News for Tuesday 040913
By Dave Graichen
Governor Bobby Jindal took a lot of people by surprise Monday afternoon when he addressed the opening session of the legislature. Seems he's changed his mind about doing away with the state income tax and replacing it with high sales taxes. Jindal told lawmakers he's "parking" his tax plan for now, but wants legislators to come up with their own ideas on how to do away with income taxes in Louisiana. The governor's address was extremely short. He made no suggestion as to how to replace the nearly $3-billion in state revenue raised by income taxes.
The governor stands behind his contention that eliminating the income tax will make Louisiana more business-friendly and give most households more pocket money. He says the states with the highest jobs growth in America are those that have no state income tax. The session ends on June 9th. Lawmakers have over 900 bills to review
Natchitoches Parish deputies are investigating the parish's first homicide of 2013. A couple in their car alerted officers to a body lying in roadside field near the town of Natchez, LA. The man has been identified as 32 year old Derrick Wayne Howard of Natchitoches. Detectives have not said what the cause of death was, but do say it is being handled as a homicide case. A post-mortem is scheduled to determine cause of death.
The city of Alexandria has an agreement with the principals of the newly formed United Baseball League to place a team in Alexandria, pending approval from the City Council. The council introduced an ordinance Monday authorizing Mayor Jacques Roy to execute the agreement and will vote on the ordinance on April 17. Bringhurst Field is still in need of major renovations. However, those renovations have been put off until a later time. If all goes according to plan, the team will start training May 16 and open its season on May 23 at Bringhurst Field.
The Pineville City Council could decide Tuesday to explore allowing limited alcohol sales in the city. On the agenda for the 6 p.m. meeting tonight is a resolution asking for the introduction of legislation that would allow Pineville to hold an election to allow restaurants to sell alcohol. Alcohol sales are currently not allowed in Pineville, but there has been a recent push to explore at least allowing it in restaurants. Supporters of loosening the restrictions say it would spur development.
Second Amendment supporters rallied on the Capitol steps yesterday, to show support for defending individual gun ownership rights. Bossier City Rep. Jeff Thompson anchored the rally, and says legislation aimed at law-abiding gun owners is not the answer to reducing gun violence." Thompson has two bills this legislative session; one to keep information on who has concealed carry permits private. Another to
allow concealed carry permits to be issued by parish sheriffs for persons to carry weapons ONLY in their parish of residence, and in parishes with which they have reciprocal agreements with other sheriffs.
Food banks across the state are currently experiencing extreme shortages. northeast Louisiana Food Bank program director Stacy Guidry says the federal government has cut off its food distribution due to sequestration and it's wreaking havoc on their food supplies.
The first A-10 Thunderbolt jets to be re-positioned by U.S. Air Force reorganization and budget cutting have left Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport-Bossier. Most of the A-10's will be re-stationed in Arizona. The remaining jets will be gone by year's end.
Lafayette Parish's Most Wanted Fugitive makes a YouTube video to explain why he walked out of court last month just as his vehicular homicide trial was set to begin. Lafayette Police say Wade Lohse was impaired when he crossed the center line in June 2012 and killed 29-year-old Cacie Barras. Lohse believes he's being falsely charged by prosecutors. Authorities say Lohse was in a wooded area when he made the video.
LSU sits atop the latest Collegiate Baseball Poll. The Fighting Tigers own the number one ranking after improving their record to 30-and-2, with a sweep of Kentucky over the weekend. LSU will have five games this week. Mainieri and the Tigers will face Southern in the Wally Pontiff Junior classic tonight. You can hear that game on 970 KSYL. LSU is at 10th ranked Arkansas this weekend.
The Bolton bears have found their new head football coach and he reportedly will hit the ground running today. Principal Misty Slater announced that Chris Kuykendall is the new Top Bear. Coach Kuykendal is originally from Oklahoma. He spent the last three years at Natchitoches Central High School as the offensive coordinator. Kuykendal replaces Reynolds Moore, who resigned last month to take the head coaching job up at Benton.