News for Wednesday 110613
By Dave Graichen
U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu has filed a bill to fix The affordable care act, by allowing individuals who like their current health coverage to keep it. There are numerous reports of cancellations of policies because they do not meet minimum benefits required under the Affordable Care Act. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says as many at 80-thousand Louisianans may lose their coverage, but Landrieu says her bill will allow you to keep your coverage as long as you stay current on premium payments. Landrieu says she still supports the plan, but admits it needs some
It is expected to be announced today that Stakeholders interested in promoting a specific site for the future home of Central Louisiana Technical Community College’s Alexandria campus will have until January 21st of next year to make their final presentations. The new facility is expected to cost upwards of $21.6 million to build. It will replace the current Alexandria campus on South MacArthur Drive.
Pineville-based Crest Industries on Tuesday announced plans to build a $15 million galvanizing plant in South Louisiana. The new plant will serve customers in the electric utility and petrochemical industries. It will furnish galvanized protective coatings for utility poles and equipment. The galvanizing plant will bring services in-house that formerly were contracted to outside vendors.
Governor Bobby Jindal places second-to-last in a new poll of possible 2016 Republican Primary candidates. The survey, done by North Carolina based Public Policy Polling, shows Mr. Jindal with only 6%. By comparison, the same poll of Democratic voters shows Hilary Clinton with 67% voter support. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Rand Paul have just 16% each.
Even though this year's LSU/Alabama game is hardly considered the "Game of the Century", the matchup in Tuscaloosa Saturday is still one of the hottest tickets in the country. StubHub spokesperson Cameron Papp says the contest between The Tigers and The Tide is their most popular sporting event this week in terms of demand. Papp says so far the game is currently the 4th highest selling college football matchup this season. Tickets prices for the game are as low as $140 on StubHub, with a high price of $2,000.
The IRS is warning Louisianans of a sophisticated telephone scam, wherein con artists pose as...the IRS. Spokesperson Dee Harris Stepter says the callers are able to "spoof" caller ID, to make it look as if the call IS coming from the IRS. She says the scammers try to convince victims to pay an outstanding tax debt that they do not really owe. Stepter says don't be fooled by these con artists. She says the IRS will always notify you of a tax debt by written notification first, before any phone calls are made.
A man from Baton Rouge who is accused of threatening the life and family of former US Attorney Jim Letten plead guilty in federal court Monday to the charges. Gerald Estrade served more than 21 years in prison for manslaughter in the 1988 death of his daughter. He now faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the threats.
The Iberia Parish Sheriff's office has reportedly asked the FBI to take part in an investigation regarding a deputy who allegedly beat a handcuffed man during a disturbance at the sugarcane festival in September. The unidentified deputy has been terminated but now an investigation is underway into any possible criminal violations that were committed.
A tax preparer in Natchitoches pleads guilty to filing false returns and could face three years in prison. 38-year-old Lashanda Harris aided customers in filing returns with bogus information, so they could get bigger refunds. She collected kickbacks for her help. Her sentencing is January 30th.
The Iberville Parish Sheriff's office says a man is in stable condition after allegedly stabbing himself several times Tuesday morning in the parking lot of their substation in Maringouin where his girlfriend was filing an abuse complaint against him. The man has not been identified but the sheriff's office says he could face charges when he gets out of the hospital.
State senator Neil Riser of Columbia is attacking his opponent, Vance McCallister, in the 5th District Congressional run-off. Riser's campaign released a new television ad that says McCallister has taken two different positions on the Affordable Care Act. The ad claims that McCallister recently told a Democrat forum that he embraces Obamacare, but his website says that he'll fight to repeal it.
A Mississippi Gulf Coast mother of a 4 month-old infant is free on $5,000 bond after she allegedly attempted to sell her baby on Craigslist. Twenty-three year-old Bobbie Jo Stojic of Bay St. Louis sent a text to a woman in Kenner, originally discussing the sale of baby clothing. When the discussion went to selling her baby, the other woman contacted authorities in Mississippi.