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News For Tuesday 09/18/13

News for Tuesday 091713

By Dave Graichen


Gas  prices  continue  their steady decline. The American Automobile Association says the current  statewide  average  for  a  gallon  of regular is $3.33 which is down seven cents from this time last week.


The  Lafayette Parish Sheriff's office says two men in Carencro  are dead in  what  may  be  a  murder-suicide.  Captain  Kip Judice says 61-year-old Harold Pope was shot and killed during a fight  with his son,  38-year-old Jeremy Pope who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  He says they are not looking for a suspect in this case that remains under investigation..


Lake Charles Police say a DeQuincy man is brain-dead, after taking a beating while trying  to  stop  a  fight between several people at the bar where he worked. Deputy Police Chief Mark Kraus says  30-year-old  Chad Babineaux was punched numerous times  while trying the break up the  fight. He was found lying unresponsive on the floor of the On The Rocks  bar.  One suspect, 19-year-old Austin Soileau has been arrested for 2nd degree battery and more charges are expected.


A report by the state Legislative Auditor  says  the  Department  of Natural  Resources  has  done  an inconsistent job of collecting the millions in oil & gas royalties  owed Louisiana by energy companies.

The audit alleges a "lax" system of  review  that's  allowed lots of money to go unpaid. A representative of DNR says the audit  ended in late  2012,  and  steps have already been taken to assure oil &  gas companies are paying what they should.


Monday  Governor  Bobby Jindal broke ground on the first phase of the $975 million Centeler  Steel  manufacturing  project  in Shreveport. Last year the European company announced this two-phase project will be  built on 330 acres at The Port of Caddo-Bossier and  create  675 new direct  jobs. The project will  create  more than 1,000 construction jobs with the first phase expected to be  completed  in  2  years  followed by the opening of a steel production mill within the next four years.


Louisiana residents seeking a health insurance policy for when  Obamacare goes into effect on January first can begin shopping for  their coverage two weeks from today. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of  Louisiana C-E-O Mike Reitz (Rightz) says health insurance exchanges  will open for enrollment on October first.  Reitz says Medicare and Medicaid patients are not impacted and many

people who pay for health coverage through their employer will continue  to receive their insurance. But he says people who are on a group plan  through work are encouraged to see if they can a find a more cost  effective alternative through the insurance marketplace


The LSU Board has temporarily reached an agreement with 2 newspapers who are demanding the presidential  search  records  be turned over. Apparently the documents will be given to the judge to  comply  with her  order,  however they will stay under seal while LSU appeals the ruling that the information is public record. It could be months before the contents are made public, depending on how higher courts rule.


Law enforcement agencies were investigating bomb threats late Monday afternoon made to several CVS and Walgreen drug stores in Acadiana. No devices were found and the incidents remain under investigation.


A former Louisiana congressman is fighting proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid that  could be disastrous for the elderly and disabled. Billy Tauzin is now  senior  counsel for the Partnership for Quality Home Health Care. He says federal  authorities plan a 14% cut to the Medicare home health benefit, over a  three year span. He says he'll lobby hard to convince Congress to reject the proposed cut.


The 6-year-old boy from  west  Shreveport,  who was reported missing last week has been found in East Texas with his  father. 45-year-old Mathew  Monie  has  been  charged  on  an  outstanding  warrant  for interference with the custody of a child. He will soon be extradited

back to Shreveport.


An  LSU  fraternity has apologized for an offensive banner they hung from their  house  Saturday  that   read   "Getting   massacred   is nothing  new to Kent State" -- referencing the 1970 shootings on the

Kent State  campus.  A picture  of the banner spread in outrage over social media  and  LSU police asked  the  fraternity  to remove it.


Police in New Orleans say a 5-year-old child was shot when his drunk father began firing at  his  wife  in  another room, and the bullets went through the wall. They say the little boy was struck in the leg

and side and is in stable condition at a  hospital. The father faces a charge of attempted murder.


School officials in St. Bernard Parish say they've decided  to  shut off  water  at  all  of  their  schools  due to the brain-eating  amoeba  that  was  found in its water supply recently. They say they want to be extra careful.  Health officials say the risk is mostly with children getting water up their noses.


A fender  bender in Caddo Parish led to two DWI arrests; one of them an off-duty  Caddo deputy. Lt. Don Gibbs was hit while making a left turn by someone  passing  him  in  a  no-passing  zone.  When fellow deputies arrived, they determined both drivers were impaired.  Gibbs was  charged  with 1st ofense DWI. For the other driver, 2nd offense DWI and driving under suspension.


Authorities in Baton Rouge says five local woman, all tax preparers, are charged  with  tax  fraud  totaling  over  $1-million.  One allegedly  submitted  W2's  from businesses that didn't exist to get

people refunds they didn't deserve.  The  others  are  charged  with filing false returns using stolen personal information.







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