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News For Wednesday 01/22/14


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By Dave Graichen

 

U. S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., announced Tuesday morning that he plans to run for governor in 2015.

In an email to supporters, Vitter said he and his family arrived at the decision after thought, prayer and discussion. The 52 year old Vitter vowed to make the governor’s office his last political job, either elected or appointed. Vitter could  face  two  strong  republican  challengers  like Lt. Governor Dardenne or State Treasurer John Kennedy.

 

State lawmakers met in Baton Rouge Tuesday to discuss the legalization  of marijuana and the possibility of reducing sentences for those found  guilty of possession. Baton Rouge Representative Dalton Honore requested  The House Criminal Justice Committee meeting. He says it doesn't make

sense that a doctor can prescribe marijuana but patients can't fill it.

 

Louisiana  has  been dealing with some very dry conditions and  high winds which has fueled  many  out  of  control brush fires recently. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning stopped  short on a statewide burn ban, but he does request all Louisiana citizens  to delay debris and trash burning until the state gets so more precipitation.

 

Governor Bobby Jindal announced  yesterday  that  he'll  propose  a $142 million dollar increase in funding for higher education institutions across  the  state.  That will be part of his proposed budget, which will be released  Friday.   He's  also  proposing  a  new 40 million dollar  workforce fund as an incentive for colleges to produce  more high demand jobs.

 

Baton Rouge Police may have a break in a series of home invasions, where  women were victims of sexual assaults. 35 year old Vorris Mouton of New  Iberia was arrested for a December home invasion, but Police Chief Carl  Dabadie says D-N-A linked him to a break-in and sexual assault of a

woman last Friday.

 

In Baton Rouge, Authorities are investigating a police chase late Monday in which a vehicle being pursued because it had no license plate slammed into another car, killing the driver of that car.

The crash claimed the life of a 37 year old man who was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

 

The  Department  of  Transportation  says  they  are discussing  the possibility  of picking up more revenue by selling  sponsorships  on things like roads  and  bridges.  Spokesman Rodney Mallett says they want to tap into resources they already  have  in  order to bring in more  cash. For example, the service of the Motor Assistance  Patrol vehicles. Mallet  says  right now they are talking with other states that sell sponsorships on  its  highways  to see how it's working for them and once they have that information they will proceed accordingly.

 

The Natchitoches Parish sheriff’s office reports a  man’s body was recovered Tuesday morning from Black Lake near Chandler’s Camp on La. Highway 9, north of Campti, after a person reported finding the body on the edge of the lake. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by the Natchitoches Parish Coroner’s Office. His identity is being withheld until his next of kin has been notified. The man was known to have had a heart condition and it is believed he got wedged between two stumps while fishing and could not help himself.

 

A  former  Haliburton  manager is sentenced to one year of probation for destroying evidence  after  the  2010  BP oil spill. US District Judge Jay Zainey had the option of sentencing Anthony Badalamenti to one-year  in  prison,  but legal analyst Tim Meche  says  the  judge determined that prison time did not fit the crime. Badalamenti also must perform 100 hours of community service and pay a one-thousand dollar fine.

 

Sad  story  out  of  St. Francisville.  The  West  Feliciana  Parish Sheriff's office says  one  of their long-time deputy's drowned in a fishing pond. They say 55 year  old  Ernest  James was with a friend

fishing  when  their boat overturned. His body was  found  about  30 minutes  later.  The   situation  is  still  being  looked  into  by investigators.

 

LSU announces Jeff Grimes as its new offensive line coach and running  game coordinator. He served in the same capacity at Virginia Tech last  season and he also served as an o-line coach at Auburn from 2009-2012.  Grimes is considered, by many to be, one of  the better offensive line coaches and recruiters in college football.

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