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News For Friday 03/09/12


NEWS FOR FRIDAY 030912
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

PREPARE FOR ANOTHER RAINY WEEKEND ACROSS LOUISIANA. STATE CLIMATOLOGIST BARRY KEIM SAYS THE PRECIPITATION COMES VIA A COLD FRONT THAT WILL BEGIN CROSSING THE STATE TODAY. KEIM SAYS OUTDOOR PLANS WILL LIKELY HAVE TO BE PUT ON HOLD FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS, AS THE RAIN WILL BE PRETTY MUCH STATEWIDE. KEIM SAYS UP TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN COULD FALL ON PARTS OF LOUISIANA BETWEEN NOW AND MONDAY AFTERNOON.

LSU BEAT ARKANSAS YESTERDAY 70-54 IN THE OPENING ROUND OF THE SEC TOURNAMENT IN NEW ORLEANS. THE TIGERS NOW ADVANCE TO PLAY NO. 1 KENTUCKY TODAY IN A QUARTERFINAL GAME. PREGAME AT 11:30, WITH THE TIP OFF AT 12 NOON ON ESPN1410AM.

EARLY VOTING FOR THE MARCH 24 PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY ELECTIONS AND LOCAL ELECTIONS, WILL BEGIN SATURDAY. EARLY VOTING, WHICH TAKES PLACE IN PARISH REGISTRARS OF VOTERS' OFFICES, WILL CONTINUE MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY NEXT WEEK.
HOURS FOR EARLY VOTING AT THE RAPIDES PARISH REGISTRAR'S OFFICE ARE 8:30 A.M. TO 6 P.M. EACH DAY, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SUNDAY WHEN THE OFFICE IS CLOSED.

FORMER ALEXANDRIA CITY ATTORNEY CHARLES "CHARLIE" NUNNALLY III HAS DIED. FAMILY MEMBERS SAY NUNNALLY DIED LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT FOLLOWING A LENGTHY ILLNESS. UNERAL ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY JOHN KRAMER & SON. NUNNALLY SERVED AS CITY ATTORNEY FOR ABOUT 18 YEARS DURING MAYOR NED RANDOLPH'S ADMINISTRATION. CHARLIE NUNNALLY, DEAD AT THE AGE OF 62.

A FORMER VILLE PLATTE HEAD FOOTBALL COACH HAS PLEADED GUILTY TO VEHICULAR HOMICIDE IN A 2010 WRECK THAT KILLED HIS WIFE AND A WOMAN IN ANOTHER VEHICLE.
45 YEAR OLD ROY SERIE WAS SENTENCED WEDNESDAY TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON, WITH ALL BUT SEVEN YEARS SUSPENDED, AND THREE YEARS' SUPERVISED PROBATION. HE COULD HAVE FACED UP TO 30 YEARS IN JAIL. SERIE WAS ACCUSED OF HAVING MARIJUANA IN HIS SYSTEM WHEN HIS VEHICLE CROSSED THE MEDIAN AND STRUCK ANOTHER VEHICLE HEAD-ON ON U.S. HIGHWAY 165, KILLING HIS WIFE, SHEILA, AND SHANNON COX. A PASSENGER IN COX'S VEHICLE, WAS SEVERELY INJURED.

THE US SENATE HAS APPROVED USING THE BULK OF WATER POLLUTION FINES STEMMING FROM THE 2010 GULF OIL SPILL TO PAY FOR RESTORATION IN FIVE GULF STATES.
THE BP OIL COMPANY COULD BE FINED $5.4 BILLION TO $21.1 BILLION UNDER THE CLEAN WATER ACT, DEPENDING ON WHETHER IT'S FOUND GROSSLY NEGLIGENT. THE MONEY TYPICALLY GOES INTO A FUND TO PAY FOR OIL SPILL CLEANUP COSTS AND DAMAGES. THAT FUND WOULD RECEIVE ONLY 20 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL. THE REST WOULD BE DIVIDED EQUALLY AMONG LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA, FLORIDA AND TEXAS. THE MEASURE CLEARED THE SENATE 76-22 AS PART OF A LARGER TRANSPORTATION BILL.

