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News For Friday 05/11/12


NEWS FOR FRIDAY 051112
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

DESPITE THE POSSIBILITY OF HEAVY RAIN TOMORROW, THE DRAGON RACES WILL GO ON. COORDINATOR WAYNE DENLEY. SAYS THEY WILL PADDLE IN THE RAIN, IF NEED BE. THE ONLY THING THAT WOULD DOCK THE BOATS WOULD BE THUNDER AND LIGHTENING. THE 41 TEAMS THIS YEAR ARE PLANNING ON TAKING PART IN THIS YEARS RACE. WITH THOUSANDS EXPECTED ON THE BANKS OF THE RED TO WATCH THE RACE.

CENTRAL LOUISIANA LETTER CARRIERS WILL BE PICKING UP DONATED FOOD ITEMS AS THEY DELIVER MAIL SATURDAY. STAMP OUT HUNGER IS THE NATION'S LARGEST SINGLE-DAY FOOD DRIVE. RESIDENTS ARE URGED TO DONATE NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS SUCH AS CANNED FOODS, DRY GOODS SUCH AS RICE, BEANS AND GRAINS, CEREALS AND PEANUT BUTTER. PUT THE DONATIONS IN A STURDY BAG BY YOUR MAILBOX NEAR THE TIME OF REGULAR DELIVERY AND YOUR LETTER CARRIER WILL PICK IT UP. ALL AREA DONATIONS WILL BE DELIVERED TO THE FOOD BANK OR PANTRY NEAR YOU. LOCAL DONATIONS GO TO THE FOOD BANK OF CENTRAL LOUISIANA.

THE LOUISIANA HOUSE TRIES TO REACH A COMPROMISE FRIDAY OVER NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET, A DAY AFTER DEADLOCKING ON THE $25 BILLION IN SPENDING PLANS.
CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS AND THE JINDAL ADMINISTRATION ARE AT ODDS OVER WHETHER TO USE $270 MILLION IN ONE-TIME CASH OR TO MAKE DEEPER CUTS TO STATE AGENCIES. A BLOC OF GOP LAWMAKERS SAY THE ONE-TIME DOLLARS CREATE FALSE EXPECTATIONS IN STATE AGENCIES, PAYING FOR SERVICES THE STATE CAN'T AFFORD YEAR AFTER YEAR. OTHER LAWMAKERS AND THE JINDAL ADMINISTRATION SAY STRIPPING THE MONEY WOULD FORCE HARMFUL CUTS TO CRITICAL SERVICES, LIKE PUBLIC COLLEGES AND HEALTH CARE PROGRAMS. THE BUDGET BILL WOULD PAY FOR AGENCY OPERATING EXPENSES AND PROGRAMS IN THE NEW FISCAL YEAR THAT BEGINS JULY 1.

A TRAGIC ACCIDENT TOOK THE LIFE OF A TWO-YEAR-OLD CHILD IN BOSSIER PARISH LAST NIGHT. GAVIN BROWN OF PLAIN DEALING RODE HIS BIG WHEEL TOY CAR ONTO A BUSY ROADWAY AND WAS STRUCK BY A PICKUP TRUCK. NO CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED IN THE CASE BUT ROUTINE TOXICOLOGY TEST ARE STILL PENDING. THE USE OF ALCOHOL IS NOT SUSPECTED.

THE COLORADO STATE BOARD OF GOVERNORS HAS NAMED CURRENT LSU CHANCELLOR MIKE MARTIN THE FINALIST TO TAKE THE SAME JOB THERE. MARTIN SAYS HE HAS NOT DECIDED WHETHER OR NOT TO LEAVE BATON ROUGE NOR HAS COLORADO STATE MADE A FORMAL OFFER. MARTIN SAYS IF HE DOES DECIDE TO LEAVE HE WOULD NOT GO UNTIL MID-AUGUST.

THE LOUISIANA SENATE NARROWLY APPROVED A PROPOSAL SOUGHT BY GOV. BOBBY JINDAL TO MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT FOR STATE RETIREES TO GET COST-OF-LIVING ADJUSTMENTS TO THEIR PENSION BENEFITS. THE BILL (SENATE BILL 740) BY SEN. ELBERT GUILLORY, D-OPELOUSAS, WOULD BAR COLAS FOR RANK-AND-FILE WORKERS AND HIGHER EDUCATION EMPLOYEES WHO ARE RETIRED, UNTIL THE RETIREMENT SYSTEMS HAVE 80 PERCENT OF THE FUNDING THEY NEED TO PAY ALL BENEFITS PROMISED. CURRENTLY, THE SYSTEMS' FUNDING LEVEL IS BELOW 60 PERCENT.

