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Shreveport Bossier News Headlines For December 7th

A SCHOOL BUS CRASH IN CADDO LEAVES FOUR SOUTHWOOD HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS SLIGHTLY HURT. THE CRASH HAPPENED ON WALKER ROAD WHEN ANOTHER STUDENT DRIVING A TOYOTA CELICA PULLED OUT INTO THE STREET FROM CEDAR CREEK DRIVE. THREE STUDENTS ON THE BUS AND THE DRIVER OF THE TOYOTA SUFFERED MINOR INJURIES.

THE CADDO SCHOOL BOARD WINS THE FINAL LEGAL BATTLE OVER THE EXPULSION OF A CAPTAIN SHREVE STUDENT DATING BACK TO 2003. JUSTIN CHRISTY WAS KICKED OUT OF SCHOOL AFTER A BOTTLE OF WHISKEY FELL OUT OF HIS BACKPACK AT SCHOOL. HE ULTIMATELY WON A 60 THOUSAND DOLLAR JUDGMENT FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD BUT THE STATE SUPREME COURT HAS REVERSED THAT DECISION AND THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL NOT HAVE TO PAY.

TEACHERS GET SOME GOOD NEWS TODAY. BESE IS SET TO APPROVE A NEW WAY TO EVALUATE TEACHERS THAT WOULD RELY LESS ON STANDARDIZED TEST SCORES AND MORE ON STUDENT PERFORMANCE IN THE CLASSROOM.

SOME NON PROFIT GROUPS IN CADDO PARISH GET BAD NEWS FROM THE COMMISSION. BECAUSE OF LOWER GAMBLING REVENUES, SEVERAL THOUSAND DOLLARS IS BEING CUT FROM PARISH FUNDING TO GROUPS LIKE SRAC AND PROVIDENCE HOUSE. BUT FUNDING FOR ROBINSON’S RESCUE HAS BEEN INCREASED BY $45,000.

TWO LOCAL HUNTERS ARE CHARGED WITH ARSON. 30 YEAR OLD DAVID JAMES MILLER, AND 30 YEAR OLD SHANE KENDALL EARNEST ARE ACCUSED OF INTENTIONALLY TORCHING A DUCK BLIND NEAR THE RIVER BEND MARINA IN ELM GROVE. DEPUTIES BELIEVE THE MEN WERE INVOLVED IN AN ONGOING DISPUTE WITH RIVAL HUNTERS.

A LOCAL MAN ORIGINALLY CHARGED IN A TRIPLE MURDER IN BOSSIER IS HEADED TO TRIAL ON FEDERAL WEAPONS CHARGES GERALD “COPPERHEAD” NEEDHAM IS HEADED TO FEDERAL COURT TODAY.  MURDER CHARGES AGAINST HIM WERE ALREADY DISMISSED.

SEVERAL LOCAL LEADERS ARE GETTING TOGETHER FRIDAY TO TALK ABOUT CHURCH AND SCHOOL SECURITY DURING THE HOLIDAYS.  STATE REPRESENTATIVE HENRY BURNS WILL ALSO TALK ABOUT THE NEW STATE LAW THAT LETS YOU CARRY A CONCEALED GUN TO CHURCH.

IT WAS 70 YEARS AGO TODAY THAT THE JAPANESE ATTACKED PEARL HARBOR. THE THOUSANDS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES THAT DAY ARE BEING REMEMBERED. ABOUT 120 SURVIVORS WILL ATTEND THE CEREMONY.

HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED TO SWEEP INTO THE EASTERN THIRD OF THE COUNTRY TODAY, ESPECIALLY IN NEW ENGLAND, FROM A STRONG STORM OVER THE APPALACHIANS. COLDER AIR ON THE BACK SIDE OF THE STORM WILL BRING SNOW TO SOME AREAS.

GM IS WORKING ON STRUCTURAL CHANGES TO MAKE THE CHEVROLET VOLT ELECTRIC CAR AND THE BATTERY PACK MORE CRASH-RESISTANT. LEAKING COOLANT IS THE LIKELY CAUSE OF FIRES THAT BROKE OUT IN THE VOLT’S BATTERY AFTER GOVERNMENT CRASH TESTS.

LAYOFFS AT CITIGROUP. 4,500 EMPLOYEES FOR THE FINANCIAL GIANT WILL BE CUT OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS.

SOME OVER THE COUNTER WEIGHT LOSS DRUGS ARE FRAUDS. THE FDA SAYS THE HCG PRODUCTS ARE ILLEGAL AND CLAIMS THAT THE DRUGS WORK ARE UNSUBSTANTIATED. MOST OF THE PRODUCTS ARE SOLD ONLINE.LAST WEEK, THE FDA SENT WARNING LETTERS TO SEVEN COMPANIES.

SHOPPERS ARE GETTING HARDER TO IMPRESS WHEN IT COMES TO SIGNS THAT SAY `SALE!’ EXPERTS SAY AMERICANS HAVE BECOME SO USED TO DEEP DISCOUNTS THAT THEY EXPECT EACH SALE TO BE BIGGER AND BETTER. THAT MAY NOT BE GOOD NEWS FOR RETAILERS.

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SHOULD GIRLS UNDER AGE 17 BE ABLE TO GET THE MORNING-AFTER PILL WITHOUT A PRESCRIPTION. THE FDA IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A DECISION ON THAT QUESTION TODAY.

GUNS N’ ROSES HAS BEEN NOMINATED TO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. ALSO MAKING THE CUT FOR THE CLASS OF 2012 _ THE BEASTIE BOYS AND THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, AMONG OTHERS. THEY’LL BE INDUCTED IN A CEREMONY ON APRIL 14.

SOMEONE DROPPED A DIAMOND RING IN A SALVATION ARMY KETTLE IN THE SPOKANE, WASHINGTON, AREA. IT WAS WRAPPED IN A DOLLAR BILL AND IS VALUED AT FIVE-GRAND.

A HANDBAG SELLS FOR MORE THAN 200 THOUSAND AT AUCTION IN DALLAS. IT WAS AN (UR-MEHZ’) DIAMOND BIRKIN HANDBAG. IT’S MADE OF CROCODILE HIDE AND FEATURES 18-KARAT WHITE GOLD, DIAMOND-ENCRUSTED HARDWARE.

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