News for Tuesday 112712
By Dave Graichen
Rough Thanksgiving week on the roads. State Police say in Louisiana last week there were 13 fatal crashes that resulted in 14 deaths. They say 7 of the 14 people killed were not wearing a seat belt and
two of the crashes involved impairment.
The owner of an Alabama company that was paid $100,000 by several Central Louisiana government agencies to film a movie in Cenla, has told an Alabama news website, that while they still plan to film the movie “The Story Of Bonnie & Clyde” here in Cenla starting next year, the company plans to return the Seed Money. Tonya Holly has postponed production several times since summer 2009, when the city of Alexandria gave Cypress Moon $50,000 to film the bulk of the movie here in Central Louisiana. The Alexandria-Pineville Visitors and Convention bureau and the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority each put up $25,000.
The cities of Pineville and Leesville as well as Rapides Parish are among 19 jurisdictions that have been released from a 32-year-old consent decree relating to potential discrimination in their police or fire departments. The consent decree, entered in 1980, required defendants in a 1977 lawsuit to take steps to insure they were not doing anything to have an adverse impact on blacks and females applying for police and firefighter positions or looking to advance in those departments.
A federal judge in New Orleans puts a halt on the state's new statewide voucher program and teacher hiring laws in Tangipahoa Parish, because it conflicts with a 47-year-old desegregation case. The judge ruled the new education changes conflict with court orders that require racial diversity. According to the department of education, there are 50 children in Tangipahoa Parish who receive state money to attend a private school. State Superintendent of Education John white says he's optimistic the ruling will be reversed on appeal. Another vouchers lawsuit will be heard Wednesday in a state district court in Baton Rouge. Teacher unions and local school boards filed this suit claiming the statewide voucher program is unconstitutional. It’s expected Monday's decision will not impact that case.
The U-S Supreme Court will not overturn former New Orleans Congressman Bill Jefferson's 13-year prison sentence. Jefferson's lawyers asked the nation's highest court to throw out the corruption
conviction, but the court has refused to hear the case. Jefferson is serving his federal sentence at a low security facility in Beaumont, Texas. He's not eligible for release until August of 2023.
The pilot of a small plane that crashed Sunday near DeRidder is in a Rapides Parish hospital with multiple injuries, but a family member says he's expected to make a full recovery. The pilot, James Murrell, suffered broken bones, facial cuts and a punctured lung. The crash remains under investigation.
If you're holding a Powerball ticket for tomorrow night's $425 million drawing, there's a few things you should know *just in case* you land the top prize. New Orleans CPA Ted Stacey says if you're
buying tickets with a group, keep in mind only one entity can claim the prize. Now the question is do you take the $278.3-million cash option, or the 30-year annuity? Stacey says most everyone opts for the cash. Stacey says the first thing you must do if you find out you're the winner, is contact an attorney and seek legal advice right away..
A report by the Legislative Auditor finds the state Office of Public Health has failed to properly oversee health inspections of restaurants; placing citizens at risk of foodborne illness. Health & Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein says the report will help to improve OPH's inspection program. The Auditor's report says OPH failed to make proper inspections of restaurants, failed to enforce penalties for compliance violations and has issued permits to restaurants that had critical health violations. The report says OPH didn't do annual inspections on 81-percent of high- risk food establishments statewide. It says OPH rarely enforced penalties against eateries found in violation. It also says over 3000
health inspections were never publicly disclosed on OPH's website.
The Shreveport Police Department is investigating the case of an alleged home invasion that's landed a 72-year-old man in the hospital. Witnesses report two men running from the man’s home. Authorities believe robbery could be a motive but the case remains under investigation.
According to the Louisiana Lottery, Wednesday night's $425 million jackpot is the largest in Powerball history and the second largest in the world. Spokesperson Kimberly Chopin says the cash value is
$278.3 million dollars. She says there is always a possibility the jackpot value could get even bigger before the drawing, since the jackpot is based upon sales.
One of the St. John deputies injured in a fatal ambush against officers that left two dead and two others in the hospital, got to go home yesterday. The St. John The Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office says
Deputy Jason Triche is now safe and sound. Deputies Jeremy Triche and Brandon Nielson were killed in the August 16th trailer park shootings. Deputy Jason Triche has been in the hospital ever since.