News for Friday 051614
By Dave Graichen
National Safe Boating week gets underway this weekend and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reminds boaters to be safe, responsible, and knowledgeable while on the water. DWF spokesperson Adam Einck says there are two things you can always do to be safe on the water:
wear your life jacket and have a sober operator. Alcohol use is one of the leading causes of boating crashes and fatalities on the water. Einck reminds you that the same penalties apply whether you get a DWI on the water or on the road...
The state legislature will NOT make any changes to the taxpayer funded TOPS scholarship program. Mandeville Senator Jack Donahue filed legislation that attempted to reduce the cost of providing the merit based scholarships, but the republican said on the senate floor there's not enough support this year to pass his bills.
The House approves a bill that would give judges the authority to hand down a 99-year prison sentence if convicted for a second time on heroin distribution charges. The Black Caucus opposed the legislation. Baton Rouge Representative Ted James pointed out that you could do more time for dealing heroin than if you are convicted of manslaughter.
At the State Capital Thursday, the vote was unanimous. E-cigarette sales should be forbidden to anyone under the age of 18. The law will also include vaporizers and similar products. It is now on its way to the Governor's desk.
LSU says it's graduating its largest and most diverse class. Over 63-hundred students will participate in graduation ceremonies today and Saturday and out of that group, over 34-hundred are females, 570 are African American and 240 are Hispanic.
A measure that expands the state's ban on cockfighting passed the state House Thursday but not before a unique discussion. When this bill was brought up in the Senate, the big argument was whether or not it would make chicken boxing illegal. The legislation goes back to the Senate to see if they agree with House changes.
The Walker Police Department says a 23-year-old man is under arrest for allegedly killing his four week old daughter. Spokesman Captain John Sharp says the infant was brought in unable to breathe on its own on April 19th and was removed from life support this week. He says Franklin Finney admitted to being involved in the tragic crime...
A man from Bossier City was indicted Thursday for the murder of his wife almost 35 years ago. Caddo District Attorney Charles Scott says James H Montgomery is charged with second degree murder in the death of Deanna Montgomery. He says the tragic crime occurred on January 1,
1979. Scott says Deanna Montgomery, a mother of two young children, was killed by a shotgun blast to the head while she was in the front seat of a truck driven by her husband in Shreveport.