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News For Wednesday 09/07/11


NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY 090711
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

MEMBERS OF THE ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL HAVE DECIDED NOT TO RESPOND TO A REQUEST FROM MAYOR JACQUES ROY AS TO WHAT DIRECTION THE CITY SHOULD GO IN IT’S DEALINGS WITH THE ALEXANDER FULTON HOTEL. CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT JOHNSON SAYING YESTERDAY, SINCE THE ADMINISTRATION HAS DIRECTED THE DECISIONS REGARDING THE HOTEL TO THIS POINT, THE COUNCIL SHOULDN'T GET INVOLVED NOW. JOHNSON SAYS THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD CONTINUE DOING WHAT THEY'RE DOING AND THEN REPORT BACK TO THE COUNCIL. THE CITY HAS ENTERED INTO A CONTRACT WITH NOBLE HOSPITALITY TO MANAGE THE DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS AT THE DOWNTOWN ALEXANDER FULTON HOTEL. HOWEVER, THAT CONTRACT EXPIRES AT THE END OF THIS MONTH, AND IT'S UNKNOWN WHAT THE CITY WILL DO IF THE CONTRACT ISN'T EXTENDED.

THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF CENTRAL LOUISIANA IS BACK IN OPERATION AND IN A NEW HOME. RAPIDES PARISH SCHOOL OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED TUESDAY THAT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM HAS ENTERED INTO AN INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT THAT WILL ALLOW THE CLUB TO REOPEN IN THE OLD HADNOT-HAYES ELEMENTARY BUILDING ON LINCOLN ROAD. THE CLUB, WHICH HAD BEEN ON SYLVESTER ST. IN ALEXANDRIA FOR MANY YEARS, CLOSED IN APRIL DUE TO LACK OF FUNDING AND BAD BOOK KEEPING. THE CLUB IS EXPECTED TO OPEN ITS DAY-TO-DAY OPERATIONS SEPT. 19.

FOUR CANDIDATES WHO WANT TO LEAD THE RAPIDES PARISH CLERK OF COURT'S OFFICE SIGNED UP TUESDAY, THE FIRST DAY OF QUALIFYING FOR LOCAL AND STATEWIDE ELECTIONS. ROBIN HOOTER, WHO TOOK OVER THE CLERK'S OFFICE AFTER LONGTIME CLERK OF COURT CAROLYN RYLAND RETIRED EARLIER THIS YEAR, WAS THE LAST TO QUALIFY TUESDAY. OTHER CLERK CANDIDATES WHO SIGNED UP ON THE FIRST DAY WERE CURRENT RAPIDES PARISH POLICE JUROR JAMIE FLOYD, LINDA DYESS STEWART AND ALEXANDRIA ATTORNEY BRIAN THOMPSON. IN THE RAPIDES PARISH SHERIFF'S RACE, SHERIFF CHARLES "CHUCK" WAGNER JR. AND FORMER SHERIFF WILLIAM EARL HILTON QUALIFIED. A THIRD ANNOUNCED CANDIDATE, MARK BADEN, DID NOT SIGN UP BY THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS.

GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL SHOWED UP ON THE FIRST DAY OF QUALIFYING FOR FALL ELECTIONS TO FILE HIS CANDIDACY PAPERS. MR. JINDAL SAYS HE HOPES VOTERS WILL GIVE HIM A SECOND TERM TO CONTINUE THE MOMENTUM BUILT UP SINCE 2007. JINDAL HAS FOUR CHALLENGERS, INDEPENDENTS BOB LANG OF NATCHITOCHES, LENNY BOLLINGHAM OF BATON ROUGE AND RON CAESAR OF OPELOUSAS. CEASAR LED AN UNSUCCESSFUL EFFORT TO RECALL JINDAL EARLIER THIS YEAR. HE SAYS RUNNING IS A WAY OF CONTINUING THE RECALL. DEMOCRATIC HAYNESVILLE SCHOOLTEACHER TARA HOLLIS IS EXPECTED TO QUALIFY TODAY.

ONLY LT. GOV. JAY DARDENNE AND SECRETARY OF STATE TOM SCHEDLER HAVE ATTRACTED WELL-FUNDED OPPONENTS SO FAR. DARDENNE FACES PLAQUEMINES PARISH PRESIDENT BILLY NUNGESSER, AND SCHEDLER HAS A CHALLENGE FROM HOUSE SPEAKER JIM TUCKER. ALL THE MEN ARE REPUBLICANS.

MEANWHILE, IN OTHER RACES, MORE THAN TWO-THIRDS OF STATE LAWMAKERS HAVE FILED THEIR PAPERWORK TO RUN AGAIN FOR THEIR SEATS, AND SIX OF THE EIGHT ELECTED MEMBERS OF THE STATE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION HAVE SIGNED UP FOR RE-ELECTION BIDS. QUALIFYING CONTINUES THROUGH THURSDAY.

THE RACE FOR LT. GOVERNOR BETWEEN INCUMBENT JAY DARDENNE AND CHALLENGER BILLY NUNGESSER IS EXPECTED TO BE THE MOST CONTENTIOUS OF THIS ELECTION SEASON. DARDENNE SAYS THE OFFICE OF LT. GOVERNOR PROMOTES ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRIES IN THE STATE, TOURISM. PLAQUEMINES PARISH PRESIDENT BILLY NUNGESSER SAYS DARDENNE IS WRONG FOR SPENDING STATE MONEY ON AD AGENCIES OUTSIDE OF LOUISIANA, TO PROMOTE THE SEAFOOD AND TOURISM INDUSTRIES.

