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News For Wednesday 03/20/13


News for Wednesday 032013

By Dave Graichen

 

Despite the fact that many said he days were over at LC, Dr Joe Aguillard held onto his position as president of Louisiana College, surviving an attempted coup by a segment of the school's Board of Trustees to oust. The board wrapped up two days of meetings on the campus of the private Baptist college Tuesday afternoon. However, Aguillard isn’t out of the woods yet. The board is scheduled to meet again next month. It is expected the matter will be brought up again at that meeting.

 

It was one of those traffic accidents that to look at, made no sense. One person has died and two others were  injured in a three-vehicle crash yesterday at the intersection Lee Street and Texas Avenue in Alexandria. The crash involved two cars, a truck and a van. The damage was much worse than you would have expected to see at an intersection where the speed limit was 35 or under.

 

Authorities wasted no time in making an arrest in connection with a fire in Wardville yesterday, in which a body in the rubble after the fire was extinguished.  Arrested was 44-year-old John Richard Purvis of 419 Smith St. Purvis is being charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated arson and two counts of contempt of court. The identity of the person found in the burned house has not been released, and no cause of death has been determined yet. But detectives are treating the case as a homicide.

 

Lawyers for the state and for teachers unions argued for and against the controversial school vouchers law before the state Supreme Court Tuesday. A state District Court ruled  late last year that the funding mechanism  for the scholarship plan violates  the  language  of  the state constitution.  The  state  is  appealing that ruling. The High Court will have 30 days to issue a ruling on the case. Meanwhile the

vouchers program is evaluating applications for the 2013-2014 school year.

 

A State Trooper in the Monroe area is under arrest on drug  charges. Ronald  O.  Thomas worked in the Bureau of Investigation Unit.  He's accused  of  payroll   fraud,   conspiring  to  distribute  cocaine, malfeasance in office and obstructing  justice.  His  arrest  is the result  of  a nearly year-long investigation. Thomas was booked into the Ouachita Parish jail.

 

Latest numbers provided by the Louisiana  Workforce  Commission show the state added 18-thousand non-farm jobs from January 2012 to 2013. The  commission's executive director Curt Eysink says one-point-nine million  people are working in Louisiana and the state could hit two million jobs by the end of the year or early next year. January was the 29th straight month of private sector job growth. Job growth is stronger  in  south  Louisiana,  because  of   a   growing  chemical industry.

 

Criminal  charges  have  been  filed against a Winnsboro  woman  who reportedly set herself on fire,  then told police she was the victim of  a  racially-motivated  attack.  Franklin   Parish  5th  District Attorney  Mark  Lancaster  says  20-year-old Sharmeka  Moffit  faces charges of terrorizing & false swearing for the purpose of violating public safety. Moffitt reportedly doused  herself  with lighter fluid & set herself aflame. She also allegedly wrote "KKK"  of  her own car, to give the appearance of a hate crime.

 

Today is the first day of spring and State Climatologist Barry Keim says  conditions are likely to be warmer and dyer than normal over the months  leading into summer. Keim says this is following a trend that we've seen  over the past several years in The Bayou State. About 18 inches of rain has fallen so far this year in  Louisiana which is about 5 inches above average. Keim says since we've  already had so much rain this year it will take longer before a worry  would emerge over drought conditions. But, that could be the case later this year.

 

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold its Central Gulf of  Mexico oil and gas lease sale in New Orleans today. Michael Lyons with  the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association says this lease sale is the  largest held by the federal government every year, are is very important  to Louisiana.  Lyons says this year's lease sale will offer 38.6 million acres of  offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

 

It may have taken some strong arming, but Governor  Bobby  Jindal  met  for  the  first  time with Bayou Corne families  yesterday at  that  massive Assumption Parish sinkhole.  Residents  had complained in recent months  that  the  Governor  hadn't  been  very involved  with  the  sinkhole  which  was  highlighted in the media since August. The good news for residents is the governor  has been much more vocal for displaced  residents  the  past week.

 

Again  this  year  a  state  lawmaker  seeks  to  repeal a state law allowing  creation  theory  to  be  taught in public school  science classes. New Orleans Democrat Senator  Karen  Peterson has tried the same bill in two previous years. Supporters of the Science Education Act  say  it's  purpose  is promote critical thinking  by  examining alternate theories.

 

An Opelousas lawmaker  says  he's  concerned  that  part of Governor Jindal's tax swap plan would deny film payroll tax breaks  to people making  over  a  million  bucks  on  movies  and tv shows shot here. Democrat state Senator Elbert Guillory says that  could  potentially chase away some bigger movie productions. Guillory  says  we should encourage the Louisiana film  industry  to grow, not enact policies to discourage it.

 

Bond is set at over a million  bucks  for a West Monroe man, charged with 150 counts of child pornography. 41-year-old  Dwayne  Greer was arrested Sunday. If convicted of the charges he could face up  to 20 years in prison, and lifetime registration as a known sex offender.

 

Sports..

 

The third ranked LSU baseball team is back in action tonight against  Northwestern State. You can hear the game on 970 KSYL. Airtime 6pm

 

 

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