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News For Tuesday 09/06/11


NEWS FOR TUESDAY 090611
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

POWER COMPANIES THAT SERVE MUCH OF SOUTH AND CENTRAL LOUISIANA SAY HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE REMAIN WITHOUT POWER BECAUSE OF TROPICAL STORM LEE, BUT CREWS ARE MAKING PROGRESS IN RESTORING ELECTRICITY. ENTERGY SPOKESMAN PHILIP ALLISON SAYS THE UTILITY HAD 2,600 OUTAGES IN LOUISIANA AS OF LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON, DOWN FROM A HIGH OF 38,000. CLECO CORP. SPOKESWOMAN SUSAN BROUSSARD SAYS MOST OF THEIR CUSTOMERS WHO LOST POWER SUNDAY NIGHT ARE BACK ON THE LINE. THE REMAINDER SHOULD BE BACK UP SOMETIME TODAY.

MANY ACROSS SOUTH AND CENTRAL LOUISIANA SPENT THE BETTER PART OF THE DAY CLEANING UP FROM THE WEEKEND’S STORM. DOWNED LIMBS AND OTHER REMNANTS OF THE STORM SCATTERED THE LANDSCAPE. THOUGH MUCH OF THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE STATE SAW GOOD AMOUNTS OF RAIN. GOOD PORTIONS OF CENTRAL LOUISIANA AND THE ENTIRE NORTHERN PORTION OF THE STATE SAW LITTLE RELIEF FROM THE SUMMER DROUGHT. WILD FIRES IN THE NORTHERN HALF OF THE STATE HAVE EITHER BEEN BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL OR EXTINGUISHED. HOWEVER, STATE OFFICIALS REPORT MANY AREAS OF THE STATE ARE STILL A TINDER BOX.

EVEN WITH THE HURRICANE SEASON STILL IN FULL SWING THE SEASONS APPEAR ABOUT TO TURN ACROSS THE STATE. STATE CLIMATOLOGIST BARRY KEIM SAYS A COLD FRONT, THAT HELPED MOVE TROPICAL STORM LEE OUT OF THE AREA, HAS BROUGHT US A PREVIEW OF FALL IN ITS WAKE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, SOME OF THE COOLEST TEMPS WE HAVE SEEN SINCE EARLY SPRING.

LOUISIANA WAS ABLE TO AVOID MAJOR DAMAGE FROM TROPICAL STORM LEE, BUT THE HURRICANE SEASON IS FAR FROM OVER. JORGE (GEORGE) AGUIRRE, WITH THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER, SAYS ITS VERY LIKELY WE'LL SEE MORE STORMS THREATEN THE GULF COAST. THE 2011 HURRICANE SEASON HAS PRODUCED A DOZEN NAMED STORMS AND GOVERNMENT FORECASTERS PREDICTED ANYWHERE BETWEEN 12 TO 18 NAMED STORMS BEFORE THE SEASON STARTED. AGUIRRE SAYS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR MORE STORMS.

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES SAYS A POSSIBLE 3RD MAJOR DEPOSIT OF OIL & GAS IN SHALE UNDER LOUISIANA COULD BE A BIG PART OF THE STATE'S ENERGY FUTURE. LOUISIANA OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT DON BRIGGS SAYS THE SO-CALLED "BROWN DENSE" SHALE SPANS NORTHERN LOUISIANA AND INTO SOUTHERN ARKANSAS, AND LOOKS PROMISING. BRIGGS SAYS AT LEAST ONE COMPANY HAS INVESTED ABOUT $150-MILLION TO DRILL IN THE BROWN DENSE.

