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News For Friday 09/06/13

News for Friday 090613

By Dave Graichen


Louisiana's annual second amendment sales tax holiday kicks off today  and runs through Sunday. Louisiana Department of Revenue spokesman  Byron Henderson says this is a three day sales tax holiday that  exempts a specified list of hunting supplies from the 4% state sales tax and local taxes.  Henderson says most guns apply, ammunition, accessories designated to  be used for hunting, hunting apparel and certain off-road vehicles.


A  22 year old Turkey Creek, was ordered held without bond in the Evangeline Parish Jail after a hearing Wednesday in 13th Judicial District Court in Ville Platte. Authorities say Ayla Marie Lynch  admitted she beat to death her 15-month-old daughter, Brooklyne Mann in April. Lynch is charged with first-degree murder. The child died April 14 after being severely beaten and given rubbing alcohol to drink.


The Alexandria/Pineville area’s wireless coverage got another boost Wednesday with AT&T’s announcement that it has launched 4G LTE coverage in the market. Mobile devices on a 4G network,  short for fourth generation of mobile communications, operate at much faster speeds than 3G, making downloading and streaming in a variety of applications easier. However, The new speed will do nothing to improve coverage areas. That can only be done by adding new cell towers.


According  to a survey of Louisiana voters, 53-percent favor  making marijuana legal  for  adults and regulating its sales. Public Policy Polling conducted the poll and it was paid for by the American Civil

Liberties Union. Louisiana  ACLU  Executive  Director Marjorie Esman hopes  the  poll  will  convince  legislators  to  reform  marijuana sentencing laws.


State  Treasurer  John  Kennedy says  19  so-called  non-governmental organizations, who  received state money from the legislature haven't accounted for that money,  so  he's  referred them to the state's new central debt collection office. Kennedy  says  the NGO's have failed or  refused  to file required financial reports. Some  of  them  are directly  affiliated  with  state  lawmakers  or  members  of  their families.


The congressional fight to delay increasing flood insurance premiums is mired in the federal budget stalemate. Meanwhile, new insurance “rating guidelines” released this week confirmed the fears of dramatic insurance hikes for many southern Louisiana residents. Although flood maps for many areas are still being finalized and much remains unknown, some changes are beginning to be implemented Oct. 1. Worst-case scenarios show insurance hikes of 2,000 percent from about $600 a year to $15,000 for some “grandfathered” properties losing their subsidies.


As LSU fans descend on Tiger Stadium for the home opener this weekend,  they'll notice many changes to the 75 year old structure. Athletic  Director Joe Alleva says as the sea of purple and gold comes down the  hill Saturday, fans will be facing brand new windows at every corner  of Death Valley.  Alleva says they've also added more plaques and monuments on the west  side of the stadium that honor iconic players and teams in LSU  football history. He says construction at the south end of Death  Valley in coming right along but should all be complete by next  football season.


Longtime LSU radio analyst Doug Moreau will take a temporary leave of absence from his role on the radio broadcast of Tiger football games due to health matters. Moreau, who has worked on the broadcast of LSU football games for 35 years, missed last week’s season-opener against TCU and will be absent from the booth for the home-opener on Saturday against UAB. Gordy Rush, who has served as the sideline reporter for the LSU Sports Radio Network for the past two years, will serve as color analyst alongside Jim Hawthorne until Moreau returns.


US Senator David Vitter announced today that he will oppose military action  in Syria. He says while horrible, the events in Syria do not pose a direct threat to the United States or our allies. Vitter is a

member of  the  Senate Armed Services Committee and the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces.


A giant of Louisiana politics meets a giant of broadcasting, when Edwin  W. Edwards and Larry King share a stage this Sunday at LSU. The program  is sponsored by the LSU Union Theatre. King, best known for his long- running talk show on CNN and a brilliant radio career, says he's  thrilled to get to interview Edwards for the first time ever. Governor  Former Governor Edwards says he's ready for Sunday afternoon's event at  LSU. He says he equally enthused at the opportunity to chat one-on-one with King.