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  • News For Thursday 04/17/14

    News for Thursday 041714

    By Dave Graichen

     

    Members of the House Criminal Justice committee shot down a proposal to  allow  some teachers and administrators to carry a gun on school campuses. The legislation is by Chalmette Representative Ray Garofalo who says he's just trying to make  criminals  think  twice  before going on a killing  spree  at  a  school. But he recognized there was  lots  of opposition to the bill so he voluntarily deferred.

     

    Speaking of guns, legislators  won't be allowed to carry them around while  they work at the Capitol either.  The  discussion  was  quite heated on  the  Senate  Floor  as both sides argued about Senate Bill 651 that would allow  lawmakers  to  carry  guns  at the Capitol. It ended up failing by a vote of 23-12.

     

    Leah Gordon, the staff member of Congressman Vance McAllister who is accused of leaking the video of the congressman’s scandalous kiss, has resigned as his Monroe District Office manager.

    Adam Terry, McAllister’s chief of staff, confirmed her resignation late Wednesday. He said Gordon wasn’t fired and went on to say they won’t terminate or discipline any employee until after an internal investigation of the security breach is complete.

     

    It's been  almost four years since the BP oil spill, and Wednesday it was announced that the "active" clean-up following the Deepwater Horizon disaster has  come  to an end. BP says that they will continue to be available should any  more  oil  show up on the Louisiana coastline. (More than $14 billion dollars was spent in the clean-up effort)

     

    Two bodies were found inside a vehicle that was on fire in Vermilion Parish. Sheriff's deputies made the gruesome discovery around 9 Thursday morning.  Major Darryl LeBlanc, with the Vermilion Parish  Sheriff's Department  says it will take a while before they are able to get an ID on the victims. LeBlanc says the deaths are currently considered to be suspicious.

     

    State Police say a man was fatally shot by law enforcement with  the Tangipahoa  Parish  Sheriff's  office  in  order  to  stop  him from attacking his 70-year-old mother.

     

    East  Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputies say a fight between  two step brothers  resulted  in  one shooting and killing the other. The shooter  claimed he was acting in self-defense.

     

    The University  of  Louisiana  at Monroe has been ranked by Business Insider Magazine as the most underrated  college in Louisiana. There were  50 colleges along with ULM on the underrated  list  which  had great  academics,   high   acceptance   rates  and  strong  in-state populations…

     

    A Louisiana House-passed measure that would ban use of photo speed enforcement devices on Louisiana’s interstate highways neared final legislative passage Wednesday. The Senate Transportation and Public Works Committee - without objection - sent House Bill 896 to the Senate floor for approval.

     

     The House Education Committee approves a bill that gives public schools  the authority to put up nativity scenes and Christmas trees as part of a  holiday display. The author of the measure is Shreveport Representative  Alan Seabaugh, who says it's the Merry Christmas bill.  Seabaugh says he gets calls every year from public schools, asking if  they can have a Christmas play or put up a Christmas tree. He says the  Supreme Court has ruled that it's not a violation of church and state

     and therefore he would like it written into state law.

     

    LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva has announced some additions to the LSU  football  schedules.  The "home and home" series with  Syracuse University will  have the Tigers travel to the Carrier Dome in  2015, then a return to Tiger Stadium against the Orange in 2017.

     

     

  • News For Wednesday 04/16/14

    News for Wednesday 041614

    By Dave Graichen

     

    It's  been  a  rough  ride  for  Louisiana  College  President   Joe Aguillard,  with  many  students  and  board members calling for his resignation recently.  Tuesday  the Board of  Trustees  announced their

    plans  to  make  him a President Emeritus and a tenured professor. Dr. Argile Smith, dean of the LC divinity school, was named interim president while the school searches for a replacement. 

     

     Embattled US Representative Vance McAllister will not make any public  appearances this week, but he will return to work in Washington D-C when  Congress returns from a two-week holiday recess.  McAllister has not been seen publicly since video was made public that  showed him kissing a staffer that was also married. In a written statement, his office said McAllister is with his wife and family for

    the rest of the Easter recess.

     

    A  senate committee has approved legislation this Tuesday that would allow   judges   to   sentence   individuals   convicted  of  heroin distribution or possession to 99 years in prison.  The bill heads to

    the Senate floor.

