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News For Friday 12/06/13


News for Friday 120613

By Dave Graichen

 

More big weather changes are coming today for Louisiana. State  Climatologist Barry Keim says prepare for another bout of cold weather,  which he says is already entering the state this morning. He says the  cold front should reach the coast by later tonight. Keim says temperatures will be dropping throughout  the day. He says with the colder  air, we can expect lots of rain through the weekend.

 

State and local officials were on hand yesterday along with  Gulf Coast Spinning Company  CEO Dan Feibus announced the his company will invest  130  million dollars in  a  new spinning facility in Bunkie, with construction to begin in mid-2014.   They  estimate  the  creation  of just over 300 jobs, and over 700 indirect jobs.

 

There was some bad economic development news  yesterday.  Shell  announced they  are  scrapping  plans  to build a 12-point-five billion dollar natural gas-to-liquids plant in  Ascension Parish. The project would have created over 700 jobs. Shell  says  the  project  is  no longer viable, because of uncertainty in long-term oil and gas prices.

 

Sam Goodwin, the longtime coach at Northwestern State, was introduced Thursday afternoon as the next coach Alexandria Senior High School. The 69-year-old Goodwin, a Pineville native, has coached for more than 40 years at the collegiate and high school level in Louisiana and Arkansas.

 

The Louisiana National Guard announced changes in procedures that will allow its soldiers and employees with same-sex married partners to take advantage of federal benefits without violating Louisiana law. State law forbids state employees, which Guardsmen technically are, from taking any actions that would support the legality of same-sex marriage. Gay married couples employed by the Louisiana National Guard were unable to participate in the health care services, housing, shopping at low-priced military grocery and goods stores as well as other benefits available to other members of the military.

 

One of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s cabinet secretaries said Thursday that JPMorgan Chase waited months before alerting the administration about a computer hacking that impacts 13,500 Louisiana residents.

State Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield said he is reserving judgment but wants to know why there was a delay. He said JPMorgan Chase & Co. learned about the breach in September and phoned his office just this week.

 

State Police say the driver of an 18 wheeler died in a single vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon  in  Sabine  Parish. They say 29 year old Eldon Hendrix II of Center, Texas lost control on LA High 191 and overturned his truck. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Authorities say the pilot  of  a  helicopter  that  crashed  in Port Fourchon  Thursday morning is a hero because of the way he handled  the situation. They chopper  was  carrying 9 people headed offshore when some sort of malfunction occurred  and  they  had  to  make  a  hard landing. Nobody on board the helicopter suffered any injuries in the crash.

 

ULM launches a campaign to try and get the Warhawk  football team in the  Advocare  V100  Bowl  in  Shreveport.  Athletic director  Brian Wickstrom says digital billboards are up in the  Monroe area, urging fans to call and email bowl officials and tell them  they  want  the Warhawks in that bowl game for a second straight year. The Warhawks played in the Bowl last year, but lost to Ohio University.

 

A former LSU football player is facing a felony charge after he  allegedly stole money from a wallet located inside an off-campus  apartment last month. Baton Rouge Police Corporal Don Coppola Jr says  Jeryl Brazil faces a charge of simple burglary of an inhabited dwelling. Coppola says surveillance video helped identify Brazil as the thief.

 

Blue  Cross  and  Blue Shield of Louisiana has launched an  App  for iPhone and iPad that  their  customers  can  now  use to find urgent care, check the status of a claim and more. The group  says the Blue Cross  app  is named "BCBSLA" and contains many features that  allow their customers  access  to  their  healthcare  coverage information easily.

 

A Jefferson Parish Sheriff's  deputy  has been fired after admitting to illegally buying pain meds for a family  member. An investigation turned up evidence that 30-year-old Jon-Michael  Norris  was  buying hydrocodone pills for a relative who was reportedly addicted. Charges against  Norris may be coming.

 

A federal  judge  has  dismissed  a  civil  suit against the city of Shreveport - filed by a woman who says she was raped in 2010 by then chief administrative officer Rick Seaton. She  sought  to  hold  the city  accountable  for  what  happened  to her inside a city office. Seaton was convicted and is still serving  time  for  the crime. The judge ruled the victim's civil suit invalid.

 

 

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