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News For Thursday 09/13/12


NEWS FOR THURSDAY 091312
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

THE SEARCH FOR A RAPIDES PARISH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT CONTINUES TONIGHT WITH A FORUM INTENDED TO GAUGE PUBLIC OPINION. THE FORUM, THE SECOND OF THREE, WILL BE HELD TONIGHT AT PEABODY MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL STARTING AT 6. LAST WEEKS FORUM DREW ONLY ABOUT 30 PEOPLE, MOST OF WHOM WERE EITHER CURRENT OR FORMER EDUCATORS. THE THIRD FORUM WILL BE HELD SEPT. 20 AT GLENMORA HIGH SCHOOL. THE FIRM CONDUCTING THE FORUMS WILL COMPILE A REPORT BASED ON THE THREE FORUMS AND PRESENT IT TO THE SCHOOL BOARD. IT IS ALSO TO BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC.

TWO DEFENDANTS IN THE FOREST LAWN MEMORIAL PARK THEFTS WERE SENTENCED TO PRISON THIS WEEK, PLEADING GUILTY MONDAY BEFORE THEIR TRIALS ON STEALING CEMETERY VASES AND URNS AND SELLING THE COPPER AT SCRAP YARDS.
46 YEAR OLD JOHNNY FITZGERALD JR. PLEADED GUILTY TO CHARGES OF THEFT OF URNS AND VASES FROM A RELIGIOUS CEMETERY AND CRIMINAL CONSPIRACY. JUDGE THOMAS YEAGER SENTENCED THE BALL RESIDENT TO HARD-LABOR PRISON TERMS OF 10 YEARS AND TWO YEARS, TO BE SERVED CONSECUTIVELY. 21 YEAR OLD BILLY LEE JOHNSON OF PINEVILLE, WAS SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS AT HARD LABOR. EARLIER IN THE YEAR, 55 YEAR OLD DEBORAH PRICE AND 36-YEAR-OLD KIMBERLY GAGNARD WERE ALSO SENTENCED TO PRISON TIME.

A LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARDSMAN WAS KILLED AND ANOTHER INJURED IN A TWO VEHICLE CRASH TUESDAY ON INTERSTATE 49. THE SOLDIERS WERE TRAVELING IN A MILITARY CONVOY RETURNING FROM HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS WHEN THEIR HUMVEE WAS HIT FROM BEHIND BY A TRACTOR-TRAILER CAUSING IT TO FLIP. 30-YEAR OLD SGT. KEVIN WEINER WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE OTHER SOLDIER WASN'T SERIOUSLY INJURED, NEITHER WAS THE DRIVER OF THE TRACTOR TRAILER. STATE POLICE ARE AWAITING TOXICOLOGY TEST RESULTS.

FORUM ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES SAYS IT PLANS TO BUILD A NEW 150,000-SQUARE-FOOT FACILITY IN ST. MARTIN PARISH TO PRODUCE ONSHORE AND OFFSHORE DRILLING EQUIPMENT FOR GLOBAL CUSTOMERS. FORUM ENERGY CEO CRIS GAUT SAYS THE $19 MILLION PROJECT WILL REPLACE AN EXISTING FACILITY IN NEARBY BROUSSARD. THE PROJECT WILL RETAIN 203 EXISTING JOBS AND CREATE 125 NEW DIRECT JOBS WITH AVERAGE ANNUAL SALARIES OF MORE THAN $45,000, PLUS BENEFITS. STATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICIALS ESTIMATE THE PROJECT WILL ALSO CREATE AN ADDITIONAL 300 NEW INDIRECT JOBS.

THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU REPORTS THE NUMBER OF AMERICANS IN POVERTY STOOD AT 15 PERCENT IN 2011. ABOUT 46.2 MILLION PEOPLE, OR NEARLY 1 IN 6, WERE IN POVERTY. THAT IS NOT STATISTICALLY DIFFERENT FROM THE 15.1 PERCENT WHO WERE IMPOVERISHED IN 2010. BROKEN DOWN BY STATE, NEW MEXICO HAD THE HIGHEST SHARE OF POOR PEOPLE, AT 22.2 PERCENT, ACCORDING TO ROUGH CALCULATIONS BY THE CENSUS BUREAU. IT WAS FOLLOWED BY LOUISIANA AT 21.1 PERCENT WITH ABOUT 947,000 RESIDENTS LIVING BELOW THE POVERTY LINE. THE MEDIAN INCOME FOR LOUISIANA RESIDENTS IS ABOUT $40,658 A YEAR, ACCORDING TO THE REPORT. THAT'S LOWER THAN ALL BUT THREE STATES: KENTUCKY, SOUTH CAROLINA AND MONTANA. NATIONALLY, THE MEDIAN INCOME IS ABOUT $50,000 A YEAR.

