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News For Monday 10/21/13

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By Dave Graichen


The voters have spoken and the sale of alcohol in Pineville  restaurants will now be allowed. Rich Dupree is the Chief of Staff  for the city of Pineville. He says this move will be a good one for the for the entire central Louisiana community. Dupree says national chain restaurants have shown interest in  Pineville but were shying away because alcohol sales were not  allowed. He feels now that the restaurant only ordinance has passed,  it won't be long before new eateries start popping up. Dupree says he is glad the citizens of Pineville were given the  opportunity to voice their opinion on the matter. He wants to  emphasize that this means alcohol can only be sold places that sell  food.


Louisiana has a $153-million budget surplus; left over from the fiscal  year that ended June 30th. That news was delivered Friday to the  Legislature's Joint Budget Committee. Commissioner of Administration  Kristy Nichols says it's good news, and a sign of an improving economy  and labor market.  Nichols says the surplus is largely from higher-than-expected income tax  revenues. She says the surplus will be presented to the state's Revenue  Estimating Conference in January, so it can be officially "recognized."  She says state lawmakers will decide where those funds will be used.


Louisiana's health department says the number of people who have died  from West Nile this year is up to 3. The latest death is from Rapides  Parish and it’s the second death this year from Rapides. There's been a  total of 51 cases this year, but D-H-H regional health director David  Holcombe says this is the time of year the season begins to wind down.


Louisiana's 5th District congressional race will go to a November 16th  runoff between Columbia state Senator Neil Riser and Monroe businessman  Vance McAllister. Riser took a third of the vote Saturday, and U.L.-  Monroe political science professor Joshua Stockley says McAllister came  from behind to take 18%. Democrat Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo took 3rd place, with 15% of the vote Saturday, Republican Clyde Holloway was 4th with 11%.


A kindergartner has been  suspended  from his school in Monroe after he brought a BB gun to class. Ouachita  Parish School superintendent Bob Webber says the incident occurred at  Swayze  Elementary School. Webber says the kindergartner actually brought the bb gun, which was not  loaded,  to  the teacher and the teacher quickly  notified  the principal. Webber says the  boy  will  probably  not  be  expelled, but remains suspended  until  they  can conference with his parent  or  parents, which they're having trouble contacting.


Governor Jindal has appointed  former Bossier Parish state Rep. Jane Smith  to  a  vacant seat of the Board  of  Elementary  &  Secondary Education. Smith also serves a legislative liaison for the  department

of Revenue.


A  babysitter  in  Jefferson  Parish has been arrested after doctors determined  a  child  under  her  care  suffered  from  shaken  baby syndrome. The baby girl is alive, but has limited mobility in one of

her limbs and has had some bleeding in her brain. 56-year-old Sherry Savois of Gretna is charged with cruelty to a juvenile, and the case is still under investigation.


LSU is ranked 13th in the coaches and media poll and 12th in the Harris  poll after they were upset by Ole Miss 27 to 24 on Saturday night. It  was a day full of upsets, but when the dust settled the Tigers chances  of playing in the conference championship game are bleak. Coach Les  Miles says they can still have a great season, despite having two losses.



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