News for Friday 080213
By Dave Graichen
Just a reminder, Most retail purchases are exempt from state sales tax today and tomorrow.
Over the two days, most items will be exempt from the 4% state sales tax. . Local sales taxes still apply. Those items that are not exempt, are listed on the dept. of revenues website. One other thing, be sure to hold on to receipts for back-to-school items such as supplies, uniforms and educational equipment required by schools. Those purchases may be eligible for tax deductions on your 2013 state income tax return.
About half of Louisiana Voters say they are ready to vote for someone other than Senator Mary Landrieu in next year's U-S Senate election. That's according to a poll by republican firm Magellan Strategies, who says 51-percent of their respondents feel it's time to give a new person a chance. The poll also reveals that 39 percent of the 18-hundred respondents believe Senator Landrieu deserves to be re-elected.
Police in Monroe are investigating the shooting of a 3-year-old boy yesterday. Officers say a 5-year-old was playing with a gun, when it went off striking the toddler. The boy is now in a Monroe hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police are investigating; they say there's some question as to whether the child was shot or actually shot himself accidentally.
A new state law extends the time a parent can legally make use of Louisiana's Safe Haven law. Under the revision, one can now give up an infant to a designated Safe Haven care facility until the baby is 60 days old. Trey Williams, with the Department of Children and Family Services, says up to that point, there no threat of criminal charges. Most hospitals, fire stations and police stations are Safe Havens under the law.
The Department of Health and Hospitals confirms 2 cases of cyclospora have been reported in Louisiana as part of a nationwide outbreak. One of the cases confirmed was in Bienville Parish, and the other in Terrebonne Parish. Nearly 400 people have gotten sick from cyclospora this summer and people can become infected by consuming produce with the parasite on it. DHH encourages everyone to wash all fresh produce before consuming it.
A joint committee of the Louisiana Legislature met for an hour or so during a fishing rodeo weekend in Grand Isle to vote on selling Baton Rouge-area property that would help balance the state’s budget.
Eleven members of the House Committee on Natural Resources and five members of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources voted Thursday to allow the state to sell an office building in downtown Baton Rouge, and the Point Clair Farm, a nearly 2,200 acre-site near St. Gabriel.
Tomorrow marks one year since the sinkhole in Bayou Corne, in Assumption Parish, first appeared. Parish Emergency Preparedness director John Boudreaux says it was on Friday morning, August 3rd of last year when it was discovered the sinkhole formed overnight, beginning months of problems for the parish and for residents nearby. . A year later, Boudreaux says it covers over 20 acres. 150 homes near the sinkhole have been evacuated since mid-August of last year.
Livingston Parish Sheriff's deputies arrest a Walker city police officer for allegedly beating a rape suspect who was already in custody. Deputies arrested 32-year-old Officer James Dipuma for
allegedly striking 19-year-old Raymond Robison several times after arresting him for engaging in sex acts with a minor. The officer is charged with malfeasance and battery. The suspect with aggravated rape, molestation of a juvenile and resisting arrest.
U.S. Sen. John McCain criticized the Justice Department Thursday for making a plea deal with the Halliburton Co. that included “paltry” fines for destroying evidence in the aftermath of the 2010 BP oil leak off the coast of Louisiana. McCain sent a letter Thursday to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder asking follow-up questions about the Halliburton plea agreement to express concerns about a seemingly lax punishment. Last week, the U.S. Justice Department announced that the oilfield services company agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence in a deal that included a maximum statutory fine of $200,000 and a three-year probationary period. Separate from the plea deal, Halliburton also agreed to pay $55 million to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
The U.S. House Thursday approved legislation by Baton Rouge Congressman Bill Cassidy that would give Congress greater oversight of new environmental rules and regulations on industry. Cassidy’s Energy Consumers Relief Act was approved on a partisan 232-181 vote with just nine Democrats backing the bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, from issuing any energy-related regulations considered to have an economic impact of at least $1 billion without additional congressional and Department of Energy approval.
The state Office of Tourism's Louisiana Soundtrack Experience Series visits Ferriday today. Ferriday is the hometown of musical icons Jerry Lee Lewis, Mickey Gilley and Jimmy Swaggart. Jacques Berry, spokesperson for the Lt. Governor's office, says they have several events planned today, including a concert at 6:00