News for Tuesday 090214
By Dave Graichen
The city of Alexandria’s court-ordered payment of $1.32 million to a Baton Rouge attorney will be handled by a wire transfer if the City Council gives final approval Today. The money would be paid to H. Craig Davidson for legal work he performed in the city’s 2005 lawsuit against Cleco. Federal Judge Dee Drell of Alexandria recently ordered the payment be made by Aug. 22, but he granted an extension until tomorrow to accommodate the City Charter for such expenditures.
Guns, ammunition and other hunting supplies are exempt from state and local sales taxes this weekend. The 2014 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday runs Friday through Sunday and applies to individual consumer purchases of hunting gear, including firearms, ammunition, archery supplies, hunting apparel and off-road vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles designed and intended primarily for hunting. Visit www.revenue.louisiana. gov/secondamendment for more information.
Former Senate hopeful Republican Paul Hollis has filed a lawsuit against Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu claiming she cannot represent Louisiana because she does not live in the state. ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says this merely is a political ploy to detract from the senator’s reelection campaign. The US Constitution states that in order to qualify you have to be a registered voter in the state where you are running and an “inhabitant” of that state. The Secretary of State’s office says Landrieu is a registered Louisiana voter. Hollis dropped out of the race and threw his support to Republican Representative Bill Cassidy. He filed the lawsuit Friday.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission says the job outlook in Sportsman’s Paradise has never been better. According to LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink, the labor force in Louisiana is stronger now than ever before. Eysink says private sector job growth in Louisiana has increased every month for about the last four years.
A state law passed by the legislature this year that would require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals did not take effect yesterday. Critics say the bill was specifically designed to shutter abortion clinics. A Federal Court on Sunday blocked the enforcement of the law to allow doctors to wait for approval of admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.
As we approach the halfway point in this year’s Atlantic Hurricane Season, there have been only three named storms, none of which have threatened the Gulf Coast. State Climatologist Barry Keim says historically the number of hurricanes from this point forward in the season is about six. Keim thinks four, maybe five, storms may form during the remainder of this season.
The Division of Administration announces that in the first two months of the fiscal year, a newly created state office has already saved the state more than 5 million dollars. Asst. Director of Technology Services Neal Underwood says the Office of Technology Services put all I.T. services under one department to streamline support and operations. Underwood says previously all departments had their own IT staffs and did their own purchasing for those departments. He says it’s expected the Office of Technology Services will save the state around $25 million by the end of the fiscal year.
George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are set to film a political comedy called “Our Brand is Our Crisis” in New Orleans this fall and producers are looking for Louisianans as extras. There is a casting call at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday from 10am 5pm. Shooting for the film is expected to begin at the end of September and continue through October and early November.
The Baton Rouge Police Department says a man is in stable condition after he was shot by an officer when allegedly aggressively resisting a DWI arrest early Sunday morning. They say 27 year old Derek Davis is expected to survive despite multiple gunshot wounds in the upper torso. The officer, identified as Matthew Jackson, is on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says a guide with information about how to avoid fraud that targets the elderly is now available. AG office spokesperson Amanda Larkins says research shows that Americans aged 65 and older are the prime targets of scams and receive more mail and telephone solicitations than anyone. Larkins says the guide is 40 pages and talks about scams from telemarketers, mortgage lenders, contractors and fake charities. She says the guide is currently being distributed at councils on aging, sheriffs’ offices and senior centers across the state.
LSU fans are still buzzing about the Tigers come from behind win over Wisconsin Saturday night. The Tigers offense didn’t do much in the first half, but by the end of the third quarter they were unstoppable. LSU Associate Head Coach and Running Backs Coach Frank Wilson says some blocking adjustments on the offensive line helped. The Tigers will now get ready to play Sam Houston State, who has already played two games this season, winning one and losing the season opener to Eastern Washington.
The Saints are preparing for Sunday’s season opener against Atlanta. The Black and Gold signed ten players to their practice squad Monday, including former LSU and McNeese State tight end Nick Jacobs and safety Pierre Warren. Warren played well in the preseason with ten tackles and an interception.
Southeastern Louisiana remains ranked number three in the latest FCS polls. The Lions opened the season on Saturday with an easy 44 to 3 win over Jacksonville. The Lions are back in action this Saturday as they host Southern Utah in a match up of two teams who were in the FCS playoffs last season.
McNeese State is ranked sixth and seventh in the FCS polls. The Cowboys will kick off their season on Saturday at nationally ranked Nebraska. The Cornhuskers crushed Florida Atlantic this past Saturday 55 to 7.