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News For Thursday 04/05/12


NEWS FOR THURSDAY 040512
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

NOBODY WON THE TWO MAJOR JACKPOTS IN THE LOUISIANA LOTTO AND MULTISTATE POWERBALL DRAWINGS ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THE LOTTO WILL RISE TO AN ESTIMATED $450,000 MILLION FOR SATURDAY’S DRAWING. THE POWERBALL PRIZE WILL GO UP TO $80 MILLION.

FORMER PINEVILLE ASSISTANT POLICE CHIEF F.A. "JR." STALTER DIED WEDNESDAY AT HIS HOME IN PINEVILLE. STALTER WAS A 28-YEAR VETERAN OF THE PINEVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND RETIRED AS ASSISTANT CHIEF IN 1997. AFTER LEAVING PINEVILLE POLICE, STALTER SERVED SEVERAL YEARS IN MISDEMEANOR PROBATIONS SERVICES FOR GRANT, LASALLE AND WINN PARISHES. WHILE IN COLLEGE, STALTER BEGAN HIS CAREER WITH PINEVILLE POLICE AS A DISPATCHER. MEMORIAL SERVICES ARE SET FOR 2 P.M. FRIDAY AT HIXSON BROTHERS IN PINEVILLE. FRIENDS MAY CALL FROM 10 A.M. UNTIL TIME OF SERVICES FRIDAY IN THE FUNERAL HOME. STALTER WAS 61

CHANGES TO PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER TENURE LAWS ARE A STEP CLOSER TO FINAL LEGISLATIVE PASSAGE. THE FULL SENATE HAS APPROVED A BILL MAKING IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR TEACHERS TO ATTAIN TENURE, AND EASIER TO FIRE POOR PERFORMING TEACHERS. THE BILL ALSO LIMITS A SCHOOL BOARDS' AUTHORITY WHEN IT COMES TO HIRING AND FIRING EDUCATORS. THE BILL PASSED 23-16, BUT GOES BACK TO THE HOUSE FOR APPROVAL OF TWO SMALL SENATE AMENDMENTS.

LEGISLATION TO GIVE PARENTS OF KIDS IN POOR-PERFORMING PUBLIC SCHOOLS VOUCHERS TO ATTEND PRIVATE SCHOOLS MOVES CLOSER TO FINAL PASSAGE. THE
SENATE APPROVED THE MEASURE AFTER HOURS OF DEBATE LAST NIGHT. THE BILL WOULD OFFER VOUCHERS TO FAMILIES WITH INCOMES AT UP TO 250% OF THE FEDERAL POVERTY LEVEL, WITH KIDS IN SCHOOLS RATED "D" OR "F". THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE SAYS THE BILL WILL HELP KIDS "ESCAPE FAILING PUBLIC SCHOOLS". THE BILL WILL MAKE ABOUT 380-THOUSAND KIDS ELIGIBLE FOR VOUCHERS, WHEN THE STATE'S PRIVATE AND PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS ONLY HAVE ROOM FOR ABOUT 1000. THE MEASURE PASSED, WITH SOME MINOR AMENDMENTS. IT GOES BACK TO THE HOUSE FOR CONCURRENCE ON THOSE CHANGES.

THE LOUISIANA HOUSE REJECTED AN ATTEMPT TO PUT TERM LIMITS ON ALL STATEWIDE ELECTED OFFICIALS, BUT AGREED WEDNESDAY TO ASK VOTERS IN EACH PARISH IF THEY WANT TO ENACT TERM LIMITS ON THEIR LOCAL SCHOOL BOARDS. REP. SIMONE CHAMPAGNE'S PROPOSAL TO LIMIT STATEWIDE ELECTED OFFICIALS TO THREE CONSECUTIVE FOUR-YEAR TERMS FAILED IN A 49-49 VOTE. BECAUSE IT WAS A CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE, IT WOULD NEED TWO-THIRDS SUPPORT, OR 70 VOTES, TO PASS THE HOUSE. THE BILL WOULD HAVE APPLIED TO THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, ATTORNEY GENERAL, AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER, INSURANCE COMMISSIONER, SECRETARY OF STATE AND TREASURER.

REP. STEVE PUGH'S PROPOSAL TO CALL FOR LOCAL OPTION VOTES ON SCHOOL BOARD TERM LIMITS FACED A LOWER HURDLE TO PASSAGE. THE HOUSE SENT THE BILL TO THE SENATE WITH A 60-36 VOTE. THE QUESTION WOULD APPEAR ON THE NOV. 6 BALLOT. IF APPROVED IN A PARISH, LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS THERE WOULD BE LIMITED TO THREE CONSECUTIVE FOUR-YEAR TERMS, LIKE STATE LAWMAKERS.

THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA IS CLOSE TO SETTLING ON AN ENGINEERING FIRM TO DESIGN THE ADDITIONS AND UPGRADES NEEDED AT THE D.G. HUNTER POWER PLANT. THE PROCESS STARTED IN AUGUST 2009 WHEN CITY OFFICIALS SENT OUT A REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR PLANS TO UPGRADE THE PLANT. CITY OFFICIALS WERE LOOKING FOR A PLAN TO UPGRADE THE OTHER TWO UNITS AS WELL AS PURCHASE AN OFF-SITE TURBINE, WHICH WAS EXPECTED TO COST BETWEEN $60 MILLION AND $120 MILLION. CURRENTLY ONLY TWO OF THE FOUR GENERATING UNITS ARE OPERATIONAL. HOWEVER, THAT HAS NOT BEEN A MAJOR ISSUE DUE TO THE FACT THE PLANT IS SELDOM USED.

A HOUSE COMMITTEE HAS ADVANCED A NEW VERSION OF BILL TO CURTAIL THE INTERNET ACTIVITIES OF CERTAIN CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS. BILL SPONSOR REP. LEDRICKA THEIRRY, OF OPELOUSAS, SAYS HER BILL IS SPECIFIC AS TO WHAT WEBSITES SEX OFFENDERS WOULD BE BARRED FROM. THE BILL IS AIMED AT SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES LIKE FACEBOOK. THEIRRY SAYS KIDS USE THESE SITES AND SHOULD BE PROTECTED.

A BILL STRENGTHENING THE LOUISIANA SMOKE FREE AIR ACT HAS PASSED A HOUSE HEALTH COMMITTEE THE BILL REQUIRES SMOKERS STAY AT LEAST 25 FEET AWAY FROM THE DOORS OR WINDOWS OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS. SMOKERS MUST ALSO AVOID WHEELCHAIR RAMPS AND INTAKES FOR HEATING AND AC SYSTEMS.

THE COLORADO STATE FORECAST TEAM IS PREDICTING A QUIET HURRICANE SEASON WITH AS FEW AS 10 NAMED STORMS. TEAM MEMBER PHIL KLOTZBACH SAYS EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE PREDICTING A QUIET SEASON, THERE'S STILL A 24-PERCENT CHANCE THAT A MAJOR HURRICANE WILL MAKE LANDFALL ON THE GULF COAST.

WELFARE RECIPIENTS WOULD BE PROHIBITED FROM SPENDING THAT MONEY ON LIQUOR, GAMBLING OR "SEXUALLY ORIENTED BUSINESSES," UNDER A PROPOSAL HEADED TO THE HOUSE FLOOR FOR DEBATE AFTER RECEIVING APPROVAL FROM THE HOUSE HEALTH CARE COMMITTEE WEDNESDAY. REP. CAMERON HENRY, R-METAIRIE, SAID THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS MANDATED THAT STATES BAN SUCH SPENDING OF WELFARE MONEY. U.S. REP. CHARLES BOUSTANY, A REPUBLICAN WHO TESTIFIED IN SUPPORT OF HENRY'S BILL, SAID THE STATE RISKS LOSING FEDERAL FUNDS WITHOUT A PROHIBITION. THE COMMITTEE VOTED 14-3 FOR THE PROPOSAL, SENDING IT TO THE FULL HOUSE. THE MEASURE ALSO WOULD BAN WELFARE RECIPIENTS FROM WITHDRAWING THEIR MONEY AS CASH FROM THE ELECTRONIC BENEFITS CARD ISSUED TO THEM, WHICH FUNCTIONS LIKE A DEBIT CARD.

A CALL ON CONGRESS TO STOP FUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD BEGAN ADVANCING WEDNESDAY IN THE LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE. REP. FRANK HOFFMANN SAID HE SPONSORED THE PROPOSAL (HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 11) BECAUSE HE WANTS PLANNED PARENTHOOD TO STOP RECEIVING TAX DOLLARS UNTIL THEY STOP PROVIDING ABORTIONS, EVEN THOUGH, AS THE LAWMAKER POINTED OUT, THE TAX DOLLARS AREN'T USED FOR THE PROCEDURE. THE HOUSE HEALTH AND WELFARE COMMITTEE BACKED THE MEASURE WITHOUT OBJECTION, OVER THE OPPOSITION OF SEVERAL MEDICAL ORGANIZATIONS. A SIMILAR PROPOSAL FAILED TO WIN FINAL PASSAGE LAST YEAR.

