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News For Thursday 06/06/13

News for Thursday 060613

By Dave Graichen


This is it, the last day of the 2013  Legislative  Session,  And it appears the Louisiana House and state Senate officials have reached a preliminary agreement on the state budget that begins on July 1st. Word is, the deal was struck shortly after the chambers adjourned for the night. A final deal will not be completed until the various caucuses and factions have an opportunity to tell their members.


We have our first named storm of the 2013 hurricane season. Tropical Storm  Andrea  is  located  in  the east-central Gulf. It's forecast track should take it northeast into Florida. We could be seeing some related rain from Andrea though.


Gov. Bobby Jindal will allow Louisiana’s public colleges to raise new fees on their students, charges that will produce an estimated $18 million annually for campuses. The Legislative Fiscal Office said the building fee would generate $4.7 million for the LSU System each year, $7.2 million for the University of Louisiana System, $700,000 for the Southern University System and $4.9 million for the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.


The Louisiana Senate on Wednesday refused to take up House-passed legislation that would reduce the penalties for simple possession of marijuana.  A two-thirds vote was required in order to bring House Bill 103 up for debate as the 2013 session winds down. The Senate voted 22-10 to allow the measure to be heard but it was four votes short of the super majority.


The Louisiana House made a failed stab Wednesday at reviving a proposal to eliminate the mandatory retirement age for judges. Senate Bill 5 is a constitutional amendment that needs the approval of two thirds of the Legislature to go before voters. In the House, the bill needs 70 votes. The amendment would ensure that judges no longer are required to retire when they turn age 70. The House vote was 59-29 in favor of the bill, not enough for passage.


Members of the LSU and Southern University system governing boards will have to disclose which students receive scholarships from them, if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a bill that received final passage Wednesday. Senate Bill 31 requires the boards to post the list of its scholarship recipients annually on their websites and to provide a list to the Louisiana Legislature. The list will have to include the name of each recipient, the board member who gave the scholarship and the annual dollar value of the award. Refusal to submit the information would suspend board members’ ability to give scholarships. The bill passed both house unanimously.


A bid to let Louisiana driver’s licenses comply with federal law requiring each state to create a national identification card for air travel, including domestic flights, has stalled in the state Senate. Officials with the state motor vehicles department have said that if the state doesn’t comply with the federal Real ID law, residents will need passports to fly starting in October.


The Lafayette Police Department  is  asking for the public's help in locating  a  suspect  involved  in  a shooting  in the city early Wednesday morning.  They say two suspects in masks  forcefully entered a home around 2:50am and once inside exchanged gunfire  with  the resident. One  suspect  was  killed by the home owner and  the other fled in a getaway car  and remains at large. The homeowner was later arrested on drug charges.  The motive for the shooting remains under investigation.


The  Coalition  to  Restore Coastal Louisiana is launching a program that will collect oyster  shells  from  New Orleans area restaurants and use them to improve public oyster seed  areas  along  the coast. It’s believed  the oysters can serve as a foundation for reefs. A one-million dollar donation  from  Shell  Oil  Company makes this program possible.


The Assumption Parish sinkhole has grown again. This time nearly 500 feet  of berm set up to help keep possible contaminants from leaking into other  waterways,  have now sunk. It's been almost a year since the now 15-acre sinkhole  caused  the evacuation of nearby residents in Bayou Corne.







LSU  shortstop  Alex  Bregman  was  named  Wednesday as the National

Freshman Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball magazine. Bregman

has  been  invited  to  join Team USA this summer  for  its  33-game

international tour, which includes a trip to Japan.


The LHSAA Executive Committee is set to vote today on the biggest issue  on their agenda, the split football championships. LHSAA President Todd  Guice of Ouachita High says the debate has been over whether the  playoffs for the private schools should have two divisions or up to  five.  The LHSAA president says the advantage of having five playoff divisions  for select schools, is that schools of similar size will be play each other in the postseason.





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