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News For Monday 08/06/12


NEWS FOR MONDAY 080612
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

HOMECOMING HEROES.. THE 209TH MILITARY POLICE COMPANY HAS COME HOME TO FORT POLK AFTER A YEAR IN AFGHANISTAN. COMMAND INFORMATION OFFICER, KIM REISCHLING SAYS THE 209TH'S MISSION WAS TO TRAIN THE AFGHANISTAN NATIONAL POLICE, MENTORING THEM INTO A PROFESSIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT UNIT. THE 209TH WAS THE FIRST UNIT TO DEPLOY FROM FORT POLK WHEN THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR BEGAN IN 2001. SOME MEMBERS HAVE SERVED UPWARDS OF THREE DEPLOYMENTS. REISCHLING SAYS EVERY UNIT FROM THE BASE HAS SERVED. (((THIS IS THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR ON TERROR THAT ALL UNITS AT FT. POLK HAVE BEEN AT HOME.)))

THE BRONZE BUSTS WERE IMPRESSIVE. WILLIE ROAF WAS MAGNANIMOUS. AND DREW BREES? SAME AS ALWAYS. IT ADDED UP TO A GREAT WEEKEND FOR A TEAM THAT REALLY NEEDED ONE ABOUT NOW. BREES PRODUCED A TOUCHDOWN ON HIS ONLY SERIES IN THE HALL OF FAME GAME SUNDAY NIGHT, LEADING THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS TO A 17-10 VICTORY OVER THE ARIZONA CARDINALS.

HURRICANE FORECASTERS AT COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY PREDICT "SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE" STORM ACTIVITY FOR THE REST OF THE 2012 ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON. CSU RESEARCHER DR. PHIL KLOTZBACH SAYS THEY'VE DOWNGRADED THE NUMBER OF HURRICANES EXPECTED BETWEEN NOW AND NOVEMBER 30TH. THE PREDICTION NOW IS FOR 10 STORMS, FIVE OR THOSE BECOMING HURRICANES & TWO CATEGORY 3 OR BETTER STORMS. THAT IS SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE. KLOTZBACH SAYS THE EXPECTED DEVELOPMENT OF A WEAK EL NINO IN THE PACIFIC WILL PROBABLY LESSEN THE CHANCES OF HURRICANE DEVELOPMENT. COOLER SEAS SURFACE TEMPERATURES ALSO PLAY A PART IN THE CSU TEAM'S SLIGHT DOWNGRADE FOR THE REST OF THIS SEASON.

A STATE BY-STATE RANKING OF CAR INSURANCE COSTS LISTS LOUISIANA AMONG THE MOST EXPENSIVE. THE WEBSITE "CARINSURANCEQUOTES.COM" RANKS THE BAYOU STATE 2ND HIGHEST IN THE COUNTRY. JEFF ALBRIGHT IS CEO OF THE INDEPENDENT INSURANCE AGENTS OF LOUISIANA. HE SAYS IT'S BECAUSE WE TEND TO FILE SO MANY ACCIDENT INJURY CLAIMS. HOW MANY YOU SAY, IN LOUISIANA, ABOUT 43% OF ALL AUTO ACCIDENTS INCLUDE INJURY CLAIMS, COMPARED WITH A 24% NATIONAL AVERAGE. ALBRIGHT SAYS MOST PARISHES FALL AT OR NEAR THAT NATIONAL AVERAGE, BUT ONE AREA SEEMS TO BE MORE PRONE TO CLAIMS AND LAWSUITS--LIFTING THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE AUTO COVERAGE COST MUCH HIGHER. THAT AREA, NEW ORLEANS..

STATE HEALTH OFFICIALS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT A DEADLY WEST NILE SEASON. TWO PEOPLE HAVE DIED FROM THE MOSQUITO BORNE DISEASE THIS YEAR. IT'S THE FIRST RECORDED HUMAN DEATHS OF THE VIRUS IN LOUISIANA SINCE 2008. DHH STATE EPIDEMIOLOGIST, DR. RAOULT RATARD, SAYS THE WARM WEATHER EARLIER THIS YEAR COULD BE TO BLAME FOR THE RESURGENCE. D-H-H SAYS THEY'VE REPORTED 53 HUMAN WEST NILE INFECTIONS, 29 OF THOSE CASES ARE THE MORE SERIOUS FORM OF THE DISEASE. IT'S THE LARGEST OUTBREAK OF WEST NILE IN NEARLY TEN YEARS. RATARD SAYS UNFORTUNATELY WE COULD SEE MORE FATALITIES THIS YEAR. RATARD SAYS LOCAL MOSQUITO CONTROL PROGRAMS DO A GOOD JOB, BUT IT’S UP TO YOU TO KEEP MOSQUITOS FROM BITING YOU.

