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News in Brief- December 16, 2018

News in Brief- December 16, 2018

WWII vet on mission to publicize dwindling number of vets

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A World War II veteran is on a mission to travel to all 50 states as part of an effort to raise awareness about the dwindling number of veterans from that war who are still alive.

Sidney Walton, of San Diego, met Tuesday with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards at the Commander's Palace restaurant.

The 99-year-old Walton started his tour in March. As he visits each state, he's been meeting with governors — 17 so far — and regular people.

His son, Paul, who is traveling with him, says his dad always regretted missing an opportunity when he was younger to meet a group of the last surviving Civil War veterans.

Walton will turn 100 on Feb. 11 and plans to visit the White House that day.


83-year-old Louisiana man receives doctorate degree Friday

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — An 83-year-old Vietnam veteran isn't sitting quietly in retirement. He's earned a doctorate degree from Louisiana State University.

Johnnie Jones will receive his Ph.D. in human ecology at an LSU graduation ceremony Friday.

And the Marine Corps veteran isn't quitting now that he's reached the doctorate level. Next up, he says he hopes to go to law school, saying the schoolwork helps to make him the best he can be.

Jones started taking LSU correspondence courses while he was deployed in Vietnam.

He earned a sociology degree from the University of Hawaii after returning to the United States. Later, he earned a master's degree in social work from LSU and then went to work for the corrections department, retiring 25 years later as a prison warden.


Audit: Louisiana State Police can't show how it spent $2.4M

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana state audit says the state police agency hasn't been able to provide proof that it spent $2.4 million policing the French Quarter last year.

News outlets report the Department of Public Safety disagrees with audit released Wednesday. The agency says $2.4 million in other funding was used to cover French Quarter policing costs until funding designated for that area's policing became available.

State police were allocated $2.4 million for French Quarter policing in 2017 through the New Orleans Public Safety Fund, which is legally required to fund public safety services in the area.

Instead of re-designating the funding of previous expenses, state police submitted a single fuel reimbursement request. The audit says the state Legislature's office can't determine how funds were spent without proper documentation.


La 1 Toll Bridge, exit lane, northbound to close Wed. evening 

LEEVILLE, La. - The exit lane of the LA 1 Toll Bridge (northbound), located at the base of the bridge, adjacent to the toll booth and toll tag lane in Leeville, will be closed to vehicular traffic Wednesday, December 19, at 8:00 p.m. for 4 hours until 12:00 a.m.

Exit traffic will be routed thru the Tag Only entrance lane. Tag Only traffic entering the bridge will be routed thru the pay lane.

The closure is needed in order to allow DOTD’s contractor to perform structural patching work to the existing deck as part of a bridge repair project. Should the contractor finish work prior to 12:00 a.m., the exit lane will be opened earlier.


Trash thrown throughout: Residents want bear-proof cans

FRANKLIN, La. (AP) — Bleach, household cleaner and bungee cords aren't stopping bears in a Louisiana parish, so one resident says she has to look out the window every morning to see if one has rummaged through her trash. She also says she's had to pick up billing and medical information and needles among the litter scattered across lawns and streets.

Black bears have been an issue in St. Mary Parish neighborhoods for years, KATC-TV reported Wednesday. Centerville resident Jennifer Liner and others in the parish are frustrated with a lack of bear-proof trash cans. But officials say they can't provide the receptacles until next year and that the issue is seasonal, at least.

Liner said she has had to pick up her own and neighbors' garbage from yards after her morning checks.

Parts of St. Mary Parish, south of U.S. Route 90, already have bear-proof cans, but officials say new ones won't be available until 2020 at the soonest.

"I've tried bleach to try to mask it with that, I've tried Pine-Sol to see if that will work," Liner said.

Information from: KATC-TV,