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News For Friday 09/28/12


NEWS FOR FRIDAY 09/28/12
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

IT LOOKS LIKE COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANS ACROSS THE STATE WILL NEED A RAIN PONCHO TOMORROW NIGHT. STATE CLIMATOLOGIST BARRY KEIM SAYS ANOTHER FRONT IS MOVING THROUGH; BRINGING MODERATE RAIN CHANCES FOR THIS AFTERNOON, BUT BETTER CHANCES OF SHOWERS SATURDAY. HE SAYS THIS IS ESPECIALLY SO FOR SOUTH LOUISIANA HOME GAMES IN BATON ROUGE AND LAFAYETTE. KEIM SAYS MOST ALL OF THE STATE WILL GET AT LEAST SOME RAIN FROM THIS SYSTEM.

A MAJOR JOB FAIR WAS HELD IN ALEXANDRIA YESTERDAY BY SUTHERLAND GLOBAL SERVICES IN AN EFFORT TO HIRE UP TO 500 EMPLOYEES FOR THE COMPANY’S NEW CALL AND SERVICE CENTER. THE NEW YORK-BASED COMPANY WILL HOLD ANOTHER STAFFING EVENT AT THE SAI CONVENTION CENTER ON TUESDAY OF NEXT WEEK. A COMPANY OFFICIAL SAYS EMPLOYEE TRAINING SHOULD START IN MID TO LATE OCTOBER, AND IF ALL GOES ACCORDING TO PLAN, THE CENTER SHOULD BE UP AND GOING IN LATE DECEMBER OR THE EARLY PART OF JANUARY. INTERESTED APPLICANTS ARE STRONGLY URGED TO APPLY ONLINE BEFORE ATTENDING NEXT TUESDAY’S EVENT. VISIT CLEDA'S WEBSITE, WWW.CENTRALLOUISIANA.ORG YOU WILL FIND A LINK THERE TO FILL OUT THE APPLICATION.

VETERANS WERE INVITED TO A "HIRE OUR HEROES" JOB FAIR YESTERDAY AT LOUISIANA DOWNS IN BOSSIER CITY. NUMEROUS EMPLOYERS TOOK PART, OFFERING JOBS TO MILITARY VETS, PERSONNEL TRANSITIONING OUT OF SERVICE AND MILITARY WIVES. IF YOU MISSED IT, GO TO "RECRUITMILITARY.COM" ON THE WEB.

THE FIFTH ANNUAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY IS TOMORROW ACROSS THE STATE. STATE POLICE IN COOPERATION WITH THE DEA HOPES RESIDENTS WILL USE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET EXPIRED & UNUSED PRESCRIPTION MEDS OUT OF THEIR HOMES. STATE TROOPER ALBERT PAXTON SAYS ABUSE OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS IS BECOMING A NATIONAL EPIDEMIC. THE DRUGS CAN BE BROUGHT TO ANY LOUISIANA STATE POLICE SITE FOR DISPOSAL.

THE FAMILY OF MICKEY SHUNICK IS HOLDING A CELEBRATION IN HER HONOR AT PARC INTERNATIONAL IN LAFAYETTE TOMORROW MORNING. SHUNICK'S FATHER, TOM, SAYS HE WANTED TO THROW A BIG PARTY IN REMEMBRANCE OF HIS DAUGHTER FOR ALL OF THE PEOPLE WHO WERE INVOLVED IN HER SEARCH. THE "COMMUNITY CELEBRATION TO HONOR MICKEY SHUNICK" IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND EVENTS WILL BEGIN AT 11:30.

