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News For Wednesday 03/28/12


NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY 032812
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

WELL, WE KNEW THEY PROTESTED TOO LOUDLY FOR THE STORY NOT TO BE TRUE. SEAN PAYTON SPEAKING PUBLICLY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE SAINTS WERE SANCTIONED FOR TARGETING SPECIFIC OPPONENTS, PAYTON SAID TUESDAY HE WILL SOON DECIDE WHETHER TO APPEAL HIS SUSPENSION, SOMETHING COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL SAID HE WOULD ALLOW. PAYTON ALSO SAID HE WAS MEETING WITH BILL PARCELLS, WHO LIVES NEAR PALM BEACH, SITE OF THE NFL MEETINGS, TO DISCUSS THE PLAN FOR THE SEASON. IT’S BELIEVED THAT PLAN WOULD HAVE PARCELLS RUNNING THE TEAM WHILE COACH PAYTON SERVES OUT HIS PENALTY.

A DEFENSE ATTORNEY IN THE CASE OF TWO MEN ACCUSED OF BEATING AN ALEXANDRIA MAN TO DEATH IN LAFAYETTE IS ACCUSING POLICE OF COERCING, INTIMIDATING AND MANIPULATING BOTH SUSPECTS AND SEVERAL KEY WITNESSES INTO MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS. IAN TRAHAN AND WAYLAND GUILLORY ARE ACCUSED OF KILLING 20 YEAR OLD UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE STUDENT KENNETH DONNELLY JR. OF ALEXANDRIA AND ATTACKING DONNELLY'S ROOMMATE, RUFUS FELLS OF ALEXANDRIA, INSIDE THEIR MCKINLEY STREET HOME IN LAFAYETTE IN OCTOBER 2010. DONNELLY WAS A 2008 GRADUATE OF MENARD HIGH SCHOOL IN ALEXANDRIA. BOTH SUSPECTS IN THE CASE HAVE PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO ONE COUNT OF SECOND-DEGREE MURDER AND ONE COUNT OF ATTEMPTED SECOND-DEGREE MURDER. THEY ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN A LAFAYETTE COURT ON APRIL 26.

23 YEAR OLD COURTNEY JOHNSON OF ALEXANDRIA HAS BEEN ARRESTED AFTER SHE WAS CAUGHTT IN THE ACT OF SHOPLIFTING FROM A LOCAL BUSINESS. POLICE SAY JOHNSON WAS USING THREE CHILDREN, AGES 5, 8 & 13 TO ROB THE ITEMS AND DEPOSIT THEM IN HER HANDBAG.

THEY ARE LUCKY TO BE ALIVE, TWO ALEXANDRIA POLICE OFFICERS WERE INJURED MONDAY AFTERNOON WHILE WORKING A TRAFFIC STOP ON I-49. POLICE SAY AN ONCOMING VEHICLE STRUCK THE POLICE CRUISER ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD. ONE OFFICER WAS INSIDE THE VEHICLE THE OTHER OUTSIDE OF THE VEHICLE THAT HAD JUST BEEN PULLED OVER. THE DRIVER, A TEXAS MAN, WAS CITED FOR FAILURE TO MAINTAIN CONTROL. BOTH OFFICERS WERE TREATED AND RELEASED FROM A LOCAL HOSPITAL.

A GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG GROUP SAYS LOUISIANA ETHICS LAW NEEDS TO BE MORE RESTRICTIVE WHEN IT COMES TO PERSONAL USE BY CANDIDATES OF CAMPAIGN FINANCE FUNDS. THAT'S ONE OF 14 RECOMMENDATIONS IN A REPORT RELEASED TUESDAY BY THE PUBLIC AFFAIRS RESEARCH COUNCIL OF LOUISIANA. PAR'S 39-PAGE REPORT INCLUDES A BRIEF HISTORY OF ETHICS ENFORCEMENT SINCE GOV. BOBBY JINDAL PUSHED AN ETHICS LAW REVAMP THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE IN 2008. IT CALLS FOR NUMEROUS CLARIFICATIONS OF THE ROLE NOW PLAYED BY THE STATE BOARD OF ETHICS — WHICH INVESTIGATES ETHICS COMPLAINTS AND BRINGS CHARGES — AND THE TEAMS OF ADMINISTRATIVE JUDGES NOW TASKED UNDER THE 2008 LAW WITH RULING ON WHETHER VIOLATIONS HAVE ACTUALLY OCCURRED. THE BOARD OF ETHICS HAD BOTH ROLES UNDER THE OLD SYSTEM.

