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By Dave Graichen
If you do not have health insurance, your deadline to purchase a policy through Obamacare is one week from today. Under the Affordable Care Act, all Americans must have health insurance or face a 95-dollar penalty. Dr. Renard Murray, with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says go to health-care-dot-gov to choose your policy. Murray estimates there are over 800-thousand people here in Louisiana who are eligible for health insurance at little or no cost through Obamacare.
In an automated phone survey of over seven-hundred registered voters, 43-percent of the respondents said they will vote for former governor Edwin Edwards in the sixth district congressional primary. But the survey also shows in a hypothetical run-off between two republican candidates, Edwards trails state senator Dan Claitor and coastal expert Garret Graves.
The Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services has implemented an emergency rule to prohibit the use of Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program and Kinship Care Subsidy Program Benefits for at retailers who sell goods or provide services inconsistent with the purpose of the cash assistance programs and not necessary for basic needs. Violators of rule will lose their benefits for 12 months on the first offense, 24 on the second and permanently on the third.
Once again lawmakers will discuss banning the use of hand held cell phones while driving. A bill to do just that will be debated in the House Transportation Committee today. Breaux Bridge Representative Mike Huval says representatives for the insurance industry are in support of
this proposal. The legislation would make driving while on a hand held cell phone a secondary offense, which means you can't get pulled over for talking and driving.
Today the House Transportation Committee will hear a bill by Sulphur Representative Mike Danahay that would prohibit the use of photo speed enforcement devices on interstates. Danahay does not believe these types of devices will actually enhance public safety. He says the speed cameras are a
revenue generation device and can never take the place of manual stops. Danahay's bill contains some exceptions. He says speed traffic cameras could be used in construction zones.
After reviewing the case against a Baker Middle School teacher, who allegedly pulled a student’s shirt after he refused to tuck it in, the prosecutor has decided not to pursue charges against her. Yigal Bander, attorney for Deborah Anderson, says he feels this was the proper course of action to take, as there was no legal basis for the charge of simple battery.
Lake Charles Police have arrested a 22-year old Andre Jordan Broussard for attempted murder after he allegedly pulled out a gun during a vigil and opened fire. Deputy Chief of Police Mark Kraus says Broussard shot two people, one of the victims was treated at the scene, the other is in critical condition. About 300 people were at the vigil at the time of the shooting.
President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that will prevent Louisiana homeowners, who live in flood prone areas, from seeing drastic increases in their flood insurance premiums. The new law limits rate increases for federal flood insurance to 18-percent per year.
A man wanted for the murder of a 24-year-old New Iberia man was arrested in Houston over the weekend. Authorities in Texas captured Michael Wade Augustine and he's now awaiting extradition to Iberia Parish. Iberia Sheriff Louis Ackal says Augustine fatally shot Uriah Joseph on March 10th.
The spring and summer are shaping up to be a busy time for "Hollywood South". Chris Stelly, executive director for Louisiana Entertainment says a number of blockbuster films are gearing up for production in the Bayou State...Stelly says Fantastic Four, Jurassic Park and Terminator 5 will all start shooting soon in Louisiana. On the TV side, HBO's True Detective ,Sci-fi thriller Salem, American Horror Story, and N-C-I-S are among the tv series that are shooting in the state.