KSYL Local News

News For Monday 10/17/11


NEWS FOR MONDAY 101711
DAVE GRAICHEN

DOZENS OF PEOPLE RALLIED IN SHREVEPORT AGAINST WHAT THEY SEE AS CORPORATE GREED. ABOUT 125 GATHERED AT THE STATE CAPITOL TO SUPPORT PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S EFFORTS TO CREATE MORE JOBS AND INCREASE TAXES ON THE NATION'S VERY RICH. THE RALLY SATURDAY IN SHREVEPORT, LIKE DOZENS IN OTHER CITIES NATIONWIDE AND IN EUROPE, WAS PART OF THE GROWING ANTI-WALL STREET MOVEMENT.

WORK WILL BEGIN TODAY ON CONCRETE PATCHING AND RELATED WORK ALONG INTERSTATE 49 IN RAPIDES AND NATCHITOCHES PARISHES. THE CONSTRUCTION WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN THE INTERSECTIONS OF LOUISIANA HIGHWAY 181 AND LOUISIANA HIGHWAY 485 ON BOTH NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND LANES. THE PROJECT WILL TAKE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE. LANES WILL BE CLOSED FROM TIME TO TIME.

IT WAS YET ANOTHER ORGANIZATIONAL MASTER PIECE.. THIS PAST SATURDAY’S SUSAN G. KOMEN RACE FOR THE CURE BROUGHT CLOSE TO 6,000 PEOPLE TO DOWNTOWN ALEXANDRIA. THE EVENT, THE SECOND FOR THE CITY, WENT OFF WITHOUT A HITCH. THE LONGEST ENDURING BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR WAS BELIEVED TO BE AN 82-YEAR-OLD WOMAN FROM BUNKIE, WHO WALKED THE 3.2-MILE RACE. THE YOUNGEST SURVIVOR, A 17 YEAR OLD FROM TOIGA.

A LACK OF PARKING, DIRT AND DUST AND EVER INCREASING PRICES DIDN’T SLOW DOWN THE CROWDS OVER THE WEEKEND AT THE RAPIDES PARISH FAIR. THE ANNUAL EVENT SAW SOME OF IT’S HIGHEST ATTENDANCE IN YEARS. THE NEAR PERFECT WEATHER DIDN’T HURT EITHER..

A NEW POLL, PAID FOR BY THE NUNGESSER CAMPAIGN, SHOWS PLAQUEMINES PARISH PRESIDENT BILLY NUNGESSER IN A VIRTUAL TIE WITH INCUMBENT JAY DARDENNE IN THE RACE FOR LT. GOVERNOR. POLLSTER VERNE KENNEDY SAYS RIGHT NOW THE RACE IS TOO CLOSE TO CALL. KENNEDY SAYS SUPPORT FOR NUNGESSER HAS RISEN 10-PERCENT SINCE THE START OF THE CAMPAIGN WILE DARDENNE HAS SEEN HIS NUMBERS ERODE BY TWO-PERCENT. HE SAYS DARDENNE'S FALLING NUMBERS ARE PART OF A STATEWIDE TREND.

A NEW POLL PAID FOR BY A W-W-L-T-V IN NEW ORLEANS SHOWS PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA'S APPROVAL RATING AT 37-PERCENT. THE PRESIDENT RECEIVED 40-PERCENT OF THE VOTE IN LOUISIANA IN 2008, WHEN HE DEFEATED REPUBLICAN JOHN MCCAIN. CLARUS RESEARCH GROUP PRESIDENT RON FAUCHEUX SAYS THE POLL OF 600 LIKELY VOTERS ALSO GAVE REPUBLICAN SENATOR DAVID VITTER A 53-PERCENT APPROVAL RATING, WHILE DEMOCRATIC SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU WAS AT 50-PERCENT. FAUCHEUX SAYS VITTER AND LANDRIEU SHOULD BE PLEASED.

