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News For Tuesday 12/20/21


NEWS FOR TUESDAY 122011
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

21 YEAR OLD LAWRENCE BLADE OF PINEVILLE, WHO WAS CONVICTED ON SIX COUNTS OF AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM ,HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN PRISON. BLADE WAS SENTENCED BY 9TH DISTRICT JUDGE THOMAS YEAGER TO SIX 2 ½-YEAR TERMS IN PRISON, TO BE SERVED CONSECUTIVELY, FOR SHOOTING A SHOTGUN INTO A CROWD ON JUNE 21ST OF LAST YEAR, INJURING TWO PEOPLE. THE SIX COUNTS, WERE DESIGNATED AS CRIMES OF VIOLENCE, WHICH WILL REDUCE BLADE’S CHANCES OF PAROLE.

PERSONAL INCOME IN LOUISIANA GREW BY JUST 0.4 PERCENT IN THE THIRD QUARTER, BUT IT WAS ENOUGH TO RANK THE STATE THIRD ON A LIST RELEASED BY U.S. BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS. THE BEA REPORTED PERSONAL INCOME — INCOME RECEIVED FROM ALL PERSONS FROM ALL SOURCES WAS $176 BILLION IN LOUISIANA FOR THE QUARTER ENDING SEPT. 30. MUCH OF LOUISIANA’S INCREASE CAME IN THE HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES SECTORS, WHICH GREW 3.0 PERCENT OR $398 MILLION. WASHINGTON’S RATE OF PERSONAL INCOME GROWTH WAS FIRST, FOLLOWED BY TEXAS. IN FOURTH PLACE WAS UTAH, FOLLOWED BY NORTH DAKOTA.

GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL LEAVES TODAY FOR IOWA, TO CAMPAIGN FOR TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK PERRY'S BID FOR THE GOP PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION. THE IOWA CAUCUSES ARE COMING UP JANUARY 3RD, JINDAL SAYS HE'S GOING TO LEND PERRY'S CAMPAIGN A HAND. MR. JINDAL HAS BEEN SUPPORTIVE OF PERRY'S CANDIDACY FOR THE OVAL OFFICE FROM IT'S BEGINNING EARLY THIS YEAR. JINDAL SAYS HE BELIEVES PERRY'S EXPERIENCE RUNNING THE LONE STAR STATE BETTER QUALIFIES HIM TO LEAD THE NATION. PERRY IS SEEKING TO REGAIN SOME GROUND LOST TO POOR DEBATE PERFORMANCES. MR. JINDAL WILL SPEND TWO DAYS IN IOWA; ATTENDING TOWN HALL MEETINGS AND OTHER EVENTS PRIOR TO THE CAUCUSES, TWO WEEKS FROM TODAY.

THIS IS THE BUSIEST DAY OF THE YEAR FOR THE U-S POST OFFICE AS OVER 600-MILLION CARDS AND LETTERS WILL BE PROCESSED. U-S POSTAL SERVICE SPOKESPERSON, DARLENE REID, SAYS THE RUSH IS ON TO GET THOSE HOLIDAY CARDS TO THEIR DESTINATION BEFORE CHRISTMAS DAY. REID SAYS IF YOU ARE SENDING HOLIDAY CARDS AND GIFTS FIRST-CLASS, THEN IT NEEDS TO BE MAILED TODAY IN ORDER FOR IT TO ARRIVE BY CHRISTMAS DAY.

LOUISIANA'S LAWMAKERS ARE SNAPPING UP TICKETS TO THE BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, BUT ONLY THE CURRENT LEGISLATORS. NEW LAWMAKERS ARE OUT OF LUCK. THEIR TERMS START ON GAME DAY. TICKETS TO THE JAN. 9 MATCHUP BETWEEN LSU AND ALABAMA ARE SELLING FOR THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS ON INTERNET AUCTION SITES. THE SUGAR BOWL COMMITTEE MADE FOUR TICKETS AVAILABLE TO EACH LEGISLATOR WHO WAS IN OFFICE WHEN TICKETS WENT ON SALE, AND LSU ALSO FREED UP AN ADDITIONAL TWO TICKETS FOR THEM. THE PRICE IS $350 PER TICKET.

