News for Thursday 041714
By Dave Graichen
Members of the House Criminal Justice committee shot down a proposal to allow some teachers and administrators to carry a gun on school campuses. The legislation is by Chalmette Representative Ray Garofalo who says he's just trying to make criminals think twice before going on a killing spree at a school. But he recognized there was lots of opposition to the bill so he voluntarily deferred.
Speaking of guns, legislators won't be allowed to carry them around while they work at the Capitol either. The discussion was quite heated on the Senate Floor as both sides argued about Senate Bill 651 that would allow lawmakers to carry guns at the Capitol. It ended up failing by a vote of 23-12.
Leah Gordon, the staff member of Congressman Vance McAllister who is accused of leaking the video of the congressman’s scandalous kiss, has resigned as his Monroe District Office manager.
Adam Terry, McAllister’s chief of staff, confirmed her resignation late Wednesday. He said Gordon wasn’t fired and went on to say they won’t terminate or discipline any employee until after an internal investigation of the security breach is complete.
It's been almost four years since the BP oil spill, and Wednesday it was announced that the "active" clean-up following the Deepwater Horizon disaster has come to an end. BP says that they will continue to be available should any more oil show up on the Louisiana coastline. (More than $14 billion dollars was spent in the clean-up effort)
Two bodies were found inside a vehicle that was on fire in Vermilion Parish. Sheriff's deputies made the gruesome discovery around 9 Thursday morning. Major Darryl LeBlanc, with the Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Department says it will take a while before they are able to get an ID on the victims. LeBlanc says the deaths are currently considered to be suspicious.
State Police say a man was fatally shot by law enforcement with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's office in order to stop him from attacking his 70-year-old mother.
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputies say a fight between two step brothers resulted in one shooting and killing the other. The shooter claimed he was acting in self-defense.
The University of Louisiana at Monroe has been ranked by Business Insider Magazine as the most underrated college in Louisiana. There were 50 colleges along with ULM on the underrated list which had great academics, high acceptance rates and strong in-state populations…
A Louisiana House-passed measure that would ban use of photo speed enforcement devices on Louisiana’s interstate highways neared final legislative passage Wednesday. The Senate Transportation and Public Works Committee - without objection - sent House Bill 896 to the Senate floor for approval.
The House Education Committee approves a bill that gives public schools the authority to put up nativity scenes and Christmas trees as part of a holiday display. The author of the measure is Shreveport Representative Alan Seabaugh, who says it's the Merry Christmas bill. Seabaugh says he gets calls every year from public schools, asking if they can have a Christmas play or put up a Christmas tree. He says the Supreme Court has ruled that it's not a violation of church and state
and therefore he would like it written into state law.
LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva has announced some additions to the LSU football schedules. The "home and home" series with Syracuse University will have the Tigers travel to the Carrier Dome in 2015, then a return to Tiger Stadium against the Orange in 2017.