News for Friday 080715
By Dave Graichen
The Shreveport Police Department says the man wanted for shooting an officer to death Wednesday night is behind bars. Just after 3pm yesterday, cops located 27-year-old Grover Cannon at a residence after getting several tips that he was there. An intense manhunt was underway by several agencies working together to apprehend the killer of Officer Thomas LaValley. A memorial service for slain Shreveport Police Officer Thomas LaValley will take place this afternoon.
Squeezed into just a few minutes of time Thursday during the first Republican presidential debate of the 2016 cycle, Gov. Bobby Jindal hit on familiar themes in the late-afternoon event: his record in cutting the size of state government, his willingness to say the words “radical Islam,” his opposition to expansion of Medicaid and other entitlement programs and his criticism of Republicans in Congress for failing to deliver and his defense of traditional views of marriage.
The Jindal Administration announces Moody’s Investors Service affirms Louisiana will keep its same credit rating for an upcoming bond sale that will be used to finance work on I-49 South. State Treasurer John Kennedy says we remain on negative credit watch which is good news for Louisiana tax payers because Moody’s could have downgraded us. Kennedy says he plans to go to market soon to sell Unclaimed Property bonds that will finance portions of I-49 South. He says he asked Moody not to downgrade Louisiana to give the next governor and Legislature time to fix our state’s serious budget issues. Kennedy said Moody had noticed that Louisiana was budgeting too much nonrecurring money and not doing anything about future liability.
Louisiana’s Annual Sales Tax Holiday happens today and tomorrow. During the holiday, the 4% state sales tax on the first 25 hundred dollars of each item a customer buys will be waived. Department of Revenue spokesperson Kizzy Payton says this is a good opportunity for parents to save as they shop for the new school year. The tax exemption only applies to the state sales tax of 4%. Local sales taxes will still apply to purchases unless the local taxing authority has created its own exemption. Payton says shoppers should keep in mind that not all items and services qualify for the tax holiday. You can go to revenue-dot-louisiana-dot-gov-slash-taxholiday for more information.
At a forum Thursday sponsored by AARP Louisiana three gubernatorial candidates say they want to create a cabinet-level department for elderly affairs. Republican Lt. Governor Jay Dardene says the oversight of elderly issues should be merged into the Department of Veteran Affairs; while Republican Scott Angelle and Democrat John Bel Edwards want to create a Department of Elderly Affairs, with a their own cabinet secretary.
The University of Louisiana-Lafayette football team will express their pride in their community on the football field this fall, in the wake of the deadly Lafayette Theatre shooting. Coach Mark Hudspeth says they will be wearing the Lafayette Strong decals on their helmets. The decals show the Acadiana flag inside an outline of the state of Louisiana.
A stronger than expected El Nino has the NOAA Climate Prediction Center revising the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Outlook. Instead of a 70 percent chance of a below-averages season that chance is now 90%. NOAA’s lead seasonal hurricane forecaster, Gerry Bell, says the strong vertical wind shear and lower sea surface temperatures will keep those chances lower.
A federal indictment has been unsealed that accuses Sorrento Councilman Randy Anny and his wife for fraudulently claiming thousands of dollars in recovery money following the Gulf Oil Spill. The charges of conspiracy and wire fraud are based on evidence that the pair asked for $78 hundred dollars to repair a boat and trailer.
The four candidates for governor say they want to take steps to reduce the number of people who live below the federal poverty line because Louisiana’s poverty rate is one of the highest in the country. Republican David Vitter says one way to tackle this issue is by dramatically improving education for the children of Louisiana. Republican Jay Dardenne says education and job opportunities are essential to raise the embarrassing poverty rate in the state. Republican Scott Angelle says in order to rid the state of poverty we need to ramp up our technical and community college programs, strengthen the Louisiana family and increase job creation. Democrat John Bel Edwards says he wants to call on Congress to raise the minimum wage up from $7.25. He says he will also work toward equal pay to reduce the poverty rate in Louisiana.