     

    A bill that would take the unenforceable anti-sodomy law off  Louisiana's books did not pass on the House floor Tuesday. The  legislation by Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith only got 27

     yes votes and needed 53 to pass.  Anti-Sodomy laws were invalidated nationwide by the US Supreme Court  in 2003

     

    The  Jindal  Administration  launches  a  campaign  that  encourages schools, businesses and restaurants  to help Louisiana citizens live healthier.    Jindal  says  it's  called  the   "Well-Ahead   Health Initiative" and  those  entities that choose to participate would be considered a "Well Spot"  if  they meet a certain amount of criteria set forth by the Department of Health and Hospitals.

     

    A senate committee  approves  a  bill  to  ban  the use of drones to photograph  people  on  private property without permission,  but  a couple of lawmakers have  concerns.   The  measure  contains several exceptions,  including  for  law  enforcement.  Despite the concerns, the bill passed without objection and heads to the Senate floor.

     

    As the legislative session continues in Baton Rouge today, the House Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled  to  hear  a  bill  that  would allow principals, and even teachers, to bring a gun on a school campus, if they  have  a  concealed  gun  permit  and  have  undergone required training.

     

    A  woman  from  Haughton  and  a  male friend from Bossier City were arrested Monday night for conspiring to murder her husband this past weekend.  Cassie Sims and Patrick Pierce were taken into custody for devising a plan to murder Sims' husband  Sunday morning.  Pierce and Sims  admitted  to  detectives  they developed  the  plan,  however; while attempting to carry  out the plot, the husband disarmed Pierce who  then  fled.   Multiple charges  have  been  filed.   Bonds  are

    pending.

     

    With today's check on gas prices, we're now paying 20 cents more for a gallon of regular than we were this time last month.  The American Automobile Association says the price is $3.46 right now  and jumped another penny last night.

     

    State Superintendent of Education John White got a favorable review in his annual job evaluation, officials said Tuesday. The review was done by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Chas Roemer, president of the board, made the announcement after an hour-long, closed door meeting with White and the panel. The scores mean that, for the second year in a row, White is got the second highest of four ratings, effective/proficient. That is defined as meeting between 75 percent and 99 percent of the annual goals.

     

    Fans of Bruce Springsteen slated to attend his show at Jazzfest this year will be getting a lot more bang for their  buck. Officials with the fest announced Monday the E Street Band will  now  be  getting a slot that's 2 hours and 45 minutes long.

     

    The  Louisiana  Department  of  Wildlife  and  Fisheries  gave  some encouraging  news  today about Louisiana's Whooping Crane Population. A mating pair has produced  eggs  in  the wild for the first time in seventy  years.   The  eggs  will be under  observation  by  project biologists.

     

     

  • News For Tuesday 04/15/14

    News for Tuesday 041514

    By Dave Graichen

     

    The Louisiana College board of trustees is meeting on campus today to discuss among things the future of it’s president Dr. Joe Aguillard. The 34 members will decide if Aguillard will be removed or given a new contract. About 50 Louisiana College alumni, students, faculty and community members joined hands in prayer for the private Baptist school in Pineville on Monday, as well as looking for guidance with the board’s decision.

     

    A  spokesperson for Republican former congressman  Rodney  Alexander says  that he does not intend to run for his old congressional seat, currently  held  by  embattled  congressman Vance McAllister.  Robin Keller, Alexander's spokesperson says that Alexander has no interest in the 5th District seat.  Alexander  gave up the congressional seat last year to become Governor Jindal's veteran affairs secretary.

     

    Chilly weather is back in the bayou state today as a result of that  strong cold front that produced severe weather across the state  yesterday. A damaging storm ripped though the town of Gautier (goh-SHAY) Mississippi last night toppling trees and destroyed or damaged up to 30 RV trailers at a local campground. State Climatologist Barry Keim says make sure you have a  jacket with you today as highs will only be in the low 60s.  Keim says the cold weather will last until tomorrow and there's a chance  we can break some record lows tomorrow as temperatures will dip into  the 30s for much of the state.

     

    Today is tax day and there are millions of Americans who still haven't  filed and are waiting till the last minute. The IRS says if you plan to file  electronically, it must be done by midnight tonight. If you make less than $58,000 a year, you can log on to  irs.gov and choose from 14 different commercial software companies and  file your federal taxes for free. By the way, Three out of four filers get refunds  and they are issued within 21 days for the most part.

     

    In a survey of 600 likely voters in the 6th district congressional race,   52-percent said they would NOT vote for former governor Edwin Edwards.  31-percent said they would vote for him, while 17-percent are undecided.  LSU Political Science Professor Kirby Goidel says the survey has 11-percent voting for Paul Dietzel and another 11-percent for state  senator Dan Claitor.  Goidel feels that Edwards is actually sitting in a  strong position to at least make a runoff election .