A POLLSTER SAYS HIS SURVEYS OF LEGISLATIVE RACES INDICATE SOME STATE LAWMAKERS SEEKING RE-ELECTION COULD BE VOTED OUT. POLLSTER VERNE KENNEDY SAYS THIS SATURDAY'S ELECTION HAS THE POTENTIAL TO CHANGE THE FACE OF THE LEGISLATURE.
KENNEDY SAYS MANY VOTERS ARE ANGRY WITH CONGRESS AND HIS POLL SEEMS TO INDICATE AN ANTI-INCUMBENT SENTIMENT HERE AT HOME AS WELL.

STATEWIDE ELECTIONS ARE THIS SATURDAY, BUT WITHOUT A MARQUEE MATCHUP AT THE TOP OF THE BALLOT ANALYSTS ARE PREDICTING A VERY LOW VOTER TURNOUT. LSU POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR, DOCTOR WAYNE PARENT, SAYS LT. GOVERNOR IS THE HIGHEST PROFILE RACE AND IT'S BEEN A VERY NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN. HE SAYS THAT COULD DRIVE VOTER TURNOUT EVEN LOWER. HOWEVER, EARLY VOTING IN MOST PARISHES HAS BEEN FAIRLY HIGH.

TWO NEWCOMERS TO THE WORLD OF AGRICULTURE POLITICS ARE TRYING TO UNSEAT COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE AND FORESTRY MIKE STRAIN. THE 52 YEAR OLD STRAIN IS WELL-LIKED AMONG FARMERS, FORESTERS AND OTHERS REGULATED BY HIS OFFICE WHO HAVE CONTRIBUTED ABOUT $40,000 TO HIS RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN THE PAST THREE MONTHS. NONE HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO HIS CHALLENGERS, BELINDA ALEXANDRENKO, A LIBERTARIAN FROM PINEVILLE AND LAFAYETTE, AND JAMIE LABRANCHE, A DEMOCRAT FROM LAPLACE. THE ONLY ISSUES IN THE CAMPAIGN ARE THE CHALLENGERS SAYING THEY HAVE BETTER IDEAS FOR RUNNING THE OFFICE.

A COMPANY IS STUDYING THE POSSIBILITY OF BASING A $30 MILLION BIODIESEL REFINERY CAPABLE OF PRODUCING 30 MILLION GALLONS OF FUEL PER YEAR AT THE PORT OF GREATER BATON ROUGE. PORT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JAY HARDMAN SAYS ALABAMA RENEWABLE ENERGY HAS ASKED THE PORT FOR A SIX-MONTH OPTION ON A VACANT FACILITY ONCE USED FOR A SPECIALTY CHEMICAL PLANT. HARDMAN SAID HE EXPECTS THE COMPANY TO SEEK A 10-YEAR INITIAL LEASE ON THE PROPERTY. HE SAID THE COMPANY CONSISTS OF TWO "VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE, WELL-HEELED" ENGINEERS. ACCORDING TO THE PORT, THE PLANT WOULD COST $30 MILLION TO BUILD AND WOULD EMPLOY 40 PEOPLE WITH AN ANNUAL PAYROLL OF $3.9 MILLION. HARDMAN SAID THE SITE WOULD ALLOW THE COMPANY TO SHIP FUEL BY TRUCK, RAIL OR PIPELINE.

THE OPELOUSAS BOARD OF ALDERMEN IS TAKING A TOUGH LOOK AT THE COST OF PAYING POLICE TO STAFF FESTIVAL PARADES. THE BOARD HAS NOT YET ADOPTED A CITY BUDGET. ITS FISCAL YEAR BEGAN ON SEPT. 1. POLICE CHIEF PERRY GALLOW TOLD THE BOARD HE CANNOT PROVIDE OFFICERS TO POLICE PARADES IF THE CITY OR ORGANIZATIONS SPONSORING PARADES DO NOT REIMBURSE HIS DEPARTMENT. POLICING PARADES TRADITIONALLY IS FUNDED BY OVERTIME AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. GALLOW SAID DEPARTMENT FUNDING ONLY PERMITS IT TO PAY FOR HANDLING SERVICE CALLS.
ACCORDING TO GALLOW, OTHER CITIES HAVE A LINE ITEM DEVOTED TO PAYING FOR SPECIAL EVENT-PATROLLING,. ALONG WITH FALL FESTIVALS, PATROLLING THE OPELOUSAS CHRISTMAS PARADE, MARDI GRAS AND MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY WILL COST $20,000 ANNUALLY.

