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News For Wednesday 04/04/12


NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY 040412
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

THOUSANDS OF PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS ARE EXPECTED TO RALLY AT THE STATE CAPITOL TODAY AGAINST THE GOVERNOR'S EDUCATION REFORMS LEGISLATION, AS THE TWO BILLS GO TO THE SENATE FOR FINAL VOTE. LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS PRESIDENT JOYCE HAYNES SAYS IT'S HOPED THE PLANNED PROTEST OUTSIDE WILL BE HEARD ON THE SENATE FLOOR. THE BILLS HAVE PASSED THE HOUSE AND TWO SENATE COMMITTEES, AND ARE UP FOR FINAL DEBATE TODAY IN THE SENATE.

RAPIDES PARISH RANKS 24TH BEST OUT OF LOUISIANA'S 64 PARISHES IN A NATIONAL HEALTH REPORT RELEASED THIS WEEK THAT MEASURES HOW MANY DIE BEFORE AGE 75 AND HOW GOOD PEOPLE FEEL. IN ITS THIRD ANNUAL REPORT, COUNTY HEALTH RANKINGS ALSO CLAIMED RAPIDES RANKED 18TH BEST IN THE STATE WHEN IT COMES TO STAYING AWAY FROM BAD BEHAVIORS SUCH AS SMOKING AND OVEREATING, 27TH IN THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC FACTORS THAT ARE DIRECTLY TIED TO HEALTH, AND 5TH IN ACCESS TO DOCTORS AND PREVENTATIVE SCREENINGS. BUT THE RANKINGS SHOW RAPIDES HAS A VIOLENT CRIME RATE THAT TOWERS ABOVE THE AVERAGE IN LOUISIANA, ALREADY ONE OF THE MOST VIOLENT STATES IN THE COUNTRY

THE ALEXANDRIA CITY COUNCIL ON TUESDAY INCREASED UTILITIES RATES TO HELP PAY FOR FUTURE INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS. ALEXANDRIA MAYOR JACQUES ROY AND UTILITIES DIRECTOR MICHAEL MARCOTTE EACH SAID THE RATE INCREASES STILL WON'T GENERATE ENOUGH REVENUE THAT IS NEEDED TO PREPARE FOR FUTURE INFRASTRUCTURE ISSUES. THE COUNCIL ALREADY HAS APPROVED $750,000 TO REPLACE A UTILITY TRANSFORMER, WITH A $2.2 MILLION EXPENDITURE FORTHCOMING AND EIGHT ADDITIONAL TRANSFORMERS TO REPLACE. ROY SAID IF THE COUNCIL DIDN'T PASS THE RATE INCREASES, IT WOULD LEAVE A $2 MILLION HOLE IN THE UTILITY FUND. THAT LIKELY WOULD MEAN $2 MILLION LESS THAT COULD BE TRANSFERRED TO THE GENERAL FUND, HE SAID, PUTTING KEY INITIATIVES SUCH AS THE ALEXANDRIA ZOO AND ATRANS BUS SERVICE IN PERIL.

THE NINTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT HAS RULED IN FAVOR OF LOUISIANA COLLEGE TO CONTINUE IT'S FAITH-BASED TEACHINGS AFTER FOUR FORMER PROFESSORS "SUED TO GAIN CONTROL OF HOW RELIGION WOULD BE TAUGHT. A LAWSUIT WAS FILED IN 2005 INWHICH THE FOUR PROFESSORS SUED THE COLLEGE ALLEGING LOSS OF ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS.

STORMS THAT BROUGHT TORNADOES TO TEXAS ARE MOVING ACROSS LOUISIANA BRINGING HEAVY RAIN AND STRONG GUSTY WINDS. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE REPORTS HIGH WINDS AND DOWNED TREES AND POWER LINES ACROSS THE NORTHERN PART OF LOUISIANA LATE TUESDAY AND EARLY WEDNESDAY. GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL WAS REPORTED IN SEVERAL PARISHES. IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE STATE, HEAVY RAIN CAUSED STREET FLOODING AND POWER OUTAGES. RAINFALL AMOUNTS SINCE MIDNIGHT RANGE FROM 1 TO 2 INCHES IN MANY LOCATIONS.

