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News For Thursday 04/12/12


NEWS FOR THURSDAY 041212
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

PINEVILLE POLICE SAY AN OFFICER SHOT AND WOUNDED A MAN WHILE TRYING TO BRING HIS INTO CUSTODY. POLICE LT. DARRELL BASCO SAYS 49-YEAR-OLD CARTER RHODES IS IN STABLE CONDITION AFTER BEING SHOT IN THE ABDOMEN TUESDAY. BASCO SAYS RHODES' FAMILY CAME TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT EARLY TUESDAY AND SIGNED PAPERS TO HAVE HIM COMMITTED, AND A FAMILY MEMBER CALLED LATER IN THE DAY TO SAY WHERE HE WAS. BASCO SAYS OFFICERS WENT THERE AND TRIED TO TALK TO RHODES, BUT HE CHARGED AT THEM WITH A KNIFE. THE NAME OF THE OFFICER WHO SHOT RHODES WAS NOT RELEASED.

GOVERNOR JINDAL'S PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO SELL A STATE PRISON IN AVOYELLES PARISH IS NOT SEEING THE SPEEDY SUCCESS OF HIS LEGISLATION REFORMS. THE BILL WOULD SEEK PROPOSALS FROM PRIVATE SOURCES TO BUY THE PRISON IN COTTONPORT--NETTING THE STATE ABOUT $35-MILLION. THE MEASURE NARROWLY GOT OUT OF THE HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TUESDAY. ON THE HOUSE FLOOR YESTERDAY, A MOTION WAS MADE TO SEND THE BILL TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE FOR ADDITIONAL REVIEW. HOWEVER, THE HOUSE REJECTED THE REQUEST AND, WITH A 50-45 VOTE, SET THE BILL UP FOR FLOOR DEBATE, POSSIBLY NEXT WEEK.

IF YOU HAVE FARMERS INSURANCE FOR HOUR HOME POLICY, YOU WILL WANT TO LISTEN US. FARMERS IS ASKING FOR AN AVERAGE 39 PERCENT STATEWIDE INCREASE FOR ITS 25,500 INSURED HOMEOWNERS IN LOUISIANA. THE STATE INSURANCE DEPARTMENT IS EXAMINING THE REQUEST, WHICH WAS FILED LAST WEEK. COMPANY SPOKESMAN JERRY DAVIES SAYS THAT AN INCREASING NUMBER OF FIRE AND STORM CLAIMS LED TO THE REQUEST. FARMERS LAST RECEIVED A HOMEOWNERS' RATE HIKE IN 2009 RANGING FROM 6.9 PERCENT TO 15.5 PERCENT.

U.S. REP. BILL CASSIDY WAS IN CENLA YESTERDAY. THE REPUBLICAN FROM BATON ROUGE, STOPPED AT THE ROYOMARTIN LUMBER CO. HEADQUARTERS IN ALEXANDRIA FOR A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WITH CENTRAL LOUISIANA BUSINESS LEADERS, AND THEN LATER TOOK A TOUR OF THE ROYOMARTIN PLANT IN OAKDALE. IT’S BELIEVED THAT CASSIDY WILL SOON ANNOUNCE HIS INTENTIONS TO RUN AGAINST US SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU.

THE HOUSE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE APPROVES A BILL ALLOWING THE CHANCE AT PAROLE FOR NON-VIOLENT OFFENDERS SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE. ANGOLA STATE PRISON WARDEN BURL CAIN SUPPORTS THE MEASURE. HE SAYS IT'LL HELP WITH OVER-CROWDING AND GIVE SOME PRISONERS HOPE. THAT BILL NOW GOES TO THE FULL HOUSE FOR DEBATE.

IT APPEARS THAT RISING GAS PRICES HAVE PEAKED SHORT OF AN ALL-TIME RECORD HIGH. THE CURRENT STATEWIDE AVERAGE FOR REGULAR GAS IS $3.82 A GALLON. THE PRICE OF CRUDE OIL HAS DROPPED IN RECENT DAYS AND THE WHOLESALE PRICE FOR GAS HAS DROPPED SIGNIFICANTLY, LEADING GAS WATCHERS TO PREDICT AN END TO RISING PRICES.

THE RED RIVER WATERWAY IS CLOSED TO SHIPPING TRAFFIC BECAUSE OF A LOCK FAILURE NEAR MARKSVILLE. ACCORDING TO LOCKMASTER ROBERT COCO.
PART OF THE GATE AT LOCK AND DAM #1 HAS BEEN REMOVED AND SENT TO AN ALABAMA MACHINE SHOP WHERE NEW PARTS ARE BEING MANUFACTURED.
COCO SAID REINSTALLATION OF THE REPAIRED GATE WILL HOPEFULLY BEGIN FRIDAY AND COULD BE FINISHED AS EARLY AS SUNDAY EVENING.

LOUISIANA’S OWN JOSHUA LEDET RAN AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION ON "AMERICAN IDOL." THE BOOMING 20-YEAR-OLD SINGER FROM WESTLAKE, HAD THE FOX SINGING COMPETITION'S JUDGES ON THEIR FEET WEDNESDAY FOR HIS LIVELY RENDITION OF BRUNO MARS' UP-TEMPO TUNE "RUNAWAY BABY." THE FINALIST WITH THE FEWEST VIEWER VOTES WILL FACE ELIMINATION TONIGHT.

