News for Tuesday 031114
By Dave Graichen
The 2014 legislative session is underway. Lawmakers started the session yesterday at 12 noon then Governor Bobby Jindal spoke to a joint session of Representatives and Senators on the House floor. The session will adjourn no later than 6pm on Monday June 2nd.
The chairwoman of the Louisiana democratic party blasts what Governor Jindal has done in office after he gave an address to lawmakers touting the need for more skilled workers. Karen Peterson says the state would be able to produce more grads, if Jindal had not cut funding for for education in recent years. Peterson says if the governor truly wants to improve this state, it would help if he was around to help pass some meaningful legislation.
The Mega Millions Jackpot is now up to 309 Million dollars. Tonight's drawing has a cash value of about 169 million dollars. Louisiana Lottery Spokesperson Kimberly Chopin says this is the ninth largest Mega Millions jackpot in lottery history.
State Treasurer John Kennedy says he wants the department of corrections to re-open the Phelps Correctional Center in Calcasieu Parish as an inmate charter school. He says a 2013 Rand Corporation study of 58 prison education programs found that every dollar spent on prison education saves four dollars in prison costs. Kennedy says taxpayers aren't benefiting from an empty prison that was closed because it was supposed to save the state two-point-six million dollars.
Governor Bobby Jindal finished in tenth place in a 2016 republican presidential straw poll that was taken at the conclusion of the Conservative Political Action Committee conference. Jindal received
just two-percent of the vote. The Governor has said he doesn't know if he'll run for President, but political analyst Clancy Dubos says it's obviously he was some sort of national aspirations. US Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky won Saturday's straw poll.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says they will be conducting aerial feral hog control using helicopters on Pearl River in the marsh south of Highway 90 in St. Tammany Parish and on
Sherburne in Iberville and Point Coupee Parishes this week. The purpose of this aerial population control with firearms is to reduce the feral hog numbers.
The state of Louisiana used to be the second fattest state in the nation. Now, we find ourselves as the fourth fattest state in the union, according to a new Gallup survey. There are signs of
improvement as the work-out percentages are increasing, in those who say they exercise moderately or vigorously. Those numbers moved from 35.4 percent to 43.6 percent in a 10 year period.
Twice-convicted sex offender Brian Horn has been denied his motion for a 14 month delay in his capital murder trial for the death of 12 year-old Justin Bloxom south of Stonewall in 2010. Bloxom's body was discovered in a ditch off Highway 171, after he was kidnapped. Desoto Parish District Judge Robert Burgess said that trial will begin as scheduled today.
The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries announced today that the reward has been increased to $20,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for shooting two whooping cranes found in Jefferson Davis Parish earlier in the year
A Morgan City man is in a St Landry Parish jail after he allegedly held toddler's feet in scalding water. St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Captain Megan Vizena says 34-year-old Theron Thomas has been charged with one count of second-degree cruelty to a juvenile.