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News For Monday 12/16/13


News for Monday 121613

By Dave Graichen

 

 

After being rained out Friday night, the Pineville Christmas parade will roll tonight at 7pm. The parade begins on Main Street in Pineville near Huey P. Long Medical Center and will go northward onto Military Highway and end near the Trotter Center.

 

The grand opening of Alexandria’s new fire station on Coliseum Blvd is today. The public is invited to the grand opening at 10:30 or just drop by to tour the new facility any time before 6pm.

 

If  you  have  LSU  football season tickets, then you'll probably be paying more for them  next  year.   The  LSU  Board  of  Supervisors have approved  a plan that raises the cost to buy  tickets for games at  Tiger  Stadium. Those ticket price  hikes  will  generate  an  additional  2.3 million dollars in revenue for the athletic program. The average  increase  next  year  will be about 6 percent over this

year.

 

The Mega Millions jackpot on Tuesday will be at least $550 million after lottery officials announced there was no winning ticket sold in Friday night's drawing.  A $550 million prize would be Mega Millions' second-largest jackpot ever and the fourth-largest lottery jackpot in U.S. history. The $550 million jackpot would net a cash option of $295 million.

 

The New Orleans Saints could have clinched a playoff berth and moved a step closer to winning the NFC South with a victory in St. Louis on Sunday. But the Rams, who have given the Saints trouble in the past, continued to do so again on Sunday. St. Louis outscored New Orleans 17-0 in the first half and held on despite a frantic Saints rally for a 27-16 victory.

 

George Rodrigue, the Cajun Louisiana artist most known for his iconic “Blue Dog” paintings, died Saturday evening at a hospital in Houston after a long battle with cancer. Funeral arrangements should be announced today. George Rodrigue was 69.

 

Entergy Louisiana and Entergy Gulf States are scheduled to go before the  Public Service Commission today seeking a rate hike. P-S-C member Foster  Campbell says he'll vote against it. Campbell says the utility company  originally asked for a 200-million dollar rate increase, but after

talking with P-S-C staff, they'll seek a ten-million dollar rate hike.  Campbell says he'll actually seek to reduce Entergy's rates. The  commissioner says the company is already allowed a profit margin of over 10-percent, which he thinks is too high.

 

The Centers for Disease Control are stressing the importance of getting  a flu shot before the flu season gets any worse. Clinics and doctors  offices in Louisiana report the number of diagnosed flu cases is on the  rise. CDC immunologist Dr. Michael Jung (young) says  flu vaccine is readily available at doctors' offices,  clinics, parish health centers and even at many drug stores. Some people resist getting the flu vaccine because they're squeamish  about needles. Dr. Jung says those under 49 can get the nasal spray.

 

A high-powered Japanese sniper rifle, a sawed-off shotgun, a revolver missing a bullet chamber and a BB gun were among the weapons people hauled to a church Saturday for the latest Baton Rouge “Gas for Guns” buyback event. The program, which has been conducted twice previously in Baton Rouge, is designed to remove unsecured and unwanted weapons from the community. East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said 71 handguns, rifles and shotguns were turned in to law enforcement officials Saturday with no questions asked in exchange for $4,200 worth of gas cards.

 

The Louisiana Lottery announces the Robertsons of A&E's Duck Dynasty  are the newest members of its family of $5 scratch-off games.  Spokeswoman Kimberly Chopin says they were very eager to bring the West  Monroe crew to their popular games.  The overall odds of winning a scratch-off prize are 1 in 4 and the game contains more than $5.7 million dollars in prizes.

 

The Bossier City man accused of killing his wife, burning  her body, then burying her in the woods...before fleeing the state...has  been brought  back  to  Bossier  Parish to face charges. Robert Bond shot himself  with  a  small  caliber   handgun   as  Mississippi  lawmen approached his vehicle at a rest stop. He's been  transferred from a hospital there to the Bossier parish prison. His bond  is  a million dollars.

 

LSU  says it will establish a Baton Rouge campus of its New  Orleans Med School. It would be the first permanent medical school campus in the Capital  City. Branch status would bring students to Baton Rouge full-time for  their  third  and fourth years of medical school. The phase-in begins in July with 32 future physicians arriving for their third year. The New Orleans medical  school  has 800 students today. The school gets about 3,000 applications for the  200  student spots that open every year.

 

A  south  Louisiana man who claims he thought he got a gift from God when actually  there  was a bank error on his account is arrested on theft charges. Kenner Police  report the wife of 36 year old William Lopez went to deposit $700 in their account, but it actually  showed up as $7000. The  suspect  proceeded  to  go  on  a spending . Lopez allegedly ignored the banks  attempts  to contact him and went to spend the entire $6300 in Mississippi.

 

Fred Howell Jr., a  cast  member  from the show Cajun Pawn Stars, has been arrested on burglary charges after  he  asked  a  pawn shop owner to help him crack a password on a laptop. The tip was  called  in to authorities,  and investigators  later discovered the suspect had stolen 2 laptops, an XBOX and a Nintendo from a home in Alexandria.

 

 

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