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News For Tuesday 07/30/13


News for Tuesday 073013

By Dave Graichen

 

State Treasurer John Kennedy says he's seriously considering a run for  the governor of Louisiana in 2015. Kennedy, who has been a vocal  critic of fellow Republican Governor Bobby Jindal, says he believes  that the state's future can he much better than it is right now. Kennedy feels Louisiana needs a Governor with knowledge and wisdom who  believes higher education is sacred and not line items on a budget. There's been chatter that Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne also intends to  run in two years and possibly US Senator David Vitter.  State  Representative John Bel Edwards has already announced his candidacy. 

 

State Treasurer John Kennedy threatened Monday to forward files on 36 community groups, including one with ties to a state legislator, to a new state debt collection unit. The groups on Kennedy’s list include a New Orleans area housing organization, a Baton Rouge social club, an alumni association, a health care center and an organization affiliated with a Boy Scouts troop.

Kennedy said the groups either ignored or failed to fully comply with requests for details on how $4.5 million in taxpayer money was spent. He said certified letters and emails have been sent and personal calls have been made for years to the groups without resolution.

 

New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Louisiana among the  few states with more jobs now than it had before the recession.  Louisiana Workforce Commission executive director Curt Eysink says the  net increase is not huge, 15,000 jobs,  but it's still good news.  Eysink says the future looks bright for employment in Louisiana, as  existing industries expand here, and new businesses - like IBM – plan  multi-billion dollar investments in our state.

 

Six people charged with unlawfully and improperly storing explosives at Camp Minden have pleaded "not guilty". The men are all with Explo Systems,  where  over  10-million pounds of M-6 propellant was found stored unsafely. You may  remember  the  whole  town  of Doyline was evacuated  for  several days in December while those munitions  were moved. The men go to trail in November.

 

The Jefferson Parish  Coroner's Office says famous radio personality David  "Kidd" Kraddick died  from  complications  related  to  heart disease.  The  53-year-old  radio  host  was in New Orleans over the weekend  for  his  "Kidd's  Kids" charity golf  tournament  when  he suddenly became ill Saturday. The coroner went on to say Kraddick died quickly and most likely felt little pain.

 

Senators David Vitter and Mary Landrieu are urging President Obama to  hold FEMA chief David Fugate's promotion to head the Department of  Homeland Security, until problems with the National Flood Insurance  Program are addressed. Vitter says Louisianans face crippling flood  insurance premiums hikes if something isn't done. Vitter says FEMA is using flawed flood maps to predict future flood  insurance rates in Louisiana.  Vitter says he and Landrieu just sent the letter Monday, so there's been  no response yet from the White House.

 

The  state  auditor’s office says former  Terrebonne  Parish  Sheriff Vernon Bourgeouis  owes  $19,000  for  allegedly  improperly  paying officers  during  the  time  they  were  being  filmed  on  the  A&E relativity  show  Cajun Justice. The report says Bourgeouis is going to pay the money but he is protesting the claim.

 

Two Baton Rouge cops are on administrative leave after they shot and killed a 32-year-old man who they say tried  to  run  them over. The officers   were  trying  to  stop  Tyris  Wilkerson  for  a  traffic

violation, when the incident occurred. It's now under investigation.

 

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux apologized Monday for several arrests his deputies have made of men who agreed to have consensual sex with undercover agents. The deputies used an unconstitutional anti-sodomy law that Gautreaux is now seeking to get repealed. None of the arrests was prosecuted because the District Attorney’s Office determined the men had not committed a crime. The law had been invalidated a decade ago by a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision.

 

Say it ain't so....The Duck Commander himself, Phil Robertson,  says he  may  be  leaving  the  top-rated  show  "Duck Dynasty" Robertson doesn't say when, but feels the show can easily  go  on without him. Robertson founded the West Monroe duck call business that  blossomed

into  a  multi-million dollar venture for his sons. Season 4,  which features Phil quite a bit, debuts next month on A&E.

 

State Police say a man from Dehli died Sunday night after his  motorcycle hit a deer. Trooper albert Paxton says 67-year-old Bobby  Davis was traveling on Highway 134 when he was unable to avoid a deer  that was crossing the road. He says his passenger, 66-year-old Mary  Davis was taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries..

 

 

 

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