News for Thursday 062713
By Dave Graichen
The Rapides Parish Sheriff's office announces the arrest of a Marksville man who allegedly had a loaded gun in a backpack that he was attempting to get on a plane at the Alexandria International Airport. Lt. Tommy Carnline says TSA agents found the weapon while 25-year-old Rashad Hamideh was going through security. Carnline says the investigation is still ongoing, but they don't believe this was an intentional act.
Louisiana has the second highest dental shortage in the country. That's according to the Pew Research Group, who says 24-percent of the state's population is underserved. Pew Researcher Jane Koppleman says another big concern is that more than 40-percent of Louisiana dentists are older than 55. Koppleman says one possible solution is to train a dental hygienist to do more basic procedures.
With full page ads in three of the nation’s largest newspapers, BP is claiming businesses have been encouraged to submit thousands of claims for inflated or non-existing loses. In the ads, BP is also threating lawyers that they intend to recover some of the multibillion dollar settlement with an appeal to a judges' ruling over the massive 2010 oil spill in the gulf.
The U-S Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is holding a hearing today to look into the Williams Olefins plant explosion in Geismar that killed two and injured dozens more earlier this month. State and federal officials are still probing what might have caused the deadly blast June 13th.
The Louisiana Department of Economic Development says a big job fair hosted by Edison Chouest (Shwest) Offshore is going to be held in Houma tomorrow. LED Secretary Stephen Moret says Edison Chouest is one of the many companies that continues to expand as a result of the great deepwater work going on in the Gulf of Mexico. Moret says the job fair seeks applicants interested in skilled hourly positions at Edison Couest Offshore's LaShip shipyard in Houma. He says the facility is looking to hire between 250-500 employees in the next six to eight months.
The Jindal Administration announced yesterday rising interest rates could spell a $65 million savings loss for a refinancing built into the state’s operating budget. The loss would not affect the $25 billion state spending plan for the fiscal year that starts next week, assuming current projections hold. However, it would mean fewer dollars for the budget in future years.
The 140-member Louisiana Hospital Association has asked the Jindal administration for data it used to justify making more than $50 million in health care cuts, mostly in Medicaid — the government insurance program for the poor. Department of Health and Hospitals officials announced the cuts last week, stating that without the action the agency would run a shortfall at current operating levels in the fiscal year beginning next week. In addition, the new budget reduces the number of people eligible under Medicaid. While other hospital-based initiatives have also cut costs,
After receiving several complaints, a Metairie moving company, has been charged with extortion of its customers. This has prompted the Public Service Commission to request greater authority in regulating the moving and storage industry in Louisiana. PCS Chairman Eric Skrmetta says The company was raising its rates after picking up costumers' belongings and refusing to release them until the higher rate was
Gay activists in Louisiana are celebrating Wednesday’s Supreme Court rulings concerning gay marriage. The nation's highest court ruled that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. Sarah Jane Brady, director of the Forum for Equality in Louisiana, says this is a huge victory for the LGBT community. The Supreme Court also handed down a ruling that allows for gay marriages to take place in California. Neither of these decisions impact Louisiana's ban on same sex marriages.
State Police have made eight arrests in an allegedly staged crash ring out of Lafayette Parish. They say these individuals involved in defrauding insurance companies put young children's lives in danger by involving them in these fake car accidents. The group obtained over $112,000 fraudulently. More arrests are expected.
At least one person is dead after an AmTrak train hit a vehicle in St. Martin Parish. The Sunset Limited was en route from New Orleans to Los Angeles. The crash occurred at state highway 182 and highway 92 in the town of Cade. One person in the vehicle was killed. No one aboard the train is reported hurt.
A Cameron Parish man is under arrest; accused of robbing a bank in Orange, Texas. 49-year-old Allen Miller was taken into custody by Calcasieu Parish deputies when he was found in a vehicle believed used in the robbery. Miller also matched the description of the robbery suspect.
Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff detectives are looking for those responsible for another A-T-M theft in the Hammond area. Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dawn Panepinto says the latest "smash and grab" occurred early Wednesday morning at a convenience store. Authorities say there have been a several similar burglaries in recent weeks.