ALLSTATE CORP. IS RAISING RATES FOR 144,000 LOUISIANA HOMEOWNERS WHO GET THEIR INSURANCE COVERAGE FROM TWO ALLSTATE COMPANIES. THE COMPANY ANNOUNCED TUESDAY THAT ABOUT 71,000 HOMEOWNERS INSURED BY ALLSTATE INSURANCE CO. WILL SEE THEIR RATES INCREASE BY 11.3 PERCENT, WHILE 73,000 ALLSTATE INDEMNITY CO. POLICYHOLDERS WILL SEE AN AVERAGE INCREASE OF 5.4 PERCENT AS OF MARCH 1. INSURANCE COMMISSIONER JIM DONELON SAYS ALLSTATE'S RATE INCREASES OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS HAVE BEEN IN LINE WITH OTHER COMPANIES, ABOUT FOUR-PERCENT A YEAR. BUT HE SAYS HOMEOWNERS WHO ARE UNHAPPY ABOUT THE INCREASE SHOULD SHOP AROUND BEFORE RENEWING THEIR CURRENT POLICY.

A GROUP CONSIDERING TOLLS TO HELP PAY FOR INTERSTATE 49 THROUGH LAFAYETTE HAS PUT ITS WORK ON HOLD PENDING A STATE STUDY ON USING TOLL REVENUE TO COMPLETE I-49 ALL THE WAY TO NEW ORLEANS. COMPLETING THE INTERSTATE FROM LAFAYETTE TO NEW ORLEANS WOULD COST AN ESTIMATED $5 BILLION, A PRICE TAG THAT HAS BEEN A MAJOR ROADBLOCK FOR THE PROJECT.

A PAIR OF NORTHEAST LOUISIANA PARISHES WILL HAVE THEIR LEVEES RAISED BY THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS. THE LEVEES, IN CONCORDIA AND EAST CARROLL PARISHES, WILL BE RAISED BY TWO FEET. 5TH LOUISIANA LEVEE DISTRICT BOARD PRESIDENT REYNOLD MINSKY SAYS THE IMPROVEMENTS WILL BRING THE LEVEES UP TO 500-YEAR FLOOD PROTECTION LEVELS. TWO AREAS TO BE RAISED ARE SOUTH OF THE TOWN OF TRANSYLVANIA AND A THIRD IS 15 MILES SOUTH OF VIDALIA.

THE LAKE PROVIDENCE PORT IS FULLY OPERATION AGAIN AFTER IT WAS CLOSED FOR TWO MONTHS BECAUSE OF LOW MISSISSIPPI RIVER WATER LEVELS. PORT DIRECTOR WYLY GILFOIL SAYS THEY RE-OPENED IN TIME TO HELP SHIP SOME OF THE STATE'S SOYBEAN CROP.

ABOUT TWO-HUNDRED-PEOPLE WHO WORK AT AN ALUMINA PLANT IN ASCENSION
PARISH HAVE RECEIVED LAYOFF NOTICES. ORMET IS LETTING THE WORKERS GO
BECAUSE THEY'VE SEEN A REDUCED DEMAND FOR THEIR PRODUCT.

FRENCH-SPEAKING RESIDENTS AND SUPPORTERS ACROSS THE WORLD RAISED
90-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO MAKE UP FOR A 100-THOUSAND CUT TO CODOFIL
FUNDING, WHICH HELPS FRENCH IMMERSION PROGRAMS IN THE STATE.
CARENCRO REPRESENTATIVE STEPHEN ORTEGO SAYS DONORS CAME FROM ALL
WALKS OF LIFE. GOVERNOR JINDAL USED HIS LINE-ITEM VETO POWER TO CUT 100-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN STATE FUNDING TO CODOFIL, WHICH IS OVER A THIRD OF THEIR ANNUAL BUDGET.

