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News For Monday 09/09/13

News for Monday 090913

By Dave Graichen


Louisiana has its first death this year as a result of the West Nile Virus.  The  state  department of health and hospitals says a person from here in Rapides Parish died from the mosquito-borne disease. D-H-H says the state also saw ten  new cases of the disease this week, bringing

this year's total to 31.


The state department of health  and hospitals is trying to determine how a child died from a rare brain-eating  amoeba  while  visiting a home  in  St.  Bernard Parish. This is the third person to die  from this rare infection  since  2011.  State  Health  Officer  Dr. Jimmy Guidry says they're flushing their water  system  with chlorine as a precaution.  Guidry  says  the  deadly  amoeba usually enters  the  body  through  the nose. The child had been playing on a slip and slide..


The LSU Tigers moved up to No. 8 in The Associated Press Top 25 and USA Today coaches’ poll Sunday following Saturday night’s 56-17 rout of UAB. The Tigers (2-0), climbed one spot in the AP poll with 1,075 points. Louisville (2-0) is No. 7, while Georgia (1-1) is No. 9.  The Tigers return to action at 6 p.m. Saturday at home against Kent State.


Playing in front of a sell-out crowd of 72,348 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the Saints took out their biggest rival and started the 2013 season with a bang on Sunday. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees completed 26 of 35 passes for 357 yards and two touchdown passes to lead the Saints to a 23-17 victory against the Falcons. Brees became the sixth quarterback with 100 multiple-touchdown pass games.


Two years from today candidates will be able to officially sign up for  the 2015 governor's race. LSU Political Science Professor Kirby Goidel  says the "X" factor in this looming campaign is republican senator David  Vitter. Goidel says if Vitter decides to run, he'll be one of the  favorites, if not the favorite. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, who is also a republican, has made it  known he plans to run. State representative John Bel Edwards of Amite is  a democrat, who has already launched a campaign.


The  police  chief  in  Kentwood   is  facing  criminal  charges  in connection   with  missing  evidence.  Fifty-nine-year-old   Gregory Newtown has been  indicted  by a Tangipahoa Parish Grand Jury on one

felony  count of malfeasance in  office  and  one  felony  count  of unauthorized use of a moveable. Each count carries a prison sentence of up to  five  years. The Louisiana Attorney General accuses Newton of tampering with  two-thousand dollars that had been recovered from a burglary.


Fourteen  parishes  are  now under a burn  ban  because  of  drought conditions. All of the parishes  under  a  burn  ban  are  in  north Louisiana.  The  Bossier  Parish  Fire District says woods and grass

fires are becoming more of a problem.


The  former  chief  of  staff  for  Governor Bobby Jindal is the new president of the Louisiana Association  of  Business  and  Industry. Stephen  Waguespack  will  succeed  Dan  Juneau.  But there are LABI members who are reportedly concerned about Waguespack's  close  ties with   Jindal   and   whether  the  lobbying  group  will  keep  its independence from the governor's political influence.


State health officials are trying to determine how a child died from a rare brain-eating amoeba,  while  playing on a slip-and-slide at a home in Saint Bernard Parish. This makes  the  third  person  in the

state  to  die from this infection since 2011. State health officer, Doctor Jimmy Guidry says  the biggest thing you can do to minimize the risk is to make sure water doesn't go up your nose.


Fourteen parishes  are  now  under  a burn ban, because of a drought that's  spreading across the northern  part  of  our  state.  Caddo, Bossier,  DeSoto,  Sabine,  Webster,  Red  River, Natchitoches, Winn Jackson, Union, Caldwell, Richland, Franklin  and  West  Carroll are all under the ban.