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By Dave Graichen
Alexandria police arrested 10 people Wednesday after they allegedly kicked in the door at the Boys & Girls Club. The suspects were four adults and six juveniles. The juveniles, ranging in ages from 12 to 16, all were arrested and were charged with unauthorized entry of a place of business. The adults were booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center and additionally charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The investigation is ongoing.
There's a new Gallup Well-Being poll out that shows Louisiana is near the bottom of the list of states whose residents can afford food. Our percentage of almost 23% of residents who struggle to afford food is only one place away from the bottom, where Mississippi is.
State Ag and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain announced yesterday more than 5 million gallons of gasoline shipped from the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge terminal in mid-March was tainted by something that is causing the intake and valve systems of vehicles to gum up. The problem is contained to two batches of gasoline shipped between March 12 and March 15. Contaminated gas was found at several locations around the Baton Rouge area.
As part of the investigation into the pit-bull attack that killed a little girl on Tuesday, Houma Police have requested testing on the dog's remains for rabies, and to also see if the 130 pound dog had
been injected with steroids, which is illegal. Four year-old Mia DeRouren was killed and her mother hospitalized as a result of the attack in their home.
Opening arguments in the first degree murder trial of Brian Horn get underway today in a DeSoto Parish Courtroom. Horn, a former taxi driver, is accused of killing 12-year-old Justin Bloxom in 2010. Jury selection for the case began March 11th in East Baton Rouge Parish and the panel consists of 6 men and 6 women. They were transported to Mansfield and will be sequestered until a verdict is reached.
A group of citizens for pot legalization in The Bayou State are urging voters to change their political affiliation to the Louisiana Marijuana Party. Jerry Jacobs is leading the effort to have the party
officially recognized by the office of the Secretary of State. He says they need 1,000 residents to register for the party by May 1st. Jacobs says they need this so The Louisiana Marijuana Party can qualify a candidate for the US Senate race in November.
State lawmakers are working on a bill that would create a specialized human trafficking court. Kenner Representative Julie Stokes' proposal calls for judges to get special training on how to handle human trafficking cases. Stokes says currently many human trafficking victims are charged as prostitutes, instead of receiving support services.
Legislation that allows every parish and city in Louisiana to organized a gun buyback program is heading to the House floor. Under current Louisiana Law, New Orleans is the only place
authorized in the state that can have a weapon buyback program.
Legislation that will allow for the sale of wine ice cream Louisiana gets put on the shelf, so that the author of the bill can work out details to make sure minors can't purchase the adult treat. Monroe
Representative Marcus Hunter says he'll bring the bill back up, but he first wants to alleviate the concerns of lawmakers that wine ice cream won't be used as a way minors can get drunk.
The Monroe based Century Link has been awarded a contract from the US Defense Information Systems Agency worth a reported $1.7 million. The company is charged with providing a communications system that could survive a nuclear attack. The system operates continuously
connecting all three air bases in the Colorado Springs region.
Colleges and universities would be required to increase the contributions they make toward faculty pensions under legislation approved Thursday by a Louisiana House panel. House Bill 6, as amended in committee, would require the employer contribution to what is called the Optional Retirement Plan, or ORP, to reach 6.2 percent by 2018. It is the same amount private employers are required to contribute toward Social Security.
LSU Police have arrested four fast food employees for allegedly stealing money from customers who paid for their meals with the university debit card system. Capt. Corey Lelonde says the thefts occurred at a McDonald's located in the student union. More arrests are pending and the investigation is ongoing.
A study commissioned by the environmental group Restore Louisiana Now, says funding the Louisiana's multi-billion-dollar, 50-year master plan for coastal protection and restoration could create anywhere from 109,000 to 212,000 new jobs for the state while stimulating the economy with billions in spending related to the projects.
In response to a recent population explosion, legislation to allow year round night hunting of feral pigs was reintroduced into Legislation. Present law only allows nighttime hunting between March
through August. The House Committee on Natural Resources and Environment voted 11-3 to move the bill to the House floor for further consideration.