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News For Monday 09/16/13

News for Monday 091613

By Dave Graichen


State  health  officials confirm the presence of a rare brain-eating amoeba in the St. Bernard Parish water supply. Four water sites have tested positive. Earlier this month, a 4-year-old boy visiting a St.

Bernard home died  from  encephalitis  caused  by the amoeba. Parish water systems are being flushed with chlorine to kill it.


DHH  announced Friday three  new  cases  of  West Nile have been confirmed bringing this year's total number of cases  to  34. Two of the newest reports of the illness are out of Livingston, Rapides and St. Martin Parishes.


 The Thibodaux man, accused of dismembering his disabled son in 2011, is  scheduled before a judge for a status hearing today. Jeremiah Wright has  been in a mental institution for several months. Today, Judge John  LeBlanc will look at whether Wright is mentally competent to stand  trial yet.


Senate Democrats, tired of David Vitter delaying an energy bill,  threaten to reopen debate over his past indiscretions. Vitter wants a  vote on his bill to require Congress to use Obamacare. Politico reports  democrats threaten an amendment that would dredge up Vitter's 1990's  prostitution scandal. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley  says Democrats are thinking about creating a

rule that would yank government benefits from anyone ever involved in a  prostitution scandal. In a statement, Vitter said Harry Reid is acting like a  "Vegas mafia thug" just to protect the Obamacare exemption and is  calling for an ethics investigation.


Lottery officials have announced on the Powerball website that no ticket has matched all Saturday’s numbers drawn for that game’s giant jackpot, which now swells to an estimated $400 million or a $223.6 million cash-option value. The next drawing is Wednesday..


Sunday a new law took effect  that  requires government appointees  who  make over $100,000 a year  to  have  a  Louisiana's driver's license and vehicle registration here. It's legislation put

together by Representative  John  Bel Edwards after he says he found out some of Governor Bobby Jindal's administration kept their out-of state licenses and registrations.


 A state lawmaker from Shreveport says he is seriously considering  entering the 2014 race for U.S. Senate. Republican Representative Alan  Seabaugh (SEE-baw) says the country is headed in a bad direction, and  he feels a true conservative is needed in the race. If he decides to enter the race, Seabaugh would join already-declared  Congressman Bill Cassidy, of Baton Rouge, and retired Air Force Colonel  Rob Maness (May-ness) of Madisonville, as GOP challengers against  incumbent democrat Mary Landrieu. Seabaugh says he's been encouraged to  get in the race.


Lawmen  in  Bossier  Parish  warn  the  public of a phone-based scam intended to trick you into surrendering control  of  your  computer. Bossier Sheriff's spokesman Bill Davis says the calls appear  to  be coming in from outside the country. Davis says they convince unsuspecting victims to  download a program that allows remote computer access, so they can "fix  the  problem". Davis says never grant an outside caller access to your computer. He asks anyone who thinks they've been victim of this scam to call  law enforcement right away.


Louisiana  Citizens  Property  Insurance,  the last-resort insurance company  run  by  the state, says it will lower  premium  rates  for commercial customers  in  coastal  areas by an average of about 23%.

Most of the businesses to benefit are in the New Orleans area.


For the first time since Hurricane  Katrina  in  2005, enrollment at Southern  University  in  Baton  Rouge  is  up.  6,667 students  are enrolled this year, compared to 6,611 last year; an  increase of 56.

Chancellor  James  Llorens  says  that's  a slight figure for  total enrollment, but represents a big increase in first time students. Llorens says the goal  now  is  to increase the university's rate of



Two former dance school owners in Bossier City, arrested  two  weeks ago  for molestation of a juvenile years ago, now face more charges. During  a  search  of Gregg and Missy Hornbeak's home, investigators reportedly found nude  pictures  of their victim--taken when she was under 17. They're now also charged with child pornography.


Most  of Louisiana is hoping against hope for some measurable  rain, to relieve  serious drought conditions. Sixteen parishes in northern Louisiana are  under  burn  bans,  to avoid risk of wildfires. State Climatologist Barry Keim says the northwest  has  it  worst. He says rainfall there has been negligible.


A  Shreveport  woman was arrested for swimming naked in the fountain at  Bossier City's  Horseshoe  Casino.  Police  offered  29-year-old Courtney Cox the chance to get dressed and have a sober friend drive her home,  but she reportedly grew belligerent and disorderly, so she was taken in  and  charged  with  disturbing  the  peace  and public drunkenness. and before you ask, this Courtney Cox was not the actress.




LSU's offense rolled up 571 yards of total offense in the Tigers 45-13  win over Kent State


Drew Brees was sacked four times, knocked around a bunch more and threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. Still, the New Orleans quarterback found a way to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers again. Garrett Hartley kicked a 27-yard field goal as time expired to give the Saints a weather-delayed 16-14 victory and their fourth consecutive win over their NFC South rivals on Sunday.


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