     

    A  man who kidnapped a school bus driver in Baton Rouge at  gunpoint  surrendered  to  authorities  after  a stand-off that lasted for several hours. The BRPD SWAT team was called out to the house just a block away from an elementary school where 37 year old Jock Jones was holding the female bus driver hostage.  He eventually gave himself up without incident.

     

    A distracted driver texting on a cell phone crashed his car into the back of a Calcasieu  Parish  School Bus on Highway 171 Monday morning. One of the injuries was reportedly  a  child  on  the bus.  Nineteen year-old  Tyler Moses of Longville-who was also injured-was  charged with texting  while driving, careless operation, and failure to stop for a school bus.

     

    The Lafayette Police Department  says  they have interviewed the two men  who found the phone of a woman whose  body  was  discovered  in Girard  Park  early  Sunday.  The  two are not considered persons of interest  in  the  death  of  21-year-old   Alexandria   Shelton  of Lafayette.  The  cause  of  death  of  the  woman  has  not yet been released, however police are now saying  her death was not the result of a homicide. The investigation continues.

     

    Former  LSU  linebacker  Tahj  Jones is recovering  after  a  second surgery Sunday afternoon from a  gunshot  wound.  Jones  was shot in the abdomen late Friday  night  allegedly  by  another former  LSU  football  player, Brandon Winey.  Winey was arrested  Saturday  and  charged  with one count of second degree attempted murder.

     

    A man who is suspected of being  an  armed  robber  in  at least two cases  in  Northwest  Louisiana  was apprehended after a long  chase through Caddo Parish Sunday night. Several  agencies  were involved in the chase of Terry Leroy Smith who ended up being shot  by  officers after  he  allegedly  pointed  a  gun  at them. His injuries are not considered life threatening and he faces  a  laundry list of charges when he gets out of the hospital.

     

    A bill that would require dogs to be secured  in  the  beds of pickup trucks traveling on interstates cleared committee 13-2  yesterday.  The legislation heads to the full house.

     

     

     

  • News For Monday 041414

    News for Monday 041414

    By Dave Graichen

     

    According   to  the  National  Association  of  Home  Builders/First American Leading  Markets  index,  the Baton Rouge housing market is the most rapidly recovering in the nation,  and New Orleans is No. 9 on  the  list.  Norman Morris is the CEO of the  Louisiana  Realtors Association. He says  areas  across  the  state  are  seeing  a nice housing boom. He  also says The Bayou State weathered the recent housing recession better than most states.

     

    Northwestern  State University President Randy Webb announced Friday he will retire later in the year. Under   Webb,   Northwestern   State   has  received  national   and international  attention  for  its  academic  programs  and  student accomplishments.

     

    LSU has completed a survey  on  two social issues that are gaining a lot  of  attention,  the  legalization  of marijuana  and  same  sex marriages. Amy Reynolds, director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public affairs says they found the support  for legalizing marijuana  in Louisiana is on the rise with 79% of people  saying pot should be legal for medical use. She says  the  support   for  same  sex  marriages increased from 39 to 42 percent over the past year as well.

     

    A  Democratic  lawmaker from Amite is criticizing Republican leaders for calling for the  resignation  of  Congressman  Vance McAllister, when  they backed Senator David Vitter amidst his scandal.  La.  GOP chairman   Roger   Villere   said   McAllister   is  a  hypocritical embarrassment. Rep. John Bel Edwards, who plans to  run for Governor says Villirie is the hypocrite. Edwards questions why Vitter taking phone calls from prostitutes  is any  different from Congressman McAllister making out with a married woman who worked for him.

     

    The Sulphur Police Department says a former  LSU football player was shot Friday  night. They say Tahj Jones, who played for The Tigers as a linebacker and was at last week's Pro Day, was  allegedly injured by a  bullet  and  taken  to  a  hospital. He is said to be  in  stable condition. An arrest has been made  according  to  authorities but a suspect's name is not being released at this time.

     

    The largest cruise ship ever to be docked at the Port of New Orleans  arrives today. The 36-hundred passenger Carnival Dream will begin year  round, 6 day Caribbean departures starting at 4 o'clock this afternoon.  Senior Vice President of Fleet Deployment Terry Thornton says this ship  is 30% bigger than their last ship and can hold 4 thousand people.

