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News For Friday 05/25/12


NEWS FOR FRIDAY 052512
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

THE BRIBERY RETRIAL OF FORMER RAPIDES PARISH POLICE JUROR STEVE BORDELON BEGAN THURSDAY, WITH OPENING STATEMENTS. THE FOUR-TERM DISTRICT B REPRESENTATIVE WAS INDICTED IN 2010 ON ONE COUNT OF BRIBERY. HE FACES UP TO 10 YEARS IN PRISON IF CONVICTED. BORDELON IS ACCUSED OF ACCEPTING TWO RESIDENTIAL LOTS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE IN EXCHANGE FOR HELPING DEVELOPERS WHO WANTED TO GET OUT OF PAYING FOR A ROAD. THE JURY IN BORDELON'S FIRST TRIAL, LAST YEAR, COULD NOT REACH A UNANIMOUS VERDICT AFTER MORE THAN TWO DAYS OF DELIBERATIONS.

CITIZENS PROPERTY INSURANCE, THE STATE INSURER OF LAST RESORT PLANS AN AVERAGE RATE INCREASE FOR WIND-ONLY POLICIES OF 58 PERCENT. THE LARGE INCREASE FOLLOWS A WEDNESDAY MEETING OF THE CORPORATION'S BOARD, WHICH REJECTED STATE TREASURER JOHN KENNEDY'S PROPOSAL FOR AN INCREASE OF 12 PERCENT. KENNEDY SAYS THE NEW RATE HIKE, SET TO TAKE EFFECT IN JUNE, IS ILLEGAL. BUT, INSURANCE COMMISSIONER JIM DONELON INSISTS THE RATE IS LEGAL AND NECESSARY. ALTHOUGH THE AVERAGE RATE HIKE IS ESTIMATED AT 58 PERCENT, KENNEDY SAYS WIND-ONLY RATES COULD GO UP 170 PERCENT IN ST. MARY PARISH AND 217 PERCENT IN CAMERON PARISH.

U.S. FORECASTERS PREDICTED THURSDAY THAT THIS YEAR'S ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON WOULD PRODUCE A NORMAL NUMBER OF ABOUT NINE TO 15 TROPICAL STORMS, WITH AS MANY AS FOUR TO EIGHT OF THOSE BECOMING HURRICANES. THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION RELEASED ITS INITIAL OUTLOOK FOR THE SIX-MONTH STORM SEASON THAT OFFICIALLY BEGINS JUNE 1. ONE TO THREE STORMS COULD BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE. THOUGH THIS SEASON ISN'T EXPECTED TO BE AS BUSY AS LAST YEAR'S ABOVE-AVERAGE SEASON, FEDERAL OFFICIALS WARNED COASTAL RESIDENTS TO START STOCKING UP ON HURRICANE SUPPLIES AND FORMING EVACUATION PLANS ANYWAY.

LOUISIANA WILL HAVE ITS ANNUAL HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS SALES TAX HOLIDAY THIS WEEKEND. THE STATE'S 4 PERCENT SALES TAX WILL NOT BE CHARGED SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ON SELECTED MERCHANDISE. THE SALES-TAX HOLIDAY IS HELD ANNUALLY BEFORE THE JUNE 1 START OF THE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON. THE STATE SALES TAX WILL NOT BE CHARGED ON THE FIRST $1,500 OF THE PURCHASE PRICE.

THE LOUISIANA HOUSE AGREED THURSDAY TO REWRITE THE STATE'S CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTIONS FOR WEAPON OWNERS AND STRIKE A PROVISION THAT GIVES THE LEGISLATURE EXPLICIT AUTHORITY TO LIMIT CONCEALED HANDGUNS. SUPPORTERS SAID THE CHANGE WOULD GIVE LOUISIANA THE STRONGEST GUN PROTECTION IN THE NATION AND COULD GUARD AGAINST POSSIBLE FUTURE SUPREME COURT RULINGS THAT MIGHT UNDERMINE THE SECOND AMENDMENT.