THE STATE'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CHIEF WOULD BE ABLE TO OFFER A PACKAGE OF NEW TAX BREAKS TO BUSINESSES THAT ARE CONSIDERING WHETHER TO RELOCATE OR EXPAND IN LOUISIANA, UNDER A PROPOSAL OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED TUESDAY BY THE HOUSE. THE BILLS 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 KEEP. THE LEGISLATIVE FISCAL OFFICE ESTIMATES THE STATE COULD LOSE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAX INCOME BECAUSE OF THE PROPOSALS. BUT BILL SPONSOR REP. JOEL ROBIDEAUX, R-LAFAYETTE, SAID THE CUTS WOULD ONLY BE GIVEN TO COMPANIES THAT SHOW THEY WILL GENERATE MORE TAX DOLLARS FOR LOUISIANA THAN THE BREAKS WILL COST THE STATE IN LOST REVENUE. THE PROPOSALS HEAD TO THE SENATE FOR DEBATE.

SAINTS HEAD COACH SEAN PAYTON, GENERAL MANAGER MICKEY LOOMIS AND ASSISTANT HEAD COACH JOE VITT ARE SET TO HAVE THEIR NFL APPEALS HEARD THURSDAY REGARDING THE PUNISHMENT THEY'VE RECEIVED FOR THEIR ROLES IN NEW ORLEANS' BOUNTY SYSTEM.
LEAGUE SPOKESMAN GREG AIELLO CONFIRMED THE HEARING SCHEDULE IN AN EMAIL TO
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON, ABOUT TWO HOURS AFTER PAYTON'S AGENT, DON YEE, SAID THE COACH AND NFL WERE "TRYING TO SCHEDULE A MUTUALLY CONVENIENT TIME FOR THE PROCEEDINGS" THAT WOULD NOT INTERFERE WITH PEOPLE'S PLANS FOR THE UPCOMING RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS. AIELLO ALSO SAID FORMER SAINTS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR GREGG WILLIAMS, WHO HAS SINCE TAKEN A JOB AS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR WITH THE ST. LOUIS RAMS, DID NOT APPEAL HIS INDEFINITE SUSPENSION.

SO MUCH FOR PUTTING A STOP TO THOSE POLITICAL ROBO CALLS. A JEFFERSON PARISH LAWMAKER'S BID TO RESTRICT TELEPHONE CALLS FROM POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS TO HOMES AND BUSINESSES THAT SIGN UP FOR LOUISIANA'S "DO NOT CALL" LIST WAS REJECTED TUESDAY BY A HOUSE COMMITTEE. REP. ERICH PONTI, OF BATON ROUGE, CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSE COMMERCE COMMITTEE, OPPOSED THE MEASURE, SAYING IT WOULD RAISE FREEDOM OF SPEECH CONCERNS AND COULD LEAD TO A RASH OF LITIGATION THAT WOULD BE EXPENSIVE FOR THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE AND THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION TO DEFEND. THE HOUSE COMMERCE COMMITTEE VOTED 11-6 AGAINST THE BILL, REFUSING TO FORWARD IT TO THE FULL HOUSE FOR DEBATE.

A SENATE JUDICIARY PANEL HAS SUPPORTED A REWRITING OF LOUISIANA'S CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS FOR THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS, DESPITE CONCERNS IT COULD NULLIFY MOST GUN RESTRICTIONS IN THE STATE AND COULD OPEN THE DOOR TO ALLOW GUNS IN SCHOOLS, BARS AND CHURCHES. THE PROPOSAL SPONSORED BY REPUBLICAN SEN. NEIL RISER AND PUSHED BY THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION HEADS TO THE FULL SENATE FOR DEBATE OVER THE OPPOSITION OF THE STATE'S DISTRICT ATTORNEYS, CHIEFS OF POLICE AND HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERS. RISER DESCRIBED THE BILL AS AN ATTEMPT TO ENSURE THE STATE HAS STRONG PROTECTIONS FOR GUN OWNERS IF FEDERAL COURTS OVERTURN CURRENT U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL PROVISIONS. OPPONENTS SAY THE MEASURE WOULD GO FURTHER AND COULD LEAVE LAWMAKERS UNABLE TO ENACT GUN-FREE ZONES.

