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News For Tuesday 11/26/13

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by Dave Graichen


An ironic tragedy in Rapides Parish, as a local fireman died Sunday, when his own house caught  fire.  State  Fire Marshal Butch Browning says Dustin Bordelon was likely asleep when the fire started, but it appears something was left on the stove and  that  caused the blaze. Bordelon died at a nearby hospital. Browning says its  a tragic time for the Bordelon family and for all the firefighters, who've  lost a comrade. Browning  says  it  appears there were no working smoke detectors in Bordelon's home.


Gas prices have jumped 14-cents in the past week, according to  gasbuddy.com. They have the statewide average for a gallon of regular  gasoline at around $3.15.  Gasbuddy's senior petroleum analyst Patrick  DeHaan says several refineries along the gulf coast had unexpected  maintenance issues and that's led to a higher price at the pump. But DeHaan says this sudden jump in gas prices shouldn't last long. Prices should begin to drop next week.


Louisiana is seeing the beginnings  of  a construction boom that may last through 2016 and beyond. Figures from  the  Associated  General Contractors  of  America  shows  Louisiana  had  an 8.3% increase in construction  jobs over the past 12 months; the 3rd-highest  in  the nation.  LSU economist  Dr.  Loren  Scott  says  the  boom  is  just beginning. He says low natural gas costs are driving  a  boom  in  expansion of chemical  plants  -  mostly  across the southern parishes and  river

regions that should last into 2017 or 2018.


Related news: Sasol officials announced Monday that Technip, of Paris France, has been awarded  the  front-end engineering design contract for the company's gas-to-liquids  complex  near  Lake  Charles. Once complete,  Sasol's  GTL  complex  is  expected to produce more  than 96,000 barrels of diesel fuels and chemicals each day.


The state Bond Commission has approved a funding plan to build the final  segments of I-49 North, and begin work on upgrading US 90 into a new  I-49 South. State Treasurer John Kennedy says the plan is to sell up to  $100-million in bonds, by using money in the state's unclaimed property  fund. Kennedy says the unclaimed property dollars will be used as collateral  for the bond sales, which will begin almost immediately. He says the  plan calls for $80-million to be invested in completing I-49 North, and  $20-million as an initial investment in I-49 South, between Lafayette  and New Orleans


The Louisiana Department of Revenue says the tax amnesty period that ended on Friday  reached  the goal of collecting 200-million dollars in unpaid taxes. Revenue Secretary  Tim Barfield says they are still processing all of the paperwork from  those  taxpayers,  so  a final number is not known.


A  report  from  the Legislative Auditor's office suggests the state has done a poor job  of overseeing the Women Infants & Children food benefits program. The  report  says the Office of Public Health, who administers WIC, didn't verify grocery  prices  charged  through the program, overpaid for food, didn't follow regulations governing  the program and more. WIC costs taxpayers $126-million a year.


Police in New Orleans seek a hit & run driver that knocked  a  woman and  a  toddler  off  the  I-10 High Rise Bridge over the Industrial Canal. 29-year-old Danielle  Rhone  and  her  2-year-old nephew were passengers in a sedan that broke down on the bridge  Sunday. A chain reaction  crash  hit  them,  tossing  them over the bridge  railing. Police seek a white Chevy Suburban with damage on the passenger side and a Ford pickup truck, both of which fled the scene.


A  Legislative Auditor's report shows the  state  hasn't  sought  to collect  thousands of unpaid tolls for crossing the Highway 1 bridge on the way  to  Grand  Isle.  An  audit  released  today said nearly

300,000  images  taken  of license plates for people who  apparently didn't pay the toll on La.  Highway  1 in Leeville remained unbilled when the last fiscal year ended, June 30.


Louisiana  Lottery  officials  say  one  ticket,  sold in Kenner, in Jefferson  Parish,  won  the  $475-thousand  jackpot  in  Saturday's Louisiana  Lotto  drawing.  The  Lotto  jackpot  will  reset  to   a

quarter-million  bucks  for  Wednesday night's drawing. There was no Powerball winner Saturday night.  That  jackpot  will be $60-million for Wednesday.


Another argument against riding in pickup truck beds. An 18-year-old man  was  killed  over the weekend, when he was tossed from a moving pickup, as it turned from a side road onto U.S. 61 near Gonzales, in Ascension Parish. State  Police  say Eric Martin was thrown out into oncoming  traffic and hit by another  pickup  truck.  They  say  the driver was unable to avoid him.





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