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News For Monday 01/13/14


News for Monday 011314

By Dave Graichen

 

State and local officials announced Friday afternoon that Crest  Industries  will invest $2.3 million to construct  a  new  22  thousand  square  foot office  space  complex  in  Pineville. That expansion will create another 90 new jobs.

 

The legislative session begins in two months and Governor Jindal says  his top priority will be workforce development. Since Jindal took office ,he's announced several significant economic development projects that  will create thousands of jobs. Jindal says with those projects getting underway, it's time to find workers to fill those jobs.  Jindal says to fill these jobs, the administration will help more  students succeed by creating  training programs to fit the needs of the  economy. They will focus not only on keeping students in school from  K-12 but getting them into higher education.

 

The state department of  health  and hospitals announces a child has died in a Shreveport hospital due  to the H-1-N-1 flu, also known as the  Swine  Flu.  This  is the first confirmed  pediatric  death  in

Louisiana this flu season.  State  health  officials  believe there's been  at  least  20  deaths  involving  adults from influenza  since October first, 2013. Flu experts are anticipating  a  long influenza

season

 

An Opelousas man who admitted to burying his wife in  his  backyard has  been  charged with unlawful disposal of remains. The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's  Office  says they are unable to charge 59-year-old Arthur Tillett with his wife's  murder  at  this  time  because  the autopsy  didn't  reveal  how  she died and he isn't talking. Authorities believe the woman was buried back in June of last year.

 

The police chief of Kinder  was  arrested  Last Wednesday  on  charges of theft  and  malfeasance  in  office.   Now, the Secretary of State's office  has announced that Gary Pelican can  continue  to  serve  as police chief  even  after that arrest.  State law states that unless he is proven guilty of  a felony, he can continue to do his job.  If he is found guilty, he could face up to 15 years in prison.

 

State Police has begun training a new cadet class. L-S-P spokesperson  Jared Sandifer says the cadets reported to the State Police Academy in  Baton Rouge yesterday to begin 19 weeks of  intensive training.  Sandifer says they expect to graduate 50 Louisiana State  Troopers.  It's the first State Police cadet class since September of 2008.

 

Criminal evidence against Board of Elementary and Secondary Education  member Walter Lee will go before a DeSoto Parish grand jury today.  DeSoto Parish DA Richard Johnson says this is a case of double billing  between the DeSoto Parish School Board and BESE. Johnson says Lee could face 10 years in prison if convicted of felony  theft. The legislative auditors report was received a few weeks ago  revealing the possibility of Lee's double billing of travel expenses.

 

Sports..

 

The Saints offseason has started after losing to Seattle 23-15 on  Saturday. The Black and Gold battled the rain, the wind and a stingy  Seahawks defense for 60 minutes, but came up a little short.

 

 

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