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News For Thursday 03/08/12


NEWS FOR THURSDAY 031812
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

AN ARTICLE IN TODAY’S TOWN TALK REPORTS, BUSES FROM MABEL BRASHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WILL NO LONGER ENTER THE SYCAMORE STREET APARTMENT COMPLEX IN ALEXANDRIA TO PICK UP OR DROP OFF STUDENTS. IT A DECISION THAT HAS SOME PARENTS AND RELATIVES UPSET. MABEL BRASHER PRINCIPAL DELISA DAVIS RECENTLY INFORMED FAMILIES IN THE APARTMENTS OF THE DECISION BY LETTER. SHE SAID THE DECISION WAS MADE BECAUSE OF SAFETY THREATS TO BUS DRIVERS, INCLUDING AN INCIDENT WHERE A PARENT BECAME BELLIGERENT BECAUSE THE BUS WAS LATE AND ATTACKED A BUS, BREAKING OUT THE DRIVERS WINDOW. DAVIS SAID BUS DRIVERS HAVE ALSO BEEN SUBJECTED TO VERBAL ABUSE IN THE AREA. CHILDREN, FROM THIS POINT FORWARD, ARE BEING DROPPED OFF AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE COMPLEX.

THE RAPIDES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD IS RESTORING FUNDS FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES THAT HAD BEEN CUT BECAUSE OF BUDGET CONSTRAINTS. THE SCHOOL BOARD HAD CUT 15 PERCENT FROM EXTRACURRICULARS BEFORE THE SCHOOL YEAR TO HELP MAKE UP FOR A PROJECTED BUDGET SHORTFALL. AT ITS MONTHLY MEETING TUESDAY, THE BOARD VOTED 5-3 TO PUT THAT MONEY BACK INTO THE BUDGET. IT WILL COST ABOUT $200,000 TO RESTORE THE PREVIOUSLY CUT ACTIVITIES.

AUTHORITIES WILL CONTINUE THE SEARCH OF KINKAID LAKE TODAY, LOOKING FOR 53 YEAR OLD WILLIAM GALLOWAY. GALLOWAY WENT FISHING EARLY TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND HAS NOT BEEN SEEN SINCE. DIVE TEAMS STARTED SEARCHING THE LAKE LATE TUESDAY NIGHT. WITH THE SEARCH CONTINUING THROUGHOUT THE DAY YESTERDAY AFTER NEW EQUIPMENT WAS BROUGHT IN TO AID IN THE SEARCH. LATE TUESDAY NIGHT SEARCHERS FOUND GALLOWAY’S BOAT IDLING ON THE BANK OF THE LAKE.

THE AIR FORCE'S LATEST BUDGET PROPOSAL WOULD ELIMINATE THE 917TH FIGHTER GROUP, A RESERVE UNIT OF 580 PEOPLE AT BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR — ITS 50TH ANNIVERSARY. COL. JOHN BREAZEALE (BRUH-ZIL'), THE 917TH'S COMMANDER, SAYS THE PROPOSAL CALLS FOR RETIRING 21 OF THE UNIT'S A-10 "WARTHOG" JETS AND MOVING THE REMAINING THREE TO WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE. BREAZEALE SAYS THE 917TH HAS ABOUT 150 PEOPLE IN AFGHANISTAN RIGHT NOW.

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL SOLIDIFIED HIS PLACE IN THE NATIONAL GOP OVER THE PAST FOUR YEARS BY TRAVELING TO FUNDRAISE FOR HIS RE-ELECTION AND REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES. THE GOVERNOR ALSO TRAVELED TO PITCH HIS BOOK AND MINGLE WITH HEFTY DONORS AND WELL-CONNECTED POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS. NOW, ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE LOUISIANA STATE POLICE SPENT MORE TO PROVIDE PROTECTION SERVICES FOR THE GOVERNOR'S OUT-OF-STATE POLITICAL AND FUNDRAISING TRAVEL THAN FOR WORK TRIPS IN OTHER STATES. JINDAL'S OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL COST TAXPAYERS MORE THAN $175,000 SINCE HE TOOK OFFICE IN 2008, AND MORE THAN 57 PERCENT OF THAT SPENDING FOR FLIGHTS, HOTEL ROOMS, MEALS AND TAXIS FOR THE LOUISIANA STATE POLICE SECURITY GUARDS WHO TRAVELED WITH HIM. SO FAR, NONE OF THE MONEY HAS BEEN REIMBURSED BY THE GOVERNOR'S CAMPAIGN, WHICH RAISED $13 MILLION FOR HIS 2011 RE-ELECTION AND STILL HAS NEARLY $4 MILLION IN HIS CAMPAIGN ACCOUNT.

