News for Wednesday 011613
By Dave Graichen
The threat of icy roads has forced the closure of the following schools today: Rapides, Grant and LaSalle parish Public schools and all Catholic schools in Rapides Parish, Hope Baptist, Calvary Baptist Daycare, Bright Beginnings, Alexandria Country Day, Emmanuel Baptist Day School and Horseshoe drive United Methodist in Alexandria, England Airpark Child Development Center, Montessori Educational Center in Alexandria First Baptist in Pineville, Bentley Christian Academy and Temple Christian Academy in Jena. Also, Unitech Training Academy and Kolin Learning Center in Pineville. All Closed..
*Munchkinland Child Development Center ,Extra Care Academy in Pineville, Creative Development Center in Pineville, Tiny Tot Skool in Alexandria, Kollege Kamp, *Litte Hearts & Hands Daycare Y.A.L.E. Private School in Ball, Little Angels' Activity Center in Ball,
NSU Cenla campuses at the Learning Center & RRMC will be closed Weds. All other NSU campus locations will be open.
LSUA and satellite campuses, including Learning Center for Rapides Parish will open at noon Weds.
LSUE at LSUA Campus will open at noon Weds.
Rapides Parish Courthouse Note: Those on Judge Yeager's Jury should report to court at 9am on Thurs.
YWCA of Alexandria-Pineville.
Rapides Senior Centers.
Also due to the weather, I-49 is now closed between MacArthur Drive Rapides Station. Also closed is the Broadway Avenue overpass.
The Gillis Long or Jackson Street bridge is also closed.
An article in today’s Town Talk, written by Jeff Matthews, reports Multiple entities have expressed interest in taking over public hospitals in North and Central Louisiana, including Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville. According to a recently released report from LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport, "multiple written indications of interest were received" from potential nonprofit or private partners. However, Names of the interested providers or other details were not released, and may not be until deals are struck. Representatives from Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and Rapides Regional Medical Center confirmed they have had discussions about Huey P. Long, but did not provide further details. In an effort to cut costs, the state decided last year to pursue turning over LSU-run health care services for the poor and uninsured to the private sector. That includes the three hospitals under the management of LSU health science center in Shreveport, Huey P. Long, University Medical Center in Shreveport and E.A. Conway Medical Center in Monroe.
Two Jefferson Parish state lawmakers file a legal challenge of the state's budget--saying its financing violates the state Constitution. Republican Representatives Cameron Henry and Kirk
Talbot allege that the Governor's budget tactics--particularly his use of one-time money to pay recurring expenses—is unconstitutional. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and State
Treasurer John Kennedy are named in the suit as defendants.
State Treasurer John Kennedy says Governor Jindal's plan to end state incomes tax is a bold idea, but it raises a LOT of questions. Kennedy says the proposed tax swap would do away with payroll taxes while hiking sales taxes by up to 3 percent. He'd like to see some of the Jindal team's math on that. Kennedy agrees the plan is innovative and may help to bring more commerce to Louisiana. However, he says, until the Governor's Office provides a lot more details, he's brimming with unanswered questions.
Another gun in school incident. This time, in Morehouse Parish where a 17-year-old at Bastrop High brought a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol to school...with a loaded clip on his person. The school says
the boy's parents tipped them off that their son might have the gun. Deputies say the clip was not in the gun when the boy was arrested.
A Prairieville woman wins a quarter-million dollar Louisiana Lotto jackpot on a ticket she didn't even mean to buy. Lottery spokesperson Kimberly Chopin says Shannon Peabody meant to buy a
Powerball ticket for the November 28th drawing. Peabody tucked the Lotto ticket into her purse and forgot about it for over a month. After taxes, Peabody took home $175-thousand, which she plans to use for a college fun for her 9-year-old daughter.
Slidell Police say a burglary suspect wore camouflage to break into a local business, but forgot one important thing - a mask. The owner of Kenney's Seafood quickly realized he had been burglarized, when he found cash missing from the register, so he checked the security cameras. The video showed the crook with a bucket over his head. Just one problem, he had to keep lifting it up to see where he was going. The suspect, 23-year-old Richard Boudreaux is charged with simple burglary and as you may suspect, drug possession.
Police in Monroe say a man is under arrest for setting his mother's house on fire Sunday while there were people inside. Monroe PD spokesperson Detective Jeff Gilbert says 38-year-old Dominique Ellis
was told to leave the residence after he told his mom he wanted to watch her die. He says when police arrived they encountered Ellis on the scene after he'd set a small corner of the house on fire. Ellis is charged with aggravated arson.
A couple from Lafourche Parish who just got married, are each headed to separate prisons. 30-year-old Tanna Hawkins and 28-year-old Tara Hawkins were married the first week of January, after they knew
they'd both be pleading guilty on cocaine distribution charges. The convictions on un-related charges would have prevented them from living together after their release from prison (each as convicted
felons) unless they were married.
New Orleans Police say a Texas woman they arrested for working as a prostitute out of a downtown hotel had her 4-year-old son with her. Officers were tipped to 28-year-old Miranda Crisp by an online ad
she placed for sexual services on a trading website. They found the child, when they moved in to make the arrest. The child will be placed with Protective Services.