Friday, May 24, 2013
FOUR BROUSSARD POLICE OFFICERS HAD TO BE HOSPITALIZED SATURDAY AFTER INVESTIGATING A KNOWN DRUG HOUSE ON HEART D FARM ROAD. POLICE CHIEF BRANNON DECOU SAYS THE OFFICERS EXPERIENCED A RAPID HEART RATE, RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS AND SEVERE ANXIETY ATTACKS. DECOU SAYS THE OFFICERS WERE INVESTIGATING A COMPLAINT MADE ABOUT THE HOUSE AND WERE PRESENTED WITH ITEMS THAT EXPOSED THEM TO SOME TYPE OF CHEMICALS. HE SAYS SAMPLES OF THE CHEMICAL WERE SENT TO A LOUISIANA NATIONAL GUARD LAB INSTEAD OF A CRIME LAB IN HOPES THAT THEY WILL GET QUICKER RESULTS.
A CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL BOARD COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT VOTED TO SELL PROPERTY IN MOSSVILLE TO SASOL FOR 9-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS. THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO HELP BALANCE THE BUDGET FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR AND SAVE 158 TEACHING POSITIONS. CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER KARL BRUCHAUS SAYS IT WILL HELP FOR THIS YEAR, BUT THEY WILL LIKELY FACE THE SAME PREDICAMENT NEXT YEAR. THE FULL SCHOOL BOARD WILL HAVE TO APPROVE THE SALE, WHICH WILL BE CONSIDERED AT THEIR NEXT MEETING ON JUNE 4TH.
A PROPOSED STUDY OF AN ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FOR I-49 SOUTH THROUGH ST. MARTIN PARISH WILL NOT HAPPEN THIS YEAR. STATE REPRESENTATIVES TERRY LANDRY OF LAFAYETTE AND MIKE HUVAL OF BREAUX BRIDGE REQUESTED THE STUDY WHICH MADE IT OUT OF THE HOUSE, BUT 15 STATE SENATORS OBJECTED. STATE SENATOR ELBERT GUILLORY OF OPELOUSAS WAS ONE OF THOSE WHO OBJECTED BECAUSE, HE SAYS, IT WOULD MEAN STARTING OVER AND SET THE PROJECT BACK TEN YEARS. LANDRY SAYS HE WILL MAKE THE REQUEST AGAIN NEXT YEAR ESPECIALLY IF THERE IS NO PROGRESS.
A new 2-cents monthly tax on cellphones to help provide services for people with hearing impairment has been approved by the Senate Revenue and Fiscal Affairs Committee. The House-backed bill would change the current law by reducing the amount of tax levied per month from 5 cents on landline phones to 2 cents and would broaden the tax to include wireless devices. Data-only wireless devices or prepaid cell phones would be exempt. Representatives from the Louisiana Commission for the Deaf told senators the change was needed because the dollars raised by the existing tax have dropped significantly with the increased use of cell phones.
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THE YOUNGSVILLE CITY COUNCIL AGREED LAST NIGHT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH BIDDING ON A MULTISPORT COMPLEX, WITH BIDS TO BE OPEN IN OCTOBER. ARCHITECT MARK LALANDE PRESENTED THREE VERSIONS THAT DID NOT INCLUDE THINGS LIKE BASKETBALL COURTS AND AN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING. THE COUNCIL DECIDED TO GIVE LALANDE AUTHORIZATION TO PURSUE THE FULL PROJECT WHICH WILL INCLUDE TWO BASKETBALL COURTS, A MULTIPURPOSE RECREATION FACILITY AND AN ADMINISTRATION BUILDING. LALANDE AND MAYOR WILSON VIATOR SAY THAT, IF EVERYTHING GOES ACCORDING TO PLAN, THE COMPLEX SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY NEXT SUMMER.
THE CALCASIEU PARISH POLICE JURY UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A REDESIGN OF AN RV PARK DEVELOPMENT ON SAM HOUSTON JONES PARKWAY. RESIDENTS IN THE AREA HAD PROTESTED THE PROPOSED R-V PARK, WHICH LED THE DEVELOPER MISTER EDWARDS TO REDESIGN THE PARK SO IT SITS FURTHER BACK FROM THE ROADWAY. IT WILL HAVE SPACE FOR 42 R-VS, 33 LESS THAN IN THE ORIGINAL PROPOSAL. A SIX FOOT WOODEN PRIVACY FENCE WILL ALSO BE INSTALLED ON THE PROPERTY.
THE HELP FOR TORNADO VICTIMS IN OKLAHOMA CONTINUES TO POUR IN. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
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Gov. Bobby Jindal's top budget architect says the state will have enough money to cover the costs of privatizing all but one of the 10 LSU-run hospitals. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says all deals will be completed next month. Nichols was addressing questions raised by the Legislature's financial analysts about whether next year's budget will be short of the money needed to cover the privatization. She says she's asking senators to amend the budget to address the financing gap.