1. How much money is being budgeted for AMTRAK projects in Louisiana this year? What four cities in Louisiana are projects currently underway or slated to begin?

$2,842,124 is being budgeted for AMTRAK projects in Louisiana this year.  New Iberia, Lafayette, Hammond, and Lake Charles are currently underway or slated to begin. 

Source: http://www.amtrak.com/pdf/factsheets/LOUISIANA11.pdf

Rate: 10


  1. What is one of the serial numbers for either of the two airplanes owned by the University of Southern Mississippi?

H2O0038 is one of the serial numbers.

Source: http://aircraft-registration.findthedata.org/l/113014/34CW



  1. How many people were killed in bus crashes/accidents in Louisiana in 2003? How many were killed in large truck accidents? During the period from 1994-2009, what year saw the most deaths in bus crashes, and how many were there?

Five people were killed in bus crashes/accidents in Louisiana in 2003.  Seven people were killed in large truck accidents.  2001 saw the most and there were a total of eight deaths.

Source: http://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Vehicles/VehiclesBuses.aspx



  1. Which medical facility employs Dr. Charles Brent in Hattiesburg, MS? Does Dr. Brent have a public record on file with the state or not?

Southern Neurologic Spinal Institute employs him.  Yes he does have a public record on file with the state.

Source: http://www.southernneuroandspine.com/doctors_brent.htm




  1. According to the Centers for Disease Control, births in the United States have fallen how many percentage points from 2007 to 2009? What two areas of the United States have shown the biggest decline in live births? Which racial group had the largest decline in births during that 2-year period?

Births fell 4 percent.  Arizona and Nevada has shown the biggest decline.  Hispanics had the largest decline for births.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db60.htm




  1. On what date was the case of Islamic Shura Council of Southern California et al. vs. the FBI reviewed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals? Who were the three presiding Circuit Court judges? What is the case origin? What is the case number? What kind of case was it (case type?)

The date was November 1, 2010.  The judges were Mary M. Schroeder, Richard C. Tallman, and Milan D. Smith, Jr.  The case origin is Pasadena, California.  Case number is 09-56035 and it was an opinion case.


Source: http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2011/03/30/09-56035.pdf


  1. Harry F. Connick et al. vs. Thompson, John was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on what date? When was the decision filed? Who wrote the court’s majority opinion? Which justices joined? Who wrote the Court’s dissenting opinion? Which justices joined? For what crime was John Thompson originally prosecuted?

The case was argued on October 6, 2010.  The decision was filed on March 29, 2011.  Justice Thomas wrote the court’s majority opinion, and Justices Scalia and Alito joined.  Judge Ginsburg wrote the Court’s dissenting opinion, and justices Bryer, Sotomayer, and Kagan joined.  John Thompson was originally prosecuted for attempted arm robbery. 

Rate 10

Source: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-571.pdf


  1. According to the FBI, who are the 10 Most Wanted Fugitives? What distinguishing scars and marks can be found on wanted child pornographer Eric Justin Toth? Who are the 10 Most Wanted Terrorists by the FBI? What country is Jaber A. Elbaneh from? What distinguishing scars or marks does Abdul Rahman Yasin have? According to the FBI, how many name checks were requested in 2007 under the National Name Check Program (NNCP)? How many were requested in 2010? What’s the percentage increase/decrease?    

The 10 Most Wanted Fugitives are:

1.Eric Justin toth

2.Jason Derek Brown

3. Joe Luis Saenz

4.Glen Stewart Godwin

5.Robert William Fisher

6.Semion Mogelevich

7. Eduardo Ravelo

8.Alexis Flores

9.Victor Manuel Gerena

10.James J. Bulger

Eric Justin Toth has a mole under his left eye. 

The most wanted terrorists are:  

1. Ali Saed Bin Ali El-Hoorie

2.     Abdul Rahman Yasin

3.     Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah

4.     Jaber A. Elbaneh

5.     Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Al Al-Badawi

6.     Isnilon Totoni Hapilon

7.     Abdelkarim Hussein Mohamed Al-Nasser

8.     Ali Atwa

9.     Ibrahim Salih Mohammed Al-Yacoub

10.     Fahd Mohammed Ahmed Al-Quso     

Jaber A. Elbaneh is from Yemen.  Abdul Rahman Yasin has a chemical burn scar on his right thigh.

There were 4,071,020 in 2007.  There were 3,454,456 in 2010.  

Source:  http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten


  1.  Name the CEO, CFO and Chief Marketing Officer for the company 24-Hour Fitness Worldwide, Inc. Name 3 of the company’s chief competitors and their headquarter locations. 

CEO is Carl Leibert. CFO is Jeffrey Boyer.  Chief Marketing Officer is Tony Wells.

