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News For Wednesday 04/10/13


News for Wednesday 041013

By Dave Graichen

 

The Pineville City Council unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday backing legislation that would allow the city to hold an election on the “restaurant only” option to sell alcohol in the city. . Senate Bill 116 has been pre-filed for the state legislative session that started Monday. The people of Pineville could get a chance to vote as early as October on the matter.

 

The Jindal administration says if lawmakers pass a bill to phase out state income taxes, the loss of revenue does not have to be entirely offset.  Revenue  Department  spokesman  Tim  Barfield  told  Senate Revenue & Fiscal Affairs Committee members yesterday that  such  a  bill would not HAVE to be "revenue neutral' for the Governor to sign it. The Governor said Monday, he's putting  his  own tax swap plan on hold, tossing that ball to legislators to handle.

 

The state's Democratic Party says the legislature should not address tax  reform  legislation  at  all  this  year. House Democratic Caucus chairman John Bel Edwards, of Amite, says the bigger priority should be passing a state  budget that won't result in more mid-year budget cuts. However, The state's  Republican  Party  urges  residents to tell their local legislators if they want an end to state  income  tax. Louisiana GOP

director Jason Dore' suspects a majority would like  those  taxes to go away.

 

Tuesday, the Louisiana Hospital Association endorsed Medicaid expansion. John Matessino, president of Louisiana Hospital Association, said it is “critically important for Louisiana to take advantage of the significant federal resources available to expand health care coverage.” According to Matessino, increasing the number of individuals who have health care coverage will help to offset the cost of uninsured care, help stabilize insurance premiums and ebb cost-shifting to the private insurance market. Governor Jindal’s administration insists the state will not go along with the Medicaid Expansion.

 

President Obama will reveal today his federal budget plan, which is  expected to contain significant cuts in Social Security benefits,  something Louisiana retirees dread. AARP Louisiana spokesperson Denise  Bottcher says annual cost of living increases would be calculated using  the so-called "chained" Consumer Price Index to reduce spending.  The White House says doing so will reduce federal spending by $130-Billion over ten years.  Bottcher says that'll be disastrous to Louisiana retirees, who collect, on average,  about $13-thousand a year from Social Security. She hopes  Louisiana congressional delegates are paying attention

 

A bill that would  create  an  "I'm  Cajun"  license plate has passed in committee and is headed to the House Floor. The bill is by Breaux Bridge Representative Mike Huval who  says  fees generated from  the prestige plate would be used to help fund scholarships  to France  for  students who want to teach French Immersion programs in Louisiana. And no.. you don’t have to be a pure blooded Cajun to purchase one..

 

A Livingston Parish  man accused of stabbing his wife and ripping an unborn fetus from her  womb  has  changed  his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. 31-year-old Jeffery Reynolds'  initial  plea was not guilty. The sheriff's office says  Reynolds told detectives he smoked herbal incense and began having visions  when  he  allegedly  cut the fetus

from his wife last October.

 

Lottery  officials  say  a woman from Greensburg had to dig  an  old Powerball ticket out of her  trash  when  she  realized  she  hadn't checked  the  numbers  that  ended  up  being  worth  $10,000. Joyce Womack's ticket was for the March 23rd drawing.

 

A new fence and netting system has not helped contain the black dust being released by the Industrial  Carbon  Services  Company  in Lake Charles. So now an investigation by DEQ is looking into the possible health  hazards  that  could  occur  from  breathing it in. City  leaders are also checking into  zoning  issues  and other possible violations.  The  black  dust  has  been a concern of residents since last summer.

 

Bossier   Parish  Sheriff's  investigators  say  a  Princeton  woman swindled her  own grandmother out of over $100-thousand; used to buy cars, computers  and  more  without  the  elderly woman's knowledge. 35-year-old Allison Jones is charged wth money  laundering, identity theft,  felony  theft  and  racketeering. She's now in  the  Bossier Maximum Security Facility, pending  a  $130,000 bond. Jones says she

didn't steal anything.

 

Shreveport  PD  is  asking  for  the  public's  help  in  locating a "Craigslist  Bandit"  who  posts  fake  stuff for sale then collects money wired to him. The suspect never produces the items and pockets the victims cash -- at times as much as $850.  $500.00  reward being offered.

 

Officials in Terrebonne Parish will vote today on a proposal that would  ban saggy pants. If passed, anyone who wears pants in public that hang  below the belt line could be punished. Neighboring Lafourche Parish has  already passed an ordinance that makes it illegal to reveal underwear  in public.

 

Former U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry is staying in the political spotlight by launching a conservative super PAC on Tuesday to help support more far-right Republicans in congressional races nationally and in Louisiana. Landry’s new “Restore our Republic” political action committee comes a few months after the one-term congressman’s defeat in a congressional race against U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, and while Landry, R-New Iberia, was mulling a challenge of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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