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News For Wednesday 12/21/11


NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY 122111
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

THE SALVATION ARMY CENTER FOR WORSHIP AND SERVICE ON LEE STREET IN ALEXANDRIA. WAS ROBBED FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. INSIDE THE FACILITY, TOYS THAT HAD BEEN DONATED TO NEEDY CHILDREN. POLICE SAY THE CROOKS STOLE 10 DONATED BICYCLES THAT WERE GOING TO BE GIVEN AS CHRISTMAS PRESENTS. EACH BIKE COST ABOUT $100. GLASS SPECIALTIES SAYS THEY WILL DONATE THEIR PRODUCT AND SERVICES TO THE TUNE OF $900 TO REPLACE THE WINDOW THE CROOKS BROKE TO GET INTO THE BUILDING. MAYBE YOU CAN FIND IT IN YOUR HEART TO REPLACE ONE OF THE BIKES.. CALL THE SALVATION ARMY AT 442-0446.

NOW A FEEL GOOD STORY.. 15 YEAR OLD CALVIN HAYNES WENT HOME FROM THE HOSPITAL TUESDAY. CALVIN, WHO LIVES IN NATCHITOCHES, NEARLY DIED EARLIER THIS MONTH DURING NATCHITOCHES CENTRAL'S FRESHMAN BASKETBALL GAME AT PINEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL. HE COLLAPSED, HIS HEART STOPPED FOR EIGHT MINUTES. HE WAS IN ACTUALLY DEAD. HOWEVER, FATE WAS TO HAVE DONNA LEMOINE, A NURSE FROM RAPIDES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER WHO HAPPENED TO BE AT THE GAME WITH HER DAUGHTER, WAS ABLE TO GET HIS HEART BEATING AGAIN AND THE CALVIN WAS RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL. SINCE THEN A DEFIBRILLATOR WAS SURGICALLY PLACED IN HIS CHEST. CALVIN MOTHER SAYS SHE BELIEVES HE WAS BLESSED WITH ANGELS THAT WORKED WITH HER SON THAT GOT HIM BACK TO LIFE. MRS. HAYNES WENT ON TO SAY, SOME PEOPLE SAY HE IS LUCKY TO BE ALIVE. SHE BELIEVES HE WASN'T LUCKY, HE WAS BLESSED.

WINTER OFFICIALLY BEGINS THIS EVENING WITH THE WINTER SOLSTICE AT :30 MINUTES BEFORE MIDNIGHT. STATE CLIMATOLOGIST BARRY KEIM SAYS DAYS MAY BE LESS COLD, WITH LESS PRECIPITATION, BECAUSE OF A DOMINANT PACIFIC LA NINA WEATHER PATTERN, THAT WILL SHIFT THE JET STREAM A BIT FURTHER NORTH OVER THE WINTER WEEKS AHEAD. KEIM SAYS THE LA NINA WILL MAKE IT UNLIKELY LOUISIANA WILL SEE ANY SNOW THIS WINTER, BUT THEN AGAIN, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.

A LOS ANGELES FEDERAL JUDGE HAS RULED THAT THE CONDITIONS FILIPINO TEACHERS WERE SUBJECTED TO WHEN BROUGHT TO LOUISIANA QUALIFIES THEIR CASE TO BE HEARD UNDER THE FEDERAL HUMAN TRAFFICKING LAW.
(THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER, BASED IN ALABAMA, FILED THE LAWSUIT AGAINST THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH BOARD, PRIMARILY THE SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE. ALSO INVOLVED ARE THE MANILA- AND LOS ANGELES-BASED COMPANIES WITH WHOM THE SCHOOL BOARD DID BUSINESS.)
AN OFFICIAL IN THE EAST BATON ROUGH SCHOOL BOARD SUPERINTENDENT'S OFFICE FACILITATED THE IMPORTATION OF TEACHERS AND CONDUCTED INTERVIEWS IN MANILA. SOME OF THE TEACHERS ALSO ENDED UP WORKING IN THE AVOYELLES PARISH SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE TEACHERS ALLEGE THEY HAD TO PAY EXORBITANT FEES, TO GET TO THE U.S. AND THAT THEY WERE CROWDED INTO APARTMENTS AND CHARGED MORE FOR RENT THAN OTHER TENANTS. THEY WERE TOLD WITH WHOM THEY COULD COMMUNICATE.