LEADERS OF LSU'S PUBLIC HOSPITAL SYSTEM SAID TUESDAY THAT GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S BUDGET SIGNIFICANTLY OVERESTIMATES REVENUE FOR ITS HOSPITALS AND CLINIC NETWORK NEXT YEAR AND THAT THE SYSTEM WOULD HAVE TO IMPOSE MAJOR CUTS TO CLOSE A MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR FUNDING GAP. UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL OFFICIALS TOLD THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE THAT THE 10 HOSPITALS AND THEIR OUTPATIENT FACILITIES THAT SERVE THE POOR AND UNINSURED FACE AN ESTIMATED $43 MILLION IN CUTS IN THE FISCAL YEAR THAT BEGINS JULY 1.

THE LOUISIANA HOUSE BACKED A PROPOSAL TUESDAY TO GIVE A DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR STATE TAX REBATE TO PEOPLE WHO DONATE MONEY TO NONPROFITS THAT GIVE SCHOLARSHIPS TO HELP STUDENTS ATTEND PRIVATE AND PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS.
THE PROPOSAL BY REP. KIRK TALBOT, R-RIVER RIDGE, IS PART OF GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S EDUCATION OVERHAUL PACKAGE. TALBOT SAID THE BILL GOES HAND-IN-HAND WITH ANOTHER JINDAL PROPOSAL TO CREATE A STATEWIDE VOUCHER PROGRAM THAT WOULD USE STATE TAX DOLLARS TO SEND CHILDREN TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS. SUPPORTERS SAY THE TAX REBATE WOULD GIVE CHILDREN IN FAILING PUBLIC SCHOOLS MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO GET AN IMPROVED EDUCATION. TALBOT SAYS IT'S ABOUT GIVING A PARENT A CHOICE. THE MEASURE HEADED TO THE SENATE FOR DEBATE WITH A 66-37 HOUSE VOTE.

A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD GIVE LOUISIANA'S SHERIFFS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A PAY RAISE NEXT YEAR RECEIVED SENATE APPROVAL TUESDAY IN A 36-1 VOTE. THE MEASURE (SENATE BILL 97) BY SEN. J.P. MORRELL, D-NEW ORLEANS, WOULD CREATE AN "EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE" FOR SHERIFFS, TO TEACH THEM MANAGEMENT SKILLS AND REQUIRE ANNUAL FOLLOW-UP TRAINING. THE MANDATORY TRAINING REQUIREMENT WOULD BEGIN JAN. 1. WHEN A SHERIFF HAS COMPLETED THE TRAINING REQUIREMENT, HE OR SHE WOULD BE ABLE TO GET A PAY RAISE. BUT, THERE’S A CATCH, LAWMAKERS WILL HAVE APPROVED A SALARY BOOST FOR DISTRICT COURT JUDGES, WHO GET THE SAME PAY AS SHERIFFS. THE LAST TIME SHERIFF’S HAD A PAY RAISE WAS TWO YEARS AGO.

THE JINDAL ADMINISTRATION AND THE LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE'S CHIEF ECONOMIST, GREG ALBRECHT, DIFFERED TUESDAY OVER WHETHER A PACKAGE OF BUSINESS TAX BREAKS SOUGHT BY THE GOVERNOR WOULD DRAIN DOLLARS FROM STATE COFFERS. THE PROPOSALS, HEADING TO THE FULL HOUSE AND SENATE FOR DEBATE, WOULD LET THE DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFER INCREASED TAX BREAKS FOR PAYROLL, RELOCATION COSTS AND CORPORATE INCOME AND FRANCHISE TAXES FOR CERTAIN BUSINESSES THAT THE DEPARTMENT WANTS TO ATTRACT OR HAVE EXPAND IN LOUISIANA.

THE FISCAL REVIEW COMMITTEE HAS DECIDED THE STATE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE ST. LANDRY PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM'S FINANCES, BUT IT WILL NOT APPOINT A STATE FISCAL ADVISER TO TAKE CONTROL OF THE SITUATION. THE COMMITTEE WAS SATISFIED WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD'S RECENTLY PASSED PLAN TO REDUCE SPENDING BY INCREASING EMPLOYEE HEALTH INSURANCE CONTRIBUTIONS, ELIMINATING POSITIONS AND EMPLOYEES, SLASHING SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS AND ENDING THE SCHOOL YEAR THREE DAYS EARLY, AMONG OTHER THINGS. THE BOARD HAS BEEN DRAINING ALL OF IS ACCOUNTS TO GET BY EVERY MONTH AND DECLARED A STATE OF FINANCIAL EMERGENCY, LAST YEAR. IT DECLARED A NEED FOR LAYOFFS THIS MONTH.