     

    The House Transportation committee is scheduled to hear a bill today that would designate a section of I-49 in St. Landry Parish as a  "Slow Down Speed Trap." The bill is by Shreveport Representative Alan  Seabaugh introduced the bill. The proposed law calls on the department of transportation to place  signage near the Washington exit reflecting the highway designation. Seabaugh believes that the town of Washington is not using the speed  limit laws as they were intended.

     

    A lawmaker from Kenner wants people to be required to have a dog  secured in a humane manner when the animal is in the back of a pickup  truck traveling on the interstate. Representative Tom Willmott's House  Bill 1091 would do just that. He says dogs in the bed of a truck that  is going a high rate of speed could be considered an unsecured load. Willmott says he's heard several stories about dogs flying out of  trucks on interstates who then get run over and killed. He also says  these types of incidents could cause serious crashes.

     

    The full senate is scheduled to vote on a bill this afternoon that  would require judges to sentence a person convicted of a home invasion  armed with a dangerous weapon to five years in prison. Right now,  there's no minimum jail time, while the maximum sentence is 30 years. The legislation was approved unanimously by a state senate committee  last week.

     

     

  • News For Friday 04/11/14

    News For Friday 041114

    By Dave Graichen

     

    No raise in the $7.25 minimum wage in Louisiana this year. A series of bills that would have done just that failed to pass out of the House Labor committee on Thursday. Dawn Starns, state director of the National Federation of Independent  Business, testified a higher minimum wage in the state would lead to lay-offs and higher prices for  consumers.

     

    Gov. Bobby Jindal bolstered the Louisiana Republican Party’s call Thursday for 5th district congressman  Vance McAllister to resign in the wake of a “kissing congressman” controversy.  The governor, in a prepared statement said “Congressman McAllister’s behavior is an embarrassment and he should resign. He says he wants privacy to work on his issues with his family. The best way to get privacy and work on putting his family back together is to resign from Congress. Earlier in the day, the GOP made a similar request.

     

    A bill that would name the Holy Bible as the official state book of Louisiana passes out of a House committee yesterday. The measure passed on an 8-5 vote and now heads to the house floor.

     

    Federal officials have warned Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration that it will withhold $307 million in Medicaid money from the state if no agreement has been reached on financing plans for the privatized LSU hospitals. Jindal’s health secretary, Kathy Kliebert, said Thursday the announcement was expected because of continuing negotiations over financing plans for uninsured care at LSU hospitals that have been privatized. Most of LSU’s charity hospitals were turned over to private managers, but federal officials haven’t decided yet whether they’ll agree to the money arrangements used to pay the new hospital operators.

     

    The Colorado State University hurricane forecast team is calling for a  below-average hurricane season. C-S-U researcher Phil Klotzbach says  they anticipate nine named storms and only three hurricanes this year.  Klotzbach says an El Nino will likely develop in the Pacific, which will  effect storm development in the Atlantic. The report also includes the probability of major hurricanes making

    landfall on US soil and Klotzbach says there's a 19-percent chance of a  Category 3 or higher hurricane hitting the gulf coast.

     

    One of the state's largest festivals gets underway today, The  Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival gets underway at 4:00 today and it's estimated to attract 200-thousand people over the next three days.

     

    Tax Day is just a few days away, which means thousands of Louisiana  taxpayers will spend this weekend filling out their tax forms. I-R-S  spokeswoman Lea Crusberg says once you get your paperwork together  electronic filing may be the way to go. The deadline for filing your taxes is midnight on April 15. Crusberg says if you need to file for an extension, it is easy to get one. But, that will not let you off the hook for your tax bill.

     

    The presence of LSU Athletics generated almost $400 million dollars in  new sales and $119 million in new household earnings for the four  parishes surrounding the university in 2012. That's according to a  study conducted but former LSU economics professor Dr. Loren Scott. He  says these numbers are quadruple what they were in 2002.

     

    Good news for crawfish lovers. As temperatures are finally starting to  warm up, the supply of crawfish is heating up and the price is going  down. The size of the mud bugs are still rather small. But, the President of the Crawfish Farmers Association David Savoy says they should be getting larger as the weeks go by. 

     

  • News For Thursday 04/10/14

    News for Thursday 041014

    By Dave Graichen

     

    The House Labor Committee  is scheduled to hear several bills today that would raise the state's minimum wage,  which  is currently $7.25  an  hour.  One  of  the  items  of legislation would raise it to $10.10 which opponents say would force  businesses to hire fewer people. Proponents say it would give workers a livable wage.

