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News For Friday 04/19/13


News for Friday 041913

By Dave Graichen

 

Alexandria police report an apparent home invasion took place early yesterday morning on 14th street in the city.  According to police, Two suspects forced their way into  the home, shooting one person in the leg and firing at another. The suspects then fled the scene. Police say their investigation has developed a person of interest.

 

The Rapides Parish  Sheriff's office says a 30-year-old man is under arrest  on one count of  first  degree  murder,  armed  robbery  and obstruction  of  justice  for allegedly stabbing his mother to death then taking her car. They say  Jeffery  Bell  was  booked  into  the Rapides Pairhs Detention Center and is being held without bond.

 

Citizens of Pineville are closer to being able to vote on whether to allow restaurants in their city to sell alcohol. SB 116,  that would allow the city to call an election on the “restaurant only” option cleared the Louisiana Senate by a 24-0 vote Thursday.

The bill now goes to the House of Representatives and, if it passes there, to Gov. Bobby Jindal for his signature. City officials are hoping to get a proposition on the ballot in October.

 

State  Police  say  a  man  from Hessmer died yesterday morning after crashing his  truck in Avoyelles  Parish.  They say 36-year-old Joey Henderson lost control on a highway near Hessmer and hit a driveway causing his truck to overturned several times. It then became  engulfed  in flames. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Governor Jindal says he won't support legislation to raise cigarettes  taxes, as a path to higher state revenues. The House Ways and Means  Committee will review four tobacco tax bills Monday. Mr. Jindal says he  won't back any of them if they're not "revenue neutral".

 

Gov. Bobby Jindal said Thursday he won’t seek legislative approval of his  administration’s LSU hospital privatization agreements, though both the House and Senate have voted that they want such decision-making authority. Jindal said he believes the legislative resolutions that have received support requiring budget committee backing of the lease agreements don’t carry the force of law.

 

A Colfax lawmaker drafts legislation that would require the LSU  Board of Supervisors to offer incoming freshman tickets to every LSU  home game. Representative Terry Brown says it's a shame that new  tiger freshman are only given the chance to buy tickets after

upperclassmen and members of the public and are often left out.

 

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell issues an opinion that says a company  out of New York can't sell its wine ice cream in Louisiana. Mercer's  Wine Ice Cream is sold in at least 14 states, but Alcohol and Tobacco  Control Commissioner Troy Hebert says Louisiana A-G's office has  determined that state law does not allow for it to be sold here. A bill before the legislature may change that.

 

The state Senate overwhelmingly agreed Thursday to let inmates in parish jails work on churches and other religious buildings. Senate Bill 8 by state Sen. Rick Gallot, D-Ruston, was approved in a 29-1 vote. It heads next to the Louisiana House. SB8 would include religious buildings to the list of places that sheriffs can use inmate work crews.

 

Tomorrow marks the 3rd anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon rig  explosion in the Gulf, which killed 11 men and triggered the largest  man-made environmental disaster in U.S. history. State Coastal  Protection and Restoration director Garrett Graves says fully 100% of the Gulf Coast areas still covered in oil are  IN Louisiana. He says over 200 miles of Louisiana coastal marshes and  sands are still oily...as cleanup work continues. He says BP has not lived up to their promise of making things right.

 

The  "no  social  networking while driving" legislation known as the "Tweet Bill" passed  in  the  Senate yesterday 25-9. The measure now heads to The House. The proposal  is by Livingston Senator Dale Erdy who says it would prohibit people from  posting to social networking sites  like  Facebook,  Twitter  and  Instagram   while  behind  the

wheel. If the bill becomes law, violators would face a fine  of  up to $175 on a first offense and $500 for second offense.

 

A bill that would allow students who get an undergraduate degree out of state to use the popular TOPS  grants  for  graduate work here in Louisiana has passed the House Education Committee,  by a 13-2 vote. The bill is sponsored by Baton Rouge Rep. Hunter Greene.  It goes to the House floor next.

 

The  13-acre  Assumption Parish sinkhole got a little bigger  today. The Parish Police  Jury  reports  there  was  a  "burp"  followed by another  slough-in on the eastern side of the hole. Unknown  as  yet how  much  land  fell  off  into  the  hole.  Residents  nearby  are negotiating  with  Texas Brine, who owns the salt cavern beneath the hole, to buy out their properties.

 

A  proposed  bill  to  create  a breakaway school  district  in  the southern part of East Baton Rouge  Parish  has  been approved by the Senate Education Committee. This is the second time  around  for the bill;  it cleared the Senate but was squashed by House members  last year.  Baton  Rouge  area  Senator  Bodi  White  feel  there's  less

objection  to  his bill this year, and hopes for better fortunes. Up next, a debate and vote on the Senate floor.

 

Sports..

 

LSU holds its spring football game on Saturday. It's the first chance  Tiger fans will have at watching new offensive coordinator Cam Cameron  direct the offense. You can hear that game on 970 KSYL starting at 2pm.

 

With the end of the 2012-2013  NBA  regular  season  comes  the  New Orleans  basketball  team's new name, "The Pelicans." Communications VP Harold Kaufman says  the  new website is www.pelicans.com and you can follow them on Twitter, Facebook  and  Instagram  using the name "pelicansNBA". He says they believe the Pelicans name and  new brand is a good representation of what The Big Easy stands for.

 

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