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News For Tuesday 7/2/13

News for Tuesday 070213

By Dave Graichen


Former  LSU  and  NBA Star Shaquille O'Neal says he wants to build a children's hospital  in  Baton  Rouge.  O'Neal made the announcement during a press conference this weekend in  Natchitoches prior to his induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. He says he wants to build a big hospital in  Baton Rouge, where sick

children can receive medical care for free.


You  can scratch Ag Commissioner Mike Strain's name off the list for potential  candidates  for governor in 2015. Strain says he formed a gubernatorial exploratory  committee,  ran  polls  and  talked  with voters over the last few months and game to the realization that  he has the job he wants.


U.L.-Monroe has named Brian  Wickstrom as its new Athletic Director. Wickstrom  comes  to  ULM  from  the   University  of  California - Riverside, to replace Bobby Staub who resigned  last  April  after 9 years helming ULM sports.


A dip at the beach may seem like a good idea to beat the summer heat,  but state health officials warn there are health risks in Louisiana's  natural waters. State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard  says Gulf seawater can contain the so-called flesh-eating bacteria.  Dr. Ratard says four swimmers in Louisiana Gulf Coast waters were infected with the bacteria - probably through open  wounds or cuts. Three have gotten sick and one person died. He says the  bacteria can be especially harmful in persons with pre-existing health  issues, or weak immune systems.


The Department of Children & Family Services says all the state's 15  juvenile justice facilities are now under one set of operational  standards. DCFS Secretary Suzy Sonnier says the standards lay out clear  rules for health, safety, staff training and many of procedures and  policies. She says it's been a long time coming.


Motorists are seeing some relief at the pump during fourth of July  travels as gas prices in Louisiana have fallen five cents from last  week. According to Patrick Dehaan with GasBuddy.com, the current  statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.27. you can find it a lot lower here in Alexandria / Pineville. He says gasoline  inventory in the United States is 10% higher than it was a year ago.:


A St. Mary Parish  Sheriff's  deputy  was  killed  Sunday,  when his motorcycle swerved into oncoming traffic and hit an SUV. It happened in  Morgan  City  on  state  Highway  182.  Deputy Carril Crooks was pronounced dead at the scene. The matter is under investigation


An investigation continues into a rather strange crash and fatality. Police in Shreveport are reporting that just after 11pm last night a car went off Jefferson Paige Road and fell onto  I-220.  The car was reportedly  on  fire  when  the driver jumped out and then ran  into traffic where he was struck several  times.


No sooner does a major construction project on  I-10  between  Baton Rouge  and  New  Orleans  finish,  than  another  is  slated  to get underway.  The  Department of Transportation says they'll soon begin elevating the roadway at LaPlace, an area that was covered in over a foot of water - and  had  to be closed - in the days after Hurricane

Isaac last Fall. Crews will lay 15 inches of additional asphalt, to bring  the  roadway  above  the high water mark. The work should be done by September.


Police in Monroe say  a 25-year-old Marine drowned over the weekend. They say Sgt. Ricky Franklin  Sugg was found in a swimming pool at a home  Saturday  afternoon.  Detectives   don't   suspect  suspicious circumstances but his drowning death is still under investigation.


Authorities in Sabine Parish say a two-year-old girl  drowned Sunday afternoon  in  an above-ground swimming pool. It's  believed she got outside while  everyone  else  in  the  home was napping,  and  climbed  the ladder--falling into the water. The  parish  coroner is calling it a tragic accidental death.


Do red light cameras reduce  accidents?  A study done in Baton Rouge after 5 years of cams says T-bone type accidents at camera-monitored intersections are down sharply....however,  rear-end  collisions  at the same intersections are up slightly.



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