     

    Gas prices keep climbing. The current statewide average for a gallon of regular jumped two pennies last night to $3.41. That's also up 17 cents from last month.

     

    The Colorado State University Forecast team will issue its initial   forecast for the 2014 season today. State Climatologist Barry Keim  anticipates Doctor William Gray and Phil Klotzbach  will call for an

     average season, because there's a  50 percent chance an El Nino will  form later this year. Keim says an average season would be 10 to 12 named storms. He says an   El Nino makes it less conducive for storms to form in the Atlantic.

     

    The office of Vance McAllister says they are backing off their request  that the FBI investigate whether or not the leaking of the surveillance  kissing video was a federal breach in security. Legal analyst Tim Meche  doesn't think a crime took place. He says this video came from a  surveillance camera at the office and everyone knew it was there. Word is now, the state’s GOP Executive Committee, may today ask McAllister to resign.

     

    The pending closure of Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville is moving ahead, with the latest step coming with Senate approval. Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 48 was adopted by a 26-11 vote on Tuesday. It next goes to the House for consideration. HPL was the last of the state’s public hospitals to have its services transferred to private partners. A cooperative endeavor agreement between the state, Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and Rapides Regional Medical Center is transferring those services to clinics operated by the two hospitals and the hospitals themselves.

     

    A plan that would create a $40 million pot of money that Louisiana’s colleges and universities would then compete over, sailed through the state House overwhelmingly Wednesday on a 100-0 vote.  The plan would set aside 80 percent of the funding for workforce development. Every public college or university in the state would get a shot to collect a share of the money depending on how many graduates they produce in high-demand fields such as computer science and engineering. In order to draw down the funds, schools would have to come up with a 20 percent match in private investments. It now heads to the Senate for a vote.

     

    The House Health and Welfare committee  approved  a  bill Wednesday that would require abortion clinics to provide information to the patient about  possible  psychological  effects  associated  with  ending  a pregnancy. Baton Rouge Representative Barry Ivey says this info will be  contained  in  a  pamphlet  that  women  seeking abortions would receive.  The measure passed without objection and now heads to the House floor.

     

    The  House  Criminal Justice Committee agreed with a bill today that would remove  the  state's  anti-sodomy  law from the state's books. Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith  says  she  authored  this bill,  because the Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that the law violates the constitution. The bill now heads to the house floor.

     

    A  bill  that  would  allow  concealed carry permit holders to bring their gun into certain places  that  sell  alcohol  passed Wednesday afternoon on the House Floor. The bill now heads to the  Senate  for

    further consideration.

     

    A bill that would ban motorists from using  certain  hand  held cell phones  in  school zones got approval from the full House Wednesday. House Bill 370 received  unanimous  approval  and  now  heads to the Senate.

     

    Pointe  Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres has suspended three of  his deputies  for  allegedly  giving  special  treatment  to a New Roads police  officer  who  was  involved in a crash, while off-duty.  The

    officer, Captain Mark Munson,  was  suspected of driving while drunk and he's been suspended too.

     

     

  • News For Wednesday 04/09/14

    News for Wednesday 040914

    By Dave Graichen

     

    Sad story today out  of  Winnfield.  Winn  Parish  Sheriff  Cranford Jordan (Jerdon) says the search for a three year old little boy  who fell  into  a creek Monday has ended with the boy’s body being found. He says they received the 911 call around  10:30  am  Monday about a child who had fallen into the water. Jordon says the boy slipped under  a  culvert and he drowned.

     

    5th district congressman Vance McAllister in an exclusive interview with The (Monroe) News-Star, said he asked his wife, Kelly, and their five children for forgiveness weeks ago, before the release Monday of a video showing him kissing another woman. He said the relationship was “absolutely” his first infidelity.

     

    So how might the Vance McAllister kissing video scandal affect the election for the 5th District Seat coming up this fall? Political analyst Elliott  Stonecipher says this might be the end of McAllister. Stonecipher believes the reason someone wanted to tarnish McAllister's reputation is so that more candidates would jump into the Congressional  race. He feels state Senator Neil Riser, who was Bobby Jindal's choice  for the job in the 2013 special election, will pop back up. Stonecipher  believes the Jindal Administration and Timmy Teeple are behind this. Stonecipher says there's also a rumor that Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo has  an interest in yanking McAllister's family values platform.

