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News For Friday 10/28/11


NEWS FOR FRIDAY 102811
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

SOME STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICIALS ARE UPSET THAT LOUISIANA FAILED TO ACT ON AN $80-MILLION FEDERAL GRANT TO HELP BRING BROADBAND INTERNET ACCESS TO RURAL AREAS. AMONG THEM SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU AND PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER FOSTER CAMPBELL. CAMPBELL SAYS BRINGING BETTER INTERNET SERVICE TO REMOTE AREAS WOULD BE GOOD FOR BUSINESS, EDUCATION...EVERYONE; BUT THE STATE DIDN'T USE THE MONEY AND SO IT WAS RESCINDED BY THE FEDS. HE SAYS GOVERNOR JINDAL SHOULD HAVE DONE MORE TO KEEP THE MONEY FROM FALLING THROUGH THE CRACKS. COMMISSIONER OF ADMINISTRATION PAUL RAINWATER SAYS WHILE THE GRANT LOOKS GREAT ON PAPER, THERE WERE SEVERAL PROBLEMS WITH ITS IMPLEMENTATION.

A CHANGE IN THE WEATHER IS MAKING ITS WAY ACROSS THE STATE TODAY. THE LATEST COLD FRONT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO GIVE US SOME OF THE COOLEST TEMPERATURES OF THE SEASON. STATE CLIMATOLOGIST BARRY KEIM SAYS LOOK FOR THE MERCURY TO START FALLING THROUGHOUT THE DAY. THE CANADIAN AIR MASS WILL GIVE US LOWS OVER THE WEEKEND RAGING FROM THE MID TO UPPER 30'S IN NORTH LOUISIANA AND IN THE MID 40'S FARTHER SOUTH. BUT KEIM SAYS DAYTIME TEMPS THIS WEEKEND WILL BE PLEASANT...

THE LOUISIANA HIGHWAY SAFETY COMMISSION IS URGING MOTORISTS AND TRICK-OR-TREATERS TO PLAY IT SAFE ON THE ROADS THIS HALLOWEEN WEEKEND. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR COL. JOHN LEBLANC SAYS THERE WERE 755 CRASHES DURING THE 100 HOURS SURROUNDING HALLOWEEN LAST YEAR. LEBLANC SAYS PLAN A SAFE WAY HOME BEFORE FESTIVITIES BEGIN. LEBLANC SAYS HALLOWEEN IS RANKED SECOND BEHIND MARDI GRAS IN THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF CRASHES THAT INVOLVED DEATHS OR INJURIES.

ONLINE TICKET BROKERS SAY DEMAND FOR TICKETS TO THE LSU-ALABAMA MATCHUP ON NOVEMBER 5TH IS BREAKING RECORDS. FANSNAP.COM IS ONE WEBSITE THAT CONNECTS CONSUMERS WITH TICKET SELLERS. CEO MIKE JAMES SAYS TICKETS FOR THE TIGERS-TIDE GAME ARE GOING FOR THE HIGHEST PRICES FANSNAP'S EVER RECORDED FOR A COLLEGE GAME. JAMES SAYS TICKETS ARE GOING FOR AS MUCH AS $5000 EACH FOR PRIME SEATS, WITH AVERAGE PRICES JUST OVER $800. HE SAYS THE CHEAPEST TICKETS ARE SELLING FOR $385. JAMES SAYS THE NUMBER OF AVAILABLE TICKETS IS ACTUALLY RISING, AS THE GAME GROWS CLOSER.

TEXAS GOVERNOR AND REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, RICK PERRY, MADE A FUNDRAISING STOP AT A PRIVATE RESIDENCE IN LAFAYETTE LAST NIGHT. SUPPORTERS PAID A MINIMUM OF A THOUSAND DOLLARS TO HEAR PERRY SPEAK AND 25-HUNDRED DOLLARS TO HAVE THEIR PICTURE TAKEN WITH THE TEXAS GOVERNOR.

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S ADMINISTRATION WON'T RELEASE THE NAMES OR THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE APPLIED TO BE ON THE BOARD FOR A NEW CORPORATION TO RUN ALL STATE HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS. CHRISTINA STEPHENS, A SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE GOVERNOR'S DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATION, SAID THE APPLICATIONS HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE AND ONCE THERE, WERE EXEMPT FROM PUBLIC RECORDS LAWS.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FORMALLY REQUESTED THE INFORMATION, BUT STEPHENS SAID IT CAN BE KEPT HIDDEN FROM THE PUBLIC.

