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News For Wednesday 12/14/11


NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY121411
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

SEVERAL CHANGES WERE MADE YESTERDAY ON THE ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL. JERRY JONES JR. WAS APPOINTED TO THE DISTRICT 3 COUNCIL SEAT REPLACING JONATHAN GOINS WHO RESIGNED FROM THE COUNCIL ON DEC. 2. THE 28 YEAR OLD JONES, WHO GREW UP IN DISTRICT 3, WILL NOW SERVE THE REMAINDER OF GOINS' TERM, WHICH EXPIRES NEXT DECEMBER. THE COUNCIL WAS DEADLOCKED BETWEEN JONES AND VON JENNINGS. MAYOR JACQUES ROY BROKE THE TIE. THE COUNCIL ALSO ELECTED A NEW PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT. DISTRICT 4 COUNCILMAN HARRY SILVER REPLACES AT-LARGE COUNCILMAN ROOSEVELT JOHNSON AS PRESIDENT, WHILE DISTRICT 2 COUNCILWOMAN MITZI GIBSON SUCCEEDS DISTRICT 1 COUNCILMAN ED LARVADAIN III AS VICE PRESIDENT.

THE ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL ON TUESDAY DELAYED A VOTE THAT WOULD REDRAW DISTRICT BOUNDARIES IN THE CITY, INSTEAD OPTING FOR A SPECIAL MEETING NEXT WEEK ON THE MATTER.

THE RAPIDES PARISH HOUSING AUTHORITY IN BOYCE WILL RECEIVE $99,117 TO ISSUE HOUSING VOUCHERS TO 25 MORE HOMELESS MILITARY VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
THE EXTRA HOUSING VOUCHER FUNDING COMES FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT'S SUPPORTING HOUSING PROGRAM, HUD ANNOUNCED TUESDAY.
THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF ADDITIONAL MONEY FOR HOUSING VOUCHERS COINCIDES WITH A DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS REPORT THAT ESTIMATES THE NUMBER OF HOMELESS VETERANS IN THE UNITED STATES IS FALLING BECAUSE MORE RESOURCES ARE ADDRESSING THE PROBLEM. THE HOUSING AUTHORITY IN BOYCE ALREADY ISSUES VOUCHERS TO 50 VETERANS, A NUMBER THAT WILL JUMP TO 75.

TODAY'S PLANNED OFFSHORE OIL & GAS LEASE SALE, THE FIRST SINCE THE 2010 BP OIL SPILL, WILL PROCEED, DESPITE ACTION BY ENVIRONMENTALISTS TO STOP IT. THE SUIT ALLEGES FEDERAL REGULATORS HAVEN'T DONE ENOUGH TO PREVENT ANOTHER POSSIBLE SPILL. INTERIOR SECRETARY KEN SALAZAR SAYS THE INDUSTRY HAS IMPROVED ITS ABILITY TO CONTAIN A BLOWOUT OR SPILL. JOHN SAYS HE BELIEVES DRILLERS WILL BID COMPETITIVELY TODAY, TO WIN THE LEASES. THE ACTUAL LEASE AREA COVERS 21-MILLION ACRES IN THE WESTERN GULF, OFF THE COAST OF TEXAS. THE AREA IS BETWEEN 9 AND 250 MILES OFFSHORE, IN WATERS UP TO 11-THOUSAND FEET DEEP.

THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD IS ASKING ALL STATES TO BAN THE USE OF CELL PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES WHEN BEHIND THE WHEEL, BUT A LOCAL HIGHWAY SAFETY ADVOCATE DOESN'T THINK THE LEGISLATURE WILL FOLLOW THE RECOMMENDATION. COL JIM CHAMPAGNE SAYS THOUGH, HE’S HOPEFUL THAT LAWMAKERS SOON ER OR LATER WILL PASS SUCH A LAW. CHAMPAGNE SAYS HE'S CONFIDENT IF LEGISLATION IS PASSED, LIVES WOULD BE SAVED.

DEPLOYMENT CEREMONIES ARE SCHEDULED TODAY FOR MEMBERS OF THE LOUISIANA AIR NATIONAL GUARD HEADED FOR AFGHANISTAN. LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD SPOKESMAN COLONEL MIKE KAZMIERZAK SAYS THE MEN ARE FROM THE 236TH COMBAT COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON; PART OF THE THE 159TH FIGHTER WING. COL. KAZMIERZAK SAYS THE AIRMEN WILL BE IN AFGHANISTAN FOR THE NEXT 6 MONTHS, PROVIDING DEPLOYABLE VOICE AND DATA COMMUNICATIONS IN SUPPORT OF US MILITARY OBJECTIVES. HE SAYS THIS IS A NON-COMBAT ROLE, BUT IT'S STILL CONSIDERED A DANGEROUS ASSIGNMENT.

