Tuesday, December 10, 2013
A Lafayette man is in critical condition after police say he was struck by a train.
Police say it happened Monday about 12:30 p.m. at the railroad crossing at North Loop. Authorities say the 59-year-old man was trying to cross the tracks, but was struck by an Amtrak train traveling west. The impact threw the man about 50 feet.
JEFF DAVIS PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARRESTED A JENNINGS MAN FOR ALLEGED CRIMES THAT TOOK PLACE IN RHODE ISLAND. 43-YEAR-OLD KEVIN BRICKLEY WAS WANTED BY THE RHODE ISLAND ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE ON DOMESTIC AND FELONY ASSAULT CHARGES. CHRIS IVEY WITH THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS BOTH OF THE CHARGES DATE BACK TO 2004. HE SAYS RHODE ISLAND AUTHORITIES WILL BE PICKING UP BRICKLEY WITHIN TEN DAYS.
TWO ST. LANDRY PARISH CORRECTIONS OFFICERS ARE ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE. MICHAEL DUPRE REPORTS.
Doctors who steer Medicaid patients into specific health insurance plans could face heavy sanctions under an emergency rule the state started this month. Calder Lynch, chief of staff for the state's health agency, says the policy is needed to make sure Medicaid recipients maintain their "freedom of choice" when deciding into which of the five Bayou Health plans to enroll. The Advocate reports Bayou Health is the Jindal administration's program that moved about 880,000 Medicaid recipients into privately run insurance plans that would manage their patient care. Under the new rule, physicians would be subject to potential removal from the program and a financial penalty of $5,000 per recipient improperly steered to a particular plan.
NEW TECHNOLOGY HAS BEEN CREATED TO HELP HELICOPTER PILOTS SAFELY LAND ON OIL RIGS. FIVE YEARS AGO, LAFAYETTE-BASED P-H-I APPROACHED SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT ABOUT CREATING SOFTWARE THAT HELPS PILOTS. THEY CAME UP WITH RIG APPROACH, WHICH CAN FLY THE HELICOPTER TO THE RIG AND HELP THE PILOT LAND. AN S-92 HELICOPTER WAS USED IN THE MAIDEN VOYAGE FOR RIG APPROACH LAST MONTH AND IT WAS FLOWN BY P-H-I PILOTS.
THERE ARE MORE INFRARED MOTION SENSORS BEING USED ON TRAFFIC LIGHTS AT INTERSECTIONS IN LAKE CHARLES. TODD SHERMAN WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS SAYS THERE ARE CURRENTLY 12 INTERSECTIONS WITH THE NEW TECHNOLOGY AND MORE ARE ON THE WAY. HE SAYS TRAFFIC COUNTS WILL DETERMINE WHICH INTERSECTIONS GET THE SENSORS. SHERMAN SAYS THE NEW SENSORS ARE MORE ACCURATE AND WORK WELL EVEN IN BAD WEATHER.
THE MAYOR OF HENDERSON SAYS THE OPENING OF A NEW BOAT LAUNCH ON HENDERSON LEVEE ROAD HAS HAD TO BE PUSHED BACK BECAUSE OF BAD WEATHER. MAYOR SHERBIN COLLETTE SAYS A PLANNED EARLY DECEMBER OPENING WILL NOW TAKE PLACE SOME TIME IN JANUARY. HE SAYS BESIDES THE BAD WEATHER, FEDERAL REGULATIONS HAVE ALSO RESULTED IN THE DELAY, WHICH HAS INCREASED THE COST OF THE PROJECT TO OVER 600 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE BOAT LAUNCH WILL INCLUDE AN EDUCATIONAL PAVILION, A WALKING TRAIL ALONG THE BAYOU AND RESTROOMS.
The new leader of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry says since he took the job in September, he's heard the same complaint from companies: the state has too few skilled workers to take available jobs. Stephen Waguespack, LABI president, acknowledges the complaint isn't new. But he says it will be amplified by a multibillion-dollar industrial boom headed to south Louisiana, with a slew of new energy sector plants planned. He says LABI will be pushing for a change to higher education policies, to offer incentives for meeting workforce needs.