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NEWS FOR FRIDAY 051311 (FRIDAY THE 13TH)
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

SOME BOAT LAUNCHES ON THE RED RIVER ARE REOPENING BECAUSE THE RIVER LEVEL HAS BEGUN TO FALL, THE RED RIVER WATERWAY COMMISSION ANNOUNCED TODAY, MAY 12.
THE REOPENED RAMPS INCLUDE THOSE LOCATED IN THE PARISHES OF RAPIDES, COUSHATTA, NATCHITOCHES AND GRANT. THE EXCEPTION, THE COLFAX RECREATION AREA AND BOAT RAMPS LOCATED IN AVOYELLES, CADDO AND BOSSIER PARISHES. THEY REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

GOVERNOR JINDAL SAYS EFFORTS TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES FROM SEVERE FLOODING FROM THE RISING MISSISSIPPI RIVER ARE GOING ON 'ROUND THE CLOCK. THE GOVERNOR
INSPECTED FLOOD FORTIFICATIONS UNDERWAY IN AND AROUND MORGAN CITY THURSDAY. HE SAYS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ARE WORKING DILIGENTLY ON MILES OF LEVEE. HE SAYS DOZENS OF MISSISSIPPI RIVER LEVEE PROBLEM SPOTS HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED, AND CREWS ARE SHORING THEM UP AS WELL. THE GOVERNOR SAYS IT'S STILL UNCLEAR IF, OR WHEN, THE MORGANZA SPILLWAY MAY BE OPENED. THE BIG FEAR IS WATER MAY OVER TOP THAT FACILITY AT ANY TIME.

THERE HAS BEEN AN OVERTOPPING OF A SECONDARY LEVEE IN NORTHEAST LOUISIANA. 5TH LOUISIANA LEVEE DISTRICT PRESIDENT REYNOLD MINSKY SAYS RISING RIVER WATER IS FLOWING OVER A RING LEVEE PROTECTING FARMLAND IN EAST CARROLL PARISH. AND THAT THEY EXPECTED THIS TO HAPPEN. THE 18-MILE LEVEE, BUILT IN 1912, IT SHOULD BE POINTED OUT, IT HAS NEVER BEEN OVERTOPPED BEFORE.

CONRAD INDUSTRIES HAS CLOSED ITS MORGAN CITY SHIPYARD ON THE ATCHAFALAYA RIVER. THE SHIPYARD IS OUTSIDE OF THE PROTECTIVE LEVEES. THE COMPANY HAS ALREADY MOVED SOME VESSELS UNDER CONSTRUCTION, ABOUT 200 EMPLOYEES, CONTRACT WORKERS AND MAJOR EQUIPMENT TO ITS TWO SHIPYARDS AT AMELIA ALONG THE INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY. CONRAD BUILDS TUGBOATS, OFFSHORE SUPPLY BOATS AND OTHER VESSELS, MANY EMPLOYED BY THE OFFSHORE OIL INDUSTRY.

THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES IS WARNING RESIDENTS TO BE AWARE OF WILD ANIMALS THAT MIGHT BE DISPLACED AS A RESULT OF THE RISING MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND THE LIKELY OPENING OF THE MORGANZA SPILLWAY. DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES BIOLOGIST SCOTT LONGMAN URGES THE PUBLIC TO AVOID AREAS WHERE WILDLIFE ARE SEEKING REFUGE. LONGMAN SAYS DEER, BLACK BEARS, RABBITS AND EVEN SMALLER ANIMALS LIKE SNAKES WILL BE SEARCHING FOR HIGHER GROUND ONCE THEIR NATURAL HABITAT IS FLOODED.

THE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION IS SEARCH FOR A NEW SUPERINTENDENT AND THE HEAD OF THE RECOVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT'S NAME HAS BEEN PUT FORWARD FOR THE JOB. GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL SUPPORTS JOHN WHITE TO BE INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT. COUNCIL FOR A BETTER LOUISIANA PRESIDENT BARRY ERWIN SAYS LIKE PAUL PASTOREK, WHITE HAS EARNED A NATIONAL REPUTATION AS AN EDUCATION REFORMER. ERWIN SAYS THAT THE STATE NEEDS THE SAME TYPE OF REFORMS AS IN THE RECOVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT.

