News for Tuesday 010714
By Dave Graichen
Many of us woke up to temperatures in the teens this morning something that doesn't happen very often during Louisiana's winters. State Climatologist Barry Keim says northern parishes are seeing low teens, central Louisiana upper teens, and temperatures near 20 stretch down all the way to the coast of The Bayou State. Keim says the cold today is going to be brutal and it's not going to be
much better tomorrow morning. But he says things are going to start to warm up into the latter part of Wednesday.
Louisiana Public Service Commission Chairman Eric Skrmetta has instructed utility providers in the state that disconnecting of services is prohibited during the extreme cold weather in the next
few days. He says even if a customer is past-due on an account, nobody is to have their power turned off when it's this cold outside.
We are expecting more details to come out today on the shooting deaths of a two-year-old girl and her father. The bodies were found yesterday morning inside a residence near Abita Springs in St. Tammany Parish. Sheriff Jack Strain says the two were killed by gunshots at close range. Strain says investigators believe it’s either a double homicide or a murder-suicide. He says the family had a custody dispute which may have played a role. But they will continue to piece together what could have led to the violent deaths.
Louisiana physicians are seeing a “big uptick” in flu-type illnesses as patients line up at doctor’s offices and hospitals across the state. The rate is nearly three times what the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention projects as normal for the region. State health officials say the good news is, this year’s flu shot is well targeted to fight the current strain, better known as the swine flu.
Police in Shreveport say a juvenile suspected of breaking into a home and rob the owner at gunpoint was shot and killed during the invasion. They say the 16 year old allegedly demanded valuables from a safe when the 63 year old homeowner grabbed a gun from the safe and shot the suspect. Police say the teen ran but collapsed just down the street and later died at a hospital. No charges have been filed in this incident.
It's not the first thing you think of as a hot robbery item for a business, but a Natchitoches Parish thief has been arrested for stealing 300 pounds of pecans near the Bermuda community.
Forty-three year old Jerry Wayne Nelson of Robeline was charged with simple burglary, among other charges.
Educators & students say good bye the General Educational Development test commonly known as the G.E.D. Now there's a different test called the HI-SET or High School Equivalency test for those students. According to Sean Martin, a Director of the Louisiana Community and Technical College system, much of the test material is similar. The HI-SET is from the Educational Testing Service and Martin says it will save the state money compared to using the GED. Among the reasons for the change is that the GED will soon only offer a computer based test.
First, they were to be used for national security. Now LSU AgCenter researchers are examining the possibility of unmanned drones to provide surveillance of crops for farmers. Officials say this technology would be especially helpful to determine disease and fertilizer needs for taller crops like corn and sugar cane.
LSU has named Daniel T. Layzell as the university system’s new vice president for finance and administration. The hiring is subject to approval of the LSU Board of Supervisors at its Feb. 25 meeting. Layzell has held a similar position at Illinois State University since 2009.
The Saints players return to the practice field today to get ready for Saturday afternoon's playoff match-up with the Seahawks. Seattle plays in one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL and Coach Sean Payton says they'll work on how to handle the loud crowd during practice this week. The Saints played in Seattle earlier this year and lost to the Seawhawks 34-to-7. Seattle finished the regular season with a 13-and-3 record. Payton says his players understand the challenge that lies before them.