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News For Monday 01/20/14

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By Dave Graichen


Louisiana's largest automotive insurer has announced they're raising rates by an average of 3.4  percent.  State Farm insurance also says that premiums for liability,  med  pay,  collision and comprehensive coverage are also increasing.  The increase  will  become  effective next month.


It was announced on Friday that G. Daniel “Dan” Howard was named the next chancellor of Louisiana State University of Alexandria.  The 64 year old Howard is a tenured full professor at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., who has served as its vice chancellor for academic affairs, provost and interim chancellor. He will begin the job March 1, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.


The Jindal administration did an about-face Saturday and announced that a controversial contract will be amended to ensure at least $500 million in savings are identified before a consulting firm receives final payment. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols said New York-based Alvarez and Marsal agreed to the change. She said an amendment will be attached to the contract. The Jindal administration told legislators the goal of the $4.2 million contract with the global management firm was to identify how state government can save a minimum of $500 million. However, neither the contract nor the original 80-page job description spelled out achieving the benchmark as a requirement for payment.


Four states, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas,  would again have to get approval from the Justice Department before changing the way they hold elections under a bipartisan bill introduced last week to restore parts of the Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional. Supporters said the bill, introduced Thursday, would modernize and improve the 1965 civil rights legislation by updating a formula used to require certain states with a history of discrimination to get federal approval before changing election laws and practices.


A Bossier City lawmaker files a bill that would allow concealed handgun  permit holders to possess a firearm in restaurants that serve alcohol.  State Representative Jeff Thompson says the current law states a person carrying a firearm with a concealed  permit cannot go into any place where alcohol is being sold for  consumption on the premises.  Thompson says he wants to make sure  people can protect their families while out in public. Thompson says his proposed law does not allow permit holders to get  drunk while possessing their weapon at the same time.


US Senator David Vitter has introduced a bill in Congress that would require  food  stamp  beneficiaries  to  show  a  photo ID when they purchase  items  with  SNAP funding. Vitter says the EBT  system  is riddled with fraud and serious  action must be taken to correct what he calls the flawed taxpayer funded program. Vitter says requiring a photo ID  when  EBT  card purchases are made would restore some accountability in the program  so it's not ruined for people who use it appropriately.


Congress  has  approved  legislations  that  will  delay large flood insurance  rate  hikes until 2015 for thousands of policy  holder  in Louisiana.  The measure is part of a government spending bill that's

expected tobe signed  by  the President.  Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon  says the U-S senate is scheduled  to  vote  on  another bill later  this  month  that will go even further to make sure Louisiana policyholders are not  priced  out of their homes because of massive flood insurance rate hikes.


Board of Elementary and Secondary  Education member Walter Lee has be indicted by a grand jury of felony  theft, public contract fraud and malfeasance in office.  A recent report  from  the  state legislative auditor  claims  the  Lee double billed his travel expenses  to  the Desoto Parish school system and BESE.


A  Livingston  Parish School Resource Officer has uncovered  a  plot where several students  were  involved in what appeared to be a plan to  damage  Live Oak High School  as  well  as  harm  some  targeted students.  Authorities  say  that  once  the  students involving were confronted, they all claimed it was all part of  a joke.  Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard wasn't laughing.  Six students have charged with terrorizing.


A fourth home  invasion within a week has authorities in Baton Rouge stepping up their efforts to catch the criminal.  The break ins have people on edge.   Baton  Rouge  Police  Cheif  Carl Dabadie said the women  should  only  trust  people  they know.  Three  of  the  home invasions happened to women in their seventies.



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