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News For Monday 12/23/13

News for Monday 122313

By Dave Graichen


Storms rolled across the state Saturday bringing with them heavy rand and strong gusty winds. In the Monroe area, those winds escalated to tornado force, downing trees and knocking out power to thousands. Several business were damaged as well. The good news is, No injuries have been reported.


The Saints no longer control their own fate when it comes to winning the  NFC South. New Orleans suffered a gut wrenching 17-13 loss to Carolina Sunday.  For the Saints to win the NFC South, they'll need to beat Tampa Bay, and  the Panthers will have to lose at Atlanta next Sunday.


Christmas is Wednesday, and many are already on the highways – traveling  to their holiday destinations. State Police remind us that last  Christmas & New Year's holiday 12 people were killed and more than 1300  were hurt in traffic crashes.  The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says alcohol played a role in more than half the fatal wrecks that occurred during the Christmas & New

Year's holiday period last year. The other two other factors in holiday traffic crashes are

haste and impatience. Law enforcement efforts as well as manpower have been beefed up through the end of the year.


Louisiana's employment picture is ending the year on a good note.  Louisiana Workforce Commission spokesperson Tom Guarisco says based on  the latest data, the state's unemployment rate is down to 6.3 percent  after holding steady at seven-percent earlier this year. Louisiana's private sector employers also added 26-thousand jobs in the  last 12 months leading up to November. Guarisco says that's 39  consecutive months  the state has experienced over-the-year gains in private sector growth.


Governor Jindal and State Police announce a successful conclusion to a  seven-week crackdown on crime that has netted over $6-million in illegal  drugs and over a thousand arrests. The massive statewide operation resulted in 1025 arrests for crimes  ranging from drug possession to human trafficking. Over $340-thousand in  suspected drug money was seized, 112 illegal weapons  confiscated and  thousands of pounds of marijuana was taken off the streets. The Governor credits the seamless cooperation of LSP and local lawmen.


An organization called "Faith Driven Consumer" has started an online  petition urging supporters of Phil Robertson to sign demanding he be  reinstated to Duck Dynasty by A&E. Founder Chris Stone says they are  looking for signatures on the website "IStandWithPhil.com", to express  citizen support for The Duck Commander. The "I Stand With Phil Robertson" Facebook page has  well over 1-million "likes" and indicates the petition already had over  300,000 signatures as of the start of the weekend.  Stone says they will hand  deliver the petitions to A&E starting today.


Lieutenant governor Jay Dardenne  says the “Duck Dynasty” reality TV show is important to state tourism and he could help connect the Robertson family with new producers if they cannot reach agreement with the A&E network. Dardenne authored the state’s film and TV tax credit program. He says he’d use his influence in the state’s industry to help the Robertsons.


In case you need to be reminded. Today is the last day before Christmas  eve, which means holiday shoppers who have been procrastinating need to  get on the ball. LSU Ag Center family economist Jeanette Tucker says  it's sometimes difficult finding that perfect gift at this late hour. However, there is a benefit to waiting to the last minute and that is  good deals.





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