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News For Friday 05/17/13


News for Friday 051713

By Dave Graichen

 

Governor Bobby  Jindal  declares a state of emergency in response to potential flooding along  the  Mississippi River. Flood warnings are posted along the river from Arkansas  City, Arkansas to Baton Rouge. The National Weather  Service  says  the  main flooding concern is with those areas not protected by the main levee system.

 

State senators cracked open the Louisiana House’s version of the nearly $25 billion state spending plan Thursday and immediately raised questions. Members of the state Senate Finance Committee focused their concerns on a planned tax amnesty program, severance tax adjustments and the TOPS program. State Sen. Fred Mills characterized one piece of the plan that the House advanced as almost looking like a pay day loan, referring to a transaction in which someone gets immediate cash but eventually loses money on the deal. The committee will continue to look at the budget today.

 

Legislation prohibiting future teacher union employees from receiving state retirement benefits cleared the Louisiana House Thursday after fierce debate. House Bill 727 would not allow employees hired after Sept. 1 to belong to the Teachers’ Retirement System of Louisiana. State Rep. Herbert Dixon, D-Alexandria, denounced the proposal as a union busting measure. The House voted 57-40 in favor of the legislation, which now moves to the state Senate.

 

A bit of a scare yesterday in Alexandria. Police blocked off the streets surrounding the courthouse at about 10:20 a.m. after a suspicious package was found. Just after 2 p.m., Louisiana State Police bomb technicians and FBI agents determined what was in it. Police retrieved some electric hair clippers and two pocketknives. Sheriff William Hilton said in a news release. "In this day and time, you can never be too careful when something like this is found, especially in light of recent events.

 

One day after rejecting a public school $3.5 billion spending plan, lawmakers  said Thursday, they will consider a slightly different version submitted by the BESE board.

The panel on Wednesday rejected BESE’s initial proposal in light of last week’s ruling by the state Supreme Court, which struck down how the state financed school vouchers. The money was first planned to come from the $3.5 billion. But later in the day BESE officials said the rejected proposal inadvertently included language never considered by the board. The corrected version included language aimed at keeping the resolution intact if the court tossed out the voucher funding method, which it did.

 

Lawmakers have given final  legislative  passage to a bill requiring public  schools  to  formulate  a crisis response  plan  with  local lawmen, and rehearse that plan at  least  once  a year. The bill, received no opposing  votes  on  the Senate floor today. It's  now  headed  to  Governor Jindal's office, where  he can either sign it, veto it or allow  it  to  take  effect without his signature.

 

Lafayette Republican Charles Boustany will be involved in a  Congressional hearing today looking into the allegations that Internal  Revenue Service targeted conservative groups that applied for tax-exempt  status. Boustany says those responsible may have committed civil rights  violations.  Boustany is a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, which is  holding today's hearing. Steven Miller, who resigned earlier this week  as acting IRS Commissioner, is scheduled to testify.

 

There were no big winners  in  Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing so the estimated jackpot climbs to an estimated  $550  million which is the 2nd  largest  of all time. The next Powerball drawing is Saturday night..  By the way, The Mega Millions drawing  for  tonight is also up there.. it’s at  $190 million.

 

Louisiana State Police say a teenager who was not buckled up died in a Calcasieu Parish crash Thursday morning. Three teenage girls were in a car that allegedly ran  a  stop  sign and crashed into another vehicle. All three teenagers  were  unrestrained in the crash. One  died  from her injuries, the other  two  are  in critical condition.

 

New  Orleans Police have arrested the brother of the man accused  of opening  fire  on a crowd of people on Mother's Day, for his part in the shooting spree. Akein Scott was arrested Wednesday for 20 counts of attempted murder.  His  bail  set at $10-million. Yesterday, the NOPD says brother Sean Scott will face the same charges. Four others have been arrested as well for  harboring  the suspects.  Scott  allegedly  shot  and

injured 20 people Sunday; three are still in critical condition.

 

The ban on social networking while driving  bill  passes 94-0 on the House  Floor.  The  bill  by  Livingston  Senator  Dale  Erdy  would prohibiting  drivers  from  using  sites  like Facebook, Twitter  or Instagram  on  a  mobile  device while operating  a  motor vehicle.

The bill has to go back to the Senate for final passage.

 

A computer issue recently resulted in the disclosure of personal health information about 8,330 LSU Health Shreveport patients. Spokeswoman Meg Willett describes the release as unintentional and says those affected patients are being informed via notification letters sent out Wednesday. "No Social Security numbers, birthdates or financial account numbers were disclosed; so officials do not believe any financial information has been compromised.

 

The LSU Baseballers won game one of their three game series against Ole Miss last night with a 7 to 1 victory. Game two is tonight at 6:30. Tomorrow’s game is at 11:30 in the morning..

 

 

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