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News for Wednesday 030514

By Dave Graichen


Louisiana was hit with its fourth wintry precipitation event of the year  yesterday. So when will it end? State Climatologist Barry Keim hopes  Tuesday was the end of the winter weather.  Keim says it's very rare to have  freezing rain in Louisiana during the first week of March. He says it  will be much warmer today and for the rest of the week.


Louisiana State Police say they are investigating a case out of New  Iberia in which a man who was handcuffed and in the back of an Iberia  Parish Sheriff patrol car, apparently killed himself. Spokesman Stephen  Hammons says deputies were responding to reports of a fight Sunday  night where they arrested 22-year-old Victor White III. Upon arrival at the Sheriff's office, the suspect refused to get out of the patrol car. Hammons says while in the back of the patrol car, White produced a  handgun and fired once striking himself in the back. He says White was pronounced dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at a  local hospital.


State Farm has compiled data that ranks Louisiana seventh in the nation for the number of wind and hail storm claims during 2013. State Farm spokesperson Gary Stephenson says  State Farm paid more than three billion dollars in claims nationwide, as a result of property damage caused by wind and hail storms. In Louisiana alone, they had 14-thousand claims.


The US House of Representatives approves a bill that would spare  thousands of Louisiana homeowners massive flood insurance rate  increases, and the legislation now heads to the Senate. Metairie  Congressman Steve Scalise says this bill protects those who have built  their homes to code from unaffordable hikes permanently. The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act is in-part lead by  Baton Rouge Congressman Bill Cassidy who says the House legislation  also lowers the cap on annual rate increases to 18% per property.


 A lawmaker from Baton Rouge says he doesn't want the government to be  able to use drones on the private property of Louisiana residents so  he's filed a bill restricting the use of the flying devices. State  Senator Dan Claitor says he wants to make it against the law for a  drone to look at our backyards or into our private homes. Claitor says his bill would still allow the use of drones if a search  warrant was obtained or if law enforcement needed them to help document  a crime scene. He says our home is our castle and citizens are supposed  to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

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