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News For Wednesday 08/28/13


News for Wednesday 082813

By Dave Graichen

 

Tuesday Governor Bobby Jindal announced that Dow Chemical Company will invest $1.06  billion  to  build  two  new  plants  and upgrade it's complex  in Plaquemine. Jindal says the projects will  retain  1,380 existing jobs  and  create 71 new direct jobs with an average annual salary of more than $49,000 a year.

 

The  Louisiana Department of Revenue announces the arrest of six tax preparers  who  allegedly  filed  false  returns  on behalf of their clients in the hopes of profiting from the fraudulent  activity. LDR spokesperson Doug Baker says they are cracking down on this  type of illegal  activity  thanks  to  a  new  computer  system, which helps identify tax fraud cases. Five of the six people arrested live in south Louisiana.

 

Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne says Louisiana set a record for tourism in 2012  with  26.3  million  people  visiting the Bayou State. However Dardenne cites budget concerns because  money  that's supposed to go to out-of-state marketing is "passed through" the legislature and is going  toward  other  events  in state. For example, Bayou Country Music Fest and various sporting events. Dardenne, in his address to the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association. said $665 million  dollars in tax revenue was generated for the citizens of our state from tourists last year.

 

New statistics show underage tobacco sales have reached a record low nationally. Less than ten-percent of the stores  were  found  to  be non-compliant.  Here  in  Louisiana,  Alcohol  and  Tobacco  Control commissioner  Troy  Hebert  says between 10-and-20 percent of stores they inspect fail to  comply with the law that prohibits the sale of tobacco products to a customer under the age 18. Hebert says retailers and  store clerks who sell tobacco to underage individuals face hefty fines.

 

It’s time to choot ‘em. The alligator hunting season opens in what is known as the east zone of  Louisiana  today.  The  state   Department  of  Wildlife  and Fisheries estimates 34-thousand alligators  will be harvested during the season.

 

Accent Marketing will close its Monroe call center  -  meaning about 60  people  will lose their jobs. At one time Accent employed  about 500 in Monroe.

 

The Port of Lake Charles board has approved an operating agreement with Lake Charles Clean Energy for the handling and storage of methanol,  a major step in bringing the $2.6 billion project forward. Port officials said the new submission will allow the product to be exported,  about one million tons per year. The port already signed a 25-year operating contract with Lake Charles Clean Energy, a subsidiary of Leucadia. The company has spent more than $50 million in site preparation, mainly for drainage and electricity.

 

A farming accident has claimed the  life  of a Shreveport man. Caddo Parish officials report  33-year-old Ross Lynn was pronounced dead on his family's farm after he struck his head.

 

A hearing  has  been set regarding the the 8-year-old who apparently fatally shot his 90-year-old care giver in the back of the head this past Thursday. The  East  Feliciana  Parish Sheriff's Office reports

Marie Smothers was killed with her own  hand gun. The boy cannot be tried with a crime because of his age but  a  hearing  will  allow a judge  other  options including ordering mental health care for  the

child.

 

Officers with the Houma Police Department  say  a  man  was arrested last night and booked with a DUI for riding his lawnmower drunk down a  city  street.  They say 60-year-old Edward Duke was also  driving without lights around  midnight  when  he was spotted by an officer. The suspect was booked with 2nd offense  DWI and operating an unsafe vehicle.

 

Emergency crews rushed to the  Rock-Tenn  paper  mill  in  Hodge, in Jackson Parish, yesterday, when three contract workers fell into  a tank there.  What  was  inside the tank is unknown, but we do know two of those men were  taken  to Jackson Parish hospital with severe injuries. They've since been airlifted to another facility for care. Police in Hodge say there was no  explosion  at  the  plant  and the public is in no danger.

 

A Lake Charles man entered  an  unusual  plea to charges of indecent behavior  with  a juvenile. The Calcasieu Parish  DA's  office  says David  Tarver entered  an  Alford  plea   which  doesn't  require  a

defendant  to  admit  the act, but admits that the prosecution could likely prove the charge.  He  faces up to 25 years at his sentencing on September 20th.

 

 

 

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