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Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013





LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH EMPLOYEES COULD BE GETTING A PAY RAISE IN THE NEXT BUDGET. FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS LED THE CITY PARISH COUNCIL TO KEEP EMPLOYEE SALARIES THE SAME OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS, BUT CITY PARISH ADMINISTRATOR DEE STANLEY SAYS IT’S NOW GETTING DIFFICULTY TO MAKE NEW HIRES. HE SAYS CITY PARISH PRESIDENT JOEY DUREL ANTICIPATES MAKING PAY RAISES A PRIORITY. THE LAFAYETTE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT HAS ABOUT 22-HUNDRED EMPLOYEES.





STATE SUPERINTENDENT JOHN WHITE WAS IN LAKE CHARLES YESTERDAY TO TALK ABOUT EFFORTS TO STREAMLINE AND CHANGE THE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA SETUP. NOW A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT CAN SEEK TO GRADUATE WITH A CAREER DIPLOMA, WHICH PREPARES THEM FOR CUSTOMER SERVICE JOBS. WHITE SAYS HE WOULD LIKE TO SEE A CAREER DIPLOMA THAT HAS A MORE DIFFICULT CRITERIA SO THAT STUDENTS ARE PREPARED FOR HIGHER PAYING JOBS. WHITE TOLD THOSE IN ATTENDANCE AT THE FORUM, HELD AT SOWELA TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE, THAT KIDS NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR REAL JOBS THAT EXIST IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA, SO THAT, EVEN IF THEY DON’T GO FOR A FOUR YEAR COLLEGE DEGREE, THEY CAN BE SUCCESSFUL.





THE OWNER OF A DELCAMBRE TATTOO PARLOR WAS ARRESTED THURSDAY FOR ALLEGEDLY DEALING DRUGS. A TIP LED IBERIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE NARCOTICS AGENTS TO CONDUCT A FOUR MONTH INVESTIGATION INTO THE HOME AND BUSINESS OF 59-YEAR-OLD WRIGHT LUTER. IN A SEARCH OF HIS HOME YESTERDAY, AGENTS FOUND OXYCODONE, SOMA AND SUBOXONE, PLUS A THOUSAND DOLLARS IN CURRENCY. LUTER WAS BOOKED INTO THE IBERIA PARISH JAIL ON NUMEROUS DRUG CHARGES AND MORE ARRESTS ARE POSSIBLE AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.





A ground-rattling explosion at a chemical plant in Louisiana ignited a blaze that killed at least one person and injured dozens of others. Louisiana's health department says 77 people were treated at hospitals for injuries ranging from minor to critical following the Thursday morning explosion. Health department spokeswoman Christina Stephens says by the evening, 51 had been discharged.





The company said the blast happened at 8:37 a.m. at the plant in an industrial area of Geismar, a Mississippi River community about 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge.





THE POPULATION OF HISPANICS AND THOSE OF ASIAN DESCENT IS RAPIDLY GROWING IN LAFAYETTE PARISH BUT, ACCORDING TO THE U-S CENSUS. BETWEEN 2010 AND 2012, THE HISPANIC POPULATION GREW BY 7-POINT-6 PERCENT WHILE THE ASIAN POPULATION GREW BY 8-POINT-8 PERCENT. HOWEVER, THE NUMBER OF WHITES AND BLACKS ACCOUNT FOR 97 PERCENT OF THE PARISH’S POPULATION. THE POPULATION OF WHITES AND BLACKS IN LAFAYETTE PARISH BOTH INCREASED OVER THAT TWO YEAR PERIOD BUT BY LESS THAN THREE PERCENT.







FORMER PASTOR JAMES BERTRAND WAS ARRESTED LAST NIGHT AT A SULPHUR BUSINESS AND BOOKED THIS MORNING INTO THE CALCASIEU CORRECTIONAL CENTER. HE WAS CHARGED WITH CONTEMPT OF COURT, FORGERY AND FALSE SWEARING. BOND HAS TO BE SET ON THE CONTEMPT OF COURT CHARGE. ACCORDING TO K-P-L-C T-V, BERTRAND HAS BEEN ARRESTED SEVEN TIMES OVER THE LAST NINE MONTHS.





A MORGAN CITY MAN, ACCUSED OF HACKING A WOMAN’S FACEBOOK PAGE AND POSTING THREATS, WAS ARRESTED TUESDAY. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.





LSU's public hospital in Lake Charles is ending inpatient admissions, as it readies to shut down as part of a privatization deal structured by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. W.O. Moss Regional Medical Center will stop taking new patients on Friday and will end its surgery services by the close of business that same day, according to LSU. The hospital's emergency room will close June 20. Under a privatization contract that takes effect June 24, Lake Charles Memorial Health System is taking over inpatient, surgery and emergency services.



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