News for Thursday 071113
By Dave Graichen
Governor Jindal announces a Russian company called Eurochem will build a fertilizer plant in either St. John or Iberville Parish. Jindal says the facility will take three to four years to build, creating two-thousand construction jobs. The plant is expected to
employ 15-hundred workers.
State lawmakers have until midnight tonight to vote to call off a mandatorily scheduled veto override session. House Democratic Caucus leader John Bel Edwards, of Amite, wants legislators to convene the special session. He says Governor Jindal's vetoes were too harsh this year. State law says a session to consider overturning any of the Governor's vetoes is automatically slated, unless a majority vote it un-necessary.
To cope with ongoing budget troubles, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has steadily depleted a trust fund for elderly services created with an infusion of federal cash a decade ago. When Jindal took office, the Medicaid Trust Fund for the Elderly contained more than $830 million. Today, according to the state treasurer’s office, the balance has dropped to $410 million. By the end of the current fiscal year, it is projected to sink to $250 million or less. Officials involved with creating the fund expected the state to use largely the interest and investment earnings and leave the principal alone, so the fund would be available for decades.
The latest on Chantal; the system is now a tropical wave - a bit south of Haiti, but some computer models show the storm regaining strength and turning to the north, toward the Florida east coast. Another model predicts the system will proceed west into the Gulf.
The Louisiana National Guard's Counterdrug Task Force announces the seizure of about ten million dollars in marijuana plants growing in Vernon Parish. Counterdrug Task Force coordinator Lieutenant Colonel Ray Schindler says their high-tech aerial equipment helped uncover thousands of pot plants on a three acre plot. Schindler says this is the largest marijuana eradication seizure the Louisiana National Guard has ever participated in. Schindler says no arrests have yet been made related to the pot
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, predicts one-third of its customers who purchase their own policies will see their premiums decrease under the new federal health care law. However, Senior Economist Michael Bertaut says policy holders who receive insurance through their workplace could see their premiums rise. About 175-thousand Blue Cross customers pay for their own insurance. Bertaut says fortunatly two-thirds of those policyholders will continue to pay the same premiums or even less when the health care changes take effect in 2014.
According to a report by Kiplinger, Louisiana is the state most disaster prone state in the nation. The study was put together based on which state has suffered the biggest property loss. The Pelican State got the No. 1 spot, mostly because of Hurricane Katrina – the costliest disaster in US history.
Police in Baton Rouge arrest a man and his wife for running prostitution in their home, in a quiet neighborhood. Charles and Kaelice Smith have been taken into custody. Officers say Mrs. Smith was selling herself for sex in the home; using an Internet add to solicit business. Mr. Smith would take the couple's two children for
a ride when clients came by. The kids have been placed with a family relative.
The annual Manning Passing Academy starts today at Nicholls State University. The traditional summer camp helps hundreds of young players from around the country build up their football skills. The camp is in its eighth year in Thibodeaux
The company responsible for the 4-mile wide rainbow sheen visible from the natural gas leak of a well southwest of Port Fourchon has had problems before. The leak started Tuesday but Energy Resource Technology-Gulf of Mexico LLC has been cited for problems in 2007 and 2008. They have also been investigated for several accidents since 2005 that included three fatalities.
Police in Zachary say a man is under arrest for beating up his 88 year old grandmother -- breaking her eye socket and nose. They say 31-year-old Keon Brown told family members his grandmother had actually fallen. The man was booked on counts of cruelty to the infirmed and second-degree battery involving domestic violence.
Research done by a doctor at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans has found people can become very ill and even die from eating a raw crawfish. Doctor James Diaz says he's found 16 cases in the US where people consumed a parasite from eating a raw crawfish and it developed into a serious lung infection. Diaz says the infection is not possible when eating boiled crawfish.
Convicted killer Brandon Lavergne has kept busy while serving life in Angola for the murders of Mickey Shunick and Lisa Pate. Lavergne has filed lawsuits against dozens of individuals, law enforcement agencies and media - alleging slander, libel, false reporting and theft of his personal property. Lavergne's suits may never see a
courtroom if he cannot raise the money needed for filing fees. Remember, Lavergne confessed to the murders and pleaded guilty.