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News For Wednesday 10/26/11


NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY 102611
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

HURRICANE RINA NEARED CATEGORY 3 STRENGTH OVER THE CARIBBEAN ON TUESDAY ON A TRACK TOWARD MEXICO’S YUCATAN PENINSULA RESORTS AND AWAY FROM THE MAJOR OIL REGIONS OF THE GULF OF MEXICO. RINA’S TOP SUSTAINED WINDS ARE110 MPH. THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER SAYS THE ENVIRONMENT APPEARS FAVORABLE FOR SOME ADDITIONAL INTENSIFICATION DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO AS THE CYCLONE MOVES OVER VERY WARM WATERS. THE AGENCY FORECASTS THAT WINDS WILL PEAK AT 115 MPH THE STORM TRACK CALLS FOR RINA STORM TO CLOSE IN ON COZUMEL AND CANCUN IN TWO DAYS BEFORE TURNING AWAY FROM THE GULF AND SKIRTING WESTERN CUBA.

GOVERNOR JINDAL BACKS WESTWEGO STATE SENATOR JOHN ALARIO TO BE THE NEXT SENATE PRESIDENT, AND ONE POLITICAL OBSERVER SAYS THE CHOICE MAKES SENSE. POLITICAL ANALYST CLANCY DUBOS SAYS ALARIO HAS BEEN A STATE LAWMAKER SINCE 1972, AND JINDAL IS TAPPING INTO HIS VAST EXPERIENCE AND HIS MANY CONNECTIONS. ALARIO IS A LONG-TIME DEMOCRAT, BUT JOINED THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN 2010. AT 68, ALARIO IS THE DEAN OF THE STATE LEGISLATURE; HAVING BEEN THERE LONGER THAN ANY OTHER SEATED LAWMAKER. HE SERVED TWICE AS HOUSE SPEAKER, ONCE ON THE 80'S AND AGAIN IN THE 90'S.

ONE OF THE CONTENDERS VYING TO BE LOUISIANA'S NEXT HOUSE SPEAKER SAID GOV. BOBBY JINDAL IS IMPROPERLY PUSHING LAKE CHARLES REP. CHUCK KLECKLEY FOR THE POST. REP. JOEL ROBIDEAUX OF LAFAYETTE SAID TUESDAY THAT JINDAL IS TRYING TO PRESSURE HOUSE MEMBERS TO SUPPORT KLECKLEY. BUT ROBIDEAUX SAID KLECKLEY DOESN'T HAVE THE SUPPORT OF 52 OTHER REPRESENTATIVES, THE MAJORITY OF THE 105-MEMBER CHAMBER NEEDED TO BE ELECTED TO THE POSITION IN JANUARY. BOTH ROBIDEAUX AND KLECKLEY ARE REPUBLICANS. ROBIDEAUX IS THE HOUSE'S NUMBER TWO RANKING OFFICIAL, WHILE KLECKLY IS CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE INSURANCE COMMITTEE.

THE DEFEAT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT IN LAST SATURDAY'S ELECTION THAT WOULD HAVE CHANGED THE REPAYMENT RULES FOR LOUISIANA'S "RAINY DAY" FUND RESTARTS A LAWSUIT THAT HAD BEEN ON HOLD, WITH POSSIBLE MULTIMILLION DOLLAR IMPLICATIONS ON THE STATE BUDGET. IN THE LAWSUIT A FORMER STATE LAWMAKER CLAIMS LEGISLATORS VIOLATED THE STATE CONSTITUTION BY NOT REFILLING THE RAINY DAY FUND AFTER USING IT TO HELP CLOSE A DEFICIT IN THE 2009-10 FISCAL YEAR. THE AMENDMENT DEFEATED OVER THE WEEKEND WOULD HAVE REWORKED THE REPAYMENT RULES FOR THE BUDGET STABILIZATION FUND, SO MONEY WOULDN'T HAVE TO BE REIMBURSED IN THE YEAR IT IS USED OR THE FOLLOWING YEAR. THE REPAYMENT WOULD HAVE BEEN MADE IN THE THIRD, FOURTH AND FIFTH YEARS, ONE-THIRD AT A TIME. FIFTY-ONE PERCENT OF THOSE WHO WENT TO THE POLLS IN THE PRIMARY VOTED AGAINST THE PROPOSAL.

THE ST. LANDRY PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING WHAT APPEARS TO BE A MURDER-SUICIDE THAT OCCURRED NEAR THE TOWN OF WASHINGTON. A WOMAN WAS FATALLY WOUNDED MONDAY IN THE INCIDENT. THE GUNMAN, WHO HAD BEEN DRIVING WITH THE FEMALE VICTIM, DIED MONDAY EVENING AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL. NEITHER VICTIM HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED PENDING NOTIFICATION OF NEXT OF KIN.

