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News For Thursday 09/12/13

News for Thursday 091213

By Dave Graichen


A  Sabine  Parish  grand jury has indicted former  Natchitoches  cop Robert Barthelemy with  home  invasion,  kidnapping and first degree murder  charges  for  the  death  of  Tony Procell  last  month.  He allegedly killed Procell with a baseball bat. If convicted he could face a death sentence.


U.S. News and World Report released its annual list of “America’s Best Colleges,” and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches and Louisiana College in Pineville both made the cut. Louisiana College was ranked in a tie for No. 60 among regional colleges in the South while Northwestern State was ranked in a tie at No. 92 among regional universities in the South. Both colleges rank in Tier 1 schools in their respective categories.


Shreveport police  are  looking  into  a  murder  that occurred Wednesday morning.  It appears an adult male was driving an SUV  when  he  was fatally shot  and then the victim's vehicle ran into a utility pole. No arrests have been made in this case.


The Department of Revenue is ramping up its 60-day-long Tax Amnesty  program. The "Fresh Start Tax Amnesty" runs September 23rd through November 22nd.  During that time, delinquent taxpayers can settle their debt to the  state - avoiding all penalties and paying only half the interest.


A new legislative financial report shows Gov. Bobby Jindal’s privatization of the LSU-run public hospital network is bringing in a lot less in lease payments for the facilities than anticipated.

The budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 was built on estimates provided to lawmakers by the Jindal administration that anticipated the new hospital managers would lease those facilities and their clinics for more than $140 million. But, the Legislative Fiscal Office says that so far, the leases are only expected to generate about $101 million for the 2013-14 year. That would leave the budget with a $39 million gap that lawmakers have to fill before the fiscal year ends June 30.


Lafayette Congressman Charles Boustany wants answers on why funding for  new veterans' clinics in Louisiana is being held up. Boustany says the  two VA clinics, one in Lafayette - one in Lake Charles, are being held  up by bureaucratic red tape and incompetence in the Congressional Budget Office. Boustany says he has written a letter to House Budget Committee Chairman  Paul Ryan, asking him to help break the log-jam, and get the VA clinics  underway. Boustany says it's shameful that veterans in Acadiana and  southwest Louisiana have to drive more than 3 hours to get VA care for  combat-related conditions.


A New Orleans Police Department dispatcher and her two adult children were shot to death late Wednesday inside of their Gentilly home. Police report A call of a person shot in the  came in about 11:05 p.m. When officers arrived they  found the 39-year-old dispatcher, her 20-year-old daughter and 18-year-old son shot inside of the home’s garage. The investigation is ongoing.  


Lafayette Police arrest a man for defacing the city's 9/11 monument, which features  two  girders  from the Twin Towers in New York. They says 35-year-old Salvador Perez  -  in  the overnight hours – placed two cutout airplanes appearing as though they were crashing into the girders.  A cutout of former President Bush holding  cash  and  remote control was placed nearby. Mouton says Perez is

charged with criminal damage to a historic building and with criminal trespassing.


Is the city of Monroe about to  go 100% smoke-free? The city council will discuss banning smoking in any  bars or bingo halls, where it's currently permitted. The proposed ordinance would require smokers go outside and remain over 15 feet from the building. It was introduced last night. They'll debate in two weeks.


Doug Williams is reportedly  out as head football coach at Grambling State University. The News Star  reports  Williams  indicated he was handed  a  piece  of  paper  in his office by president Frank  Pogue indicating he was fired.


LSu head coach Les Miles fired back at Sports Illustrated today. The magazine  is  doing  a multipart piece on alleged NCAA violations at Oklahoma State while Miles  led the football program there. According to today's S-I piece, former  Oklahoma  State  players allegedly had their grades fixed and school work was done for  them.  Miles denies these allegations.


Jonesboro Mayor Leslie Thompson has been found guilty on three counts  of malfeasance in office after being accused of misusing the town's  money. Prosecutor Lee Hall is pleased with the outcome. He says one of  the charges against Thompson related to improperly paying non-eligible  employees retirement benefits. Hall says one of the counts stems from allegations Thompson also paid

part time employees full time benefits. He says the larger portion of  the 17-day long trial dealt with improper accounting to the legislative  auditor.





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