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4A . The News-Star . Tuesday, August 5, 2003 LOCAlTnEGIOKLOUISIAMA Judge signs jury's $500K judgment in discrimination suit! 2 Q 3 r 9 Open a checking account at Progressive, and Open a checking account with direct deposit and v II II mmw' mm Open a checking account, and you could J Open a checking account at Progressive Bank, and we'll show you the money! It's money for the taking, all right, and you'll be automatically enrolled in our month- long $100-a-day daily drawing in October and have an opportunity to win big dollars! (Every Progressive Bank checking account household is automatically enrolled.) So if you like the color of money, visit any Progressive Bank location and open an account! You'll enjoy all the other advantages of banking with Progressive, including our super convenient lobby hours of 8 till 6 weekdays, plus Saturday banking and the added convenience of 25 ATMs and 7 banking locations! Don't miss out. It's really money in the bank! 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Only nsjs personal checking customers to Progressive Bank qualify for the new account and direct deposit bonuses and only ant new checking account per household will qualify for these bonuses, PRO fiRIESSOVf BANK 1401 N. 19th, Monroe 651-5000 1101 Hudson Lane, Monroe 651-5020 1380 Lamy Lane, Monroe 651-5180 Albertson8 Hwy. 165 N., Monroe 387-5402 3421 Cypress St., West Monroe 387-6750 701 Trenton St., West Monroe 651-5120 Gene Cox Grocery (ATM only) 2401 Arkansas Rd., West Monroe Drew Get-N-Go Grocery (ATM only) 946 Old Highway 15, West Monroe 301 Fair Ave., Wlnnsboro 435-7581 (800) 960-7584 General Information: 398-9772 www.progressivebank.com EQUAL HOUSING LENDER 9 iThe federal judge, however, is still reviewing a defense motion to overturn the jury's verdict in the Franklin Parish case. ; By JOHNNY GUNTER . jgunterthenewsstar.com U.S. District Court Judge Robert 0. "Robbie" James signed a final judgment Monday in a religious discrimination lawsuit won by a Franklin Parish resident recently, but has not yet ruled on a defense motion to overturn the jury's verdict. A federal jury awarded Michael Lee Johnson, 51, of Liddieville, $496,000 in damages against Healthworks International of Winnsboro on July 15. "The final judgment signed (Monday) by the judge is just a fot-mality," said Johnson's attorney, Matt Courtman of Monroe. Defense attorneys James Rountree of Monroe and Steve Dean of Winnsboro say they will appeal the jury's verdict if James doesn't overturn the jury's award. The lawsuit alleged that the defen dant company, owned by Franklin Parish residents Ivan Hawthorne and Sam Noble, gconstantly pressured Johnson to become a member of the Apostolic Tabernacle. ; ; When it became apparent he was not going to join, the suit claimed Johnson was not properly paid, was harassed, demoted and finally fired in October 2000. Johnson's wife, Regina, was removed from the federal lawsuit after she won a lawsuit in 5th Judicial District Court in Winnsboro last year, Courtman said. She was awarded $40,000 for religious discrimination. The owners of Healthworks, which distributes health-related products, were dropped as defendants and only the company was sued. ; The judge's Monday judgment fixed the principal award at $196,600 in compensatory damages and $300,000 in punitive damages. Healthworks also was ordered to pay court costs and the plaintiff's attorney fees of $12,996. The defendant company was also ordered to pay legal interest on the $196,600 from Aug. 28, 2001, and legal interest on the other sums from the date of judgment on July 30. Police: More arrests likely in counterfeit money case The fake $20 bills were used in bars and fast food restaurants and have turned up in drug deals. Associated Press COVINGTON - More arrests are expected in an investigation into the passing of counterfeit money between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, authorities