OFFICIALS HAVE CLOSED A FOUR-MILE SECTION OF HIGHWAY NEAR AN ACRE OF SWAMPLAND THAT LIQUEFIED INTO SOUPY MUCK, TOPPLING TALL BALD CYPRESS TREES AND BENDING A 400-FOOT-LONG SECTION OF A NATURAL GAS PIPELINE TOWARD THE AREA.
LOUISIANA HIGHWAY 70 CROSSES OVER THREE NATURAL GAS PIPELINES IN THAT AREA.
AUTHORITIES SAY ABOUT 150 HOMES AND SEVERAL BUSINESSES WILL REMAIN UNDER MANDATORY EVACUATION, AND A SHELTER REMAINS OPEN. RESIDENTS WERE TOLD TO LEAVE FRIDAY AS THE AREA OF SLURRY EXPANDED TO ABOUT THREE-QUARTERS OF AN ACRE. IT EXPANDED AGAIN SATURDAY AFTERNOON.

THE COMPANY PLANNING A 141-MILE PIPELINE FROM NORCO TO COLLINS, MISS., HOPES TO BEGIN THE FIRST STAGE OF WORK SOON IN LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN. COMPANY SPOKESMAN ALLEN FORE SAYS THE PROJECT HAS ALL THE STATE PERMITS NEEDED, BUT IS WAITING ON ONE FROM THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. HE SAYS THEY HOPED TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION BY AUG. 13, HOWEVER, CORPS SPOKESMAN KEN HOLDER SAYS THE CORPS PROBABLY WON'T RULE ON THE PERMIT FOR FOUR TO SIX WEEKS.

THE PROCESS TO FIND A LOCATION FOR A LARGER CLINIC FOR VETERANS IN LAFAYETTE IS OFFICIALLY UNDER WAY. THE DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS WILL HOLD A PRE-BID CONFERENCE FOR INTERESTED DEVELOPERS TUESDAY MORNING. THE DEPARTMENT WANTS TO LEASE MORE THAN 29,000 SQUARE FEET OF SPACE FOR AN OUTPATIENT CLINIC. NEW CONSTRUCTION IS ALSO AN OPTION, ACCORDING TO THE NOTICE. THE SEARCH FOR THE SITE BEGAN IN 2010 AND LOCAL VETERANS WERE HOPEFUL A DEAL WITH DEVELOPERS WOULD BE SIGNED QUICKLY. BUT A TECHNICAL ERROR IN PAPERWORK SET THE LAFAYETTE PROJECT AND SELECTION OF A NEW CLINIC SITE FOR LAKE CHARLES BACK BY AT LEAST A YEAR. INITIAL OFFERS ARE DUE BY 4 P.M. ON AUG. 31.

A POLL PAID FOR BY CONGRESSMAN CHARLES BOUSTANY SHOWS HE HAS A LARGE LEAD OVER FELLOW U-S REPRESENTATIVE JEFF LANDRY. THE SURVEY OF FOUR- HUNDRED REGISTERED VOTERS GIVES BOUSTANY A 61 TO 23 PERCENT LEAD IN A HEAD-TO-HEAD MATCH-UP WITH LANDRY. BOUSTANY AND LANDRY ARE RUNNING AGAINST EACH OTHER TO REPRESENT THE STATE'S NEW THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT, WHICH COVERS LAKE CHARLES, LAFAYETTE AND NEW IBERIA.

STATE POLICE SAY A 24-YEAR-OLD LAFAYETTE MAN DIED WHEN HIS CAR CROSSED THE U.S. HIGHWAY 90 MEDIAN AND HIT AN SUV AND ANOTHER CAR. TROOPER STEPHEN HAMMONS SAYS BRET LEGNON DIED SUNDAY MORNING IN LAFAYETTE. HE SAYS THE OTHER DRIVERS WERE TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL WITH MINOR INJURIES.

THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SAYS THE HISTORIC FLOOD OF 2011 DUMPED MORE SEDIMENT THAN USUAL IN THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND RIVERS IN ARKANSAS AND LOUISIANA. AND THIS YEAR'S EXTREME LOW WATER AND LOW FLOW ARE LEAVING IT THERE.
THE CORPS' VICKSBURG OFFICE SAYS THAT'S ALSO MAKING NORMAL DREDGING VERY DIFFICULT, BUT DREDGES FROM THREE COMPANIES ARE AT WORK ON THE MISSISSIPPI, OUACHITA-BLACK AND RED RIVER SYSTEMS. WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN TODAY.






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