THE LSU TIGERS TAKE A THREE-GAME LOSING STREAK TO THE SEC TOURNAMENT TODAY. THE TIGERS OPEN THE TOURNEY BY PLAYING ARKANSAS AT THE NEW ORLEANS ARENA. LSU WOULD NEED TO WIN THE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP TO RECEIVE AN AUTOMATIC BID TO THE BIG DANCE. TIP OFF TODAY AT NOON ON ESPN 1410.

CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ARE LOOKING FOR A MAN WHO STOLE ALMOST 9,000 PILLS IN 41 SECONDS FROM THE DRUG STORE IN MOSS BLUFF. THE CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE CULPRIT WORE A GRAY OR TAN SUIT, CLEAR MASK, BASEBALL HAT AND SUNGLASSES. HE WAS SEEN ON THE STORE'S SURVEILLANCE VIDEO ENTERING THE STORE, JUMPING OVER THE COUNTER AND PUTTING THE DRUGS INTO A BLACK TRASH BAG BEFORE FLEEING. MYERS SAID HE TOOK MORE THAN $4,500 WORTH OF DRUGS, INCLUDING ABOUT 7,000 HYDROCODONE TABLETS.

IN ASCENSION PARISH, DEPUTIES HAVE ARRESTED FIVE PEOPLE FOR THEIR ROLE IN A HOME INVASION ON FEBRUARY 18TH THAT RESULTED IN THE TRIPLE SLAYING OF A FAMILY. SHERIFF JEFF WILEY SAYS ONE OF THE MEN DID WORK FOR THE FAMILY AND KNEW HE HAD GOLD COINS INSIDE HIS HOUSE.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE STATE'S GAS TAX TIED TO THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX. KAREN ST. GERMAIN OF PLAQUEMINE SAYS WHEN THE C-P-I GOES UP THE STATE'S GAS TAX WOULD ALSO RISE, GENERATING MORE MONEY FOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION. ST. GERMAIN SAYS SHE WOULD LIKE TO SEE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PASSED NEXT YEAR. THE STATE'S CURRENT TAX ON GASOLINE IS 16-CENTS AND HASN'T BEEN CHANGED IN YEARS.

A NEW ORLEANS LAWMAKER HAS ONCE AGAIN INTRODUCED LEGISLATION FOR THE UPCOMING SESSION THAT WOULD BAN THE USE OF HANDHELD CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING. REPRESENTATIVE AUSTIN BADON SAYS HE'S MORE OPTIMISTIC THAT HIS PROPOSED LAW WILL MAKE IT TO THE GOVERNOR'S DESK THIS YEAR. BADON SAYS HE'S NOT TRYING TO BAN ALL CELL PHONE USE WHILE DRIVING, BUT HIS LEGISLATION WOULD REQUIRE DRIVERS TO USE A HANDS FREE DEVICE.

A JINDAL APPOINTEE WAS FIRED A DAY AFTER TESTIFYING AGAINST THE ADMINISTRATION'S PLANS TO MOVE THE OFFICE OF ELDERLY AFFAIRS FROM THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE TO THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS. MARTHA MANUEL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF ELDERLY AFFAIRS SAYS TAMMY WOODS, THE GOVERNOR'S COMMUNITY PROGRAMS DIRECTOR FIRED HER IN A PHONE CALL WEDNESDAY MORNING.

A JURY IS DECIDING WHETHER IT WILL ALLOW FEDERAL AUTHORITIES TO SEIZE $330 MILLION FROM NEARLY 30 ACCOUNTS CONTROLLED BY CONVICTED TEXAS TYCOON R. ALLEN STANFORD AND OTHERS. JURORS GOT THE CASE WEDNESDAY AFTER A BRIEF CRIMINAL FORFEITURE PROCEEDING IN HOUSTON FEDERAL COURT. AFTER HEARING CLOSING ARGUMENTS, THEY DECIDED TO START DELIBERATING TODAY. THE ACCOUNTS IN THE CASE ARE ALLEGED TO CONTAIN CRIMINAL PROCEEDS FROM STANFORD'S MASSIVE PONZI SCHEME. THE SAME JURY CONVICTED STANFORD ON TUESDAY ON 13 COUNTS OF ORCHESTRATING A SCHEME THAT TOOK BILLIONS FROM INVESTORS FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS.

