Arts, music patron Kirkpatrick dies at 95

Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:49

Edith Kirkpatrick, a former member of the Louisiana Board of Regents and longtime patron of classical music in Baton Rouge, died Tuesday morning at Baton Rouge General Medical Center due to complications from cancer.

“She was a very strong dedicated, gracious person who loved her church, who loved her family and her community, who dedicated her life to those areas, all the way up to a week ago,” said her youngest son, Kris Kirkpatrick.

Edith Kirkpatrick, 95, was born in Lisbon, near Homer, “a town of 125 people, and that’s on a good day,” her son said.

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Stringer Bridge Road changes face DOTD
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:32

GONZALES — Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said Tuesday that state highway officials plan to meet with him and other local officials at the end of April about what kind of long-term changes should be made to Stringer Bridge Road.

The road, also known as La. 935, was the scene of a deadly nighttime crash in February 2012 where two young girls died after their mother lost control of her car and drove into Black Bayou.

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One dead, four wounded in shootings
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:32

Four people were wounded and one person was dead after gunfire erupted in two incidents in different parts of East Baton Rouge Parish on Tuesday night.

Mike Chustz, spokesman for East Baton Rouge Parish Emergency Medical Services, said medics transported four people to hospitals after a shooting about 9 p.m. Tuesday in the 9000 block of Avis Avenue, near Staring Lane and Hyacinth Avenue.

Chustz said EMS also was working a fatal shooting that occurred about 20 minutes later on Dotson Avenue, north of Baton Rouge.

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Landrieu urges Medicaid vote
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 23:32

Promoting it as a health care and economic issue, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu pushed Tuesday for Louisiana voters to decide the fate of Medicaid expansion.

“The governor has clearly put his political future ahead of the future of the state of Louisiana,” said Landrieu, D-La. “Let the people decide what is fair, whether they want to expand and use over $16 billion” in federal funds.

“It’s kind of our last hope to let the people make the decision.

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It was a seminal moment in the case when attorneys for both sides discovered that in the homeowners’ policy, the fine print specifically excluded the intentional actions of the family’s children.

Thomas andDenise Breazeale, of St. Tammany Parish, said they were surprised to learn a homeowners’ insurance policy would not always include every member of the family living in the house.

The policies cover all manner of problems from slipping and falling to damage done by members of the family, such breaking someone else’s window.

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Deputy shoots, kills man
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 22:31

HAMMOND A deputy shot and killed a man Tuesday near Hammond in what started as a report of a domestic disturbance, authorities said.

Michael C. Nichols Jr., 48, was found holding a knife and standing over his injured 70-year-old mother, Barbara J. Nichols, inside a home in the 42200 block of Deborah Drive when Tangipahoa Parish sheriff’s deputies arrived about 12:35 p.m., said Trooper Greg Marchand, a spokesman for State Police.

Michael Nichols was shot and killed, although authorities have not yet released details on the number of deputies involved or the number of shots fired.

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Kitchen tax won’t see second try
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 22:31

St. James Parish President Timmy Roussel has no plans to put a tax proposal back on the ballot to build a kitchen for parish social service programs unless the public asks for one after a similar tax failed by one vote April 5.

The proposed Nutrition Kitchen would have supplied food to children in Head Start and other parish programs for the elderly and the developmental disabled.

The proposed 10-year, 1.25-mill property tax failed 538-539, with 7 percent turnout.

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La. oil cleanup status upgraded
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 22:31

The active search for Deepwater Horizon oil along the Gulf Coast ended Tuesday, when the final three miles of shoreline in Louisiana were removed from active cleanup status, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Florida, Alabama and Mississippi were taken off active response in June. The final three miles in Louisiana will join 4,375 miles across the Gulf Coast that have moved into what the U.S. Coast Guard calls a “middle response.”

Middle response means any oil found will be reported through normal channels at the National Response Center, but it includes the addition of Coast Guard teams dedicated to responding to any reports of Deepwater Horizon oil and oil spill removal crews who can respond if oil is found.

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School district employees get raise
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 22:31

GONZALES — The Ascension Parish School Board approved a 3 percent pay raise Tuesday for all school district employees, the first permanent raise since 2008.

“We have such a committed and excellent group of employees,” Superintendent Patrice Pujol said before the board voted. “It’s certainly less than they deserve, but we certainly recommend they get a permanent pay raise.”

After the vote approving the raise, School Board President Troy Gautreau said that pay was one of the top items mentioned as an area for improvement in an employee survey given this school year and the School Board took it seriously.

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Skateboarding limits rejected
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 22:30

The myth of the apathetic skateboarder was put to rest Tuesday night in Covington as several dozen hobbyists and their supporters gathered to express their opposition to a proposed ordinance that would have made riding a skateboard within Covington’s historic district a crime punishable by a fine and seizure of the board.

“This was awesome, from the community,” skateboarder Quinton Dragg said, gesturing at the people clustered outside the City Council chamber after the council voted 5-2 to withdraw the ordinance.

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