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News For Tuesday 07/19/11


NEWS FOR TUESDAY 071911
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

RECENTLY, THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA CITY SPENT ABOUT $2.4 MILLION ON CONSTRUCTION AND RENOVATION PROJECTS AT NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS IN THE CITY. YESTERDAY, LOCAL OFFICIALS AND DIGNITARIES GOT A CHANCE TO SEE THE FINISHED RESULTS. RIDING AROUND IN THE SPIRIT OF ALEXANDRIA TROLLEY BUS, TOUR PARTICIPANTS MADE STOPS AT HARMON, HDQ UNITY, MARTIN, SANDY BAYOU AND CITY PARK. THE IMPROVEMENTS ARE VERY OBVIOUS TO THE EYE, WALKING TRAILS, MATCHING PAVILIONS AND RESTROOMS, MATCHING LIGHT FIXTURES, BENCHES, PICNIC TABLES, TRASH CANS AND FENCING. THE CITY PLANS TO SPEND ANOTHER $2 MILLION IN RENOVATIONS TO HUNTER PARK LATER THIS YEAR.

THE TOWN OF BUNKIE WILL BE GETTING A MAJOR ECONOMIC SHOT IN THE ARM WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW JUVENILE THERAPEUTIC SECURE CENTER. THE $20 MILLION FACILITY WILL BE LOCATED ON BORDELON ROAD ON THE SOUTHERN OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN, WITH THE FACILITY OPENING WITHIN TWO TO THREE YEARS. ONCE COMPLETED, THE FACILITY WILL BE ABLE TO HOUSE 72 YOUTHS WHO ARE IN NEED OF INTENSIVE THERAPY IN A SECURE ENVIRONMENT. THE FACILITY WILL EMPLOY 85 TO 90 PEOPLE, WITH AN AVERAGE SALARY OF ABOUT $50,000. THE TOWN WILL DONATE 25 ACRES OF LAND FOR THE FACILITY AND PUT UP $1.5 MILLION FOR IMPROVEMENTS.

A BANK ROBBERY SHUT DOWN A SECTION OF LAFAYETTE YESTERDAY FOR ABOUT THREE HOURS. POLICE SAY A MIDDLE AGED WHITE MAN ENTERED A REGIONS BANK OFFICE SHORTLY BEFORE NOON AND STOLE AN UNDETERMINED AMOUNT OF CASH. HE LEFT BEHIND A PACKAGE AND ELUDED TO THE FACT THAT IT MAY BE A BOMB. THE AREA WAS CLEARED AND THE HAZ MAT UNIT WAS CALLED IN. IN THE END, IT WAS NOT A BOMB AND BUSINESS RETURNED TO NORMAL SHORTLY BEFORE THREE.

BEGINNING NEXT YEAR, TRUCKS OPERATING AT THE ST. LANDRY PARISH LANDFILL WILL BE ABLE TO REFUEL WITH A NATURAL ENERGY SOURCE FROM THE GARBAGE MOUNDS. THE $700,000 PROJECT INVOLVES CLEANING AND COMPRESSING ON SITE THE METHANE GAS EMITTED FROM THE SOLID WASTE AND MAKING THE GAS SUITABLE FOR VEHICLE FUEL.
THE PARISH’S SOLID WASTE COMMISSION ON MONDAY UNANIMOUSLY AGREED TO ACCEPT A $224,000 GRANT FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AS “SEED MONEY” FOR THE PROJECT. THE REMAINDER OF THE COSTS COULD BE RECOVERED BY OBTAINING $300,000 IN STATE TAX CREDITS AND A $30,000 IN FEDERAL TAX CREDITS. THE PROJECT SHOULD SAVE ABOUT $48,600 PER YEAR IN FUEL COSTS.

THE STATE PLANS TO LIFT THE STATEWIDE OUTDOOR BAN ON BURNING THIS THURSDAY. STATE FIRE MARSHAL BUTCH BROWNING SAYS THE BAN WAS ISSUED IN RESPONSE TO EXTREME DRY CONDITIONS IN THE STATE, BUT THE RAIN HAS REDUCED THE RISK OF WILDFIRES. BROWNING SAYS THE BAN IS BEING LIFTED SUBJECT TO LOCAL REGULATIONS, BECAUSE THERE ARE STILL SOME ARES IN THE STATE THAT ARE VERY DRY.

