News for Friday 090613
By Dave Graichen
Louisiana's annual second amendment sales tax holiday kicks off today and runs through Sunday. Louisiana Department of Revenue spokesman Byron Henderson says this is a three day sales tax holiday that exempts a specified list of hunting supplies from the 4% state sales tax and local taxes. Henderson says most guns apply, ammunition, accessories designated to be used for hunting, hunting apparel and certain off-road vehicles.
A 22 year old Turkey Creek, was ordered held without bond in the Evangeline Parish Jail after a hearing Wednesday in 13th Judicial District Court in Ville Platte. Authorities say Ayla Marie Lynch admitted she beat to death her 15-month-old daughter, Brooklyne Mann in April. Lynch is charged with first-degree murder. The child died April 14 after being severely beaten and given rubbing alcohol to drink.
The Alexandria/Pineville area’s wireless coverage got another boost Wednesday with AT&T’s announcement that it has launched 4G LTE coverage in the market. Mobile devices on a 4G network, short for fourth generation of mobile communications, operate at much faster speeds than 3G, making downloading and streaming in a variety of applications easier. However, The new speed will do nothing to improve coverage areas. That can only be done by adding new cell towers.
According to a survey of Louisiana voters, 53-percent favor making marijuana legal for adults and regulating its sales. Public Policy Polling conducted the poll and it was paid for by the American Civil
Liberties Union. Louisiana ACLU Executive Director Marjorie Esman hopes the poll will convince legislators to reform marijuana sentencing laws.
State Treasurer John Kennedy says 19 so-called non-governmental organizations, who received state money from the legislature haven't accounted for that money, so he's referred them to the state's new central debt collection office. Kennedy says the NGO's have failed or refused to file required financial reports. Some of them are directly affiliated with state lawmakers or members of their families.
The congressional fight to delay increasing flood insurance premiums is mired in the federal budget stalemate. Meanwhile, new insurance “rating guidelines” released this week confirmed the fears of dramatic insurance hikes for many southern Louisiana residents. Although flood maps for many areas are still being finalized and much remains unknown, some changes are beginning to be implemented Oct. 1. Worst-case scenarios show insurance hikes of 2,000 percent from about $600 a year to $15,000 for some “grandfathered” properties losing their subsidies.
As LSU fans descend on Tiger Stadium for the home opener this weekend, they'll notice many changes to the 75 year old structure. Athletic Director Joe Alleva says as the sea of purple and gold comes down the hill Saturday, fans will be facing brand new windows at every corner of Death Valley. Alleva says they've also added more plaques and monuments on the west side of the stadium that honor iconic players and teams in LSU football history. He says construction at the south end of Death Valley in coming right along but should all be complete by next football season.
Longtime LSU radio analyst Doug Moreau will take a temporary leave of absence from his role on the radio broadcast of Tiger football games due to health matters. Moreau, who has worked on the broadcast of LSU football games for 35 years, missed last week’s season-opener against TCU and will be absent from the booth for the home-opener on Saturday against UAB. Gordy Rush, who has served as the sideline reporter for the LSU Sports Radio Network for the past two years, will serve as color analyst alongside Jim Hawthorne until Moreau returns.
US Senator David Vitter announced today that he will oppose military action in Syria. He says while horrible, the events in Syria do not pose a direct threat to the United States or our allies. Vitter is a
member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.
A giant of Louisiana politics meets a giant of broadcasting, when Edwin W. Edwards and Larry King share a stage this Sunday at LSU. The program is sponsored by the LSU Union Theatre. King, best known for his long- running talk show on CNN and a brilliant radio career, says he's thrilled to get to interview Edwards for the first time ever. Governor Former Governor Edwards says he's ready for Sunday afternoon's event at LSU. He says he equally enthused at the opportunity to chat one-on-one with King.