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News For Thursday 08/08/13


News for Thursday 080813

By Dave Graichen

 

Bobby Jindal announced yesterday Republican Congressman Rodney Alexander will  serve  as  Secretary  of  the  Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs  starting  on  September 30th. Alexander  will  resign  from Congress, effective on September  26th.  This  means  it  will  be a wide-open  race  for  the  Fifth  Congressional District seat. State Senator Neil Riser has told Gannett newspapers he plans to run and Representative Marcus Hunter says he's also very interested. Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo and Alexandria  Mayor  Jacques  Roy  are  potential candidates as well.

 

Residents of Lawtell who were evacuated from  their  homes  after  a train hauling hazardous material fell off the tracks on Sunday, will be  allowed  to  return  home today. Cleanup at the site continues, but DEQ says  the  most  dangerous  chemical  on the train,  vinyl  chloride  did not leak and was removed Tuesday. State Police say US 190 in the area will also open today.

 

The government official who oversees the National Flood Insurance  Program is in south Louisiana today to take a tour of the state's flood  protection system. US Senator Mary Landrieu says she'll express her  concerns with FEMA Associate Administrator David Miller about higher  flood insurance premiums that are coming down the pike. Landrieu says they'll also talk with Miller about the new FEMA maps that  punish some communities who do have flood protection, but from non-accredited levees.

 

A second facility in Louisiana received approval Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Energy to export liquefied natural gas to countries not covered by free trade agreements. Lake Charles Exports LLC is the third such company nationally to be granted approval. Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG Terminal in Cameron Parish was the first Louisiana plant to get that approval. The push by corporations to export more liquefied natural gas coincides with the domestic natural gas boom in Louisiana and other states, as well as the demand in Europe and Asia for more affordable energy sources.

 

State Police say a suspect believed to be connected  to  a  2011 hit and  run  fatality  crash  in  Lafourche  Parish  is now in custody. Trooper Evan Harrell says Edward Farbe of Larose originally tried to use  a  false  identity during an unrelated arrest in  Florida,  but officials there  found out who he really was and called LSP. He says  Farbe was the  driver  of  a truck that was at fault in the accident two years ago that actually  claimed the life of one of his passengers and seriously injured the other.

 

The three-day trial over unsafe heat conditions  at  Louisiana State Penitentiary  has  ended. District Judge Brian Jackson did  not  say Wednesday when he would  rule  in the lawsuit, but said that because of health claims, it would be important to decide soon.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's office says they've arrested the  boyfriend of a woman who was found dead of two gunshot wounds in  2012. Spokeswoman Kim Myers says  53-year-old Leo Thibodeaux  told investigators his live-in girlfriend, 37 year old Toni Frabbiele (Fra-Bill), had committed suicide right in front of him. She says a yearlong investigation resulted in a  different conclusion.  Myers says the crime scene was reconstructed and an autopsy revealed  more than a year later, that there was no possible way the woman  could have shot herself twice. Thibodeaux was booked with 2nd degree

 murder and is being held on $1 million bond.

 

Sports..

 

Two Saints players who were expected to make big impacts in 2013 have  been lost to season-ending injuries. Head coach Sean Payton announced  both wide receiver Joe Morgan and defensive end Kenyon Coleman are done  for the season.

 

 

 

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