THE HOUSING SLIDE IS TAKING AN INCREASING TOLL ON LOUISIANA HOMEOWNERS.
IRVINE, CALIF.-BASED REALTYTRAC, WHICH TRACKS FORECLOSURES NATIONWIDE, SAYS 4,552 LOUISIANA PROPERTIES WERE TARGETED BY SOME SORT OF FORECLOSURE-RELATED NOTICE DURING THE FIRST QUARTER. THOSE RANGE FROM AN INITIAL NOTICE OF DEFAULT TO REPOSSESSION BY A LENDER. FORECLOSURE ACTIONS HIT ONE IN EVERY 432 LOUISIANA RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES, RANKING THE STATE 26TH IN THE NATION. REALTYTRAC SAID THE TOP FORECLOSURE RATES DURING THE FIRST QUARTER WERE RECORDED IN NEVADA, CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA, GEORGIA, FLORIDA, ILLINOIS, MICHIGAN, COLORADO, UTAH AND WISCONSIN.

A NEW SURVEY SHOWS LOUISIANANS ARE SPLIT ON WHETHER STATE COLLEGES ARE HELPING THE STATE MEET ITS WORKFORCE NEEDS. ACCORDING TO THE POLL CONDUCTED BY THE LSU PUBLIC POLICY RESEARCH LAB, 49-PERCENT OF THE RESPONDENTS GIVE PUBLIC COLLEGES EXCELLENT-TO-GOOD MARKS IN DEVELOPING THE WORKFORCE. RESEARCH LAB DIRECTOR KIRBY GOIDEL SAYS THERE'S ALSO MUCH SUPPORT FOR TEH STATE'S TOPS COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS. HE SAYS 75-PERCENT OF THE RESPONDENTS OPPOSE REDUCING TOPS GRANT AMOUNTS.

A BATON ROUGE STATE SENATOR WANTS TO BAR FORMER LAWMAKERS FROM THE STATE EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM. SENATOR DAN CLAITOR SAYS NUMEROUS EX-LAWMAKERS GO ON TO HIGH-PAYING STATE GOVERNMENT JOBS, WHICH BOOSTS THEIR PENSION BENEFITS. CLAITOR SAID HE LOOKED AT VARIOUS WAYS TO TRY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM, INCLUDING CAPPING THE FINAL AVERAGE COMPENSATION ON WHICH THE PENSION BENEFIT WOULD BE BASED. BUT HE SAID HE DECIDED THE EASIEST AND BEST WAY WOULD BE TO BAR MEMBERSHIP

A PROPOSAL TO STRENGTHEN LOUISIANA'S BAN ON EUTHANASIA AND ASSISTED SUICIDE WILL BE DEBATED BY THE FULL HOUSE. THE MEASURE BY REP. ALAN SEABAUGH, R-SHREVEPORT, WOULD SPELL OUT THAT SOMEONE AUTHORIZED TO APPROVE MEDICAL PROCEDURES FOR ANOTHER PERSON MAY NOT APPROVE ANY PROCEDURE THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED ASSISTED SUICIDE OR EUTHANASIA. THE BILL WAS SUPPORTED WITHOUT OBJECTION WEDNESDAY BY THE HOUSE HEALTH AND WELFARE COMMITTEE. LOUISIANA ALREADY HAS A PROHIBITION IN CRIMINAL LAW AGAINST EUTHANASIA AND ASSISTED SUICIDE. BUT SEABAUGH SAID HE WANTED TO MAKE SURE IT WAS CLEAR IN THE STATE'S MEDICAL CONSENT LAW.

A PROPOSAL HEADING TO THE FULL HOUSE FOR DEBATE WOULD BROADEN A PUBLIC SCHOOL REQUIREMENT THAT STUDENTS GET INSTRUCTION ABOUT INTERNET SAFETY BY ADDING DISCUSSION OF CELL PHONE SAFETY. THE HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE BACKED THE MEASURE (HOUSE BILL 236) WITHOUT OBJECTION.

A SHREVEPORT LAWMAKER'S ATTEMPT TO MAKE PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISMISS CHILDREN AT NOON ON DAYS WHEN THE TEMPERATURE IS EXPECTED TO HIT 100 DEGREES OR HIGHER WAS SHELVED WEDNESDAY BY THE HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE.
REP. BARBARA NORTON, D-SHREVEPORT, SAID CHILDREN SHOULDN'T BE ON SCHOOL BUSES WITHOUT AIR CONDITIONING IN SUCH HEAT, CALLING IT UNSAFE. COMMITTEE MEMBERS SAID LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND SCHOOL OFFICIALS ALREADY HAVE THE ABILITY TO SEND CHILDREN HOME EARLY FOR WEATHER-RELATED CONCERNS. THEY SAID NORTON'S BILL (HOUSE BILL 833) WAS TOO SWEEPING, AND THEY REJECTED IT WITHOUT OBJECTION.

THE COMPANY THAT MAKES TABASCO SAUCE WILL USE ITS SPICY PRODUCTS TO RAISE MONEY TO RESTORE WETLANDS. PAUL MCILHENNY, CHAIRMAN AND CEO OF THE MCILHENNY COMPANY, SAID WEDNESDAY THAT TABASCO BOXES WILL CARRY THE HEADLINE: "TABASCO IS HOT ON AMERICA'S WETLAND AND FIRED UP TO HELP SAVE IT." MCILHENNY, WHO IS A BOARD MEMBER OF THE FOUNDATION, SAID LOUISIANA'S WETLANDS ARE DISAPPEARING AT THE RATE OF A FOOTBALL FIELD EVERY HOUR. THE PACKAGE DIRECTS BUYERS TO THE FOUNDATION'S WEB SITE.

LSU HEAD FOOTBALL COACH LES MILES WILL SIT IN AS AN EXPERT ANALYST FOR THE NFL NETWORK'S COVERAGE OF THE PRO DRAFT ON APRIL 28TH. MILE WILL ALSO BE SUBJECT OF AN INTERVIEW PIECE THE AIR ON THE NETWORK ON THE 26TH AND 27TH.


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