News for Friday 061518
By Dave Graichen
A report from the Governor’s Rural Water Infrastructure Committee show seven of the 10 most distressed water systems in the state are here in Central Louisiana. The committee is tasked with helping at-risk water systems to address their issues before they reach a crisis point. One of its first priorities was developing a list of the state's water systems most in need of immediate action. On the list, the Hammock Water System here in Rapides Parish, plus water systems in LaSalle, Natchitoches, Catahoula and Concordia Parishes.
Medical marijuana, you doctor will have to prescribe the medicine to you. Or will he? The state department of revenue would like to change the word “Prescribe” to “Recommend”. That one word difference will allow the state to tax your prescription. The Louisiana Department of Revenue confirmed in a statement this week that the prescription drug exemption on the state sales tax does not apply to medical marijuana sales. The sales tax applies at the point of sale to consumers, who will buy the drug from nine initial licensed marijuana pharmacies in regions throughout the state.
A 75-year-old priest has confessed to sexual misconduct with a minor. According to St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, Father Steven Michael Guidry has surrendered to authorities. The sheriff says the priest was forthcoming with information about the incident.
Heading into next week’s special session many agencies across the state are facing budget cuts. District attorneys are not exempt from these cutbacks, and it looks like they could be quite steep to the tune of 82 percent if additional funding is not found. Executive Director of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association Pete Adams says the financial slash will be overwhelming. Adams says this is an issue that needs to be taken very seriously as it is a matter of public safety.
Despite a budget that calls for deep cuts to higher ed, The Louisiana Community and Technical College System will not be raising tuition or fees for the 2018, 2019 school years, continuing a two year trend of keeping costs stable for students. LCTCS President Monty Sullivan says the state cannot continue to place the cost of education on the backs of students.
Former Jindal Administration staffers are calling on the House to pass the half cent sales tax renewal that would fully fund state government, Former Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says both Jindal and Edwards’ administrations failed to get the legislature to bite on long term tax reform that would end the cycle of fiscal cliffs.
Parents who are interested in saving up for their kids K through 12 education now have the option of a state backed, interest accruing, and federal tax free savings account as a result of a new law signed by Governor Edwards. The program is called START K12.
Under the program parents are only allowed to withdraw 10,000 dollars per year, per child, from the account, which should cover the costs of many private schools.
Two Arkansas men who plead guilty to aggravated animal cruelty charges for slitting a dog’s throat and posting the video on Snapchat avoid jail time in Morehouse Parish. Judge Carl Sharp gave Boots Stanley and Steven Sadler a suspended three-year prison sentence. Executive Director of the Humane Society of Louisiana Jeff Dorson can’t believe they are not going to jail.
In a case that tested the limits of Louisiana's "stand your ground" laws, a Walker man found guilty of attempted manslaughter in the 2015 shooting of a home invader was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison. 27 year old Aaron Neames had been found guilty in the shooting case in May. He was sentenced on Thursday by 21st Judicial District Judge Bob Morrison.
A Bush man who was gifted a giant alligator snapping turtle for some home cooking got more than he bargained for, a human finger deep inside the reptile. St. Tammany Parish Sheriffs Spokesperson Scott Lee says cadaver sniffing dogs are on the case, but it’s certainly possible the creature could’ve just grabbed a snack from an unlucky angler.
The Houston Astros, high on an 8 game winning streak, begin a three game series tonight in Kansas City. Airtime 6:40p 94.7 ESPN