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News For Thursday 10/31/13

News For Thursday 103113

By Dave Graichen


There are flash flood watches still in effect for several parishes in  northern and western part of the state through tonight. State Climatologist Barry Keim says almost all of the state  will see showers and possible severe thunderstorms.


Senator David Vitter says folks who loaded up on groceries during a data  glitch with the EBT card system earlier this month should be held  responsible. The error caused cards to show no credit limits, causing  chaos at several Wal-Mart stores, as cardholders loaded their baskets to  the brim. Vitter urges Attorney General Buddy Caldwell to prosecute. Wal-Marts in Springhill and Mansfield were virtually cleaned out by a  "feeding frenzy" of EBT cardholders. Vitter says most of them KNEW they were purchasing far beyond the monthly credit limit of their EBT card. Some shoppers left without making any attempt to pay - even with an EBT  card - which is outright theft.


The 2014 Bayou Country  Superfest  lineup  has  been announced! Reba McIntyre will be joining George Strait Friday night  May  23rd, Luke Bryan  headlines  Saturday  along  with  Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean will close Sunday the 25th along with  Eric Church and Breaux Bridge's Hunter Hayes.


There  are  some  consolidation plans underway for the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  President  Nick  Bruno  plans to announce more budget cuts this week that will reportedly include  staff  reductions of  some  35 positions and the consolidation of ULM's five  colleges into three.   Bruno  says the cuts will save ULM almost 400 thousand dollars.


The LHSAA suspends five assistant football coaches from Destrehan for  hacking into a website that allowed them to see video of closed  practices for South Lafourche High School. Destrehan has also forfeited  its victory over South Lafourche as part of the ruling.


A  former  Calcasieu  Parish  priest  awaiting  trial on charges  he molested young boys is out of jail today on a one-point-five-million dollar  bond. Defense attorney Tom Lorenzi says friends  and  family

members of  57-year-old  Mark  Anthony  Broussard put together their resources to get Broussard out of jail after  he  missed  out  on  a family wedding. Broussard  is facing five counts of sexual abuse. He had been in the Calcasieu Parish jail since his March 2012 arrest.


State Police say a single vehicle  crash  overnight claimed the life of a woman from Natchitoches. They say it happened  around  12:40 am when  50  year old Sandra Ponthieux lost control of her vehicle  and exited the  roadway  before  slamming  into  a  tree.  The driver is suspected of being impaired at the time of the crash and she was not wearing her seatbelt.


The  Monroe Police Department says the boy who was run over by an 18 wheeler  after  falling  off  his  bike  into  the  road  was likely suffering some type of medical condition. Spokesman Sgt Mark Johnson says there were several witnesses to this tragic incident. Johnson says the bike fell directly into the path of the 18  wheeler and the little boy was pronounced dead at the scene.



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