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News For Thursday 02/13/14


News for Thursday 021314

By Dave Graichen

 

Due to continuing power outages and uncertain road conditions, many schools across central Louisiana have decided to remain closed on Thursday.

 

Public schools in Rapides, Avoyelles, LaSalle & Concordia Parish will be closed today.

As will Avoyelles Parish Catholic Schools.

Also closed..

Avoyelles Public Charter School

Temple Christian Academy

Cenla Christian Academy

John Eskew Training Academy

UniTech Training Academy will have No classes Thursday; offices will be open.

 

Catholic Schools In Rapides Parish will be open.

 

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If you're tired of the ice and the snow, warmer weather is on its way!  Mike Berry  with the National Weather Service in Shreveport says our  warm up starts today. The warmer weather will continue through the weekend and the high  temperatures will be in the middle 60s.

 

Cleco  was  reporting  almost  30,000 customers were without power throughout  central  Louisiana.  Entergy   says   they've  got  9400 customers  with  outages  right  now  throughout central  and  north

Louisiana due to icy power lines and freezing  rain.  Both companies say   they   are  assessing  the  damage  and  will  give  estimated restoration times as soon as possible. As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Cleco had 18,538 customers still without power, including 10,550 in Rapides Parish and 6,405 in Avoyelles Parish.

 

After a little over 6 hours of deliberations, the jury in former New Orleans  Mayor  Ray  Nagin's  federal corruption trial has found him guilty  on 20 out of the 21 counts.  The  ex-mayor  has  been  found guilty of  bribery,  conspiracy,  wire  fraud,  money laundering and filing false tax return. Loyola law professor Dane  Ciolino   the ex-mayor is facing lengthy jail time without  the possibility of probation  and will probably be sentenced in about 90 days.

 

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley wants answers about Louisiana's tax  structure.  He says a long term review of tax credits, deductions,  rebates and exemptions is needed and Kleckley has called for an

independent study that will be completed in time for the 2015  legislative session. It's been more than 25 years since the last major analysis of the  state's tax make up.  Kleckley says one area of concern is the amount of  money the state may be missing out on when it comes to collecting sales  tax on internet purchases.  Kleckley says some state tax exemptions have been on the books since

1932.

 

The Forum for  Equality Louisiana and four gay married couples filed a lawsuit challenging  the state's constitutional ban on recognizing same-sex marriages performed  legally  in  other  states.  Forum for

Equality's  Chris  Otten  says they're suing because plaintiffs  are forced to lie on state tax  returns  by  checking  single instead of married. The lawsuit, in which State Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield is listed as  a  defendant,  charges  that  Louisiana's  refusal to  recognize same-sex marriages violates the constitutional guarantees  of  equal protection and due process.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announce they  distributed 18,000 dollars of reward money to numerous individuals who  provided tips to the Louisiana Operation Game Thief program. LDWF  Spokesperson Adam Einck says 68 people were caught last year due to the  LOGT program.  Einck says there is a toll free hotline which allows the public to  provide tips when they see hunting violations as well as a new smart  phone app "LADWF Tips" and a texting service. Each method used is eligible for a cash reward.

 

Two people in Thibodaux are under arrest  for  counterfeiting, after an anonymous tipster alerted police the pair were  attempting to use counterfeit  currency.   After  the arrest of twenty-three  year-old Joshua Ray Hyatt of Livingston and  19  year-old  Michelle Bourgeois from  Thibodaux,  police recovered printing materials,  a  gun,  and marijuana from the motel where they had been staying.

 

Four members of the Saints 2009 Super Bowl team are no longer members of  the Black and Gold. Cornerback Jabari Greer, safety Roman Harper and  defensive end Will Smith have been cut from the Saints roster and the  team will not re-sign linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

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