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By Dave Graichen
State Police say there are more explosives at Camp Minden than originally estimated. Spokesperson Matt Harris says they originally estimated there were 6 million pounds of an improperly stored military propellant, but now they believe it's closer to 10 million. He says authorities are still looking for space to house the remaining 3.5 million pounds of material that's left to be moved but it's been a slow process.
A week prior to the mandatory budget cuts, also called the "sequestration" was to take effect, The Department of Homeland Security released hundreds of illegal aliens from detention centers along the Gulf Coast--including here in Louisiana. A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says he's uncertain how many were released in our state.
Senator Mary Landrieu has some harsh words for Bobby Jindal, accusing the Republican governor of obstructionism. The Democratic senator says Jindal's refusal to expand the state's Medicaid program is tied to his presidential ambitions, putting his potential political future ahead of the people of Louisiana. Jindal says he disagrees with the growth of the federal government health care program and states should be free to design health programs that suit their individual needs.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries say a Marksville man is behind bars for allegedly killing a Louisiana black bear. They say a lengthy investigation led detectives to 30-year-old Derek Sayer who was arrested for shooting and killing the bear on November 27th in Avoyelles Parish. Louisiana Black Bears have been on the Federal Threatened and Endangered Species list since 1992.
The Presidents of Louisiana's four public college systems want state lawmakers to approve legislation that would give colleges and universities more authority in setting their own tuition. Senate Education Chairman Conrad Appel says he'll introduce legislation that addresses funding for higher education, but he also wants to see schools doing a better job in offering degrees that will lead to better paying jobs, once the student graduates.
Students at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette and Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond will likely see their tuition rise starting this fall. The University of Louisiana Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a 10 percent tuition hike at all nine of its campuses. Before the increase can take effect, though it also has to be approved by the state Board of Regents higher education policy board.
Funeral services will be held today for Paul McIlhenny, the late chairman of Tabasco pepper sauce. McIlhenny was also an avid outdoorsman and conservationist, as he was active in coastal restoration efforts, helping to create the America's Wetland Foundation. McIhenny, who was the chief executive of Tabasco since 1988, died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday. He was 68
A Metairie lawmaker files legislation that would allow Louisiana residents to purchase guns that may one day be declared illegal by the federal government. Representative Joe Lopinto's bill would create intrastate gun trade where gun dealers and manufacturers can get licensed in Louisiana to sell guns within the state. Lopinto says his proposed bill, called the Louisiana Manufactured Firearms and Ammunitions Act, would allow for gun manufacturers to apply for a Louisiana license to make and sell guns within the state, even if they are prohibited by the federal government.
A Bossier City lawmaker says multiple solutions are in the works so that homeless shelters can accept donations of deer meat from hunters. State officials had to destroy over 14-hundred pounds of donated venison which upset Hunters for Hungry, who donated the food. Representative Jeff Thompson says the issue with the deer meat was over sanitary concerns. Thompson says the Department of Health and Hospitals agrees not to destroy any more deer meat until regulations are in place.
State Superintendent of Education John White said Tuesday Public school teachers will have a wide array of resources to aid in the launch of tougher academic standards that begin next year,
White also said the resources — called a Classroom Support Toolbox — were crafted by about 150 teachers rather than relying on directives from state education officials. The new academic rules are called common core standards. Louisiana and 44 other states have adopted the guidelines, which are aimed at making students more competitive worldwide and easier state-to-state comparisons on student achievement. The new standards take effect for the 2014-15 school year.
An art deco landmark in downtown Baton Rouge, a slice of a St. Tammany Parish psychiatric hospital campus and prime property near the Louisiana Capitol need to be sold within the next year to make Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget balance. Jindal proposes unloading six tracts of state property around south Louisiana to drum up $47 million, money that he’s using to help pay for public colleges in his budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year that starts July 1. None of the deals are done, and lawmakers have been reticent about making some of the sales, which need legislative approval before “for sale” signs can be planted on the sites.
LSU and a state agency paid former coastal researcher Ivor van Heerden $435,000 to settle court claims that his LSU career was destroyed because he alleged engineering mistakes allowed New Orleans to flood during Hurricane Katrina. In his three-year-old lawsuit in Baton Rouge federal court, Van Heerden alleged that some university officials systematically ended his ability to perform hurricane research and eventually refused to renew his contract because they feared he would cost the school federal funds.
A Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy is under arrest for allegedly stealing stuff from the evidence locker. 54-year-old George Hernandez is accused of felony systematic theft. Just WHAT he reportedly took is being kept under wraps for now.
The LSU men's basketball team can get above the 500 mark in SEC play with a win tonight at home over Arkansas. The Tigers 5-and-2 in the month of February after beating Alabama in triple overtime last Saturday. You can hear the game tonight beginning at 6:30 on 970 KSYL.
After a big first half, Williams scored 11 of his 33 points in the final 1 minute, 24 seconds, and the Nets held on for a 101-97 victory against a furious comeback by the Hornets. The Hornets play at the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight, the last game of their four meetings this season. Airtime 7pm on espn 1410am
The lSU tiger baseball team had no problem squashing UL Lafayette last night 11 to 2. They’ll play brown Friday night at the box.