     

    The  Rapides  Parish  Sheriff's  Office  says two deputies have been arrested and fired for allegedly engaging  in  inappropriate  sexual behavior  with  an inmate at the jail. Spokesman Tommy Carnline says the  charges  are against  56-year-old  John  William  Benjamin  and 51-year-old Donald Weston. Carnline says Benjamin and Weston were each charged with Malfeasance in Office and Prohibited Sexual Contact with an inmate.

     

    The senate health and welfare committee gives unanimous approval to  legislation that would give hospitals the ability to NOT hire someone  just because that person smokes. The bill by New Orleans Senator David  Heitmeier has the support of the hospital industry. Catherine Levendis,  with the Ochsner Health System, spoke in favor of the bill.  Levendis says hospitals are also interested in implementing a tobacco  free living policy for its workers, because they want to protect  patients from known carcinogens that could be found on a smoker's  clothes, hair or skin.

     

    A  bill  that  would  ban unmanned aircraft devices from flying over chemical plants or water  facilities  passed  in  a Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Baton Rouge Senator Bodi White's says he bill would make  it  illegal  use  a  drone  to take surveillance of  "critical infrastructure sites" without prior written consent of the owner. The   measure  advanced  to  full  Senate  without objection.

     

    A senate committee approves legislation that would allow lawmakers who  possess a concealed handgun permit to bring their gun into the state  capitol. Franklin Senator Brent Allain says legislators should have the  ability to protect themselves. He says the proposed law requires an  armed legislator to undergo annual firearms training. The measure passed on a five-to three vote and heads to the Senate  floor.

     

    The  latest  campaign  finance reports show US Senator Mary Landrieu continues to our raise her main republican challenger in the 2014 US Senate race. Landrieu's campaign says the Senator raised 1.8 million dollars  in  the first three  months  of  2014,  while  Baton  Rouge Congressman  Bill   Cassidy  collected  1-point-2  million  dollars. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat  says you can expect  to start seeing the money being spent on ads here in about two or three months.

     

    Penalties would go up dramatically in vehicular homicide cases involving accidents in which two or more people die under a bill headed to the Senate floor. The Senate Committee on Judiciary C approved the measure Tuesday under which the offender would be sentence separately for each victim. In addition, the sentences would run consecutively. Senate Bill 148 would also include the unborn who dies along with a pregnant woman as a feticide victim. The feticide provision was added in committee.

     

    Representatives from all 32 NFL teams are in Baton Rouge today to scout  LSU players that are eligible for next month's draft. It's a big day for  quarterback Zach Mettenberger, who is expected to throw in front of  scouts, for the first time since tearing his A-C-L in November. NFL  draft analyst Mike Detillier says LSU will have 20 former players participating in a variety of drills  during today's Pro Day. Detillier says there's only one sure first round  pick out of the group and that's wide receiver Odell Beckham junior.

     

     

     

     

  • News For Tuesday 04/08/14

    News for Tuesday 040814

    By Dave Graichen

     

    Freshman  GOP  Congressman Vance McAllister has issued an apology in response  to the  video  released  Monday  showing  him  romantically kissing a woman  for almost 30 seconds from inside his congressional office in Monroe.  The Monroe News Star says Vance McAllister issued statement asking for  forgiveness  from  his family and constituents Monday afternoon.

     

    A  statewide poll shows that voters in Louisiana are generally split on the  idea of Common Core, but would support education reform. The study indicated 41% of people are for common core, while 40% percent are against it. But it also asked how they felt about implementation of education standards that are more in line with most other schools across the  US  and  only  27%  of  people say that oppose that.

     

    According to an audit released Monday,  the state should beef up its bridge  inspection process in Louisiana. Legislative  auditor  Daryl Purpera's report says the Department of Transportation is just fully compliant  with  39%  of  federal  standards in place to be used for bridge inspections. DOTD spokeswoman  Lauren Lee says they are happy with their bridge inspection program. But  she  says they do agree with the audit's  recommendations  that they should  improve its inspection frequency, procedures and bridge inventory.

     

    Another legislative  audit  report  that  came  out Monday, estimates districts  courts  were not able to collect 126-million  dollars  in court costs and fines. The report says collection efforts need to be

    improved.

     

    According to the WWE, Wrestlemania  30 broke the record for the most money ever spent at the Mercedes-Benz  Superdome.  The  Sunday event brought in over 75,000 people and grossed $10.9 million dollars.

