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News For Friday 04/13/12


NEWS FOR FRIDAY 041312
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS ANNOUNCE THAT LINEBACKERS COACH JOE VITT WILL SERVE AS INTERIM HEAD COACH DURING SEAN PAYTON'S YEAR-LONG SUSPENSION FOR THE BOUNTY SCANDAL. VITT WILL ASSUME LEADERSHIP DUTIES MONDAY, WHEN PAYTON'S SUSPENSION BEGINS. VITT IS ALSO UNDER AN NFL-IMPOSED SUSPENSION FOR HIS PART IN THE PAY-
FOR-PAIN PROGRAM. HE MUST SIT OUT THE FIRST SIX REGULAR SEASON GAMES. GENERAL MANAGER MICKEY LOOMIS SAYS THE TEAM WILL WORK THROUGH THE OFF SEASON UNDER VITT'S LEADERSHIP, AND DECIDE A COURSE OF ACTION FOR THE WEEKS OF VITT'S SUSPENSION PROBABLY DURING TRAINING CAMP.

THE RAPIDES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD HAS A NEW METHOD FOR EVALUATING THE PERFORMANCE OF SUPERINTENDENT DR. GARY JONES. THE NEW EVALUATION, WHICH WAS PASSED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD EARLIER THIS WEEK, WILL GRADE JONES ON 34 DIFFERENT AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY THAT ARE BROKEN INTO SIX CATEGORIES. THOSE BEING, GENERAL LEADERSHIP AND PERSONAL QUALITIES, BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT, PERSONNEL, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM AND PLANNING, COMMUNITY RELATIONSHIPS AND THE SUPERINTENDENT'S RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SCHOOL BOARD. JONES, WHO WAS OUT OF THE OFFICE THIS WEEK, SAID AT THE MEETING THAT THE EVALUATION COMES DOWN TO A POPULARITY CONTEST. HE CHALLENGED BOARD MEMBERS TO DECIDE WHAT MESSAGE IT WOULD SEND ON THE LEADERSHIP TRAITS THEY ARE LOOKING FOR IN A SUPERINTENDENT.

U.S. SEN. DAVID VITTER HAS TAKEN A CRITICAL SWIPE AT FELLOW REPUBLICAN GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S BUDGETING PLANS, SAYING THE USE OF ONE-TIME MONEY TO PAY FOR ONGOING EXPENSES IS POOR FISCAL POLICY. THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET PROPOSAL FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR RELIES ON $230 MILLION IN ONE-TIME MONEY FOR ONGOING EXPENSES. NEARLY ALL OF THAT IS PLUGGED INTO HEALTH CARE TO GET $506 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL FEDERAL MATCHING MONEY. IN AN EMAIL TO SUPPORTERS THURSDAY, VITTER SAID THE STATE'S CONTINUED USE OF ONE-TIME DOLLARS FOR CONTINUING PROGRAMS IS "TOO AKIN TO WASHINGTON'S WAY OF BUSINESS, AND LOUISIANIANS RIGHTLY ACKNOWLEDGE WASHINGTON DOESN'T KNOW THE FIRST THING ABOUT FISCAL STEWARDSHIP."
THE SENATOR URGED "CONSERVATIVE REFORMERS" TO RESTRICT THE USE OF SUCH BUDGET MANEUVERS. LAWMAKERS WILL CONSIDER SUCH A BAN THIS SESSION.

THE HOUSE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE APPROVES LEGISLATION THAT WOULD IMPOSE STRONGER PENALTIES AGAINST THOSE CONVICTED FOR A SECOND D-W-I. THE BILL'S AUTHOR, LIVINGSTON REPRESENTATIVE SHERMAN MACK, SAYS THE PENALTY FOR A SECOND DWI OFFENDER IS 30 DAYS TO SIX MONTHS, BUT THEY ONLY HAVE TO SERVE TWO DAYS. MACK SAYS 99-PERCENT OF THE TIME, SECOND OFFENDER JAIL SENTENCES ARE SUSPENDED AND THE LAW NEEDS TO BE CHANGED TO REQUIRE MANDATORY PRISON TIME. HE SAYS THIS MEASURE IS IMPORTANT TO HIM, BECAUSE HE LOST HIS BEST FRIEND TO A DRUNK DRIVER WHO WAS CHARGED WITH HIS THIRD OFFENSE.

