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News For Monday 12/2/13


News for Monday 120213

By Dave Graichen

 

State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon agrees to implement an  adjustment to Obamacare that would allow many consumers, facing  cancellation of their current health insurance, to keep their plans one  more year. John Maginnis, with Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana says they will honor Donelon's decision, and try to extend all coverage that had previously been slated for cancellation for one more year.

 

On the surface it looks like the School voucher plan is doing just what it is supposed to do. But, one report says, we need to take a closer look. New data indicate that many students in Louisiana's voucher program attended schools that were graded D or F on the state's grading scale. At least 45 percent of the nearly 5,000 students in the program last year attended such schools. However, an investigative piece in the Times-Picayune say the report is not complete. It appears the state released scores only for one-fifth of the 118 voucher schools. Those were schools with at least 40 voucher students in the third grade and up. They served about 2,900 of the nearly 5,000 students in the program last year.

 

Today has been designated Cyber Monday; a day to make your online  holiday purchases, but state officials remind you those purchases are  not tax-free. Louisiana Department of Revenue spokesman Byron Henderson  says some websites will add the 8% applicable state tax to your  purchases, but a greater number still do not. State law requires you must pay the state tax if they don’t collect it.  Henderson says you can go online to "revenue.louisiana.gov" and  download the consumer use tax return to report your online purchases.

 

The 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ended Saturday, having  produced the fewest actual hurricanes since 1982. Stacy Stewart, with  the National Hurricane Center says The 2013 storm season saw 13 named storms, which was slightly above  normal, as predicted. However, there were only two hurricanes – Humberto  and Ingrid in September. Neither of those reached a strength of Category  3 or higher.

 

We'll get another chance to hear Shreveport's Cole Vosbury tonight on  the extremely popular NBC singing competition show, "The Voice." Cole  is now a part of the top 6 after advancing last week. The show airs tonight at 7 on KALB TV5. The results show is tomorrow night at 8

 

 As 2013 draws nearer to a close, Congress is concentrating on getting  some important bills passed. Senator Mary Landrieu says one she is  working hard to get to the President's desk would fix the Biggert-Waters  Flood Insurance Reform, which calls for drastically high premium hikes.  Landrieu says another matter of importance to get through Congress  before year's end is funding for the Morganza-to-the Gulf Flood  Protection plan. and a new Farm Bill. She says the  prices we all pay for our groceries relies on having an effective  federal Farm Bill in place.

 

There's reason that Natchitoches is known as the City of Lights. City  tourism spokeswoman Samantha Bonnette says a Yahoo! travel blogger  ranks the Natchitoches Festival of Lights as the NO. 3 top Holiday  Light show in the nation after Rockefeller Center and Disneyland.  Bonnette says some estimates show that over 250,000 people attend the  Festival of Lights throughout its 45 nights of lights, which ends on January 6th.

 

Louisiana's Office of Tourism has been named the top tourism office  among the 14 southeastern states. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne oversees  tourism in the state. He says the designation from the Southeast Tourism  Society is a real honor. Dardenne says Louisiana is more popular as a travel destination with the  nation, and the rest of the world, than it has ever been.

 

The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office says a hunter who was not wearing a life jacket died when his boat hit a branch and capsized before dawn Saturday  in heavy fog, dumping him and a friend into the Atchafalaya River. A news release from the sheriff’s department says the second hunter was wearing a life jacket. He swam to the river bank and called for help.

 

Sports..

 

The Saints and the Seahawks battle each other in Seattle tonight in a  match-up of the two best teams in the NFC. The winner will be in the  driver's seat to secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs.  There's a good chance of rain, and the temperature will be around 40.  Seattle brings a 13-game home winning streak into the game.

 

LSU moved up one spot to No. 14 in both the Associated Press and USA/Today Coaches polls and is No. 15 in the BCS standings. The Tigers (9-3) continue to remain the highest-ranked three-loss team in all three rankings.

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