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News For Thursday 09/19/13

News For Thursday 091913

By Dave Graichen


The State Fire Marshall's  office  has  issued  a  burn ban for many areas in north west and western Louisiana. Extremely  dry conditions continue in those areas and the burn ban is expected to  be in place at least another 30 days. The ban extends all the way through central Louisiana, including Grant, Rapides and Avoyelles parishes.


Pointe Coupee Parish is not under a burn ban but for  some reason, 7 houses have caught on fire in New Roads over the past 48 hours. Most of the fires were in vacant homes. Some were lived in but  occupants were  able  to  escape.  Fire officials are unsure the cause of  the fires and are trying to get to the bottom of it.


Teen  birth  rates  are  on  the decline in Louisiana. According  to preliminary state data, Louisiana  had  64-hundred  teen  births  in 2012,  a  rate  of  43  per  one-thousand  families.  That's about a

20-percent decline from 2006. Michelle Aletto, with the state bureau of  Family  Health  says  there  are  two  possible reasons for  the decline, prevention and education programs seem to be working as young females are waiting longer to engage in sexual activity. There's also an increase in the availability of contraceptives.


Governor Jindal was in Washington D-C yesterday to speak against the Justice Department's lawsuit that attempts to prevent  the state from  giving  out  school vouchers in parishes that have desegregation  orders.  Jindal claims  the  Obama administration is more interested in helping teacher union than students who attend failing schools.


It appears there was one big Powerball winner last night. The winning ticket bought at a  Murphy USA gas station on Augusta Road in Lexington, South Carolina. The final prize $399 million dollars.  Or a cash payout of $223 million.


Ouachita Parish Officials  say  a  school  resource officer has been booked with indecent behavior with a juvenile.  Sheriff  Jay Russell says Michael Sidden was fired yesterday and booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center on the indecent behavior charge, malfeasance and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.


State Police and local lawmen and cellular service providers have a  message for motorists about texting or using social media while driving:  It Can Wait. Today is designated "Drive 4 Pledges Day"; and State Police  Colonel Mike Edmonson says they're asking us all to pledge to never read  or send text while behind the wheel. Edmonson says the It Can Wait campaign is intended to convince drivers

 to put their phone down, and only use it for voice conversations while  driving.


Efforts to rid the St. Bernard Parish water system of a deadly amoeba  linked to the death of a 4-year-old boy continue. The amoeba was found  in four locations in the parish's water system. The state's safe  drinking water administrator Jake Causey says they are running chlorine  through the system and that should last for another 3 weeks.  How this rare and fatal amoeba got into the St. Bernard Parish water  system is still a mystery. But Causey says they are examining the  possibility that Hurricane Katrina had something to do with it. Causey  says because of a huge loss in population water became stagnant in the  pipes.


Kenneth  Polite  Junior  is  the  new US Attorney  for  the  Eastern District  of  Louisiana.  The U-S Senate  unanimously  approved  the appointment. The eastern district  has  not  had  a full-time leader since Jim Letten resigned last October.


Yet  another  Shreveport firefighter has been arrested.    34-year-old  Traotis  Robinson   is  accused  of entering his estranged wife's home without permission, and attacking her. He's charged with domestic abuse battery. He's been booked into the  Shreveport jail, and placed on administrative leave by the Fire Department. He is the 7th firefighter to  be  arrested  in  two months. 5  others  were  booked  after  an investigation was launched into allegations they abused two disabled men.


Nucor Steel says it's massive plant in Convent, in St. James Parish, should go into production within the next 5 weeks. This is the first part  of  a  multi-phase complex. The $750-million project is in its

final testing  and  expects  to  produce  millions  of tons of steel yearly.


The Ascension  Parish  Sheriff's  office says the case of the 3 year old who hung himself to death in a  partially  opened car window is closed. They say family, friends and neighbors all say the child was

known  for  climbing  in  and  out  of  cars  and  an  investigation determined the boy tried to get into this car when he slipped,  fell and couldn't free himself.


A New Orleans cop has been suspended after a video circulated online showing  him  doing  nothing while two women next to him engage in a vicious fight. On the  video he can be seen allowing the fight to go on without intervening.  Officer  Cortez  Hankton  is  suspended  now without pay, pending review.


 If you like soda in a bottle and enjoy Louisiana flavors you'll be  happy to hear a new soft drink called, "Swamp Pop" is now available.  Co-creator John Peterson says he and his best friend Collin Cormier

wanted to make a drink that would bring them back to their days growing  up in south Louisiana. Peterson says their four soft drinks are made only with Louisiana grown  cane sugar. He says they've launched with four sodas to  start, Noble Cane Cola, Satsuma fizz, Praline Cream Soda and  Jean Lafitte Ginger Ale. hint of cucumber. You can find a list of stores that sell  the Louisiana soda on their website: http://drinkswamppop.com.