A PROPOSAL TO BAN DISCRIMINATION IN STATE EMPLOYMENT BASED ON A WORKER'S SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY FAILED TO WIN APPROVAL THURSDAY IN A SENATE COMMITTEE. THE BILL (SENATE BILL 100) BY SEN. ED MURRAY, D-NEW ORLEANS, WAS REJECTED IN A 4-1 VOTE BY THE SENATE LABOR COMMITTEE. THE CONSERVATIVE LOUISIANA FAMILY FORUM AND GOV. BOBBY JINDAL OPPOSED THE MEASURE.

RECALL PETITIONS HAVE BEEN FILED AGAINST TWO REPUBLICAN ST. TAMMANY PARISH LAWMAKERS, KEVIN PEARSON AND GREG CROMER. RECALL BOBBY JINDAL SPOKESWOMAN LEE BARIOS SAYS THERE'S FRUSTRATION WITH THE GOVERNOR AND HIS ALLIES ON HOW THEY CONDUCTED THEMSELVES DURING THE DEBATE ON EDUCATION REFORM AND PROPOSED CHANGES TO STATE EMPLOYEE PENSION BENEFITS. RECALL PETITIONS WERE FILED EARLIER IN THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION AGAINST GOVERNOR JINDAL AND HOUSE SPEAKER CHUCK KLECKLEY. BARIOS SAYS EXPECT TO SEE ADDITIONAL ATTEMPTS TO RECALL OTHER LEGISLATORS AS WELL. IT'S NOT EASY TO FORCE A RECALL ELECTION, ORGANIZERS MUST OBTAIN SIGNATURES FROM ONE-THIRD OF THE REGISTERED VOTERS IN THAT POLITICIAN'S DISTRICT WITHIN 180 DAYS. IN JINDAL'S CASE, IT WOULD TAKE ONE-THIRD OF THE STATE'S 2-POINT-8 MILLION VOTERS.

TWO WOMEN AND AN UNBORN BABY WERE KILLED YESTERDAY IN MOREHOUSE PARISH, WHEN THEIR VEHICLE WAS HIT BY A TRAIN. MOREHOUSE SHERIFF MIKE TUBBS SAYS THE TWO WOMEN, SISTERS, ONE OF THEM 9 MONTHS PREGNANT, WERE LEAVING A BUSINESS IN MER ROUGE AT ABOUT NOON THURSDAY, WHEN THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED TUBBS SAYS WITNESSES REPORTED THE VAN STOPPED AT THE TRAIN CROSSING, BUT THEN ROLLED FORWARD INTO THE TRAIN'S PATH. A TEN MONTH OLD BABY IN THE VAN DID SURVIVE THE CRASH, AND WAS EXTRICATED FROM THE WRECKAGE

A STATE DISTRICT JUDGE HAS SENTENCED A 63-YEAR-OLD WOMAN TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON, FOLLOWED BY TWO YEARS OF HOUSE ARREST, FOR A CRASH ON INTERSTATE 10 THAT KILLED THREE FAMILY MEMBERS. CAROL BANKS, OF KENNER, WAS CONVICTED LAST MONTH OF THREE COUNTS OF NEGLIGENT HOMICIDE IN THE FEB. 10, 2010, DEATHS OF THREE MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY. THE TIMES-PICAYUNE REPORTS BANKS WAS INITIALLY CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR HOMICIDE AFTER HER BLOOD TESTS SHOWED A HIGH LEVEL OF AN INGREDIENT USED IN COUGH SYRUPS AND CAN CAUSE HALLUCINATIONS.

A SLIDELL MINISTER, CONVICTED OF HAVING A THREE-MONTH SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL, HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO THREE YEARS IN PRISON. FORTY-FOUR-YEAR-OLD KEITH JAMES BOYD, PASTOR OF THE OPEN DOOR APOSTOLIC CHURCH, WAS FOUND GUILTY IN MARCH OF CARNAL KNOWLEDGE AND INDECENT BEHAVIOR WITH A JUVENILE. REQUIREMENTS. HE IS FORBIDDEN FROM ACTING AS A PASTOR OR COUNSELOR OUR HAVING ANY UNSUPERVISED CONTACT WITH MINORS. HE MUST ALSO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER AND PAY RESTITUTION TO THE VICTIM IN THE AMOUNT OF HER THERAPY EXPENSES.

