Friday, February 15, 2013
THE OWNER OF DESPERADOíS IS WANTING TO MOVE HIS TRIAL OUT OF LAFAYETTE PARISH. IN DECEMBER, JAMES PANOS WAS INDICTED ON ONE COUNT OF MAINTAINING A DRUG INVOLVED PREMISES. IN A MOTION FILED THURSDAY, PANOS SAYS THAT THE JURY POOL AROUND LAFAYETTE HAS BEEN TAINTED BY THE MEDIA COVERAGE. THE MOTION ALSO POINTED TO A CLERICAL ERROR IN THE CLERK OF COURTíS OFFICE WHICH ALLOWED A SEALED AFFIDAVIT TO BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND THE PRESS.
FORT POLK COULD BE DOWNSIZED, WITH THE LOSS OF FIVE THOUSAND SOLDIERS, ACCORDING TO AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT RELEASED BY THE ARMY. THE MAYOR OF LEESVILLE ROBERT ROSE SAYS THE ASSESSMENT IS WRONG BECAUSE THEY ARE USING OUTDATED INFORMATION THAT IS, IN SOME CASES, SIX YEARS OLD. OFFICIALS ARE ASKING RESIDENTS IN THE AREA TO MAKE PHONE CALLS AND SEND LETTERS AND EMAILS TO THE GOVERNOR, THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION AND THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY URGING THAT THE CORRECT INFORMATION BE USED IN THE ASSESSMENT. ROSE SAYS A REDUCTION OF FIVE THOUSAND SOLDIERS WOULD RESULT IN A POPULATION LOSS OF 13 THOUSAND, AFFECTING NOT JUST VERNON PARISH, BUT OTHER NEARBY CITIES, SUCH AS LAKE CHARLES WHERE SOME OF THE SOLDIERíS PAYROLL IS SPENT.
PASSENGERS CHEERED YESTERDAY AS THE DISABLED CRUISE SHIP THEY WERE ON FINALLY MADE IT TO MOBILE, ALABAMA. A FIRE BROKE OUT IN THE ENGINE ROOM OF THE SHIP SUNDAY, LEAVING IT WITH LITTLE POWER AND FUNCTIONING PLUMBING. AMONG THE PASSENGERS WERE EIGHT STUDENTS FROM NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL IN CROWLEY AND TWO CHAPERONES, A HONEYMOONING COUPLE FROM EUNICE, AND ANOTHER COUPLE FROM MAURICE. 29-YEAR-OLD KAYLA ROBLES OF MAURICE IS SIX MONTHS PREGNANT AND HAD EXPERIENCED CONTRACTION-LIKE SYMPTOMS EARLIER IN THE WEEK BUT WAS IN GOOD SPIRITS AS OF YESTERDAY MORNING, ACCORDING TO A REPORT IN THE DAILY ADVERTISER.
Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won't change his mind about expanding Louisiana's Medicaid coverage under the federal health care law, even though a half dozen other Republican governors have agreed to participate. Jindal said Thursday he won't be including the federal funding for a Medicaid expansion in his state budget proposal for the 2013-14 fiscal year, to be released next week. Estimates are that as many as 400,000 Louisiana residents could be eligible for Medicaid if the state chose to expand the government-run health insurance program, with the federal government paying most of the costs. Jindal says Medicaid is outdated and the expansion is an improper growth of federal entitlement spending.
THE WHOLE FOODS STORE THAT WILL BE OPENING IN LAFAYETTE NEXT YEAR WILL BE THE ANCHOR STORE IN A NEW SHOPPING CENTER. AINBINDER OUT OF HOUSTON IS THE DEVELOPER THAT WILL BE PUTTING UP THE SHOPPING CENTER AT THE CORNER OF AMBASSADOR CAFFERY AND SETTLERíS TRACE BOULEVARD. WHOLE FOODS SPOKESWOMAN KRISTINA BRADFORD SAYS THEY DONíT KNOW YET WHAT OTHER STORES WILL BE IN THE SHOPPING CENTER. WHOLE FOODS SPECIALIZES IN PRODUCTS DESIGNED TO PROMOTE HEALTHY AND ORGANIC EATING.
A GRAND JURY HAS INDICTED A LAKE CHARLES MAN ON SECOND DEGREE MURDER CHARGES. 47-YEAR-OLD DWAYNE FOX IS ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS GIRLFRIEND, 48-YEAR-OLD MYCHELE CLEAVER. HER BODY WAS FOUND IN RURAL SOUTH CALCASIEU PARISH IN JANUARY. AUTHORITIES HAVE SAID THAT FOX ADMITTED TO KILLING CLEAVER AND THEN DUMPING HER BODY.
AUTHORITIES IN VERMILLION PARISH ARE INVESTIGATING A DRIVE-BY SHOOTING THAT TOOK PLACE WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
The Jindal administration is looking at ways to restructure Louisiana's debt to keep dollars flowing for state construction projects, even as the state hovers near its debt ceiling. The governor's top budget adviser, Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols, said Thursday that the administration will ask the Bond Commission next week for approval to bring on a financial adviser to help chart the plans. Among the options being considered, she says, are a debt refinancing that could help the state take advantage of lower interest rates, which could free up more money for construction projects. The state's pool of money to pay for ongoing construction projects is running dry, and Louisiana is teetering so close to its debt ceiling that there's little room to borrow more to replenish the fund.