News for Friday 092713
By Dave Graichen
A new study shows Louisiana ranks ninth in the country in the rate of women murdered by men. The Violence Policy Center released the report to coincide with Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October. V-P-C Legislative director Kristen Rand says 90-percent of the females who are murdered by men, know their attacker and 66-percent of the victims were fatally shot. Rand also urges women to reach out to their local domestic violence center if they are in an abusive relationship that has the potential of spiraling out of control.
Federal health officials say Louisianans will find more choices and perhaps cheaper health insurance, if they look into the federal health- care marketplace that opens October 1st. Marjorie Petty is Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. She says
average premiums in Louisiana are pretty low. Petty says there are subsidies and possible tax credits to offset premium costs for households at 100% to 400% of the federal poverty level. She says a young person, making less than $30k a year, can get coverage for as little as $74 a month. Petty says you can browse 40 health plans online at "HealthCare.gov".
Two former members of the Monroe City Council will serve prison time and probation for taking bribes. 61-year-old Robert "Red' Stevens and 55-year-old Arthur Gilmore Jr. were found guilty last May of taking cash bribes from undercover FBI agents during a racketeering sting in 2008 and 2009. Gilmore received a 24 months sentence; Stevens 20 months.
The LSU Board of Supervisors has been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in penalties to the two newspapers that sued them over not turning over the presidential search records. The decision announced yesterday by Judge Janice Clark is estimated to cost LSU nearly $80,000. That's
on top of the $63,000 contempt of court fine.
The governor was on hand yesterday for the ground breaking of the new $55 million dollar IBM Technology Center in downtown Baton Rouge. The facility is expected to be open in mid-2015 and would create 800 new direct jobs.
the Thibodaux Police Department is investigating a double homicide that was discovered late Wednesday. Spokesman David Melancon says the bodies of 19-year-old Tre Scott and 26-year-old Jordy Williams, both of Thibodaux, were discovered inside a vehicle. He says it appeared the two had been gunned down in the car...
A steel-making plant under construction in St. James Parish is delaying its opening, after a storage dome at the site collapsed yesterday. No one was hurt in the accident, and no hazardous materials were released. Nucor Steel says the plant was set to start
up in a few weeks. Now, they say it will more than likely be around the end of the year. Nucor says they must investigate the failure and assess damage.
The next crime fighting tool to hit Louisiana involves police officers wearing cameras on their uniforms. New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says their police cars already have
cameras, but the body cameras will just be something else they have to help catch the bad guys.New Orleans has one of the highest murder rates in the country.
Bossier City Police say two women are under arrest for allegedly stealing pregnancy tests from Wal-Mart. They say 20-year-old Madison Turpin and 30-year-old Josephine Momoh of Dallas were each arrested for theft of goods. Apparently they each took the tests in the bathroom at the store then put them in the trash. The results are not known.
An offensive shootout is expected on Saturday when sixth ranked LSU visits ninth ranked Georgia. Both of these teams are averaging 40 points or more a game. Tigers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron says they will take what the Georgia defense gives them on Saturday. `