News for Thursday 122012
By Dave Graichen
A 25-year-old Deridder man allegedly stabbed his nephew to death. The Beauregard Parish Sheriff's office arrested John Hatfield in the murder of 4-year-old Tanner Bailey. Sheriff Ricky Moses says the stabbing occurred at the child's grandparents’ home. Hatfield facing a 1st degree murder charge.
Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested a Tioga High School teacher Wednesday for an alleged relationship with a student at the school. 27 year old Michelle Cooksey of Pineville was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on two counts of carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Her bond was set at $10,000. The investigation is ongoing.
Lee Rubin and Jules R. Green were sworn in as new Alexandria City Council members Tuesday, followed by the election of Chuck Fowler as council president and Mitzi LaSalle as vice president for 2013. Former District 3 Councilman Jerry W. Jones Jr. and at-large Councilman Roosevelt Johnson were recognized for their service and presented plaques. Mayor Jacques Roy congratulated the new council members and said he looked forward to working with them.
Good news for holiday travelers. The price of gasoline is continuing to fall, just in time for Christmas visits. At last report, the nationwide average price of a gallon of regular was $3.22 and the average price across Louisiana was $3.05, although you can find a lot of gas stations selling their product for less than three dollars a gallon. Increased supplies and lower demand are being cited as the reason for falling gas prices.
Total personal income in Louisiana grew at the same rate as the United States average during the third quarter, according to a report released Wednesday. Total personal income in the state was $182.4 billion during the third quarter, an increase of 0.5 percent from the second quarter. That matches the 0.5 percent growth nationwide in total personal income, which is the income earned by individuals from all sources.
An internal audit by the state Alcohol and Tobacco Control has found agents using state issued cell phones for their personal use while they were on state time. ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert says the audit--which only covered the month of October--showed some agents using thousands of minutes. He says this type of abuse will not be tolerated. He says the agents in question could be suspended or even terminated.
President Barack Obama has asked his administration to propose gun control laws, but a legislator in Shreveport has her own ideas about action that can be taken in Louisiana. Representative Barbara Norton says she'd like to see a law on the books that would require gun owners to keep their guns secure at all times. Norton says the proposed legislation would also include language that states if a gun owner has not properly secured their gun, they could face civil liabilities if it was stolen and involved in a crime.
Where to Retire magazine lists Ruston as one of the top retirement destinations in the country. The publication says Ruston is an undiscovered haven for retirement.
A new report says Louisiana scored a six out of ten on key indicators of public health preparedness. The bayou state is one of 35 states that scored a six or lower. Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation compiled the report. Louisiana received negative marks for not having a nurse license compact with other states, failing to increase public health funding and not vaccinating enough toddlers against whooping cough.
100 chimpanzees will be retiring from their "work" at a University of Louisiana biomedical research center in New Iberia, and moving next year to Chimp Haven -- a sanctuary in Keithville which will offer the primates are more natural environment in which to live. Michael Budkie is Director of Stop Animal Exploitation now says this is great news. Budkie says these animals have made important contributions to improve health, but the need for chimp research is reduced because of new technologies.
USA Today reports LSU head football coach Les Miles is very popular on Twitter. In fact, the Old War School coach is the most followed college football coach with over 87-thousand followers. The second most popular is Brian Kelly at Notre Dame with almost six thousand followers. Nick Saban at
Alabama is third.
For the second straight year, L-S-U is ranked number four in Forbes' magazine list of most valuable college football teams. According to Forbes' report, L-S-U is worth 102-million-dollars, a six percent increase from last year's list. The Tigers are the highest ranked S-E-C school and only trail national powerhouses Texas, Michigan and Notre Dame. Also listed in the Forbes' report is a list of college football's most powerful coaches and L-S-U's Les Miles is ranked number nine.
The Hornets attempt to change their nickname continues to move forward. The NBA has reportedly filed for trademark of the nickname Pelicans. But other nicknames the league is seeking a trademark for, include Rougaroo, Mosquitoes, Swamp Dogs and Bullsharks.