News for Tuesday 092413
By Dave Graichen
Police say several fights broke out at Opelousas High school yesterday leaving two students injured and 18 in custody. They believe the jabbing began on social media between two rival gangs who apparently began throwing clothes over students walking in the halls and beating them.
Alexandria officials are warning residents to beware of a scheme in which people claiming to represent the city's utility department call and demand payment for their bills or face disconnection. Some customers have reported getting the calls. The city reminds all customers that it will not call customers asking them to make a credit card payment or wire money for bill payment.
More good news at the pump. The price at the pump fell a couple of pennies over the weekend. The current statewide average for a gallon of regular is $3.28. that's down 12 cents from a month ago.
The new health care marketplace, or exchange, that's part of Obamacare launches October 1st, and Insurance Commissioner Jin Donelon says there is "no way at all" that people have been given enough information on how it works to navigate the system. Donelon says the new health law is "mind-boggling" in its complexity.
A state lawmaker urges Governor Jindal to stop the state from using a set of national education & testing standards called Common Core. Jefferson Parish Rep. Cameron Henry says Common Core is a "tool of federal coercion" and it was never approved by the Legislature. He says parents in his district have a lot of questions about it. Opponents of Common Core plan a rally at the state Department of Education in Baton Rouge this Saturday. They claim the standard is riddled with flaws. However, Superintendent of Education John White says the new rules will help make
students more competitive with their peers nationwide.
Prison officials say two inmates tried to unsuccessfully escape from Angola Sunday. Warden Burl Cain says 49-year-old Melvin Johnson is a convicted rapist from Orleans Parish and 24-year-old Aaron Francois is a murderer from Lafayette Parish. He says the two scaled the perimeter fence of the facility and only got about a half a mile away before they were caught.
A 16 year old boy is under arrest for allegedly raping a 5 year old girl in Washington. Police in the St. Landry Parish town received a complaint from the girl’s mother who named the suspect who admitted to having sex with the child. The teen is booked with aggravated rape.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's office is investigating a double homicide that occurred over the weekend in the Larose area. Spokesman Brennan Matherne says upon arrival they discovered the bodies of 41-year-old Nikki Landry and 54-year-old Harry Lefort each of Cutoff. He says they had both been shot to death and were suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Matherne says they are unsure of motive at this time.
A new report from the federal government says marijuana use has tripled in the last ten years for those who are 55-to-64 years old. Doctor Cathi Fontenot, associate professor of clinical medicine at
the LSU Health Sciences Center, reviewed the study from the U-S Department of Health and says this age group is likely not trying the drug for the first time. Fontenot advises against using marijuana because it slows response time and could cause health issues when paired with tobacco products.
LSU running back Jeremy Hill has been named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week. Hill rushed for a career-high 184 yards and three touchdowns in leading LSU past Auburn 35-21 Saturday night.
State Police say a Union Parish woman was booked Sunday night with her eighth DUI. They say 52-year-old Susan Sullivan of Bernice was also charged with possession of controlled and dangerous
substances, careless operation, no seat belt and no driver's license. The suspect has a long criminal past with theft and battery incidents on her record in addition to the 7 previous driving while
BP has renewed its request for a federal judge to temporarily suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses following a scathing report on alleged misconduct within the court-supervised program. In a court filing Monday, BP attorneys said the report issued earlier this month by former FBI Director Louis Freeh shows the settlement program is plagued by problems that need to be fixed. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier already has rejected two previous requests by BP to suspend settlement payments, but both rulings preceded Freeh’s Sept. 6 report.
If you've been watching A&E at all over the past couple of days, you may have gotten a quick preview of The Governor's Wife – the reality show starring Edwin Edwards, his young wife Trina and their families. Filming wrapped up earlier this month and the show is set to premiere on October 27th at 10pm.
Drinking beer is a favorite pastime in Louisiana and now it's a tourist attraction. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne says his office has created the Louisiana Craft Brewery Trail. Dardenne says you can go to Louisiana- Brew-Trail-dot-com and get information on breweries in this state that offer tours to see how they make their beer. Louisiana-Brew-Trail-dot-com has information on each brewery that's on
the trail and it gives suggestions on where you can eat after you take a tour. Dardenne says the trail currently has seven breweries and all of them are easy to get to from Interstates 10 and 12...