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News For Friday 07/19/13

News for Friday 071913

By Dave Graichen


State funeral directors are appealing lower court  rulings  in favor of  a  group  of  Covington monks who make and sell caskets. Federal district and appeals  courts  found  no  reasonable  grounds  for  a regulation  that  only  state-licensed  funeral  directors  may sell coffins in Louisiana. The monks says they'll keep fighting for their

right to make and sell the coffins.


The state laid off over 3800 employees  during the fiscal year that ended  June  30th.  Some  1900  of those were workers  at  four  LSU hospitals and outpatient clinics  that  have  been privatized by the Jindal administration. The Governor's Office says  a  good number of that  1900  have  been  hired by the private companies who've  taken

those facilities over.


Deputies in Morehouse Parish report two people dead in a plane crash near  Oak  Ridge.  The  small  aircraft  was  from the Flying Tigers Aviation  School, and the company says a pilot and  a  student  were killed in the  crash.  The  victims'  names are being withheld until their families are notified. Flying Tigers  says they've never had a

single  injury  or  fatality  until  today.  The  crash   is   under investigation.


Three  Henderson  Police officers including the Chief, Leroy Guidry, are  facing a number  of  charges  from fraud to malfeasance over an alleged ticket-quota scheme along I-10.  Lafayette TV station KATC is reporting that court records showed the officer's pay was tied  to  the number of tickets they issued. An arraignment is expected on August 12th.


Average gasoline prices across Louisiana are expected to hit or exceed  $3.50 a gallon today, as crude oil prices continue to rise. Louisiana  AAA's Don Redman says gas prices are high, and they're going to get  higher. His prediction, between $3.50 & $3.75 a gallon through the fall. Redman says troubles in Egypt and Libya are one reason for the sharp  rise in crude oil prices. Crude traded at $108 a barrel yesterday.


Governor  Bobby  Jindal  is  in  Washington  DC  attending a meeting of the Republican Governor's Association. Jindal serves as the leader of that group. U.L. Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says it's a post that gives  the  governor a chance to be influential on the national scene. Cross says leading the RGA means a lot to Jindal's  possible  future political ambitions on a national stage.


 Louisiana has reached a new all-time high in national business rankings  for its climate for business. Economic Development Secretary Stephen  Moret says the good news comes from the Pollina Corporate Real Estate  annual pro-business state rankings.  Moret says Louisiana is rated the 14th-best business environment out of  50 states. He says the state was 40th in 2008; jumping 26 spots in just  5 years.


The Louisiana Republican Party is planning a statewide tour to get  people involved in an effort to defeat democratic senator Mary Landrieu  next year. The "Red to the Roots" 100-city tour will begin Aug. 16 in  Winnsboro. Louisiana GOP Executive Director Jason Dore says this is the  start of their grassroots campaign against Landrieu.  Dore says the tour stops are designed to look for individuals who want  to get involved with next year's election.


A Lafayette man is wanted for allegedly kidnapping his own grandson. Deputies  say  54-year-old  Monty  Wilson is "knowingly decoying and keeping away" his grandson, 3-year-old  Joshua  Lowe, from the state Department  of  Children & Family Services, who were  granted  legal custody of the boy  earlier  this  month.  Deputies  don't think the

child is in any danger, but they do want to catch up to  Wilson  and the  boy. Wilson could be driving a silver Kia Sedona minivan. Plate number: WGS 269.


Agriculture  Commissioner  Mike  Strain is urging  horse  owners  to vaccinate  their  animals against mosquito  borne  diseases.  That's because  a  two-year-old   horse   in  Livingston  Parish  has  been euthanized after reportedly testing  positive for both West Nile and Eastern Equine encephalitis.  It's the first case of this summer.


LSU  Coach  Les  Miles  says  star  running back Jeremy Hill remains suspended following his guilty plea to  a misdemeanor simple battery charge. Hill was arrested last April after he punched another man in the head in a parking lot outside of an off-campus bar. Hill goes before a judge in August, who will  determine  whether the

running back should go to jail for violating his probation.


Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's deputies arrest a Sulphur man on multiple accounts  of aggravated incest.  Deputies  allege  that  50-year-old Perry Arnold  molested  a  family member numerous times, starting in 2002, when the victim was just  6 years old. Arnold's bond is set at $3-million.


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