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News For Thursday 11/21/13


News for Thursday 112113

By Dave Graichen

 

Louisiana's newest Congressman, Republican Vance McAllister, is in  Washington D.C. this week for his first time ever and will be sworn  in today. The political newcomer was voted to represent the 5th

Congressional District in The Bayou State. McAllister says his  first trip to our Nation’s Capital has been humbling.  McAllister says as soon as he's sworn in he's going to be briefed  on the bills of the day and immediately start voting. The  Monroe businessman thanks voters from the bottom of his heart and  says he plans to be a strong voice for the 5th congressional district in Washington.

 

Alexandria television stations KALB and NALB will have new owners in a few months. That announcement was made official yesterday.  The NBC and ABC stations were owned by Hoak Media. They will soon be under the ownership of Gray Television. KALB’s sister station in Monroe KNOE, was also part of the deal.  

 

Bossier  Parish  Sheriff Julian Whittington says burnt human remains found in Webster Parish  are those of 46-year-old Annie Bond, who was reported missing last Thursday.  Her  estranged husband, 53-year-old Robbie  Bond,  has been charged in her murder.  Whittington  says  a forensic  expert   at   LSU   was   able   to   make   the  positive identification. Robbie Bond was found Friday in Gautier, Mississippi and  he  is  in the hospital recovering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

 

Baton Rouge continues to receive low marks for its lack of gay-friendly policies when compared with other major cities across the country. In the Human Rights Campaign’s second annual Municipal Equality Index, the city received seven points out of 100,  getting dinged for its lack of discrimination protections and services targeted toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. New Orleans received 91 points on the index, and Shreveport scored 16.

 

Rapides Regional Medical Center expects to have two clinics operating within a few weeks as part of the effort to replace services currently provided by Huey P. Long Medical Center. One clinic will be located at 105 North Third St. in Alexandria and will be open by Dec. 2. The other will be on the current Huey P. Long campus off Main Street in Pineville and will be open by the second week of January. As part of the agreement, Cabrini will operate one clinic. Emergency department and inpatient services will be shared by the hospitals.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a Monterrey man has turned himself in and confessed to killing a Black Bear in Concordia  Parish.  Twenty-three  year-old Duell Moreland was booked for his alleged role in the killing of the bear. If found guilty, he faces up to a $950 fine and up to 120 days in jail.

 

State officials are looking for someone to take 19-million pounds of explosive  materials  off  their hands. The explosives are currently housed at a Louisiana National  Guard  base  in  Webster Parish. The military  propellant  was once owned by Explo Systems,  but  they've gone bankrupt. Bossier  City  Representative  Jeff Thompson says the EPA  is  involved  in  trying  to  move this material  out  of  Camp Minden. The  explosives  caused  a  blast to occur in October of Last year and that led to the evacuation of residents from the nearby town  of  Doyline.

 

The American Automobile Association anticipates gas prices will keep going up ahead of the  Thanksgiving  travel week, but should go down again in December. The statewide average  for  a  gallon  of regular jumped two cents last night to $3.03.

 

Police say a 32 year  old Opelousas man is behind bars for allegedly raping  a 4 year old girl.  Investigators  believe  Johnathon  Meche assaulted  the  child  several  times  over an undisclosed period of time. The suspect is charged with aggravated  rape  and bond has not been set.

 

Louisiana will receive $238 million as a result of settlements reached in lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies that overcharged the state’s Medicaid program. The final settlements reached earlier this week ended three years of litigation against more than 100 companies and their subsidiaries that fraudulently raised drug prices paid by the state through the government health insurance program for the poor.

 

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announces  the  St. Bernard  Parish  water  system  has  reached  the necessary level of chlorine  in  the  drinking  water to fight off a rare  brain-eating amoeba that killed a 4 year old  boy in August. It was also found in the DeSoto Parish Water System. Safe  drinking  water  administrator Jake Cause says  they are working with water systems throughout the state to make sure everyone is in compliance.

 

A 41 year old man from Vernon Parish has been sentenced to six years in  federal  prison  for  possession of child  pornography.  Francis Buckner of New Llano pleaded  guilty in July to possessing 36 videos and 144 images of child pornography  obtained through a porn-sharing

download program.

 

The 8-and-2 Saints visit the 2-and-8 Atlanta Falcons tonight on Thursday  night football. These two teams met in the season opener and New Orleans  won 23-17 as the Black and Gold kept Atlanta out of the end zone in the  final few seconds of the game.

 

 

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