     

    St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Deputies are asking for  public  help in locating  two missing juveniles.  12 year-old Ariel Blaze Robin  was last seen getting  into  a  2001 Mercury driven by 15 year-old Henry

    Bieber, Jr. Both suffer from severe depression and are considered at risk.  If  you  have  any  information,   please   call  St.  Landry Crimestoppers.

     

    A state Senate committee is expected  to  hear  legislation  today that  will  prohibit  using  drones  to  take  pictures  of  private property.  Baton  Rouge  Senator Dan Claitor says he wants Louisiana

    laws to keep up with technology and promote privacy. Claitor says the bill will  not  impact  the  use  of drones for law enforcement purposes that help with crime scene investigations.

     

    The  House  overwhelmingly approves a bill that would  fine  someone $300 if they  threw  a  cigarette butt out of a car window.  Marrero Representative Patrick Connick  says  his legislation is intended to

    stop  the littering of cigarette butts.  The House passed the bill on a 95 to 1 vote and it now heads to the Senate for further discussion.

     

    The state Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday that would strengthen the state’s 2008 ban on cockfighting. The bill sponsored by Sen. J.P. Morrell would expand the state’s ban on cockfighting to include all types of chickens. It also would make it a crime to possess paraphernalia, such as razors, spurs, leather spur covers and other items commonly used in the sport, together with chickens that have been trained as fighting birds. The measure passed on a 31-7 vote, but not before senators again debated the merits of a “sport” known as “chicken boxing.”

     

     

  • News For Monday 04/07/14

    News for Monday 040714

    By Dave Graichen

     

    A new poll on Louisiana's US Senate race shows Senator Mary Landrieu leading  three  republican  challengers.  In a survey of 600 voters, 39-percent favored her, while 26-percent preferred  GOP  Congressman Bill Cassidy. State representative Paul  Hollis  and retired air force colonel Rob

    Maness received single digit support  in  the  poll.  28-percent  of respondents said they were undecided.

     

    A look ahead to the 2015 governor's race shows a statistical tie between  republican senator David Vitter and democratic New Orleans Mayor Mitch  Landrieu. Vitter is running, while it's unknown if Landrieu will run. UL  Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross doesn't expect  Landrieu to run, so it's Vitter's race to lose. In the Magellan Strategies poll of 600 voters, Vitter received support  from 28-percent of the respondents, 26-percent said they would vote for  Landrieu and another 13-percent backed republican Lt. Governor Jay  Dardenne.

     

    Grambling  State  President  Frank Pogue announces he's retiring and his last day at the university is June 30th. Pogue says when he came out of retirement to take the  job as GSU's president, he planned to stay for five years, but that wasn’t to be. Pogue  says  the  last  few  years  have  been  challenging  as  the university's state funding was cut by  more  than 56-percent.

     

    Today marks the start of Work Zone Awareness Week and the State  Department of Transportation is asking motorists to slow down in  construction zones and pay attention. DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas says  this awareness week makes drivers more mindful of safety issues on the  road. Based on the latest statistics available, 609 people nationwide lost  their lives in construction zones in 2012 and 12 were from Louisiana.

     

    The bill that will create a penalty for throwing cigarette butts from a  vehicle is set to come up on the House floor today. State Representative  Patrick Connick says he wants to clarify the law and make cigarette  butts count as a form of litter. Under the proposed law, violators would be fined 300 dollars and ordered  to perform eight hours of community service. The Marrero rep says  when the bill was discussed in committee there was no opposition because  lawmakers seem to understand this is an issue.

     

    A bill that a lawmaker from Opelousas fears will ruin the sport of  chicken boxing is scheduled to come up on the Senate floor today. The  legislation by New Orleans Senator JP Morrell expands Louisiana's ban on  cockfighting by applying all chickens to the law and also making it  illegal to own such paraphernalia. Senator Elbert Guillory opposes.  Guillory says under Senate Bill 523, anyone who owns any type of  aggressive chicken would be breaking the law which he calls ludicrous.  He says it's time for everyone in Louisiana to realize that "chicken  boxing" is a real sport and it's perfectly legal.

     

    State Senator Bret Allain, R-Franklin, wants legislators to be able to pack a pistol in the State Capitol chambers and committee rooms. According to the lawmaker, they make votes  all the time that are controversial, that sometimes upset groups of people. He think that legislators as a whole should have the same right to protect themselves as judges and Da’s Allain submitted Senate Bill 651 just before the filing deadline for new legislation. The bill must be debated in the next two months in order to reach the governor’s desk.

