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Stories occurring around our area this morning

Posted: Updated: April 23, 2013 08:29 AM

MONROE, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Here are some things going on in the Arklamiss so far today...

In Louisiana, The lieutenant governor's office says 12 rental cabins at Louisiana's busiest state park probably won't reopen before late 2014. A spokesman says it will cost about $1.8 million to repair the cabins at Fontainebleu State Park near Mandeville. The cabins on piers over Lake Pontchartrain were heavily damaged last August by Hurricane Isaac.

 In CROWLEY, a man has been arrested on a second-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man during what police said was an argument. Clyde Milstead III was arrested Sunday in the shooting death of Jerrell Andrus.

And in Baton Rouge, the embattled chief executive officer of the Capital Area Transit System has resigned. Brian Marshall's departure comes amid recent harsh, public criticism of the bus agency's performance.

In Arkansas, Governor Mike Beebe today is expected to sign into law legislation that will allow Arkansas to use federal Medicaid dollars to buy private health insurance for thousands of low-income residents. Beebe today plans to sign into law measures setting up the "private option" program. The federal government must still approve Arkansas' plan.

Also from Little Rock, Arkansas lawmakers are set to give final approval to the bill detailing the state's $4.9 billion budget as they prepare to recess the 2013 session. The House and Senate plan to vote today on the proposed Revenue Stabilization Act. The votes will mark the end of the 100-day session.

And, the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock will receive a significant donation dedicated to its burn unit. The hospital is holding a ceremony today to mark the contribution, which is in honor of a person who died in a 1999 plane crash in the city. Children's Hospital's burn unit is the only one in the state.

In Fayetteville, meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack is scheduled to speak at an event in that area. Vilsack is expected to talk at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville this afternoon. The school says he's the featured speaker for this year's Dale and Betty Bumpers Distinguished Lecture Series.

And in Mississippi, more discussion is likely today of the mental state of the Mississippi man accused of mailing poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a local judge. An FBI agent testified yesterday that searches of Paul Kevin Curtis' vehicle and house in Corinth, Miss., found no ricin, ingredients for the poison or devices used to make it.

In Jackson, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has announced he will call lawmakers into special session to deal with a project in what he calls the state's "auto corridor." Mississippi has two automotive manufacturers - Nissan near Canton and Toyota near Blue Springs.

Elsewhere from Mississippi, the mother of a woman whose dismembered body washed ashore in Mississippi nearly a year ago wants the killer or killers brought to justice, but not executed. Donna Lockhart says whoever killed her daughter, Jaren Lockhart, should get life in prison. But she says the death penalty is wrong.

And in Toomsuba, fire officials still haven't pinpointed the cause of a fire that killed two people in Lauderdale County. The fire happened late Friday night in Toomsuba. Two people died. A third person was seriously injured.

 

 

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