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News For Tuesday 05/28/13


News for Tuesday 052813

By Dave Graichen

 

A bill that would ban publishing names or addresses of those who apply  for, or have been granted, concealed weapon permits could clear its last  legislative hurdle today. Bossier City Rep. Jeff Thompson says the bill  was triggered by the New York Times printing CCP holders' addresses.  Some of those folks were burglarized afterward; their guns stolen. The bill has already been passed in the House and the Senate.  It's scheduled today on the House floor for concurrence on changes made  in the Senate. After that it goes to the Governor's desk.

 

Legislation designed to create more details on privatization contracts effectively died Monday afternoon in a state Senate committee. The Jindal administration opposed House Bill 240, arguing it would curtail efforts to turn state government functions over to the private sector. HB240’s sponsor, state Rep. Kenny Havard, told the Senate Committee on Finance that he just wants to ensure that the deals save taxpayers money. Legislators complained that Havard’s 12-page bill was complicated.

 

The  Louisiana  Highway  Safety Commission says pickup truck drivers and passengers have the lowest level of seat-belt use at 72%. That's despite state law that requires all passengers in vehicles to wear a seat belt. Executive director,  Colonel  John  Leblanc, notes that's especially important in pickup trucks. Over  150 un-belted people riding in pickup trucks  were  killed  in accidents in 2011.

 

Though still over two years away, prospective candidates for Governor in  2015 are already fundraising. With no official announcements, both  David Vitter and Jay Dardenne are scheduling events with, and for,  financial backers.  Senator David Vitter has appearances scheduled for political action  groups who support him in state and federal races. Secretary of State  Jay Dardenne is also engaged in fundraising appearances and events. Neither man has declared his plans to run for the office. Although, Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne has said on several talk shows he would like to do so.

 

State Police say a suspected  impaired  driver ran across the median and head-on into a another car early Sunday  morning  on  U.S. 61 in St.  Charles  Parish--killing  three  people.  The  driver  and  two passengers  in  the other vehicle were pronounced dead. A toxicology test is ordered for the motorist who lost control.

 

A  32-year  veteran  of the U-S Air Force is challenging  democratic Senator Mary Landrieu.  Rob  Maness of Madisonville is a retired Air Force colonel, who has never run  for  political office. Maness says while serving in the Armed Forces he took  an  oath  to  support and defend  the Constitution, and he says Congress is not living  up  to

that same oath.  Maness  joins  Baton  Rouge  Congressman  Bill Cassidy  as  the  two

announced republican challengers to Landrieu.  The  election will be held in the fall of next year.

 

Organizers  of the Bayou Country Superfest  in  Tiger  Stadium  this weekend say they  WILL  be back for a 5th anniversary BCS next year. The Zac Brown Band closed  the  two-day show late Sunday night, to the delight of thousands of fans who crowded  into Death Valley. The city of Baton Rouge says the festival brings an  estimated $30-million in economic impact.

 

With over a week to go in the legislative  session,  Governor  Bobby Jindal has signed a handful of bills into law that were approved  by lawmakers.  One  of  those  bills  makes  it  illegal  to possess or purchase  the  different  chemical  compounds  needed  to  make  the synthetic  drug  known as 25-I. The  bill  was sponsored after a Little Rock

resident died after taking 25-I at last year's  Voodoo  Fest  in New Orleans.

 

Work to raise the funds needed to build a National Hurricane Museum in  Lake Charles continue to move forward. Gray Stream is chairman of the  museum's board of directors. He says talks with corporations have gotten  the project off to a good start towards their $70-million goal, raising about $14-million, in mostly corporate donations, for the museum. The museum will be built near the Lake Charles Civic  Center, where it can be easily seen and accessed from Interstate 10.

 

Someone purchased a Powerball ticket in the New Orleans area that  matched all six numbers from Saturday night's drawing. The jackpot was  50-million dollars, which will be split three ways as winning tickets  were also sold in Florida and Delaware.

 

Sports..

 

LSU Baseball will play Jackson State Friday afternoon to open up the  Baton Rouge Regional. U-L Lafayette and Sam Houston State are the other  two schools in the regional. The Tigers and Cajuns will play each other  on Saturday night if they both win on Friday. LSU is a national four seed, even though they just won the SEC  Tournament. But Coach Paul Mainieri says the important thing is that they are a top  eight national seed and will have the opportunity to host a super-regional.

 

 

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