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News For Wednesday 05/11/11


NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY 051111
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

A MAJOR FUNDRAISING EVENT SCHEDULED FOR THIS WEEKEND WILL TAKE PLACE ON THE RED RIVER IN ALEXANDRIA DESPITE THE FACT THE RIVER IS HIGH AND MOVING FAST. OFFICIALS WITH THE ALEXANDRIA MUSEUM OF ART, HAVE ELECTED NOT TO POSTPONE OR MOVE THE DRAGON BOAT RACES FROM THE RIVER. THE LATTER OF WHICH WAS SUGGESTED BY THE WATERWAY COMMISSION. CATHERINE PEARS, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MUSEUM SAYS THEY ARE TAKING EVERY PRECAUTION AND THE EVENT IS ON.

TWO COUSINS FROM LECOMPTE HAVE LOST THEIR LIVES AFTER A FISHING TRIP TURNED DEADLY ON BAYOU BOEUF MONDAY NIGHT. AN OFFICIAL WITH THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IDENTIFIED THE VICTIMS AS 15-YEAR-OLD JORDAN WAGNER AND 20-YEAR-OLD CHRISTEFER TURAL JOSEPH.

STATE REP. CHRIS HAZEL HAS ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY FOR RE-ELECTION TO HIS HOUSE DISTRICT 27 SEAT. HAZEL, A REPUBLICAN FROM BALL, WAS FIRST ELECTED IN 2007 TO THE DISTRICT WHICH INCLUDES PINEVILLE, BALL, TIOGA, RUBY, KOLIN, HOLLOWAY, DEVILLE, POLAND, CHENEYVILLE AND NEIGHBORING AREAS.

ALL EYES ARE ON THE RISING MISSISSIPPI AS TOWNS AND CITIES ALONG THE RIVER PREPARE FOR A RECORD FLOOD. VIDALIA MAYOR HYRAM COPELAND IS OVERSEEING PREPARATIONS THERE. THE WORST FLOOD TO HIT VIDALIA WAS IN 1938 WHEN THE RIVER CRESTED AT 58.4 FEET. THIS YEAR'S CREST IS EXPECTED TO HIT 64 FEET. COPELAND SAYS HE'S CONFIDENT THE TEMPORARY LEVEE SYSTEM WILL HOLD TO PROTECT THE CITY'S RIVERFRONT HOSPITAL, CONVENTION CENTER AND HOTEL.

WITH ALL ATTENTION ON THE RISING MISSISSIPPI RIVER, HOW SAFE ARE THE STATE'S TWO RIVERSIDE NUCLEAR POWER PLANTS? THE RIVERBEND FACILITY IS ON THE RIVER NEAR ST. FRANCISVILLE, AND THE WATERFORD 3 PLANT IS ON THE RIVER BANKS NEAR TAFT. ENTERGY SPOKESPERSON MOLLY JAHNCKE (JANG-KEY) SAYS NEITHER ARE UNDER THREAT OF HIGH WATER.

ENTERGY SAYS STORM DAMAGE IN ARKANSAS, COMBINED WITH HIGH-WATER ON THE MISSISSIPPI AND AN EARLY DOSE OF HOT WEATHER ARE PUTTING A STRAIN ON ITS ELECTRICITY SYSTEM. SO FAR, ENTERGY SAYS ITS 2.7 MILLION CUSTOMERS IN LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, ARKANSAS AND TEXAS ARE IN NO DANGER OF SEEING POWER CUTS OR BLACKOUTS. ENTERGY SAYS IT IS CUTTING BACK POWER TO SOME INDUSTRIAL CUSTOMERS COVERED BY SPECIAL CONTRACTS THAT ALLOW ENTERGY TO CUT BACK THEIR USAGE DURING SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES.

GOVERNOR JINDAL SAYS THE STATE IS MAKING FLOOD PREPARATIONS WITH HASTE AND HE URGES CITIZENS TO MAKE THEIR EVACUATION PLANS NOW. MR. JINDAL SAYS ROUGHLY 3-MILLION ACRES OF THE STATE WILL TAKE ON WATER. HE SAYS SOME 18-THOUSAND CROP ACRES IN THE ATCHAFALAYA BASIN ARE UNDER THREAT. JINDAL SAYS--ACCORDING TO PROJECTIONS MADE BY COMBINING CENSUS DATA WITH 1973 INUNDATION MAPS--THAT OVER 22-THOUSAND PEOPLE AND 11-THOUSAND STRUCTURES COULD BE THREATENED BY BACKWATER FLOODING. HE SAYS MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOW ESTIMATES ARE LEADING TO OPENING THE MORGANZA SPILLWAY--WHICH WOULD TRIGGER THE FLOODING.

