News for Tuesday 061714
By Dave Graichen
The true nephew of "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson, Zach Dasher, has announced his candidacy for Louisiana's 5th Congressional District. Dasher, a Republican from Calhoun, says his
background is in the pharmaceutical industry. He's been involved in the real estate business and with fundraising for non-profit organizations. Dasher has the support of the entire "Duck Dynasty" clan. The election for Congress takes place on November 4th.
Meanwhile, State Senator Neil Riser announced yesterday that he will not be making a run for that seat, and even though he is bowing out of the race, he did say that his polling numbers were an encouragement for another political run in the future.
Governor Bobby Jindal signs into law a measure that prohibits individuals who receive government assistance from using their EBT benefit card at strip clubs, liquor stores, and nail salons. Hammond Representative Chris Broadwater wrote the legislation to ensure the integrity of government programs that offer cash assistance to financially struggling families.The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services issued a rule earlier this year to prohibit the use of EBT benefits at certain retailers, Broadwater's legislation puts it into law.
Governor Jindal was in Houston yesterday to discuss energy policy with other Republican governors from oil and gas rich states. He was joined by Texas Governor Rick Perry, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, and Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. The event hosted by
the Republican Governors Association.
During a public speaking event in Baton Rouge, Senator David Vitter, who announced earlier this year that he's running for governor, was asked about TOPS. Governor Jindal has opposed any significant change to the tax-funded scholarship program, but Vitter admitted something must be done to control costs. Unlike Jindal, Vitter says he's open to expanding the state's Medicaid
program. But the senator says that expansion must result in a better health insurance program for the working poor, without taking money away from other important areas of the budget.
Sabine Parish Sheriff's Deputies have arrested a father for allegedly stabbing his 21 year-old son during an argument. Thomas L. Shoemaker was arrested and charged with second-degree battery in the Father's Day attack. The son was transported to the hospital where he is in fair condition.
An I-20 road rage episode near West Monroe has resulted in the arrest of a Ruston man on aggravated assault charges. A motorist called State Police reporting the incident, saying a man got angry and pointed a gun at her. After they got the description of the vehicle, police arrested 56 year-old James Robinson. He was booked him into the Ouachita Parish Correctional Center.
A study from Tulane University finds that the more domestic violence takes place within a household, the more likely children will bear the scars down to their DNA. Study author Dr. Stacy Drury says they looked at children that came from homes affected by domestic violence, suicide or the incarceration of a family member. She says they hope to use this study to spread awareness that a child with traumatic home life could have, not only mental issues, but serious physical health issues later in life.
A grievance hearing over Saints' tight end Jimmy Graham's franchise- tag designation begins today. The Saints franchised Graham as a tight end in March, however the Pro Bowler feels he should be
declared a wide receiver. NFL Analyst Mike Detillier anticipates the arbitrator will rule in favor of Graham. So, how much the Saints will have to pay Graham under the franchise tag lies in the balance. The franchise-tag salary for a tight end is a little more than $7 million, for a wide receiver it's $12.3 million.