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News For Tuesday 05/22/12


NEWS FOR TUESDAY 052212
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

FROM THE JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU’D WON THE ARGUMENT DEPARTMENT.. THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS IS CONSIDERING CLOSING THREE PRISONS, IF THE STATE SENATE DOES NOT RESTORE CUTS MADE TO NEXT FISCAL YEAR'S BUDGET. SECRETARY JAMES LEBLANC SAYS AS THE BUDGET STANDS NOW, THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO KEEP THE AVOYELLES, PHELPS AND RAYBURN PRISONS OPEN. LEBLANC SAYS IF THEY HAVE TO CLOSE PRISONS, THEY'LL HAVE TO TRANSFER INMATES TO OTHER STATE PRISONS, INCLUDING ANGOLA OR PARISH JAILS.

A SCHOOL BUS FROM PINEVILLE BOUND FOR THE SCI-PORT SCIENCE CENTER IN SHREVEPORT WAS INVOLVED IN AN ACCIDENT YESTERDAY MORNING. THE BUS, CARRYING 30 STUDENTS AND SIX ADULTS, SIDE SWIPED AN 18 WHEELER WHEN IT ATTEMPTED TO CHANGE LANES. ACCORDING TO SHREVEPORT POLICE, THE 18-WHEELER CUT DOWN A UTILITY POLE, WHICH FELL ONTO THE TRUCK. THE DRIVER OF THE 18-WHEELER WAS TRANSPORTED TO THE HOSPITAL FOR MINOR INJURIES. NO ONE ON THE BUS WAS INJURED AND NO CITATIONS WERE ISSUED AFTER THE ACCIDENT. HOWEVER, POWER WAS KNOCKED OUT TO SEVERAL SHREVEPORT BUSINESSES FOR MOST OF THE DAY.

THE SENATE HAS APPROVED A $3.4 BILLION FUNDING PLAN FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND VOUCHERS TO ATTEND PRIVATE SCHOOLS. THE 26-10 VOTE SENT THE BILL TO THE HOUSE FOR CONSIDERATION THE FUNDING PLAN, KNOWN AS THE MINIMUM FOUNDATION PROGRAM, ALLOTS MONEY TO SCHOOL SYSTEMS BASED ON ENROLLMENT. SYSTEMS GET ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR HIGHER-COST PROGRAMS, LIKE SPECIAL EDUCATION, EDUCATING HIGH POVERTY STUDENTS AND CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION. THE AVERAGE AMOUNT OF STATE AND LOCAL FUNDS IS $8,500 PER STUDENT FOR ABOUT 679,000 STUDENTS.

FRIDAY WAS THE DEADLINE FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS TO APPLY TO THE STATE IF THEY WANT TO BE ABLE TO ACCEPT STUDENTS WHO TAKE PART IN THE NEW SCHOOL VOUCHER PROGRAM, WHICH WILL PAY GOVERNMENT-FUNDED PRIVATE SCHOOL TUITION FOR SOME LOUISIANA STUDENTS. STATE EDUCATION OFFICIALS WERE COMPILING INFORMATION ON THE APPLICANTS MONDAY. INFORMATION ON THE SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING AND THE NUMBER OF SEATS AVAILABLE FOR VOUCHER STUDENTS IN THOSE SCHOOLS COULD BE RELEASED AS EARLY AS TODAY. MEANWHILE, FAMILIES WHO WANT THEIR CHILDREN TO TAKE PART IN THE PROGRAM CAN BEGIN APPLYING TODAY. THE PROGRAM IS FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE FROM LOW- TO MODERATE-INCOME FAMILIES AND WHO ATTEND PUBLIC SCHOOLS THAT EARNED A C, D OR F UNDER THE STATE'S SCHOOL ACCOUNTABILITY PROGRAM.

A BILL PROHIBITING WELFARE RECIPIENTS FROM SPENDING THEIR ASSISTANCE DOLLARS ON ALCOHOL OR CIGARETTES AND PREVENTING THEM FROM WITHDRAWING THAT MONEY AS CASH HAS BEEN PUT ON HOLD. THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE DECIDED MONDAY TO STALL THE MEASURE BY REP. CAMERON HENRY WHILE SENATORS WORK ON NEXT YEAR'S $25 BILLION STATE OPERATING BUDGET. AN ESTIMATED $454,000 COST TIED TO HENRY'S BILL, FOR TWEAKING THE SYSTEM THAT MONITORS THE ELECTRONIC BENEFITS CARD, HAD SOME LAWMAKERS DEBATING THE USEFULNESS OF A PROPOSAL THAT TARGETS ONLY A SMALL PERCENT OF TRANSACTIONS. THE CARD IS ISSUED TO WELFARE RECIPIENTS AND FUNCTIONS LIKE A DEBIT CARD. HENRY ARGUED THERE ARE RECORDS OF THE CARD BEING ABUSED. HE SAYS EVEN ONE PERSON ABUSING THEIR WELFARE MONEY IS ENOUGH TO WARRANT THE LEGISLATION.

