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Friday, May 03, 2013

Friday, May 03, 2013





NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER EVENTS WERE HELD AROUND THE ACADIANA AREA YESTERDAY. AN ESTIMATED 250 ATTENDED A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER LUNCHEON HELD AT THE SCOTT EVENTS CENTER. ABOUT TWO HUNDRED WERE ON HAND AT THE CARENCRO COMMUNITY CENTER TO PRAY AND ANOTHER TWO HUNDRED OR SO GATHERED AT FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN LAFAYETTE. THE 13TH ANNUAL CROWLEY EVENT LAST NIGHT DREW A FEW HUNDRED TO THE INTERNATIONAL RICE FESTIVAL BUILDING, WITH PRAYER LED BY AREA PASTORS.





HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE ATTENDED A NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER EVENT YESTERDAY AT THE LAKE CHARLES CIVIC CENTER. THE MAIN SPEAKER WAS DENNIS SWANBERG, WHO TOLD THOSE IN ATTENDANCE TO LET THE LORD BE YOUR BEST FRIEND. HE SAYS ITíS A LOT EASIER TO TALK TO YOUR FRIEND. THE EVENT WAS ORGANIZED BY THE PROFIT N LOSS ASSOCIATION OF LAKE CHARLES.





THE ST. LANDRY PARISH SCHOOL BOARD VOTED 7-TO-4 TO MAKE EDWARD BROWN THE DISTRICTíS NEW SUPERINTENDENT. EDWARD BROWN, WHO HAS BEEN THE DISTRICTíS SUPERVISOR OF CHILD WELFARE AND ATTENDANCE, WAS CHOSEN OVER JOSEPH CASSIMERE, WHO HAS SERVED AST THE INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT FOR 14 MONTHS. THE BOARD HELD SEVERAL VOTES OVER THE LAST FEW MONTHS, BUT NEITHER CANDIDATE WAS ABLE TO SECURE THE SEVEN VOTES NECESSARY. THE BOARD WAS SET TO SELECT A NEW SUPERINTENDENT LAST SEPTEMBER, BUT IT WAS PUT ON HOLD AFTER TWO BOARD MEMBERS WERE ACCUSED OF ATTEMPTING TO SOLICIT BRIBES FROM CASSIMERE IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR VOTES.





House Speaker Chuck Kleckley has reversed course and thrown his support behind bipartisan budget negotiations in the House between Democratic leaders and a group of conservative Republicans. Kleckley, a Republican, previously was supporting a plan that involved maneuvering the budget through the House and working with the Senate on a final version that includes patchwork financing sought by Gov. Bobby Jindal. That approach ran into widespread opposition from House lawmakers, who say they should have a hand in crafting the 2013-14 budget. Kleckley announced his position change Thursday, calling negotiations a "shining moment for the House."





THE DECADES-LONG PROJECT, DEDICATED TO COMPLETING THE I-49 CORRIDOR FROM SHREVEPORT TO NEW ORLEANS, IS CONTINUING TO MAKE PROGRESS.





MAGNOLIA L-N-G, WHICH WILL BE BUILDING A NEW LIQUIFIED NATURAL GAS EXPORT FACILITY IN LAKE CHARLES, TOOK QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC YESTERDAY AT AN OPEN HOUSE. THE COMPANY IS INVESTING 2-POINT-2 BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROJECT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO RESULT IN ONE THOUSAND CONSTRUCTION JOBS, 45 PERMANENT JOBS AND 175 INDIRECT JOBS. THE PORT OF LAKE CHARLES LEASED 108 ACRES TO MAGNOLIA L-N-G FOR THE PROJECT. CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE BY 2015 AND THE FACILITY IS EXPECTED TO BE OPERATIONAL BY 2017.





A CROWLEY MAN PLED GUILTY YESTERDAY TO VEHICULAR HOMOCIDE FOR THE 2011 DEATH OF 18-YEAR-OLD MICHELLE ROMERO. TYSON DUPUIS HAD FACED SEVERAL DIFFERENT CHARGES INCLUDING HIT AND RUN AND SECOND OFFENSE DRUNKEN DRIVING. A SENTENCING DATE HAS NOT YET BEEN SET. HE FACES A MINIMUM OF FIVE YEARS IN JAIL AND NOT MORE THAN THIRTY YEARS.





Two measures aimed at regulating the operations of salt domes were approved unanimously by the Louisiana House, in response to a 13-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish. The measures by Pierre Part Rep. Karen St. Germain and Port Allen Sen. Rick Ward would require stricter guidelines for monitoring and assessing areas around salt domes. Among other things, one measure would call for surveying salt dome formations every five years. The other bill would require legal notification of the location of underground caverns to prospective property owners.





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