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News For Friday 10/18/13


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By Dave Graichen

 

An Alexandria eatery will be featured tonight on CBS's "Undercover Boss"  Whitney Durant works at the Ryan's Buffet in Alex. She says she was  unaware of what was going on, when her supervisor recruited her for a  special project.  Durant was asked to take a trainee under her wing; a man named Mike, with zero experience in customer service. She was asked to teach him  everything she knows about the business, while TV cameras caught it all. She says she cannot reveal any more about tonight's program, but will  say that her Undercover Boss, Anthony Wedo (we-dough), the CEO of Ryan's  parent company was a good student.

 

Tomorrow is election day, and voters in the state's 5th Congressional  District will select their next representative in Washington. There are  14 candidates for that job. How is the race stacking up? U.L.-Monroe  political science professor Joshua Stockley predicts a runoff between  Columbia state Senator Neil Riser and one of the other Republicans. Republican Riser has been seen as the front-runner throughout the  campaign. Stockley feels other GOP candidates Jay Morris and Clyde  Holloway are the two most likely to make a November runoff with Riser. 

 

Lafayette  Congressman  Charles Boustany is the lone republican from Louisiana to vote in favor  of  legislation  that  ended the federal government shutdown. The legislation also gives the  US Treasury the ability  to borrow money through February 7th, avoiding  a  national default. Boustanty  says  he  did not want to jeopardize the economy over political disagreements on capitol hill. Democrats Mary Landrieu and Cedric  Richmond  also  voted to finance the federal government through January 15th and the raising  of  the debt ceiling.

 

Governor Jindal announced Thursday  that  $190,000 in capital outlay funding for new evidence technology and renovations  at  the  St.  Helena Parish Sheriff's Office has been submitted to the State Bond Commission for approval. The renovations would include new radio control  room  for booking offenders and taking tip calls to solve crimes faster.

 

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva announces he plans to ask the  school's Board of Supervisors to approve an increase in football  ticket prices starting next season. The proposal would also seek to increase the Tradition Fund which is mainly paid by season ticket  holders.  Alleva is asking for a six percent increase in season ticket  prices for football with the price of no section in the stadium going

 up by more than $100. He is also seeking approval to price tickets  based on opponent and the date of the game.

 

The Lottery announces several changes will be made to the Mega  Millions game starting tomorrow. Louisiana Lottery spokeswoman  Kimberly Chopin says these game enhancements are designed to create  larger jackpots and more millionaires. She one of the key changes  includes a higher starting jackpot of $15 million. Chopin says even though all these changes are coming to Mega  Millions, the price of the ticket will remain $1. However, to make these new game features possible, 19 white ball numbers will be added for a total of 75 --- and 31 numbers will be  removed from the field of yellow Mega Ball numbers. That means the  the odds of winning the jackpot will get longer.

 

The Lafayette Parish  Sheriff's  office  says two men are charged in connection with pipe bombs that were found in their vehicle during a traffic  stop  Wednesday  in Carencro. Captain  Kip  Judice  says  a surveillance team followed  a  vehicle  leaving a home that had been under investigation over matters that were drug related. Judice says the exact intended use  for  the  bombs  is  not  known.

20-year-old  Jake Richard of Loreauville and 30-year-old Paul Parker of Carencro were  each charged  with manufacturing and possession of bombs.

 

A judge in Sorrento has tossed  out  hundreds  of  speeding  tickets written  by  a  Sorrento  cop, who himself is apparently an habitual speeder. The data recorder  in  Officer James Bell patrol unit shows

he exceeded 75 on well over 700 occasions between July and September, often outside his jurisdiction. The officer also admitted that he has not been calibrating he radar gun.

 

The man  from Breaux Bridge who runs a swamp tour group and was seen in video enticing  a  gator  with  an  oar,  has  the animal cruelty charged dropped against him. St. Martin Parish DA Chest  Cedars says there  was  no  evidence  to support such a charge. LDWF did however cite the man with illegal possession  of  an alligator and he has to pay a $250 fine for that.

 

Two former East Baton Rouge Parish Clerk of Court employees, one the son of a state judge, pleaded not guilty along with four others Thursday to charges stemming from the alleged theft of 48 pounds of cocaine and five guns from the clerk’s evidence vault last year. The prosecutor handling the case said after Thursday’s arraignments that attorneys for several of the indicted defendants have approached her about possible plea bargains.

 

Ouachita   Parish   Schools   is  checking  into  the  circumstances surrounding  a  video  that administrators  believe  shows  a  coach paddling two students at  Richwood Middle School in violation of the district's  corporal  punishment  policy.  That  policy  does  allow reasonable corporal punishment,  but  has  strict  rules for who can administer it, and coaches aren't on the list.

 

A  Baton Rouge firefighter has been sacked from his job,  for  using his  fire  house  as  a set to shoot a racy movie. 40-year-old Dewey Allen is a 10-year veteran.  Officials  say  he  violated  policy by shooting  the  film  in the workplace. The film is not pornographic, but certainly qualifies  as  R-rated.  Allen  says  the  termination violates  his  First  Amendment  rights.  A  review  of the case  is

scheduled next month.

 

A Thursday afternoon fire at LSU’s Huey P. Long Fieldhouse on Field House Drive caused the evacuation of a handful of students, faculty and staff from the building, but did not injure anyone, Baton Rouge Fire Department investigators said. A preliminary investigation pointed to a blow torch used during some construction work

 

ULL campus police say a man is under arrested for allegedly  hacking into  his  ex girlfriend's computer, deleting things and creating  a fake match.com  profile  for  her. They say 23-year-old Sean Michael Gray  was  booked  on  charges  of  computer  tampering  and  online impersonation.

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