Wednesday, May 29, 2013
AUDITORS TOLD THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL THAT THEY FINISHED THE 2012 FISCAL YEAR IN A MUCH STONGER POSITION FINANCIALLY. ACCOUNTANT BURTON KOLDER SAYS THE CITY PARISH GOVERNMENT HAD 4 MILLION DOLLARS IN RESERVE AT THE END OF THE 2011 FISCAL YEAR, ENOUGH TO FUND THE GOVERNMENT FOR 16 DAYS IN AN EMERGENCY, WHICH IS FAR BELOW THE ACCEPTED MINIMUM OF 60 DAYS. HOWEVER, BY THE END OF THE LAST FISCAL YEAR, THEY MANAGED TO INCREASE THE FUND BALANCE TO 18 MILLION DOLLARS, WHICH KOLDER SAYS GIVES THEM A “FAIRLY DECENT CUSHION”. KOLDER CREDITED THE INCREASE IN THE FUND BALANCE TO A HIRING FREEZE, CUTS IN SPENDING AND RISING TAX REVENUES.
AN OAKDALE MAN WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE IN PRISON PLUS 30 YEARS OF HARD LABOR FOR THE MURDER OF HIS SISTER AND THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF HIS NIECE. 56-YEAR-OLD JOHNNY MCGRAW PLED NO CONTEST TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER AND ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER. HE WAS ACCUSED OF BEATING AND SHOOTING HIS SISTER, 62-YEAR-OLD BRENDA MCGRAW OF SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, DURING AN ARGUMENT OVER THE CARE OF THEIR MOTHER. HE THEN FIRED SHOTS AT HIS NIECE AS SHE RAN AWAY.
TESTIMONY BEGAN YESTERDAY IN THE TRIAL OF WARREN GAUTHREAUX, WHO IS ACCUSED OF KILLING YOURIC AND MARY ANN COURVILLE IN THEIR EUNICE HOME ON JANUARY NINTH, 2006. BOTH THE PROSECUTION AND DEFENSE SAY THERE IS NO FORENSIC EVIDENCE LINKING GAUTHREAUX TO THE CRIME. THE PROSECUTION IS RELYING ON TESTIMONY TO TRY TO CONVICT GAUTHREAUX, INCLUDING SEVERAL DRUG ADDICTS WHO ASSOCIATED WITH HIM AT THE TIME. THE COURVILLE’S DAUGHTER, SUSIE FONTENOT, TESTIFIED YESTERDAY WITH A DESCRIPTION OF THE MURDER SCENE.
The final version of a bill to make it a criminal act for journalists, bloggers or anyone else to publish or release the names or addresses of applicants for concealed handgun permits will be worked out in a legislative compromise committee. The House on Tuesday refused to agree to Senate changes to the proposal, sending it to a six-member conference committee instead. Bossier City Rep. Jeff Thompson says he wanted time to tweak language added by senators that allows for release of a name if the permit holder is arrested for a felony involving a gun. Meanwhile, the House gave final passage to allowing off-duty law enforcement officers to carry weapons on school campuses.
LAFAYETTE GENERAL HEALTH WILL TAKE OVER OPERATIONS AT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER BEGINNING JUNE 24. REPRESENTATIVES FOR LAFAYETTE GENERAL HEALTH AND STATE OFFICIALS HAVE SIGNED A BINDING AGREEMENT. KATHY KLIEBERT, OF THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS, SAYS UMC EMPLOYEES WILL BE LAID OFF, BUT WILL THEN BE ABLE TO REAPPLY FOR THEIR JOBS UNDER LAFAYETTE GENERAL HEALTH. SHE SAYS MANY OF THE PUBLIC-PRIVATE HOSPITAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE LED TO BETTER CARE FOR THE PATIENTS BECAUSE THE PRIVATE HOSPITALS HAVE MORE FUNDING.
A MISSIONARY FROM SULPHUR TO THAILAND WAS ARRESTED BY AN IMMIGRATION AGENT ACCUSING HER OF VIOLATING IMMIGRATION LAWS AND WORKING FOR PAY. KAYLEIGH STANSEL HAD TO PROVE WITH RECEIPTS AND DOCUMENTATION THAT SHE DID NOT RECEIVE PAY FROM A COFFEE SHOP, WHERE SHE VOLUNTEERED. SHE DID NOT END UP GOING TO JAIL BUT WAS TOLD SHE COULD NOT VOLUNTEER AT THE COFFEE SHOP ANYMORE. STANSEL, WHO IS SUPPORTED BY LIFE CHURCH, HER HOME CHURCH IN SULPHUR, IS MINISTERING TO PROSTITUTES IN THAILAND.
A WEEKEND HOUSE FIRE IN PRAIRIEVILLE HAS CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A MORGAN CITY TEENAGER. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to make it more difficult to shrink dollars paid to private hospitals and nursing homes for taking care of Medicaid patients.
Overwhelming approval came Tuesday despite concerns that locking up dollars in Medicaid would leave public colleges more at risk to cuts during budget shortfalls.
One measure would let hospitals pool their money and use those dollars to draw down federal Medicaid money. The proposals need approval from voters before they can take effect.