Slidell died after his motorcycle  slammed into a car that didn't  yield  in  a  turn  onto Highway 190  in  St.  Tammany  Parish.  They say Kiel Rasmussen was thrown from his bike and killed, the driver of the vehicle was charged with failure to yield at a stop sign resulting in a death and driving with no driver’s license.


A  13-year-old  boy  in  the  town of Stonewall is recovering from a vicious attack by a neighbor's  pit bull. The dog was tied to a tree with no food present and no sign warning the dog would bite. The boy required 300 stitches. The dog has been destroyed.


A 9-year-old boy from baker drowned in a mobile home park’s swimming pool Thursday morning.  The child was alone in the pool when he was found and pulled out of the water about by an adult. He was pronounced dead a short time later.




LSU  is  No.  5  in  the  final  Baseball America magazine  rankings released Thursday . This marks the Tigers'  fourth  Top 10 finish in the past  six  seasons and their second Top 5 finish in  the  past  five years.  By the way, LSU is No. 1 in the final 2013 college baseball attendance rankings, marking the  18th  straight  season in which the Tigers have led the nation in total attendance at baseball games


Louisiana Tech University  Athletic  Director Bruce Van  De Velde announced he is stepping down effective  July 1st. Van  De  Velde  has  served  as the Bulldog AD since 2010. Tech officials say they are immediately  beginning the process of forming a search committee to find candidates who could assume leadership of

the athletics department.


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