THE U.S. AIR FORCE'S LATEST BUDGET PROPOSAL WOULD ELIMINATE THE 917TH FIGHTER GROUP AT BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE IN SHREVEPORT. THE "9-1-7" IS A UNIT OF 409 PART-TIME RESERVISTS AND OVER 170 FULL-TIME TECHNICIANS. SENATOR DAVID VITTER SAYS HE HAS REAL CONCERNS ABOUT THE PENTAGON'S BUDGET PROPOSAL. VITTER SAYS HE SPENT THURSDAY IN HEARINGS WITH THE SENATE ARMED FORCES COMMITTEE; ASKING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PLANNED CUTS AT BARKSDALE. VITTER SAYS HE'S TRYING TO CONVINCE THE PENTAGON TO RETHINK CUTTING THE "9-1-7" AT BARKSDALE...AND THE JOBS THAT GO WITH IT

LT. GOV. JAY DARDENNE SAID THURSDAY THAT THE GOVERNOR'S PROPOSED BUDGET EATS INTO HIS ABILITY TO ADVERTISE THE STATE TO TOURISTS AND TO DRAW MORE PEOPLE AND THEIR TAX DOLLARS TO LOUISIANA. GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S BUDGET FOR THE 2012-13 FISCAL YEAR USES MORE THAN HALF THE MONEY EARMARKED FOR PROMOTING TOURISM INSTEAD TO PAY THE STATE'S SHARE OF BIG TICKET EVENTS SUCH AS THE SUPER BOWL AND THE NCAA WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR. DARDENNE AND JINDAL, BOTH REPUBLICANS, HAVE DISAGREED ABOUT THE TOURISM MARKETING BUDGET FOR TWO YEARS. THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR SAID MARKETING BRINGS MONEY TO LOUISIANA SO CUTTING ADVERTISING DOESN'T MAKE SENSE.

THE CIVIL SERVICE DEPARTMENT IS ADVISING LOUISIANA'S STATE EMPLOYEES THAT THEY CAN TALK WITH LAWMAKERS, TESTIFY AT LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS, ATTEND PUBLIC RALLIES AND OTHERWISE EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S PROPOSALS TO CHANGE THEIR RETIREMENT BENEFITS AND CONTRIBUTIONS. THE DEPARTMENT ISSUED A MEMO TELLING RANK-AND-FILE EMPLOYEES ABOUT THEIR RIGHTS. CIVIL SERVICE DIRECTOR SHANNON TEMPLET SAID WEDNESDAY THAT WAS IN RESPONSE TO A FLOOD OF STATE EMPLOYEE INQUIRIES SINCE JINDAL ANNOUNCED THE PENSION LEGISLATION. THE PROPOSALS WOULD REQUIRE STATE EMPLOYEES TO CONTRIBUTE MORE TO THEIR RETIREMENT, WHILE REDUCING BENEFITS AND INCREASING THE RETIREMENT AGE. THE LOUISIANA STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM OPPOSES SOME OF THE PROPOSALS, ARGUING THEY BREAK A CONTRACT WITH EMPLOYEES.

THE ST. TAMMANY PARISH CORONER IS STILL TRYING TO IDENTIFY REMAINS OF A MAN THAT WERE FOUND THIS WEEK STUFFED IN AN ICE CHEST. CORONER, PETER GAVIN, SAYS DNA EVIDENCE IS GOING TO BE USED TO HELP IDENTIFY THE MAN BECAUSE OF THE ADVANCED STATE OF DECOMPOSITION. CAPT. GEORGE BONNETT WITH THE ST. TAMMANY PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THE INVESTIGATION WILL REMAIN OPEN PENDING AUTOPSY RESULTS. HE SAYS OTHER CHARGES COULD BE FORTHCOMING IF THE TWO WOMEN WERE FRAUDULENTLY RECEIVING THE DEAD MAN'S BENEFITS. WHICH IT’S BELIEVED THEY WERE.

