News for Monday 102113
By Dave Graichen
The voters have spoken and the sale of alcohol in Pineville restaurants will now be allowed. Rich Dupree is the Chief of Staff for the city of Pineville. He says this move will be a good one for the for the entire central Louisiana community. Dupree says national chain restaurants have shown interest in Pineville but were shying away because alcohol sales were not allowed. He feels now that the restaurant only ordinance has passed, it won't be long before new eateries start popping up. Dupree says he is glad the citizens of Pineville were given the opportunity to voice their opinion on the matter. He wants to emphasize that this means alcohol can only be sold places that sell food.
Louisiana has a $153-million budget surplus; left over from the fiscal year that ended June 30th. That news was delivered Friday to the Legislature's Joint Budget Committee. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says it's good news, and a sign of an improving economy and labor market. Nichols says the surplus is largely from higher-than-expected income tax revenues. She says the surplus will be presented to the state's Revenue Estimating Conference in January, so it can be officially "recognized." She says state lawmakers will decide where those funds will be used.
Louisiana's health department says the number of people who have died from West Nile this year is up to 3. The latest death is from Rapides Parish and it’s the second death this year from Rapides. There's been a total of 51 cases this year, but D-H-H regional health director David Holcombe says this is the time of year the season begins to wind down.
Louisiana's 5th District congressional race will go to a November 16th runoff between Columbia state Senator Neil Riser and Monroe businessman Vance McAllister. Riser took a third of the vote Saturday, and U.L.- Monroe political science professor Joshua Stockley says McAllister came from behind to take 18%. Democrat Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo took 3rd place, with 15% of the vote Saturday, Republican Clyde Holloway was 4th with 11%.
A kindergartner has been suspended from his school in Monroe after he brought a BB gun to class. Ouachita Parish School superintendent Bob Webber says the incident occurred at Swayze Elementary School. Webber says the kindergartner actually brought the bb gun, which was not loaded, to the teacher and the teacher quickly notified the principal. Webber says the boy will probably not be expelled, but remains suspended until they can conference with his parent or parents, which they're having trouble contacting.
Governor Jindal has appointed former Bossier Parish state Rep. Jane Smith to a vacant seat of the Board of Elementary & Secondary Education. Smith also serves a legislative liaison for the department
A babysitter in Jefferson Parish has been arrested after doctors determined a child under her care suffered from shaken baby syndrome. The baby girl is alive, but has limited mobility in one of
her limbs and has had some bleeding in her brain. 56-year-old Sherry Savois of Gretna is charged with cruelty to a juvenile, and the case is still under investigation.
LSU is ranked 13th in the coaches and media poll and 12th in the Harris poll after they were upset by Ole Miss 27 to 24 on Saturday night. It was a day full of upsets, but when the dust settled the Tigers chances of playing in the conference championship game are bleak. Coach Les Miles says they can still have a great season, despite having two losses.