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News For Tuesday 04/10/13

News for Tuesday 040913

By Dave Graichen


Governor  Bobby Jindal  took  a  lot  of  people  by  surprise  Monday afternoon when  he addressed the opening session of the legislature. Seems he's changed  his mind about doing away with the state income tax and replacing it with  high sales taxes.  Jindal told lawmakers he's "parking" his tax plan for now,  but wants legislators to come up with their own  ideas  on  how  to  do away with income  taxes  in Louisiana. The governor's address was extremely short. He made no suggestion as to how to replace the nearly $3-billion  in  state revenue raised by income taxes.


The  governor  stands  behind  his  contention that eliminating  the income tax will make Louisiana more business-friendly  and give most households  more  pocket money. He says the states with the  highest jobs growth in America  are those that have no state income tax. The session ends on June 9th.  Lawmakers  have  over 900 bills to review

and debate.


Natchitoches Parish deputies are investigating  the  parish's  first homicide  of  2013. A couple in their car alerted officers to a body lying in roadside  field near the town of Natchez, LA. The man has been identified as 32 year old Derrick Wayne Howard of Natchitoches.  Detectives have not said what the cause of death was, but do say it is  being handled as a homicide case. A post-mortem is scheduled to determine cause of death.


The city of Alexandria has an agreement with the principals of the newly formed United Baseball League to place a team in Alexandria, pending approval from the City Council. The council introduced an ordinance Monday authorizing Mayor Jacques Roy to execute the agreement and will vote on the ordinance on April 17. Bringhurst Field is still in need of major renovations. However, those renovations have been put off until a later time. If all goes according to plan, the team will start training May 16 and open its season on May 23 at Bringhurst Field.


The Pineville City Council could decide Tuesday to explore allowing limited alcohol sales in the city. On the agenda for the 6 p.m. meeting tonight is a resolution asking for the introduction of legislation that would allow Pineville to hold an election to allow restaurants to sell alcohol. Alcohol sales are currently not allowed in Pineville, but there has been a recent push to explore at least allowing it in restaurants. Supporters of loosening the restrictions say it would spur development.


Second Amendment supporters rallied  on  the Capitol steps yesterday, to show support for defending individual gun  ownership rights. Bossier City  Rep. Jeff Thompson anchored the rally,  and  says  legislation aimed at  law-abiding  gun  owners is not the answer to reducing gun violence." Thompson  has  two  bills  this legislative  session;  one  to  keep information on who has concealed  carry  permits private. Another to

allow concealed carry permits to be issued  by  parish  sheriffs for persons to carry weapons ONLY in their parish of residence,  and  in parishes  with  which  they  have  reciprocal agreements with other sheriffs.


Food  banks  across the state  are  currently  experiencing  extreme shortages. northeast  Louisiana  Food  Bank  program  director Stacy Guidry says the federal government has cut off its food distribution due   to  sequestration   and  it's  wreaking havoc  on  their  food supplies.


The first A-10 Thunderbolt  jets  to  be  re-positioned  by U.S. Air Force  reorganization  and  budget  cutting have left Barksdale  Air Force  Base  in  Shreveport-Bossier. Most  of  the  A-10's  will  be re-stationed in Arizona.  The  remaining jets will be gone by year's end.


Lafayette  Parish's  Most  Wanted  Fugitive makes a YouTube video to explain why he walked out of court last  month just as his vehicular homicide trial was set to begin. Lafayette Police say Wade Lohse was impaired when he crossed the center line in  June  2012  and  killed 29-year-old  Cacie Barras. Lohse believes he's being falsely charged by prosecutors. Authorities say Lohse was in a wooded area when he made the video.




LSU sits atop the latest Collegiate Baseball Poll. The Fighting Tigers  own the number one ranking after improving their record to 30-and-2,  with a sweep of Kentucky over the weekend.  LSU will have five games this week. Mainieri and the Tigers will face  Southern in the Wally Pontiff Junior classic tonight. You can hear that game on 970 KSYL. LSU is at 10th ranked Arkansas this weekend.


The Bolton bears have found their new head football coach and he reportedly will hit the ground running today. Principal Misty Slater announced that Chris Kuykendall is the new Top Bear. Coach Kuykendal is originally from Oklahoma. He spent the last three years at Natchitoches Central High School as the offensive coordinator. Kuykendal replaces Reynolds Moore, who resigned last month to take the head coaching job up at Benton.

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