A JUDGE HANDED A STATE TEACHERS UNION A VICTORY MONDAY IN THE GROUP'S CHALLENGE OF A LAW PUSHED BY GOV. BOBBY JINDAL TO LET PUBLIC SCHOOLS WAIVE CERTAIN REGULATIONS, DECLARING THE LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL ON MULTIPLE FRONTS.
STATE DISTRICT JUDGE MIKE CALDWELL SIDED WITH THE LOUISIANA FEDERATION OF TEACHERS WHO FILED THE LAWSUIT LAST YEAR AFTER JINDAL SIGNED THE BILL.
THE UNIONS CLAIMED THE WAIVER LAW IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL BECAUSE IT DELEGATES LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY TO THE STATE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION AND BECAUSE IT CARVES OUT SPECIAL EXEMPTIONS FOR INDIVIDUAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE JUDGE AGREED. THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE IS SEEKING AN APPEAL.

IN PREPARATION FOR HIS RUN FOR PRESIDENT, FORMER GOVERNOR BUDDY ROEMER HAS MOVED TO NEW HAMPSHIRE. MR. ROEMER SAYS THE MOVE IS JUST TEMPORARY, SO HE CAN MAKE OPTIMAL USE OF HIS CAMPAIGN TIME--GETTING TO KNOW THE PEOPLE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE. MR. ROEMER SAYS HE'LL HAVE TO SPEND A GREAT DEAL OF TIME MAKING HIMSELF KNOWN TO NEW HAMPSHIRE VOTERS BEFORE THE FEBRUARY 14TH PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY. THE SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARY IS SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 21ST, AND THE IOWA CAUCUSES ARE FEBRUARY 6TH.

A JINDAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL HAS SOME HARSH WORDS CONCERNING THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. GARRET GRAVES, DIRECTOR OF THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF COASTAL ACTIVITIES, SAYS THE CORPS IS NOT DOING ENOUGH WHEN IT COMES TO PREVENTING COASTAL EROSION AND IF NOTHING CHANGES, MANY LOUISIANA COASTAL PARISHES WILL BE UNDERWATER IN THE NEXT CENTURY. GRAVES HOPES A NEW GULF COAST ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION TASK FORCE, WHICH WAS FORMED AFTER LAST YEAR'S B-P OIL SPILL, WILL BE MORE PROACTIVE IN THE STATE'S BATTLE AGAINST COASTAL LAND LOSS. HE SAYS THE CORPS MOVES WAY TOO SLOWLY WHEN IT COMES TO WETLAND PROJECTS.

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR JAY DARDENNE ANNOUNCES A NEW CAMPAIGN CALLED "ALL WE NEED IS U" THAT ENCOURAGES LOUISIANA CITIZENS TO VOLUNTEER. DARDENNE SAYS THE STATEWIDE CAMPAIGN IS DESIGNED TO REKINDLE THE SPIRIT OF SERVICE AND VOLUNTEERISM AMONG PEOPLE IN LOUISIANA. THE CAMPAIGN FEATURES A WEBSITE,
WWW-DOT-VOLUNTEERLOUISIANA-DOT-GOV, THROUGH THAT SITE, YOU WILL BE MATCH TO VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES THROUGHOUT THE STATE...:

RALPH TYSON, THE CHIEF JUDGE AND FIRST BLACK JUDGE APPOINTED TO THE U.S. DISTRICT COURT OF LOUISIANA'S MIDDLE DISTRICT, DIED MONDAY. HE WAS 62 YEARS OLD. IN ITS ANNOUNCEMENT OF HIS DEATH, THE BATON ROUGE-BASED FEDERAL COURT DESCRIBED TYSON AS "A WONDERFUL PERSON, A DEDICATED PUBLIC SERVANT AND A WONDERFUL LEADER AND FRIEND TO ALL OF US." BORN IN BATON ROUGE, TYSON WAS NOMINATED TO THE COURT IN 1998 BY THEN-PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON AND SERVED AS THE MIDDLE DISTRICT'S CHIEF JUDGE SINCE 2005.

