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News For Tuesday 03/13/12


NEWS FOR TUESDAY 031312
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

AUTHORITIES DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY MONDAY IN AN AREA OF SOUTHERN LOUISIANA AFTER FLOODWATERS FROM HEAVY OVERNIGHT THUNDERSTORMS INUNDATED DOZENS OF HOMES. NO DEATHS OR INJURIES WERE IMMEDIATELY REPORTED. THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE IN LAFAYETTE PARISH, WHERE HEAVY RAINS OCCURRED, HAS URGED PEOPLE TO LEAVE DOZENS OF HOMES IN AND AROUND THE COMMUNITY OF CARENCRO.
RADAR INDICATED SOME AREAS SAW UP TO 19 INCHES OF RAIN, LEAVING WATER WAIST-DEEP ON SOME STREETS.

GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL GAVE A ROUSING 26 MINUTE ADDRESS, TO OPEN THE 2012 STATE LEGISLATIVE SESSION. MR. JINDAL STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF IMPROVING PUBLIC EDUCATION...AND CITED PROPOSALS TO EXPAND PRIVATE SCHOOL VOUCHERS, INCREASE THE NUMBER OF CHARTER SCHOOLS AND REFORM TEACHER TENURE. JINDAL SAYS PARTY PHILOSOPHIES SHOULD STAY OUT OF THE EDUCATION REFORM DEBATE.

MEMBERS OF THE STATE'S DEMOCRATIC AND BLACK LEGISLATIVE CAUCUSES RESPOND NEGATIVELY TO GOVERNOR JINDAL'S OPENING ADDRESS TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE. DEMOCRATIC LEGISLATIVE CAUCUS LEADER REP. JOHN BEL EDWARDS, OF AMITE, SAYS THE GOVERNOR'S $25-BILLION BUDGET PROPOSAL RELIES TOO HEAVILY ON PASSING CONTINGENCY LEGISLATION TO BRING THE BUDGET INTO BALANCE. BATON ROUGE REP. PATRICIA SMITH CHAIRS THE LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUS, A GROUP OPPOSED TO JINDAL'S PLANS TO EXPAND PRIVATE SCHOOL VOUCHERS TO ELIGIBLE STUDENTS STATEWIDE. SHE SAYS THE PLAN THREATENS THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS. THE DEMOCRATS VOW TO FIGHT JINDAL'S PROPOSALS AS THE SESSION UNFOLDS.

STATE SENATORS ARE GETTING THEIR FIRST IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR CLOSING AN $895 MILLION SHORTFALL NEXT YEAR. GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S 2012-13 SPENDING PLANS INVOLVE THE HIRING OF PRIVATE COMPANIES TO HANDLE MORE STATE SERVICES, THE LAYOFF OF UP TO 2,700 STATE WORKERS AND THE SHRINKING OF RETIREMENT BENEFITS FOR STATE EMPLOYEES. THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE WILL BEGIN DISCUSSING THE PROPOSALS TUESDAY. MEANWHILE, THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE IS SCHEDULED TO DELVE INTO THE DETAILS OF THE GOVERNOR'S COST-CUTTING RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS. JINDAL PROPOSES SELLING A STATE PRISON IN AVOYELLES PARISH. STATE PRISONS IN PINEVILLE AND KEITHVILLE WOULD BE SHUTTERED

IT HAS BEEN A LONG YEAR FOR RESIDENTS, BUT THE RIGOLETTE ROAD BRIDGE IS OPEN AGAIN. THE BRIDGE WAS CLOSED AFTER BEING BADLY DAMAGED IN A FIRE LAST APRIL. A RIBBON CUTTING WAS HELD MONDAY MORNING FOR THE NEW BRIDGE. NOW WHILE THE OLD WAS MADE OF WOOD AND WAS SEVERELY DAMAGED DURING A FIRE LAST YEAR, THE NEW BRIDGE IS CONCRETE.. THE NEW BRIDGE COST JUST UNDER $900,000 WITH THE STATE PICKING UP THE BULK OF THE COST.

JUST A REMINDER.. EARLY VOTING FOR THE MARCH 24 PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY ELECTIONS AND LOCAL ELECTIONS, CONTINUES THROUGH SATURDAY IN PARISH REGISTRARS OF VOTERS' OFFICES ACROSS THE STATE. HOURS FOR EARLY VOTING AT THE RAPIDES PARISH REGISTRAR'S OFFICE ARE 8:30 A.M. TO 6 P.M.

AN AVOYELLES PARISH WOMAN SUFFERED LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES LAST WEEK AFTER SHE ALLEGEDLY WAS BEATEN BY HER BOYFRIEND AND HER SON OVER A PERIOD OF DAYS.
AVOYELLES PARISH SHERIFF DOUG ANDERSON SAID INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THAT THE 47-YEAR-OLD VICTIM SUFFERED LIFE-THREATENING INJURIES AFTER SHE WAS BEATEN BY HER BOYFRIEND, 60-YEAR-OLD BOBBY ROSZELL SR., AND HER SON, 18-YEAR-OLD HAVEN WILEY, WHO BOTH WITH THE VICTIM. THE SHERIFF SAYS SHE WAS BEATEN OVER A PERIOD OF DAYS AND WAS UNABLE TO CALL SOMEONE FOR HELP. ROSZELL AND WILEY BOTH WERE CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED SECOND-DEGREE MURDER, FALSE IMPRISONMENT AND CRIMINAL DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. THEY WERE BOOKED INTO THE AVOYELLES DETENTION CENTER, WHERE THEY REMAIN IN LIEU OF $100,000 BOND.