THE VERMILION PARISH SCHOOL BOARD HAS AGREED TO EXTEND ITS SUSPENSION OF SINGLE-GENDER CLASSES FOR THE NEXT 6 YEARS AS PART OF A SETTLEMENT WITH THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION. LOUISIANA ACLU EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MARJORIE ESMAN SAYS THERE ARE SERIOUS LEGAL PROBLEMS WITH THE SEGREGATION OF STUDENTS BY GENDER IN CLASSROOMS. THE VERMILION PARISH SCHOOL BOARD HAS AGREED TO SUSPEND SINGLE SEX CLASSES AT ROST MIDDLE SCHOOL IN KAPLAN THROUGH THE 2015-2017 SCHOOL YEAR. ESMAN SAYS THE MAIN PROBLEM WITH THE SINGLE SEX CLASS PROGRAM IS THAT IT WAS NOT VOLUNTARY. VERMILION PARISH SCHOOL BOARD SUPERINTENDENT RANDY SCHEXNAYDER SAYS ACLU PRESSURE DID NOT RESULT IN THE SUSPENSION OF SINGLE SEX CLASSES, IT WAS THE LACK OF INTEREST.

A STATEWIDE CONTRACTORS' GROUP CHALLENGES THE LEGALITY OF A NEW STATE LAW REQUIRING THOSE SEEKING PUBLIC CONTRACTS TO USE THE FEDERAL E-VERIFY PROGRAM TO ASSURE THE CITIZENSHIP OF ALL THEIR CURRENT EMPLOYEES. LA. ASSOCIATED GENERAL CONTRACTORS CEO KEN NAQUIN (NAH-CAN) SAYS THE STATE LAW CONTRADICTS FEDERAL USE OF E-VERIFY. THE NEW STATE LAW, ACT 376 OF THE LEGISLATURE, GOES INTO EFFECT JANUARY 1ST, 2012. NAQUIN SAYS THE CONTRADICTION COULD POTENTIALLY "WREAK HAVOC" IN ISSUING PUBLIC CONTRACTS. HE SAYS LAGC IS SEEKING CLARITY ON
THE NEW LAW, BEFORE IT TAKES EFFECT. THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE SAYS THE LAW HAS "STRONG LEGAL STANDING".

AS HALLOWEEN DRAWS CLOSER, COSTUME SHOPS REPORT DRESSING LIKE ONE OF THE WALKING DEAD IS THE TOP TREND THIS YEAR. MICHELLE MEIER, WITH PARTY CITY SHOPS, SAYS ZOMBIE MOVIES AND THE TV SHOW "THE WALKING DEAD" ARE DRIVING THE POPULARITY OF DRESSING LIKE A RE-ANIMATED CORPSE.

SPORTS..

LSU IS RANKED NUMBER ONE IN THE INITIAL BCS STANDINGS THAT WERE RELEASED LAST NIGHT. THE 7-AND-0 FIGHTING TIGERS WERE RANKED AHEAD OF SEC RIVAL ALABAMA, OKLAHOMA, OKLAHOMA STATE AND BOISE STATE. LSU HOSTS 19TH RANKED AUBURN ON SATURDAY AT 2:30 PM.

A BRUTAL LOSS FOR THE SAINTS YESTERDAY AGAINST A DIVISION RIVAL. COACH SEAN PAYTON WENT DOWN WITH A SERIOUS KNEE INJURY WHEN A COUPLE OF PLAYERS COLLIDED WITH HIM ON THE SIDELINES AND THE SAINTS WENT DOWN 26 TO 20. QUARTERBACK DREW BREES SAYS PAYTON'S INJURY DIDN'T COST THEM THE GAME IT WAS THE FOUR TURNOVERS BY THE TAMPA BAY DEFENSE. THE LOSS MOVES THE SAINTS INTO A FIRST PLACE TIE IN THE NFC SOUTH WITH TAMPA BAY. ATLANTA IS JUST ONE GAME BACK. BREES SAYS HE'S PROUD OF HIS TEAM, BUT IT WAS A DISAPPOINTING LOSS.

God Bless America!

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