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News For Monday 06/04/12


NEWS FOR MONDAY 060412
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

THE LOUISIANA HOUSE HAS AGREED TO A $25.6 BILLION BUDGET FOR NEXT YEAR THAT STARTS JULY 1ST THE FINAL BUDGET CONTAINS HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN SPENDING ABOVE THE FIGURE SOUGHT BY A GROUP OF CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS. LAWMAKERS VOTED 62-40 SUNDAY FOR THE SENATE VERSION OF THE SPENDING PLANS, THAT CONTAIN MORE THAN $270 MILLION IN ONE-TIME MONEY TO PAY FOR ONGOING PROGRAMS AND SERVICES IN STATE AGENCIES. THE BILL NOW HEADS TO THE GOVERNOR’S DESK FOR HIS SIGNATURE. THE SESSION, MUST END BY 6PM TONIGHT.

AN INVESTIGATION CONTINUES INTO A WEEKEND SHOOTING THAT LEFT A 19-YEAR-OLD ALEXANDRIA MAN IS DEAD AND A 16-YEAR-OLD MALE UNDER ARREST AND CHARGED WITH HIS MURDER. THE ALEXANDRIA POLICE REPORTS, OFFICERS WERE CALLED SHORTLY BEFORE 10 SATURDAY NIGHT TO THE 100 BLOCK OF GORDON STREET WHEN NEIGHBORS REPORTED A SHOOTING. THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION DISCOVERED THAT DURING A DISTURBANCE BETWEEN SEVERAL PEOPLE, A 19-YEAR-OLD ALEXANDRIA MAN HAD SUFFERED A GUNSHOT WOUND. THE VICTIM, 19 YEAR OLD JAREN GILLAM OF ALEXANDRIA, DIED A FEW HOURS LATER AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL. A JUVENILE WHO WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY SUNDAY AND CHARGED WITH THE SHOOTING, IS CURRENTLY BEING HELD IN JUVENILE DETENTION.

AFTER TWO TRIALS, A FORMER MEMBER OF THE RAPIDES PARISH POLICE JURY HAS BEEN ACQUITTED OF A BRIBERY CHARGE. THE FEDERAL JURY ACQUITTED STEVE BORDELON OF ONE COUNT OF BRIBERY, THAT COULD HAVE PUT HIM BEHIND BARS FOR UP TO 10 YEARS IF CONVICTED. THE JURY DELIBERATED FOR A LITTLE MORE THAN TWO HOURS FRIDAY IN A TRIAL THAT LACKED TESTIMONY OR DOCUMENTS TYING BORDELON DIRECTLY TO A BRIBE.
A JURY LAST YEAR DELIBERATED FOR MORE THAN TWO DAYS AND DIDN'T REACH A UNANIMOUS DECISION, PROMPTING U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE DEE DRELL TO DECLARE A MISTRIAL. FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ACCUSED THE FOUR-TERM POLICE JUROR OF ACCEPTING LAND IN EXCHANGE FOR HIS INFLUENCE AND VOTE CONCERNING A SUBDIVISION. ACCORDING TO THE 72 YEAR OLD BORDELON’S ATTORNEY, MIKE SMALL, THE GOVERNMENT HAD NO EVIDENCE.

A FORMER REGISTERED NURSE HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO TWO AND A HALF YEARS IN PRISON FOR THE SEXUAL BATTERY OF A MALE PATIENT WHO WAS SEDATED AFTER AN EMERGENCY APPENDECTOMY. PHILLIP RAINES WAS SENTENCED FRIDAY. AT THE SENTENCING, STATE DISTRICT JUDGE THOMAS YEAGER SAID THE 47 YEAR OLD RAINES WILL SERVE THE TIME IN JAIL AT HARD LABOR WITHOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF PAROLE OR PROBATION. THE JUDGE ALSO ADMONISHED OFFICIALS AT RAINES' FORMER EMPLOYER, RAPIDES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER OF ALEXANDRIA, SAYING THE HOSPITAL DELAYED CALLING POLICE ON THE MORNING OF THE ASSAULT AND DIDN'T FULLY COOPERATE IN THE INITIAL INVESTIGATION. RAINES, A HUSBAND AND FATHER OF FOUR WAS CONVICTED APRIL 19 BY A SIX-PERSON JURY IN A UNANIMOUS DECISION THAT TOOK LESS THAN AN HOUR.