AS THE OLD EXPRESSION GOES, EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING.. WORD IS, THE OPENING OF THE MORGANZA SPILLWAY COULD BE A BOON FOR CRAWFISHERMEN IN THE ATCHAFALAYA BASIN. CRAWFISH FARMER'S ASSOCIATION DIRECTOR STEPHEN MINVIELLE SAYS RIVER WATER RICH WITH NUTRIENTS AND SEDIMENT CAUSE CRAWFISH TO BOOM. HE SAYS THAT'S JUST WHAT THE INDUSTRY NEEDS RIGHT NOW.

STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION PAUL PASTOREK GIVES A TEARFUL GOODBYE AS HE ANNOUNCES HIS RESIGNATION. PASTOREK HAS BEEN THE STATE'S PUBLIC SCHOOL LEADER SINCE 2007. PASTOREK IS LEAVING SO HE CAN WORK FOR LONGTIME FRIEND SEAN O' KEEFE AT AN AEROSPACE COMPANY IN WASHINGTON. PASTOREK HAS RECEIVED NATIONAL PRAISE FOR IMPROVING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND IMPROVING PUBLIC EDUCATION IN NEW ORLEANS FOLLOWING HURRICANE KATRINA. BUT, PASTOREK HAS ALSO BEEN CRITICIZED BY LOCAL EDUCATION LEADERS AND TEACHER UNIONS. SOME HAVE ACCUSED HIM OF TRYING TO DISMANTLE PUBLIC EDUCATION.

TODAY, THE HOUSE HEALTH & WELFARE COMMITTEE IS SCHEDULED TO HEAR A BILL THAT WOULD REQUIRE RANDOM DRUG TESTING OF PEOPLE RECEIVING CASH BENEFITS FROM THE STATE. THE BILL'S AUTHOR, METAIRIE REP. JOHN LABRUZZO LAYS OUT THE PROCESS. LABRUZZO'S BILL WAS DERAILED LAST YEAR ON A PROCEDURAL MOVE IN THE SENATE. HE SAYS THIS YEAR HIS BILL HAS BROADER SUPPORT, INCLUDING ALLIES IN THE SENATE. LABRUZZO EXPRESSED SOME FRUSTRATION THAT LOUISIANA MISSED OUT ON AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD THE NATION WITH THIS TYPE OF LEGISLATION.

LEGISLATION THAT WOULD CONSTITUTIONALLY DEDICATE MORE MONEY FOR THE TOPS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM BY USING MONEY FROM THE TOBACCO SETTLEMENT IS MOVING ALONG IN THE LEGISLATURE. ONE DAY AFTER THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE APPROVED THE MEASURE THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE ALSO SUPPORTED THE PROPOSAL. GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL IS A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE MEASURE. THOSE WHO OPPOSE, SAY THEY WOULD RATHER SEE MORE MONEY DEDICATED TO HEALTH CARE OR EARLY EDUCATION.

REPUBLICAN STATE REP HOLLIS DOWNS HAS WITHDRAWN HIS LEGISLATION TO CREATE RENEWABLE SOURCES OF REVENUES TO PAY FOR HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENTS ACROSS THE STATE--WITH LITTLE OR NO VOCAL SUPPORT FROM HIS COLLEAGUES. DOWNS SAYS HE DIDN'T HAVE THE SUPPORT OF JINDAL NOR OTHER REPRESENTATIVES WHO SAID THEY FEARED THE LEGISLATION WOULD HAVE TRIPLED THE COST OF REGISTRATION OF PRIVATE CARS AND TRUCKS.

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES RECEIVED A "D" GRADE FOR THE WAY IT POLICED PROGRAMS UNDER ITS JURISDICTION IN THE LAST FISCAL YEAR, ACCORDING TO A LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR'S REPORT RELEASED MONDAY. THE REPORT CITED NINE AREAS, IN WHICH AUDITORS FOUND POOR FINANCIAL CONTROLS IN THE AGENCY THAT OVERSEES NUTRITION, CHILD CARE, FOOD STAMP, AND TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS AS WELL AS A FAILURE TO ADHERE TO SOME FEDERAL PROGRAM GUIDELINES. THE DEFICIENCIES LED TO THE ILLEGAL RECEIPT OF BENEFITS BY SOME EMPLOYEES, THEIR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS AND THE POTENTIAL FOR HAVING TO REPAY SOME MONEY. SINCE THE AUDIT YEAR, THE AGENCY HAS BEEN REORGANIZED AND RENAMED AS THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES.

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