News For Wednesday 070914
By Dave Graichen
State police report a Jena woman died Tuesday when she crashed and was ejected from her SUV. Killed was 47 year old Amy Webb. Troopers say Webb was heading south on LA 127 shortly after noon when accident took place. It’s believed she lost control and ran off the road. The vehicle overturned several times. Webb was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Alexandria City Council yesterday temporarily lifted a moratorium on new bingo halls. Lifting the moratorium means that new bingo sites can be established within a 120-day period by meeting regulations and permitting requirements. After that 120-day period, a moratorium would be put back into place. Passage of the resolution is expected to lead to Alexandria Country Day School moving its bingo operations from their current Lee St. location to the former Carroll Furniture store building on Memorial Drive.
Louisiana legislators will not try to override any of Governor Jindal's 12 vetoes from the most recent legislative session. Both the House and Senate voted to cancel the veto override session
scheduled to start this week. The legislature has never held this session since the current state constitution was enacted 40 years ago.
A recent poll shows most Louisiana voters still oppose same-sex marriage. Public Policy Polling surveyed 664 registered voters. The poll shows 55 percent of respondents are against same-sex marriage in Louisiana, while 32 percent are in support. But Pollster Tom Jensen says attitudes are changing. He says these numbers show a 12 point shift in favor of gay marriage compared to a year ago. The poll shows that 62 percent of Louisiana voters at least support civil unions for same-sex couples.
Louisiana is seeing its first human cases of the west Nile virus this year. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has discovered three cases so far, all in Livingston parish. State Epidemiologist Dr. Raoult Ratard says the three cases were Asymptomatic, meaning they were not showing symptoms of the virus. The first cases of West Nile this year were discovered later than usual, which may lead to a lower number of infections, but Dr. Ratard still urges people to take simple steps to keep themselves safe from mosquitos.
The U. S. Department of Education says a new state law that will allow special education students a different route to a high school diploma may violate federal laws and jeopardize Louisiana’s public school aid. The measure, House Bill 1015, breezed through the Legislature and was signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal last month. But it has triggered a split in the state’s special education community and criticism from national advocacy organizations, which have blasted the legislation and said it would pave the way for low standards for students with disabilities. Officials of the U.S. Department of Education, in a letter to state Superintendent of Education John White, made some of the same points as those raised by the national groups.
Based on results from a monthly survey conducted by the National Federation of Independent Business, small business owners are less optimistic about the direction of the economy as they were earlier this year. Dawn Starns, state director of the NFIB, says their June Optimism Index fell one-point-six point, ending a three month rise. She says the growing lack of confidence with the nation's economy could lead small business owners to put plans to expand and grow their workforce on hold.
Today is the day that former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin is set to be sentenced in federal court on 20 criminal counts including bribery, money laundering and fraud. Loyola law professor Dane Ciolino. Says It'll be up to US District Judge Helen Berrigan and given the gravity of the crimes Nagin is accused of, the 58-year-old could face as much as 20 years behind bars. Nagin was convicted of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from city contractors for various projects following Hurricane Katrina.
Louisiana State Police detectives on Tuesday arrested an employee of the state Office of Motor Vehicles in Hammond on counts of felony theft and malfeasance in office. An audit conducted by OMV found that during a nearly two-year period the employee manipulated the agency’s computer databases to show that insurance fee payments were made, but she kept more than $15,000 of the money for herself.
A recent audit finds that 12 guns and 39 bulletproof vests which belong to the state Department of Public Safety disappeared between 2010 and 2014 and have not been located. First Assistant
Legislative Auditor Paul Pendas says these are sensitive items and the department should have better control over them so they don't go missing in the first place. He says they now are required to take quarterly inventory audits of items such as weapons, vests, and radios.
The Kenner Police Department says they got a 911 call Early Yesterday Morning from a child reporting their parents were fighting and the mom had shot the dad. Police report a male was discovered inside the home shot multiple times and he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. The couple's children were inside the home at the time of the shooting and they range in age from 4 to 14. No charges have been filed yet in this case as authorities work to figure out what exactly happened that lead up to the shooting.
Once again Tiger Stadium is getting major props. In a poll conducted by Athlon Sports released Monday, Death Valley in Baton Rouge has been ranked as the best college football stadium -AND- the one with the best atmosphere. Tiger Stadium easily outpaced Ohio Stadium which came in at NO. 2.