THE TIMES-PICAYUNE, ONE OF THE NATION'S OLDEST NEWSPAPERS, IS DROPPING ITS DAILY CIRCULATION AFTER 175 YEARS AND PLANS TO ISSUE THREE PRINTED EDITIONS A WEEK STARTING IN THE FALL. WITH THE CHANGE, THE NEWSPAPER WOULD BECOME THE LARGEST METRO NEWSPAPER IN THE NATION TO DROP DAILY CIRCULATION IN THIS DIGITAL AGE.
THE PAPER ANNOUNCED THURSDAY THE FORMATION OF A NEW COMPANY, THE NOLA MEDIA GROUP, TO OVERSEE BOTH THE TIMES-PICAYUNE AND ITS AFFILIATED WEBSITE, NOLA.COM.
THE CUTBACK IN PUBLICATION DAYS FOLLOWS SIMILAR MOVES MADE BY OTHER NEWSPAPERS AS THE INDUSTRY HAS STRUGGLED THROUGH ECONOMIC TOUGH TIMES, IN PART CAUSED BY CONSUMERS' MOVE TO ONLINE MEDIA.

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S PROPOSAL TO CREATE A NEW RETIREMENT PLAN FOR FUTURE RANK-AND-FILE STATE WORKERS FAILED TO WIN FINAL LEGISLATIVE PASSAGE, NARROWLY REJECTED THURSDAY IN A LOUISIANA HOUSE VOTE. THE PROPOSAL 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 AND YEARS OF EMPLOYMENT. THE HOUSE VOTED 49-43 FOR THE PENSION BILL. IT NEEDED 53 VOTES TO PASS. THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE BLAMED IT ON SEVERAL LAWMAKERS BEING ABSENT FOR THE VOTE. LAWMAKERS CAN BRING THE MEASURE UP FOR ANOTHER VOTE, BUT IT NOW FACES NEW HURDLES. THE HOUSE REJECTION SENT IT TO A LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE, WHOSE ACTION NEEDS SUPPORT IN BOTH THE HOUSE AND SENATE TO RECEIVE FINAL PASSAGE.

THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES THURSDAY VOTED 92-2 TO APPROVE A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT THAT ADDS THE MEDICAID TRUST FUND FOR THE ELDERLY TO A LIST OF FUNDS THAT CANNOT BE CUT OR SPENT FOR THINGS OTHER THAN THE INTENDED PURPOSE. THE ISSUE WILL BE ON THE NOV. 6 BALLOT FOR VOTERS TO DECIDE IF THE FUND SHOULD HAVE CONSTITUTIONAL PROTECTION.

LOUISIANA'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY COULD BE ABLE TO OFFER NEW TAX BREAKS TO BUSINESSES THE STATE WANTS TO KEEP OR ATTRACT, UNDER TWO BILLS THAT RECEIVED FINAL LEGISLATIVE PASSAGE THURSDAY. THE TAX BREAKS INCLUDE A PAYROLL TAX CUT RANGING FROM 6 PERCENT TO UP TO 15 PERCENT FOR CREATING HIGH-PAYING JOBS WITH HEALTH CARE BENEFITS. ANOTHER BILL ALLOWS FOR A 25 PERCENT REBATE OVER FIVE YEARS ON RELOCATION COSTS FOR COMPANIES THAT MOVE THEIR CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS TO LOUISIANA. THE BUSINESSES WILL NEED TO PAY SALARIES OF TWICE THE AVERAGE PAY GIVEN BY PRIVATE BUSINESSES IN THE PARISH OR AT LEAST $60,000 ANNUALLY. THE TAX BREAKS WILL EXPIRE ON JULY 1, 2017.

