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News For Tuesday 10/01/13


News for Tuesday 100113

By Dave Graichen

 

A mess on I-49 yesterday morning, between The Forest Hill and Meeker exits, after a tanker truck caught on fire. Traffic was detoured for hours as authorities contained the mess. The roadway was reopened shortly before 2 in the afternoon.

 

The  price  at  the  pump  has  slipped  once  again.  The  American Automobile Association  says  the  current  statewide  average for a gallon of regular is $3.22 which is down a penny from yesterday  and 21 cents less than this time last month.

 

New federal data shows personal income in Louisiana grew at the fourth-fastest rate in the nation, for the first half of this year. The report  from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis indicates that growth rate was  1.3 percent. LSU economist Dr. Loren Scott says that's largely driven  by new business and industry, and building to house them.  In the report, only Arizona, Florida and New Hampshire show higher rates  of personal income growth in the years first two quarters.

 

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is advising people to be  patient and prepared before you sit down and shop the health insurance  marketplace which opens today. BCBS Spokesman John Maginnis  says they are working closely with the government but it's possible  there will be some technical issues at the start. Customers will be able to begin purchasing health  insurance today, but the deadline to purchase coverage for a January  1, 2014 start date is December 15th. He says the marketplace is  scheduled to remain open through March 31st.

 

State officials have lifted the outdoor burn ban that had been in place  for fully half of Louisiana's parishes. State Fire Marshal Butch  Browning says daytime high temperatures are falling, and there's been a  fair amount of measurable rain in drought-stricken areas. However, Browning says even though the ban is over, remember outdoor fires will still be subject to any state or local  laws and fire department restrictions.

 

Governor Bobby Jindal has invited President Obama to Louisiana so he can meet with parents  of  children  who  received  taxpayer  funded vouchers  to  attend private schools. Jindal's invite is in response to the federal  government's  lawsuit  against  the  program. The US Justice Department filed the suit seeking to prohibit Louisiana from giving  out  future  vouchers to students who attend public  schools that under federal desegregation orders.

 

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's office says the  wife  of the suspect in the case of the pastor who was shot while giving a church sermon, filed  rape  charges against the preacher last Wednesday.  They  say Pastor Ronald  Harris and the suspect Woodrow Karry's wife exchanged text messages that  were found by the suspect last weekend. Both the shooting  and  the  rape   allegations  are  being  investigated  to determine  if  there was a consensual  sexual  relationship  between Harris and Karey's wife or if it was non-consensual.

 

In St. Landry Parish, 34-year-old Todd Richard  of  Arnaudville  has been   arrested   after   allegedly   slipping  narcotics  into  his 78-year-old grandmother's food to make  her sleep. Sheriff deputies

say Richard gave her drugs so he can smoke  crystal met in the house and  he  also  allegedly  stole  seven-thousand  dollars   from  his grandmother.

 

Deputies  in  St.  Mary  Parish are investigating the death of a man whose  body  was  discovered   lying  on  state  Highway  182,  near Jeanerette, early Monday morning.  An  autopsy  has  been  ordered  to determine  exact cause of death, but detectives have already started investigating the man's death as a homicide.

 

Flood insurance rate hikes for many south Louisiana homes and businesses built prior to the first 1973 federal flood maps will begin being phased in today as new changes for the National Flood Insurance Program goes into effect.  The Oct. 1 trigger applies to properties — businesses, secondary vacation homes and homes that have been repeatedly flooded — that were grandfathered into artificially lower premiums for flood insurance before flood maps were created. Such impacted policyholders will see 25 percent annual premium increases over a few years. However, those not grandfathered in could see their rates go from $400 a year to $15,000.

 

 

Sports..

 

Can you say 4 and 0… Drew Brees passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns as the  Saints served a meal of whoop ass to the Miami Dolphins last night.. the final   38-17.

 

LSU has dropped four places on the AP Top 25  College Football Poll, after  Saturday's  hard fought loss to Georgia. LSU  went  from  6th place last week to 10th.  The Tigers are also ranked 11th on the USA Today Coaches' Poll.

 

 

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