News for Tuesday 111213
By Dave Graichen
State Police report an Alexandria teen died in a single vehicle crash on state Highway 496 early Monday morning. Troopers say 16-year-old Chase Michiels went off the road and rolled his pickup several times. He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A male passenger in the truck suffered moderate injuries.
The Associated Press has crunched numbers, based on announcements of Governor Bobby Jindal's schedule, and determined the Governor has spent more than two months outside of Louisiana so far this year and we still have a month and a half to go in the year. The report stated that many of the trips had to do with his leadership of the Republican Governors Association.
Hundreds of state rank-and-file employees got extra pay last fiscal year even though the general government workforce went through another year of no pay increases. The extra money came from state Civil Service programs that allow state agencies to develop policies to pay more for retaining employees, for employees assuming additional job duties as well as for attaining advanced degrees and training related to their jobs. In all, 1,400 classified employees received about $1.7 million through the flexible pay options during the fiscal year ending June 30, according to a new Civil Service report.
The LSU Tigers will open the 2013-14 season and make their first appearance on the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon this morning at 10 a.m. against Massachusetts. The Tigers are coming off an 80-45 win over Xavier of New Orleans in an exhibition last week at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. You can hear the game starting with the pre-game at 9:30 on ESPN 1410 here in Alexandria.
Police in Monroe say a 10 year-old is under arrest for allegedly bringing a knife to school and threatening a teacher. A butcher knife was reportedly found in the girls book-sack at Cypress Point Elementary School and she now faces assault charges and possession of a weapon on a school campus.
Monday, as you know, was Veteran's Day, and there's good news for some of those veterans deployed overseas. Colonel Mike Kazmeirzak of the Louisiana National Guard says about 400 soldiers who are currently in Agfhanistan and Kuwait will be able to come home for the holidays. The bad news, Kazmeirzak says that about 300 National Guard troops have been
alerted they may be deployed next year.
From The Governor's Wife to re-runs of Duck Dynasty. A & E did not run the regularly scheduled episode of "The Governor's Wife" Sunday night they ran "Duck Dynasty" instead. The star of the show, Trina Edwards says they have not cancelled the show, but cannot give any further details. Insiders at the network say, ya it has been cancelled. Ratings show there was a big drop-off between the show's first and second episodes.
The statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is below three-dollars for the first time since February of 2011. Gasbuddy.com has the average price around $2.95 and their Senior Petroleum Analyst, Patrick DeHaan, says the price at the pump should continue to fall.. DeHaan says gas prices have fallen about 20-cents since mid-October and they should keep dropping as we move closer to the holidays.
Jury selection begins today in Lafayette, in the murder trial of 19- year-old Seth Fontenot, who's accused of shooting and killing one person and wounding two others. Legal analyst Tim Meche says Fontenot faces one count of 1st-degree murder in the death of 15-year- old Austin Rivault last February. Meche says the defense will argue Fontenot fired on Rivault and two others, because he thought they were trying to break into his vehicle. He says that may be tough to prove, because when the shots were fired they were inside their own pickup. Fontenot's lawyer tried to suppress a confession made during a police interrogation, but was refused.
A new study shows fewer Louisiana teens are driving cars and paying for car insurance. The data, from the Highway Loss Data Institute shows a 12-percent decline in teens listed on auto collision policies since 2006. Spokesman Russ Rader says the reason is largely connected to the lagging economy. Rader says it's a simple case of "no jobs, no cars".