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News For Monday 10/07/13


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By Dave Graichen

 

Louisiana wakes to brisk Autumn weather today. State Climatologist Barry  Keim says a cold front entered the state over the past several hours,  bringing cold, dry conditions.  Keim says the blast of cool air over the state started over the northern  Pacific Ocean, before crossing the Rocky Mountains and slowly working  its way southeast. He says we can enjoy the cool snap now through Wednesday.

 

Early  voting  for  the  October  19th election runs now through Saturday. Polling hours are from 8:30 AM to 6 PM at  your  parish Registrar of  Voters  Office  or at other designated locations. Voters  in  49 parishes  have  various   items   on   the   ballot   including  tax propositions.  The biggest item is the Fifth Congressional  district election, which impacts 24 parishes in the state.

 

The federal government shutdown will NOT affect benefits for Louisiana  mothers and their kids, under the Women, Infants and Children Program,  commonly called "WIC." J.T. Lane is Assistant Secretary for Public  Health at the Department of Health and Hospitals. He says a local budget surplus is the reason why.  Lane says feds gave DHH to permission to use  leftover WIC funds from last year to assure that doesn't happen here.

 

A 7-year-old child outside playing was shot and wounded in the leg Sunday afternoon when a man opened fire on a nearby SUV. Baton Rouge PD report the gunman approached the SUV, which was occupied by two people, and opened fire with bullets going through the front windshield and the driver’s side door. Neither of the occupants was injured in the attack.

 

With the help of a private consultant, the Jindal administration plans to give a tune-up to a state government IT system that employs hundreds of workers and costs nearly half a billion dollars a year. Roughly 800 people work in information technology, the computer and telecommunication systems that store and use data  departments in 20 executive branch agencies. Jindal administration aide Ruth Johnson said any positions eliminated will not be through layoffs, but when people retire or take other jobs. She said the goal is not privatization in and of itself. although there may be some of that.

 

The Ouachita Parish Police Jury is meeting today along with both  the Monroe and West Monroe City Councils to vote on an ordinance  that would ban smoking in bars and establishments like Bingo

Halls. Police jury president Shane Smiley says this is an extension of  the state smoking ban that's already in place for restaurants. He says the  parish-wide smoking ban would mean a level playing field for  businesses. Smiley says Monroe and West Monroe have agreed to  a workplace smoking ban as well and he expects it will pass today.

 

It's Fire Prevention Week and that's important, because Louisiana has  one of the highest death rates in the country based on data compiled by  the US Fire Administration. The state's fire death rate is 7th highest  in the nation. United States Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell says  most of these fatalities happen at night and are preventable.  Mitchell says the best thing you can do it to make sure your smoke detectors work.

 

 

 

Sports..

 

 Louisiana Tech won its first ever Conference USA game on Saturday with a

 38-35 victory over U-TEP. Coach Skip Holtz says it was a big win for his

 program.

 

 The Ragin Cajuns won their Sun Belt opener on Saturday by beating Texas

 State 48 to 24.

 

 The 10th ranked LSU Tigers bounced back from their loss to Georgia with

 a 59-26 win over Mississippi State.

 

 The Saints are an NFC best 5-and-0 after beating the Chicago Bears 26-18

 yesterday.

 

 

 

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