NOW THIS IS GOOD NEWS.. UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE STATE HAS FALLEN TO ITS LOWEST LEVEL SINCE THE SUMMER OF 2009, AS EMPLOYERS ADD MORE NEW JOBS. LOUISIANA WORKFORCE COMMISSION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR CURT EYSINK SAYS THE JOBLESS RATE HERE IS THE 15TH LOWEST IN THE US; 6.9 PERCENT COMPARED WITH THE FEDERAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATE OF 8.6 PERCENT. EYSINK SAYS LOUISIANA ADDED NEARLY 3500 NON-FARM JOBS BETWEEN OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER OF THIS YEAR, AND THERE'S BEEN A MARKED INCREASE IN JOBS JOBS SINCE NOVEMBER 2010, GIVING LOUISIANA THE THIRD LOWEST UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN THE SOUTH. EYSINK SAYS THE NUMBERS INDICATE THAT MORE PEOPLE ARE WORKING, AND FEWER ARE WITHOUT A JOB.

THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD HAS VOTED 5-4 TO APPROVE A FOUR-YEAR, $190,000-A-YEAR CONTRACT FOR NEW SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER. THE ADVERTISER REPORTS (HTTP://BIT.LY/SVY7KB) THAT COOPER TOLD BOARD OFFICIALS LAST WEEK THAT THOSE WERE HIS TERMS FOR THE JOB. HE ALSO GOT MORE THAN $65,000 IN BENEFITS AND EXPENSES.

US SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THE ARMY BASE AT FORT POLK, HOME TO THE JOINT READINESS TRAINING CENTER, WILL RECEIVE $70.1 MILLION FOR EXPANSION AND UPGRADES, INCLUDING ACREAGE ACQUISITION AND A NEW BRIGADE COMPLEX. THE MONEY IS IN A HUGE SPENDING BILL, APPROVED BY CONGRESS OVER THE WEEKEND, THAT GROUPS NINE APPROPRIATIONS BILLS FUNDING THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT UNTIL THE END OF THE FEDERAL FISCAL YEAR, SEPT. 30, 2012. MEDIA REPORTS SAY THE OMNIBUS BILL CONTAINS $1 TRILLION TO FUND DEPARTMENTS, INCLUDING THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. A PORTION OF THE $70.1 MILLION APPROPRIATION, $27 MILLION, WILL PAY FOR AN ADDITIONAL 8,250 ACRES AT THE BASE LOCATED NEAR LEESVILLE.

AT&T HAS DECIDED TO END ITS $39 BILLION BID TO BUY T-MOBILE USA, WHICH WOULD HAVE MADE IT THE LARGEST CELLPHONE COMPANY IN THE UNITED STATES. THE MERGER FACED STRONG OBJECTION BY GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION MEMBER FOSTER CAMPBELL SAYS THE MERGER WOULD HAVE REDUCED COMPETITION AND LEAD TO HIGHER PRICES. CAMPBELL SAYS THE STOPPING OF THE MERGER WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO BECAUSE IT WOULD HAVE ONLY LEAD TO LESS RECEPTION FOR CUSTOMERS AND HIGHER BILLS. TO QUOTE THE COMMISSIONER, AT&T ALREADY HAS THE WORST SERVICE IN LOUISIANA.

A $93-MILLION STATE SUPREME COURT RULING AGAINST THE STATE-RUN LAST RESORT PROPERTY INSURER COULD MEAN MORE ASSESSMENTS LEVIED AGAINST ALL LOUISIANA PROPERTY OWNERS. INSURANCE COMMISSIONER JIM DONELON SAYS FURTHER ASSESSMENTS ARE POSSIBLE, BUT SHOULDN'T COME UP IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THE HIGH COURT RULED THAT LA CITIZENS INSURANCE PROCESSED POST-HURRICANE CLAIMS TOO SLOWLY, AND CALLS FOR $5000 CHECKS TO BE ISSUED TO OVER 18-THOUSAND CLAIMANTS. DONELON SAYS DESPITE POST-HURRICANE CHAOS, LA CITIZENS DID SEND $2500 CHECKS TO ALL CLAIMANTS ASAP. HE WANTS THE COURT TO RECONSIDER. DONELON SAYS CURRENTLY, BARING ANY OTHER MAJOR CLAIM SCENARIOS. THERE IS OVER $200-MILLION IN FUNDS AVAILABLE TO PAY THE JUDGMENT AGAINST LA CITIZENS