THE CANE RIVER HAS BEEN CLOSED TO ALL BOATING TRAFFIC BECAUSE OF HIGH WATER.
BETTY FULLER, THE SPOKESWOMAN FOR CANE RIVER PATROL, SAID ON MONDAY AFTERNOON THAT THE WATER LEVELS ON THE LAKE WERE 101 FEET ABOVE MEAN SEA LEVEL, AND THE LAKE WOULD NOT REOPEN UNTIL THE WATER LEVEL DROPS TO 98.5 FEET AND FALLING. WITH THE AMOUNT OF RAIN IN THE PAST FEW DAYS, THAT COULD TAKE A WHILE.

THE $2,536 AVERAGE COST TO INSURE A CAR IN LOUISIANA, THE HIGHEST-COST STATE, IS NEARLY THREE TIMES THE $889 AVERAGE COST IN MAINE, THE LOWEST-COST STATE, ACCORDING TO A STUDY BY THE WEBSITE WWW.INSURE.COM. THE STUDY SITES SEVERAL FACTORS THAT DRIVE UP INSURANCE COSTS, INCLUDING A HIGH NUMBER OF UNINSURED DRIVERS, STATE INSURANCE LAWS, HOW MANY INSURERS COMPETE IN THE STATE AND WHETHER RECENT NATURAL DISASTERS HAVE PUSHED UP CLAIMS.

REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RICK SANTORUM IS PLANNING A RALLY TODAY IN LAFAYETTE, AS GOP CANDIDATES START LINING UP VISITS TO LOUISIANA AS THE STATE'S PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY DRAWS NEAR. REPUBLICAN PARTY OF LOUISIANA CHAIRMAN ROGER VILLERE SAYS SANTORUM IS HOLDING A FUNDRAISER AND THE EVENING RALLY TODAY. VILLERE SAYS NEWT GINGRICH AND MITT ROMNEY ALSO ARE EXPECTED TO MAKE CAMPAIGN STOPS IN LOUISIANA BEFORE THE MARCH 24 PRIMARY. HE SAYS RON PAUL HASN'T CONFIRMED ANY PLANNED VISITS SO FAR.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS OWNER TOM BENSON AND COACH SEAN PAYTON HAVE MET WITH NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL, WHO WILL DECIDE THE TEAM'S PUNISHMENT FOR ITS BOUNTY PROGRAM FROM 2009-11. THE SAINTS SAID BENSON AND PAYTON REQUESTED MONDAY'S MEETING WITH GOODELL. FORMER SAINTS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR GREGG WILLIAMS, WHO IS NOW WITH THE ST. LOUIS RAMS, MET LAST WEEK WITH NFL INVESTIGATORS LOOKING INTO THE BOUNTY SYSTEM HE RAN IN NEW ORLEANS.
THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN PAYOFFS WENT TO PLAYERS FOR HITS THAT KNOCKED TARGETED OPPONENTS OUT OF GAMES. THE NFL SAID THE AMOUNTS REACHED THEIR HEIGHT IN 2009, THE SEASON THE SAINTS WON THE SUPER BOWL. PUNISHMENTS COULD INCLUDE SUSPENSIONS, FINES AND LOSS OF DRAFT PICKS.

GAS PRICES HAVE LEVELED OFF BUT THEY'RE STILL EXPECTED TO RISE AS WE GET CLOSER TO SUMMER. THE CURRENT STATEWIDE AVERAGE IS $3.62 AND DON REDMAN FROM THE AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION SAYS IT'S AN EARLY PROJECTION, BUT GAS PRICES COULD BE CLOSE TO $4 THIS SUMMER.

TWO SPRINGFIELD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR TERRORIZING AFTER THEY MADE A POST ON FACEBOOK SAYING THEY WERE GOING TO SHOOT UP THE SCHOOL. LIVINGSTON PARISH AUTHORITIES SAY A CONCERNED PARTY CONTACTED THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE REGARDING THE POST AND BOTH TEENAGERS WERE ARRESTED SUNDAY.

RICK SEATON, A FORMER TOP AIDE TO SHREVEPORT MAYOR CEDRIC GLOVER, HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO 18 YEARS IN PRISON FOR HIS CONVICTION ON CHARGES OF FORCIBLE RAPE AND ABUSE OF OFFICE. THREE OF THOSE YEARS ARE TO BE SERVED WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE OR PROBATION. SEATON PLEADED NOT GUILTY AND CHOSE A BENCH TRIAL BEFORE STATE DISTRICT JUDGE RAMONA EMANUEL INSTEAD OF A JURY TRIAL. EMANUEL FOUND HIM GUILTY OF RAPING AN 18-YEAR-OLD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT FROM FLORIDA ON A COUCH AT THE MAYOR'S OFFICE AFTER THE 2010 INDEPENDENCE BOWL.




SPORTS..

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS GENERAL MANAGER MICKEY LOOMIS SAYS THE CLUB HAS AGREED TO TERMS ON A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT WITH BACKUP QUARTERBACK AND PLACE HOLDER CHASE DANIEL. DANIEL, A FORMER HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST WITH MISSOURI, HAS BEEN WITH THE SAINTS SINCE 2009 AND HAS BEEN DREW BREES' BACKUP SINCE 2010.

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