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News For Friday 08/10/12


NEWS FOR FRIDAY 081012
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

LAFAYETTE POLICE SAY A BODY FOUND THIS WEEK IS THAT OF MICHAELA "MICKEY" SHUNICK, A COLLEGE STUDENT MISSING SINCE MAY. A TWO SENTENCE NEWS RELEASE THURSDAY SAID THERE WILL BE NO FURTHER COMMENT ON THE INVESTIGATION AT THIS TIME.
SHUNICK WAS LAST SEEN RIDING HER BICYCLE FROM A FRIEND'S HOUSE EARLY MAY 19.
HER DECOMPOSED REMAINS WERE FOUND TUESDAY IN EVANGELINE PARISH.

THE RAPIDES PARISH POLICE JURY WILL DECIDE WHICH ARCHITECTURAL FIRM WILL WORK ON A PROPOSED $23 MILLION RENOVATION AND UPGRADE OF THE RAPIDES COLISEUM.
THE JURY'S COLISEUM STUDY COMMITTEE MET WEDNESDAY AND WAS SUPPOSED TO MAKE A RECOMMENDATION TO THE JURY. INSTEAD, A MEETING HAS BEEN CALLED FOR MONDAY WHERE THE TWO FIRMS UNDER CONSIDERATION WILL MAKE DESIGN PRESENTATIONS TO THE FULL JURY. REPRESENTATIVES FROM BOTH FIRMS EXPRESSED CONFIDENCE THAT THE COLISEUM CAN BE TRANSFORMED FROM AN OUTDATED FACILITY TO ONE THAT CAN COMPETE WITH NEWER ARENAS IN THE STATE.

THERE ARE NEW QUESTIONS WHETHER THE NEW LIVING WORD SCHOOL IN RUSTON WILL HAVE ENOUGH CLASSROOM SPACE TO ACCEPT 165 VOUCHER STUDENTS. THE SCHOOL PLANNED TO CONSTRUCT CLASSROOMS ABOVE THE GYM AND THE CHURCH SANCTUARY, BUT STATE FIRE MARSHAL BUTCH BROWNING SAYS THEY HAVE YET TO SEE THOSE PLANS AND SCHOOL IS SET TO START IN 10 DAYS. THERE'S BEEN A CONCERN AMONG AREA LAWMAKERS WHETHER NEW LIVING WORD HAD THE CLASSROOM TO ACCEPT OVER 100 VOUCHER STUDENTS. BROWNING SAYS AS SOON AS THEY GET CONSTRUCTION PLANS, THEY'LL PERFORM A SITE REVIEW. DESPITE THE FACT THAT THE MARSHAL HAS NOT EVEN SEEN ANY PLANS YET, THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION RELEASED A STATEMENT THAT SAYS THE SCHOOL HAS VERIFIED THAT IT HAS ALL REQUIRED PERMITS.

THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY SAYS SAMPLES TAKEN FROM THE SLURRY HOLE IN ASSUMPTION PARISH SHOWS NO SIGNS OF HARMFUL LEVELS OF RADIATION. THE SAMPLING WAS A PRECAUTION, BECAUSE THE SINKHOLE IS NEAR AREAS THAT WERE USED FOR OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION. DEQ SPOKESPERSON RODNEY MALLETT SAYS SCIENTIST FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES ARE STILL TRYING TO
FIGURE OUT THE CAUSE OF THE 400 FOOT WIDE SINK HOLE THAT HAS DEVOURED TREES AND CAUSED PIPELINES IN THE AREA TO BE SHUT DOWN. THE HOLE SITS ABOVE A SALT DOME USED TO STORE NATURAL GAS.

