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News For Tuesday 08/07/12


NEWS FOR TUESDAY 080712
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

ALEXANDRIA'S CITY ATTORNEY HAS ISSUED THE ENGLAND AUTHORITY LETTERS REQUESTING ALL CORRESPONDENCE AND DOCUMENTS, INCLUDING EMAILS, BETWEEN THE AUTHORITY AND CLECO CORP. CONCERNING A RECENTLY EXTENDED LEASE AGREEMENT. CLECO AND THE ENGLAND AUTHORITY, WHICH MANAGES ENGLAND AIRPARK AND ALEXANDRIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, WERE IN THE 18TH YEAR OF A 20-YEAR CONTRACT WHERE CLECO MANAGES ELECTRICITY SUPPLY AND DISTRIBUTION WITHIN THE ECONOMIC DISTRICT. THE NEW AGREEMENT EXTENDED THE CONTRACT FOR ANOTHER 25 YEARS. THE CITY, WHICH PURCHASES IS POWER FROM CLECO, HAD PUT IN A BID TO SUPPLY THE POWER AND DISTRIBUTION. THAT WAS SHOT DOWN BY A 9 TO 1 VOTE BY THE AUTHORITY TO EXTEND THE CLECO CONTRACT.

THE RAPIDES PARISH POLICE JURY ADJUSTED MILLAGE RATES IN THE PARISH AT A SPECIAL MEETING MONDAY. EVERY FOUR YEARS, PROPERTY VALUES ARE REASSESSED. MILLAGE RATES HAVE TO BE ADJUSTED ACCORDINGLY TO KEEP THE TAX REVENUE BASED OFF THOSE RATES THE SAME. IN THE FOUR DISTRICTS WHERE PROPERTY VALUES INCREASED, AFTER LOWERING THE MILLAGE RATES AS LEGALLY REQUIRED, THE JURY VOTED TO RETURN THE RATES TO THE PREVIOUS LEVEL.

IF LSU LEADERS CAN'T FIND NEW, PERMANENT FINANCING SOURCES OR WAYS TO CUT ANNUAL SPENDING FOR THE UNIVERSITY'S PUBLIC HOSPITAL SYSTEM, INTERNAL MEMOS OFFER A GLIMPSE OF THE IMPLICATIONS FROM THE SYSTEM'S SHRINKING BUDGET: SEVERE DAMAGE TO HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND MEDICAL TRAINING PROGRAMS. UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS ARE WEIGHING LONG-TERM IDEAS FOR COPING WITH DWINDLING STATE FUNDS, AFTER GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S ADMINISTRATION DECIDED TO LEVY MUCH OF AN ONGOING FEDERAL MEDICAID CUT ON THE LSU-RUN NETWORK OF HOSPITALS AND OUTPATIENT CLINICS. BEFORE THEY COBBLED TOGETHER A TEMPORARY FIX, LSU HEALTH CARE LEADERS GRAPPLED WITH HOW TO STRIP MORE THAN $300 MILLION IN ANNUAL FUNDING , A QUARTER OF THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM'S FINANCING, FROM ITS BUDGET FOR THE FISCAL YEAR THAT BEGAN JULY 1.

THE ACLU OF LOUISIANA HAS ISSUED A LETTER TO DELHI CHARTER SCHOOL ASKING THEY REVERSE ITS POLICY THAT REQUIRES FEMALE STUDENTS WHO ARE SUSPECTED OF BEING PREGNANT TO SUBMIT A PREGNANCY TEST. THE ACLU SAYS THE POLICY STATES IF A STUDENT IS PREGNANT, SHE HAS TO DO HER CLASS WORK FROM HOME. THEY SAY THIS IS SEX DISCRIMINATION BECAUSE A MAN EXPECTING A CHILD WOULD NOT BE SUBJECTED TO SIMILAR ACTION.

DURING A WEEKEND CEREMONY IN ERATH, FORMER LOUISIANA GOVERNOR EDWIN EDWARDS TOLD THE CROWD THAT HE AND HIS WIFE, 32-YEAR-OLD TRINA SCOTT EDWARDS, ARE GOING TO TRY FOR A BABY. EDWARDS SAYS THAT IT'S SOMETHING HE AND HIS YOUNG WIFE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING FOR QUITE SOME TIME. EDWARDS, WHO IS 85-YEARS-OLD TODAY, SAYS THEIR HOME LIFE WILL SOON BE SHOWN TO A NATIONAL AUDIENCE. WORD IS, THEY'VE HAD CAMERAS FOLLOWING THEIR EVERY MOVE, FILMING FOR A REALITY TV SHOW.

ESPN REPORTS THE NFL HAS OFFERED SAINTS LINEBACKER JONATHAN VILMA A REDUCED SUSPENSION FOR HIS ROLE IN THE BOUNTYGATE SCANDAL. THE RUMORED OFFER IS TO REDUCE IT FROM A ONE-YEAR SUSPENSION TO 8 GAMES, IF VILMA DROPS HIS CIVIL SUIT AGAINST COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODDELL. AN NFL SPOKESMAN SAYS THE STORY OF AN OFFERED DEAL FOR VILMA IS INACCURATE, AND NO SUCH OFFER HAS BEEN MADE.

