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News For Monday 04/14/14

News for Monday 041414

By Dave Graichen


According   to  the  National  Association  of  Home  Builders/First American Leading  Markets  index,  the Baton Rouge housing market is the most rapidly recovering in the nation,  and New Orleans is No. 9 on  the  list.  Norman Morris is the CEO of the  Louisiana  Realtors Association. He says  areas  across  the  state  are  seeing  a nice housing boom. He  also says The Bayou State weathered the recent housing recession better than most states.


Northwestern  State University President Randy Webb announced Friday he will retire later in the year. Under   Webb,   Northwestern   State   has  received  national   and international  attention  for  its  academic  programs  and  student accomplishments.


LSU has completed a survey  on  two social issues that are gaining a lot  of  attention,  the  legalization  of marijuana  and  same  sex marriages. Amy Reynolds, director of the Reilly Center for Media and Public affairs says they found the support  for legalizing marijuana  in Louisiana is on the rise with 79% of people  saying pot should be legal for medical use. She says  the  support   for  same  sex  marriages increased from 39 to 42 percent over the past year as well.


A  Democratic  lawmaker from Amite is criticizing Republican leaders for calling for the  resignation  of  Congressman  Vance McAllister, when  they backed Senator David Vitter amidst his scandal.  La.  GOP chairman   Roger   Villere   said   McAllister   is  a  hypocritical embarrassment. Rep. John Bel Edwards, who plans to  run for Governor says Villirie is the hypocrite. Edwards questions why Vitter taking phone calls from prostitutes  is any  different from Congressman McAllister making out with a married woman who worked for him.


The Sulphur Police Department says a former  LSU football player was shot Friday  night. They say Tahj Jones, who played for The Tigers as a linebacker and was at last week's Pro Day, was  allegedly injured by a  bullet  and  taken  to  a  hospital. He is said to be  in  stable condition. An arrest has been made  according  to  authorities but a suspect's name is not being released at this time.


The largest cruise ship ever to be docked at the Port of New Orleans  arrives today. The 36-hundred passenger Carnival Dream will begin year  round, 6 day Caribbean departures starting at 4 o'clock this afternoon.  Senior Vice President of Fleet Deployment Terry Thornton says this ship  is 30% bigger than their last ship and can hold 4 thousand people.


The House Transportation committee is scheduled to hear a bill today that would designate a section of I-49 in St. Landry Parish as a  "Slow Down Speed Trap." The bill is by Shreveport Representative Alan  Seabaugh introduced the bill. The proposed law calls on the department of transportation to place  signage near the Washington exit reflecting the highway designation. Seabaugh believes that the town of Washington is not using the speed  limit laws as they were intended.


A lawmaker from Kenner wants people to be required to have a dog  secured in a humane manner when the animal is in the back of a pickup  truck traveling on the interstate. Representative Tom Willmott's House  Bill 1091 would do just that. He says dogs in the bed of a truck that  is going a high rate of speed could be considered an unsecured load. Willmott says he's heard several stories about dogs flying out of  trucks on interstates who then get run over and killed. He also says  these types of incidents could cause serious crashes.


The full senate is scheduled to vote on a bill this afternoon that  would require judges to sentence a person convicted of a home invasion  armed with a dangerous weapon to five years in prison. Right now,  there's no minimum jail time, while the maximum sentence is 30 years. The legislation was approved unanimously by a state senate committee  last week.



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