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News For Thursday 08/09/12


NEWS FOR THURSDAY 080912
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

ALEXANDRIA ATTORNEY BRIDGETT BROWN HAS FILED A NOTICE IN FEDERAL COURT THAT SHE WILL APPEAL A U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE'S RULING THAT AWARDED HER NO MONEY IN THE CITY OF ALEXANDRIA'S YEARS-LONG LEGAL FIGHT WITH CLECO CORP. BROWN FILED THE NOTICE THIS WEEK. U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE DEE DRELL LAST MONTH AWARDED A TOTAL OF $2 MILLION TO TWO BATON ROUGE ATTORNEYS, BUT RULED THAT BROWN SHOULD RECEIVE NOTHING. DRELL WROTE THAT BROWN DID NOTHING TO BRING THE CASE TO A CONCLUSION.

AN LSU FORENSICS LABORATORY HAS THE REMAINS THAT ARE BELIEVED TO BE OF MISSING U-L LAFAYETTE STUDENT MICKEY SHUNICK. LAFAYETTE AUTHORITIES FEEL CERTAIN THAT SHUNICK'S BODY WAS FOUND YESTERDAY AT A OLD PUBLIC CEMETARY IN EVANGELINE PARISH. LAFAYETTE POLICE CORPORAL PAUL MOUTON SAYS IT COULD TAKE UP TO THREE DAYS FOR THE IDENTIFICATION PROCESS TO BE COMPLETED. JAIL RECORDS INDICATE THE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING SHUNICK, BRANDON SCOTT LAVERGNE, WAS LET OUT OF PRISON FOR SEVERAL HOURS BEFORE THE REMAINS WERE FOUND. BUT AUTHORITIES ARE NOT SAYING IF LAVERGNE LED THEM TO THE BODY.

ACCORDING TO THE NOAA JULY WAS OFFICIALLY THE HOTTEST MONTH EVER IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES. STATE CLIMATOLOGIST BARRY KEIM SAYS WHILE MUCH OF THE COUNTRY WAS BAKING IN A DROUGHT, LOUISIANA RECEIVED ALMOST DAILY AFTERNOON SHOWERS AND THUNDER SHOWERS AND THAT MADE JULY JUST ANOTHER AVERAGE MONTH FOR THE STATE. KEIM SAYS THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN JULY WAS 82-POINT ONE DEGREES. NOAA SAYS THE AVERAGE FOR THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES WAS 77 POINT SIX DEGREES. NOAA SAYS DROUGHT COVERS NEARLY 63-PERCENT OF THE CONTIGUOUS STATES. KEIM SAYS SOME AREAS OF NORTH LOUISIANA ARE DEALING WITH DROUGHT BUT SOUTH LOUISIANA IS IN GOOD SHAPE.

NEWSWEEK RANKS LOUISIANA TECH AMONG THE TOP 25 MOST AFFORDABLE COLLEGES IN THE COUNTRY. TECH RANKED 13TH IN THE NATION FOR IN-STATE STUDENTS AND 25TH FOR OUT-OF-STATE STUDENTS. UNIVERSITY SPOKESPERSON DAVE GUERIN SAYS THE UNIVERSITY IS VERY HAPPY WITH THE NATIONAL HONORS. GUERIN SAYS HARD ECONOMIC TIMES ARE HITTING POTENTIAL STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. HE SAYS THE CHALLENGE IS TO MAKE COLLEGE AFFORDABLE WHILE MAINTAINING HIGH ACADEMIC STANDARDS.

THE ALLEN PARISH POLICE JURY HAS AGREED TO LEASE MORE OF THE FORMER ARIZONA CHEMICAL PROPERTY IN OAKDALE TO A TEXAS-BASED COMPANY FOR A $100 MILLION REFINERY. THE COMPANY, VIRTUAL ENGINEERING OPERATIONS OF KINGSWOOD, TEXAS, PLANS TO A BUILD REFINERY TO PROCESS 20,000 BARRELS A DAY OF CRUDE TO PRODUCE DIESEL FUEL FOR FARMERS, JET FUEL AND HEATING OIL. THE COMPANY HOPES TO INCREASE ITS PRODUCTION TO 40,000 BARRELS A DAY IN THE FUTURE WITH CONSTRUCTION OF A PIPELINE. CONSTRUCTION ON THE FACILITY IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN THE NEXT TWO TO THREE MONTHS.

YESTERDAY WAS A TOUGH DAY FOR FORMER LSU TRACK STAR LOLO JONES. SHE FELL SHORT OF HER DREAM OF WINNING AN OLYMPIC MEDAL IN THE 100 METER HURDLES AFTER FINISHING FOURTH. THE RACE CAME JUST THREE DAYS AFTER A NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE WAS CRITICAL OF JONES, CLAIMING JONES BECAME A POPULAR FIGURE AT THE GAMES BECAUSE OF HER LOOKS RATHER THAN HER PERFORMANCE. JONES TOLD THE NBC TODAY SHOW IT WAS HEARTBREAKING TO HEAR THIS FROM AMERICAN JOURNALIST.