HOUSE SPEAKER JIM TUCKER SAYS HE DISAGREES WITH THE POSSIBLE APPOINTMENT OF WHITE TO BECOME INTERIM STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION., SAYING WHITE'S CURRENT JOB, RUNNING THE RECOVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT REQUIRES HIS FULL ATTENTION. THE SPEAKER'S COMMENTS CAME A DAY AFTER GOVERNOR JINDAL'S CHIEF COUNSEL RECOMMENDED WHITE TO FILL THE SUPERINTENDENT'S JOB THAT BECAME VACANT WHEN PAUL PASTOREK RESIGNED TO TAKE A JOB WITH A DEFENSE CONTRACTOR. IF HE'S CHOSE WHITE WOULD LIKELY HOLD BOTH TITLES FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR UNTIL A
PERMANENT SUPERINTENDENT IS CHOSEN IN JANUARY. THE FINAL DECISION WILL BE MADE BY THE STATE BOARD OF SECONDARY AND ELEMENTARY EDUCATION BUT THE GOVERNOR'S RECOMMENDATION IS EXPECTED TO HOLD.

THE HEAD OF THE LEGISLATURE'S BLACK CAUCUS SAYS GOVERNOR JINDAL IS TRYING TO SLOW THE REDRAWING OF STATE EDUCATION BOARD DISTRICTS IN A BID TO PERSUADE BOARD MEMBERS TO SIDE WITH HIS CHOICE FOR INTERIM EDUCATION SUPERINTENDENT. BATON ROUGE REP. PATRICIA SMITH SAYS ANY MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION WHO FEEL PRESSURED SHOULD CALL THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, WHICH OVERSEES THE REDISTRICTING PROCESS IN LOUISIANA. SMITH IS DISPLEASED WITH JINDAL'S PICK TO BE INTERIM EDUCATION
SUPERINTENDENT: JOHN WHITE, THE 35-YEAR-OLD, NEWLY HIRED LEADER OF THE STATE-RUN RECOVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT. CRITICS OF THE SELECTION SAY WHITE HAS TOO LITTLE EDUCATION EXPERIENCE.

LEGISLATION REQUIRING ABORTION CLINICS IN LOUISIANA TO POST SIGNS INFORMING PATIENTS OF THEIR RIGHTS HAS UNANIMOUSLY PASSED THE HOUSE AND IS HEADED FOR THE SENATE. WEST MONROE REPRESENTATIVE FRANK HOFFMAN SAYS THE SIGNS WILL ALSO INFORM PATIENTS THERE ARE MANY PUBLIC AND PRIVATE AGENCIES WILLING TO HELP WOMEN CARRY THEIR UNBORN CHILD TO TERM AND TO ASSIST AFTER THE BIRTH OF THE CHILD. HE SAYS THE SIGN ALSO SAYS THE FATHER CAN NOT FORCE WOMEN TO HAVE AN ABORTION.

THE APPROACHING RECORD FLOOD IS CAUSING THOUSANDS TO CONSIDER GETTING FLOOD INSURANCE ON THEIR HOMES AND PROPERTY. INSURANCE COMMISSIONER JIM DONELON SAYS HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE DOES NOT COVER FLOOD DAMAGE AND TOO FEW LOUISIANA HOUSEHOLDS ARE COVERED UNDER THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM. DONELON SAYS 25-PERCENT OF FLOOD INSURANCE CLAIMS PAID LAST YEAR
WERE IN AREAS DEEMED TO BE ON HIGH GROUND THAT WAS CONSIDERED SAFE FROM FLOODING.

