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News For Tuesday 06/24/14


News for Tuesday 062414

By Dave Graichen

 

Cleco Corp. confirmed Monday that more than one company has offered to acquire the Pineville-based utility. Cleco subsidiary Cleco Power, a regulated electric utility, serves about 284,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi. Cleco said it has hired Goldman Sachs & Co. and Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. as its financial advisers to help evaluate any proposals. Cleco said there is no guarantee the review will result in a merger or business combination. Also, Cleco does not intend to make any further announcements regarding the review unless its board of directors approves a specific deal or a course of action that requires disclosure.

 

A Baton Rouge judge says lawmakers didn’t follow the Louisiana Constitution in authorizing Gov. Bobby Jindal to close the LSU-run public hospital in Pineville. But the decision doesn’t require the Jindal administration to slow plans to shutter the Huey P. Long Medical Center within a week. Judge Robert Downing ruled Monday that the Senate violated the open meetings law when the legislation was heard by its health care committee. He granted a preliminary injunction request sought by two hospital closure opponents. However, Downing also suspended that judgment, effectively allowing the hospital closure plans to continue,  pending an appeal of his decision, which heads directly to the Louisiana Supreme Court. The Senate intends to appeal.

 

A Winsboro  mother  of 5 has been arrested for throwing her 20 month old baby from a moving car, reportedly to get the attention from the father.  Twenty-three  year  old  Lasasha  Allen is facing attempted second-degree murder charges.  She retrieved  the  seriously  injured baby,  but  delayed  hospital treatment.  The baby was airlifted  to Shreveport, where it’s  in  serious  condition.   The woman’s 5 other children were taken into the care of child services.

 

The National Council on Teacher Quality has ranked Northwestern State  and LSU in the top ten nationally for all elementary teacher preparation  programs.  Louisiana Board of Regents Associate Commissioner for Teacher  and Leader Initiatives, Jeanne Burns, says Louisiana was one of the first states to recognize the need to create a  more rigorous teacher certification structure and a more rigorous  teacher preparation approval process.  The rankings are based on information collected from approximately 1,600  programs nationwide.  64% of Louisiana's elementary teacher preparation programs met fully with the NCTQ standard.  The national average is 16%.

 

Auditions for the 14th season of American Idol will be held in judge  Harry Connick Jr's home city of New Orleans all day tomorrow. You can  try out to be a contestant on the reality talent show at the UNO  Lakefront Arena starting at 7am Wednesday morning. Connick Jr. says  the producers will be looking for true performers.  Tomorrow is the very first round of auditions and producers say you'll

get about 30 seconds to sing and will be told right away if you get to  sing for the celebrity judges

 

Poverty  Point State Historic Site in West Carroll Parish  has  been named  a World  Heritage  Site  by  a  United  Nations  agency.  The designation was granted Sunday by the U.N. Education, Scientific and Cultural  Organization  during  a meeting in Qatar. Poverty Point is now one of 20 sites that were added worldwide in an ongoing meeting. Poverty  Point is a 400-acre complex of carefully engineered  mounds and ridges more than 3000 years old.

 

A Jennings Police Officer is in the hospital after being shot in the neck  yesterday.   Ricky  Benoit  is  listed  in stable condition  at  a Lafayette hospital.  A suspect is in custody,  but  authorities  are

not ready to release the name at this time.

 

A  Westlake  man  has  been charged with his fifth DWI after a crash that occurred near Kinder.  Thirty-seven  year-old  Bent  Hetzler was charged  with  DWI 5th offense, tampering with an interlock device, no seatbelt, texting  while  driving,   and   child  endangerment  when  troopers discovered an 8 year-old in the vehicle with him.

 

Parents who lose their temper and strike a referee at their child’s Little League game now will face larger fines and more time behind bars in Louisiana. House Bill 227 was one of 56 bills that Gov. Bobby Jindal announced signing Monday.

 

Kenner Police say a road  rage  incident on I-10, which began with a cigarette butt being thrown from  a  car window and hitting a pickup truck, lead to a child being shot.  Authorities  say  after  a chase

with the truck, David Sean Jackson allegedly pulled a gun and  fired three  shots  at  the  pickup.  A 10-year-old passenger in the truck suffered a graze wound to  the  and required surgery.  Jackson faces attempted murder and other charges.

 

Three  juveniles have been recovered in a Louisiana law  enforcement operation targeting child sex trafficking.  Enforcement actions took place in  all  major  cities across the state,  except Lafayette.  It's also reported that sixteen pimps and 75 prostitutes  were  arrested, police seized cash,  several  vehicles,  cell  phones  and  a  cross   section  of narcotics.

 

The Jackson Parish  Sheriff's  office  is  investigating an apparent murder-suicide after they say the bodies of  a  man  and  woman were found  in  their  home  Saturday  morning. They say a child called 911 after hearing gunshots in the home.  Investigators  found 50-year-old  James  Smith and 32-year-old Amanda Henderson dead from gunshot wounds to the  head.  They believe Smith shot Henderson then killed  himself.  Henderson's  three   children  were  taken  in  by relatives in Ouachita Parish.

 

Two  people  from  Prairieville  have  been  charged with aggravated cruelty  to  animals  after  reportedly  hosing  down   a   dog  and continuously beating it with a baseball bat.  The dog died from  its injuries.    31-year-old   Jamari   Jackson   and   his  girlfriend, 25-year-old Sammi Corely, were booked into the Ascension Parish Jail where they were released on bond.

 

 Kickoff time for LSU's Thanksgiving night game against Texas A&M has  been set for 6:30PM in College Station.  This will be LSU's first  Thanksgiving Day game since 1973 according to the athletic department.

 

 

 

 

 

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