A LOUISIANA STATE PENITENTIARY INMATE HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER FOR THE STABBING DEATH OF A PRISON GUARD DURING A RIOT BACK IN 1999. THE JURY OF EIGHT WOMEN AND FOUR MEN DELIBERATED JUST OVER AN HOUR THURSDAY BEFORE DELIVERING THE UNANIMOUS VERDICT AGAINST DAVID BROWN, 38. PROSECUTORS ARE SEEKING THE DEATH PENALTY AGAINST BROWN, WHO IS SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE FOR A 1992 MURDER IN JEFFERSON PARISH. TESTIMONY IS EXPECTED FRIDAY IN THE PENALTY PHASE OF BROWN'S TRIAL AS THE JURY DECIDES WHETHER TO GIVE HIM THE DEATH PENALTY. A UNANIMOUS VERDICT IS REQUIRED FOR A DEATH SENTENCE.

TREASURER JOHN KENNEDY IS ASKING LAWMAKERS FOR PERMISSION TO BUY A NEW VEHICLE WITH STATE TAXPAYER DOLLARS, TO REPLACE HIS 10-YEAR-OLD SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE. KENNEDY'S OFFICE BOUGHT A USED 2002 YUKON NINE YEARS AGO. NOW, THE SUV HAS MORE THAN 335,000 MILES ON IT, SO THE TREASURER IS SEEKING A REPLACEMENT.
STATEWIDE ELECTED OFFICIALS ARE ALLOWED TO BUY VEHICLES ON THE STATE'S DIME OR RECEIVE A CAR ALLOWANCE. BUT THEY MUST FIRST GET APPROVAL FROM THE LEGISLATURE'S JOINT BUDGET COMMITTEE BEFORE USING STATE CASH TO BUY VEHICLES, UNDER A 2005 LAW. THE LAW WAS TRIGGERED BY THEN-INSURANCE COMMISSIONER ROBERT WOOLEY'S PURCHASE OF A $40,000 HARLEY DAVIDSON-EDITION PICKUP, LOADED WITH A SERIES OF EXTRAS AT STATE EXPENSE. IT WAS HIS SECOND STATE VEHICLE IN TWO YEARS

A FORMER LAKE CHARLES CASINO DEALER AND A FORMER CUSTOMER HAVE PLEADED GUILTY TO CONSPIRING TO DEFRAUD THE CASINO BY RIGGING ROULETTE GAMES. THE TWO FACE A MAXIMUM OF FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOLLOWING THEIR GUILTY PLEAS THURSDAY TO CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT WIRE FRAUD. FEDERAL PROSECUTORS SAY DEALERN ALLOWED THE CUSTOMER TO PLACE BETS AT THE ROULETTE WHEELS AT L'AUBERGE DU LAC CASINO AFTER THE BALL HAD FALLEN INTO THE WINNING NUMBERS. TWO OTHER DEFENDANTS WERE CHARGED WITH PARTICIPATING IN THE PLOT, WHICH COST THE CASINO MORE THAN $1 MILLION.

KEN FEINBERG, ADMINISTRATOR OF THE 20-BILLION DOLLAR FUND TO COMPENSATE BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS HURT BY THE BP OIL SPILL, HAS CHANGED THE RULES TO MAKE MORE GENEROUS PAYOUTS TO LOUISIANA SHRIMPERS. CLINT GUIDRY, HEAD OF THE LOUISIANA SHRIMPERS ASSOCIATION SAYS HE'S GRATIFIED THAT FEINBERG IS STARTING TO SEE THINGS THEIR WAY. FEINBERG SAYS HE EXPECTS TO HAVE THE NEW RULES IN PLACE WITHIN TWO WEEKS. FINEBERG HAS BEEN UNDER FIRE FROM SEAFOOD PRODUCERS IN LOUISIANA FOR DENYING MANY CLAIMS AND THE SLOW PACE OF PAYMENTS. SO FAR THE FUND HAD PAID OUT ONLY 5.5-BILLION DOLLARS. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS SCHEDULED AN AUDIT OF THE CONTROVERSIAL PROGRAM.

A WEBSTER PARISH STUDENT IS BEHIND BARS FOR PUNCHING HIS COACH IN THE FACE DURING FOOTBALL PRACTICE. AUTHORITIES SAY 17-YEAR-OLD JEFFERY WALKER WAS FIGHTING ANOTHER PLAYER DURING NORTH WEBSTER HIGH SCHOOL'S FOOTBALL PRACTICE WHEN THE INCIDENT OCCURRED. THE BOY IS CHARGED WITH MISDEMEANOR BATTERY ON A SCHOOL TEACHER AND IS BEING HELD ON 10-THOUSAND DOLLARS BOND. THE BOY HAS BEEN EXPELLED FROM SCHOOL.

