Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The University of Louisiana-Lafayette's primate center has paid a $38,571 fine for the deaths of three rhesus monkeys in May 2011 and an injury last year to a chimpanzee. The New Iberia Research Center says it reported both incidents as soon as it became aware of them. The monkeys' bodies were decomposing when found in a metal chute between two cages. The center was fined for failing to check every animal daily.
AN OUTBREAK OF AN AQUATIC PLANT CALLED SALVINIA IS THE WORST ITS EVER BEEN, ACCORDING TO A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES OFFICE IN LAKE CHARLES. ERIC SHANKS TOLD THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT IF SALVINIA IS COVERING A TEN ACRE AREA, IT WILL DOUBLE TO 20 ACRES IN ONE WEEK. GIANT SALVINIA WEEVILS AND HERBICIDES ARE BEING USED TO TRY TO CONTROL THE SPREAD OF THE PLANTS, WHICH ARE NATIVE TO BRAZIL. SALVINIA, WHEN IT SPREADS, IS HARMVUL BECAUSE IT BLOCKS THE SUNLIGHT.
A VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE, THAT IS LOOKING AT WAYS TO PAY FOR THE FACILITY AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM NEEDS OF THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM, YESTERDAY DISCUSSED A COMBINATION OF SALES AND PROPERTY TAXES. IN 2011, VOTERS REJECTED A PROPERTY TAX THAT WOULD HAVE FUNDED 561 MILLIION DOLLARS IN FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS. AT A PREVIOUS MEETING, SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER ASKED THE COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER A HALF CENT SALES TAX TO PAY FOR FACILITIES AND A PROPERTY TAX TO FUND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS. AT NEXT MONTH’S MEETING, THE COMMITTEE WILL FINALIZE ITS RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE SCHOOL BOARD.
Proposals making it more difficult to cut the rates paid to hospitals and nursing homes for taking care of Medicaid patients are nearing final passage. Support from lawmakers comes despite concerns the constitutional amendments would further limit budget areas available to cut when Louisiana has financial woes _ and leave colleges more vulnerable to slashing. The House-approved proposals received backing Monday from the Senate Finance Committee and move next to the Senate floor. They also would need support from voters.
ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S AUTHORITIES SAY NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE ON A FATAL SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED OUTSIDE A GAS STATION IN BRANCH SUNDAY FOLLOWING A TRAIL RIDE. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
A BATON ROUGE JUDGE HAS REFUSED A DEFENSE REQUEST TO SET BOND FOR FORMER PRO FOOTBALL RUNNING BACK CECIL COLLINS. HE WAS RELEASED FROM JAIL IN FLORIDA EARLIER THIS MONTH AFTER SERVING 13 YEARS FOR A 1999 BURGLARY. DISTRICT JUDGE MIKE CALDWELL WILL NOW RULE WHETHER THAT CRIME SHOULD RESULT IN COLLIN’S PROBATION IN LOUISIANA BEING REVOKED, WHICH COULD LEAD TO ANOTHER FIVE YEARS IN PRISON. COLLINS PLAYED FOOTBALL AT LEESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL AND THEN WENT ON TO MCNEESE STATE AND L-S-U.
TONIGHT THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER A THIRTY DAY AMNESTY PERIOD FOR MOTORISTS WHO HAVE PAST DUE RED LIGHT CAMERA FINES. IF APPROVED, THE LATE FEES WOULD BE FORGIVEN FOR THAT 30 DAY PERIOD. ALSO THE COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER AMENDING THEIR CONTRACT WITH REDFLEX IN WHICH BOTH SIDES WOULD SHARE THE COST OF COLLECTING PAST DUE PENALTIES AND WOULD SHARE THE LATE FEES COLLECTED. CITY PARISH PRESIDENT JOEY DUREL SAYS REDFLEX HAS ALREADY AGREED TO THE CONTRACT AMENDMENT.
A 42-year-old DeQuincy man is facing dozens of stalking-related charges after officials allege he followed the Glenmora-area victim throughout Rapides Parish.
Sheriff's deputies tell The Town Talk the complaint against Daniel Aaron Christensen was made on May 3, alleging that Christensen had followed the victim around the parish and had rented multiple vehicles to do so. Deputies say Christensen was arrested Friday. He was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center, charged with four counts of felony stalking, 25 counts of cyberstalking, 25 counts of harassing telephone language, one count of reckless operation and one count of obstructing a public passage.