A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD PROHIBIT LOUISIANA'S REVENUE DEPARTMENT FROM REQUIRING CERTAIN PEOPLE TO GET THEIR TAX REFUNDS ON DEBIT CARDS NEARED FINAL LEGISLATIVE PASSAGE MONDAY, WITH ADVANCEMENT TO THE FULL SENATE FOR DEBATE. THIS YEAR, TAXPAYERS WHO DIDN'T GET THEIR REFUNDS THROUGH DIRECT DEPOSIT INTO A BANK ACCOUNT FOUND THEIR PAPER CHECKS REPLACED WITH PRE-PAID CHASE VISA CARDS. REVENUE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS SAID DOING AWAY WITH THE CHECKS SAVES MONEY. LAWMAKERS SAID THEY HAVE BEEN BOMBARDED WITH COMPLAINTS FROM PEOPLE WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW TO USE THE CARDS OR HAVE BEEN CHARGED FEES WHEN THEY DO. WITH THE DEBIT CARDS, TAXPAYERS CAN GET THEIR MONEY AT CHASE ATMS OR USE THE CARDS TO PAY FOR ITEMS AT RETAILERS. THEY ALSO CAN BRING THE CARD TO A CHASE BANK AND GET THEIR REFUND THROUGH A CASH ADVANCE. THEY ARE CHARGED FEES IF THEY USE NON-CHASE ATMS TO ACCESS THE MONEY MORE THAN ONCE AND IF THEY WANT TO TRANSFER THE MONEY TO A NON-CHASE BANK ACCOUNT.

LAWMAKERS ARE WORKING ON A PLAN THAT WOULD EARMARK FINE AND PENALTY MONEY THE STATE RECEIVES BECAUSE OF THE GULF COAST OIL SPILL TO LOUISIANA'S COASTAL PROTECTION FUND. THE HOUSE-APPROVED PROPOSAL RECEIVED BACKING MONDAY FROM THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE. IT HEADS TO THE FULL SENATE FOR DEBATE. THE BILL DEALS WITH MONEY THAT COULD BE RECEIVED BY THE STATE FOR VIOLATIONS OF FEDERAL POLLUTION STANDARDS, A FIGURE THAT COULD TOTAL BILLIONS OF DOLLARS. THE COASTAL PROTECTION FUND, WHERE THE MONEY WOULD BE PLACED, IS USED FOR COASTAL RESTORATION PROJECTS AND HURRICANE PROTECTION EFFORTS. THE PROPOSAL NEEDS APPROVAL FROM LAWMAKERS AND FROM VOTERS IN A STATEWIDE ELECTION TO TAKE EFFECT.

SENATORS NARROWLY REFUSED TO ALLOW A LIMITED LIST OF OLDER PRISONERS SERVING A LIFE SENTENCE TO BE ABLE TO SEEK A PAROLE HEARING. THE HEARING WOULDN'T APPLY TO ANYONE WHO WAS CONVICTED OF A VIOLENT CRIME OR A SEX OFFENSE. NO ONE SPOKE IN OPPOSITION TO THE MEASURE ON THE SENATE FLOOR, BUT PREVIOUS CRITICS HAVE SAID THESE PRISONERS ARE HABITUAL OFFENDERS WHO WERE SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON BECAUSE OF THE CRIMES THEY COMMITTED AND SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO GET OUT.
EIGHTEEN SENATORS SUPPORTED THE MEASURE, BUT IT NEEDED 20 VOTES TO PASS. SENATORS COULD ATTEMPT TO BRING THE BILL UP FOR A SECOND VOTE BEFORE THE REGULAR SESSION ENDS JUNE 4.

SENATORS GAVE FINAL PASSAGE TO A BILL THAT WILL GIVE LOUISIANA'S SHERIFFS A PAY RAISE OPPORTUNITY. HOWEVER, OPPORTUNITY IS THE KEY WORD. THE PROPOSAL WILL CREATE AN "EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE" FOR SHERIFFS, TO TEACH THEM MANAGEMENT SKILLS AND REQUIRE ANNUAL FOLLOW-UP TRAINING. WHEN A SHERIFF HAS COMPLETED THE TRAINING, THE ELECTED OFFICIAL WILL BE ABLE TO GET A PAY RAISE. WELL MAYBE, LAWMAKERS WILL FIRST HAVE APPROVED A SALARY BOOST FOR DISTRICT COURT JUDGES. THE MEASURE GOES TO THE GOVERNOR'S DESK.

THE LEGISLATURE IS ASKING CONGRESS TO STOP FUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD. SUPPORTERS OF THE MEASURE (HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 11) THAT RECEIVED FINAL PASSAGE MONDAY WITH A 29-5 SENATE VOTE SAY THEY WANT THE ORGANIZATION TO STOP RECEIVING TAX DOLLARS UNTIL THEY STOP PROVIDING ABORTIONS, EVEN THOUGH TAX MONEY ISN'T USED FOR THE PROCEDURE. OPPONENTS SAY REMOVAL OF FEDERAL FUNDING WOULD THREATEN HEALTH CARE FOR MILLIONS OF WOMEN WHO RELY ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD FOR CANCER SCREENINGS AND PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE.

