News for Wednesday 100114
By Dave Graichen
Baton Rouge-based All Star Automotive Group has sold its two Alexandria dealerships to Walker Automotive. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The dealerships will be rebranded as Walker Toyota/Scion and Walker Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. Officials with Walker said the deal was signed Tuesday after four months of working on the details.
Alexandria-based Martin Companies, L.L.C., announced Tuesday that it has bought an ownership interest in the Central Louisiana Surgical Hospital, also in Alexandria. Martin Companies will have a seat on the CLSH board of directors.
The Louisiana Public Service Commission is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a formula that would result in a refund for Entergy Corp. electricity customers. If approved by the five elected regulators the refunds would appear as credits on regular monthly electricity bills. A typical residential customer would receive between $8 and $15. The refunds would appear as credits on regular monthly electricity bills.
The Jindal administration Tuesday backed off its aggressive time frame to implement major changes in health insurance plan offerings involving some 230,000 state employees, teachers, retirees and their dependents. Group Benefits members will now have more time to make decisions about their health care coverage. The administration announced it would extend the enrolment period through November, instead of cutting it off Oct. 31.
A state judge has ruled a Metairie man, who spent 17 years in prison for an attempted rape he did not commit, is entitled to up to $330,000 in compensation. Innocence Project attorney Kristin Wenstrom says 40-year-old Nathan Brown is also entitled to petition the court for an additional $80,000 for loss of life opportunities.
According to a recent survey, Republican voters in Louisiana are following the election more closely and are more committed to casting ballots than Democratic voters. The results are part of LSU’s Public Policy Research Lab’s 2014 Election Report. Research Director, Dr. Michael Henderson, says the report shows Republicans, statewide, are more enthusiastic about the November elections. The survey shows 60-percent of Republicans surveyed are closely following the candidates and campaigns, compared to 41-percent of Democrats.
The state’s annual survey of seat-belt use found that a record 84% of Louisiana motorists are buckling up in 2014. LA Highway Safety Commission Executive Director John LeBlanc says this proves that we’re on the right track in increasing seat-belt use. He says state law says everyone in your car needs to be restrained and it’s one of the best ways to protect lives.
The Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office is seeing an increase in voter registration leading up to the November 4th election. They say about 90,000 people have filed voter registration paperwork since August 1st. Residents who wish to cast a ballot in the upcoming election need to be registered by October 6th. You can register to vote online at www-dot-geauxvote-dot-com, with geaux spelled the cajun way.
A restaurant in Port Allen is getting national attention for a sign hanging up informing customers packing heat they get a 10 percent discount. The owner of Bergeron’s Restaurant, Kevin Cox, says he originally had a sign posted offering law enforcement officers a discount for eating there. The sign says, “Thank you for carrying your gun today, 10% Discount.” Cox said the support he’s been hearing from people all over the country has been phenomenal. So far Cox says he hasn’t heard a single negative thing about his gun toting discount program.
There’s another Louisiana opinion poll out, but this time it’s not about politics; it’s about pot, and the punishments for possession. The survey from Public Policy Polling says that marijuana reform support is growing, with 59% of those surveyed say first time offenders should not have to go to jail.
A Lafayette financial planner who defrauded residents of over $6 million dollars in an investment scam is going to jail for 10 and half years. U S District Judge Richard Haik (hike) gave that term to forty six year-old Richard Boswell, along with requiring him to pay $6.3 million to his victims, many of whom lost their life savings. No word as to how he’ll do that from prison.
The Baton Rouge Police Department says the daughter and granddaughter of an elderly woman who was found dead in her wheelchair Monday are under arrest for cruelty to the infirm. Authorities say the victim’s daughter and granddaughter both admitted to being the main caregivers of the deceased and being aware of her condition but not seeking medical attention. He says the suspects could face additional charges.
A Bossier City man convicted last month of stabbing his mother to death in 2011, was formally sentenced today to life in prison. Christopher Holder will spend the rest of his life behind bars with no chance of parole.