LOUISIANA'S DEFICIT HAS EDGED HIGHER TO $220 MILLION, BECAUSE LAWMAKERS AND THE JINDAL ADMINISTRATION DIDN'T PROVIDE ENOUGH MONEY FOR ELECTIONS EXPENSES AND THE STATE'S FREE COLLEGE TUITION PROGRAM WHEN THEY CRAFTED THIS YEAR'S BUDGET.
THE GOVERNOR'S DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATION OUTLINED THE FIGURE THURSDAY TO LAWMAKERS ON THE HOUSE AND SENATE BUDGET COMMITTEE. THE STATE'S REVENUE FORECASTING PANEL DROPPED ITS INCOME ESTIMATES BY $211 MILLION LAST MONTH. ON TOP OF THAT, THE SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE NEEDED $2.5 MILLION MORE THAN WAS BUDGETED FOR ELECTION COSTS, WHICH ARE REQUIRED TO BE FUNDED. IN ADDITION, THE BUDGET HADN'T SET ASIDE ENOUGH MONEY FOR THE FREE TUITION PROGRAM CALLED TOPS. GOV. BOBBY JINDAL AND LEGISLATIVE LEADERS HAVEN'T DEVISED A PLAN FOR COPING WITH THE GAP FOR THE FISCAL YEAR THAT ENDS JUNE 30.

A ST. MARTIN PARISH GRAND JURY HAS INDICTED A ST. MARTINVILLE MAN ON ONE COUNT OF FIRST-DEGREE MURDER IN THE JAN. 18 SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS PREGNANT FIANCÉE. 21-YEAR-OLD JOSHUA MCKEEL COULD FACE A POSSIBLE DEATH PENALTY IF CONVICTED IN THE SLAYING OF 19-YEAR-OLD HANNAH PARKER, WHO WAS SEVEN MONTHS PREGNANT AT THE TIME. THE SHOOTING OCCURRED IN ST. MARTINVILLE AT THE HOME OF PARKER'S MOTHER.

FEDERAL HOUSING REGULATORS HAVE AWARDED A NEW ORLEANS ADVOCACY GROUP $775,000 TO HELP CITY RESIDENTS WHO BELIEVE THEY'VE BEEN VICTIMS OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION. THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT AWARDED THE GRANT THURSDAY TO THE GREATER NEW ORLEANS FAIR HOUSING ACTION CENTER.
THE GRANT, GIVEN THROUGH HUD'S FAIR HOUSING INITIATIVES PROGRAM, WAS PART OF NEARLY $41.1 MILLION DISTRIBUTED NATIONWIDE TO 99 SIMILAR GROUPS AND IN 35 STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA. THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO ENFORCE THE FAIR HOUSING ACT THROUGH INVESTIGATION AND TESTING OF ALLEGED DISCRIMINATORY PRACTICES, AND TO EDUCATE HOUSING PROVIDERS, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS AND POTENTIAL VICTIMS OF HOUSING DISCRIMINATION ABOUT THEIR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

THE LOUISIANA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY AWARDED THE LAFAYETTE PUBLIC TRUST FINANCING AUTHORITY A $1 MILLION GRANT TO TRANSFORM A BRICK WAREHOUSE NEAR DOWNTOWN INTO LOFT-STYLE APARTMENTS FOR ARTISTS. THE 15-UNIT DEVELOPMENT IS ESTIMATED TO COST ABOUT $2.2 MILLION AND CONSTRUCTION COULD START IN OCTOBER.

SPORTS..

THE THIRD-RANKED LSU BASEBALL CAN WIN AN SEC WEST TITLE THIS WEEKEND AS THEY BEGIN A SERIES WITH VANDERBILT TONIGHT. THE TIGERS HAVE A FOUR-GAME LEAD OVER ARKANSAS AND MISSISSIPPI STATE IN THE SEC WESTERN DIVISION RACE. COACH PAUL MAINIERI WOULD LIKE TO WIN A DIVISION TITLE IN FRONT OF THE HOME FANS. VANDERBILT COMES INTO ALEX BOX STADIUM AS THE DEFENDING SEC CHAMPIONS, BUT THIS YEAR THEY ARE JUST 24-AND-24 OVERALL, 11-AND-13 IN THE LEAGUE.




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