LOUISIANA IS AMONG THE WORST STATES AT ENFORCING FEDERAL CLEAN AIR, CLEAN WATER AND HAZARDOUS WASTE LAWS, ACCORDING TO A REPORT BY THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY'S INSPECTOR GENERAL. THE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S REPORT DOES NOT SPOTLIGHT SPECIFIC ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS CAUSED BY LOUISIANA'S ALLEGED LAX REGULATORY REGIME, BUT FOCUSED ON A BROAD FAILURE TO CARRY OUT REQUIRED INSPECTIONS AND CITE VIOLATORS. IT CONCLUDED THAT THE WEAK ENFORCEMENT MIGHT BE DRIVEN IN PART BY "A CULTURE IN WHICH THE STATE AGENCY IS EXPECTED TO PROTECT INDUSTRY." DEQ OFFICIALS, AS YOU MAY SUSPECT, DISAGREE WITH THE REPORT, SAYING STATE’S ENFORCEMENT RECORD WAS NOT ACCURATELY REPRESENTED.

LAFAYETTE LAWMAKER JOEL ROBIDEAUX ENDED HIS BID TO BE HOUSE SPEAKER TUESDAY, GIVING HIS SUPPORT TO GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S CHOICE FOR THE JOB WHEN THE NEW TERM BEGINS IN JANUARY. ROBIDEAUX'S EXIT APPEARED TO ASSURE LAKE CHARLES REPUBLICAN REP. CHUCK KLECKLEY WILL GET THE POSITION WHEN LAWMAKERS CHOOSE THEIR LEADERS NEXT MONTH AND STOPPED WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN A RARE PUBLIC FIGHT OVER THE SPEAKERSHIP ON THE HOUSE FLOOR.

LOUISIANA'S 41 NEW LAWMAKERS, WHO WILL BEGIN THEIR FIRST TERMS IN JANUARY, ARE HAVING ORIENTATION SESSIONS AT THE STATE CAPITOL THIS WEEK. THEY'RE HOLDING MOCK COMMITTEE HEARINGS AND FLOOR SESSIONS, GETTING A REVIEW OF ETHICS AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE LAWS AND HEARING FROM LEGISLATIVE STAFF ABOUT THE PROCESS ON HOW A BILL BECOMES A LAW. IN THE HOUSE, THE 31 NEW MEMBERS ALSO ARE GETTING ADVICE FROM CURRENT LAWMAKERS, WITH SESSIONS ABOUT HOW TO OPERATE THEIR DISTRICT OFFICES AND HOW TO MANAGE THEIR TIME. IN THE SENATE, THE 10 NEW MEMBERS AND CURRENT SENATORS ARE GETTING UPDATES ON EDUCATION AND BUDGET ISSUES FACING THE STATE. THE HOUSE ORIENTATION BEGAN TUESDAY, WHILE THE SENATE ORIENTATION BEGINS TODAY. BOTH HAVE SESSIONS THROUGH FRIDAY.

IT MAY BE DRY HERE BUT, THE ATCHAFALAYA RIVER HAS TOPPED FLOOD STAGE. THE GOOD NEWS IS IT IS WELL SHORT OF LEVELS THAT USUALLY CAUSE PROBLEMS ON THE UNPROTECTED SIDE OF MORGAN CITY'S FLOODWALL. THE ATCHAFALAYA STOOD TUESDAY AT ABOUT 4 FEET, ACCORDING TO MEASUREMENTS OF THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE'S ADVANCED HYDROLOGIC PREDICTION SERVICE. THE RIVER HAS RISEN ALMOST A FOOT SINCE DEC. 4. THE WEATHER SERVICE SAYS THE RISE IS DUE TO HEAVY RAINS IN THE OHIO AND TENNESSEE VALLEYS PUTTING MORE WATER INTO THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, WHICH DUMPS SOME INTO THE ATCHAFALAYA.

