News for Thursday 041113
By Dave Graichen
By a 5 to 4 vote, the Rapides Parish School made it decision on who will be the new school superintendent. In the end the choice was Nason “Tony” Authement of Houma. Authement was picked from a group of three finalists, including Rick Williams of McKinney, Texas and Karl Carpenter, principal at Pineville High School. Contract details still need to be worked out. But, it’s expected Authement will start the job in early June.
It’s the case of a chief, but, no Indians. The town of Boyce has a new police chief but no police department , yet. Boyce has been without a police department since September 2012. The first step to getting a department was to elect a chief. 60 year old Eddie Washington, is that man. He defeated Steve Stokes in Saturday’s election. Washington will be sworn in April 17.
A strong weather front moving across Louisiana has us waking up to temperatures much cooler than yesterday. Forecaster Chris Nuttall with the National Weather Service in Shreveport says grab a jacket and perhaps an umbrella before leaving home today.
Nuttall says we can expect the rains to begin moving out to the east by
the middle of the day.
The annual Colorado State University hurricane forecast team predicts the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season will be above-average. Dr. Bill Gray's report calls for 18 named storms during the hurricane season. He says that's due primarily to the lack of an El Nino event. The report says of the 18 named storms, they predict nine will
become hurricanes and four of those will be major hurricanes.
The first week of the 2013 Legislature is, for all practical purposes, over. The Senate has adjourned until Monday. House members meet Today for some committee meetings and required ethics training.
House Appropriations Committee members have heard two days of public testimony of areas of the state budget they feel should be left uncut. Representatives of the state's food bank used empty plates to illustrate their need. They ask for $5-million in the budget that starts July 1st. Tourism officials & domestic violence programs also
made earnest pleas for adequate state funding. Lawmakers must deliver a balanced $25-billion budget before the session ends on June 6th.
Many cellphone users would pay a few cents more a month under legislation that cleared a House committee Wednesday. House Bill 238 by state Rep. Patrick Williams would add long distance, pager and wireless lines to the list of telecommunications lines taxed to generate money for the deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired. Williams, who is from Shreveport, said the addition is needed because people are dropping their land lines and switching to wireless phones.
President Obama wants to nearly double the federal tax on cigarettes. In the 3.8 trillion dollar budget for next fiscal year, the President proposes to increase the cigarette tax by 94-cents per pack. It's unclear how much support their is for a higher state cigarette tax.
Zoo officials in Acadiana are looking for an exotic bird that was one of three stolen Thursday morning. They say the suspect fled police and crashed his car then later died at a local hospital. A sky-blue Indian Ringneck was spotted flying away from the burning car after the crash, a parrot escaped with a broken leg and another parrot is
A bill that would prohibit people from accessing, reading or posting to a social networking site while driving passed in committee yesterday and is headed to the Senate floor for further debate. Livingston Senator Dale Erdy says his bill is specific to sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. That loophole he says is what he wants to close with this bill.
The reward for the missing elementary school teacher in Jefferson Parish has increased again. Crime stoppers says thanks to supporters in the community who have contributed, the reward for information regarding the whereabouts of Terrilynn Monette is now $20,000.
A new poll shows a high percentage of voters in Orleans Parish approve of the job Mayor Mitch Landrieu is doing as he completes his third year in office. UNO Assistant Professor of Political Science, Ed Chervenak, says according to a survey conducted by the University of New Orleans, Landrieu's approval rating is 70-percent.
Former L-S-U All-American golfer John Peterson is set to tee off today in his very first Masters Tournament. Peterson will be playing at Augusta after qualifying for the tournament by tying for fourth at the U-S Open last June. Peterson says he's played the course at Augusta before but he's not sure what to expect for this weekend's tournament.