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE AND OTHER AGENCIES ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR AN EVANGELINE PARISH JAIL ESCAPEE WHO ALLEGEDLY ROBBED A VIDRINE BANK YESTERDAY MORNING. TROOPER JAMES ANDERSON SAYS 42-YEAR-OLD BRIAN SOILEAU ESCAPED THE PINE PRAIRIE DETENTION CENTER ON OCTOBER 13TH. ANDERSON SAYS SOILEAU WAS DOING STATE TIME FOR AGGRAVATED BURGLARY AND OTHER PENDING CHARGES. HE SAYS THE SUSPECT'S CURRENT LOCATION IS UNKNOWN..

A 23-YEAR-OLD MAN HAS BEEN ARRESTED IN THE DEATH OF A BATON ROUGE TODDLER WHO WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE OVER THE WEEKEND. AUTHORITIES SAY RANDY PARKER WAS BOOKED MONDAY ON A COUNT OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN THE FATAL BEATING OF NEARLY 2-YEAR-OLD DEMARCUS STOKES. POLICE SAY PARKER IS ACCUSED OF HITTING THE BABY SEVERAL TIMES IN THE HEAD, THROAT AND ON THE EXTREMITIES BECAUSE HE WOULDN'T SIT STILL FOR A HAIRCUT. MCKNEELY SAYS AN AUTOPSY SHOWS THE CHILD DIED OF BLUNT FORCE TRAUMA. PARKER, WHO IS NOT THE BABY'S FATHER BUT LIVED IN THE HOME, WAS BOOKED INTO THE PARISH JAIL. THE CHILD'S22 YEAR OLD MOTHER WAS BOOKED TUESDAY ON A CHARGE OF ACCESSORY AFTER THE FACT TO FIRST-DEGREE MURDER AND SECOND-DEGREE CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE.

RAPIDES PARISH ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY JOHNNY GIORDANO HAS BEEN APPOINTED THE NEW DIRECTOR OF PROJECT 50. PROJECT 50 IS A 9TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT EFFORT TO "IDENTIFY AND SWIFTLY" PROSECUTE DEFENDANTS WITH PRIOR CONVICTIONS AND RECENT ARRESTS THAT "SHOW THEM TO BE A CONTINUING DANGER TO THE COMMUNITY," DA JAMES DOWNS NAMED GIORDANO TO TAKE THE PROJECT 50 POST THAT HAD BEEN HELD BY LOREN LAMPERT, A FORMER PROSECUTOR WHO RECENTLY BECAME ALEXANDRIA POLICE CHIEF.

PECAN LOVERS MAY NOTICE THAT THEIR FAVORITE NUT WILL BE A LITTLE SMALLER AND MORE EXPENSIVE THIS SEASON, BUT EXPERTS SAY THE QUALITY WILL STILL BE GOOD. LSU AGCENTER PECAN SPECIALIST RANDY SANDERLIN SAYS BECAUSE OF THE DROUGHT THIS YEAR IN LOUISIANA, PECANS WEREN'T ABLE TO REACH FULL SIZE.

A NEW REPORT BY THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL COUNCIL SAYS EXPANDING SOURCES OF NATURAL GAS COULD PRODUCE MORE THAN 35-THOUSAND NEW JOBS IN LOUISIANA. LOUISIANA CHEMICAL ASSOCIATION SPOKESPERSON DAN BORNE SAYS SHALE GAS PROJECTS IN LOUISIANA ARE A MAJOR SOURCE OF INVESTMENT. BORNE SAYS INVESTMENTS SUCH AS THE NUCOR STEEL MILL IN ST. JAMES PARISH AND SIMILAR PROJECTS IN THE LAKE CHARLES AREA, ARE BASED ON THE AVAILABILITY OF CHEAP NATURAL GAS. HE SAYS THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHALE GAS HAS CHANGED THE ECONOMIC MODEL FOR LOUISIANA.

THE TANGIPAHOA PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE BODY OF A 65-YEAR-OLD MAN, HIS HANDS TIED BEHIND HIS BACK, WAS FOUND IN HIS BURNING HOME. AUTHORITIES SAY THE FIRE WAS REPORTED MONDAY NEAR HAMMOND. INVESTIGATORS ARE WAITING ON AUTOPSY REPORTS AND HAVE NOT RELEASED THE MAN'S NAME.

SOME FOLKS LIKE BEER WITH THEIR OYSTERS. HOW ABOUT OYSTERS IN YOUR BEER? ST. TAMMANY PARISH-BASED ABITA BREWING ROLLS OUT ITS LATEST SELECT BREW --MADE WITH FRESH LOUISIANA OYSTERS. ABITA BREW MASTER MARK WILSON SAYS THE NEW IMPERIAL LOUISIANA OYSTER STOUT IS THE RECIPE OF LAST YEAR'S ABITA HOME BREWING COMPETITION WINNER. THE OYSTER STOUT IS THE RECIPE OF HOME-BREWER KERRY YOES, OF ZACHARY. AS PART OF HIS BREWING CONTEST PRIZE, ABITA BREWED AND DISTRIBUTED HIS RECIPE. WILSON SAYS JUST 400 KEGS OF OYSTER STOUT WERE BREWED, AND WHEN THEY'RE GONE, THEY'RE GONE. HE SAYS THE SELECT BREW IS AVAILABLE ON TAP ONLY,
AND ONLY AT SELECT ABITA TAP LOCATIONS.

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