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News For Tuesday 04/16/13

News for Tuesday 041613

By Dave Graichen


Attempts  to  repeal the state income tax in Louisiana could be dead for this legislative  session.  The Ways and Means Committee was set to  hear  several  income tax repeal  proposals  Monday, but  Chairman  Joel Robideaux of Lafayette  asked  all  bills  that would get rid of the state's  income  tax  to  be  deferred. As of right now, there  are  no  plans  to reschedule them. During  the  short  committee hearing, Robideaux read off  cards  in opposition to proposed legislation to repeal income taxes.


A large running group from Baton Rouge says all of their members are  safe and accounted for after yesterday's bombing at the Boston  Marathon. Chase Batty with Varsity Sports in the Capitol City says  they sent 18 runners to the race. He says there was a scare at first  but thankfully most had already finished the race. Batty says the Baton Rouge group was celebrating at a local pub when  the bombs went off.


A Baton Rouge man pleaded guilty Monday to calling in a bomb threat that closed LSU’s main campus for more than 12 hours on Sept. 17th of last year. 43 year old William Bouvay Jr. faces a prison term of 13 to 28 years under the terms of a plea agreement.


The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is  on alert as a result of the deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.  GOHSEP Director Kevin Davis says their "fusion" center is receiving  intelligence information from Boston and they are disseminating that  info to local law enforcement throughout the state. Davis says there are no plans for extra security personnel at large  public areas in Louisiana, like airports the state capitol or Wednesday  night's LSU baseball game. But he says that could change based on the  intelligence information they receive from their federal partners.


Now that a House committee has deferred all discussion of bills to repeal  state incomes taxes, where does that leave Governor Jindal's top agenda  item? Political analyst Bernie Pinsonat says Mr. Jindal's tax reforms  are "on life support".  Pinsonat says ending personal and corporate income taxes was at the top  of the Governor's legislative wish list. However, he says House and  Senate members generally feel that a balanced, fiscally responsible  state budget is MOST important.  Pinsonat feels the rest of the legislative session will focus on the  state budget, and how to balance it without using large amounts of one time revenues for recurring expenses.


State Police say a teenager  from  Many is dead after crashing an ATV. They say 16-year-old Justin Brevelle was traveling on a road Sunday in Sabine Parish when he lost control of his ATV, ran off the road and hit a ditch embankment. He  was  ejected  from  his ATV and killed instantly.


State Police say  an  Opelousas  Police  Officer is dead following a Sunday  morning crash on Highway 31. Trooper  Stephen  Hammons  says 50-year-old  Assistant  Warden Peggy Sylvester was not restrained as she was driving her Ford police unit and attempted to pass a car. Hammons says it was raining  at the time of the crash which may have been a factor.


A Haynesville man is dead after leading police on a high speed chase through Webster Parish Sunday  night.  Minden  Police were trying to pull  44-year-old  Tony  Burns for reckless driving.  He  ran.  They chased. He lost control,  ran  into  an  embankment and rolling  his vehicle several times. He was pronounced dead at the scene.


The House Transportation Committee  met yesterday, on the agenda a bill  aimed at accommodating Shreveport's  Elio  Motors,  which  will build three-wheeled  autocycles".  The  bill,  by  Shreveport  Rep. Barbara  Norton  would  exempt  drivers of these autocycles from the state's mandatory motorcycle helmet law. Elio Motors'  autocycle will have a completely enclosed cabin, with a roll cage and airbags.


The U-S Senate could vote as early as today on legislation that would  expand background checks for gun buyers. Republican Senator David Vitter  has already said he opposes the proposal, but it's unclear how  Democratic Senator Landrieu will vote. U-L at Lafayette Political  Science Professor Pearson Cross says it's a difficult vote for Landrieu.  Landrieu recently released a statement that says she supports the Second

Amendment, however the country is plagued by gun violence and our state  sadly has the nation's highest death rate per capital by gunfire. Cross  says a vote for legislation to expand background checks will be used by  republicans, who seek to defeat Landrieu in next year's election.


Authorities arrested a 15-year-old East Baton Rouge High School student on campus Monday after finding a loaded gun in his sock. The eighth-grade student was booked into the Juvenile Detention Center on one count of illegal carrying of a weapon on school property. The student gave no reason for having the weapon.





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