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News For Tuesday 01/10/12


NEWS FOR TUESDAY 011012
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

A SEASON TO REMEMBER ENDS WITH A GAME TO FORGET. ALABAMA IS THE NATIONAL CHAMPION IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL AFTER BLANKING THE FIGHTING TIGERS 21 TO 0, THE FIRST SHUTOUT IN BCS TITLE GAME HISTORY. LSU'S OFFENSE COULD DO NOTHING WITH JORDAN JEFFERSON AS THE QUARTERBACK. JEFFERSON WAS 11 OF 17 FOR 53 YARDS AND ONE INTERCEPTION. THE TIGERS SENIOR Q-B ALSO FUMBLED THREE TIMES, LOSING ONE OF THEM AND HE WAS SACKED FOUR TIMES. COACH LES MILES STAYED WITH JORDAN JEFFERSON AT QUARTERBACK THROUGHOUT THE GAME. HE SAYS HE DID SO WITHOUT REGRETS.

OLIVER "OLLIE" OVERTON IS THE NEW PRESIDENT OF THE RAPIDES PARISH POLICE JURY. OVERTON WAS ELECTED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT MONDAY AT THE JURY'S FIRST FULL REGULAR MEETING OF THE YEAR. OVERTON, WHO REPRESENTS DISTRICT F, SUCCEEDS RICHARD BILLINGS. OVERTON AND BILLINGS HAVE BEEN HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS TO HAVE LOCAL LEVEES ON THE RED RIVER CERTIFIED.

A WEEKEND COLLISION INVOLVING A 4 WHEEL ATV AND A PICKUP TRUCK HAS CLAIMED THE LIVES OF TWO CATAHOULA PARISH MEN. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED SUNDAY MORNING AS THE TWO MEN WERE RIDING ALONG OLD COLUMBIA ROAD NEAR HARRISONBURG. 42-YEAR-OLD WILLIAM R. MCKENZIE OF WISNER AND HIS PASSENGER, 36-YEAR-OLD PHILLIP B. VICTOR JR., ALSO OF WISNER, WERE EJECTED FROM THE ATV, AND BOTH WERE PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE.

ALEXANDRIA POLICE DETECTIVES HAVE CHARGED A SUSPECT WITH ATTEMPTED SECOND-DEGREE MURDER STEMMING FROM A SHOOTING SUNDAY ON OVERTON STREET. 20 YEAR OLD ELIJAH JONES IS ACCUSED OF SHOOTING A 23-YEAR-OLD ALEXANDRIA MAN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING IN THE 2900 BLOCK OF OVERTON STREET. THE VICTIM WAS TRANSPORTED TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL, WHERE HE REMAINS IN CRITICAL CONDITION. THE INCIDENT REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION.

YESTERDAY MORNING GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL OFFICIALLY BEGAN HIS SECOND TERM IN OFFICE, MAKING IT CLEAR THAT HE'LL CONTINUE TO PUSH FOR MORE EDUCATION REFORMS IN THE FOUR YEARS AHEAD. MR. JINDAL CALLED FOR BIPARTISAN SUPPORT TO GET IT DONE. JINDAL SAYS THE MISSION TO MOVE LOUISIANA FORWARD IS FAR FROM
ACCOMPLISHED.

ALSO TAKING OATHS OF OFFICE TODAY FOR ANOTHER TERM...LT. GOVERNOR JAY DARDENNE, SECRETARY OF STATE TOM SCHEDLER, STATE TREASURER JOHN KENNEDY, ATTORNEY GENERAL BUDDY CALDWELL, INSURANCE COMMISSIONER JIM DONELON AND AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER DR. MIKE STRAIN.