THE MAN WHO ROBBED A BANK IN OPELOUSAS EARLIER THIS MONTH IS NOW CONSIDERED A SUSPECT IN AT LEAST THREE OTHER AREA ROBBERIES. IT WAS BELIEVED THE SUSPECT HAD STARTED HIS CRIME SPREE IN OPELOUSAS, BUT POLICE CHIEF PERRY GALLOW SAID THE MAN IS NOW CONSIDERED A SUSPECT IN AN UNSUCCESSFUL BANK ROBBERY IN ALEXANDRIA AS WELL. GALLOW SAID HIS DEPARTMENT IS NOW WORKING CLOSELY WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES FROM ALEXANDRIA TO BROUSSARD. THE LATEST ROBBERY TOOK PLACE AT A REGIONS BANK BRANCH IN BROUSSARD MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE OTHER TWO ROBBERIES WERE AT SEPARATE WHITNEY BANK LOCATIONS, THE FIRST IN OPELOUSAS AND THE SECOND IN LAFAYETTE. POLICE DEPARTMENTS IN ALL THREE CITIES DESCRIBE A VERY SIMILAR SUSPECT .

EXXONMOBIL SAID THURSDAY IT WILL INVEST $215 MILLION TO EXPAND ITS CHEMICAL AND LUBRICANTS PLANTS IN BATON ROUGE AND PORT ALLEN, A MOVE THAT WILL ADD 45 NEW JOBS. THE INVESTMENT WILL ALLOW THE FACILITIES TO PRODUCE SYNTHETIC LUBRICANTS USED IN AIRCRAFT ENGINES.

A 17-YEAR-OLD HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN IS IN CUSTODY AFTER BRANDISHING A GUN DURING A FIGHT ON SCHOOL PROPERTY. THE INCIDENT TOOK PLACE AT GLEN OAKS HIGH SCHOOL IN BATON ROUGE, YESTERDAY MORNING. THAT RESULTED IN THE SCHOOL BEING LOCKED DOWN BRIEFLY. WHEN DEPUTIES LOCATED THE SUSPECT, NEIL HARRIS, HE SHOWED THEM WHERE HE STASHED THE WEAPON, WHICH TURNED OUT TO BE UNLOADED. HARRIS IS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ASSAULT AND CARRYING A WEAPON ON SCHOOL PROPERTY AND ANOTHER STUDENT WAS ALSO CHARGED.

THE MONROE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS AN INSULIN SYRINGE WAS FOUND IN A STUFFED ANIMAL WON AT THE ARK-LA-MISS FAIR. THE SYRINGE WAS FOUND BY THE CHILD WHO WON THE TOY AFTER SHE RETURNED HOME. THE SYRINGE STILL HAD THE CAP ON AND THE CHILD WAS UNINJURED.

A FEDERAL JUDGE GAVE HIS FINAL APPROVAL THURSDAY TO A $37.5 MILLION CLASS-ACTION SETTLEMENT BETWEEN COMPANIES THAT MADE GOVERNMENT-ISSUED TRAILERS AFTER HURRICANES IN 2005 AND GULF COAST STORM VICTIMS WHO CLAIM THEY WERE EXPOSED TO HAZARDOUS FUMES WHILE LIVING IN THE SHELTERS. U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE KURT ENGELHARDT RULED FROM THE BENCH AFTER HEARING FROM ATTORNEYS WHO BROKERED A DEAL RESOLVING NEARLY ALL REMAINING COURT CLAIMS OVER ELEVATED LEVELS OF FORMALDEHYDE IN TRAILERS PROVIDED BY THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY FOLLOWING HURRICANES KATRINA AND RITA. ROUGHLY 55,000 RESIDENTS OF LOUISIANA, MISSISSIPPI, ALABAMA AND TEXAS WHO LIVED IN FEMA TRAILERS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR SHARES OF THE MONEY PAID BY MORE THAN TWO DOZEN MANUFACTURERS.

RESEARCH ON ALLIGATOR BLOOD BEING DONE AT MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY COULD BE AN PATH TO NEW TREATMENTS FOR DISEASE, VIRUSES AND INFECTIONS. BIOCHEMISTRY PROFESSOR DR. MARK MERCHANT SAYS THE MCNEESE RESEARCH TEAM IS TRYING TO ISOLATE WHAT'S IN ALLIGATOR WHITE BLOOD CELLS THAT CAN KILL A BROAD LIST OF BACTERIA AND FUNGI, TO USE IN NEW ANTIBIOTIC MEDICINES. HE SAYS IT APPEARS TO BE A SPECIFIC PROTEIN, AND RESEARCHERS ARE NOW TRYING TO RECREATE IT IN THE LAB.

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