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News For Tuesday 12/3/13

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By Dave Graichen


So after a crazy week of college football,  it  looks  like  LSU  is probably  going  to  the  Cotton Bowl. Tiger Rag Editor Cody Worsham says things are falling into  place for The Bayou Bengals to head to

Arlington after Auburn's crazy  win  over Alabama Saturday...sending them to the SEC Championship game. The Bowl Selection show will air Sunday on ESPN.


The  state  Legislative  Auditor   releases  a  report  showing  the Department of Revenue failed to collect millions in unpaid severance taxes from oil & gas companies. Nicole  Edmonson, with the Auditor's office  says  there  were several problems,  ranging  from  computer software  issues to not  verifying  information  provided  by  those companies.  She says  they're not sure exactly how much money oil & gas companies owe the state.


The state Board of Elementary & Secondary Education will meet today to consider a slow-down of implementing more stringent performance  standards for schools, teachers and students known as Common Core. After much protest from parents, educators and the state school board association, Education  Superintendent John White is proposing changes to BESE that will delay  full implementation of Common Core.


A New Orleans man is behind bars  for  manslaughter after confessing to a hit and run that claimed the life of  a 29 year old woman and a 2 year old child Sunday morning. Ervin Freeman  is also charged with one count of felony hit and run.


A Lafayette  Councilman says there are too many dollar stores in his area and he wants  to  do something about it. Kenneth Boudreaux says there are 30 Dollar General  and  Family  Dollar stores in Lafayette Parish.  He reportedly feels the discount stores  hurt  neighborhood businesses.


The University of Louisiana System has teamed with the website and app  "MyEDU" to guide students in their career path and help employers find  qualified help. UL System President Sandra Woodley says they just  launched MyEDU last month, and student signups are growing fast  without a promotional campaign.  Dr. Woodley says about 14 thousand of the UL System's 90-thousand students have already signed up.


State and local officials have discussed ways to make the Interstate 49 interchange safer at U-S 190 in Opelousas. Mayo  Don Cravins says it's  a  dangerous  intersection and there's been over 40  accidents with injuries over the  past  few  years.  He says there's  been talk about improving the safety at the I-49/US 190 interchange for  the  last  decade,  but it's becoming more of a problem because the traffic volume in that area has increased.


The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's office says a man from Houma is dead after he fell off a houseboat during a  hunting trip. They say Wayne Cancienne (KAHN'-si-en) was located after  the weekend floating next to the houseboat. The death is being ruled an accident.


The old Mississippi River Bridge which connects Baton Rouge and Port Allen, is getting a makeover. Chris Guidry  is  the assistant bridge design administrator for the Louisiana Department of Transportation. He says the 73 year old bridge was in rough shape. As a matter of fact, If there were no  repairs, the bridge would be lucky to last another 20 years. He says they hope to have the $100 million project done by 2016.


The City Council in Thibodaux is expected to vote on the saggy pants  ban tonight after they hear comments from the public. The Lafourche  Parish Council passed a similar ordinance in 2007, but it doesn't  apply in Thibodaux. Mayor Tommy Eschete says the ordinance has a lot  of support, but the decision is ultimately up to the Council.




It was a good night for the  New Orleans Pelicans last night as they claimed a  131-128 victory over the Chicago Bulls in triple overtime..


On the other hand.. not a good night for the saints.. Seattle Seahawks became the first team to clinch a spot in the NFC playoffs with a 34-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Monday night.




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