said. Two men were arrested last week in St. Tammany Parish while trying to sell counterfeiting equipment for $100 in cash and $100 worth of the drug OxyContin, the St. Tammany Parish sheriff's office said Monday. The investigation began when Mandeville police reported that a fake $20 bill had been passed at a fast-food restaurant. An ensuing anonymous tip led investigators to the two men, sheriff's deputies said. Kenneth David Bowdin, of Slidell, and Fernando Joseph Estopinal V, of Pontchatoula, were booked on state charges of monetary instrument abuse, compounding a felony, criminal conspiracy and attempted possession of OxyContin. Estopinal was released on $17,500 bond. Bowdin 's bond was set at $18,500, but state probation officials put a hold on him and he remained in jail Monday. Investigators said fake $20 bills have been used in southeastern Louisiana at bars and fast-food restaurants, and have turned up in drug deals. The Secret Service has been called in to attempt to track fake bills from . the equipment that was seized, sheriff's deputies said. The sheriff's office said they believe that Bowdin and Estopinal may also be linked to counterfeiting in Tangipahoa Parish. Today will be partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the lower 90s with southwest winds from 10 to 15 mph. The chance of rain is 20 percent today, continuing tonight. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows ' will be in the mid 70s with southwest winds from 5 to 10 mph. ail Satellite SL-16-R7B will be visible for 11 minutes beginning at 9:1 1 p. m today. It will first become visible 10 degrees above the SSW horizon and will leave eyesight at 10 degrees above the NNE horizon. With directly overhead being 90 degrees, maximum elevation will be 64 degrees. http:spacellight.nasa.govrealdatasightings Today Wednesday Highest 9 a.m. Noon 3 p.m. 6 p.m. 9 (very high) 4 (low) 9 (very high) 5 (moderate) 0 (minimal) 8 (high) 4 (low) .8 (high) 5 (moderate) , 0 (minimal) . El Rating on a scale of 1-10, where 1 is the least comfortable and 10 is the most comfortable for ttiis time of year Today Wednesday Thursday 6 5 4 A mix of sun and clouds today. Winds southwest at 6-12 mph with good drying conditions. Humidity will lower to 60 percent this afternoon. Parts of the area will have a thunderstorm this evening. I! Pollen Monday Mold Monday 0 7058 Pollen: 0-15 Low; 16-90 Moderate; 91-1500 High. Mold: 0-900 Low; 901-2500 Moderate; 2501-25.000 High. Source: Asthma and Allergy Clinic Of Shreveport Pollen Count is not available on the weekends EE Monday 42 Tuesday 35 Rating 0-50 Good: 51-100 Moderate; 101-150 Unhealthy to sensitive groups (children and people with asthma); 151-200 Unhealthy. Source. Shreveport 0EQ Today Tonight ill Wednesday ittMfiaar' flaw Thursday Friday Saturday Sunrise Sunset Moonrisa Moonset Today 6:25 a.m. 8:03 p.m. 2:06 p.m. 12:14 a.m. Wednesday 6:26 a.m. 8:03 p.m. , 3:15 p.m. f 12:52 a.m. First Full Humid with sunshine and some clouds. 10 High 90C A shower or t-storm early; partly cloudy. Low 73 Shower or t-storm possible In the p.m. 92774 Hot and humid; a t-storm possible. 95774 Mostly sunny; hot and humid. 96T734 Sunny to partly cloudy; hot and humid. 94772" Last New Aug 5 Aug 11 Aug 19 Aug 27 Statistics for Monroe through 5 p.m. Monday. Temperature High Monday . 93 at 4 00 p.m. Low Monday 75 at 6:12 a.m. High Sunday 91 Low Sunday 72 For Monday Normal high 95" Normal low 72 High last year , , ' 94s Low last year 74 Record high 103 in 1964 Record low 63 in 1977 Temperature Departures From Normal Monday 0.0 Month to date -1.4 Year to date -2.1 Precipitation 24 hours ending 5 p.m. Monday 0.00" Month to date 0.08" Normal month to data , 0.37", Year to date 32.39" Normal year to date .; 33.91" MMHIilMUiihfcl 2EE met n.H'iWffi'Eao 1 J Tulsa , 9273 Dallas 100779 09 r$ Nashville . 