LSU HEAD COACH LES MILES SAYS FOUR OF HIS TEAM HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED
FOR ACADEMIC INELIGIBILITY. JUNIOR LINEBACKER TAHJ JONES, SENIOR
TIGHT END TYLER EDWARDS, SOPHOMORE TACKLE EVAN WASHINGTON AND
SOPHOMORE LINEBACKER D.J. WELTER WILL SIT THE SEASON OUT DUE TO LOW
GRADES.

THE AMERICA'S WETLAND FOUNDATION SAYS AN INVESTMENT OF 50-BILLION DOLLARS IS NEEDED TO SAVE LOUISIANA'S DETERIORATING COAST. THE FOUNDATION'S MANAGING DIRECTOR, VAL MARMILLION, SAYS MONEY IS NOT THE ONLY ISSUE, BUT THEY ARE ALSO CALLING ON CONGRESS TO PASS LEGISLATION TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR COASTAL RESTORATION PROJECTS TO BEGIN. THE AMERICA'S WETLAND FOUNDATION HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON D-C TO EXPRESS THEIR NEED FOR MORE MONEY AND THE ABILITY TO FAST-TRACK SOME OF THESE COASTAL RESTORATION PROJECTS. MARMILLION SAYS SOME OF THE POLICIES IN PLACE BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ARE KEEPING PROJECTS FROM TAKING PLACE.

NEW ORLEANS WILL RECEIVE $27.3 MILLION IN GRANTS FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO HELP COVER SOME OF THE CITY'S COSTS RELATED TO HURRICANE ISAAC. SOME OF THE MONEY WILL REIMBURSE THE CITY FOR LABOR AND EQUIPMENT FOR A VARIETY OF EMERGENCY PROTECTIVE MEASURES INCLUDING POLICE PATROLS AND OPERATION OF MAJOR DRAINAGE SYSTEMS AND PUMPS. OTHER COSTS REIMBURSED WILL INCLUDE DEBRIS REMOVAL AND CLEANING OF MUD, SILT AND SAND FROM STREET DRAINAGE CATCH BASINS.

SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR, HEADED FOR RETIREMENT IN CALIFORNIA, IS SCHEDULED TO PERFORM LOW FLYOVERS — AS LOW AS 1,500 FEET — AS IT PASSES NASA FACILITIES IN MISSISSIPPI AND LOUISIANA. STENNIS SPACE CENTER IN HANCOCK COUNTY IN MISSISSIPPI TESTED THE ORBITER'S MAIN ENGINES. MICHOUD ASSEMBLY FACILITY IN NEW ORLEANS IS WHERE THE SHUTTLE'S ICONIC ORANGE EXTERNAL FUEL TANK WAS CONSTRUCTED. THE FLYOVERS, WEATHER PERMITTING, WILL TAKE PLACE MONDAY AFTER ENDEAVOUR LEAVES KENNEDY SPACE CENTER IN FLORIDA HEADING WEST.

LOUISIANA LT. GOV. JAY DARDENNE IS PROMOTING THE STATE'S ASSETS IN NEIGHBORING TEXAS. DARDENNE IS IN DALLAS TO PROMOTE LOUISIANA CULINARY TRAILS THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE LOUISIANA TRAVEL PROMOTION ASSOCIATION AND TEXAS MONTHLY MAGAZINE. THE MAGAZINE IS CO-HOSTING THURSDAY'S EVENT FOR NEWS MEDIA AND FOOD WRITERS AT WHICH CAJUN AND CREOLE FARE WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED. IN ADDITION, DARDENNE WAS TO MEET WITH REPORTERS TO DISCUSS THE LAUNCH OF LOUISIANA'S NEW RETIREMENT BRAND AND WEBSITE: WWW.RETIRELOUISIANASTYLE.COM

TULANE UNIVERSITY SAYS TWO OF ITS SENIORS HAVE DESIGNED A T-SHIRT AND WRISTBAND BEARING THE NAME AND JERSEY NUMBER OF GREEN WAVE FOOTBALL PLAYER DEVON WALKER. BRAD GIRSON AND JESSE SCHWARTZ STARTED THEIR OWN CLOTHING LINE AS SOPHOMORES. NOW, THE UNIVERSITY SAYS, NET PROCEEDS FROM SALES OF THE SHIRTS AND WRISTBANDS WILL BE DONATED TO A FUND ESTABLISHED FOR WALKER. WALKER SUFFERED A CERVICAL SPINE FRACTURE SATURDAY DURING TULANE'S GAME AGAINST TULSA.




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