THE ASSUMPTION PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE IS SEARCHING FOR A MAN WHO ROBBED AN 88-YEAR-OLD CEMETERY GROUNDSKEEPER AND SHOVED HIM INTO A TOMB. SHERIFF MIKE WAGUESPACK SAYS THE VICTIM HAD FINISHED HIS WORK FOR THE DAY AND WAS LOADING EQUIPMENT INTO HIS TRUCK WHEN HE WAS ATTACKED. THE MAN WAS TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL AND HAS BEEN RELEASED AFTER BEING TREATED FOR INJURIES TO HIS ARM AND
NECK.

AUTHORITIES HAVE FOUND THE BODY OF A NORTH PARK EMPLOYEE IN A TRUCK THAT WAS SUBMERGED IN A POND ON THE GROUNDS OF THE DENHAM SPRINGS PARK. A LIVINGSTON PARISH SHERIFF'S SPOKESMAN SAYS THE CAUSE OF DEATH IS UNKNOWN, BUT THE VICTIM'S WIFE TOLD DEPUTIES THAT HER HUSBAND WAS ON A SEIZURE MEDICATION AND HE MAY HAVE HAD A SEIZURE BEFORE DRIVING INTO THE POND.

AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARIAN IN EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH IS ACCUSED OF CHOKING A 9-YEAR-OLD STUDENT, WHO WAS REPORTEDLY MISBEHAVING. THE ALLEGED INCIDENT HAPPENED IN EARLY SEPTEMBER. POLICE IN BAKER HAVE CHARGED 67-YEAR-OLD MAXINE GRAY WITH CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE. GRAY SAYS SHE DISCIPLINED THE CHILD, BUT DID NOT STRIKE OR CHOKE HIM.

OUTGOING TERREBONNE PARISH SHERIFF VERNON BOURGEOIS' NEXT JOB WILL BE ON TELEVISION. BOURGEOIS WILL BE PART OF "CAJUN BLUE", A NEW REALITY SHOW FOCUSING ON TERREBONNE PARISH DEPUTIES. THE A&E CABLE CHANNEL WILL BEGIN AIRING THE SHOW LATE THIS YEAR OR EARLY NEXT.

SCIENTISTS HAVE DETERMINED WHAT KILLED SOME OF THE HUNDREDS OF DOLPHINS ALONG THE GULF COAST OVER THE PAST YEAR, BUT HAVE FOUND NO SOLID LINK TO LAST YEAR'S BP OIL SPILL. DR. TERI ROWLES IS A MARINE MAMMAL PATHOLOGIST FOR THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION. SHE SAYS A DEADLY BACTERIA WAS FOUND IN SOME CARCASSES TESTED. ROWLES SAYS THE BACTERIA BRUCELLA WAS FOUND IN FIVE DOLPHINS TESTED. IT CAN LEAD TO ILLNESS AND FAILED PREGNANCIES IN MAMMALS, WHICH SHE SAYS WOULD EXPLAIN THE HIGH NUMBER OF DOLPHIN INFANTS FOUND DEAD. ROWLES IS NOT RULING THE OIL SPILL OUT AS A CONTRIBUTING FACTOR IN THE DEATHS OF OVER 500 DOLPHINS SINCE FEBRUARY 2010.

AN 18-YEAR-OLD HARVEY MAN THURSDAY REMAINED IN THE JEFFERSON PARISH CORRECTIONAL CENTER ON $1 MILLION BOND AFTER HE WAS BOOKED WITH MULTIPLE COUNTS OF ANIMAL CRUELTY. AUTHORITIES SAY DANIEL WRIGHT TORTURED DOMESTIC AND WILD ANIMALS FOR FUN. WRIGHT WAS BOOKED WITH 10 COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ANIMAL CRUELTY ON WEDNESDAY, AFTER A TIP FROM RESIDENTS LED AUTHORITIES TO SEVERAL TORTURED CATS.

PORT ALLEN POLICE CHIEF FRED SMITH WAS CONVICTED THURSDAY OF RACKETEERING AND FRAUD CHARGES STEMMING FROM ALLEGATIONS HE SOLICITED BRIBES FROM AN UNDERCOVER FBI OPERATIVE. SMITH HAS BEEN ORDERED TO RESIGN BY FRIDAY, FOLLOWING HIS CONVICTIONS BY A FEDERAL JURY IN BATON ROUGE. SMITH WAS ONE OF SEVERAL LOUISIANA OFFICIALS CHARGED IN AN FBI STING OPERATION. FORMER PORT ALLEN MAYOR DEREK LEWIS AND FORMER CITY COUNCILMAN JOHNNY L. JOHNSON SR. HAD PLEADED GUILTY TO RELATED CHARGES. FORMER ST. GABRIEL MAYOR GEORGE GRACE IS SCHEDULED FOR TRIAL IN JANUARY ON CHARGES STEMMING FROM THE FBI PROBE.

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