LAWMAKERS HAVE AGREED TO CREATE A NEW SPECIALIZED LICENSE PLATE IN LOUISIANA. GIVEN FINAL PASSAGE THURSDAY WAS A BILL (HOUSE BILL 124) THAT WILL ESTABLISH A "KOREAN DEFENSE SERVICE" PLATE TO HONOR CERTAIN KOREAN WAR VETERANS. THE MEASURE HEADS TO THE GOVERNOR'S DESK.

STATE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING BETWEEN A ST. LANDRY PARISH SHERIFF'S DEPUTY AND A 61-YEAR-OLD MAN STOPPED FOR A TRAFFIC VIOLATION. SHERIFF BOBBY GUIDROZ SAYS THE DEPUTY WAS DRIVING NORTHBOUND ON I-49 WHEN A VEHICLE PULLED UP BEHIND SO CLOSE IT WAS HAZARDOUS. GUIDROZ SAYS THE SUSPECT PASSED THE DEPUTY AND PULLED OFF THE INTERSTATE IN THE PARKING LOT OF A TRUCK STOP.
WHEN THE DEPUTY APPROACHED THE VEHICLE, GUIDROZ SAYS THE MAN FIRED TWO SHOTS AT THE DEPUTY AND THE DEPUTY FIRED BACK. THE SHERIFF SAYS NO ONE WAS INJURED.
STATE POLICE SAY CHARLES MARTIN OF OBERLIN WAS BOOKED WITH ATTEMPTED FIRST-DEGREE MURDER OF A POLICE OFFICER.

THE EVANGELINE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD HAS SHOWN ITS APPRECIATION TO SUPERINTENDENT TONI HAMLIN BY UNANIMOUSLY APPROVING A TWO-YEAR EXTENSION OF HER CONTRACT, WHICH WAS DUE TO EXPIRE IN DECEMBER. VILLE PLATTE MAYOR JENNIFER VIDRINE SAID SHE WANTED TO PUBLICLY THANK HAMLIN, THE BOARD AND THE CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF FOR THEIR "HARD WORK" IN THE RENOVATION OF VILLE PLATTE HIGH SCHOOL AND FOR ACHIEVING UNITARY STATUS FROM THE FEDERAL COURTS. THE BOARD HAS SPENT APPROXIMATELY $6 MILLION IN RENOVATING VILLE PLATTE HIGH AS PART OF ITS DESEGREGATION PLAN TO THE FEDERAL COURT AND THE U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.

A LEVEL OF FRUSTRATION IS BEGINNING TO MOUNT IN ACADIANA AS THE WHEREABOUTS OF MICKEY SHUNICK ARE STILL UNKNOWN. MICKEY IS A ULL STUDENT WHO'S BEEN MISSING SINCE LAST WEEKEND. LAFAYETTE POLICE CPL. PAUL MOUTON SAYS THEY ARE GETTING A LOT OF TIPS THAT OFFICERS ARE FOLLOWING UP ON, BUT SO FAR NO SOLID LEADS. MOUTON SAYS SEARCH AND RESCUE EFFORTS ARE UNDERWAY FAR AND WIDE IN LAFAYETTE PARISH BY LAW ENFORCEMENT AND VOLUNTEERS.

THE AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION SAYS MORE PEOPLE WILL BE HITTING THE ROAD FOR THE 2012 MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY COMPARED WITH LAST YEAR, THEY JUST WON'T BE GOING AS FAR. AAA SPOKESPERSON MIKE RIGHT SAYS MOST PEOPLE WILL BE TRAVELING MORE THAN 50 MILES FROM HOME IN THEIR CAR THIS WEEKEND, BUT NOT AS FAR AS THEY DID LAST YEAR. MANY ARE OPTING TO FLY INSTEAD OF DRIVING.