3 Competitors are 1.Bally Total Fitness Holding Corporation – Chicago, IL2.     AGT Crunch Acquisition LLC – New York, NY 3. Curves International, Inc. – Waco, TX.


  1. In the Betty Crocker contest to choose the best marriage cake for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s royal wedding, what was the name of the selection chosen by American voters?

Something Blue was the name of the selection chosen by American voters.

Source: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20110324005190/en/America-Chooses-Betty-Crocker%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9CSomething-Blue%E2%80%9D-Royal

Rate: 8


  1. According to the St. Tammany Parish Assessor, how are property taxes assessed? What kinds of services do these property taxes pay for? How are the property taxes calculated?

The tax rates are based on millages, bond issues, and fees that have been voted by registered voters in the various districts, which have been established by the Legislature or Constitution.

Source:  http://www.stassessor.org/tax-calc.html

Rate: 8


  1. List at least 5 non-profit organizations currently helping in Japan.

1. The Red Cross

2. Save the Children


4. International Medical Corps

              5. Salvation Army

            Source: 6. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/21/how-to-help-japan-earthquake-relief_n_834484.html

            Rate: 9


  1. According to the United States Department of Labor, how many workers died from work-related injuries in 2008? How many died from work-related injuries in 2009? Calculate the percentage decrease or increase from 2008 to 2009.

5,214 in 2008, 4,551 in 2009. The percentage decrease was 12.7%.

Source: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.t01.htm



  1. According to the most recent statistics issued by FEMA, list at least 5 addresses in the city of Monroe that are potential “floodplain properties.”

500 HARN ST Monroe LA 71201

410 WILMUTH ST Monroe LA 71201

412 N 24TH ST Monroe LA 71201

2002 FLYNN ST Monroe LA 71201

306 HARN ST Monroe LA 71201


Source: http://www.ci.monroe.la.us/docs/floodplain-list.pdf




  1.  What percentage of Monroe citizens were foreign born, according to the last U.S. Census? What is the national average?

1.4% of Monroe citizens were foreign born.  The national average is 12.7%.

Source: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/22000.html

Rate: 10


  1. Name 2 Louisiana banks that have closed since 2000. What cities were they in? Were they acquired by other banks, and if so, name the bank that acquired them.

        Farmers Bank of Cheneyville – Cheneyville, LA

Acquired by Sabine State Bank & Trust


        Statewide Bank – Covington, LA


Acquired by Home Bank


Source: http://fdic.gov/bank/individual/failed/banklist.html



  1. What is the patent number for the rotisserie cooking oven invented by Alan Backus and Ron Popeil? When was the patent filed? Where are the inventors from?

The patent number is 08017167.  The patent was filed on September 13, 2011. Backus is from Los Angeles and Popeil is from Beverly Hills.

Source: http://www.uspto.gov/web/patents/patog/week37/OG/html/1370-2/US08017167-20110913.html



  1.  What are the top six states for starting new businesses according to figures compiled for 2009 and 2010? Is Louisiana among those top six states? If so, where does it rank? What economic factors are attributed to its success (or failure)?







The state’s tax incentives for the film and television industry.

Louisiana is number 4.  

Source  http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2011/smallbusiness/1104/gallery.top_startup_states.fsb/4.html

Rate  8


  1. What was President Barak Obama’s federal income tax rate for 2011? How much money did the Obamas claim in adjusted gross income for 2011? What percentage of their income did they give to charity? How much did Vice President Joe Biden make in 2011? What percentage did Biden give to charity? What is the “Buffet Rule?” Do either Joe Biden or Barack Obama qualify for the “Buffet Rule?”

Rate for 2011 was 20.5. He claimed 789674. 22% was given to Charity. Biden made 379035. He gave 5.540 to charity. The “Buffet Rule” would seek to ensure the tax rate of the wealthiest Americans is at least as much as the middle class.  Obama qualifies.

Source: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/13/news/la-pn-obama-tax-returns-20120413



  1. In 2010, what were the racial percentages of the 6,008 known hate crime offenders? In 2010, how many total bank crime robberies occurred? What was the total amount of loot stolen in 2010? How much of that loot was recovered? What were the top two days of the week for bank crimes in 2010? Did more robbers use a written note or a verbal demand in 2010?
  2. 62.4% were white


  1. 18.5% were black


  1. 7.3% were groups of individuals of various races


  1. 10.2% were unknown races


  1. The remaining percentage were unnamed races

Bank crime robberies: 1160.  Loot stolen in 2010: $1,908,054.22  Top two days of the week: Tuesday and Friday. Most robbers used a written note demand.

Source: http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/bank-crime-statistics-2010/bank-crime-statistics-2010



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