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News For Monday 09/26/11


NEWS FOR MONDAY 092611
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

ACCORDING TO A REPORT BY THE US BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS, LOUISIANA'S PERSONAL INCOME GROWTH IS AMONG THE TOP 10 IN THE NATION. THE STATE POSTED 1.4 PERCENT GROWTH BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND QUARTERS OF THIS YEAR. LSU ECONOMIST DR LOREN SCOTT SAYS WE SAW SOLID GROWTH AMONG NEARLY EVERY JOB SECTOR. SCOTT SAYS PERSONAL INCOME FELL ONLY IN FARMING, EDUCATION AND GOVERNMENT SECTORS. SCOTT SAYS LOUISIANA DID NOT GET HIT AS HARD BY THE NATIONAL RECESSION AS OTHER STATES. HE ALSO SAYS THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND DEVELOPMENT HAS DONE A GOOD JOB OF ATTRACTING NEW INDUSTRY INTO THE STATE.

THE U.S. DEFENSE DEPARTMENT SAYS TWO SOLDIERS BASED AT FORT POLK HAVE BEEN KILLED BY AFGHAN INSURGENTS WHO ATTACKED WITH AN IMPROVISED BOMB. THE STATEMENT SUNDAY SAID 28-YEAR-OLD SGT. RAFAEL BAEZ OF SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO, AND 19-YEAR-OLD PFC. CARLOS APARICIO, OF SAN BERNADINO, CALIF., DIED SEPT. 23 IN WARDAK PROVINCE. THEY WERE ASSIGNED TO THE 2ND BATTALION, 4TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, 4TH BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION.

A SINGLE VEHICLE CRASH CLAIMED THE LIFE OF 21 YEAR OLD MICAH NEAL OF JENA,
STATE POLICE SAY THE CRASH HAPPENED SHORTLY AFTER 2 AM SUNDAY ON US HWY 84 WEST OF LA HWY 8. TROOPERS SAY NEAL’S VEHICLE LEFT THE ROADWAY AND STRUCK A CULVERT, WHICH CAUSED IT TO VAULT AND OVERTURN. NEAL WAS NOT WEARING HIS SEATBELT AND WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.

SIX WEEKS INTO THE INVESTIGATION, RAPIDES PARISH SHERIFF'S DETECTIVES HAVE NOT YET HANDED THE FILE ON MICHAEL LACOUR OVER TO THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE. DARRELL GUILLORY, CHIEF DEPUTY FOR SHERIFF CHUCK WAGNER, SAID DETECTIVES CONTINUE TO CONDUCT INTERVIEWS TO PREPARE THE CASE AGAINST LACOUR, A 12-YEAR SHERIFF'S OFFICE EMPLOYEE WHO UNTIL LAST MONTH HAD SUPERVISED THE DRUG TASK FORCE METRO NARCOTICS SINCE 2008. ONCE THE INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETED, THE FINDINGS WILL BE REVIEWED BY DISTRICT ATTORNEY JAMES DOWNS' OFFICE FOR POSSIBLE GRAND JURY HEARINGS AND FORMAL CHARGES.

STUDENTS FROM 18 SCHOOLS IN CENLA COLLECTED MORE THAN 31,000 TELEPHONE BOOKS TO BE RECYCLED. THE RECYCLING PROJECT WAS SPONSORED BY CENLA PRIDE/KEEP CENLA BEAUTIFUL, WITH HELP FROM AT&T REAL YELLOW PAGES. BETTYE JONES OF CENLA PRIDE SAID THE PHONE BOOKS WILL BE RECYCLED INTO HOUSEHOLD BLOWN-IN INSULATION.

SOME WASHINGTON RESIDENTS SAY THE TOWN'S MUSEUM, PARKS AND LIBRARY SHOULD BE CLOSED OR SCALED BACK TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. MAYOR JOE PITRE SAYS THE TOWN IS DEBT-FREE AND HAS NEARLY $900,000 ON HAND. BUT ACCOUNTANT DANA QUEBEDEAUX SAYS ONLY $250,000 CAN BE ACCESSED, AND THE REST IS IN RESTRICTED ACCOUNTS. QUEBEDEAUX SAYS THE TOWN LOST $116,500 IN THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OF THE FISCAL YEAR THAT BEGAN JULY 1. THE STATE RECENTLY CAME DOWN ON THE TOWN, A WELL KNOWN I-49 SPEED TRAP, FORCING IT TO SEND SOME OF IT’S FINES COLLECTED TO THE STATE.

