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.
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.