ACCORDING TO AAA, THE STATEWIDE AVERAGE COST OF GAS IS UP TO $3.44; AN INCREASE OF OVER 32-CENTS IN THE PAST MONTH. LOUISIANA AAA FUEL ANALYST DON REDMAN SAYS JUST 5 WEEKS AGO, SOME STATIONS WERE SELLING GAS AT LESS THAN THREE BUCKS. REDMAN ADVISES WE BUDGET FOR ABOUT $3.50 A GALLON FOR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

POLICE IN PINEVILLE SAY THEY'VE BUSTED TWO ACCUSED RAPISTS. 25-YEAR-OLD RAY FERRELL AND 29-YEAR-OLD ELDRIC WOODS ARE KNOWN ASSOCIATES OF LAVELLE DAVIS WHO FACES A LONG LIST OF CHARGES FOR HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND CRIMES AGAINST CHILDREN.

A 27-YEAR-OLD CHILD SITTER HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF LEAVING A TWO-YEAR-OLD GIRL INSIDE A PARKED VEHICLE WITH THE WINDOWS AND DOORS CLOSED FOR AT LEAST AN HOUR AND A HALF SATURDAY. POLICE WERE CALLED AFTER A WITNESS AND HOTEL SECURITY SAW THE CHILD SCREAMING INSIDE THE CAR. POLICE SAID THE CHILD CONTINUOUSLY ASKED FOR FOOD AND WATER ONCE SHE WAS REMOVED FROM THE CAR. THE WOMAN WAS BOOKED WITH CHILD DESERTION AND CRUELTY TO A JUVENILE BY BATON ROUGE POLICE OVER THE WEEKEND.

PEOPLE LIVING NEAR A LARGE SINKHOLE THAT SWALLOWED TREES AND FORCED EVACUATIONS WILL BE BRIEFED TUESDAY BY OFFICIALS. ON MONDAY OFFICIALS SAID THE SINKHOLE MEASURED 381 FEET DEEP AND 372 FEET IN DIAMETER. OFFICIALS ALSO ANNOUNCED THAT TESTS FOUND DIESEL AND OIL ON THE SURFACE OF THE POND OF MUCK THAT'S FORMED ATOP A SALT DOME WHERE NATURAL GAS IS STORED. EXPERTS ARE TRYING TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE OCCURRENCE WAS NATURAL OR MANMADE. ABOUT 150 HOMES AND SEVERAL BUSINESSES WERE ORDERED TO EVACUATE AFTER A STATE OF EMERGENCY WAS DECLARED.

AN IBERVILLE PARISH JURY SAYS ACADIAN AMBULANCE SERVICE OWES $117 MILLION TO A WOMAN LEFT PARALYZED AND BRAIN-DAMAGED WHEN THE AMBULANCE SHE WAS IN CRASHED INTO A SUGAR-CANE TRUCK ON THE WAY TO A HOSPITAL IN DECEMBER 2010.
COMPANY VICE PRESIDENT ALLYSON PHARR SAYS ACADIAN TAKES FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WRECK BUT WILL APPEAL OTHER ISSUES IN THE VERDICT HANDED UP LAST WEEK FOR WHITLEY LACEY AND THE BABY BORN BY CESAREAN SECTION WHILE LACEY WAS IN A COMA. AN ATTORNEY FOR LACEY SAYS THE 22-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS IN A COMA FOR THREE MONTHS, AND COULD NOT TALK WHEN SHE REGAINED CONSCIOUSNESS. HE SAYS SHE HAS REGAINED SOME SPEECH BUT HAS A LONG WAY TO GO, AND CAN MOVE ONLY ONE ARM.

THE LOUISIANA FARM BUREAU RADIO NETWORK IS MERGING WITH THE LOUISIANA RADIO NETWORK'S AGRINEWS DIVISION. LOUISIANA FARM BUREAU AGRINEWS RADIO NETWORK WILL HAVE A COMBINED 42 AFFILIATES IN LOUISIANA AND MISSISSIPPI. LRN LAUNCHED THE LOUISIANA AGRINEWS NETWORK IN 1976, OFFERING SEVERAL DAILY AGRICULTURE REPORTS FOR THE STATE'S FARMERS AND PRODUCED IN COOPERATION WITH THE FARM BUREAU. IN 1998 THE FARM BUREAU BEGAN THE LOUISIANA FARM BUREAU RADIO NETWORK WITH 22 AFFILIATES STATEWIDE. IN 2008 BOTH ORGANIZATIONS BEGAN SHARING FARM NEWS AND COMMODITIES PRICES. RONNIE ANDERSON, PRESIDENT OF THE LOUISIANA FARM BUREAU, SAID MERGING THE NETWORKS REPRESENTS THE NEXT LOGICAL STEP. TALKRADIO 970 KSYL IS A LONG TIME AFFILIATE OF THE LOUISIANA RADIO NETWORK.

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