A LONG AND SOMETIMES DIFFICULT LEGISLATIVE SESSION FOR LAWMAKERS ENDS TODAY. ACCORDING TO STATE LAW, THE STATE LEGISLATURE MUST WRAP UP ITS BUSINESS BY SIX P-M TONIGHT. COUNCIL FOR A BETTER LOUISIANA PRESIDENT BARRY ERWIN SAYS THE SESSION PROVIDED MIXED RESULTS FOR THE GOVERNOR. AFTER THE HOUSE PASSED ITS VERSION OF NEXT FISCAL YEAR'S BUDGET, THERE WERE WORRIES ABOUT DRASTIC CUTS TO HIGHER EDUCATION, STATE AGENCIES, AND EVEN THE CLOSURE OF SOME PRISONS. BUT ERWIN SAYS THE STATE SENATE RESTORED MANY OF THOSE CUTS AND THE HOUSE AGREED WITH THE SENATE'S VERSION, SENDING THE BUDGET TO THE GOVERNOR'S DESK. THERE WERE SEVERAL HIGH PROFILE BILLS THAT FAILED TO PASS. A BAN ON HAND HELD CELL PHONES WHILE DRIVING, A PROPOSED MERGER OF LOUISIANA TECH AND LSU-S AND RANDOMLY DRUG TESTING WELFARE RECIPIENTS ALL FAILED TO GET LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT. ERWIN SAYS THESE BILLS WILL BE BACK AGAIN NEXT YEAR.

LOUISIANA'S REPUBLICAN PARTY LEADERS HAVE CHOSEN DELEGATES TO THE PARTY'S NATIONAL PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATING CONVENTION IN TAMPA. THIRTY OF THE STATE'S 46 DELEGATES WERE SELECTED SATURDAY AT THE STATE GOP CONVENTION IN SHREVEPORT.
TEN ARE SUPPORTERS OF RICK SANTORUM, WHO WON LOUISIANA'S REPUBLICAN PRIMARY CONTEST EARLIER THIS YEAR. FIVE SUPPORT MITT ROMNEY, WHO WILL BE THE PARTY NOMINEE FOR THE FALL PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. ONE DELEGATE IS FOR RON PAUL. ANOTHER 14 DELEGATES WEREN'T BOUND TO A SPECIFIC CANDIDATE, BUT THE STATE REPUBLICAN PARTY SAID THOSE WERE EXPECTED TO SUPPORT ROMNEY. THERE WERE NO NOMINATIONS FOR 13 OF THE 16 REMAINING POSITIONS. THE PARTY SAYS THAT WAS DONE TO ALLOW TALKS WITH PAUL SUPPORTERS WHO REFUSED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONVENTION.

CASEY ANTHONY'S TRIAL AND SUBSEQUENT ACQUITTAL ARE LEADING TO CHANGES IN LOUISIANA LAW WITH A PAIR OF BILLS THAT WOULD PENALIZE CARETAKERS WHO FAIL TO REPORT OR GIVE FALSE INFORMATION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS REGARDING MISSING OR DEAD CHILDREN. THE BILLS ARE HEADING TO GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S DESK AND HE INTENDS TO SIGN THEM INTO LAW. THE MEASURES BY REP. BARBARA NORTON AND SEN. BOB KOSTELKA WILL MAKE IT A MISDEMEANOR CRIME FOR CARETAKERS TO FALSIFY INFORMATION TO POLICE DURING A MISSING CHILD INVESTIGATION. THEY ALSO MAKE IT A CRIME TO FAIL TO REPORT A MISSING OR DEAD CHILD, WITH JAIL SENTENCES RANGING UP TO 50 YEARS.

TAXPAYERS WHO DON'T DIRECT DEPOSIT THEIR REFUNDS WILL AGAIN BE ABLE TO GET PAPER CHECK REFUNDS, RATHER THAN DEBIT CARDS. THE LOUISIANA HOUSE GAVE FINAL PASSAGE FRIDAY WITH A UNANIMOUS VOTE TO A BILL THAT WILL PROHIBIT LOUISIANA'S REVENUE DEPARTMENT FROM REQUIRING PEOPLE WHO DON'T USE DIRECT DEPOSIT TO GET THEIR TAX REFUNDS ON PRE-PAID CHASE VISA CARDS. REVENUE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS INTRODUCED THE DEBIT CARDS AS A COST-SAVING MEASURE, SAYING THAT GETTING RID OF THE PAPER CHECKS SAVED MONEY. LAWMAKERS SAY THEY RECEIVED COMPLAINTS FROM PEOPLE WHO DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW TO USE THE CARDS OR WERE CHARGED FEES WHEN THEY DO. THE MEASURE HEADS TO THE GOVERNOR'S DESK. HOWEVER, IT WILL BE SHORT LIVED. THE BILL WILL EXPIRE AFTER THE 2015 TAX YEAR.