TIGER STADIUM IN BATON ROUGE WILL ONCE AGAIN BE TRANSFORMED INTO A GIANT CONCERT VENUE THIS WEEKEND AS THE THIRD ANNUAL BAYOU COUNTRY SUPERFEST KICKS OFF. PRODUCER QUINT DAVIS SAYS THIS YEARS FESTIVAL FEATURES HUGE ACTS INCLUDING RASCAL FLATTS, KEITH URBAN, CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND MORE. DAVIS SAYS THE GATES OPEN STARTING AT 3PM TOMORROW AND THE SHOW WILL START AT 5. DAVIS SAYS THERE ARE STILL TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR THE FESTIVAL AND HE SAYS TICKET BOOTHS WILL BE SET UP OUTSIDE IF CONCERT GOERS WANT TO PURCHASE THEIR SEATS BEFORE THE SHOW. HE SAYS THEY'RE EXPECTING ANYWHERE FROM 75,000 TO 80,000 PEOPLE THIS WEEKEND.

A SENATE-PASSED BILL TO LIMIT CONVICTED SEX OFFENDERS' ACCESS TO PUBLIC LIBRARIES WON HOUSE PASSAGE. LIVINGSTON SENATOR DALE ERDEY'S BILL WAS REPRESENTED IN THE HOUSE BY METAIRIE REP. JOE LOPINTO. HE SAYS THE BILL BARS THEM FROM BEING IN OR NEAR LIBRARIES WHILE GROUPS OF CHILDREN ARE PRESENT. LOPINTO SAYS THE BILL IS SIMILAR TO EXISTING LAWS CONCERNING SEX OFFENDERS AND SCHOOLS, PLAYGROUNDS AND OTHER PLACES KIDS GO. HE SAYS LIBRARY BOARDS MUST CREATE THEIR OWN RULES TO RESTRICT THE TIME, PLACE AND ACCESS SEX OFFENDERS HAVE TO THE LIBRARY. MANY LAWMAKERS BELIEVE THE LAW WILL BE NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO ENFORCE. THE BILL RETURNS TO THE SENATE FOR CONCURRENCE ON A HOUSE AMENDMENT. IF OK'D, THE BILL THEN GOES TO THE GOVERNOR'S DESK.

AN ALEXANDRIA WOMAN WAS CHARGED WITH CHILD DESERTION WEDNESDAY AFTER OFFICERS ARRIVED AT A RESIDENCE AND FOUND TWO YOUNG CHILDREN, AGES 2 AND 4, HOME ALONE. ALEXANDRIA POLICE DETECTIVES HAD GONE TO A HOUSE WEDNESDAY MORNING TO FIND 22 YEAR OLD DVISIA MARSHALL TO SERVE A WARRANT. THAT’S WHEN THE FOUND THE CHILDREN. ABOUT 20 MINUTES LATER AFTER POLICE ARRIVED, MARSHALL RETURNED HOME AND WAS ARRESTED. THE CHILDREN WERE TURNED OVER TO THE OFFICE OF CHILD SERVICES. MARSHALL WAS CHARGED WITH ONE COUNT OF CHILD DESERTION AND ONE COUNT OF CONTEMPT OF COURT FOR A WARRANT THROUGH THE ALEXANDRIA CITY COURT. SHE WAS BOOKED INTO THE RAPIDES PARISH DETENTION CENTER.


SPORTS..

THE SECOND RANKED LSU BASEBALL TEAM CAN ADVANCE TO THE SEMI-FINALS OF THE SEC TOURNAMENT WITH A WIN THIS AFTERNOON OVER MISSISSIPPI STATE. THE TIGERS AVOIDED ELIMINATION BY THUMPING OLE MISS 11 TO 2 YESTERDAY. LSU WILL SEND RYAN EADES TO THE MOUND FOR TODAY'S GAME. AIRTIME 2:45PM ON 970 KSYL.

THE SAINTS GOT A TASTE THIS WEEK OF LIFE WITHOUT DREW BREES. THE ALL PRO QUARTERBACK DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE TEAM'S OFFSEASON PRACTICES AS HE CONTINUES TO HOLD OUT FOR A LONG-TERM DEAL. INTERIM HEAD COACH JOE VITT'S SAYS BREES' ABSENCE SO FAR HAS NOT BEEN A DISTRACTION.





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