LOW TEMPERATURES DIPPED INTO THE 50'S YESTERDAY MORNING, BREAKING RECORDS STATEWIDE THAT STOOD FOR DOZENS OF YEARS. GAVIN PHILLIPS, WITH THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SLIDELL, SAYS THIS IS UNUSUAL WEATHER, ESPECIALLY WHEN TODAY'S HIGH WILL ONLY BE IN THE LOW 80'S. PHILLIPS SAYS THE NICE WEATHER WILL LAST FOR SEVERAL DAYS. ENJOY IT WHILE IT’S HERE.

A 21-YEAR-OLD BASILE MAN WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY AFTER HE ALLEGEDLY WALKED INTO IOTA MIDDLE SCHOOL WEARING A HALLOWEEN MASK WHILE ARMED WITH FOUR KNIVES AND A HATCHET, AN OFFICIAL SAID TUESDAY. THE MASKED MAN, LATER IDENTIFIED AS GARRETT WEST, ENTERED THE SCHOOL THROUGH THE SOUTH ENTRANCE WEARING KHAKI OVERALLS, A WHITE HALLOWEEN MASK, A BLACK WIG AND A BELT AROUND THE WAIST, WHICH HELD THE KNIVES AND HATCHET. PRINCIPAL DEBRA SIEBERT APPROACHED THE MAN AND PERSUADED HIM TO REMOVE HIS MASK AND SURRENDER HIS WEAPONS. SIEBERT RECOGNIZED WEST AS A FORMER STUDENT OF IOTA MIDDLE SCHOOL. A MOTIVE HAS NOT YET BEEN DETERMINED.

IBERIA PARISH DEPUTIES SAYS THE SHOOTING DEATH OF A TEENAGE GIRL MONDAY IN NEW IBERIA WAS A TRAGIC ACCIDENT. SHERIFF'S SPOKESMAN CAPTAIN RYAN TURNER SAYS DEPUTIES AND EMTS RUSHED TO A LOCAL CAMPGROUND LAST NIGHT TO FIND AN 18-YEAR-OLD GIRL WITH A GUNSHOT WOUND. SHE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT A NEARBY HOSPITAL. TURNER SAYS THEY WILL NOT RELEASE THE GIRL'S IDENTITY UNTIL HER NEXT OF KIN ARE NOTIFIED AND INVESTIGATORS GATHER MORE INFORMATION.

CHEVRON CORP. HAS ANNOUNCED AN OIL DISCOVERY IN THE DEEPWATER REGIONS OF THE GULF OF MEXICO. CHEVRON SAID TUESDAY THAT AN EXPLORATORY WELL AT KEATHLEY CANYON FOUND MORE THAN 380 FEET OF OIL RESERVES. THE WELL IS LOCATED ABOUT 216 MILES OFF THE LOUISIANA COAST. THE WELL IS IN JUST OVER 6,700 FEET OF WATER AND HAS BEEN DRILLED TO A DEPTH OF 31,545 FEET. CHEVRON SAID IT IS EVALUATING THE RESULTS AND MORE WORK WILL BE NEEDED TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT OF THE DISCOVERY.

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY'S GOVERNING BOARD DEADLOCKED TUESDAY ON A PROPOSAL TO DECLARE A FINANCIAL EMERGENCY FOR THE SYSTEM'S MAIN BATON ROUGE CAMPUS, LEAVING THE CHANCELLOR TO FIND ANOTHER WAY TO BALANCE HIS BUDGET. THE DECLARATION WOULD HAVE GIVEN THE HISTORICALLY BLACK UNIVERSITY MORE LEEWAY TO LAY OFF PROFESSORS AND CUT THEIR SALARIES, BUT WOULD BE CONSIDERED A NEGATIVE MARK AGAINST THE SCHOOL THAT COULD HARM RECRUITING AND ACCREDITATION. NO PUBLIC LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY HAS MADE SUCH A DECLARATION SINCE THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA.

ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION COMPANY THE SHAW GROUP INC. WILL SELL ITS MINORITY INVESTMENT IN NUCLEAR POWER PLANT COMPANY WESTINGHOUSE ELECTRIC CO. LLC BACK TO TOSHIBA CORP. THE SALE WILL HELP SHAW SHED SOME DEBT AND STRENGTHEN ITS BALANCE SHEET. BUT IT ALSO MEANS THAT THERE WILL NO LONGER BE ANY U.S. INVESTORS IN WESTINGHOUSE, WHICH IS MORE THAN 100 YEARS OLD AND IS BASED IN PENNSYLVANIA.

SPORTS..

AFTER THEIR DECISIVE VICTORY SATURDAY OVER THE #3-RANKED OREGON DUCKS, THE LSU FIGHTING TIGERS HAVE BEEN MOVED TO #2 ON THE AP'S WEEKLY COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL. THE TIGERS FACE NORTHWESTERN STATE THIS SATURDAY IN TIGER STADIUM.

THE SAINTS LEAVE FOR GREEN BAY TODAY WHERE THEY'LL TAKE ON THE SUPER BOWL CHAMPION PACKERS TOMORROW NIGHT ON NATIONAL T-V. ITS A HIGHLY ANTICIPATED SEASON OPENER, FEATURING THE LAST TWO SUPER BOWL CHAMPS.


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