News for Friday 050214
By Dave Graichen
Municipal general elections will be held in 35 parishes across the state Saturday. Secretary of State Tom Schedler is expecting a low voter turnout. You can download the GeauxVote Mobile app to sign up to find polling locations, review sample ballots, monitor election results and more. Polls will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm)
State police report 54-year-old Mitzi Scott of Campti died early Thursday when a 18 wheeler hit her vehicle while she was stopped on the road and trying to warn motorists about a fallen tree. The accident happened shortly before 5:30 in the morning on U.S. Highway 71 north of La. Highway 486, in the Campti area. Scott was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to figures released Wednesday from the Department of Health and Human Services, out of about 184 thousand Louisianans, new enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act show over 101 thousand people in the state have signed up. That is up quite a bit from the 45 thousand reported by March 1st.
The Senate will be looking at legislation to raise the minimum standards students to qualify for the TOPS scholarship program. The bill authored by Mandeville Senator Jack Donahue would raise the GPA requirement from 2.5 to 2.75 and the ACT minimum from 20 to 21.
Gov. Bobby Jindal and UPS Midstream Services Inc. President Stewart Jones formally dedicated the company's new 24,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Jena yesterday. The new full-service machining plant represents a $3.9 million capital investment. The Jena site employs 49 skilled machinists and support personnel and is ahead of schedule in its commitment to create 95 new direct jobs by 2017.
A bill that would prohibit motorists from using a hand held cell phone through school zones gets another nod from the legislature Thursday. There were no objection to Bossier City Representative Jeff Thompson's bill in the Senate Transportation Committee. Thompson says this legislation is about keeping kids safe. The law would go into effect January 15 if it passes. It hits the Senate
The state Senate gave final passage to a measure that would prohibit speed cameras on Louisiana's interstates. The bill by Sulphur Representative Mike Danahay passed in the upper chamber by a 37-0 vote. The House already approved the legislation. Critics of such speed enforcement devices on interstates say people are not given due process and the system appears to be more about generating income.
The Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office has arrested a substitute teacher for having sexual relations with a 17-year-old Parkway student. 29-year-old Chelsea Alexander was charged with Prohibited
Sexual Conduct between Educator and Student. No other students were involved.
In Jennings, the owner of a nutrition, coffee and juice bar has been arrested for allegedly selling illegal steroids at his business. 34-year-old Shannon Michael Guillory was booked on three counts of
distribution of a counterfeit drug and distribution of anabolic steroids.
US Senator Mary Landrieu says the Senate could vote next week on legislation that would green light the long-delayed keystone oil pipeline. Landrieu says it will need 60 votes on the Senate floor to
pass and right now they have commitments from 56 senators who say they'll vote for it. Landrieu says construction of the pipeline will create more than 42- thousand jobs across the country and it will send a signal that North America is an energy powerhouse.
The game time for LSU's home opener against Sam Houston State on September sixth has been set for 6:30. Also, ULL's road opener against Ole Miss on September 13 will begin at 3:00. Both games will be televised on the new SEC Network.