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3:01 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Couple accused in St. John boy's death

A St. John the Baptist Parish couple found hiding in Georgia after they failed to show up for a trial in the death of the woman's 8-year-old son are back in Louisiana.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/SEHmcg) that 46-year-old Errol Victor and 38-year-old Tonya Victor had a court hearing Monday in LaPlace.

The couple disappeared on the eve of their second-degree murder trial last August and was arrested in Tifton, Ga., on April 14, after being featured on an episode of "America's Most Wanted."

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Tensas Parish Inmate Escape
2:59 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Tensas Parish sheriff seeks answers in stolen car escape

WATERPROOF, La. — Tensas Parish Sheriff Rickey Jones says he isn't sure how an escaped inmate stole and drove an unmarked police car 1,800 miles across the country, but he says it won't happen again.

Forty-three-year-old Benjamin Gottke was a trustee in the Tensas Sheriff's Office kitchen.

Last week, he acquired keys to an unmarked police car.

He was arrested in Maine on Saturday after he fled authorities while attempting to enter Canada. He had been serving time for simple burglary and had about nine months left on his sentence.

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Louisiana Credit Rating
2:56 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Moody's takes note of Louisiana Medicaid cut

Moody's Investors Service says Louisiana's loss of as much as $859 million in Medicaid financing is a "credit negative" for the state.

The notation from the bond-rating agency does not yet affect the state government bond rating — currently high investment grade and stable — but denotes for investors a significant change in the state's balance sheet.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/Q4abRS) the cut is tied to a congressional reduction in Louisiana's federal Medicaid financing rate.

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2:54 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Houma man pleads guilty to 3 murders

A 23-year-old Houma man will spend life in prison after pleading guilty to shooting and killing three people in 2009.

Jacobby Lee pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of first-degree murder, each of which carries a mandatory life sentence without the possibility of parole, according to the Terrebonne Parish District Attorney's Office.

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Education
2:50 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Southern to host meetings on budget cuts

The Southern University System is hosting a series of town hall meetings across Louisiana to discuss concerns about the effect of budget cuts on the system's three schools.

The town halls will be held Friday in Lafayette and Alexandria, Saturday in Shreveport and Monroe, on July 24 in New Orleans, on July 25 in Baton Rouge and on July 26 in Franklinton.

SU System President Ronald Mason Jr. is expected to attend the meetings. A news release on the town halls says "enrollment challenges" and increased retirement and health care costs also will be topics for discussion.

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6:00 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Spirit Airlines To Offer Direct Flights From New Orleans To Dallas

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines will be offering direct flights from New Orleans to Dallas. The additional service kicks in just in time for the Super Bowl.

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4:50 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Bossier City man accused of raping 1-year-old boy

Bossier City police have arrested a 32-year-old Bossier City man on charges of aggravated rape in connection with the alleged molestation of a 1-year-old boy.

The Times reports Zachary Keith Jordan was arrested Sunday following an investigation by detectives. The incident allegedly happened at Jordan's residence while he and others were babysitting the boy Saturday night.

Detectives began their investigation after officers were dispatched to Willis Knighton-South Medical Center in Shreveport after the boy's mother had taken him there.

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6:01 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Suspect in five killings isn't facing death penalty

The Justice Department does not intend to seek the death penalty against a New Orleans man charged with having a role in five 2007 killings, including an off-duty police officer's fatal shooting.

A two-page court filing Monday by U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office didn't explain its decision in the case against Steven Earl Hardrick.

A March 15 indictment claims Hardrick and others demanded money and cocaine when they broke into the home of New Orleans Police Detective Thelonius Dukes and shot him in October 2007. Dukes died the following month.

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Medicaid Cuts
5:54 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Sen. Peterson says Louisiana health care "a joke"

State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson says Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision to refuse expansion of the state's Medicaid program under the recently upheld federal health care law is akin to him signing a death warrant for community hospitals.

Peterson, head of the Louisiana Democratic Party, spoke at the Press Club of Baton Rouge Monday on the Medicaid cuts and the governor's rejection of the federal health care overhaul in Louisiana. The state Department of Health and Hospitals said Friday it will have to cut $329 million from the public health care system run by LSU.

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Spirit Airlines
5:50 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Spirit Airlines to start service to New Orleans

Spirit Airlines is starting service to New Orleans, offering daily non-stop flights between Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

New Orleans International says the low-cost carrier plans to start the flights on Jan. 24 with either a 145-seat Airbus A319 or 178-seat Airbus A320.

The planned flight schedule calls for one round trip between New Orleans and Dallas daily.

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