THE STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY SAYS IT'S LAUNCHING AN ANTI-TOBACCO TAX AD FRIDAY ON RADIO STATIONS AROUND LOUISIANA. ACCORDING TO A SCRIPT RELEASED BY THE GOP, FORMER U.S. REP. BOB LIVINGSTON NARRATES THE 30-SECOND AD, WHICH URGES PEOPLE TO CALL THEIR LAWMAKERS AND TELL THEM TO VOTE AGAINST A PROPOSAL TO RAISE THE STATE CIGARETTE TAX. LIVINGSTON CALLS THE $120 MILLION TAX MEASURE "FISCALLY IRRESPONSIBLE" AND A THREAT TO LOUISIANA'S SMALL BUSINESSES. SUPPORTERS CALL IT A BID TO IMPROVE PEOPLE'S HEALTH BY DISCOURAGING SMOKING, WHILE ALSO RAISING STATE REVENUE. THE PROPOSAL BY DEMOCRATIC REP. HAROLD RITCHIE, OF BOGALUSA, WOULD RAISE THE CIGARETTE TAX FROM 36 CENTS PER PACK TO $1.06. IT FACES SIGNIFICANT OPPOSITION AMONG HOUSE LEADERS AND ISN'T EXPECTED TO GET THE TWO-THIRDS SUPPORT NEEDED TO PASS THE LEGISLATURE.

THE HOUSE BUDGET COMMITTEE MAY SLASH UP TO $160 MILLION OR MORE FROM NEXT YEAR'S SPENDING PLANS, TO CUT DOLLARS THE GOVERNOR INCLUDED IN THE BUDGET THAT ARE TIED TO THE PASSAGE OF OTHER LEGISLATION THAT HAS YET TO WIN APPROVAL FROM LAWMAKERS. HOUSE SPEAKER JIM TUCKER SAYS HOUSE LEADERS DON'T BELIEVE IT'S CONSTITUTIONAL OR APPROPRIATE TO BUDGET BASED ON THOSE TYPES OF UNCERTAIN FINANCING SOURCES. WHEN IT WORKS ON THE BUDGET NEXT WEEK, THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE INTENDS TO CUT DOLLARS GOV. BOBBY JINDAL INCLUDED IN THE 2011-12 SPENDING PLAN THAT ARE DEPENDENT ON PRISON SALES AND THE PASSAGE OF A CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE TO FUND TOPS, THE STATE'S FREE COLLEGE TUITION PROGRAM. "IT MAY MEAN ADDITIONAL CUTS IN SOME AREAS," TUCKER TOLD REPORTERS.
THOSE CUTS COULD FALL HEAVIEST ON HIGHER EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE SERVICES, THE TWO AREAS OF THE BUDGET LEAST PROTECTED FROM REDUCTIONS. LAWMAKERS ARE EXPECTED TO RESHUFFLE ANY CUTS AWAY FROM THE POPULAR TOPS PROGRAM AND KEEP THAT FULLY FUNDED. ANY REDUCTIONS MAY NOT STAY IN THE BUDGET BILL FOR VERY LONG, HOWEVER. IF STATE INCOME ESTIMATES IMPROVE, THAT COULD GIVE LAWMAKERS ADDITIONAL REVENUE TO PLUG INTO GAPS.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR OFFSHORE WORKERS SUFFERING FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS BECAUSE OF THE FEDERAL DEEPWATER DRILLING MORATORIUM TO APPLY FOR A SECOND ROUND OF ASSISTANCE GRANTS THROUGH THE GULF COAST RESTORATION AND PROTECTION FOUNDATION. THE GRANT PROGRAM COVERS ANYONE WHO WAS WORKING ON OR IN SUPPORT OF ONE OF THE DEEPWATER RIGS THAT WAS SUBJECT TO THE MORATORIUM AS OF MAY 6TH, 2010. THE AMOUNT OF THE GRANTS WILL RUN FROM 3-THOUSAND TO 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS.

TANGIPAHOA PARISH SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES SAY THE BODY UNEARTHED FROM A SHALLOW GRAVE HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS 82-YEAR-OLD LEON RACHAL OF PONCHATOULA. DEPUTIES SAY RACHAL WAS REPORTED MISSING ON JANUARY 22ND, AFTER LAST BEING SEEN BY FAMILY MEMBERS ON JANUARY 19TH. TWO DAYS AFTER RACHAL WAS REPORTED MISSING, DETECTIVES ARRESTED 32-YEAR-OLD WESLEY E. SMITH OF HAMMOND FOR ALLEGEDLY BURGLARIZING RACHAL'S HOME.




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