Wednesday, November 06, 2013
State police have been called to investigate the Kinder Police Department after a routine audit found questionable fuel purchases. The American Press reports that the audit shows fuel purchases made by the police department may not have been used for police vehicles. State police spokesman Sgt. James Anderson confirmed that an investigation is pending, but could not release specific details. He said the Allen Parish District Attorney's Office sought the investigation.
TWO SCHOOLS WERE PLACED ON LOCKDOWN FOR ABOUT 30 MINUTES BEFORE SCHOOL ENDED YESTERDAY, THAT AFTER AN INMATE BEING PROCESSED ON OPENED WARRANTS ESCAPED FROM THE YOUNGSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
LAFAYETTE GENERAL HOSPITAL ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT THEY ARE LOOKING TO TAKE OVER THE OPERATIONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION HOSPITAL IN CROWLEY. LAFAYETTE GENERAL AND AMERICAN LEGION OFFICIALS SIGNED A LETTER OF INTENT TO EXPLORE A LONG TERM LEASE AGREEMENT. CONSULTANTS WILL TRY TO HELP THE TWO PARTIES DEVELOP AN AGREEMENT BY APRIL. AMERICAN LEGION BOARD CHAIRMAN DR. CASON DELAHOUSSAYE SAYS THE GOAL OF THE PARTNERSHIP IS TO GIVE ACADIA PARISH RESIDENTS THE HIGHEST QUALITY HEALTH CARE IN A MODERN PATIENT CENTERED ENVIRONMENT.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon's office says nearly 93,000 people in Louisiana won't be able to keep their current insurance coverage because of the federal health overhaul. Donelon asked insurance companies doing business in Louisiana for a tally of how many customers had existing plans that can't continue under President Barack Obama's health care law. By Tuesday, the insurance department said the companies reported just under 92,800 people will lose their current coverage because their insurance policies don't meet federal requirements.
Donelon says most of the policies are for people who pay for their own insurance, rather than getting it through their workplace or some other group.
Bid openings for construction of a new Allen Parish jail have been delayed. Bids for the $8.5 million project were to be opened early this week, but the date was pushed back until Nov. 12. Chief Criminal Deputy Ricky Johnson said the latest delay involved issues with electrician contracts. The American Press reports that this is the third time the bid opening has been delayed since September.
FORECASTERS ARE PREDICTING THAT LOUISIANA IS GOING TO NEED MORE THAN 86 THOUSAND WORKERS IN THE COMING YEARS, MOST OF IT CONCENTRATED IN THE LAKE CHARLES AREA. ECONOMIST LOREN SCOTT SAYS THERE ARE A TOTAL OF 46-POINT-6 BILLION DOLLARS IN NEW PROJECTS AND EXPANSION IN THE LAKE AREA, MAINLY IN THE OIL INDUSTRY, WHICH MEANS JOBS THAT CAN BE APPLIED FOR BY WELDERS, CARPENTERS, AND PIPEFITTERS IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA AND ACADIANA. A NEW 20 MILLION DOLLAR WORKFORCE TRAINING CENTER IS OPENING AT SOWELA TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN LAKE CHARLES TO TRAIN PEOPLE FOR ENTRY LEVEL CONSTRUCTION AND WELDING. SOUTH LOUISIANA COMMUNITY COLLEGE IN LAFAYETTE IS OFFERING FAST TRACK TRAINING TO BECOME A WELDER, ELECTRICIAN, MACHINIST AND MORE.
IF YOU PLAN TO TRAVEL TO BATON ROUGE THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT, YOU MIGHT WANT TO LEAVE A LITTLE EARLIER. THATíS BECAUSE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THERE WILL BE INTERMITTENT LANE CLOSURES IN BOTH THE EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND LANES OF THE INTERSTATE ON THE ATCHAFALAYA BASIN BRIDGE. THE LANE CLOSURES WILL TAKE PLACE ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY BETWEEN 8 P-M AND 6 A-M SO THAT CREWS CAN CONDUCT HERBICIDE TREATMENTS. THE CLOSURES WILL OCCUR BETWEEN THE HENDERSON CECILIA EXIT AT MILE 115 AND THE RAMAH MARINGOUIN EXIT AT MILE MARKER 135.
The state's Medicaid program has a $50 million budget gap. The shortfall was detailed in a financial update to the Legislature's joint budget committee from the Department of Health and Hospitals. DHH Undersecretary Jerry Phillips says he doesn't expect any cuts to fall on services or the health care providers who care for Medicaid patients. Instead, he says the department will ask lawmakers for dollars to close the hole in the next legislative session.