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News for Tuesday 021814

By Dave Graichen


A legislative panel Monday gave its blessing to a Jindal administration plan that allows extra charges to renew a driver’s license for those seeking faster service. The new rules, which have been tested in Metairie and Slidell and are expected in Baton Rouge soon, allow private contractors, call “public tag agents,” to charge up to $18 more than the typical $21.50 fee. Currently, according to State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson, Louisiana’s 2.9 million motorists have typically renewed their driver’s license at Office of Motor Vehicle offices, which operate in all 64 parishes, or online. Public tag agents offer a third option, and presumably one that is faster than visiting a state office.


A  16  teen  year  old  Lafayette boy has been charged with indecent behavior with a juvenile  after he drove to Wichita, Kansas, to pick up a 12 year old girl he met  on the internet.  Captain Kip Judice of

the Lafayette parish sheriff's  office says the 12 year old girl was missing for little over 24 hours  before authorities  found her at a home in Lafayette. He says the 16-year-old  from  Lafayette  did not

hurt the girl. Judice  says the 16 year old boy's parents were out of town for  the weekend and  unaware  of  the  situation  until authorities notified them.


Three of Louisiana’s most powerful lawmakers agreed Monday that changes need to be made to TOPS, Louisiana’s college scholarship program, before it becomes too expensive for the state to maintain. One of them said nothing will change as long as the family for whom the program is named has the governor’s ear. The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students is set to cost the state $235 million next year and is projected to increase to more than $370 million over the next five years.


The Louisiana department of corrections turned in a plan on Monday to keep death row of the Angola state prison cooler.  The department was directed by U-S District Judge Brian Jackson to draft a plan to keep temperatures from going higher than 88 degrees. The plan filed in court lists air conditioning, cold showers, and ice chests to cool death row. The order was in response to suits by 3 inmates who say the excessive heat violated their constitutional rights to NOT be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.


Troop I also investigated a fatal crash in Evangeline Parish Sunday that claimed the life of a motorcyclist  who wasn't wearing a helmet. Hammons says 60-year-old Terry Thrasher of Ville Platte lost control of his bike and hit a tree. The helmet-less  man was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene


State Police say during a routine  traffic  stop  Sunday  morning in Port  Allen,  a  US  Army  Sergeant  was  busted  with  23 pounds of marijuana  in  his vehicle. They say during questioning, 30-year-old

Sergeant Borace  Brown  of  Florida,  troopers became suspicious and discovered the drugs during a search of  the  vehicle. Sgt Brown was booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish jail and  US  Army  CID  was informed of the arrest.


The band director at Kentwood High School has been arrested on child pornography  charges.   Tangipahoa  Sheriff's Deputies say they made the  arrest  of Kenneth Dillon after  explicit  pictures  and videos were found on his computer; one involving an adult having sex with a 10 year-old  child.


If you've been a chronic smoker for decades, there is a free smoking  cessation program in Louisiana. It's called Smoking Cessation Trust and  it's located in New Orleans, but anyone in the state can use their  services. Smoking Cessation Trust C-E-O Mike Rogers says they hope to help at least 200 thousand Louisianans.  The Smoking Cessation Trust was created as a result of a class-action  lawsuit and the judgment required that tobacco companies fund a program  to help people quick smoking. The program has been around for about a  year and a half. Rogers says about 11 thousand people are in the program  today. The program funds doctor visits, prescription medications and counseling  for smokers.



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