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News For Friday 01/31/14


News for Friday 013114

By Dave Graichen

 

Things are finally starting to get back to normal across central Louisiana after another major winter storm closed schools and highways. This morning, all children return to the class room. All highways and bridges are back open as well. Another bit of good news, it will be at least the middle of next week before we see temps back in the 30’s..

 

After hearing numerous complaints about the sky-high rates for flood insurance, the Senate today passed a bill to delay premium increases to  homeowners  who  get  their flood  insurance  from  the  federal government. The bill still  needs to pass the house. Many critics of the bill say it will damage the reforms on the program that resulted in numerous bailouts and a huge  $24 billion dollar debt owed to the US Treasury.

 

Crews lost control of a natural-gas well being drilled off the Louisiana coast Thursday, but officials said no injuries or pollution have been reported and efforts are underway to stop the flow of gas.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said most crew members were evacuated from the rig, which was drilling in 262 feet of water about 108 miles southwest of Lafayette. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash said no sheen was sighted when a Coast Guard crew flew over the site Thursday.

 

A federal agency must sign off on the funding the Jindal administration plans to use to pay for expanded community-based services for the developmentally disabled. The administration’s budget proposal earmarks $11 million of federal hurricane recovery money for the purpose.

 

State police report a 68-year-old Bunkie man died early Thursday morning when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a tree. Troopers say David Chenevert was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

Blood Donation Centers throughout  Louisiana are reporting critical  shortages this week after weather forced them to close down for two days  this week. The Blood Center spokeswoman Amanda Chittenden says their  organization needs to collect 300-350 pints of blood each day to  maintain a stable blood supply for the community.  Blood donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old  and in good health. Chittenden says they are urging donors of all blood  types to please donate this week

 

After a two day weather  delay,  the  federal  corruption  trial for former  New  Orleans  mayor  Ray  Nagin continued, with jurors being chosen yesterday afternoon. Nagin is charged with wire fraud and bribery, connected with free trips and spiffs from contractors, so they could secure millions in rebuilding work.   Several  people within Nagin's circle  have  already been convicted or issued guilty  pleas  as  a result of a New Orleans City Hall investigation.

 

Tax filing season begins today and the Louisiana Department of Revenue  should be careful when choosing a tax preparer. Spokesperson Byron  Henderson says authorities know that fraudulent tax preparers are out  there because a bunch of them have been arrested. The most recent fraud case had a Lafayette based tax preparer arrested  last week on several felony accounts including tax evasion and computer  fraud. Consumers could be held liable for a fraudulent tax return even if it

 was prepared by a service.

 

A Winnfield man has been sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the beating death of a Wheeling Jesuit University student. 24 year old Jarrett  Chandler pleaded guilty Thursday and agreed to cooperate with Ohio County prosecutors in the case against a co-defendant. Chandler also was fined $1,000. He will receive credit for time served since his Sept. 3 arrest in the attack that occurred three days earlier. Prosecutors say the 21 year old victim was beaten during an argument and died the next day.

 

The brutally cold weather will  most  likely  affect  the  supply of crawfish.   David  Savoy  is a crawfish farmer in Church Point  says many of his ponds iced over  this past week.  The mud bugs don't eat

or move around when the temperatures dip that low and Savoy predicts this will makes the crawfish smaller because of it.  Savoy says he's never seen it this bad..

 

Tuesday's  State  of  Union  address  by  President  Obama  inspired Centenary College in Shreveport  to  raise  the  minimum wage of the college's  workers  to  $10.10 an hour.   Centenary President  David Rowe says they have 25 workers  who  will  receive a raise.  He says they also have 2 major vendors that have workers at the college, who have also decided to pay their employees at  least $10 and ten cents an hour. President Obama asked congress to approve a higher minimum  wage  so  low-wage workers would have better economic opportunities.

 

A Natchitoches Parish woman is arrested after  she brought a shotgun to Fairview Alpha Elementary School just north of Campti. Based on a tip, thirty year-old Aftan Creighton allegedly  was going inside

the  school  to  forcibly  to remove her child.  Deputies  found  a loaded shotgun in her truck that  was  in  the  parking lot. She was booked into the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

 

A  Galliano man is in jail  following  a  rape,  battery  and  false imprisonment  of a Lafourche Parish woman this past weekend.  Twenty seven year-old  Lee  Hartman  allegedly  had  been holding the woman against her will, forced himself on her, raped  her,  and threatened her with several knives in her home. Monday, another man  showed  up at the residence distracting him, and she was able to call Sheriff's deputies.   Hartman  was  booked into the LaFourche Parish Detention Center.

 

New Orleans native Peyton Manning looks to match his brother Eli Manning  by winning his second championship Ring when Peyton's Broncos face the  Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 48. Both teams are wrapping up two weeks  of preparation and Manning says he needed that much time, because he's  unfamiliar with the Seahawks. Sunday's game is a match-up of the N-F-L's best offense against the  league's best defense Seattle.

 

 

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