A STATE SENATOR'S PUSH TO REQUIRE PUBLIC OFFICIALS TO FILE WITH THE ETHICS BOARD INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIPS THEY DOLE OUT TO UNIVERSITIES FAILED TO GAIN TRACTION IN THE SENATE AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE. SEN. DAN CLAITOR, R-BATON ROUGE, PROPOSED THAT PUBLIC OFFICIALS REPORT THE NAME AND ADDRESS OF ANY RECIPIENT TO WHOM THEY AWARD FREE TUITION TO COLLEGE. THE MEASURE (SENATE BILL 129) SPELLS OUT THAT WOULD INCLUDE THE LEGISLATIVE SCHOLARSHIPS TO TULANE.
THE TULANE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM DATES BACK TO THE 1880S. IT WAS HEAVILY CRITICIZED A DECADE AGO WHEN IT WAS DISCLOSED THAT LAWMAKERS HAD GIVEN OUT AWARDS TO CHILDREN OF OTHER ELECTED OFFICIALS, DONORS AND THEIR OWN FAMILY. THE COMMITTEE SHELVED THE BILL WITHOUT OBJECTION.
A NEW CRIME WOULD BE CREATED IN LOUISIANA, OUTLAWING FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION, IF LAWMAKERS AGREE TO A BILL (HOUSE BILL 759) THAT RECEIVED APPROVAL FROM THE HOUSE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE. SUPPORTERS OF THE BAN SAID THE CONTROVERSIAL PRACTICE, WHICH USUALLY INVOLVES THE REMOVAL OF THE CLITORIS, IS OUTLAWED IN 16 OTHER STATES. THE PROPOSAL BY REP. NANCY LANDRY, R-LAFAYETTE, HEADS TO THE FULL HOUSE FOR DEBATE. THE CRIME WOULD CARRY A PRISON SENTENCE OF UP TO 15 YEARS.

LOUISIANA'S BOARD OF ETHICS, WHICH LOST SOME OF ITS POWER UNDER A 2008 LAW, WOULD HAVE ITS ROLE STRENGTHENED A BIT UNDER A MEASURE APPROVED WEDNESDAY BY A HOUSE COMMITTEE. THE BOARD STILL INVESTIGATES ALLEGATIONS OF ETHICS CODE VIOLATIONS BY PUBLIC OFFICIALS. BUT UNDER LEGISLATION THAT WAS PART OF THE ETHICS LAW OVERHAUL PUSHED BY GOV. BOBBY JINDAL, A NEW BOARD OF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES WAS ESTABLISHED TO DECIDE WHETHER A PUBLIC OFFICIAL ACTUALLY VIOLATED THE CODE. THE BILL APPROVED WEDNESDAY FOR FULL HOUSE DEBATE ALLOWS THE BOARD OF ETHICS TO APPEAL DECISIONS BY THE ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGES IF IT DISAGREES WITH THEM. IT'S A CHANGE THAT THE INDEPENDENT PUBLIC AFFAIRS RESEARCH COUNCIL OF LOUISIANA HAS CALLED FOR AFTER AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT THE 2008 CHANGES.

A JULY 16 TRIAL DATE HAS BEEN SET FOR AN ALLEN PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER ACCUSED OF STEALING MORE THAN $2,100 FROM AN AREA CASINO WHERE HE WORKED.
46 YEAR OLD KEITH WELCH OF OAKDALE PLEADED NOT GUILTY LAST APRIL. HE WAS ARRESTED ON FOUR COUNTS OF FELONY THEFT AND TWO COUNTS OF MISDEMEANOR THEFT IN SEPTEMBER 2010. WELCH ALLEGEDLY TOOK MONEY FROM SEVERAL MACHINES OVER A 10-DAY PERIOD WHILE EMPLOYED AS A KIOSK DROP TEAM MANAGER AT COUSHATTA CASINO RESORT IN KINDER.

FIVE EX-NEW ORLEANS COPS HAVE BEEN SENTENCED FOR THEIR ROLES IN THE SHOOTINGS OF UNARMED MEN IN THE CHAOTIC DAYS AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA AND THE ENSUING COVER-UP. THE SENTENCES RANGED FROM 65 YEARS FOR ONE OF THE CONVICTED SHOOTERS, TO 6 YEARS FOR A CONSPIRATOR IN THE COVER-UP.

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