News for Monday 042114
By Dave Graichen
A Pineville man was killed Sunday morning when a pickup being driven by a Boyce man crossed the center line of Bayou Rapides Road and hit him head on. State police report 50 year old David Fowler died at the scene of the wreck. The driver of the pickup, 30 year old Daniel Verzwyvelt II received moderate injuries. Routine toxicology tests are pending, as are charges.
For the first time in the state's history, there are two-million people working in Louisiana. There are 35-thousand more people employed, compared to this time last year. Louisiana Workforce
Commission spokesperson Tom Guarisco says the number of working Louisianans should continue to grow. In a statement, Governor Jindal said surpassing the two million mark is proof that overhauling the ethics code, revamping the workforce training system and cutting taxes is paying off.
The 2nd-half of the legislative session begins as legislators return to Baton Rouge after an extended break for Easter. So far lawmakers have talked about Common Core, guns, abortion, the levee lawsuit against oil companies and chicken boxing. But Council for a Better Louisiana President Barry Erwin says the focus will soon turn to the budget.
An industry group has formed to lobby lawmakers to support legislation that would legalize medical marijuana which is scheduled to come up for debate this week. Louisiana Cannabis Industry Association spokesman and lobbyist Jesse McCormick believes support for the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes is growing in Louisiana. McCormick says while Louisiana citizens seem to support medical marijuana legalization, he's unsure on lawmakers stance just yet. He
says he believes the support is there, but some legislators have a tough time with it.
A new statewide poll on this year's US Senate race shows Senator Mary Landrieu leads three other republicans. In the survey of 538 voters, Landrieu had 40-percent, Congressman Bill Cassidy had 35-percent, retired Air Force Colonel Rob Manness at four percent and state representative Paul Hollis at three-percent. 18-percent of the respondents said they were undecided for the primary.
The latest campaign finance report for US Representative Vance McAllister shows the embattled Congressman only has eight-thousand dollars on hand. Which means that McAllister may have to fund his own campaign, if he seeks re-election.
Political analyst Elliot Stonecipher says Republican Congressman John Fleming is in good shape to be re-elected to a fourth term. His latest campaign fundraising report shows the doctor from Minden has over one- million dollars on hand. There is speculation Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover may challenge Fleming, but Stonecipher doesn't see it happening. Fleming raised 405-thousand dollars during the first quarter of 2014 and Stonecipher says there isn't another candidate out there who can raise that type of cash quickly
The P-G-A Tour returns to Louisiana this week as round one of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans will get underway on Thursday at the T-P-C of Louisiana in Avondale. The Fore Kids Foundation is the producer of the tournament and C-E-O Fore Kids, Steve Worthy, says this year's field features 16 former major winners, plus other stars on the tour.