AN ESCAPED INMATE IN EVANGELINE PARISH, WHO GOT AWAY FROM A DEPUTY TRANSPORTING HIM ON TUESDAY, IS BACK BEHIND BARS. STATE POLICE SAY 28-YEAR-OLD KYLE DORE SEIZED THE INITIATIVE DURING A GASOLINE STOP, AND HOTWIRED THE PICKUP HE WAS BEING TRANSPORTED IN, WHILE THE DEPUTY WAS INSIDE PAYING FOR THE GAS. HE WAS CAUGHT YESTERDAY SOUTH OF ABBEVILLE. DORE WAS SERVING TIME FOR TRYING TO RUN OVER A COP WITH HIS CAR.

A LOUISIANA CHARTER SCHOOL IS CHANGING A POLICY WHEN IT COMES TO STUDENTS WHO ARE EITHER PREGNANT OR SUSPECTED OF BEING SO. ACCORDING TO A SCHOOL OFFICIAL, NO ONE AT DELHI CHARTER SCHOOL IN RURAL NORTHEAST LOUISIANA REALIZED THERE WAS ANYTHING WRONG WITH THE POLICY UNTIL THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION'S STATE CHAPTER THREATENED TO SUE. THE SCHOOL REQUIRED STUDENTS WHO WERE SUSPECTED OF BEING PREGNANT TO TAKE A PREGNANCY TEST. IF THEY REFUSED, OR TESTED POSITIVE, THEY HAD TO BE HOME-SCHOOLED.

AFTER JUST BEING APPOINTED TO THE LSU BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ON TUESDAY, GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S NATURAL RESOURCES SECRETARY, SCOTT ANGELLE, HAS RESIGNED FROM THE JOB THAT HE'S HELD FOR MORE THAN EIGHT YEARS. JINDAL'S OFFICE ANNOUNCED ANGELLE'S DECISION WEDNESDAY WITHOUT OFFERING ANY EXPLANATION FOR THE DEPARTURE. BUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AMID SPECULATION THAT ANGELLE, WHO HAS BEEN A MEMBER OF THE GOVERNOR'S INNER CIRCLE OF ADVISERS, IS CONSIDERING A BID FOR A VACANT SEAT ON THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION IN THIS FALL'S ELECTION.
THE GOVERNOR APPOINTED STEPHEN CHUSTZ, AN ASSISTANT SECRETARY TO ANGELLE, TO LEAD THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AS ITS INTERIM SECRETARY. ANGELLE HAD BEEN DNR SECRETARY SINCE 2004, WHEN HE WAS NAMED TO THE JOB BY THEN-GOV. KATHLEEN BLANCO.

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL IS AGAIN HITTING THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL FOR REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE MITT ROMNEY, THIS TIME IN COLORADO. ROMNEY'S CAMPAIGN ANNOUNCED THAT JINDAL IS AMONG SEVERAL GOP OFFICIALS TOURING COLORADO ON THURSDAY WITH THE "ROMNEY BUS."

LOUISIANA'S EDUCATION CHIEF HAS REFUSED TO PROVIDE RECORDS FROM THE DELIBERATIONS OVER HOW SCHOOLS WERE CHOSEN TO PARTICIPATE IN GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S NEW STATEWIDE VOUCHER PROGRAM, WHICH IS USING TAX DOLLARS TO SEND STUDENTS TO PRIVATE AND PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS. THE DEPARTMENT IS CLAIMING "A DELIBERATIVE PROCESS PRIVILEGE" CITED IN TWO COURT RULINGS THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH EDUCATION ISSUES, BUT INVOLVE LEGAL BATTLES OVER WHAT RECORDS SHOULD BE AVAILABLE TO THE LOUISIANA LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR'S OFFICE. THROUGH A SPOKESMAN, SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION JOHN WHITE SAID WEDNESDAY THAT HE'LL RELEASE THE DOCUMENTS IN SEPTEMBER, AFTER VOUCHER ENROLLMENT IS SET IN A SEPT. 1 STUDENT COUNT. ANY RELEASE BEFORE THAT, WHITE CLAIMS, COULD CREATE CONFUSION FOR PARENTS.

LOUISIANA STATE POLICE COL. MIKE EDMONSON SAYS HE STILL HAS AN INVESTIGATOR WORKING WITH THE FBI ON WIRETAPPING ALLEGATIONS INVOLVING THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, BUT ADDS THAT NO EVIDENCE HAS BEEN TURNED OVER TO FEDERAL PROSECUTORS AT THIS TIME. AUTHORITIES HAVE BEEN WORKING ON THE CASE SINCE APRIL, WHEN ESPN, CITING ANONYMOUS SOURCES, SAID SUPERDOME WIRING WAS RIGGED SO SAINTS GENERAL MANAGER MICKEY LOOMIS COULD LISTEN TO OPPOSING TEAMS' RADIO COMMUNICATIONS DURING GAMES. LOOMIS AND THE SAINTS HAVE DENIED THOSE ALLEGATIONS, AND THE SAINTS HAVE HIRED THE FIRM OF FORMER FBI DIRECTOR LOUIS FREEH TO DO ITS OWN INVESTIGATION.

A NATCHITOCHES MAN HAS BEEN SENTENCED TO THE MAXIMUM TIME IN PRISON AFTER PLEADING GUILTY IN APRIL TO CHARGES HE RECEIVED CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. OSCAR STAMPER WAS SENTENCED TUESDAY TO 40 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON BY U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE DEE DRELL IN ALEXANDRIA. THE 61-YEAR-OLD STAMPER ALSO WAS SENTENCED TO A LIFETIME OF SUPERVISED RELEASE SHOULD HE EVER BE RELEASED FROM PRISON.

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