A LOUISIANA WOMAN APPARENTLY KEPT HER FATHER'S SEVERED BODY IN AN ICE CHEST AT HER APARTMENT FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS AS SHE COLLECTED HIS SOCIAL SECURITY CHECK. AT SOME POINT, SHE CUT OFF HIS HANDS SO THAT IDENTIFYING HIM WOULD BE DIFFICULT, AUTHORITIES SAID, BUT SHE NEVER DUMPED HIS BODY AS SHE HAD PLANNED. THE WOMAN AND HER ROOMMATE RECENTLY WENT TO THE ST. TAMMANY PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE TO TELL THEIR STORY. THE WOMAN HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED BUT SHE TOLD POLICE SHE IS THE MAN'S DAUGHTER. POLICE THINK THE 83-YEAR-OLD MAN, WHO ALSO HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED, DIED OF NATURAL CAUSES. THE CORONER IS WORKING TO VERIFY THAT PART OF THE WOMEN'S STORY.

SECRETARY OF STATE TOM SCHEDLER SAYS HE'LL HAVE TO CLOSE MUSEUMS IF LAWMAKERS PASS THE BUDGET PROPOSED BY GOV. BOBBY JINDAL. SCHEDLER OUTLINED THE SITUATION WEDNESDAY TO THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE, WHICH IS COMBING THROUGH JINDAL'S PROPOSALS FOR THE 2012-13 FISCAL YEAR. THE SECRETARY OF STATE OVERSEES 17 MUSEUMS, MOSTLY TINY MUSEUMS RUN BY VOLUNTEERS AND PART-TIME WORKERS. SCHEDLER SAYS WITH THE BUDGET PROPOSED, HE COULD KEEP OPEN THE TWO LARGEST MUSEUMS, THE OLD STATE CAPITOL IN BATON ROUGE AND THE LOUISIANA STATE EXHIBIT MUSEUM IN SHREVEPORT, BUT WOULD HAVE TO SHUT DOWN EVERY OTHER MUSEUM HE OVERSEES. SCHEDLER'S TRYING TO GET LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO TAKE OVER SOME MUSEUM OPERATIONS.

FIVE GULF COAST STATES' GOVERNORS ARE FIGHTING A U.S. AIR FORCE PROPOSAL TO MOVE EIGHT PLANES OUT OF TEXAS THAT ARE USED FOR POST-HURRICANE EVACUATIONS.
THE GOVERNORS SENT A LETTER TO THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION THIS WEEK IN RESPONSE TO PROPOSED AIR FORCE BUDGET CUTS. THEY INCLUDE MOVING THE TEXAS AIR NATIONAL GUARD C-130 HERCULES PLANES AWAY FROM A FORT WORTH BASE IN TWO YEARS.
THE LETTER SIGNED BY GOVERNORS OF TEXAS, ALABAMA, FLORIDA, LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI SAYS MOVING THE AIRCRAFT MEANS IT WOULD TAKE DAYS INSTEAD OF HOURS TO MOBILIZE THEM IN A DISASTER.

FACING LEGISLATION IN THE UPCOMING LEGISLATIVE SESSION TO MERGE LSU SHREVEPORT AND LOUISIANA TECH UNIVERSITY, LSU SYSTEM PRESIDENT JOHN LOMBARDI IS OFFERING A COUNTER PROPOSAL. SPEAKING IN SHREVEPORT LOMBARDI SAYS HE HAS THE ADVISE OF A CONSULTANT RECOMMENDING A DIFFERENT SORT OF MERGER. LOMBARDI IS PROPOSING THAT LA TECH MOVE INTO THE LSU SYSTEM. LOMBARDI SAYS LSU HAS THE MEANS TO TRANSFER TECHNOLOGY AND PERFORM RESEARCH THAT WOULD FIT WELL WITH TECH'S GOALS. HE SAYS MOVING LOUISIANA TECH INTO THE LSU SYSTEM WOULD HAVE ADVANTAGES FOR BOTH UNIVERSITIES.






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