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News For Thursday 04/11/13


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

presumed dead.

 

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.

 

Sports..

 

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.

 

 

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