News for Tuesday 040814
By Dave Graichen
Freshman GOP Congressman Vance McAllister has issued an apology in response to the video released Monday showing him romantically kissing a woman for almost 30 seconds from inside his congressional office in Monroe. The Monroe News Star says Vance McAllister issued statement asking for forgiveness from his family and constituents Monday afternoon.
A statewide poll shows that voters in Louisiana are generally split on the idea of Common Core, but would support education reform. The study indicated 41% of people are for common core, while 40% percent are against it. But it also asked how they felt about implementation of education standards that are more in line with most other schools across the US and only 27% of people say that oppose that.
According to an audit released Monday, the state should beef up its bridge inspection process in Louisiana. Legislative auditor Daryl Purpera's report says the Department of Transportation is just fully compliant with 39% of federal standards in place to be used for bridge inspections. DOTD spokeswoman Lauren Lee says they are happy with their bridge inspection program. But she says they do agree with the audit's recommendations that they should improve its inspection frequency, procedures and bridge inventory.
Another legislative audit report that came out Monday, estimates districts courts were not able to collect 126-million dollars in court costs and fines. The report says collection efforts need to be
According to the WWE, Wrestlemania 30 broke the record for the most money ever spent at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Sunday event brought in over 75,000 people and grossed $10.9 million dollars.
St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Deputies are asking for public help in locating two missing juveniles. 12 year-old Ariel Blaze Robin was last seen getting into a 2001 Mercury driven by 15 year-old Henry
Bieber, Jr. Both suffer from severe depression and are considered at risk. If you have any information, please call St. Landry Crimestoppers.
A state Senate committee is expected to hear legislation today that will prohibit using drones to take pictures of private property. Baton Rouge Senator Dan Claitor says he wants Louisiana
laws to keep up with technology and promote privacy. Claitor says the bill will not impact the use of drones for law enforcement purposes that help with crime scene investigations.
The House overwhelmingly approves a bill that would fine someone $300 if they threw a cigarette butt out of a car window. Marrero Representative Patrick Connick says his legislation is intended to
stop the littering of cigarette butts. The House passed the bill on a 95 to 1 vote and it now heads to the Senate for further discussion.
The state Senate overwhelmingly approved legislation Monday that would strengthen the state’s 2008 ban on cockfighting. The bill sponsored by Sen. J.P. Morrell would expand the state’s ban on cockfighting to include all types of chickens. It also would make it a crime to possess paraphernalia, such as razors, spurs, leather spur covers and other items commonly used in the sport, together with chickens that have been trained as fighting birds. The measure passed on a 31-7 vote, but not before senators again debated the merits of a “sport” known as “chicken boxing.”