THE U.S. HOUSE HAS VOTED TO RESTORE MILLIONS IN FUNDS FOR LOUISIANA COASTAL RESTORATION, PROPOSED BY THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE. METAIRIE CONGRESSMAN STEVE SCALISE SAYS THE HOUSE APPROVED TEN OF $17-MILLION FOR COASTAL WORK THAT WAS STRIPPED FROM AN ENERGY AND WATER SPENDING BILL. IN A RARE SHOW OF BIPARTISANSHIP, REPUBLICAN SCALISE WORKED SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSMAN CEDRIC RICHMOND TO PUSH THE AMENDMENT, WHICH TACKS THE COASTAL FUNDS ONTO AN ENERGY & WATER SPENDING BILL.

A $4 MILLION HIGH-SPEED RAIL LOADING FACILITY BEING BUILT IN RURAL JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH IS EXPECTED TO BE ABLE TO MOVE 25,000 BUSHELS OF GRAIN PER HOUR WHEN IT OPENS THIS SUMMER. CONSTRUCTION OF THE FACILITY IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY JULY 15. THAT WOULD BE IN TIME FOR THE START OF THE RICE HARVEST IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA. THE FACILITY WILL GIVE FARMERS THE ABILITY TO EXPORT NEARLY 800 METRIC TONS OF RICE, CORN, SOYBEANS, WHEAT AND OTHER GRAINS A YEAR TO GLOBAL MARKETS.
THE FACILITY WILL OPERATE YEAR-ROUND.

THE COLORADO STATE HURRICANE FORECAST TEAM NUDGED UP THE NUMBERS FOR THE
2012 HURRICANE SEASON, PREDICTING 13 NAMED ATLANTIC STORMS, AND FIVE HURRICANES. THIS NUMBER INCLUDES THE TWO, PRE-SEASON STORMS IN MAY, ALBERTO AND BERYL. RESEARCHER PHIL KLOTZBACH SAYS THE FORECAST TEAM RAISED THEIR ORIGINAL PREDICTION FROM 10 TO 13 NAMED STORMS AND INCREASED THE NUMBER OF HURRICANES BY ONE. KLOTZBACH SAYS BESIDES UNCERTAINTY OVER EL NINO, THERE'S INCREASED SPECULATION ABOUT WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE HURRICANE BREEDING GROUNDS OF THE TROPICAL ATLANTIC.

PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION VICE CHAIRMAN JIMMY FIELD SAYS HE WILL NOT SEEK A THIRD FULL TERM. THE 72-YEAR-OLD FIELD CITES MORE TIME FOR FAMILY AND HIS PART-TIME LAW PRACTICE. FIELD TOOK OVER THE SEAT ON THE COMMISSION THAT WAS HELD BY KATHLEEN BLANCO WHEN SHE DECIDED TO RUN FOR LT. GOVERNOR IN 1996. FIELDS REPRESENTS AN AREA STRETCHING FROM BATON ROUGE TO LAFAYETTE AND DOWN TO THE COAST.

THE LSU TIGERS RALLIED BACK FROM A TWO-RUN DEFICIT TO BEAT OREGON STATE 6-5 IN 10 INNINGS LAST NIGHT AND ADVANCE TO THE SUPER REGIONALS. LSU TRAILED 5-TO-3 BUT SCORED ONE RUN IN THE 7TH, ONE IN THE 9TH TO TIE AND THE GO-AHEAD RUN SCORED IN THE 10TH ON A WILD PITCH. LSU IS NOW TWO WINS AWAY FROM GETTING BACK TO OMAHA AND PLAYING IN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES. LSU WILL HOST A BEST OUT OF THREE SUPER REGIONAL SERIES THIS WEEKEND, AGAINST THE WINNER OF TONIGHT'S GAME BETWEEN CENTRAL FLORIDA AND STONEY BROOK.




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