News for Friday 113012
By Dave Graichen
State Police is advising residents in the Doyline area to leave their homes and businesses for safety reasons a massive clean-up at Camp Minden. State Police Captain Doug Cain says about a million pounds of improperly stored black powder explosive, though stable, has to be moved. Cain says this evacuation is not mandatory, but residents who choose to evacuate will need to be out by Saturday morning when they begin moving the product. The cleanup could take as long as 48 hours. Schools in Doyline will be closed Monday.
Early voting for the December 8th runoff elections ends tomorrow. Voters are asked to decide a number of local issues, a Supreme Court judgeship and who will be Louisiana's next congressman for District 3. In Alexandria, Two seats on the city council will be decided. Early voting runs today and tomorrow, 8:30 am to 6 pm. The runoff election is next Saturday.
Another active and memorable hurricane season ends today. The 2012 hurricane season, which saw 19 named storms, including Hurricane Isaac, which made landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River on August 28th. State Climatologist Barry Keim says 2012 goes down as a tie for the third busiest season in recorded history. Keim says this is the third straight hurricane season with 19 named storms. But he says there has not been a U-S landfall of a major hurricane in seven years, which is unprecedented. Keim says Isaac and Hurricane Sandy were very destructive, despite being classified as Category one storms.
The search committee in charge of seeking a new president for Louisiana Tech University has named Doctor Leslie Guice as the sole finalist. Guice is currently the school's executive vice president and V-P for research and development. U-L System board chairman Wayne Parker calls Guice a strong higher education leader. Parker says the University of Louisiana system board will have the final say on whether to appoint Guice as Tech's next president. The U-L system board will consider Guice's appointment next Tuesday.
Former LSU football star Tyrann Mathieu released a statement to ESPN he's turning pro today. Mathieu's stellar career at LSU ended in August after he reportedly failed multiple drug tests. He was also arrested in August on a simple marijuana possession charge. Draft analyst Mike Detillier says teams will be interested in Mathieu, despite his troubles. Detillier says because of Mathieu's off-the field problems, the Honey Badger has gone from a sure-fire second round pick to a fourth or fifth round selection.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries seeks the public's help in locating the person responsible for illegally killing a black bear in Avoyelles Parish.L-D-W-F spokesperson Adam Einck says a hunter found the dead black bear laying on an all-terrain vehicle trail 20 miles northwest of Marksville. A reward of six-thousand dollars is being offered for any information leading to the arrest of the person responsible.
The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the number of non-fatal workplace injuries and illness cases in Louisiana is ranked second lowest in the nation. Louisiana Workforce Commission Office Workers Compensation Director Wes Hataway says the key component for cost containment in workers
compensation is to make sure employees don't get injured in the first place. He says these improving numbers mean employers are doing a good job of teaching safety in the workplace.