News for Monday 040813
By Dave Graichen
As the 2013 Louisiana State Legislature convenes today, Governor Jindal is expected to make his strongest case for lawmakers to get behind his tax reform plan. The Governor wants to eliminate personal and corporate income taxes, while raising state sales tax by two and a quarter percent. He says the plan will be good for Louisiana. The tax swap plan, which Mr. Jindal says will be revenue neutral, is his top priority item for the session. Louisiana Public Broadcasting will broadcast Gov. Bobby Jindal's opening address to the Legislature on Monday. Starting at 1pm.
A prison guard at the maximum-security federal prison in Pollock is recovering at an Alexandria hospital after he was beaten by inmates. Officials say other officers, armed with pepper spray, came to Cory Barron's aid, but not before the young officer suffered serious injuries. The attack occurred during a security check.
Two Baton Rouge men have been charged by federal prosecutors for allegedly working together to fraudulently obtain at least one-point-two million dollars in film tax credits that they should not have received. In a bill of information the men have been identified as Daniel Garcia, who owned and operated D-M-G Holdings and Louisiana Film Finishers and Matthew Keith, who owned and operated Dirty District Entertainment. Louisiana taxpayers are listed as the victims of the alleged conspiracy.
The consulting firm, Ernst and Young, has released report that says it would be a bad idea if Louisiana started taxing services that are a part of a business' regular expense, such as accounting, computer programming and advertising. Taxing those type of services are part of Governor Jindal's tax reform plan that would eliminate income
taxes in exchange for higher sales taxes.
The Federal Aviation Administration is delaying closure of 149 air traffic control towers across the U.S. until June. The closures were dictated by the federal budget sequestration earlier this year. Shreveport Downtown Airport is the only Louisiana tower slated to close. It WAS all set to shut down Sunday, then came the
The ongoing civil trial in New Orleans that will determine liability for 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill begins an important chapter today. BP will begin presenting its defense in Judge Carl Barbier's courtroom. It's up to Judge Barbier to determine how much BP, Transocean and Halliburton are to blame for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion. The fines could exceed 20-billion dollars. A BP lawyer told Judge Barbier they will call their last witness to the stand sometime between April 18th and the 23rd.
A new report shows Louisiana has seen a dramatic increase in the number of businesses owned by women. According to the third annual State of Women-Owned Business report, there's been an 84-percent increase in the number of women-owned companies in Louisiana since 1997. That's the fourth largest increase in the country.
Louisiana State Police have been recognized as having the best uniforms out of all state agencies in the nation. That's according to the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors Best Dressed Public Safety Award. This is the second time L-S-P has received this recognition.
A 29-year-old Duson man is facing a vehicular homicide charge after he was allegedly driving drunk when involved in a fatal crash in Lafayette on Thursday night of last week. State Police Trooper Stephen Hammons says Gerard Richard ran a stop-sign on Highway 724 and West Congress Street, striking another vehicle. A passenger in Richard's vehicle, 21-year-old Harold Arnold of Duson, died from his injuries sustained in the crash.
A Crowley man was killed in a shootout with Acadia Parish Sheriff deputies early Saturday morning. State Police say two deputies responded to a domestic disturbance complaint at a home south of Crowley. When the deputies arrived, they found 41-year-old James A Trahan armed with a shotgun. Investigators say Trahan fired his gun, striking a deputy in the leg, the deputies returned fire killing Trahan. The deputy shot underwent surgery and is recovering.
Tulane University has won a big grant for the study of possible new treatments for depression. Molecular Biology and Neuroscience professor Benjamin Hall says typical anti-depressant medicines can be ineffective for many patients. His research is looking into the drug ketamine, which produces fast results, but with troubling side effects.
The second ranked LSU Baseball team put together a dominating performance over the weekend. The Tigers easily won all three games to sweep 7th ranked Kentucky. The final score on Sunday was 11-to-4. Coach Paul Mainieri told the LSU Sports Radio Network's he's proud of his team, which has a record of 30-and-2.