News for Monday 071513
By Dave Graichen
The state Legislature will not call its members into a special session to consider overriding Governor Jindal's veto decisions. The Senate voted 26-13 against the session, despite calls from Democrat leaders to undo cuts to programs for disabled persons. In the House, only 39 of 105 members voted against the session, but state law says if a majority of members in EITHER chamber vote "no", the veto session is cancelled. Louisiana hasn't had a veto override session in modern times.
Pleading guilty to simple battery, LSU running back Jeremy Hill has been given a six-month suspended prison sentence, two years of probation and ordered to pay 375-dollars in restitution for hitting another man outside a Baton Rouge bar last April. Hill still may have his probation from a previous crime revoked.
Louisiana's unclaimed property program distributed a record 31-million dollars in checks to residents during the fiscal year that ended June 30th. The money comes from old checking accounts, CDs, insurance proceeds and utility deposits. When a business cannot locate the person the money belongs to, they turn it over to the
state. State Treasurer John Kennedy says there's still 575-million dollars that needs to be claimed by over 500-thousand Louisiana residents. Kennedy says you can check to see if Louisiana has any of your money by going to latreasury.com.
Could Opelousas state Senator Elbert Guillory be thinking of running for U.S. Senate against Mary Landrieu? Guillory recently switched parties, becoming the state legislature's only black Republican. Guillory posted a YouTube video last month explaining why he left the Democrats to join the GOP. It's been viewed nearly 800-thousand times. Since then he's appeared on numerous national radio and cable TV talks shows. It's been suggested that, as a republican in the Senate race he
could draw black votes that another GOP candidate probably wouldn't
A Harvey family woke up to every parent’s worst nightmare Saturday morning: their child missing without a trace. Six-year-old Ahlitta North disappeared from her mother’s home sometime between 11 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Authorities say there were no signs of forced entry and that the front door was ajar. Family members said a handful of the girl’s possessions, a toothbrush, blanket and toothpaste, also were missing.
LSU's chief of Health Care Services is resigning. Dr. Michael Kaiser says he'll exit his $350-thousand a year position at the end of August. Kaiser began the job last fall as the Jindal administration worked toward privatization of six of the seven charity hospitals in south Louisiana under the umbrella of the LSU Health Care Services. He's presided over the layoffs of thousands of state employees at LSU medical facilities statewide.
A new ranking by financial website Kiplinger.com rates Louisiana America's Most Disaster-Prone State. State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says this comes as little surprise, based on how the report's data was collected. The Kiplinger report covers a period from 2003 through 2012, and shows Louisiana had 7 hurricanes, 2 tropical storms and 20 other severe weather incidents during that time. Estimated insured property losses over $32-billion. Donelon says Florida was Number Two on the Kiplinger "Disaster-Prone List", followed by Texas, Mississippi then New York at Number Five--due to huge losses from Superstorm Sandy.