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News For Tuesday 03/04/14

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By Dave Graichen


Many children in central Louisiana got Mardi Gras day off after all.. The threat of icy weather has closed the public and catholic school  in Avoyelles, Rapides and Vernon parishes today. LSUA: Will open at 11 a.m.


The weather forecast calls for a wet and cold Mardi Gras day. State  Climatologist Barry Keim says temperatures are below freezing for much  of the state this morning and we are expecting highs only in the 40s. He  says there's also a good chance for rain in south Louisiana.


State police report a single-vehicle crash Monday morning killed a Boyce man. 40 year old David  Cundiff  was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Brown's Creek Road. Troopers say Cundiff, who was not wearing a seatbelt, lost control of his vehicle, ran off the road and hit several trees and a fence.


A  house  fire  in St. Landry Parish has claimed the  lives  of  two people in Lawtell early Monday. The bodies of Willis and Lou Anna Semien were found on the  scene  by  firefighters. Their 19

Year old  granddaughter,  a  14 year-old foster child,  and  another granddaughter escaped the fire, and were able to get to a neighbor's house.   The  State  Fire  Marshal   says   the   blaze   is  under



A  mobile  home  fire  claimed  the  lives of two people in Caddo Parish Yesterday.  The bodies of 35 year old Adonis  Walker and his girlfriend, 32 year old Hanna Hawkins were found inside  by firefighters after the blaze was extinguished.


Your  state issued driver’s license can now read "I'm a Cajun"  right below your  DMV  photo for an extra five dollars. State Senator Fred Mills the proceeds  will  go to  the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana. Mills says the money will support scholarships  for  French language

and culture studies.


Two bills for the upcoming legislative session have been filed to  legalize the use of medical marijuana.  One of the bills is authored by  St. Martinville Senator Fred Mills, an owner of a retail pharmacy. Mills   says Louisiana law allows for a doctor to prescribe medical marijuana,  but it remains illegal for a pharmacist to dispense the drug. The legislation regulates the growers of medical marijuana, the  dispensers, and the doctors who prescribe it.  Mills says the proposed  law involves many different agencies to share the responsibilities of  implementing the intended uses of medical marijuana.


Louisiana  continues  to  gain recognition for places that companies look to for expansion.  Site  Selection  Magazine has listed the Baton  Rouge  area  was one of the top 10 metro areas  for  new  and expanded corporate facilities  for  2013.   According to the report, Baton Rouge placed 2nd (in the top 10).


Governor  Bobby Jindal made an appearance in St. James Parish  Monday to mark the  completion  of the Nucor's direct reduced iron plant in Convent.  The $750 million  dollar plant started production 2 months ago, and has already created 140 new direct jobs.


Legendary  high  school football coach Don Shows has passed away  at the age of 75, after  battling  health issues for over a year. Shows turned West Monroe High School into  one  of  the  best  high school football  programs  in  the country, winning eight state championships.


The fourth ranked LSU baseball team makes a rare trip to Natchitoches  today to play Northwestern State. It's the Tigers first visit to Brown- Stroud Field since 2003. LSU is trying to bounce back from a tough 8-7  loss to Yale on Sunday. You can hear that game this afternoon beginning at 3 on 970 KSYL


Nearly a two-week run of high school basketball begins today in the  Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles, which is the host site for the Top 28  state boys and girls basketball championship tournaments.




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