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY AT ALEXANDRIA HAS TAKEN OVER OPERATION OF THE LEARNING CENTER OF RAPIDES PARISH. THE LEARNING CENTER PARTNERS WITH COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES TO OFFER CLASSES AND DEGREE PROGRAMS AT THE CENTER LOCATED AT ENGLAND AIRPARK. THIS FALL, THE LEARNING CENTER WILL PARTNER WITH BOSSIER PARISH COMMUNITY COLLEGE, CENTRAL LOUISIANA TECHNICAL COLLEGE, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY AT EUNICE, NORTHWESTERN STATE UNIVERSITY, TEXAS WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY AND UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY. LSUA WILL COORDINATE THE COURSE OFFERINGS AND CONTRACT WITH THE CENTER'S PARTNER INSTITUTIONS. LSUA ALSO PLANS TO EXPAND PROGRAM OFFERINGS BY WORKING WITH OTHER PROSPECTIVE PARTNER INSTITUTIONS.

LOUISIANA'S PROPERTY INSURER OF LAST RESORT IS TRYING TO NEGOTIATE SETTLEMENTS ON TWO REMAINING CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS TIED TO THE COMPANY'S HANDLING OF CLAIMS AFTER HURRICANES KATRINA AND RITA. POLICYHOLDERS SUED OVER SLOW DEALING WITH CLAIMS AFTER THE HURRICANES STRUCK IN 2005. WORD IS, ONE LAWSUIT INVOLVES ABOUT 12,000 TO 14,000 POLICYHOLDERS, WHILE THE OTHER IS NEARLY 26,000 CLAIMANTS. THE MOVE TO SETTLE TWO OUTSTANDING LAWSUITS COMES AFTER CITIZENS PAID A $104 MILLION JUDGMENT IN JULY THAT WILL BENEFIT MORE THAN 18,500 POLICYHOLDERS WHO SUED OVER SLOW ADJUSTMENT OF CLAIMS AFTER THE HURRICANES.

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S FORMER NATURAL RESOURCES SECRETARY, WHO RESIGNED FROM HIS CABINET POSITION THIS WEEK, IS RUNNING FOR THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION. SCOTT ANGELLE, A REPUBLICAN FROM BREAUX BRIDGE, ANNOUNCED HIS CANDIDACY THURSDAY, A DAY AFTER HE LEFT THE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES. THE MOVE CONFIRMS MONTHS OF SPECULATION THAT ANGELLE WAS EYEING THE RACE. ANGELLE JOINS TWO OTHER GOP CONTENDERS FOR THE VACANT SEAT: REP. ERICH PONTI, A BATON ROUGE CONTRACTOR, AND ED ROY, A PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR AND FORMER TV AND RADIO WEATHERMAN. THE MEN ARE VYING FOR THE PSC SEAT LEFT OPEN BY RETIRING COMMISSIONER JIMMY FIELD. THE DISTRICT COVERS MUCH OF SOUTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA. THE ELECTION IS NOV. 6. A SPOKESWOMAN SAYS JINDAL HASN'T DECIDED IF HE WILL ENDORSE A CANDIDATE.

LOUISIANA'S TOP SCHOOL BOARD IS DELAYING ITS FIRST FORMAL JOB EVALUATION OF STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION JOHN WHITE. PENNY DASTUGUE, PRESIDENT OF THE STATE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION, SAID THE CHANGE OF PLANS DOES NOT REFLECT ANY CONTROVERSY. WHITE'S EVALUATION WAS ON BESE'S AGENDA FOR NEXT WEEK. DASTUGUE SAYS THE PANEL OPTED TO INSTEAD DELAY THE JOB REVIEW UNTIL JANUARY, WHEN WHITE WILL REACH HIS ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY RATHER THAN ASSESSING HIS WORK AFTER JUST SEVEN MONTHS. WHITE, WHO IS PAID $275,000 PER YEAR, IS IN CHARGE OF RECOMMENDING AND CARRYING OUT POLICIES THAT AFFECT ABOUT 700,000 PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS STATEWIDE.

