News for Friday 080114
By Dave Graichen
Louisiana’s sales tax holiday starts today. For the next two days, customers will not have to pay the 4% sales tax on the first 25 hundred dollars of each item they buy. Louisiana Department of Revenue spokesperson Byron Henderson says the tax exemption applies to the state sales tax of 4%, any other taxes, local and parish, will still apply…
Gov. Bobby Jindal is demanding further details from the White House about 1,071 unaccompanied immigrant children living with sponsors in Louisiana. Jindal wants to know where the children are living, the timeline for determining their ultimate status and whether the federal government plans to kick in dollars for their education and health care. He also wants to know how the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services decided where to place them.
Tropical Storm Bertha has formed, becoming the second named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. The U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami said the tropical storm’s maximum sustained winds at last report were near 45 mph. The storm was centered about 275 miles southeast of Barbados and about 385 miles southeast of St. Lucia, and is moving northwest at 20 mph. The hurricane center said little change is expected in the storm’s strength over the next couple of days.
Longtime youth baseball and softball coach Edwin Prescott Armstrong Jr. known as most “Skip,” died Tuesday after a long fight with cancer. Services are at 1 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church in Alexandria. Interment will follow in Alexandria Memorial Gardens. Armstrong was 60.
Starting today, individuals with a concealed carry permit are allowed to bring a concealed firearm into restaurants that serve alcohol. HB 72, sponsored by Metairie representative Joe Lopinto, is now in effect, along with a host of other bills that were passed in the last legislative session. The bill increases the growing number of places that citizens with licenses are allowed to enter with their concealed weapons.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne expressed his frustration Thursday about the Common Core Curriculum stand-off between Governor Bobby Jindal who wants to stop it and BESE who wants to keep it. Dardenne says whether you agree with Common Core or not, the legislature has already voted to keep it, which, in his mind, is the right thing to do. Both sides will have hearing dates scheduled in a little over 2 weeks from now.
The Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office has made an arrest in the case of the murder of a man whose remains were found in his burned down house earlier this month. They say 27-year-old Major Jones of Zwolle is charged with second degree murder in the death of 50-year-old James Green of Fisher. The victim’s body was found at his residence on July 18th.
USA Today has released their preseason football coaches poll yesterday and the LSU Tigers will enter the season ranked number 13
The Air Force’s oldest bomb wing, located in Bossier City, is now being commanded by its first ever female bomb wing commander. Col. Kristen Goodwin is taking command of the 2nd Bomb Wing based out of Barksdale Air Force Base. Retired Master Sgt. and military archivist at LSUS Shawn Bohannon says first and foremost, it’s about a qualified officer getting a well earned promotion
A St. Martinville man was taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon after he attempted to commit suicide in a courtroom after being found guilty of an aggravated sex crime. It is reported that after receiving the verdict, the defendant pulled a razor from his pocket and slashed both wrists and his throat. Authorities do not know how he got the razor through courthouse metal detectors.
Yesterday was the first day Congressman Steve Scalise officially took on the role of House Majority Whip. Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says the Jefferson Congressman’s number 3 position in the US House of Representatives means he has a greater say in the debate for federal funding of critical infrastructure in Louisiana. He says for Scalise to be able to get elected to this high position by his fellow members of Congress speaks volumes of his political skills. Pinsonat says this gives Louisiana a level of power and influence we haven’t had in Washington in many years.
Caddo Parish Public School officials are investigating allegations of grade changing at Booker T. Washington High School in Shreveport. The Shreveport Times reports that the principal has been placed on paid leave, after an anonymous tip was sent to the Superintendent. The investigation is ongoing.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 79-year-old DeRidder man on sexual battery charges. Authorities say George Dion allegedly sexually assaulted a detective during an undercover investigation on the I-10 beach. Dion was released on $5,000 bond.
State Police say a 70-year-old woman from Robert is accused of cashing fake checks in amounts of over 125-thousand dollars. Investigators say Barbara Dantone’s boss noticed something wrong with the money and notified authorities who began an investigation confirming the discrepancies. Dantone was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on more than 250 counts of forgery and bank fraud.
The James Brown biopic “Get On Up” opens in theaters everywhere today. Officials in Natchez, MS want to take advantage of the film’s buzz by developing a tour map of filming locations around the area. Natchez Convention and Visitor’s Bureau spokesperson, Jessica Cauthen, says their brochure is based on a similar map of Greenville, MS following the movie “The Help”. “Get On Up” was filmed in 21 locations in and around Natchez. Cauthen says their map will contain historic information and trivia about the filming of the movie. Greenville is still hosting bus tours from “The Help” three years after its release. Cauthen says they’d like to do the same in Natchez for this movie.
Methanex Corp. expects to be producing methanol from its 1.1 million-ton Geismar 1 facility in late 2014, while production from the 1.1 million-ton Geismar 2 plant is expected to begin production in early 2016. Methanex recorded $100 million in spending related to both facilities during the second quarter of this year.