TWO CENTS ONCE AGAIN. THAT'S HOW MUCH THE GAS PRICES FELL ONCE AGAIN OVERNIGHT AND THE CURRENT STATEWIDE AVERAGE FOR A GALLON OF REGULAR GAS IS NOW $3.35. THAT'S DOWN EIGHT CENTS FROM A WEEK AGO, HOWEVER ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION, WE'RE STILL PAYING SEVENTY-FIVE CENTS MORE THAN WE WERE LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME.

CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOVERNOR BILLY NUNGESSER WILL, TODAY, MISS THE SECOND OF TWO DEBATES WITH INCUMBENT JAY DARDENNE. THE PLAQUEMINES PARISH PRESIDENT SAYS SCHEDULING CONFLICTS ARE THE REASON. NUNGESSER DECLINED A FRIDAY NIGHT DEBATE IN BATON ROUGE, SPONSORED BY THE PACHYDERMS. TODAY, HE'LL MISS A DEBATE HELD BY THE BATON ROUGE PRESS CLUB. NUNGESSER SAYS HE HAD A CHARITY FUNCTION FRIDAY, AND A PRE-SCHEDULED FUNDRAISER TODAY.

THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES SAYS MILITARY ACTIVITIES AT CAMP BEAUREGARD WILL CLOSE THE WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA TO HUNTING FROM JAN. 7-13. THE DEPARTMENT IS ANNOUNCING THE CLOSURE NOW TO MINIMIZE INCONVENIENCE FOR HUNTERS. DAILY MILITARY CLEARANCE IS REQUIRED FOR ALL RECREATIONAL USE, AND PARTS OF THE AREA MAY BE CLOSED ANY DAY FOR MILITARY ACTIVITIES

OFFICIALS SAY THE MOSQUITO POPULATION IN LOUISIANA HAS EXPLODED SINCE TROPICAL STORM LEE. OFFICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH ENTOMOLOGIST KYLE MOPPERT SAYS THE WIND AND THE RAIN FROM THE TROPICAL STORM CREATED PRIME BREEDING GROUNDS FOR MOSQUITOES. THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS HAS CONFIRMED ONE NEW CASE OF WEST NILE VIRUS IN CALCASIEU PARISH WHICH BRINGS THIS YEAR'S TOTAL TO TEN. FORECASTERS ARE PREDICTING A DRIER THAN NORMAL FALL WHICH MOPPERT SAYS WILL BRING THE MOSQUITO POPULATION BACK DOWN.

STATE WILDLIFE & FISHERIES AGENTS URGE HUNTERS AND FISHERMEN TO HELP THE HUNGRY BY TAKING PART IN CLEAN OUT YOUR FREEZER DAYS. LDWF SPOKESMAN GABE GIFFIN SAYS THE IDEA IS TO BENEFIT THOSE LESS FORTUNATE. GIFFIN SAYS THE IDEA IS TO ENCOURAGE HUNTERS & FISHERMEN TO EMPTY THEIR FREEZER OF ANY MEAT OR FISH THAT MAY GO TO WASTE, AND DONATE IT TO FOOD PROGRAMS FOR THE NEEDY. HE SAYS THE IMITATIVE IS SPEARHEADED BY THE NON-PROFIT GROUP HUNTERS FOR THE HUNGRY. GIFFIN SAYS FROZEN MEATS AND FISH CAN BE DROPPED OFF AT NUMEROUS LOCATIONS STATEWIDE, AND A LIST OF THEM IS ONLINE AT "WLF.LOUISIANA.GOV".

DESPITE DROUGHT CONDITIONS AND SALTWATER GETTING INTO FIELDS ALONG THE COAST, OFFICIALS ARE ANTICIPATING A RECORD LOUISIANA RICE CROP. LSU AG CENTER RICE SPECIALIST, DOCTOR JOHNNY SAICHUCK, SAYS RECORD YIELDS HAVE BEEN RECORDED FROM THE CROP THAT'S ALREADY BEEN HARVESTED.

SPORTS..

THE LSU TIGERS ARE NOW 4-0 AFTER AN IMPRESSIVE 47-21 WIN OVER THE WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS. LSU IS NOW NO. 1 IN THE AP POLL AND TIED WITH ALABAMA FOR NO. 2 IN THE COACHES POLL.

THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS CAME FROM BEHIND TWICE IN THE 4TH QUARTER TO BEAT THE HOUSTON TEXANS 40-33 SUNDAY IN THE SUPERDOME. THE SAINTS TRAILED IN THE GAME UNTIL TAKING THEIR FIRST LEAD WITH JUST 7:10 LEFT IN THE GAME. DREW BREES HAD AN AMAZING GAME THROWING FOR 370 YARDS AND TWO TOUCHDOWNS. THE SAINTS ARE NOW 2-1 AND WILL EMBARK ON A THREE GAME ROAD STRETCH STARTING WITH THE JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS SUNDAY AT 12NOON.



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