THE HOUSE VOTED 63-26 FOR A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD REQUIRE POLICE TO NOTIFY MOTORISTS BEFORE SETTING UP CHECKPOINTS TO EXAMINE VEHICLE INSPECTION STICKERS, LIKE THE EXISTING REQUIREMENTS FOR CHECKPOINTS ON SEAT BELT AND AUTO INSURANCE. THE MEASURE (HOUSE BILL 713) BY REP. MARCUS HUNTER, D-MONROE, HEADS NEXT TO THE SENATE FOR DEBATE.

CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS WOULD BE BANNED FROM DRIVING TOW TRUCKS IN LOUISIANA, UNDER A BILL (HOUSE BILL 839) BACKED IN A 94-0 VOTE BY THE HOUSE. REP. CAMERON HENRY, R-METAIRIE, SAID THE PROHIBITION WAS SOUGHT BY THE LOUISIANA STATE POLICE. HIS BILL WOULD PROHIBIT THE ISSUANCE OF A TOW TRUCK LICENSE PLATE TO ANYONE CONVICTED OF A FELONY RELATED TO VEHICLE THEFT OR TO ANYONE REQUIRED TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER. THE PROPOSAL HEADS TO THE SENATE.

THE FULL SENATE WILL CONSIDER A BILL THAT WOULD ALLOW FIRE DEPARTMENTS TO SPEND TAXPAYERS' MONEY TO FEED THEIR MEMBERS IN TIMES OF EMERGENCIES AND TO OFFER REWARDS FOR "OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT," LEGALIZING PRACTICES THAT HAVE BEEN QUESTIONED IN AUDITS OF CITY, PARISH AND VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS. THE PROPOSAL (SENATE BILL 98) BY SEN. J.P. MORRELL, D-NEW ORLEANS, WOULD PUT LIMITS ON THE SIZE OF THE AWARDS AND MEALS.

DESPITE THE FACT THAT CRUDE OIL PRICES ARE SEEMINGLY STABILIZING, GASOLINE PRICES CONTINUE TO RISE. LOUISIANA AAA FUEL ANALYST DON REDMAN SAYS THAT'S CAUSING US TO DRIVE LESS, AND MANY ARE TRADING IN THEIR SUVS FOR FUEL-EFFICIENT VEHICLES. HE SAYS DON'T LOOK FOR PRICES TO FALL SIGNIFICANTLY ANYTIME SOON

THE CADDO PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS A SCHOOL BUS DRIVER WAS BOOKED WITH DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED AFTER HER BUS SPUN OFF THE ROAD AND FLIPPED ONTO ITS SIDE, INJURING FOUR CHILDREN ON BOARD. INVESTIGATORS DON'T THINK THE DRIVER WAS DRUNK, BUT SUSPECT THAT SHE MAY HAVE TAKEN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS.

A FEDERAL JUDGE REFUSED TUESDAY TO ACQUIT OR ORDER A NEW TRIAL FOR A NEW ORLEANS POLICE OFFICER CONVICTED OF LYING ABOUT THE AFTERMATH OF A DEADLY SHOOTING OUTSIDE THE CITY'S CONVENTION CENTER FOLLOWING HURRICANE KATRINA.
U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE SARAH VANCE'S RULING SAYS A RATIONAL, REASONABLE JURY COULD FIND THAT OFFICER RONALD MITCHELL'S FALSE STATEMENTS AMOUNTED TO PERJURY AND OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE. VANCE IS SCHEDULED TO SENTENCE MITCHELL ON APRIL 11.

ACADIANA CRAWFISH FARMERS SAY THE RECENT RAINS HAVE COME JUST IN TIME TO HELP SALVAGE THEIR SEASON. HEAVY RAINS HAVE WASHED INTRUDING SALTWATER OUT OF CRAWFISH PONDS, LETTING THE MUDBUGS THRIVE AND GROW. SALES ARE ALREADY STARTING TO REBOUND.


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