AN ADULT WHO IMPERSONATES ANOTHER PERSON ON FACEBOOK, E-MAIL MESSAGES, SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES AND OTHER ONLINE SITES WITH THE INTENTION TO HARM OR DEFRAUD WILL FACE A PRISON SENTENCE RANGING FROM 10 DAYS TO SIX MONTHS, UNDER A BILL (HOUSE BILL 96),THAT RECEIVED FINAL PASSAGE MONDAY. A VIOLATOR OF THE PROVISION WHO IS UNDER THE AGE OF 17 WOULDN'T BE SUBJECT TO THE SAME PENALTIES.

AUTHORITIES IN NATCHEZ, MISSISSIPPI SAY THINGS ARE QUIETED DOWN AFTER A PRISON RIOT SUNDAY THAT LEFT A PRISON GUARD DEAD. ADAMS COUNTY SHERIFF CHUCK MAYFIELD SAYS A GANG FIGHT AMONG THE PRISON'S MOSTLY-LATINO POPULATION WAS THE TRIGGER. MAYFIELD SAYS SAYS MORE THAN TWO DOZEN OFFICERS WERE HELD HOSTAGE AND 15 HAD TO BE RESCUED BY SPECIAL RESPONSE TEAMS. HE SAYS ONE OF THE GUARDS WAS BEATEN TO DEATH BY INMATES. THE PRIVATELY OPERATED PRISON HOLDS OVER 2500 FEDERAL PRISONERS ACCUSED OF CRIMINAL ACTS; MOSTLY ILLEGAL ALIENS. MAYFIELD SAYS THERE'S NO DANGER TO PUBLIC SAFETY.

WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES SAY A FAULTY VALVE IS BELIEVED TO BE THE PROBLEM THAT CAUSED A PLANT FIRE IN ERWINVILLE MONDAY. TWO ACETYLENE TANKS EXPLODED. ONE PERSON IS REPORTED INJURED. HOMES WITHIN A MILE OF THE PLANT WERE EVACUATED, WHILE FIREFIGHTERS GOT THE BLAZE UNDER CONTROL.

A SENATE-APPROVED RESOLUTION - THAT REQUESTS THE DOTD TO STUDY THE FEASIBILITY OF TOLLS TO COMPLETE I-49 SOUTH FROM LAFAYETTE TO NEW ORLEANS - HAS PASSED THE HOUSE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE. BENTON SEN. ROBERT ADLEY SAYS THE STUDY WOULD LOOK AT WHERE TO PUT THE TOLL BOOTHS ON THE PROPOSED I-49 SOUTH EXTENSION, HOW MANY CARS WOULD PASS THROUGH THOSE AND HOW MUCH TO CHARGE. HE SAYS HE WOULD LIKE THE PUBLIC TO EVENTUALLY CONTRIBUTE THEIR THOUGHTS ON THE MATTER. THE RESOLUTION NOW HEADS TO THE SENATE FLOOR.

THE SEARCH CONTINUES FOR A MISSING LAFAYETTE WOMAN; LAST SEEN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING RIDING HER BICYCLE. LAFAYETTE PD SPOKESMAN PAUL MOUTON SAYS 21-YEAR-OLD MICHAELA "MICKEY" SHUNICK LEFT A FRIENDS HOUSE AT 2 AM, TO RIDE THE 5 MILES TO HER OWN HOME. A $10-THOUSAND REWARD IS BEING OFFERED.

ANOTHER BIG POT BUST ON I-10. CALCASIEU PARISH DEPUTIES ARRESTED A CALIFORNIA MAN, AFTER SMELLING FRESH MARIJUANA IN HIS VEHICLE DURING A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP. A DRUG DOG SNIFFED OUT 30 POUNDS OF HIGH GRADE WEED IN THE TRUNK OF THE MAN'S CAR. HIS BOND IS SET AT A HALF-MILLION BUCKS.

THE MAN ACCUSED OF SEXUAL BATTERY AND OBSCENITY FOR HIS ACTS ON A VIRAL VIDEO SHOT AFTER THE LSU-ALABAMA BCS TITLE GAME HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY. BRIAN DOWNING IS ALLEGED TO HAVE EXPOSED HIMSELF AND RUBBED HIS GENITALS ON A PASSED-OUT TIGERS FAN AT THE KRYSTAL BURGER ON BOURBON STREET LAST JANUARY. HE'S BEEN RELEASED ON $50-THOUSAND BOND. HIS TRIAL IS IN SEPTEMBER.

THE JOINT READINESS TRAINING CENTER AT FORT POLK PLANS MEMORIAL DAY ACTIVITIES ON THURSDAY TO HONOR FALLEN MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES. THE CEREMONIES ARE PLANNED FOR 9 A.M. AT WARRIOR MEMORIAL PARK. THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER IS RETIRED SGT. MAJOR OF THE ARMY BILL GATES.



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