A WOMAN FROM EUNICE IS UNDER ARREST FOR TRYING TO SMUGGLE DRUGS IN A BOX OF CUPCAKES TO HER SON WHO'S IN THE EUNICE CITY JAIL. POLICE SAY DANDALINE SATTLER AND HER BOYFRIEND WERE EACH CHARGED WITH INTRODUCTION OF CONTRABAND INTO A PENAL INSTITUTION. HER SON PHILLIP LAFLEUR, HAD A TRUSTY STATUS AT THE JAIL WHICH HAS NOW BEEN REMOVED. LAFLEUR ALSO FACES CHARGES FOR HAVING A BOX OF CUPCAKES WITH DRUGS INSIDE.

LITTLE BLACK AND GOLD FANS WILL GET A TREAT ON THURSDAY MORNING'S EPISODE OF SESAME STREET AS SAINTS QUARTERBACK DREW BREES IS MAKING A SPECIAL APPEARANCE WITH ELMO. IN THE SEGMENT THAT WAS TAPED BEFORE THE START OF THIS YEAR'S REGULAR SEASON, BREES AND ELMO TALK ABOUT MEASURING. THE FORMER SUPERBOWL MVP HAS TWO YOUNG SONS, BAYLEN AND BOWEN.

SEVERAL MOTORISTS WERE INJURED YESTERDAY MORNING WHEN A TRACTOR TRAILER TURNED OVER ON I-12 IN BATON ROUGE , DUMPING LARGE PIPES INTO THE ROADWAY. STATE POLICE TROOPER RUSSELL GRAHAM SAYS MOTORISTS WHO WERE TRYING TO AVOID THE PIPES HAD TO COME TO A SUDDEN STOP DURING A HEAVY TRAFFIC PERIOD WHICH IS WHAT CAUSED SEVERAL OTHER ACCIDENTS. THE ACCIDENT CLOSED THE INTERSTATE FOR SEVERAL HOURS. THE GOOD NEWS ID, NONE OF THE INJURES CAUSED BY THE ACCIDENT WERE LIFE-THREATENING.

A FORMER EMPLOYEE OF THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN 11 YEARS IN PRISON FOR RECEIVING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE RICHARD HAIK ON MONDAY SENTENCED 56-YEAR-OLD DAVID RICHARD, OF ERATH, TO 140 MONTHS IN PRISON. PROSECUTORS SAY RICHARD, WHO PLEADED GUILTY IN JUNE, SAVED VIDEO FILES CONTAINING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ON A DEPARTMENT SERVER. THE MATERIAL WAS DISCOVERED DURING A ROUTINE CHECK. INVESTIGATORS ALSO ALLEGEDLY FOUND NINE VIDEOS CONTAINING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ON RICHARD'S HOME COMPUTER.

THE LSU AG CENTER IS GETTING A NEW BUILDING THAT WILL EXPAND THE RESEARCH PROGRAMS WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT. CHANCELLOR BILL RICHARDSON SAYS THE NEW STATE OF THE ART FACILITY WILL BE USED PRIMARILY FOR IT'S FOOD SCIENCE AND ANIMAL SCIENCE PROGRAMS. RICHARDSON SAYS BREAKTHROUGHS IN ANIMAL AND FOOD RESEARCH BOOST THE ECONOMY. HE SAYS THIS NEW FACILITY WILL HELP BOOST THE AG CENTER'S REPUTATION AND BRING IN MORE STUDENTS AND SCIENTISTS.

BAYOU LAFOURCHE OFFICIALS CLOSED A SALTWATER-CONTROL STRUCTURE IN THE COMPANY CANAL YESTERDAY TO STOP SALTWATER CONTAMINATION OF LOCAL DRINKING SUPPLIES. OFFICIALS FEARED HIGH WINDS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS COULD PUSH SALTWATER INTO THE BAYOU. THE BAYOU PROVIDES FRESHWATER TO NEARLY 300,000 PEOPLE IN LAFOUCHE, TEREBONNE, ASSUMPTION AND OTHER PARISHES.

SPORTS..

THE SAINTS BEGIN PREPARATIONS TODAY FOR SUNDAY'S ROAD GAME AT MINNESOTA. NEW ORLEANS IS BATTLING WITH SAN FRANCISCO FOR THE SECOND SEED IN THE NFC PLAYOFFS. BOTH TEAMS HAVE IDENTICAL RECORDS WITH THREE GAMES LEFT, BUT THE 49ERS OWN THE TIE-BREAKER. NFL ANALYST MIKE DETILLIER SAYS THE SAINTS HAVE THE EASIER REMAINING SCHEDULE AND THEY ARE MORE EXPERIENCED.


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