8SU Memphis Little Rock- 86-73 8674 w . Huntsville ... . .: v '. a 8471 Atlanta 03 8271 Jackson 9073 Birmingham B 8571 Mobile VaId0Sla 9175 Q?A73 e Houston 9878 'i Pancarnla ao77 Tallahassee 8673 Brownsville 9880 ' 03 ! - Monroe' . j is ' 9073 - Vf Shreveport Tallulah S.- B33 9073 1 1 VFR conditions most of todav. but watch for isolated thunderstorms. Winds at 5,000 feet southwest at 1 5-20 knots. Winds at 1 0,000 feet north- j west at 1 2-25 knots. For tviatioe weather update call (800) 992-7433 THE REAL FEEL TEMPERATURE'" IN MONROE TODAY: Alexandria 9275 95c A composite of the . effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, pre-r epilation, and etevatjon on the human body. - ', Baton Rouge m - 5H76 . t lloul Allot. Lake Charles. i . nam ' - at 1 f .j mill - a,v I City Albany . Anchorage Atlanta Atlantic City Baltimore . Baton Rouge Boise ,,. ..-.I... Boston Charleston , . Charleston Cheyenne , Chicago Cincinnati . . Cleveland Columbus, OH Hi 82 68 82 80 84 92 92 80 89 81 85 80 83 79 84 Today Wednesday rMaaMeHKU lo w 69 t 53 s 71 c 72 t 68 t 76 pc 64 s 67 t 74 pc 63 pc 56 t 64 pc 64 pc ' 63 t 65 pc Hi 82 68 81 80 86 90 88 78 87 81 86 82 83 81 85 Lo W 67 t 53 pc 70 pc 72 c 68 C 75 pc 62 S 67 C 74 t 64 pc 57 s 64 pc 63 pc 63 pc 65 pc Today Wednesday Weather (WV t-sumnr. pe-oartty City Hi Lo W Hi U W City Hi Dallas 100 79 s 100 76 pc Minneapolis 78 Denver 91 62 s 90 63 pc Nashville 85 Detroit 80 64 pc 82 64 pc NewYork 83 El Paso 98 72 pc 90 68 c New Orleans 92 Fairbanks 60 46 c 66 48 pc Orlando 92 Flagstaff 78 50 s 78 50 s Pensacola 89 Grand Rapids 79 61 pc 79 61 pc Portland, OR 80 Honolulu 88 77 pc 89 77 s St. Louis 85 Houston ; 98 78 pc 98 78 pc- San Francisco 66 Indianapolis 81 64 pc 82 63 pc Seattle 77' Jackson 90 73 pc 90 73 pc Tucson 100 Jacksonville 91 73 pc 90 72 pc Tulsa 92 Little Rock 86 74 t 93 73 pc Washington, DC 86 Los Angeles 82 64 pc 80 62 pc Wichita 92 Memphis 86 73 t 92 72 pc , Wilminoton. DE 85 cloudy, e-cloudy. -showers Mhunderstorms. r-ram. sf-snow flurries, m-snow Hce. Today Wednesday Lo W 64 c 70 C 72 t 77 pc 73 t 77 pc 58 pc 70 pc 58 pc 56 S 75 S 73 pc 72 1 70 pc 70 t Hi 80 87 83 92 92 87 77 84 66 74 100 90 88 94 86 Lo W 64 pc 68 pc 71 C 77 pc 73 t 76 t 58 pc 66 pc 58 pc 54 pc 75 pc 69 s 72 c 66 s 71 C River Flood 7 a.m. Stage Mon. 24 hr. Change Ohio River Cairo Mississippi River Memphis . , Helena Arkansas City Greenville Vicksburg Natchez Red River Lndg Baton Rouge Donaldsonville 40 , 24.1 0.2 34 44 37 48 43 48 48 48 27 9.4 17.2 ' 15.5 : 27.2 21.5 28.0 30.0 15.1 . 8.8 0.6 0.8 0.5 0.4 0.0 A 0.3 A 0.3 0.3 A 0.2 Flood 7 a.m. 24 hr. River Stage Won. Change New Orleans 17 4.9 0.3 Ouachita River , r Camden 26 8.6 A 0.1 Fels L&D ! ," ' 54.6 0.2 Monroe 40 21.7 V0.1 Columbia L&D(lg) 35.0 A 0.7 Red River Shreveport .30 14.2 A 0.1 Alexandria 32 20.0 OO.O Coushatta 31 24.2 A 0.2 Lucky 1N 3.2 0.2 A Rise; Fall; No Change utbtarTMitiksiBeMJati City Athens ' Berlin Geneva ' Hong Kong Jerusalem London Madrid Today Hi Lo W 88 70 s 78 60 pc 90 66 S 88 77 t 91 66 S 91 68 s 100 70 S Wednesday Hi Lo W 87 70 S 76 61 pc 88 67 s 90 80 t 91 66 S 90 64 s 99 70 S City Mexico City . Montreal Moscow Paris Rio de Janeiro Rome Tokyo Today Wednesday Hi Lo W 77 54 pc 78 59 sh 83 61 pc 92 72 s 77 66 S 93 72 s 88 75 t Hi Lo W 76 54 c 77 64 t 76 53 sh 93 72 s 80 69 s 93 70 s 90 77 pc WeW Shown are today's noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are myiia vi me uay. rviowisi nfgnitfw wmperaiures are given lor selected cities. Ms 70s eoa iJe 40$ ZOt 10 101 4, lfhl!!!?' I ' PL -F?(Muig)i Showers iMf J Ll 'rjjJ?s"J?r' T-storms Ice Stationary National SummarV Artrtitimvil chmuerc and fhi , ... . ..,,,,, ,.,WJlulllla , uvrt,u, luuay awuis II IB eastern part of the nation. Flooding will be aggravated by heavy downpours. Most of the Woct uuill remain Hm ThA Ujaet u.ill k niA.HAH4 ...:L. . West will remain dry. The West Coast will be pleasant with clouds giving way to sunshine. All maps, forecasts and data provided by AccuWealher, Inc. 2003

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