ACCORDING TO A STATE ECONOMIST, LOUISIANA'S ANNUAL PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA IS BUILT ON OUTDATED STUDENT COUNT PROJECTIONS, SKEWING THE BUDGETING AND LEADING TO REPEATED MIDYEAR FUNDING SHORTAGES. LOUISIANA HAD A $43 MILLION SHORTFALL IN THE 2011-12 SCHOOL FINANCING PLAN, WHICH WAS MADE UP BY BUDGET CUTS APPROVED LAST WEEK. A YEAR EARLIER, THE SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA WAS SHORT $42 MILLION. THE YEAR BEFORE THAT, IT HAD A $52 MILLION MIDYEAR GAP. GREG ALBRECHT, CHIEF ECONOMIST FOR THE LEGISLATIVE FISCAL OFFICE, SAID THE PROCESS IS NOT WORKING BECAUSE THE FUNDING FORMULA USES CURRENT YEAR STUDENT COUNTS TO BUILD THE NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET, INSTEAD OF USING PROJECTIONS FOR HOW MANY WILL ATTEND SCHOOL IN THE NEXT BUDGET YEAR WHEN THE MONEY IS TO BE SPENT. GOV. BOBBY JINDAL SAID MONDAY IT IS TOO EARLY TO TELL WHETHER STATE AID TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL BE FROZEN FOR THE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR.

FEMA IS NO LONGER REQUIRED TO RECOUP OVER PAYMENTS IN DISASTER AID MADE TO HURRICANE KATRINA AND RITA VICTIMS. US SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU SAYS THE LEGISLATION PASSED OVER THE WEEKEND WILL IMPACT 63-THOUSAND FAMILIES IN LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI. LANDRIEU SAYS IN SOME CASES FEMA GAVE AN EXTRA 1-THOUSAND DOLLARS OR MORE TO HURRICANE VICTIMS BETWEEN 2005-2010. LANDRIEU SAYS LEGISLATION WAS NEEDED FOR FEMA TO STOP GOING AFTER HURRICANE VICTIMS FOR OVERPAYMENTS IN DISASTER AID. LANDRIEU SAYS IF SOMEONE FRAUDULENTLY RECEIVED KATRINA AND RITA AID, THIS NEW LAW WILL NOT APPLY TO THEM. ALSO, THE SENATOR SAYS HOUSEHOLDS WITH ANNUAL INCOMES OF 90-THOUSAND DOLLARS OR MORE WILL STILL PAY BACK AT LEAST A PORTION OF THE ERRONEOUS DISASTER PAYMENT

LOUISIANA TAXPAYERS WILL NOW START GETTING THEIR STATE REFUNDS BACK ON A DEBIT CARD. LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE SECRETARY CYNTHIA BRIDGES SAYS THE LOUISIANA MY REFUND CARD PROGRAM IS A WIN-WIN FOR TAXPAYERS AND THE STATE. BRIDGES ALSO SAYS THE PROGRAM WILL ALSO SAVE THE STATE ABOUT $500,000 SINCE THE DEPARTMENT WILL NOT BE BEARING THE COST OF PRODUCING AND MAILING THE CARD. SHE SAYS THE REFUND CARDS CAN BE USED TO BUY ANYTHING. BRIDGES SAYS THE CARDS WILL BE ISSUED TO TAXPAYERS WHO ARE OWED REFUNDS BUT DIDN'T SIGN UP FOR THE DIRECT DEPOSIT OPTION. SHE SAYS FOR THOSE NOT INTERESTED IN RECEIVING THE DEBIT CARD, YOU CAN STILL REQUEST A CHECK, THE MORE TRADITIONAL FORM OF PAYMENT.