THE FIRST PARTS OF GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S PROPOSED REVAMP OF LOUISIANA'S RETIREMENT SYSTEMS FOR RANK-AND-FILE WORKERS AND PUBLIC COLLEGE EMPLOYEES RECEIVED ON THURSDAY THE BACKING OF THE HOUSE RETIREMENT COMMITTEE.
THE MOST SWEEPING PROPOSAL ADVANCING TO THE FULL HOUSE FOR DEBATE WOULD CREATE A CHEAPER INVESTMENT ACCOUNT SIMILAR TO A 401(K) PLAN FOR STATE EMPLOYEES HIRED AFTER JULY 1, 2013, INSTEAD OF A MONTHLY RETIREMENT PAYMENT BASED ON THEIR SALARIES. THE COMMITTEE VOTED 11-1 FOR THE IDEA. THE OTHER MEASURE WOULD MERGE THE ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS OF THE LOUISIANA SCHOOL EMPLOYEES RETIREMENT SYSTEM INTO THE TEACHERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM OF LOUISIANA AND FORCE THE REDUCTION OF 30 EMPLOYEES IN A BID TO LOWER COSTS. THE COMMITTEE BACKED THE BILL IN AN 8-4 VOTE.

WE SEE IT EVERY WEEKEND, DOGS AND CATS FOR SALE IN PARKING LOTS AND ALONG SIDE THE ROAD. HB 231, WHICH CLEARED THE HOUSE 64-23 THURSDAY, WOULD OUTLAW THAT PRACTICE. THE BILL WOULD NOT APPLY TO "BONA FIDE HUMANE SOCIETIES, ANIMAL WELFARE GROUPS, ANIMAL CONTROL AGENCIES, OR NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SPONSORING ANIMAL ADOPTION EVENTS. A FIRST OFFENSE BRINGS A FINE OF UP TO $200. ANY SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE BRINGS A FINE OF UP TO $1,000.

A SHREVEPORT REPRESENTATIVE FILES LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ALTER THE STATE'S JUSTIFIABLE HOMICIDE LAWS. THE PROPOSAL BY ROY BURRELL STEMS FROM THE CONTROVERSIAL SITUATION REGARDING THE FLORIDA SHOOTING DEATH OF 17-YEAR-OLD TRAYVON MARTIN ALLEGEDLY BY A NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH VOLUNTEER. HE SAYS HIS LAW ESSENTIALLY SAYS, DON'T PURSUE, CALL THE COPS.

THE RED RIVER WATERWAY COMMISSION SAYS IT HAS REOPENED ABOUT HALF OF THE 19 PUBLIC BOAT RAMPS THAT HAD BEEN CLOSED BY HIGH WATER. MIKE BOYDSTUN SAYS FOUR IN NATCHITOCHES PARISH AND TWO IN RED RIVER PARISH WERE OPENED TUESDAY, AND FOUR IN RAPIDES PARISH AND ONE IN AVOYELLES PARISH REOPENED THURSDAY. A GRANT PARISH RAMP IS ALSO OPEN.

WILDLIFE & FISHERIES AGENTS SAY A FATHER AND SON ARE BOTH DEAD AFTER BEING STRUCK BY LIGHTNING DURING A FISHING TRIP ON THE NATALBANY RIVER. THE BODIES OF LUTHER BAHAM SR. AND JR. WERE FOUND THIS MORNING. AGENTS SAY THERE WERE ABUNDANT SIGNS OF A LIGHTNING STRIKE ON THE SHELTER THE MEN SOUGHT DURING A THUNDERSTORM.