FOLLOWING THEIR OATHS OF OFFICE THIS MORNING MEMBERS OF THE LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE ELECTED THEIR LEADERSHIP FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS. METAIRIE SENATOR DANNY MARTINY NOMINATED GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL'S CHOICE OF WESTWEGO SENATOR JOHN ALARIO FOR SENATE PRESIDENT; DESPITE SOME CRITICISM THAT ALARIO IS UNWORTHY OF THE POST. ALARIO DREW ONE "NAY" VOTE. THE HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY ELECTED LAKE CHARLES REP. CHUCK KLECKLEY TO BE THE NEW HOUSE SPEAKER. COVINGTON REP. JOHN SCHRODER NOMINATED HIM

FOLLOWING HIS UNANIMOUS ELECTION TO SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, LAKE CHARLES REPRESENTATIVE CHUCK KLECKLEY ADDRESSED THE LOUISIANA HOUSE. IN HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH KLECKLEY ACKNOWLEDGED HIS PREDECESSOR, JIM TUCKER AND THANKED THE MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE FOR THEIR OVERWHELMING SUPPORT. KLECKLEY POINTED TO CHALLENGES FACING LOUISIANA'S YOUTH AS HIS TOP PRIORITY FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS.

STATE REP. HERBERT DIXON, D-ALEXANDRIA, WAS ONE OF NINE MEMBERS OF THE LOUISIANA LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUS TO BE ELECTED TO A LEADERSHIP POSITION ON MONDAY.
DIXON, WHO IS ONE OF 27 MEMBERS OF THE CAUCUS, WAS ELECTED TO SERVE AS THE VICE CHAIRPERSON. BATON ROUGE REP. PATRICIA HAYNES SMITH WAS ELECTED TO A SECOND TERM AS CHAIRPERSON.


THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY ELECTIONS TODAY WILL EITHER MAKE OR BREAK FORMER LOUISIANA GOVERNOR BUDDY ROEMER'S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN. ROEMER EVEN MOVED THEIR LAST SUMMER TO GAIN MORE RECOGNITION WITH VOTERS. UL-LAFAYETTE POLITICAL SCIENCE PROFESSOR PEARSON CROSS SAYS THE CAMPAIGN MAY END IF GRANITE STATE VOTERS DON'T RESPOND. ROEMER IS CURRENTLY BEATING TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK PERRY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE POLLS, BUT THEIR COMBINED NUMBERS EQUAL LESS THAN 3-PERCENT.

OUTGOING MISSISSIPPI GOV. HALEY BARBOUR HAS PARDONED AT LEAST FOUR CONVICTED KILLERS WHO WORKED AS INMATE TRUSTIES AT THE GOVERNOR'S MANSION, INCLUDING A MAN WHO WAS DENIED PAROLE LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AGO. RELATIVES OF THREE VICTIMS TOLD THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ON MONDAY THAT STATE CORRECTIONS OFFICIALS NOTIFIED THEM OVER THE WEEKEND THAT THE CONVICTS WERE TO BE RELEASED THIS PAST SUNDAY. BARBOUR, A REPUBLICAN WHO WEIGHED A PRESIDENTIAL RUN LAST YEAR BEFORE DECIDING AGAINST IT, LEAVES OFFICE ON TODAY.

A FORMER POLICE OFFICER WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO HELPING COVER UP THE DEADLY SHOOTINGS OF UNARMED RESIDENTS ON A NEW ORLEANS BRIDGE AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA HAS STARTED SERVING A FIVE-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE U.S. BUREAU OF PRISONS SAYS 31-YEAR-OLD ROBERT BARRIOS REPORTED MONDAY TO A MINIMUM-SECURITY PRISON CAMP IN BEAUMONT, TEXAS. BARRIOS IS ONE OF FIVE FORMER OFFICERS WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO PARTICIPATING IN A COVER-UP TO MAKE IT APPEAR POLICE WERE JUSTIFIED IN SHOOTING SIX PEOPLE — KILLING TWO — ON THE DANZIGER BRIDGE SEVERAL DAYS AFTER THE 2005 STORM. THE OTHER FOUR FORMER OFFICERS ALREADY STARTED SERVING PRISON TERMS.