A BID TO TOUGHEN LOUISIANA LAW THAT REQUIRES PEOPLE TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE ADVANCED TUESDAY IN THE LEGISLATURE, IN RESPONSE TO THE ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF BOYS INVOLVING A FORMER PENN STATE UNIVERSITY ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH. THE PROPOSAL BY SEN. J.P. MORRELL OF NEW ORLEANS WOULD CRIMINALIZE THE FAILURE TO REPORT SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD. ANY ADULT WHO SEES ABUSE WOULD BE REQUIRED TO REPORT IT OR FACE A FELONY CHARGE CARRYING A PRISON SENTENCE OF UP TO FIVE YEARS. THE MEASURE ALSO WOULD EXPAND WHO MUST REPORT ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE OR NEGLECT, WHETHER THEY SEE IT OR NOT, AND WOULD CHANGE THE MISDEMEANOR CRIME OF FAILURE TO REPORT THE ABUSE OR NEGLECT TO A FELONY CARRYING A SENTENCE OF UP TO THREE YEARS IN JAIL.

AN ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP YESTERDAY ASKED THE USDA TO INVESTIGATE THE DEATHS OF 11 PRIMATES AT THE NEW IBERIA RESEARCH CENTER. THE GROUP, STOP ANIMAL EXPLOITATION NOW, SAY A REPORT, FILED WITH THE FEDS AND OBTAINED THROUGH THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, INDICATED THE ANIMALS DIED OF TRAUMA. THE ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP SAY THE CAUSE OF DEATH WAS MOST LIKELY NEGLECT. THE PRIMATES RANGED IN AGE FROM A FEW DAYS OLD TO 13 YEARS OLD.

BATON ROUGE BASED RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERS HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 10 FASTEST GROWING RESTAURANTS IN THE COUNTRY. FOUNDER TODD GRAVES SAYS LATEST INDUSTRY STATISTICS SHOW CANE'S RANKED 8TH AMONG RESTAURANT CHAINS, WITH SALES OF OVER 200-MILLION DOLLARS IN 2011. GRAVES SAYS HE WAS SURPRISED WHEN THE RANKING CAME OUT. GRAVES SAYS THERE ARE OVER 120 CANE'S LOCATIONS IN 16 STATES, AND OVER 60 OF THOSE ARE IN LOUISIANA.

A NEW ORLEANS POLICE OFFICER RESIGNED TUESDAY, ONE DAY AFTER BEING SUSPENDED FOR POSTING A COMMENT ON A LOCAL TELEVISION STATION'S WEBSITE ABOUT THE FATAL SHOOTING OF TRAYVON MARTIN IN WHICH HE SUGGESTED THE FLORIDA TEEN DIED LIKE A "THUG." THE OFFICER USED HIS FULL NAME AND IDENTIFIED HIMSELF AS A NEW ORLEANS POLICE DEPARTMENT EMPLOYEE WHEN HE WROTE, "ACT LIKE A THUG DIE LIKE ONE!" THE POST WAS IN RESPONSE TO A WWL-TV ARTICLE ABOUT A RALLY SUPPORTING MARTIN, WHO WAS FATALLY SHOT LAST MONTH BY A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER.

A MAN WHO PLEADED GUILTY TO LEADING A VIOLENT, DRUG-DEALING NEW ORLEANS GANG AND PARTICIPATING IN A 2005 MURDER IS FACING LIFE IN PRISON. MICHAEL ANDERSON IS SCHEDULED TO BE SENTENCED WEDNESDAY BY A FEDERAL JUDGE. HIS PLEA DEAL CALLS FOR A LIFE SENTENCE. ANDERSON PLEADED GUILTY IN MARCH 2011 TO DRUG, MURDER AND RACKETEERING CONSPIRACY CHARGES. HE WILL BE THE LAST OF EIGHT DEFENDANTS CHARGED IN THE CASE TO BE SENTENCED. ANDERSON ALSO PLEADED NO CONTEST LAST YEAR TO STATE MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES FOR A CASE IN WHICH HE WAS ACCUSED OF GUNNING DOWN FIVE TEENAGERS IN NEW ORLEANS



SPORTS..

15TH RANKED LSU AND U-L LAFAYETTE RESUME THEIR COLLEGE BASEBALL RIVALRY TONIGHT WHEN THE TWO TEAMS MEET AT ALEX BOX STADIUM. THE TIGERS LEAD THE ALL-TIME SERIES 45-23, BUT THE CAJUNS BEAT LSU 11 TO 5 LAST YEAR. ULL COACH TONY ROBICHAUX SAYS PLAYING AT LSU GIVES HIS SQUAD A CHANCE TO FEEL WHAT IT'S LIKE PLAYING IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT.


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