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News For Tuesday 01/07/14

News for Tuesday 010714

By Dave Graichen


Many of us woke up to temperatures in the teens this morning  something that doesn't happen very often during Louisiana's winters.  State Climatologist Barry Keim says northern parishes are seeing low  teens, central Louisiana upper teens, and temperatures near 20 stretch  down all the way to the coast of The Bayou State.  Keim says the cold today is going to be brutal and it's not going to be

much better tomorrow morning. But he says things are going to start to  warm up into the latter part of Wednesday.


Louisiana  Public Service  Commission  Chairman  Eric  Skrmetta  has instructed utility  providers  in  the  state  that disconnecting of services is prohibited during the extreme cold weather  in  the next

few  days.  He  says  even  if a customer is past-due on an account, nobody  is  to have their power  turned  off  when  it's  this  cold outside.


We are expecting more details to come out today on the shooting deaths  of a two-year-old girl and her father. The bodies were found yesterday  morning inside a residence near Abita Springs in St. Tammany Parish.  Sheriff Jack Strain says the two were killed by gunshots at close range.  Strain says investigators believe it’s either a double homicide or a  murder-suicide. He says the family had a custody dispute which may  have played a role.  But they will continue to piece together what could have led to the violent deaths.


Louisiana physicians are seeing a “big uptick” in flu-type illnesses as patients line up at doctor’s offices and hospitals across the state. The rate is nearly three times what the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention projects as normal for the region. State health officials say the good news is, this year’s flu shot is well targeted to fight the current strain, better known as the swine flu.


Police in Shreveport  say  a  juvenile  suspected of breaking into a home and rob the owner at gunpoint was shot  and  killed  during the invasion. They say the 16 year old allegedly demanded valuables from a  safe  when the 63 year old homeowner grabbed a gun from the  safe and shot the  suspect.  Police  say  the teen ran but collapsed just down the street and later died at a hospital.  No  charges have been filed in this incident.


It's not the first thing you think of as a hot  robbery  item  for a business,  but  a  Natchitoches  Parish  thief has been arrested for stealing   300   pounds  of  pecans  near  the  Bermuda   community.

Forty-three year old Jerry Wayne Nelson of Robeline was charged with simple burglary, among other charges.


Educators & students say good bye the General Educational Development  test commonly known as the G.E.D.  Now there's a different test called the  HI-SET or High School Equivalency test for those students.  According to  Sean Martin, a Director of  the Louisiana Community and Technical College system, much of the test material is similar. The HI-SET is from the Educational Testing Service and Martin says it will save the state money compared to using the GED. Among the reasons for  the change is that the GED will soon only offer a computer based test.


First, they were to be used for national security.  Now LSU AgCenter researchers  are examining the possibility of unmanned drones to provide surveillance of  crops  for  farmers.  Officials say this technology would  be especially helpful to  determine  disease  and  fertilizer needs for taller crops like corn and sugar cane.


LSU has named Daniel T. Layzell as the university system’s new vice president for finance and administration. The hiring is subject to approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors at its Feb. 25 meeting. Layzell has held a similar position at Illinois State University since 2009.


The Saints players return to the practice field today to get ready for  Saturday afternoon's playoff match-up with the Seahawks. Seattle plays  in one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL and Coach Sean Payton says  they'll work on how to handle the loud crowd during practice this week.  The Saints played in Seattle earlier this year and lost to the Seawhawks  34-to-7. Seattle finished the regular season with a 13-and-3 record.  Payton says his players understand the challenge that lies before them.

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