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News for Wednesday 110613

By Dave Graichen


U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu has filed  a  bill  to  fix The affordable care act, by allowing individuals who like their current health coverage  to keep it.  There are numerous reports of cancellations of policies because they do not meet minimum benefits required under the Affordable Care Act. Insurance  Commissioner Jim Donelon says as many at 80-thousand Louisianans may lose their coverage, but Landrieu says her bill will allow you to keep  your  coverage  as  long  as  you stay current on premium payments. Landrieu says she still supports the plan, but admits it needs some



It is expected to be announced today that Stakeholders interested in promoting a specific site for the future home of Central Louisiana Technical Community College’s Alexandria campus will have until January 21st of next year to make their final presentations. The new facility is expected to cost upwards of $21.6 million to build. It will replace the current Alexandria campus on South MacArthur Drive.


Pineville-based Crest Industries on Tuesday announced plans to build a $15 million galvanizing plant in South Louisiana. The new plant will serve customers in the electric utility and petrochemical industries. It will furnish galvanized protective coatings for utility poles and equipment. The galvanizing plant will bring services in-house that formerly were contracted to outside vendors.


Governor Bobby Jindal places second-to-last in a new poll of possible  2016 Republican Primary candidates. The survey, done by North Carolina based Public Policy Polling, shows Mr. Jindal with only 6%.  By comparison, the same poll of Democratic voters shows Hilary Clinton  with 67% voter support. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Rand Paul  have just 16% each.


Even though this year's LSU/Alabama game is hardly considered the "Game  of the Century", the matchup in Tuscaloosa Saturday is still one of the  hottest tickets in the country. StubHub spokesperson Cameron Papp says  the contest between The Tigers and The Tide is their most popular sporting  event this week in terms of demand. Papp says so far the game is currently the 4th highest selling college  football matchup this season.  Tickets prices for the game are as low as $140 on StubHub, with a high price of $2,000.


The IRS is warning Louisianans of a sophisticated telephone scam,  wherein con artists pose as...the IRS. Spokesperson Dee Harris Stepter  says the callers are able to "spoof" caller ID, to make it look as if  the call IS coming from the IRS. She says the scammers try to convince  victims to pay an outstanding tax debt that they do not really owe.  Stepter says don't be fooled by these con artists. She says the IRS will  always notify you of a tax debt by written notification first, before  any phone calls are made.


A  man  from  Baton Rouge who is accused of threatening the life and family of former  US  Attorney  Jim  Letten  plead guilty in federal court  Monday  to the charges. Gerald Estrade served  more  than  21 years in prison  for manslaughter in the 1988 death of his daughter. He now faces up to  10  years  in prison and a $250,000 fine for the threats.


The Iberia Parish Sheriff's  office  has reportedly asked the FBI to take part in an investigation regarding  a deputy who allegedly beat a handcuffed man during a disturbance at the  sugarcane  festival in September.  The unidentified deputy has been terminated but  now  an investigation is underway into any possible criminal violations that were committed.


A tax preparer in Natchitoches pleads guilty to filing false returns and  could  face three years in prison. 38-year-old Lashanda  Harris aided customers  in  filing  returns with bogus information, so they could get bigger refunds. She  collected kickbacks for her help. Her sentencing is January 30th.


The Iberville Parish  Sheriff's  office  says  a  man  is  in stable condition  after  allegedly  stabbing  himself  several  times  Tuesday morning  in  the parking lot of their substation in Maringouin where his girlfriend  was  filing  an abuse complaint against him. The man has not been identified but the  sheriff's office says he could face charges when he gets out of the hospital.


State  senator  Neil  Riser  of  Columbia is attacking his opponent, Vance McCallister,  in  the  5th District Congressional  run-off.  Riser's campaign released a new television  ad  that  says  McCallister has taken two different positions on the Affordable Care Act.  The  ad claims that McCallister   recently  told  a  Democrat  forum  that  he  embraces Obamacare, but his website says that he'll fight to repeal it.


A Mississippi Gulf Coast mother of a 4 month-old  infant  is free on $5,000  bond  after  she  allegedly  attempted  to sell her baby  on Craigslist. Twenty-three year-old Bobbie Jo Stojic  of Bay St. Louis sent a text to a woman in Kenner, originally discussing  the sale of baby  clothing.  When  the discussion went to selling her baby,  the other woman contacted authorities in Mississippi.



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