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News For Thursday 01/02/14


News for Thursday 010214

By Dave Graichen

 

The LSU Tigers return home today as champs of the Outback Bowl. The  Bayou Bengals defeated Iowa 21-14 in Tampa Bay behind a strong defense  and hard running by sophomore Jeremy Hill. The Baton Rouge native rushed  for a career-high 216 yards and two touchdowns...

 

Henley Oscar Pharis had three chances to enter the world on a memorable day.He could have been a Christmas baby. He was meant to be born on his dad’s birthday. But, in the end, he showed up in the wee hours of the morning on New Year’s Day at Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital, making him the first baby born in Alexandria in 2014. Henley, born to Laura and Adam Pharis of Flatwoods, weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces and is named after Adam’s grandfather, Oscar Henley.

 

Another  Republican  says  he'll  enter  the 2014 U.S. Senate  race; seeking  Mary  Landrieu's job. Covington state  Representative  Paul Hollis says he has  decided  to  run  against Landrieu's re-election bid. He feels Senator Mary Landrieu has  lost  touch  with  what her constituents in Louisiana want of their senator. He joins GOP  Congressman  Bill  Cassidy  and political newcomer Rob

Maness in the race. Hollis was elected to the  state  legislature in 2012.

 

Louisiana lost some prominent people in 2013. In February, Louisiana lost Paul Mcillhenny at the age of  of 68. Mcillhenny was the CEO of the Mcllheny Company, which makes  Tabasco products. The first woman elected to  Congress in Louisiana, former US Representative Lindy Boggs, passed away  on July 27th at the age of 97.  We also lost LSU legend Paul Dietzel who coached the Tigers to their

first national championship in 1958. The man who presided over former  Governor Edwards corruption trial, Judge Frank Polozola, passed away in  February. And famed Cajun artist George Rodrigue, who painted the  beloved Blue Dog, passed away in December

 

Louisiana's population grew by 23-thousand from July 2012 to July 2013  according to the latest U-S Census Bureau report. Demographer Elliot  Stonecipher says it's good to see an increase in Louisiana's population,  but several states are growing faster and our population is not  increasing at the same level as it was following the 2005 hurricanes  Stonecipher says for Louisiana to meet the growth that's seen in several  other southern states, it needs to get more people to move into the

Pelican state. He says based on all of the governor's economic  development announcements that should happen soon.

 

The Governor's Office says 2013 was a record year for producing jobs in  the state. Economic Development  Secretary  Stephen  Moret  says Louisiana announced dozens of company expansions or relocations last year  that will result in about 27-thousand new jobs and $26-billion in new  capital  investments. Moret says the state's economic growth has been noticed by others. He says the trade journal Site Selection ranks Louisiana sixth  in the country in its business climate report and Business Facilities  ranks  the  Bayou  State  fourth  for  Best Business Climate in America. He says even more development announcements are coming in 2014.

 

2013 did not go as planned for Governor Bobby Jindal. He started the  year pushing a proposal to eliminate income taxes by raising sales  taxes. The idea did not get the support of the state legislature and  Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat says it ended any hope for tax reform. Jindal's approval numbers were also low in 2013. A poll conducted by  Pinsonat in the spring showed that only 38-percent of the registered  voters approved of the governor's job performance. His poll numbers  showed a slight improvement in the fall.  Pinsonat says in 2014, look for Jindal to make moves that will set him  up to run for President in 2016...

 

Looking ahead to the year in Louisiana politics, one analyst says the  2014 US Senate race will be the year's story to watch. U-L Monroe  political science professor Joshua Stockley says a number of senators  are retiring, and that will bring focus on our senior senator's chances  of winning another term.  Stockley says Landrieu's re-election, or failure to win another term  will not only affect the Democrat's control of the U.S. Senate, but also  that party's influence here in Louisiana. she is the only statewide  elected Democrat. She currently has three announced GOP challengers;  Bill Cassidy, newcomer Rob Maness and state Rep. Paul Hollis.

 

Entergy  is warning its Louisiana customers to be wary of an ongoing scam that  seeks  access  to  your  personal  account info, and your money. Spokesman Will Johnson says the scammers have been making the calls for several months, posing as employees of  Entergy. They tell customers  their  bill  is overdue and try to collect  an  immediate electronic payment - often  asking for personal account information. He says if you think you're getting a scam call,  hang  up  and call your  local police or sheriff. By the way customers of other utility companies than Entergy are also being targeted.

 

Police in Jennings suspect foul play in the death of man  whose body was found by a motorist, lying in the road, New Year’s Eve.  The man  has not been identified. Officers say he is white, around 6 feet tall,  with reddish  beard  and  moustache  and  three  tattoos; one of them the Batman  symbol on his shoulder blade. They seek  the  public's  help with his identity.

 

Shreveport Police are investigating a shooting just before lunchtime Wednesday.   Authorities report  even though the victim was shot multiple  times  in  the  upper body, he was able to identify the man who shot him. Police are holding  that identification pending further investigation.  The nature of the victim's  injuries are also pending.

 

Construction is expected to begin today on Sabine River Bridge on US 84,  which connects Shelby County, Texas and DeSoto Parish Louisiana. State  Department of Transportation spokesperson Rodney Mallett says workers  will build a pair of one way two-lane bridges to replace the current  single structure.  Work to replace the bridge is expected to be completed in the summer of  2016. The project will cost 20-million dollars. Mallett says motorists  will still be able to U-S 84 in this area, despite the construction.

 

Effective today, smoking is banned in ALL public buildings in Ouachita  Parish - INCLUDING bars and bingo halls. The ordinance was passed by the  parish and the cities of Monroe and West Monroe.

 

 

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