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News For Friday 05/16/14


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.

 

 

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