BOSSIER PARISH SHERIFF LARRY DEEN SAYS A PARISH PARK RANGER IS RECOVERING AFTER ACCIDENTALLY SHOOTING HIMSELF IN THE LEG, CAUSING A SEVERE INJURY.
HE SAID MONDAY THAT DAN WOLFE IS ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE WITH PAY WHILE THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE MAKES A ROUTINE INVESTIGATION. WOLFE WORKS AT CYPRESS BLACK BAYOU RECREATION PARK IN BENTON. DEEN SAYS WOLFE'S GUN WENT OFF BY ACCIDENT SUNDAY AT THE PARK. DEPUTIES ARE INVESTIGATING BECAUSE RANGERS AT THE PARK ARE LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS COMMISSIONED THROUGH THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE.

SPORTS..

IN TWO OF THE STRONGEST SIGNS YET THAT THE LOCKOUT MIGHT BE NEARING AN END, THE NFL HAS TOLD CLUB EXECUTIVES THEY COULD LEARN THE DETAILS OF
THE NEW LABOR CONTRACT AS EARLY AS THURSDAY, AND THE PLAYERS
ASSOCIATION HAS CALLED ON ITS LEADERSHIP FOR A POTENTIAL VOTE. THE TWO SIDES ONCE AGAIN MET FOR HOURS YESTERDAY IN NEW YORK TO TRY TO CLOSE THE DEAL THAT WOULD RESOLVE THE FIRST WORK STOPPAGE SINCE 1987. TALKS ARE SCHEDULED TO CONTINUE TODAY.

REGGIE BUSH'S FAMILY HAS TAKEN BACK A COPY OF HIS 2005 HEISMAN TROPHY FROM A SPORTS MUSEUM IN SAN DIEGO. BUSH RELINQUISHED HIS TITLE AS HEISMAN WINNER AFTER AN NCAA PROBE LAST YEAR CONCLUDED THAT HE AND HIS FAMILY ACCEPTED IMPROPER BENEFITS WHILE BUSH WAS STILL PLAYING FOR USC.

LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE TIGHT END LADARIUS GREEN HAS BEEN TABBED AS A PRESEASON FIRST TEAM ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE SELECTION. THE HONOR EXTENDS THE LONG LIST OF PRESEASON ACCOLADES FOR GREEN WHO WAS NAMED TO THE 2011 JOHN MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST EARLIER THIS MONTH.

THE U-L-M WARHAWKS FOOTBALL TEAM IS PICKED TO FINISH NEAR THE TOP OF THE SUN BELT CONFERENCE STANDINGS THIS YEAR. U-L-M TIED WITH MIDDLE TENNESSEE FOR THE HIGHEST AMOUNT OF POINTS IN A POLL OF LEAGUE COACHES. WARHAWKS COACH TODD BERRY SAYS HE HAS NO PROBLEM WITH THE HIGH EXPECTATIONS. THE WARHAWKS PERFORMED BETTER THAN EXPECTED IN BERRY'S FIRST SEASON AS HEAD COACH. THE 2010 TEAM WAS 5-AND-7 OVERALL, 4-AND-4 IN THE SUN BELT.

NORTHWESTERN STATE JUNIOR LINEBACKER DEREK ROSE HAS BEEN NAMED TO THE BUCK BUCHANAN AWARD WATCH LIST. THE AWARD GOES TO THE BEST PLAYER ON DEFENSE AMONG F-C-S SCHOOLS. THE NEW ORLEANS NATIVE LED THE SOUTHLAND IN TACKLES LAST SEASON.

ESPN SAYS THE WOMEN'S WORLD CUP FINAL HAS EARNED THE HIGHEST TELEVISION RATING FOR ANY SOCCER GAME ON IT'S NETWORK. THE RATING FOR THE GAME SUNDAY WHEN JAPAN WON IN A PENALTY SHOOTOUT HAD A 7.4 FAST NATIONAL RATING. THE PREVIOUS HIGH WAS 4.0 FOR LAST YEAR'S US-ALGERIA MEN'S WORLD CUP MATCH.







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