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News For Tuesday 04/08/14


News for Tuesday 040814

By Dave Graichen

 

Freshman  GOP  Congressman Vance McAllister has issued an apology in response  to the  video  released  Monday  showing  him  romantically kissing a woman  for almost 30 seconds from inside his congressional office in Monroe.  The Monroe News Star says Vance McAllister issued statement asking for  forgiveness  from  his family and constituents Monday afternoon.

 

A  statewide poll shows that voters in Louisiana are generally split on the  idea of Common Core, but would support education reform. The study indicated 41% of people are for common core, while 40% percent are against it. But it also asked how they felt about implementation of education standards that are more in line with most other schools across the  US  and  only  27%  of  people say that oppose that.

 

According to an audit released Monday,  the state should beef up its bridge  inspection process in Louisiana. Legislative  auditor  Daryl Purpera's report says the Department of Transportation is just fully compliant  with  39%  of  federal  standards in place to be used for bridge inspections. DOTD spokeswoman  Lauren Lee says they are happy with their bridge inspection program. But  she  says they do agree with the audit's  recommendations  that they should  improve its inspection frequency, procedures and bridge inventory.

 

Another legislative  audit  report  that  came  out Monday, estimates districts  courts  were not able to collect 126-million  dollars  in court costs and fines. The report says collection efforts need to be

improved.

 

According to the WWE, Wrestlemania  30 broke the record for the most money ever spent at the Mercedes-Benz  Superdome.  The  Sunday event brought in over 75,000 people and grossed $10.9 million dollars.

 

St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Deputies are asking for  public  help in locating  two missing juveniles.  12 year-old Ariel Blaze Robin  was last seen getting  into  a  2001 Mercury driven by 15 year-old Henry

Bieber, Jr. Both suffer from severe depression and are considered at risk.  If  you  have  any  information,   please   call  St.  Landry Crimestoppers.

 

A state Senate committee is expected  to  hear  legislation  today that  will  prohibit  using  drones  to  take  pictures  of  private property.  Baton  Rouge  Senator Dan Claitor says he wants Louisiana

laws to keep up with technology and promote privacy. Claitor says the bill will  not  impact  the  use  of drones for law enforcement purposes that help with crime scene investigations.

 

The  House  overwhelmingly approves a bill that would  fine  someone $300 if they  threw  a  cigarette butt out of a car window.  Marrero Representative Patrick Connick  says  his legislation is intended to

stop  the littering of cigarette butts.  The House passed the bill on a 95 to 1 vote and it now heads to the Senate for further discussion.

 

The state Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday that would strengthen the state’s 2008 ban on cockfighting. The bill sponsored by Sen. J.P. Morrell would expand the state’s ban on cockfighting to include all types of chickens. It also would make it a crime to possess paraphernalia, such as razors, spurs, leather spur covers and other items commonly used in the sport, together with chickens that have been trained as fighting birds. The measure passed on a 31-7 vote, but not before senators again debated the merits of a “sport” known as “chicken boxing.”

 

 

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