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News For Wednesday 12/4/13


News for Wednesday 120413

By Dave Graichen

 

After  weeks of speculation, republican US Senator David Vitter says he is thinking  about  running for governor in 2015. Vitter told the Associated  Press that he  and  his  wife  will  send  an  email  to

supporters  letting  them   know  about  a  potential  gubernatorial campaign. Vitter plans to make a decision by January.

 

The  state  Board of Elementary &  Secondary  Education  (BESE)  has approved changes in implementing the new performance standards known as Common Core.  Teacher  evaluations,  student promotion and school letter grades won't be affected by Common  Core  for two full years.

Teachers  unions,  school boards and parents have voiced  plenty  of opposition to the unproven  performance  standards  being  pushed by federal education officials.

 

Tonight the national spotlight shines on Central Louisiana. To be more exact McNeeley Crossing, just south of Colfax on highway 8 in Grant Parish. “Mud People,” filmed at Louisiana MudFest  premieres at 10 p.m. tonight on the Travel Channel.

 

Officials  in  north Louisiana are doing a study of plans to provide Amtrak passenger rail service across the region, with possible stops in Shreveport, Ruston  and Monroe. Kent Rogers is Executive Director of the Northwest Louisiana  Council of Governments. He says DOTD has awarded them $250,000 to conduct  the study.

 

Louisiana oystermen say oysters are very hard to come by this winter and  their $300-million industry is hurting. Louisiana Oyster Task Force  Chairman John Tesvich says, in his 35 years in the oyster business, he's  never seen it this bad.  Tesvich says many oyster businesses along Louisiana's coast are reduced  to only one working boat, because harvests are just too small. He says  it's not just a decline; it's practically zero population. He says it's  likely not a coincidence that the shortage of oysters comes just a few  years after the massive BP oil spill.

 

Sentencing is scheduled today for a Jefferson Parish 13-year-old who  admitted killed his little sister, while imitating moves he learned  watching TV wrestling. In court Tuesday, Armstrong Desvallons (day val on) pleaded guilty to  the death of his 5-year-old half-sister, using repeated elbow and body

slam moves he learned watching WWE wrestling on television. She died of internal bleeding, liver lacerations and broken ribs.

 

The  Ouachita  Parish  Sheriff's  office  says  a  two-car  accident Monday  evening leaves one dead and another facing charges.  They say an initial  investigation  revealed that one vehicle hit another

from causing both cars to catch  fire.  One  driver died and charges are pending against the other. Alcohol is a suspected factor.

 

A  man from Thibodaux is in the Lafourche  Parish  Detention  Center amid  allegations  he  stole  cerebral  palsy  donations  from a gas station.  Police say about $40 was stolen and Frank McKenzie's  bail is set at $18,000.

 

Grambling Police say a Houston  woman  is  dead after being hit by a car early.  Police say 58 year  old  Diane  Watson was walking  in  the  middle of the road when she was run over. She  was pronounced dead at the scene.  They believe an autopsy will indicate she was intoxicated.. .

 

Law enforcement officials have  ramped  up  patrols  around  the LSU lakes  after  some who jog there have expressed concerns about their safety. A woman  was  choked  unconscious during an evening run last month. Police say it's still a  safe  place  to  work out, they just encourage joggers to remain vigilant of their surroundings.

 

Jury selection has begun in Baton Rouge for the trial of 33-year-old Dustin Musso - accused  of  murdering  his  own grandfather in 2009, then setting his house on fire to try to cover  it  up.  An  autopsy showed 76-year-old Pete Musso Jr. died from trauma to the head,  and smoke  inhalation  from the fire. Prosecutors waived a death penalty in order to get the younger Musso to trial faster.

 

Organizers of the annual Essence Festival in  New  Orleans say their headliner next July 4th weekend will be none other than Prince. It's not known what night he will top the billing, but the  festival goes on July 3rd through 6th in the Superdome. Tickets have already  gone on sale - six months in advance.

 

Sports..

Senior quarterback Zach Mettenberger has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will not play in LSU’s bowl game, ESPN reported Tuesday night. The team plans to address the issue publically today.

Mettenberger suffered the injury midway through the fourth quarter in LSU’s 31-27 comeback win over Arkansas on Friday.

 

Tulane announced  yesterday  that it has accepted a bid to play in the New Orleans  Bowl.  The  Green  Wave  will face the Ragin Cajuns at the Mercedes Benz  Superdome  on  Saturday  December   21st. It's Tulane's  first  bowl  game  since 2002, when it beat Hawaii in  the Hawaii Bowl.

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