A HOUSE COMMITTEE HAS REJECTED A BILL TO ALLOW VOTERS A LOCAL OPTION ELECTION ON KEEPING OR DITCHING RED LIGHT CAMERAS. NEW ORLEANS AREA REP. JEFF ARNOLD OPPOSES TRAFFIC CAMS; FEELING THEY VIOLATE DUE PROCESS. IN COMMITTEE ARNOLD AND WESTWEGO REP. ROBERT BILLIOT DIFFER OVER THE NEED FOR HIS LEGISLATION. ARNOLD SAYS RED LIGHT CAMS WORK ON PRESUMPTION OF GUILT, WHICH IS NOT HOW THE LAW IS SUPPOSED TO WORK FOR CITIZENS. HE FEELS THE PEOPLE SHOULD MAKE THE CHOICE. BILLIOT SAYS THAT'S A DECISION FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS, NOT THE STATE...: THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL & MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS APPARENTLY DIDN’T AGREE WITH EITHER LAWMAKER AND VOTED 12-5 TO REJECT ARNOLD'S BILL.

LAFAYETTE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF A MAN FOUND IN A BURNING HOME.
POLICE SAY FIREFIGHTER RESPONDED TO A STRUCTURE FIRE AT 12:30 A.M. THURSDAY AND ONCE THE FIRE WAS OUT, THEY DISCOVERED A BODY POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE DEATH AS A HOMICIDE. THE IDENTITY OF THE VICTIM IS BEING WITHHELD PENDING POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION AND NOTIFICATION OF THE VICTIM'S RELATIVES.

A MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY KIDNAPPED TWO WOMEN AND RAPED ONE OF THEM REMAINS HOSPITALIZED AFTER BEING WOUNDED BY OFFICERS WHO RETURNED FIRE WHEN HE SHOT AT THEM. 24 YEAR OLD DURRELLE JONES OF PONCHATOULA FACES CHARGES UPON HIS RELEASE IN BOTH TANGIPAHOA AND ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISHES.

AN AMAZING FEAT HAS OCCURRED IN THE LIVINGSTON PARISH TOWN OF DENHAM SPRINGS. TWO SEPARATE LOTTERY TICKETS WORTH THREE MILLION DOLLARS WERE BOTH SOLD AT THE SAME CONVENIENCE STORE. LOUISIANA LOTTERY SPOKESPERSON KIM CHOPIN SAYS THE WINNING TICKETS ARE FROM TUESDAY'S MEGA MILLIONS DRAWING AND SOLD AT THE MURPHY EXPRESS GAS STATION. CHOPIN SAYS ONE OF THE THREE-MILLION DOLLAR WINNERS HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED, WHILE THE OTHER HAS YET TO COME FORWARD.

THE 2012 PONCHATOULA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL KICKS OFF TODAY AND IT'S EXPECTED THAT OVER 300,000 PEOPLE WILL ATTEND THE THREE DAY EVENT. FESTIVAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIRMAN LANELLE ARCENEAUX SAYS THE STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL IS THE SECOND LARGEST FESTIVAL HELD IN LOUISIANA BEHIND MARDI GRAS. SHE SAYS THERE WILL BE A PARADE SATURDAY MORNING THEN ITS OFF TO THE FAIRGROUNDS WITH RIDES, FOOD, MUSIC AND GAMES.

THE HOUSE WRESTLES WITH THE CONTROVERSY OF WHO IS THE OFFICIAL BOUDIN CAPITAL OF THE WORLD. CARENCRO REPRESENTATIVE STEPHEN ORTEGO ARGUES FOR HIS RESOLUTION GIVING THAT DESIGNATION TO THE CITY OF SCOTT, LOUISIANA. ORTEGO SAYS SCOTT HAS FIVE BUSINESSES, EMPLOYING 83 PEOPLE, MAKING 1.3 MILLION POUNDS OF BOUDIN A YEAR. JENNINGS REPRESENTATIVE JOHN GUINN SPOKE AGAINST THE RESOLUTION. GUINN ARGUED THAT THE CITY OF BROUSSARD HAS HAD THAT DESIGNATION SINCE 1979 AND JENNINGS WAS DECLARED THE BOUDIN CAPITAL OF THE UNIVERSE AT THE SAME TIME. HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 41 EVENTUALLY PASSED BY A 60 TO 18 VOTE AND IS NOW WAITING APPROVAL BY THE SENATE.

