Monday, August 05, 2013
State police say at least 26 railroad cars have derailed in St. Landry Parish, closing U.S. 190 east of Lawtell. Master Trooper Daniel "Scott" Moreau says authorities have not reported any injuries. He says some of the cars are carrying corrosive and flammable materials, including at least one flammable liquid. He says troopers evacuated one house on the north side of the train tracks.
BEGINNING LAST THURSDAY, DISH NETWORK CUSTOMERS IN CALCASIEU, CAMERON, BEAUREGARD AND ALLEN PARISHES LOST ACCESS TO K-P-L-C T-V BECAUSE OF A DISPUTE OVER RATE FEES. DISH NETWORK IS REPORTING THAT RAYCOM MEDIA, WHICH OWNS K-P-L-C, IS DEMANDING A FOUR-FOLD INCREASE IN PAYMENTS. K-P-L-C’S VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER JIM SERRA SAYS THAT IS NOT TRUE. HE SAYS DISH IS NOTORIOUS FOR CONDUCTING TOUGH NEGOTIATIONS. SERRA SAYS DISH HAS BEGUN OFFERING DISCOUNTS BECAUSE OF COMPLAINTS FROM SOME CUSTOMERS.
THERE WAS AN OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING LAST NIGHT AT THE CORNER OF UNIVERSITY AND PONT DES MOUTON, JUST OUTSIDE THE LAFAYETTE CITY LIMITS. LAFAYETTE POLICE OFFICERS WERE FOLLOWING A SUSPECT IN MULTIPLE ARMED ROBBERIES AND CONFRONTED HIM AT A GAS STATION. CORPORAL PAUL MOUTON OF THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS THE OFFICER FIRED SEVERAL SHOTS AS A RESULT OF THE CONFRONTATION AND THE SUSPECT WAS HIT MULTIPLE TIMES. THE SUSPECT WAS TRANSPORTED TO A HOSPITAL.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told a gathering of conservatives he's against the federal government mandating curricula for local schools. However, Jindal stopped short of saying the state would get out of Common Core standards that are opposed by some conservatives as a federal intrusion. Common Core standards to measure skills and knowledge in subjects such as math and English have been adopted in 45 states. They are being phased in by Louisiana.
A JEANERETTE MAN WAS KILLED IN AN ACCIDENT ON MARTIN RIDGE ROAD IN ST. MARY PARISH YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. 59-YEAR-OLD BRADFORD J. VERRET WAS TRAVELING WEST WHILE ANOTHER PICKUP DRIVING EAST WAS PULLING A BOAT TRAILER. ACCORDING TO STATE POLICE VERRET CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND STRUCK THE BOAT TRAILER AND THEN WENT INTO A DITCH. VERRET, THOUGH WEARING A SEATBELT, WAS KILLED, WHILE THE OTHER DRIVER WAS UNHARMED. IMPAIRMENT IS NOT SUSPECTED FOR EITHER DRIVER.
FOR THE THIRD SUMMER IN A ROW, U-L LAFAYETTE DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS ARE BUILDING A HOME THAT THEY’VE DESIGNED. THE FINANCING FOR THE HOME IS PROVIDED BY THE LAFAYETTE PUBLIC TRUST FINANCING AUTHORITY, WHICH REQUIRES THAT THE HOME BE BUILT ON A VACANT LOT WITHIN URBAN NEIGHBORHOODS. THE STUDENTS HAVE A GOAL OF BUILDING AN INNOVATIVE, ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME WITHIN AWALKABLE COMMUNITY. AN OPEN HOUSE WILL BE HELD TOMORROW NIGHT AT SIX, AND STUDENTS WILL BE ON HAND TO TALK ABOUT THE HOME’S FEATURES. IT IS LOCATED AT 324 JACKSON STREET
ABOUT SIX THOUSAND SOLDIERS AT FORT POLK’S JOINT READINESS TRAINING CENTER WILL BE UNDERGOING COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING BETWEEN AUGUST SEVENTH THROUGH THE 31ST, AND THAT COULD RESULT IN SOME TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE AREA. THERE WILL BE INCREASED CONVOY TRAFFIC BETWEEN FORT POLK AND ENGLAND AIR PARK, WHICH WILL AFFECT L-A 28, 121, AND 489. AN ARMY NEWS RELEASE CAUTIONS MOTORISTS NOT TO PASS THE CONVOYS, ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT. THEY ALSO SAY THERE WILL BE SOME LOW-FLYING AIRCRAFT DURING THE TRAINING, SO RESIDENTS OF DERIDDER, LEESVILLE, OAKDALE AND ALEXANDRIA SHOULD BE AWARE OF THAT.
State police are investigating a single vehicle fatal crash that occurred on La. Highway 1161 in Evangeline Parish. Troopers say Sunday night's crash took the life of 33-year-old Monique R. Branch of Ville Platte. Investigators say Branch was driving southbound when her car crossed the centerline, ran off the road, entered into a ditch, rolled over and then struck the corner of a house. Trooper Jared Sandifer says Branch was not wearing a seatbelt.