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News For Tuesday 10/02/12


NEWS FOR TUESDAY 100212
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

THE RAPIDES PARISH SCHOOL BOARD WILL NOT VOTE ON CREATING A POSITION MEANT TO HELP INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT GERALD WOODARD BECOME ACCLIMATED TO THE DISTRICT AND HIS NEW POSITION. AT THE REQUEST OF WOODARD, BOARD PRESIDENT WILTON BARRIOS SAID HE WILL PULL THE MOTION TO CREATE A DEPUTY ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT POSITION FROM THE AGENDA TONIGHT. BARRIOS SAYS THE POSITION WAS DESIGNED TO HELP ACCLIMATE (WOODARD), AND HE SAID HE'S FINE AND DOESN'T NEED. AFTER HAVING MET THE STAFF DURING HIS FIRST WEEK AS INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT, BARRIOS SAYS WOODARD IS COMFORTABLE WITH THE SITUATION.

STEVE ROGGE, THE DIRECTOR OF THE RAPIDES PARISH LIBRARY, LAST NIGHT ASKED MEMBERS OF THE POLICE JURY TO SUPPORT RENEWAL OF A 7.08-MIL TAX THAT SUPPORTS THE DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS OF THE PARISH’S LIBRARIES.IN THE COMING WEEKS LEADING UP TO NOVEMBER’S ELECTION, ROGGE SAYS THEY PLAN AN ADVERTISING BLITZ AND A MAIL OUT CAMPAIGN TO REMIND RESIDENTS TO GET OUT AND VOTE.

LSUA WILL HOLD A RIBBON CUTTING WEDNESDAY AT 11 A.M. TO CELEBRATE THE COMPLETION OF THE CAMPUS WALKING TRAIL AT THE CAMPUS' BASEBALL/SOFTBALL COMPLEX. THE RIBBON CUTTING AND WALKING TRAIL ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
WALKERS WILL BE ABLE TO CHOOSE PATHS RANGING FROM ¼ MILE TO FOUR MILES. THE WALKING TRAIL WAS FUNDED IN PART BY A GRANT FROM THE RAPIDES FOUNDATION.

JUDGE CARL E. STEWART BECAME THE FIRST BLACK CHIEF JUDGE OF THE 5TH U.S. CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS ON MONDAY. THE SHREVEPORT RESIDENT SUCCEEDED JUDGE EDITH H. JONES, WHO STEPPED DOWN FROM THE POST SHE HAD HELD SINCE JANUARY 2006.
PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON APPOINTED STEWART TO THE COURT IN 1994. BEFORE THAT, THE 62-YEAR-OLD SERVED AS A STATE JUDGE IN CADDO PARISH AND WAS ELECTED TO LOUISIANA’S 2ND CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEAL.

ACCORDING TO A 2012-2013 COLLEGE SALARY REPORT BY PAYSCALE.COM LOUISIANA TECH RANKS NO. 1 AMONG LOUISIANA'S PUBLIC AND PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES IN STARTING SALARIES FOR RECENT GRADS. TECH SPOKESMAN DAVE GEURIN SAYS THE RANKING SHOWS THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION A STUDENT RECEIVES AT LOUISIANA TECH. THE REPORT SHOWS TECH GRADUATE'S WITH A BACHELOR'S DEGREE, EARN AN AVERAGE OF $45,900 PER YEAR AFTER TWO YEARS OF WORK EXPERIENCE. LSU WAS SECOND WITH $44,100 AND TULANE WAS THIRD WITH $43,800.

STATE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE CASE OF AN OFFICER INVOLVED IN A SHOOTING OF A SUSPECTED BANK ROBBER. TROOPERS SAY THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT WAS IN PRESUIT OF 41-YEAR-OLD THOMAS HELVIK OF PORT ALLEN AFTER IT WAS REPORTED THE MAN HAD JUST ROBBED A BANK. THEY SAY HELVIK DROVE OFF THE ROAD AND WAS SHOTS WERE FIRED BY ONE OF THE PERUSING OFFICERS. HELVIK WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE AND THE CASE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION. HELVIK WAS ALSO A SUSPECT IN SEVERAL OTHER BANK ROBBERIES INCLUDING AN ATTEMPTED ROBBERY HERE IN ALEXANDRIA.

GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL’S CHIEF OF STAFF, STEPHEN WAGUESPACK IS LEAVING HIS POST TO TAKE A PRIVATE SECTOR JOB. ITS IS REPORTED THAT PAUL RAINWATER, THE CURRENT COMMISSIONER OF ADMINISTRATION WILL MOVE UP TO FILL WAGUESPACK'S
POSITION. ITS IS PROJECTED THAT KRISTY NICHOLS, THE GOVERNORS CURRENT DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, WILL TAKE OVER THE COMMISSIONER OF ADMINISTRATION POSITION.

THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR THE NOVEMBER 6TH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IS ONE WEEK FROM TODAY. OF THE TWO-POINT-NINE MILLION REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE STATE, ONE-POINT-FOUR MILLION ARE REGISTERED AS DEMOCRATS, 801-THOUSAND ARE REPUBLICANS AND 705-THOUSAND ARE INDEPENDENT.

CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR AN OPEN SEAT ON THE STATE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION HAVE VARYING VIEWPOINTS ON TAKING CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FROM UTILITY COMPANIES THEY WOULD REGULATE. REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES SCOTT ANGELLE AND BATON ROUGE REP. ERICH PONTI BOTH SAID HAVE TAKEN SUCH DONATIONS AND WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO . . REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE SARAH HOLLIDAY, OF BATON ROUGE, AND THIBODAUX BUSINESSMAN GREG GAUBERT, A NO-PARTY CANDIDATE, BOTH VOWED TO NEVER TAKE MONEY FROM COMPANIES THEY WOULD REGULATE AS A MEMBER OF THE PSC. THE RACE'S LONE DEMOCRAT IS FORREST WRIGHT, OF NEW ORLEANS. HE SAYS HE WILL NOT ACCEPT CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS FROM ANY COMPANY THAT THE PSC WOULD REGULATE.

THE ALABAMA FOOTBALL FAN ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY SEXUALLY ASSAULTING AN LSU FAN FOLLOWING THE BCS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME LAST JANUARY 9TH, GOES TO TRIAL TODAY. BRIAN DOWNING WAS CHARGED WITH SEXUAL BATTERY AND OBSCENITY AFTER A VIDEO OF THE ASSAULT APPEARED ON YOUTUBE. DOWNING REPORTEDLY REJECTED A DEAL ALLOWING HIM TO PLEA GUILTY TO OBSCENITY AND SERVE TWO YEARS BUT WOULD NOT BE REQUIRED TO REGISTER AS A SEX OFFENDER.



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