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News For Thursday 02/20/14


News for Thursday 022014

By Dave Graichen

 

The rumors have been flying for a while and yesterday he made it official, Former state Rep. Chris Roy Jr. announced his candidacy for Rapides Parish district attorney in the fall elections. The 52 year old Roy became interested in the position after it was announced the current DA, James  Downs, was retiring and will not seek re-election. Roy says his work drafting laws that protect children and the elderly give him a unique perspective that he would use as district attorney. The primary election for the DA’s office is Nov. 4. A runoff, if needed, will be Dec. 6.

 

The gas price  has  been  rising  all  week. AAA reports the current statewide average for a gallon of regular  is  $3.20 up a penny from yesterday and a nickel from one week ago.

 

Former  Governor  Edwin  Edwards  tells  the Louisiana Radio Network that,  while he is not ready to make and official  announcement,  he has made  up  his  mind about running for Congress in November.  The seat left open by Republican  Bill  Cassidy in the 6th congressional district became open when he announced  plans  to  run  for  Senate. Edwards, who turns 87 in August  says he  is  still  working out the legalities.

 

State Senator Dan Claitor, a Republican from Baton Rouge, and  businessman Republican Paul Dietzel are among those who have already  filed candidacy paperwork for the 6th District. UL-Lafayette Political  Science professor Pearson Cross says Edwards would most certainly be  the strongest candidate in the race if he ended up running.

 

The  DeSoto  Parish Sheriff's office says they've arrested three men in the brutal  murder  and  robbery  of an elderly man from Gloster. Chief Deputy Horace Womack says 79-year-old Nathaniel Cash was found dead in his ransacked home Tuesday morning.  Womack  says  the suspects allegedly killed the elderly  who  had  aheart attack while  being  choked  and  tied up. He says the robbers though Cash had a large amount of money in his house, but they found nothing.

 

Insurance  Commissioner  Jim  Donelon  says  62-thousand   Louisiana residents  will not be able to keep their current insurance  because of the federal healthcare law known as Obamacare. A spokesperson for Blue Cross Blue  Shield  is  the  only  company  doing  business  in Louisiana that offered transitional relief for those policy holders.

 

People in Louisiana with HIV or AIDS are facing roadblocks in getting health insurance through the online marketplace created under the federal health law. Most participating insurance companies say they won’t accept payment from a federal program that helps the patients cover their health costs. The decision started with the largest insurer offering coverage to Louisianans through the federal marketplace: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. The Louisiana Health Cooperative followed suit. Vantage Health Plan says if those companies continue that policy, it will have to follow their lead. People living with HIV and AIDS accuse the companies of discrimination against costly patients.

 

The Baton Rouge Police  Department  says  a man is under arrest amid allegations he used Craigslist to trick people into paying thousands of dollars for cars that didn't exist. They  say 30-year-old Anthony Sherman was booked Monday during a traffic stop  in New Orleans on 5 counts of felony theft.

 

With the Mardi Gras season getting started, this year's crawfish harvest  might not be ready for a few more weeks. LSU Ag Center Researcher Ray  McClain says it's still going to take some time because of the unusually  cold winter. That means crawfish will be hard to find this weekend. McClain says

there will still be some available to boil but they could be small  because they haven't grown much in the cold weather.

 

The subjects of gay marriage and marijuana legalization in the United  States have been major news topics over the past year. So where do  Louisianans stand on these issues? Public Policy Polling conducted a  survey of 600 likely voters in the Bayou State and spokesman Tom Jenson  gay marriage continues to be very unpopular here.  Jenson says only 28% of voters in the state think gay marriage should  be allowed while 62% of those polled think it should be illegal.  However he says 54% of people in the group they interviewed from here  said they favor at least civil unions for same sex couples.  Jenson says they see a similar divide on the marijuana issue. He says  Louisiana supports medical marijuana with 60% in favor and 30%  opposition. However Jenson says voters here are not ready for  recreational marijuana.

 

 

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