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New VA clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles closer to reality


Authorization for new VA clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles is one step closer to reality according to Lafayette Congressman Charles Boustany.  Boustany received confirmation that authorization for the two new clinics will be included in the final draft of a bipartisan bill on VA legislation. 


 
The Congressman says he's worked hard to get these clinics authorized and is thrilled about the news.
 
"This is a big step forward to get these clinics built.  Getting this legislation agreed upon, voted upon this week is a very major step forward."
 
Boustany expects both houses of Congress to vote on the measure this week.  He says funding for the construction of these new clinics is not included this legislation.  But Boustany says if this bill passes, it will clear the way for funding.
 
"And I've been in conversations with the chairman of the sub-committee dealing with funding for our military and VA construction.  He's actually been to Lafayette to do a town hall with me with the veterans.  And he's very, very open to working with me on this."
 
Boustany is confident that this legislation will pass before Congress breaks for the August recess and move to the President's desk to be signed into law. 
 
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Two freshman LSU defensive linemen face misdemeanors


Two freshmen LSU defensive linemen have received misdemeanor summons for separate incidents they were involved in. Trey Lealaimatafao reportedly stole a bicycle from a rack outside of Middleton Library. The alleged offense occurred on July 1st and campus police say there's surveillance video showing the Texas native taking the bike.

And former Plaquemine star Davon Godchaux was also issued a misdemeanor summons for criminal mischief after he allegedly ignited a firecracker and threw it into an apartment unit. The incident last week led to a couch catching on fire and creating a small blaze. According to the police report, when officers spoke with Godchaux, he said it was supposed to be a prank. 
 
LSU officials have not commented on the incidents. Lealaimatafao made headlines last week when he severely injured his arm when he punched a window inside the LSU weight room. He's been released from the hospital, but no word if he'll be able to play this season. 
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Houma woman stabs boyfriend for coming home late


Michelle Southern reporting.
The Terrebonne Parish Sheriff's office says a Houma woman is under arrest for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend for staying out too late. Captain Dawn Foret says they received a call around 4:30am Sunday in reference to a domestic disturbance.

"When our deputies got there we found a male subject with a stab wound to the leg and there was a massive amount of blood," said Foret.

Foret says it was the suspect, 21-year-old Kera Dupre, who called 911 and she told investigators she stabbed her boyfriend because he didn't come home at a time she felt was appropriate.

"And a verbal argument occured and she threw a butcher knife at him as he went to walk away from her," said Foret.

Dupre was arrested for one count of aggravated second degree battery and is being held at the Terrrebonne Parish jail.

 
 

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LDWF searching for boat involved in hit-and-run accident


The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is investigating a rare hit-and-run boating crash. L-D-W-F's Adam Einck says the  incident happened Saturday night on the Amite River Diversion Canal in Livingston Parish when a ski boat was rear ended and run over by another ski boat. 
 
"In the process all three of the people in that boat were treated for minor injuries," Einck said. "But the other ski boat took off and never came back."
 
Einck says they believe a yellow and white ski boat, with a black stripe was involved in the Hit and Run. He says it was last seen speeding trough a wake zone. 
 
"Very rare for a hit-and-run to occur in the water," Einck said.
 
Einck says if anyone has information about this incident, they should call LDWF's Operation Game Thief (800-442-2511) or use the LADWF Tips app on their smart phones. 
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APSO department veteran drowns when trying to save his dog


Michelle Southern reporting.
The Ascension Parish Sheriff's office is in mourning today after a 32-year veteran of the department drowned Sunday while trying to rescue his dog from a pond. Lt. Col. Bobby Webre says 56-year-old Sam Vitter's Yorkshire Terrier slid under the fence of the residence and was running after something near the water.

"It looks like the little Yorkshire Terrier went into the pond chasing after some wildlife and Sam went in to get the animal but never resurfaced," said Webre.

Vitter is survived by his wife Sandy and one son currently serving in the Navy. Webre says they aren't exactly sure what happened to cause the drowning.

"The pond is 12-14 feet deep and maybe he didn't realize it was so deep," said Webre.

Webre says a neighbor called to report seeing shoes and keys on the side of the Spanish Oaks pond in Prarieville and altered deputies. He says Vitter's body was recovered around 2pm.

Webre says this is a horrible tragedy.

"You see somebody retire and you hope they have a long and fruitful retirement," says Webre. "Sam didn't even get to enjoy less than a year of it."

Vitter retired in December 2013. The dog survived.


 
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Back-to-school shopping could be eligible for tax breaks


The new school year begins in less than a month and thoughts are turning to back-to-school shopping.  The Department of Revenue encourages families to keep their receipts while shopping for back-to-school items such as books, supplies, uniforms, and equipment required by schools. 

Press Secretary Byron Henderson.
 
"A lot of people might not be aware that many of these purchases may be eligible for income tax deductions that they can claim when they file their Louisiana Individual Income Tax Returns next year, on May 15, 2015"
 
There are three income tax breaks under the Louisiana School Tuition and Expense Deductions.  Henderson says there are two conditions under which a taxpayer can claim these school tuition and expense deductions.
 
"The first is that you have to be able to claim the student as a dependent on your state individual income tax return.  The second one is that you have to be able to document the expenses.  Which is why we're encouraging people during this time of year, when they are shopping for back-to-school items, to hold on to those receipts."
 
Henderson also reminds residents the state's annual sales tax holiday is this Friday and Saturday.  He says the state sales tax exemption applies to more than back-to-school items.
 
"Anything from furniture and computers, to TV sets, to stereo equipment, to school supplies." 

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Colonel Mike Edmonson declines retirement boost


Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson turns down a controversial retirement package that was approved by lawmakers in the final hours of the legislative session. Edmonson says the controversy surrounding his retirement boost was creating too much of a distraction.

 
"The more I look at it, the more I studied it, it just wasn't the right way to handle this," Edmonson said. "If I'm going to be truly who I say I am, I don't need to accept it." 
 
State Treasurer John Kennedy called for an investigation after it was learned Edmonson and another trooper's boost in benefits would cost the state an extra 300-thousand dollars. 
 
Lawmakers were unaware they passed a bill that gave Edmonson and another trooper such a lofty retirement package. Edmonson says that was not the goal of the legislation, so he'll ask the legislature to revisit the issue next year.
 
"They can review it, they can stamp it yea or nay," Edmonson said. "They can show exactly what my benefits should be based on my years of service."  
 
 

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