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By Dave Graichen


A judge in Texas ruled that the ban on gay marriage in the Lone Star State  violates  the  US Constitution. The decision will be appealed and heard by the 5th Circuit  Court  of Appeals in New Orleans which hears cases that come out of Texas Louisiana  and Mississippi. Legal analyst Tim Meche thinks the Texas ruling could  affect gay marriage laws here. The Texas lawsuit was originally filed by two same  sex  couples and Meche  says  if  the  5th  Circuit upholds the lower court's ruling, you'll probably see a similar case come up in Louisiana. He says opponents haven't made a good case in explaining why  gay couples getting married should be against the law.


Senator David Vitter meets with state officials today to get an update  on the investigation into the food stamp recipients who abused the  system during a computer failure last October. The Dept of Children and  Family Services announced six people have lost their benefits, but  Vitter says why only six when over 12-thousand people overspent. Vitter says hopes these state agencies pick up the pace with their  investigation and disqualify more than six people from the program.


A new report just released by the state Legislative Auditor’s office shows, Louisiana gave away 55 percent of its corporate tax revenues, while continuing to struggle with higher education funding, retirement system obligations and paying for other government services. Over a five-year period, state government gave up about $3 billion in taxes to encourage companies to come to Louisiana or to stay here. That’s out of a $5.4 billion that otherwise would have been collected through “corporate and franchise taxes.”


Rape accusations against former Saints safety Darren Sharper continued to mount Thursday as New Orleans police issued a warrant for his arrest, saying he is suspected of sexually assaulting two women in September at a Warehouse District apartment. Police said they also issued a warrant for Erik Nunez, one of Sharper’s friends, who is alleged to have raped the same two women the same night. The 38 year old Sharper is the focus of at least five other rape investigations in four states.


Lafayette  Police say they've arrested a man who was unable to drive a manual transmission  which gave him trouble trying to steal a car. Corporal Paul Mouton says  Harold  Sam,  who  is  just 18 years old, allegedly threw a woman to the ground then tried to  get away in her car. As you may suspect, Sam faces numerous charges.


Crawfish boil gatherings over the Mardi Gras weekend may find it  difficult to get enough of their main dish. That's because cold weather   in January and early February affected the crop. Louisiana Crawfish  Farmers Association Director, Stephen Minvielle says crawfish suppliers  will be hard pressed to meet the demand.  It’s expected the low supply of crawfish coupled with the high demand

will lead to high prices for mudbugs.


State Insurance  Commissioner  Jim  Donelon  is  reminding  property owners  of  a  rebate  available  to them. It's called the Louisiana Citizens  Property Insurance Assessment  rebate  and  taxpayers  are entitled to  it  after  paying  the  assessment  attached  to  their property  insurance bill. The easiest way to get the money back is by checking  a  box  on  your state tax return and attaching the proper paperwork.


Legislation that would prohibit employers or school administrators from  demanding their employees or students give up their social media login  information has been pre-filed for next month's session. The bill by  Baton Rouge Representative Ted James would make it illegal to require  students to share personal online information. James says he filed the same bill last year, but they weren't able to  get to it in the Senate before the session was over. The biggest difference in this year's proposed "Personal  Online Account Privacy Protection Act" is that employers would now be  allowed to request the information, and an employee could freely give  up any information they wanted.


The St.  John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's office says both suspects in the fatal  shooting  and  armed robbery at the LaPlace feed store Tuesday  are  now in custody. They  say  22-year-old  Dracier  Dewey confessed to the  crime  Wednesday  and  the  other man, 22-year-old Charles McQuarter III surrendered to US Marshall's Thursday afternoon.


LSU has named North Carolina educator Lawrence “Larry” Clark as chancellor of LSU-Shreveport, nearly two years after former Chancellor Vincent Marsala announced his retirement. Clark serves as dean of the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. He previously worked as a dean at LSU-S.



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