A MOTEL GUEST AT THE SUPER EIGHT IN PORT ALLEN IS LUCKY TO STILL HAVE HIS ARM. AN ALLIGATOR BIT HIS ARM AS HE WAS TRYING TO TIE UP THE GATOR'S MOUTH,. TIFFANY DUNHAM WORKS AT THE SUPER EIGHT AND SAYS THE MAN KNEW HOW TO DEAL WITH ALLIGATORS BY WATCHING THE SWAMP PEOPLE. DUNHAM SAYS THE GATOR WAS EVENTUALLY CAUGHT BY ANIMAL CONTROL, WHILE THE UNIDENTIFIED MAN WENT TO THE HOSPITAL WITH BITE MARKS.

THE LIVINGSTON PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS DEPUTIES GOT A SEARCH WARRANT FOR A DENHAM SPRINGS-AREA RAPPER'S HOME AFTER HIS LATEST CD COVER SHOWED HIM WITH A HANDGUN, KNEELING OVER A BODY. KEITH JOHNSON AKA RAPPER O G SMOOV IS JAILED IN LIEU OF $150,000 BOND. DEPUTIES ALLEGEDLY FOUND A .25-CALIBER HANDGUN AND ILLEGAL DRUGS IN HIS HOME. THE SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS JOHNSON IS A CONVICTED FELON WHO CANNOT LEGALLY POSSESS A FIREARM. DEPUTIES ALSO FOUND A POUND OF MARIJUANA AT THE TIME OF THE RAID.

A WESTWEGO WOMAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO MORE THAN TWO YEARS IN PRISON FOR USING PATIENT INFORMATION STOLEN FROM A NEW ORLEANS HOSPITAL FOR HER PERSONAL GAIN. U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE ELDON FALLON ON THURSDAY SENTENCED 26-YEAR-OLD SHERRIE BLAIR TO 27 MONTHS IN PRISON. FALLON SENTENCED BLAIR'S BOYFRIEND, 50-YEAR-OLD CLYDE WASHINGTON, TO SIX MONTHS OF "COMMUNITY CONFINEMENT" FOLLOWED BY SIX MONTHS OF HOME DETENTION. PROSECUTORS SAY WASHINGTON WAS WORKING FOR OCHSNER MEDICAL CENTER IN NEW ORLEANS WHEN HE STOLE PRINTOUTS CONTAINING PATIENTS' NAMES, SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS, DATES OF BIRTH AND OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION. BLAIR ALLEGEDLY USED THE DATA TO OPEN ONLINE ACCOUNTS WITH RETAIL AND FINANCIAL COMPANIES UNDER THE PATIENTS' NAMES AND ORDERED A 42-INCH TELEVISION, AN $800 RING, GIFT CARDS AND OTHER MERCHANDISE.


THE THIRD RANKED LSU BASEBALL TEAM IS HOPING THEY'LL HAVE THEIR BEST HITTER BACK IN THE LINE-UP TONIGHT FOR THE START OF A THREE GAME SERIES AGAINST ALABAMA. RAPH RHYMES HAS MISSED THE LAST THREE GAMES BECAUSE OF A CONCUSSION. THE MONROE NATIVE LEADS THE SEC WITH A .465 BATTING AVERAGE. RHYMES SAYS HE'S FEELING BETTER. RHYMES SUFFERED A CONCUSSION WHEN HE WAS BEANED IN THE HEAD ON FRIDAY NIGHT AGAINST FLORIDA. IF HE DOES PLAY TONIGHT, IT COULD BE AS A DESIGNATED HITTER. LSU ENTERS THIS SERIES IN FIRST PLACE IN THE SEC WEST, WHILE ALABAMA IS IN LAST PLACE.



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