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News For Friday 11/08/13

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By Dave Graichen


An early morning crash yesterday involving  an 18-wheeler and a motorcycle has claimed  the  life  of a Pineville man.   Forty-one  year-old  Kevin Herron  was killed when  his  motorcycle  was  struck  on  Louisiana Highway 107  by  the  truck  driven  by  58 year-old Elton McNeal of Effie. McNeal was charged with failure to  yield.  The crash remains under investigation.


The  Lafayette Police Department is looking for a man  they  believe kidnapped  the  mother  of  his  child at a daycare center yesterday afternoon. Witnesses reported seeing  29-year-old Scott Thomas shove the victim into his car then drive off  leaving a 2 year old behind. Thomas' car was found Wednesday  night but the  whereabouts of the suspect and victim remain unknown at this time.


Public school students in Louisiana again Thursday finished near the bottom nationally in reading and math in the latest update of the nation’s report card. The exam is called the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. The exam is considered one of the most reliable indicators of student achievement and state-to-state comparisons. The latest results for fourth- and eighth-graders show that Louisiana students were: Tied for 50th in fourth-grade math. 48th in fourth-grade reading.

Tied for 48th in eighth-grade math. Tied for 48th in eighth-grade reading. The results carry extra significance amid arguments about the state’s drive to add rigor to public school courses, which is called Common Core. Backers contend that increasing standards in math, reading and writing will improve student achievement.


Early voting for the November 16th elections comes to a close tomorrow  evening, and voter turnout so far has been light. Secretary of State Tom  Schedler says about 3300 people have cast early  ballots each day of the early voting period this time around.


The  state  department  of  health  and hospitals is requiring local water systems to maintain higher disinfectant  level.  The emergency rule  is in response to the recent discovery of a deadly  amoeba  in the water  systems in St. Bernard and DeSoto Parishes. DHH Assistant Secretary J-T Lane says increasing the chlorine level should lead to safer water. It's the first  time  Louisiana  has  changed  the required chlorine level in drinking water since 1995.


Louisiana ranked No. 9 on the American Medical Association’s annual list of states with the lowest level of competition among health insurers. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana had 57 percent of the market, according to the AMA. UnitedHealthCare had the second-largest share at 19 percent. The other 10 states with the least competitive health insurance markets were Alabama; Hawaii; Michigan; Delaware; Alaska; South Carolina; North Dakota; Nebraska; and Rhode Island.


The Jindal administration announces food stamp recipients could lose their  benefits  if its determined they took advantage of a computer glitch and made purchases  that  exceeded  their  available balance. Department  of Children and Family Services Secretary  Suzy  Sonnier says suspected  violators  will receive a letter explaining that the state will being the process  of  disqualifying that person from the SNAP program. She says first time offenders could lose their benefits for a year.


The son of legendary Grambling  football coach Eddie Robinson passed away Wednesday night. Eddie Robinson Jr  died  from complications related to  heart surgery. Funeral arrangements will  be  announced  in  the coming days.


The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's office says three  additional  arrests have been made in the join homicide investigation into the death  of Willie  Francis.  They say additional details will be released later today. The 23-year-old  Bayou  Vista  man's body was found last week and a 15-year-old suspect was arrested Wednesday.


The Ascension Parish Sheriff's office says  a former deputy has been arrested again for felony carnal knowledge of  a  juvenile.  This is the  third  time  24-year-old  Todd Tripp has been arrested in three

months. The first arrest was for  indecent  behavior  with juveniles and  child  porn  amid  allegations  Tripp  was  exchanging sexually explicit pictures with a 15 year old boy. He was arrested  yesterday for allegedly having sexual contact with a 16 year old.


Louisiana has now spent 11  million  dollars in response efforts for the giant sinkhole in Assumption Parish.  The  state  expects  to be reimbursed  by  Texas  Brine,  which is the company that operated an underground salt dome cavern that caused the sink hole.




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