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News For Tuesday 06/04/13


News for Tuesday 060413

By Dave Graichen

 

Cleco has once again sent crews Monday  to  assist  in  Oklahoma City after   Friday's  storm  that  damaged  Oklahoma  Gas  and  Electric Company's  system. According to a release, the work during the first trip to the  city  of  Moore  was so extensive they worked on basics like replacing poles. This storm did not create that type of damage,

but 33 Cleco line mechanics will  be  working  to restore the area's power to assist in recovery efforts.

 

The Rapides Parish Police Jury’s Finance Committee approved the sale of the Martin Luther King Jr. library branch building to Pill Box pharmacy owner Joe Williams Monday. The jury is expected to finalize the $78,000 sale at its regular meeting next Monday.

Williams said once the sale is final, “we’ll start rehabbing the building immediately.” He expects renovations to take a month or two to complete.

 

The  hurricane  forecasting  team  at Colorado State University says they'll stick with their prediction  of  18  named storms this year. CSU  researcher Dr. Phil Klotbach says the above  average  hurricane season   is   based   on  unusually  warm  waters  in  the  tropical Atlantic. He says the probability of a major hurricane landfall along the Gulf

Coast this year is 47%.

 

Louisiana  Tech  is  receiving  more accolades as the university has been named in the Top 25 schools  in  the  nation  that  provide its graduates  with  the  best  returns  on  their  investments  or ROI. The report was  put  together by an online financial news site which uses data from PayScale.com  who  rank  Tech  No. 1 in Louisiana for starting salaries of its graduates.

 

A House bill that would loosen criminal penalties for those convicted  of marijuana possession will be considered by a Senate Committee today.  The lower chamber passed the bill by New Orleans Representative Austin  Badon last week. Badon says sentencing currently in place for those  caught with pot makes no sense.  Badon says he hopes the bill will make it out of committee today then  pass the Senate Floor tomorrow.

 

Tangipahoa Parish deputies say early yesterday morning they  found  a 5-month-old baby alone in  a home with two dead people. Investigators  believe  26-year-old Brandon  Colona  shot and killed his girlfriend, 21-year-old Theresa Doby, then turned  the  gun  on  himself. The baby is OK, and in the care of a family member. Deputies  say Colona's motive is unclear at

this time.

 

An Allen Parish judge sets  bail  for  a couple accused of the April death of two-year-old child. Brandi Holyfield is the child's mother. she  and  live-in boyfriend Bobby DAvis Jr.  are  charged  with  2nd degree murder  and  conspiracy  to commit murder. A coroner's report indicated the baby died of blunt force trauma. Bond for the pair are set at $225-thousand each.

 

A bill that sets up clear rules about using a surrogate mother to have a  child is on its way to the Governor's desk. Norco Senator Gary Smith is  the bill's sponsor. He says current state law is extremely vague in this  area.  The bill has cleared both House & Senate, though many don't like it.  Smith says liberals object that it applies only to married couples;  meaning same-sex couples would be excluded. Louisiana Family Forum  president Gene Mills says conservative groups like his object to parts

 of the bill pertaining to reimbursement of the surrogate birth mother.  Mills says the LA. Family Forum feels  the bill will further erode the traditional family, and he's urging the Governor to veto.

 

Police in Opelousas arrest a man for  leaving  his  four  kids  in a locked  SUV  while  he  was in a bar shooting pool. Justin Rosette's kids were all between 1 and  11  years old. Rosette was charged with child desertion and drug possession.

 

The Slidell Police Department says a Mississippi  woman was arrested twice  in 24 hours for driving drunk. They say 26-year-old  Marjorie Portier  exhibited  signs of intoxication when she left a party at a bar Saturday morning  at  2:30 and was arrested for DUI. Police then arrested Portier leaving another  bar  the  next  night when she was

driving under the influence again. The incidents were  her first and second offense.

 

Folks on both sides of  the Mississippi River are upset to learn the state is shutting down the White Castle Ferry later this month. DOTD says it costs over million  dollars a year to run and it provides no state or regional transportation;  only local service. Residents are angry to hear that, as driving to the  nearest  bridge  to cross the

river will add dozens of miles to their daily travel; not to mention the additional fuel expense. The ferry is set to close on June 28th.

 

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