News for Thursday 050814
By Dave Graichen
The NFL draft happens tonight in New York City and a lot of Louisiana eyes are on Odell Beckham, Jr. and the New Orleans Saints. Football Analyst Mike Detillier says we shouldn't have to wait long to hear Beckham's name. With the 27th pick in round one, the Saints, realistically, do not have a chance to draft Beckham. But Detillier says with that pick, the Saints should have some pretty good options. The Saints have a total of seven picks in this year's draft.
The city of Alexandria is suing a company who got $50,000 from the city to produce a movie based on Bonnie and Clyde. Problem is, the move was never made. A lawsuit filed Wednesday by the city in 9th Judicial District Court names Cypress Moon Productions, Inc., and Tonya Holly as defendants. Two other Cenla agencies, the Alexandria-Pineville Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Greater Alexandria Economic Development Authority, each put up $25,000 for the project.
A bill that would allow optometrists to expand their practice and perform certain surgeries gets approval from The House. The legislation is by Denham Springs Representative Roger Pope who says the measure is not about politics. He says it's about giving the people of Louisiana better access to eye care services. The vote was 66-30 and the bill heads to the Senate for further consideration.
Bills that address domestic violence in Louisiana are close to final legislative passage. One of the measures would prohibit an alleged abuser under a protective order from possessing a firearm and if convicted of domestic abuse battery, then you can't have a gun for a decade. It received Senate approval and goes back to the House for agreement on Senate amendments.
House approved legislation that would require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals passed in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee Wednesday. The bill had no opposition and now heads to the Senate floor.
Farmers may soon be able to sell their raw milk directly to consumers under legislation that got House approval on Wednesday. HB1279 is by Carencro Representative Stephen Ortego who says he was approached by many of his constituents who said they would like to be able to purchase raw milk from their neighbors who have cows. The vote was 77-19 and now heads to the Senate for further debate.
A bill that would require teachers and most new state employees to wait a little longer before they can retire and receive benefits is close to final legislative passage. The measure by Slidell
Representative Kevin Pearson raises the retirement age from 60 to 62-years-old.
Two bills that would have put regulations on the use of red light and speed cameras failed to get approval on the House floor. One of the measures would require local voter approval for a town or city to have cameras that issue tickets through the mail.
The state Senate Health Committee approves a health care plan that's called the conservative alternative to the Affordable Care Act. It was written by Governor Bobby Jindal to be used on the federal level, but democrat State Senator Ben Nevers of Bogalusa is pushing the bill in the State Legislature because he says it will be good for Louisiana. Jindal published his national health care plan on his "America Next" website which promotes conservative policies that differ from the
An Independence man, known for impersonating Elvis Presley, surrendered to authorities after an arrest warrant was issued for sex crimes involving children. 40 year-old Jason Bagilio is charged
with eight counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and 10 counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. No bond has been set.
A young man from Plaquemine becomes the victim of a gunshot wound to the head near a camp in Iberville Parish. His parents found the body of 26 year-old Kye Boudreaux Wednesday. Authorities are piecing together the evidence surrounding the incident. 22 year old Detrell Scott of Plaquemine has been arrested. Deputies say he confessed to robbing and fatally shooting Boudreaux.