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News For Friday 12/13/13

News for Friday 121313

By Dave Graichen


Rainy weather in the forecast for this evening has postponed the Pineville Christmas parade. The parade, instead of tonight, will kick off at 7pm on Monday evening. The route will remain the same, starting by Huey P. Long and traveling towards Louisiana College on Main street.


Christmas parades are scheduled for Saturday in Cenla, including Pollock at 10 a.m.; Cheneyville at 11 a.m.; Boyce at 2 p.m.; Ball at 2 p.m.; and Bunkie at 4 p.m. The Cottonport parade is set for 1:30 p.m. Sunday. And don’t forget the Holiday Safari of lights at the Alexandria Zoo, Tonight and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Last but not least, the Christmas Festival Of Lights Continue in Natchitoches.


The Gillis Long Bridge connecting Alexandria  and  Pineville reopened to traffic yesterday after being closed in September.   State Department of  Transportation  Spokesperson  Deidra  Druilet  (Drool-yet)  says during  the  construction,  the  structure  was  repaired   and  the sidewalks were widened. The bridge still closed to pedestrian traffic for the next few weeks. There is a free pedestrian and cyclist shuttle service running  from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week and during holidays.


An  excessive amount of unexcused absences in school has led to the arrest  of  almost 100 East Baton Rouge Parish parents. According to officials, charges  of  improper  supervision  of  a minor were made against  parents  over  a two-day round-up, conducted by  local  law enforcement.  There were  almost  150  truancy cases reported by the Family Youth Service Center.


Louisiana State Police and State Highway Safety Commission announce the  annual holiday "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign kicks off  today. LSP Sgt. Nick Manale says they be working with local law  enforcement agencies around the state to make sure that motorists are  making the right decisions.  He says during the 2012 Christmas and  New Year's Holiday period, 12 people were killed and more than 1300  were injured in highway crashes in Louisiana.


A  Shreveport  lawmaker  feels  Christmas  and  Hanukkah  should  be celebrated in public schools, without restriction or punishment, and says  he'll  file  legislation  to that effect.  Representative Alan

Seabaugh says he will introduce that  bill  in the spring, so it can be fully in effect for next year.


There's  now  assistance  available  for  farmers  and  ranchers  in recovery  from last  summer's  drought  in  20  Louisiana  parishes. Louisiana Commissioner  of  Agriculture  Mike Strain adds that seven parishes  will  also be eligible for disaster  assistance  loans  as well. The  help covers mostly  northern,  western  and  central  Louisiana Parishes. For info go to ldaf.la.gov


The Jindal administration announced Thursday afternoon that a tax amnesty program generated $435 million, far more than legislators expected. The program offered taxpayers an incentive for settling tax disputes or clearing back taxes. Interest was reduced. Penalties were waived. Legislators expected the program to produce at least $200 million for health care expenses in the state operating budget. Instead, it brought in more than double that amount.


A DeRidder man has been booked into the Leesville City Jail, accused of robbing City Savings Bank on Monday. 26 year old Michael Lee Jones was arrested Wednesday after an investigation into the armed robbery of the Leesville bank that happened late Monday. Jones was charged with armed robbery. Bond was set at $200,000. The investigation continues.


A   new  report  from  the  group  "Human  Rights  Watch"  says  law enforcement and public policy are contributing  to  the  state's HIV epidemic. Megan McLemore, with HRW, authored the report, which  says cops  arrest  people  and  take their condoms and clean needles. She says  Louisiana should adopt  clean-needle  exchange  programs  form intravenous  drug  addicts,  like  those already in place in several other major U.S. cities.


The  State  Fire  Marshal's  office says a structure fire in Lincoln Parish claimed the life of a 58  year  old man from Ruston. They say it appears Robert Nelson had helped his  76  year  old mother out of

the home then went back inside  to attempt to extinguish  the  blaze, but  was  never  seen  alive  again.  It is not believed there was a working smoke alarm in the home.


Loggers in Beauregard Parish  found  something  you  don't see every day:  An adult bald eagle sitting in between sitting between  a  row of  pine  trees.   It turns out the female eagle was injured, so the workers contacted the  Department  of Wildlife and Fisheries, who in turn transported the bird to the Heckhaven  Wildlife  Rehabilitation Center.  The adult eagle is expected to recover.





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