LOUISIANA STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY THE FLU SEASON'S OFF TO SLOW START, BUT YOU SHOULD STILL GET A FLU SHOT. THE STATE'S FLU BUG EXPERT DR. FRANK WELCH SAYS THERE WAS A SPIKE IN FLU ACTIVITY A FEW WEEKS AGO, BUT THINGS HAVE SLOWED DOWN CONSIDERABLY. DR WELCH SAYS WHILE THE FLU IS LARGELY UNPREDICTABLE, HE BELIEVES WE'VE SEEN FEWER CASES SO FAR THIS YEAR BECAUSE MORE PEOPLE ARE GETTING THEIR FLU SHOT. OR, THE LOW NUMBER OF CASES SO FAR THIS SEASON MIGHT ALSO MEAN THAT OUR FLU SEASON HASN'T OFFICIALLY STARTED YET. THE GOOD DR. SAYS, IF YOU HAVEN’T GOTTEN YOUR FLU SHOT YET.. WELL YOU KNOW..

MISSISSIPPI GOV. HALEY BARBOUR ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY ALLOWING OIL AND GAS DRILLING 10 TO 12 MILES SOUTH OF MISSISSIPPI'S COASTLINE IN THE GULF OF MEXICO IS A GOOD IDEA BECAUSE IT COULD GENERATE STATE REVENUE. THE MISSISSIPPI DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY ON MONDAY PUBLISHED PROPOSED REGULATIONS TO LEASE STATE WATERS IN THE GULF FOR THE DRILLING. THE REGULATIONS ARE OPEN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT UNTIL JAN. 20. IF THEY'RE APPROVED, A LEASE SALE COULD TAKE PLACE IN 2012

LSU'S SPOT IN THE BCS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME IS HELPING MANY AREAS OF THE UNIVERSITY, INCLUDING ENROLLMENT. KURT KEPPLER IS THE VICE CHANCELLOR OF STUDENT LIFE AND ENROLLMENT SERVICES AT LSU. HE SAYS THEY'VE SEEN A SPIKE IN THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS APPLYING AT LSU THIS YEAR. KEPPLER SAYS THE RISE IN ENROLLMENT IS UP DESPITE HIGHER ADMISSION STANDARDS STARTING AT LSU. HE SAYS LSU HAS BEEN GETTING LOTS OF NATIONAL EXPOSURE BECAUSE OF THE FOOTBALL TEAM.

STATE POLICE SAY A POLICE OFFICER AT THE RAYVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR ONE COUNT OF FELONY CARNAL KNOWLEDGE OF A 15-YEAR-OLD JUVENILE. TROOPER MARK DENNIS SAYS AFTER THEY RECEIVED THE COMPLAINT, 21-YEAR-OLD CHANNEN RICKS OF RAYVILLE WAS ARRESTED. DENNIS SAYS RICKS WAS BOOKED INTO THE RICHLAND PARISH DETENTION CENTER AND BONDED OUT AT $10,000. DENNIS SAYS THEY BELIEVE THE ALLEGED INCIDENT DIDN'T HAPPEN DURING WORK HOURS.

THE POINSETTIA BOWL BETWEEN NO. 16 TCU AND LOUISIANA TECH ISN'T MERELY A MATCHUP OF TEAMS HAPPY TO BE IN A POSTSEASON GAME. WEDNESDAY NIGHT IS A SHOWDOWN OF CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS THAT WILL GIVE THE VICTOR AN EIGHT-GAME WINNING STREAK TO CARRY INTO 2012. YOU CAN HEAR THE GAME TONIGHT ON ESPN1410. AIRTIME 6PM.







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