THE A&E REALITY SHOW "CAJUN JUSTICE" MAY NOT BE RETURNING AFTER THE SEASON FINALE AIRS NEXT WEEK. THE SHOW, WHICH FOLLOWS THE TERREBONNE PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE, IS AIRING ITS FINAL EPISODE OF THE SEASON AUG. 16. THE SHOW WAS TAPED WHEN VERNON BOURGEOIS WAS SHERIFF. BOURGEOIS DID NOT SEEK A SECOND TERM AND WAS REPLACED THIS SUMMER BY JERRY LARPENTER, WHO SAYS HE DOESN'T WANT TO SEE THE SHOW RETURN. LEAPENTER SAYS HE THINKS THE SHOW IS RIDICULOUS AND DISRESPECTFUL TO THE PEOPLE OF TERREBONNE PARISH.

A TAX BREAK PASSED BY LAWMAKERS FOUR YEARS AGO TO SPUR INVESTMENT IN SOLAR ENERGY HAS BECOME A MORE COSTLY DEAL FOR THE STATE THAN EXPECTED, SIPHONING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM LOUISIANA'S COFFERS ABOVE WHAT HAD BEEN ESTIMATED.
WHEN LAWMAKERS PASSED THE WIND AND SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMS TAX CREDIT IN 2007, FISCAL ANALYSTS SAID THEY EXPECTED LOST STATE TAX INCOME TO BE LESS THAN $500,000 A YEAR. BUT IN FOUR YEARS OF THE TAX BREAK, THE STATE HAS SHELLED OUT $37 MILLION FOR THE TAX CREDIT, MORE THAN 18 TIMES THE MAXIMUM ESTIMATE, ACCORDING TO DATA PROVIDED TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BY THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE. THE BULK OF THE CREDITS HAVE GONE TO A FEW THOUSAND INDIVIDUALS. SUPPORTERS OF THE TAX BREAK SAY IT ENCOURAGES CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT AND HAS HELPED CREATE NEW JOBS ACROSS LOUISIANA IN THE SOLAR INDUSTRY, PROVIDING SALES AND INCOME TAX REVENUE THAT FAR OUTWEIGH THE COST OF THE CREDIT.

U.S. FORECASTERS ARE RAISING THEIR ESTIMATE OF POTENTIAL STORMS IN THE REMAINDER OF THE ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON, WHICH ENTERS ITS PEAK PERIOD THIS MONTH. THE NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION RELEASED ITS UPDATED FORECAST THURSDAY. FORECASTERS SAY WIND PATTERNS CONDUCIVE TO STORM FORMATION AND WARMER-THAN-NORMAL SEA TEMPERATURES MEAN CHANCES ARE HIGHER FOR AN ABOVE-NORMAL ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON. NOAA FORECASTERS SAY THEY EXPECT A TOTAL OF 12 TO 17 TROPICAL STORMS, WITH AS MANY AS FIVE TO EIGHT HURRICANES, FOR THE SEASON FROM JUNE 1 TO NOV. 30. TWO TO THREE OF STORMS COULD BECOME MAJOR HURRICANES. SO FAR THIS YEAR THERE HAVE BEEN FOUR TROPICAL STORMS AND TWO HURRICANES.

THE IBERIA PARISH COUNCIL HAS VOTED 7-6 TO END DISCUSSION OF A PROPOSED CONSOLIDATION OF GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND SERVICES PARISH-WIDE. A MAJORITY VOTE OF EIGHT COUNCIL MEMBERS WAS NEEDED WEDNESDAY TO MOVE FORWARD COUNCILMAN DAVID DITCH'S RESOLUTION TO DISCUSS LEGISLATION THAT COULD CREATE A UNIFIED MUNICIPAL-PARISH GOVERNMENT.

RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS HAVE BEEN GIVEN A $1.2- MILLION GRANT TO STUDY THE EFFECTS THE GULF OIL SPILL MAY HAVE HAD ON CRAB AND SHRIMP POPULATIONS. TEAM LEADER DR. MARTIN O'CONNELL SAYS THE GRANT IS FROM THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF OCEAN ENERGY MANAGEMENT (BOEM). HE SAYS MANY SCHOOLS - UNO INCLUDED - HAVE ALREADY BEEN STUDIES ON THEIR OWN.








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