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Friday, January 03, 2014

Friday, January 03, 2014





Ten young whooping cranes are getting used to southwest Louisiana. Later this year, they'll join 23 older birds in the wild. Whooping cranes are some of the world's largest and rarest birds. State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Bo Boehringer says 10 arrived at the 71,000-acre White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area in Vermillion Parish on New Year's Day.





THE FIRST BABY OF THE YEAR FOR CALCASIEU PARISH WAS BORN AT THE WOMENíS AND CHILDRENíS HOSPITAL IN LAKE CHARLES. AIDEN IEN ROBINSON CAME INTO THE WORLD AT 8:04 WEDNESDAY MORNING AND IS THE THIRD CHILD OF STEPHEN AND VALERIE ROBINSON. STEPHEN TOLD THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT THEY WENT TO THE HOSPITAL AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT NEW YEARíS DAY. BUT HE DIDNíT EXPECT THAT HIS WIFE WOULD END UP GIVING BIRTH THAT DAY. THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW THAT THE FIRST BABY OF THE YEAR IN CALCASIEU PARISH WAS BORN AT WOMENíS AND CHILDRENíS.





TWO PARENTS OF LAFAYETTE PARISH PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS HAVE FORMED A NEW ADVOCACY GROUP THAT WILL PUSH FOR POLICIES THAT PROMOTE PUBLIC EDUCATION FREE OF PRIVATIZATION. KATHLEEN ESPINOZA AND ANN BURRUS ORGANIZED A WATCHDOG GROUP LAST YEAR THAT FOUGHT AGAINST THE APPROVAL OF CHARTER SCHOOL APPLICATIONS, THAT WERE EVENTUALLY APPROVED BY THE STATE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION. ESPINOZA TELLS THE ADVOCATE THEY OPPOSED THE APPLICATIONS BECAUSE THE NEW CHARTER SCHOOLS WILL BE OPERATED BY FOR-PROFIT MANAGEMENT COMPANIES. THEIR NEW WATCHDOG GROUP, THE POWER OF PUBLIC EDUCATION LAFAYETTE, WILL FOCUS ON ADVOCACY TO ENSURE ALL STUDENTS RECEIVE AN EQUITABLE EDUCATION.





Looking for that tax refund? The state revenue department says it will start processing 2013 individual income tax returns at the end of the month. The department announced Thursday that state income tax forms will be available online Jan. 31 and the state's free electronic filing application will begin accepting returns at that time. The department recommends electronic filing of tax returns to speed processing.





A DAILY ADVERTISER INVESTIGATION HAS REVEALED THAT A FATAL CHRISTMAS DAY WRECK THAT RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF A CHURCH POINT WOMAN WAS CAUSED BY A BRANCH MAN WHO HAD HISTORY OF DRIVING WHILE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL AND DRUGS. 48-YEAR-OLD JODY BOURQUE HAD THREE PREVIOUS O-W-IíS BUT HAS SERVED LITTLE TIME IN JAIL. HE HAD AN IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE ON HIS VEHICLE, BUT AUTHORITIES SAY HE DISASSEMBLED, ENABLING HIM TO DRIVE ON CHRISTMAS DAY. HE WAS DRIVING SOUTH ON L-A 35 SHORTLY AFTER TEN CHRISTMAS NIGHT WHEN HE CROSSED THE CENTER LINE AND COLLIDED HEAD ON WITH A NORTHBOUND VEHICLE, KILLING THE DRIVER AND INJURING TWO PASSENGERS.







AXIALL HAS RELEASED A REPORT ABOUT A DECEMBER 20TH FIRE AT THEIR CHEMICAL PLANT IN WESTLAKE. THE REPORT SAYS THE FIRE BEGAN AT 1:41 IN THE AFTERNOON IN THE P-H-H VINYL CHLORIDE MANUFACTURING AREA AND WAS PUT OUT 57 MINUTES LATER. THREE CHEMICALS WERE RELEASED INCLUDING DICHLOROETHANE, VINYL CHLORIDE, AND HYDROCHLORIC ACID. NO WORKERS WERE INJURED, BUT SMOKE COVERED THE AREA AND TWENTY DRIVERS ENDED UP BEING TREATED AT LOCAL HOSPITALS FOR RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS.





MARINE VETERAN EDDIE GRAY LEFT HIS MONTANA HOME FIVE YEARS AGO AND HAS TRAVELED MORE THAN 56-HUNDRED MILES IN AN EFFORT TO RAISE AWARENESS AND SUPPORT OF HEALTH CARE AND BENEFITS FOR VETERANS. YESTERDAY GRAY WAS IN LAFAYETTE WHERE HE MADE A STOP AT THE AMERICAN LEGION POST AND MET WITH CITY PARISH PRESIDENT JOEY DUREL. DUREL TOLD THE DAILY ADVERTISER THAT HE WAS THRILLED TO VISIT HIM, AND SAID WHAT GRAY IS DOING IS VERY SPECIAL. TOMORROW GRAY WILL VISIT NEW IBERIA AND THEN HEíLL WALK TO BREAUX BRIDGE.





With the click of a mouse, small businesses soon will be able to set up shop in Louisiana without scurrying among state agencies to file the necessary paperwork.

The Advocate reports GeauxBiz will allow entrepreneurs to create a business name, get a state tax identification number and build an unemployment insurance account via the Internet. Secretary of State Tom Schedler said Thursday that his goal with GeauxBiz is to improve efficiencies, reduce costs and cut out duplications across state government. Startup business tasks involving Schedler's office, the Louisiana Workforce Commission and the state Department of Revenue now will be on a single website.



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