QUALIFYING FOR THE OCTOBER 22ND PRIMARY BEGINS TODAY. U-L LAFAYETTE POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR PEARSON CROSS SAYS IT APPEARS GOVERNOR JINDAL WILL NOT FACE A WELL-FINANCE CHALLENGER FOR RE-ELECTION. CROSS SAYS THE REAL ACTION AMONG STATEWIDE RACES WILL TAKE PLACE WITH LT. GOVERNOR AND SECRETARY OF STATE. HE SAYS LT. GOVERNOR'S RACE WILL BE A DOGFIGHT BETWEEN TWO REPUBLICANS, INCUMBENT JAY DARDENNE AND PLAQUEMINES PARISH PRESIDENT BILLY NUNGESSER. DEMOCRAT CAROLINE FAYARD MIGHT RUN FOR SECRETARY OF STATE. BUT CROSS EXPECTS FAYARD WILL SKIP THIS ELECTION, LEAVING THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S RACE BETWEEN CURRENT S-O-S TOM SCHEDULER AND HOUSE SPEAKER JIM TUCKER. QUALIFYING RUN THROUGH 5 PM THURSDAY.

THE SAINTS AND SEAN PAYTON HAVE AGREED TO A CONTRACT EXTENSION THAT WILL KEEP THE WINNING SUPER BOWL HEAD COACH IN NEW ORLEANS THROUGH 2015. GENERAL MANAGER MICKEY LOOMIS SAYS THEY'VE BEEN TALKING WITH PAYTON ABOUT AN EXTENSION FOR SEVERAL WEEKS AND THEY JUST HAPPENED TO GET IT DONE BEFORE THE SEASON OPENER. NOW THAT PAYTON HAS BEEN LOCKED UP LONG TERM, THE SAINTS WILL ATTEMPT TO IRON OUT A CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR QUARTERBACK DREW BREES. BREES IS IN THE FINAL SEASON OF HIS CURRENT CONTRACT. LOOMIS SAYS PAYTON AND BREES ARE VITAL PARTS OF THEIR ORGANIZATION.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO SAYS TWO WOMEN HAVE BEEN KILLED IN A TRAILER WEST OF SULPHUR. MANCUSO SAYS THE TWO WOMEN WERE DEAD WHEN DEPUTIES ARRIVED SUNDAY NIGHT. HE DECLINED TO GIVE A CAUSE OF DEATH. THE SHERIFF SAYS A 50-YEAR OLD OCCUPANT OF THE TRAILER HAS BEEN ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THE MURDERS.

FEDERAL OFFICIALS SAY OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS WORKERS IN THE GULF OF MEXICO ARE GOING BACK TO PLATFORMS AND RIGS THAT HAD BEEN EVACUATED BECAUSE OF TROPICAL STORM LEE. THE BUREAU OF OCEAN ENERGY MANAGEMENT, REGULATION, AND ENFORCEMENT SAID MONDAY THAT 232 PRODUCTION PLATFORMS AND 24 RIGS HAD BEEN EVACUATED. THAT MEANT ABOUT 38 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL 617 MANNED PLATFORMS AND 33 PERCENT OF THE 70 DRILLING RIGS OPERATING IN THE GULF WERE EVACUATED. THE RIGS AND PLATFORMS WILL BE INSPECTED FOR DAMAGE AND THEN BROUGHT BACK ONLINE.

DIVORCE RATES FOR MEN IN LOUISIANA AND OTHER SOUTHERN STATES ARE HIGHER THAN THE U.S. AVERAGE, ACCORDING TO A RECENT U.S. CENSUS BUREAU REPORT. THE DIVORCE RATE FOR MEN IN LOUISIANA IS 11 MEN PER 1,000 WHILE THE NATIONAL DIVORCE RATE FOR MEN IS 9.2 MEN PER 1,000, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT. “MARITAL EVENTS OF AMERICANS: 2009” PROVIDED THE STATISTICS. LSU DEMOGRAPHER AND SOCIOLOGY PROFESSOR TROY BLANCHARD SAID THERE ARE HIGHER RATES OF MARRIAGE AT A YOUNGER AGE IN THE SOUTH BECAUSE OF HOW MARRIAGE IS PERCEIVED IN THE BIBLE BELT AND LOWER EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT.












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