STATE COMMISSIONER OF INSURANCE JIM DONELON REMINDS PROPERTY OWNERS THAT THEY HAVE A REFUND COMING ON THEIR STATE TAXES. THE REFUND IS FOR AN ASSESSMENT PAID TO FINANCE DEBT FOR LOUISIANA CITIZENS PROPERTY INSURANCE LEFT OVER FROM HURRICANES IN 2005 AND 2008.

NEW ORLEANS POLICE ARE UNDER CRITICISM AGAIN; THIS TIME FOR SHOOTING AN UNARMED MAN. NOPD OFFICERS SHOT AND KILLED 20-YEAR-OLD WENDELL ALLEN, WHILE SERVING A WARRANT ON WEDNESDAY EVENING. THOUGH ALLEN WAS UNARMED, OFFICERS DID FIND A GUN AND SOME MARIJUANA IN THE HOUSE. SURVEILLANCE OF THE HOME INDICATED THERE WAS ILLICIT DRUG ACTIVITY GOING ON. CIRCUMSTANCES LEADING TO THE SHOOTING HAVE NOT BEEN RELEASED YET.

THE ASSUMPTION PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS THEY ARRESTED 16 SUSPECTED DRUG DEALERS AS PART OF AN ROUNDUP THEY CALLED "OPERATION SHOULD HAVE GOT A REAL JOB" THE ARRESTS WERE THE CAP TO AN 8-MONTH INVESTIGATION WHERE AGENTS WENT UNDERCOVER TO BUY CRACK COCAINE, MARIJUANA AND OTHER DRUGS THROUGHOUT THE PARISH.

THE ADMINISTRATOR OF BP'S GULF COAST CLAIMS FACILITY HAS BEEN OUSTED BY THE FEDERAL JUDGE PRESIDING OVER THE MASSIVE CIVIL SUIT OVER THE 2010 OIL SPILL. WEDNESDAY’S ORDER BY U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE CARL BARBIER WILL REPLACE FINEBERG WITH A COURT APPOINTED ADMINISTRATOR.

A TOP TEACHERS UNION OFFICIAL SAYS GOVERNOR JINDAL'S PLAN TO USE PUBLIC SCHOOL MONEY FROM THE MINIMUM FOUNDATION PROGRAM FOR SCHOOL VOUCHERS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. LOUISIANA FEDERATION OF TEACHERS PRESIDENT STEVE MONAGHAN SAYS THE JINDAL PLAN VIOLATES THE STATE'S CONSTITUTION ON SEVERAL GROUNDS. HE IS ASKING THE LEGISLATURE TO REJECT THE FUNDING PLAN AS APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION LAST WEEK AND SEND IT BACK TO THE BOARD TO BE REWRITTEN. MONAGHAN BELIEVES ANY INTERPRETATION OF THE STATE CONSTITUTION DOES NOT ALLOW FUNDING OF PRIVATE EDUCATION WITH PUBLIC MONEY.

BATON ROUGE STATE SENATOR YVONNE DORSEY-COLOMB HAS FILED LEGISLATION THAT WOULD PROHIBIT DEATH ROW INMATES FROM PROFITING FROM THEIR NOTORIETY. SHE SAYS SHE WAS MOTIVATED TO WRITE THE LAW BY NEWS REPORTS THAT CONVICTED KILLER, DERRICK TODD LEE, WAS SELLING HIS ARTWORK TO PEOPLE OUTSIDE ANGOLA STATE PRISON.

SPORTS..

THE NO. 11 LSU BASEBALL TEAM LOOKS TO EXTEND ITS SIX-GAME WINNING STREAK STARTING TONIGHT AGAINST MICHIGAN IN ALEX BOX STADIUM. THE TIGERS WILL ALSO HOST THE WOLVERINES TOMORROW NIGHT THEN SUNDAY TAKE ON NOTRE DAME. HEAD COACH PAUL MAINIERI SAYS HE HOPES THESE GAMES GET THE TEAM READY TO BEGIN SEC PLAY NEXT WEEKEND. HERE TONIGHT’S GAME ON TALKRADIO 970 KSYL.

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