SHRIMP LOVERS ARE BEING ALERTED TO STOCK UP ON THE SHELLFISH NOW, AS A SHORTAGE IS EXPECTED IN 2012 AND THE PRICE OF SHRIMP IS GOING TO SHOOT UP. AMERICAN SEAFOODS OWNER WAYNE HESS SAYS THERE IS GOOD PRODUCTION NOW GOING INTO THE HOLIDAY SEASON, BUT AFTER THAT SHRIMP WILL BE HARD TO FIND. HESS SAYS IF YOU'RE USED TO GETTING A SHRIMP POBOY BETWEEN $8-$10, YOU MIGHT HAVE TO START PAYING $12-$15 FOR THE SANDWICH DURING LENT AND OTHER HIGH DEMAND PERIODS. HE SAYS, HOWEVER, CRAB AND FIN-FISH WILL BE PLENTIFUL. HESS ALSO SAYS THE OYSTERS ARE INCREDIBLE THIS SEASON.

A TODDLER WAS SHOT IN THE HEAD OVER THE WEEKEND IN NEW ORLEANS DURING A DRIVE BY SHOOTING AND ONE LAWMAKER CALLING FOR THE NATIONAL GUARD TO RETURN TO CITY. STATE REPRESENTATIVE AUSTIN BADON SAYS THIS TRAGEDY IS ONLY ONE EXAMPLE OF HOW CRIME HAS GOTTEN OUT OF HAND IN NEW ORLEANS. POLICE BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE IN TWO CARS OPENED FIRE ON A MAN WALKING THE STREET, AND BULLETS HIT AND KILLED KERIA GORDON WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN 2 YEARS OLD ON THURSDAY. BADON SAYS THERE HAS TO BE A MORE PRO-ACTIVE EFFORT BY LAW ENFORCEMENT TO STOP THESE CRIMINALS ONCE AND FOR ALL, AND REMOVE THEM FROM SOCIETY. BADON SAYS YOU CAN'T WALK DOWN THE STREET WITHOUT CRIMES HAPPENING. HE SAYS THE BAD GUYS ARE RUNNING THE CITY RIGHT NOW, AND IT NEEDS TO BE TAKEN BACK.

BATON ROUGE POLICE SAY AN 18-YEAR-OLD SHOT HIMSELF IN THE LEG AS HE WAS ROBBING AN 89-YEAR-OLD MAN. CORPORAL L' JEAN MCKNEELY SAYS THE SUSPECT WALKED UP TO THE ELDERLY VICTIM AS HE WAS WASHING HIS CAR AND THE TEEN DEMANDED HIS WALLET. POLICE SAYS THE 18-YEAR-OLD FIRED A GUN IN THE AIR AND THE 89-YEAR-OLD VICTIM DECIDED IT WAS BEST TO GIVE UP HIS WALLET. MCKNEELY SAYS AS THE SUSPECT WAS PUTTING THE GUN BACK INTO HIS POCKET, THE WEAPON WENT OFF, STRIKING THE TEENAGER IN HIS LEG. HE SAYS THE SUSPECT WAS CAUGHT A SHORT TIME LATER, AFTER LEAVING THE SCENE IN A GETAWAY VEHICLE.

ROYAL DUTCH SHELL SAYS IT HAS SHUT DOWN AN OFFSHORE DRILLING RIG OFF THE COAST OF ALABAMA FOLLOWING A LEAK OF DRILLING FLUID. SHELL SAYS 319 BARRELS OF THE SYNTHETIC AND BIODEGRADABLE FLUID LEAKED FROM A BOOSTER LINE. THE COAST GUARD SAYS THE LEAK WAS REPORTED SUNDAY AND THAT THE LINE WAS CONNECTED TO A VESSEL SUPPLYING THE DRILLING FLUID. SHELL SAYS THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT APPROVED A PLAN TO TEMPORARILY STOP DRILLING AND MAKE REPAIRS.

SPORTS..

JAE CROWDER AND NO. 10 MARQUETTE MIGHT STILL BE UNBEATEN IF THEY HAD SAVED THEIR 3 BEST MINUTES OF BASKETBALL FOR THE END. MARQUETTE RACED TO 13-0 LEAD AT LSU ON MONDAY NIGHT, ONLY TO WATCH THE TIGERS METHODICALLY CLAW BACK, ENERGIZE THEIR CROWD AND ULTIMATELY EXTEND THEIR OWN WINNING STREAK TO FIVE GAMES WITH A 67-59 UPSET VICTORY. THE TIGERS PLAY NEXT ON THURSDAY AT NORTH TEXAS.

God Bless America!

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