News for Thursday 060415
By Dave Graichen
The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s office says they’ve made nine arrests of people they believe are involved in a very complex residential burglary case targeting firearms and electronics. Lt. Tommy Carnline says they’ve been investigating several daytime residential burglaries since mid April. He says it all came together this week and they were able to make the nine arrests on various ranging charges. Carnline says the suspects were all connected in a stolen item for drugs scheme.
Viewing for Former Bunkie Police Chief Mary Fanara will be held this evening from 5 to 10p and tomorrow morning from 8 to 9:35a at the Hixson-Ducote Funeral Home in Bunkie
Fanara died Tuesday in her home after a long battle with breast cancer. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Mary Fanara was only 58.
The Rapides Parish School Board has modified the dress code in the student handbook to accommodate children with longer hair. It will replace a section separated into rules for boys and girls in the current handbook. “Students’ hair must be groomed in such a manner that it will not draw undue attention,” the first rule states. “Only naturally occurring hair colors are allowed (black, brunette, auburn or blond) natural or dyed.”
A Senate bill considered a complicated higher-ed tax credit helping the budget become revenue neutral fails in House committee Wednesday. Some say the measure would be a way the Governor wouldn’t veto the budget. The vote was 10-9 to kill the proposal. But State Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield says lawmakers will now have to look at other options to produce a revenue neutral budget. The Governor’s Office statement says there’s still time to get a balanced budget done which doesn’t raise taxes, but protects higher ed and healthcare.
A Common Core comprise bill that establishes a process to review the controversial education standards receives approval from the Senate education committee. The measure heads to the full senate for final legislative approval.
Legislation that would ease pot possession penalties in Louisiana is just a step away from Governor Bobby Jindal’s desk for his signature. The Senate Wednesday approved a House Bill that would make possession of less than 14 grams of marijuana punishable by a max $300 fine and 15 days in jail. Jindal has already said he’d sign the bill.
The Senate Finance Committee approves a bill that would increase the tax on a pack of cigarettes 64 cents which is 32 cents higher than what the House agreed to. The measure was one of eight revenue generating bills that passed the panel and now head to the full Senate.
The Louisiana Congressional delegation is requesting the Army reverse its decision to deny an Arlington National Cemetery burial for Louisiana National Guard Sergeant Thomas Florich. Florich was on a training mission on a helicopter off the coast of Florida in March that crashed and killed 11. The Army said Florich was not listed as “active duty,” so he was ineligible to be buried there. That 5th District Congressman Ralph Abraham -who says he is optimistic the army will change their mind.
An off-duty deputy with the Cameron Parish Sheriff’s Office was arrested last night after State Troopers found about 18 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle. Twenty-eight year-old Derek Nothnagel was booked on possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and use and sale of drug paraphernalia; along with other charges.
Governor Bobby Jindal says he will make a “major announcement” regarding the 2016 presidential race on June 24th in New Orleans. Most political insiders say it would be a surprise if Jindal announced he was NOT going to seek the Republican Presidential nomination.
The State Department of Agriculture and Forestry says the national egg shortage has caused the price to nearly double over the past couple of months. Ag Commissioner Mike Strain says an avian flu virus came into America from Asian migratory birds and we’ve lost about 44 million birds so far. Strain says many suppliers have had to go up on their egg prices, but officials are taking steps to get the situation under control. He says they are trying to develop a vaccine for this type of influenza. Strain says the price of shell eggs at the grocery store has gone from about $1.19 in late April to about $2.03 today as a national average.