News for Friday 021513
By Dave Graichen
Alexandria mayor Jacques Roy’s chief of staff, T.W. Thompson, has turned in his letter of resignation. Thompson holds three important positions in the city. Chief of staff for the mayor, director of the Division of Public Works and that of Commissioner of Public Safety. Thompson cited personal reasons for his resignation. His last day will be March 29.
The city of Leesville and surrounding towns are concerned about the Army's recent assessment of a possible huge troop reduction at Fort Polk. If implemented, would reduce the post's staffing by about half. Local Officials are asking area residents to pitch in by commenting on the report and contacting their congressmen. Information on the campaign, including sample letters commenting on the report and contact information for key congressmen and other elected officials, can be found on websites for the city of Leesville, the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, England Airpark, the Vernon Parish Police Jury and the Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce.
A statewide survey conducted by the Public Policy Polling Survey shows Governor Jindal's approval rating has hit an all-time low of 37-percent. The same group conducted a similar poll two years ago, and Jindal's approval rating was 58-percent.
Gov. Bobby Jindal told reporters yesterday, that they don’t have a proposal yet, but everything is on the table as he tries to develop a plan that eliminates personal and corporate income taxes in a “revenue neutral” way. Jindal said he continues to meet with legislators and others to get their ideas before settling on a bill he will ask a legislator to submit for consideration in the legislative session, which begins April 8.
A four-month investigation spanning Rapides and Natchitoches parishes into meth manufacturing led to the arrests of eight people and the discovery of multiple drug cooking spots in the Flatwoods and Mora areas. Local authorities say the investigation began in October 2012 after complaints were received.
A professor of physics at Louisiana Tech along with NASA predict an asteroid will fly closer to Earth today than any object of its size has ever before. Dr. Lee Sawyer says the big rock is about 150 feet in
diameter, about half the length of a football field. He says the asteroid will pass within 17,200 miles of the Earth's surface which is actually closer than most communications satellites.
Former US Attorney Jim Letten has been hired by Tulane University Law School. They say Letten will be an assistant dean for "experiential learning" , a newly created position. He is expected
to start the new job later this month.
A federal judge today found Transocean, the company that owned BP's ill-fated Deepwater Horizon oil rig, guilty of violating the federal Clean Water Act. Transocean will have to pay $400-million in federal
fines and be on probation for 5 years.
Police in Bossier say a Shreveport woman robbed a Wal-Mart by hiding about $70 worth of items in her 6-year-old son's jacket. When she was confronted she ran through the parking lot, dragging her son who
almost got hit by a car. The 28 year old woman then went back to the same Wal Mart hours later to pick up a ring she'd dropped off to be sized. She was arrested.
Police in Maringouin say a school bus went into the bayou there after hitting a house Thursday morning. They say at the time of the accident there were 20 students on the bus and four were taken to a local hospital complaining about head and back pain. The driver told investigators he couldn't turn the bus, and that's when he hit the house.
Authorities in Caddo Parish say a Keithville school teacher is under arrest for alleged sexual contact with a special needs student. 33-year-old Jeremy Pierce, a teacher at Port City Christian Academy
in Shreveport, is believed to have had inappropriate behavior with the girl on several occasions, on school grounds.
Jeff Davis Parish deputies arrest a Hathaway teen for indecent behavior with a minor and other charges. 18-year-old Michael Gotte Jr. was charged with computer-aided solicitation of a minor, inappropriate behavior with a juvenile and production of child pornography. The girl was 14.
The 2013 LSU baseball team begins its quest today for Omaha and an appearance in the College World Series. The Tigers host Maryland at 7:00 tonight in the season opener. Airtime 6:30 on Talk Radio 970 KSYL.