Wednesday, August 14, 2013
A Texas man is in custody after Louisiana State Police seized nearly 700 pounds of marijuana following a traffic stop on Interstate 10 east of Breaux Bridge. State police say troopers stopped a 2012 Dodge van Monday at about 5:30 a.m. for a traffic violation. Troopers received permission to search the van and subsequently found 691.6 pounds of marijuana. Investigators say the illegal drug was destined for a location in Louisiana and had an estimated street value of more than $1 million.
SULPHUR CITY OFFICIALS HAVE PUSHED BACK THE PROJECTED COMPLETION DATE FOR THE PAVING OF PARISH ROAD. MCMANUS CONSTRUCTION, THE COMPANY HIRED TO DO THE WORK, WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED TO BE FINISHED BY THE END OF MAY, BUT THAT WAS PUSHED BACK TO AUGUST BECAUSE OF INCLEMENT WEATHER AND UNDERGROUND UTILITY WORK THAT WAS MOVING SLOWLY. SULPHUR PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR JOHN BRUCE TELLS THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT, AFTER A REEVALUATION BY CITY OFFICIALS AND THE CONTRACTORS, THEY ARRIVED AT A PROJECTED COMPLETION DATE THATíS CLOSER TO THE END OF OCTOBER. BRUCE SAYS MCMANUS ANTICIPATES BRINGING IN TWO PAVING CREWS TO ACCELERATE THE WORK IN ORDER TO COMPLETE IT ON TIME.
THE 2013 LOUISIANA GULF COAST OIL EXPOSITION WAS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED YESTERDAY AT THE PETROLEUM CLUB WITH THE SELECTION OF AL THOMAS THE THIRD AS THE NEXT LAGCOE LOUIE. THE EVENT WILL BE HELD OCTOBER 22ND TO 24TH AT THE CAJUNDOME IN LAFAYETTE. THOMAS MANAGED DRILLING OPERATIONS ALL OVER THE GLOBE AND HELPED START COMPANIES THAT EXPLORED FOR OIL ON LAND AND IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. AROUND 415 EXHIBITORS HAVE REGISTERED TO OPERATE BOOTHS AT THIS YEARíS EXPOSITION, AND MORE THAN 14 THOUSAND PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE WORLD ARE EXPECTED TO ATTEND.,P>
Federal officials say Louisiana recovered more than $124 million in fraudulent Medicaid payments during the last fiscal year, leading the nation in recovery efforts. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported Tuesday that Louisiana's recovery rate of nearly 2 percent of all Medicaid dollars spent was the highest of any state. On average, states recover less than 0.6 percent of their respective Medicaid budgets. Medicaid fraud cases are typically identified through investigations conducted by the DHH Medicaid Program Integrity division.
STUDENTS WHO ATTEND SOUTH RAYNE ELEMENTARY WILL NOT HAVE SCHOOL TODAY AFTER A FIRE BROKE OUT AT THE SCHOOL EARLY THIS MORNING. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
A HOMEOWNER IN JENNINGS HELD A BURGLARY SUSPECT AT GUNPOINT YESTERDAY MORNING UNTIL POLICE ARRIVED TO TAKE HIM AWAY. 31-YEAR-OLD RICKY LEE COX ALLEGEDLY BROKE INTO THE HOME AT ABOUT SEVEN A-M. COX WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED BURGLARY.
THE THREE MAJOR HOSPITAL GROUPS IN LAFAYETTE HAVE DONATED 450 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO SOUTH LOUISIANA COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND THE LOUISIANA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY KICKED IN FIFTY THOUSAND TO HELP START A NEW TRAINING PROGRAM FOR NURSES. CHANCELLOR NATALIE HARDER SAYS THE NEW PROGRAM WILL GRAUATE FORTY REGISTERED NURSES INTO THE COMMUNITY EACH YEAR. THE DEAN OF NURSING AND APPLIED SCIENCES LAURIE FONTENOT SAYS THERE IS ALREADY A LIST OF ABOUT TWO HUNDRED PEOPLE VYING FOR THE FORTY SPOTS IN THE PROGRAM. ONCE IT GETS GOING, THEY HOPE TO BE ABLE TO EXPAND TO 80 STUDENTS EACH YEAR.
Three people on board a helicopter that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico have been safely rescued. The crash happened around 1 p.m. yesterday about 30 miles southwest of Terrebonne Bay. The three people on board the chopper were rescued by a nearby offshore supply vessel. Ken Perry, owner of Perry Flying Center, told The Daily Review of Morgan City that the helicopter, owned by Panther Helicopters in Belle Chasse, was based out of Patterson.