THE U.S. LABOR DEPARTMENT SAYS A LOUISIANA-BASED MATTRESS SALES COMPANY HAS AGREED TO PAY JUST OVER $40,000 IN MINIMUM AND OVERTIME BACK WAGES TO 96 CURRENT AND FORMER SALES EMPLOYEES. THE AGENCY SAID MONDAY THAT IT FOUND THAT BATON ROUGE-BASED MATTRESS DIRECT INC. VIOLATED FEDERAL OVERTIME, MINIMUM WAGE AND RECORD-KEEPING REQUIREMENTS. THE EMPLOYEES WORKED AT 21 MATTRESS DIRECT LOCATIONS IN LOUISIANA, ALABAMA, FLORIDA AND MISSISSIPPI. THE LABOR DEPARTMENT SAID PAYROLL RECORDS SHOWED THAT INSIDE SALES PERSONNEL SOMETIMES EARNED COMMISSIONS THAT DID NOT EQUAL THE FEDERAL MINIMUM WAGE OF $7.25 PER HOUR AND DID NOT RECEIVE TIME-AND-A-HALF FOR OVERTIME.

THE 19 HOMICIDES IN SHREVEPORT LAST YEAR ARE DOWN 37 PERCENT FROM 2010 AND MARK THE FIRST YEAR SINCE 1967 THAT THE CITY HAS HAD FEWER THAN 20 KILLINGS.
AUTHORITIES SAY MANY FACTORS COULD HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THE DECLINE, INCLUDING POLICE STRATEGY, THE ECONOMY, WEATHER AND THE AVAILABILITY OF GUNS. POLICE CHIEF WILLIE SHAW CITES COOPERATION AMONG LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

LAFAYETTE POLICE SAY THEY HAD AN EASY TIME LOCATING THE SUSPECT IN A CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY SUNDAY NIGHT. THEY FOUND THE MAN IN A NEARBY PARKING LOT, WHERE HE'D MISTAKENLY LOCKED HIS KEYS IN HIS CAR. 28-YEAR-OLD NATHAN SONNIER, OF MAURICE, IS NOW IN CUSTODY.

FEDERAL SCIENTISTS SAY A NEW CHEMISTRY-BASED ANALYSIS OF THE 2010 OIL SPILL IN THE GULF OF MEXICO CLOSELY MATCHES OFFICIAL ESTIMATES RELEASED AT THE TIME OF THE SPILL. THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION SAYS A NEW STUDY FOUND THAT AN AVERAGE OF 11,130 TONS OF GAS AND OIL COMPOUNDS PER DAY WERE RELEASED FROM THE BP PLC WELL THAT FOULED THE GULF. THE OFFICIAL LEAK RATE OFFICIALS USED DURING THE SPILL WAS ABOUT 11,350 TONS OF GAS AND OIL PER DAY.
THE AGENCY SAYS THE NEW STUDY COMBINED CHEMICAL MEASUREMENTS IN THE DEEP OCEAN, IN THE OIL SLICK AND IN THE AIR.




SPORTS..

LES MILES CAME OUT A WINNER EVEN BEFORE LSU FACED ALABAMA IN MONDAY NIGHT'S BCS TITLE GAME. MILES WON THE LIBERTY MUTUAL COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR THE FOOTBALL BOWL SUBDIVISION AFTER HE LED THE TOP-RANKED TIGERS TO A PERFECT REGULAR-SEASON RECORD AND AN SEC CHAMPIONSHIP.

THE NEW ORLEANS HORNETS WERE HAPPY TO FINALLY GET ANOTHER WIN. CARL LANDRY SCORED 21 POINTS, CHRIS KAMAN ADDED 20 AND THE HORNETS ENDED A SIX-GAME LOSING STREAK WITH A 94-81 WIN OVER THE DENVER NUGGETS ON MONDAY NIGHT.



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