News for Wednesday 080713
By Dave Graichen
Six term 5th District U.S. Congressman Rodney Alexander says he will not seek another term in the 2014 Fall election. The Republican from Quitman says he's not getting any younger and he's grown tired of brutal party politics in Washington and fund-raising. U.L._Monroe political science professor Joshua Stockley says Alexander's decision is a huge loss for the state. This, of course, makes the 5th District race next year wide open. Louisiana's 6th District will also be an open race, as Congressman Bill Cassidy intends to run for U.S. Senate against Mary Landrieu.
The announcement was made yesterday, A preliminary plan has been agreed on for Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and Rapides Regional Medical Center to take over services currently provided by Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville. The two hospitals have been in talks for months to take over the services as part of the state’s push to privatize its LSU-run hospitals. According to LSU Health Shreveport, which manages Huey P, services will be fully transferred on July 1, 2014. Under the proposed model, Cabrini will handle inpatient psychiatric care, while urgent care and other inpatient care will be shared by the two hospitals. Outpatient care will be provided by clinics throughout the community. Huey P. Long will continue to operate until the takeover next year.
Some evacuees began returning home Tuesday, almost two days after a Union Pacific train carrying dangerous chemicals derailed east of Lawtell in St. Landry Parish forced residents within a mile of the wreck to leave quickly. State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said the evacuation area was reduced Tuesday to a quarter-mile from where 27 tank cars came off the tracks Sunday afternoon. It had been a mile. Highway 190 though, remains closed. State police hope to have it back open sometime on Thursday.
A large crowd was on hand in Marksville yesterday to say good by to Earl Joseph Barbry Sr. The Chairman of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe for the past 35 years. Barbry, was instrumental in getting the tribe recognized by the federal government and for the vision of the tribe’s Marksville casino. Barbry passed away last Wednesday. A Christian wake service was held Monday at the Mari Center, followed by a funeral service Tuesday morning. He was entombed at the St. Paul Catholic Mausoleum in Mansura. Earl Joseph Barbry Sr. was only 62
There's been another ATV fatality in the state and this time a 12-year-old boy has lost his life. State Police say it happened in Natchitoches Parish Monday afternoon when Hunter Cason lost
control of the four wheeler, left the road and smashed into two trees. The boy was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.
McDermott International has announced it will close it's Morgan City fabrication facility and marine base, which is located in Amelia. The yard will be shuttered late this year or early next year. St.
Mary Parish President Paul Naquin Junior says McDermott's decision will put about five-hundred people out of work.
Tonight's Powerball jackpot is up to an estimated $425 million dollars. Louisiana Lottery spokesperson Kimberly Chopin says the jackpot is set to be the third largest in Powerball history. The lucky winner can choose a lump sum cash payment of $244 million.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is visiting Canada this week meeting with several officials to tout Louisiana and promote travel to our state. Dardenne says Canada is our biggest international market not only from an economic standpoint, but also for tourism. He says they hope the result of this trip will be more out-of country visitors to Louisiana.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office says a Lake Charles woman is behind bars accused of kidnapping, molestation and cruelty to a juvenile. They say 30-year-old Lacey Dronet is accused of holding a 14 year old against her will, encouraging her to do drugs and engaging in inappropriate contact with her several days in July.
The man accused of a racially-charged attack on a family at a Baton Rouge gas station in May pleads not guilty. The District Attorney seeks to put Donald Dickerson away as an habitual offender. During the attack, Dickerson told the victims, who were white, that they were in the wrong neighborhood and weren't getting out.
Just one week after becoming a new father, former Governor Edwin Edwards celebrates his 86th birthday today. Edwards' 34-year-old wife Trina gave birth to the couple's first baby together on August 1st. Edwards says he comes from a long line of people who lived into their 80s and 90s and he feels great. Baby Eli Wallace is Edwards' fifth child and Trina's third. The couple celebrated their 2 year wedding anniversary on July 29th. Edwards says they are all still busy working on their new reality show, "The Governor's Wife" which was supposed to air this summer. But A&E decided to wait till Eli was born so they could get video of the baby -- and they hope the premier will hit A&E this fall.
Volunteers recovered the body of a Denham Springs woman Tuesday afternoon from a deep hole in the Amite River in the northeastern part of East Feliciana Parish. Authorities say the body of 38 year old Martha Dartt was pulled from the river shortly before 5 p.m. Witnesses say Dartt was swimming with her three children and friends in a shallow area off a sandbar when one of the children got too close to a deep area of water and began having trouble. Dartt, who reportedly could not swim, pushed the child toward the bank but went under herself.