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
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.