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News For Tuesday 02/21/12


NEWS FOR TUESDAY 022112
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR SPOTS TO HIT TODAY FOR MARDI GRAS IN LOUISIANA IS LAFAYETTE. LAFAYETTE CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GERALD BREAUX SAYS PARADES IN LAFAYETTE START AT 10 THIS MORNING AND WILL ROLL UNTIL LATE AFTERNOON. HE SAYS LAFAYETTE PARADES ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR FAMILY FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT. CONSERVATIVE ESTIMATES ARE THAT 500,000 PEOPLE WILL ATTEND MARDI GRAS IN LAFAYETTE.

AFTER TORRENTIAL RAINS OVER THE WEEKEND AND A THREAT OF RAIN FOR FAT TUESDAY THE FORECAST IS NOW CALLING FOR A PICTURE PERFECT MARDI GRAS. STATE CLIMATOLOGIST BARRY KEIM SAYS THE RAIN WE EXPECTED FOR TODAY HAS BEEN MOVED BACK AT LEAST A DAY TO ASH WEDNESDAY. HE SAYS FOR MARDI GRAS WE WILL ENJOY BEAUTIFUL WEATHER ACROSS ALL OF SOUTH LOUISIANA.

LOUISIANA COLLEGE WILL CHALLENGE THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S HEALTH CARE REFORM'S PROVISIONS FOR CONTRACEPTION IN FEDERAL COURT. MIKE JOHNSON IS DEAN OF LOUISIANA COLLEGE'S PRESSLER LAW SCHOOL. HE SAYS THE LAW COVERS ABORTION-INDUCING DRUGS OR THE MORNING AFTER PILL, STERILIZATION AND CONTRACEPTIVES AT NO COST TO THE EMPLOYEES. JOHNSON SAYS FEDERAL COURT PAPERS HAVE BEEN FILED ELECTRONICALLY TO CHALLENGE THE CONTRACEPTION MANDATE AS A VIOLATION OF FREEDOM OF WORSHIP, AND AN INFRINGEMENT ON CONSTITUTIONAL FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

JERRY JONES JR., THE NEW DISTRICT 3 COUNCILMAN FOR THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA, IS FACING A COMPLAINT OF ETHICS VIOLATIONS. JULES GREEN, A DISTRICT 4 RESIDENT, AND GAYLE UNDERWOOD, WHO LIVES IN DISTRICT 5, FILED THE COMPLAINT. GREEN SAID MONDAY THAT HE WANTED TO WAIT UNTIL TODAY TO COMMENT ON THE COMPLAINT. BUT, HE DID SAY "IT STEMS FROM HIS TOTAL APPOINTMENT." THE COUNCIL'S FINANCE AND LEGAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE IS SCHEDULED TO DISCUSS THE COMPLAINT AT 3:30 P.M. TODAY.

JURY SELECTION BEGINS TODAY IN SHREVEPORT IN THE CASE OF FORMER WINN PARISH SHERIFF A.D. "BODIE" LITTLE. LITTLE WAS ARRESTED LAST AUGUST AT HIS WINNFIELD HOME AFTER HE AND 10 OTHER PEOPLE WERE INDICTED BY A FEDERAL GRAND JURY OF CHARGES RELATED TO THE ORGANIZED DISTRIBUTION OF MORE THAN 50 GRAMS OF METHAMPHETAMINE IN THE WINN PARISH AND SHREVEPORT AREAS. ALL OF THE DEFENDANTS EXCEPT LITTLE HAVE REACHED PLEA DEALS AND HAVE AGREED TO TESTIFY IF NEEDED AGAINST LITTLE, WHO HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO THE CHARGES.

ST. MARTINVILLE AUTHORITIES HAVE ARRESTED TO PEOPLE IN CONNECTION WITH A KIDNAPPING LAST WEEK BUT ARE STILL SEARCHING FOR A THIRD SUSPECT IN THE CASE.
POLICE REPORT THE THREE MEN WENT TO A HOUSE LAST WEEK AND ASSAULTED A MAN WHO LIVED THERE. THEY THEN KIDNAPPED THE VICTIM AND HIS GIRLFRIEND, APPARENTLY OVER A DEBT THAT WAS OWED. THE TWO VICTIMS SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES IN THE INCIDENT.

MOEX OFFSHORE IS THE FIRST COMPANY INVOLVED IN THE DEEPWATER HORIZON DISASTER TO SETTLE WITH LOUISIANA. MOEX IS A MINORITY PARTNER IN B-P'S WELL BLOWOUT THAT CAUSED THE NATION'S WORST OIL SPILL. GARRET GRAVES, DIRECTOR OF COASTAL AFFAIRS, SAYS HALF OF THE 13-POINT-FIVE MILLION DOLLARS WILL GO TOWARDS REPAIRING THE COAST THAT WAS IMPACTED BY THE SPILL, THE OTHER HALF WILL GO TOWARDS LAND ACQUISITION THAT WILL HELP PRESERVE THE COAST. GRAVES SAYS FOUR COMPANIES, INCLUDING B-P AND TRANSOCEAN HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED AS RESPONSIBLE PARTIES. HE SAYS THE STATE IS STILL TRYING TO WORK OUT SETTLEMENTS WITH THOSE COMPANIES. THAT WILL EVENTUALLY BRING BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO THE STATE. THERE IS SPECULATION B-P WILL SETTLE ITS SUIT THIS WEEK WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE FIVE GULF COAST STATES IMPACTED BY THE SPILL.

THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HAS PASSED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD MEAN ABOUT $2-BILLION MORE IN FUNDING FOR LOUISIANA'S COASTAL RESTORATION AND PROTECTION. IT WAS BACK IN 2006 THAT SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU AND THEN-CONGRESSMAN BOBBY JINDAL PUSHED A BILL THROUGH TO GET LOUISIANA, AND OTHER GULF STATES, A FAIR SHARE OF OFFSHORE ROYALTIES. HOWEVER THAT LAW SET AN ANNUAL CAP OF $500-MILLION. NEW IBERIA CONGRESSMAN JEFF LANDRY SAYS HIS LEGISLATION RAISES THAT CAP TO $750-MILLION. LANDRY HOPES FOR CONTINUED SUPPORT FROM SENATORS LANDRIEU AND VITTER AS THE BILL MOVES THROUGH THE U.S. SENATE.

CRIME STOPPERS IS OFFERING A $5,000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION IN A CASE IN WHICH HOME INVADERS SLIT THE THROATS OF A COUPLE IN THEIR 70S AND THE WOMAN'S 50-YEAR-OLD SON, KILLING BOTH MEN AND LEAVING THE WOMAN CRITICALLY INJURED.THE REWARD IS FOR INFORMATION THAT LEADS TO AN ARREST AND CONVICTION. DEPUTIES WERE SENT TO THE HOUSE LATE SATURDAY BECAUSE RELATIVES HAD BEEN UNABLE TO REACH THE FAMILY BY PHONE, AND BROKE IN WHEN NOBODY ANSWERED THE DOOR. THEY FOUND 72 YEAR OLD SHIRLEY MARCHAND STILL ALIVE AND THE BODIES OF HER SON, DOUGLAS DOOLEY, AND HUSBAND, ROBERT IRWIN MARCHAND. THEIR THROATS HAD BEEN CUT AND THEY APPEARED TO HAVE BEEN BLUDGEONED. AUTHORITIES SAY A COIN COLLECTION WORTH $500,000 WAS LIKE THE MOTIVE IN THE ROBBERY AND ATTACK.

STATE POLICE REPORT A EUNICE MAN HAS DIED IN HEAD-ON COLLISION ON LOUISIANA HIGHWAY 13. TROOPERS SAID THE WRECK HAPPENED EARLY MONDAY WHEN 24-YEAR-OLD TOMMY DORE OF CHURCH POINT COLLIDED WITH TRUCK DRIVEN BY 21-YEAR-OLD ADAM MEAUX OF EUNICE. POLICE SAID DORE CROSSED THE CENTERLINE AND STRUCK MEAUX'S VEHICLE HEAD ON. MEAUX DIED AT AN AREA HOSPITAL. DORE WAS TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES.

SOUTHERN BAPTISTS FIRST CONSIDERED CHANGING THEIR NAME IN 1903. LEADERS HAVE SERIOUSLY PROPOSED IT AT LEAST 13 TIMES SINCE THEN. NOW, SOUTHERN BAPTIST CONVENTION PRESIDENT BRYANT WRIGHT HOPES A COMPROMISE OF SORTS COULD PUT THE ISSUE TO REST BY ADDING THE MONIKER "GREAT COMMISSION BAPTISTS."
A TASK FORCE FORMED BY THE NATION'S LARGEST PROTESTANT DENOMINATION RECOMMENDED TO CHURCH LEADERS ON MONDAY THAT THEY SHOULD NOT COMPLETELY CHANGE ITS NAME. RATHER, THEY SAY THE "GREAT COMMISSION" NAME GIVES AN OFFICIAL OPTION TO THOSE WHO MIGHT NOT EMBRACE THE "SOUTHERN" NAME AND IDENTITY.
THE TASK FORCE RULED OUT A COMPLETE LEGAL NAME CHANGE, SAYING IT WOULD HAVE BEEN TOO COSTLY AND DIFFICULT, AMONG OTHER REASONS.

SHREVEPORT POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A SUNDAY MORNING HOMICIDE. OFFICERS SAY 26-YEAR-OLD ANTHONY CRAIN WAS FOUND LYING IN THE STREET OF A QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD; SHOT MULTIPLE TIMES.

LAKE CHARLES POLICE BUST SEVEN PEOPLE; ALL FOR ALLEGEDLY RUNNING A METH LAB OUT OF A LOCAL HOME. THE THREE WOMEN AND FOUR MEN ARE ALL BETWEEN 21 AND 39 YEARS OF AGE. THEY'RE ALL CHARGED WITH RUNNING A CLANDESTINE DRUG LAB.

RESEARCHERS AT LSU HEALTH SHREVEPORT WILL SHARE A 2.5 MILLION-DOLLAR NIH GRANT WITH THEIR PARTNERS AT WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS FOR A FIVE YEAR STUDY TO SEE IF A COMMON COLD VIRUS COULD BE USED TO CURE COLON CANCER. DR. MICHAEL MATHIS, DIRECTOR OF GENE THERAPY AT LSU HEALTH SAYS THE GOAL IS TO INSERT A SUICIDE GENE INTO CANCER CELLS.

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL SAID MONDAY HE WANTS TO BORROW MONEY TO GENERATE $325 MILLION IN REPAIRS TO RURAL ROADS ACROSS LOUISIANA. JINDAL SAID THE PLAN, WHICH WOULD REQUIRE BONDS TO BE ISSUED, WOULD PAY FOR RESURFACING AND OTHER IMPROVEMENTS ON NEARLY 1,000 MILES OF ROADS THAT ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL MATCHING DOLLARS.

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