     

     

     

  • News For Friday 04/04/14

    News for Friday 040414

    By Dave Graichen

     

    Investigators from the Louisiana State Police and the FBI arrested the chief of police and an officer from the town of Lecompte yesterday. Chief Mikel White was charged with extortion, malfeasance in office, and false imprisonment.  Officer Gregory Armstead was charged with malfeasance in office and false imprisonment. The charges stem from an incident last month in which chief white was captured on video threatening a man who owed him money. The victim was handcuffed and taken into custody by Officer Armstead at the order of the Chief.  The victim was eventually released without being charged for any crime.

     

    Could  the discussion of Common Core be  essentially  dead  for  the session?  A  bill  that  would scrap the new controversial education standards  set to begin next  year  was  voted  down  by  the  House Education Committee  12-7 yesterday,  despite  Governor  Bobby  Jindal's  last minute backing.

     

    Testimony continues today in the penalty phase of Brian Horn's  capital murder trial. Horn has already been convicted for killing 12  year old Justin Bloxom in 2010. Horn was found guilty of picking up Justin in a Taxi after sending texts  pretending to be a girl. Horn ended up strangling the child and leaving  his body in a wooded area. The DA says they are seeking the death penalty.

     

    There  was  a  bill  to  reduce  the  penalties  of simple marijuana possession  introduced by New Orleans Representative  Austin  Badon. Now it looks as if it won't be able to get out of the House Criminal Justice Committee.  Badon was trying to make a case that the current 20 year sentence is excessive. His proposal would have reduced the penalty to five years.

     

    Also not leaving committee today was a Senate Bill by Mike Walsworth of West Monroe that would allow  certain people to ride a motorcycle without a helmet. There was no discussion  on  the  legislation that only got 5 votes and failed 3-2. Those who oppose the  bill say data clearly indicates wearing a helmets saves lives.

     

    The Louisiana House supported a rewrite of Louisiana’s career-track diploma law, to match a new policy of the state education board that will require public high school students who aren’t college-bound to get job skills certifications to get a diploma. House Bill 944 by state Rep. Jim Fannin, R-Jonesboro, was sent to the state Senate with a 94-0 vote Thursday. The redesign, pushed by Superintendent of Education John White, emphasizes skills training for students who don’t intend to go to a four-year university.

     

    Public school students in Louisiana who show proficiency in a language other than English could be able to get a state “Seal of Biliteracy” on their diplomas, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House in an 86-0 vote Thursday. House Bill 1016 by state Rep. Vincent Pierre, D-Lafayette, would encourage local school districts to participate in the program, but wouldn’t require it.

     

    The Ascension Parish Sheriff's office says a woman who was trying to get away  from her husband with a divorce was found killed allegedly by his hand before the man turned the gun on himself. They say their teenage son  found  his  parents  around  midnight Thursday morning  in  the Gonzales residence. The wife was dead and the husband had a gunshot  wound to the  head  but  was  still  alive and is currently listed in serious condition. The investigation is ongoing.

     

    The  state  House  approves  a  package  of domestic violence  bills sponsored by New Orleans Representative Helena  Moreno.  One of the, House   Bill  753  received  unanimous  support.  Moreno  says  this legislation will prevent certain offenders of domestic violence from owning a gun. Another  bill  that  passed  Thursday  enhances the penalties for anyone that violates a restraining order  or protective order. The measures head to the Senate.

     

    The Lafayette  Police  Department  says  the mother of a 5 month old baby who died of suffocation in January is charged with murder. They say the child was brought to the hospital  where the mother reported a plastic shopping bag had covered her baby's  head.  Corporal  Paul Mouton says they received new information in the case and the woman, 20-year-old  Raven  Senegal of Lafayette, was arrested Wednesday and charged with 1st degree murder.

     

    With hurricane season coming up, emergency preparedness officials are  going through a statewide training exercise that's testing their  disaster response capabilities. Kevin Davis, director of the Governor's  Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, says federal,  state and local agencies are participating in this drill.

     

    20th ranked LSU hosts 9th ranked Mississippi State tonight at Alex Box Stadium. Aaron Nola has been the Tigers traditional Friday starter, but  Coach Paul Mainieri will pitch freshman Jared Poche instead tonight.  Nola will pitch tomorrow night. Mainieri says since Nola pitched last  Saturday, he wanted to rest him six days, before he pitched him again.

     

     


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