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News For Tuesday 09/24/13

News for Tuesday 092413

By Dave Graichen


Police  say several fights broke out at Opelousas High school  yesterday leaving two  students  injured  and  18 in custody. They believe the jabbing  began on social media between  two  rival  gangs  who  apparently  began  throwing clothes over students walking in the halls and beating them. 


Alexandria officials are warning residents to beware of a scheme in which people claiming to represent the city's utility department call and demand payment for their bills or face disconnection. Some customers have reported getting the calls. The city reminds all customers that it will not call customers asking them to make a credit card payment or wire money for bill payment.


More  good news at the pump. The price at the pump fell  a  couple  of  pennies  over  the weekend. The current statewide average for a gallon of regular is  $3.28.  that's down 12 cents from a month ago.


The  new  health  care marketplace,  or  exchange,  that's  part  of Obamacare launches  October  1st,  and  Insurance  Commissioner  Jin Donelon  says  there is "no way at all" that people have been given enough information  on  how it works to navigate the system. Donelon says the new health law is "mind-boggling" in its complexity.


A state lawmaker urges Governor Jindal to stop the state from using a  set of national education & testing standards called Common Core.  Jefferson Parish Rep. Cameron Henry says Common Core is a "tool of  federal coercion" and it was never approved by the Legislature. He says  parents in his district have a lot of questions about it.  Opponents of Common Core plan a rally at the state Department of  Education in Baton Rouge this Saturday. They claim the standard is  riddled with flaws. However,  Superintendent of Education John White says the new rules will help make

students more competitive with their peers nationwide.


Prison officials say two inmates tried to unsuccessfully escape from Angola  Sunday.  Warden Burl Cain says 49-year-old Melvin Johnson is a convicted rapist  from  Orleans  Parish  and 24-year-old Aaron Francois is a murderer from Lafayette Parish. He says the two scaled the perimeter fence of the facility and only got about a half a mile away before they were caught.


A 16 year old  boy is under arrest for allegedly raping a 5 year old girl in Washington.  Police in the St. Landry Parish town received a complaint from the girl’s  mother  who named the suspect who admitted to having sex with the child. The teen  is  booked  with  aggravated rape.


The  Lafourche  Parish  Sheriff's  office is investigating a  double homicide  that  occurred  over  the  weekend  in  the  Larose  area. Spokesman  Brennan Matherne says upon arrival  they  discovered  the bodies of 41-year-old Nikki Landry and 54-year-old Harry Lefort each of Cutoff. He  says  they  had  both  been  shot  to  death and were suffering  from  multiple  gunshot  wounds.  Matherne says they  are unsure of motive at this time.


A  new  report from the federal government says  marijuana  use  has tripled in  the last ten years for those who are 55-to-64 years old. Doctor Cathi  Fontenot,  associate professor of clinical medicine at

the LSU Health Sciences Center,  reviewed  the  study  from  the U-S Department  of  Health  and says this age group is likely not trying the drug for the first time. Fontenot advises against  using  marijuana because it slows response time  and  could  cause  health  issues  when  paired  with  tobacco products.


LSU running back Jeremy Hill has been named the SEC Offensive Player of  the Week.  Hill rushed for a career-high  184  yards  and  three touchdowns in leading LSU past Auburn 35-21 Saturday night.


State Police say a Union Parish woman was booked Sunday night with her eighth DUI. They say 52-year-old  Susan Sullivan  of Bernice was also charged with possession of controlled and dangerous

substances,  careless  operation,  no  seat  belt  and  no  driver's license. The suspect has a long criminal past with theft and battery incidents on her record in addition to the 7 previous driving  while

impaired arrests.


BP has renewed its request for a federal judge to temporarily suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses following a scathing report on alleged misconduct within the court-supervised program. In a court filing Monday, BP attorneys said the report issued earlier this month by former FBI Director Louis Freeh shows the settlement program is plagued by problems that need to be fixed. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier already has rejected two previous requests by BP to suspend settlement payments, but both rulings preceded Freeh’s Sept. 6 report.


If you've been watching A&E at all over the past couple of days, you may  have  gotten  a  quick  preview  of  The Governor's Wife – the reality show starring Edwin Edwards, his young  wife Trina and their families. Filming  wrapped  up  earlier  this  month and the show  is  set  to premiere on October 27th at 10pm.


Drinking beer is a favorite pastime in Louisiana and now it's a tourist  attraction. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne says his office has created the  Louisiana Craft Brewery Trail. Dardenne says you can go to Louisiana-  Brew-Trail-dot-com and get information on breweries in this state that  offer tours to see how they make their beer.  Louisiana-Brew-Trail-dot-com has information on each brewery that's on

the trail and it gives suggestions on where you can eat after you take a  tour. Dardenne says the trail currently has seven breweries and all of  them are easy to get to from Interstates 10 and 12...



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