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News For Friday 04/25/14

News for Friday 042514

By Dave Graichen


This is a huge festival weekend in Louisiana with at least a dozen  festivals taking place across the state.  Although a lot of focus is on  the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, which kicks off today. Among the other festivals occurring this weekend are The Festival International in Lafayette, the Etoufee'  Festival in Arnaudville, DeltaFest in Monroe, the Italian Heritage  Festival in Kenner, and the Slabtown Festival in Ringgold.


The  Senate  approves  a  bill that would allow state lawmakers, who have a concealed handgun permit, to carry their gun into most public buildings, but not the state  capitol.   The  capitol  is a gun-free zone.   But  there  are  certain  exceptions  for state troopers  who provide  security  and certain members of the judiciary.   Franklin Senator Bret Allain  says  after first proposing to have legislators

armed as well, he got the message  that  no  one  wants  guns at the Capitol.


Despite impassioned testimony Thursday about struggling families, leather-worn shoes and pockets devoid of change for the smallest chocolate bar, efforts to increase wages for the working poor in Louisiana appear to be dead for the legislative session. What was likely the last gasp came in a meeting of the Senate Committee on Labor and Industrial Relations, where state Sen. Ben Nevers asked his colleagues to advance legislation setting minimum wage at $9.50 an hour. Committee members listened, asked a few questions, killed Senate Bill 123 and then adjourned for the weekend.


It is about to be against the law in the state to sell  e-cigarettes to   minors.   The  House  and  the  Senate  unanimously  agrees  on legislation  that closely resembles the ban of tobacco cigarettes to

those under the age of 18.  The House Bill passed 88-0.


After an intense  debate Thursday over whether or not to allow the sale of raw milk, lawmakers  advanced  the  bill  by Carencro Rep. Stephen Ortego.  The vote was 9-6 and now heads to the  House  Floor.


The Louisiana Senate advanced legislation Wednesday to give a cost-of-living raise to more than 100,000 retired state employees, teachers, school employees and State Police. Before approving the measure, senators linked the 1.5 percent increase in retiree pension checks to passage of separate House legislation that would limit the amount and frequency of future increases.


Tomorrow the Louisiana State Police and several local enforcement will  take part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  It is an effort  to help individuals rid their homes of potentially dangerous  prescription drugs that are expired, unused, and unwanted.  During last October's Take Back Day, nationwide, Americans turned in 324 tons of prescription drugs.  


Grambling State University  students  approved an athletics fee that will  generate  an  additional $1 million  per  year.   Last  season Grambling football players  boycotted practices and a game over poor facilities and equipment and  financial  issues  with  the  athletic department.  Each student will pay a $100 fee per semester beginning this fall.


Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert poked  some  fun  at  the Louisiana Legislature on his show Wednesday night over one lawmaker's fight to keep  the  sport of chicken boxing alive.  Opelousas Senator  Elbert Guillory opposes  a  bill  that  would  expand  Louisiana's  ban  on

cockfighting.  The Senate ended up agreeing with New Orleans Senator JP Morrell's bill that would close certain loopholes in cockfighting laws.  However, Colbert commends Senator Guillory for trying to keep big government out of our chicken sporting events.


A  22-year-old  Lacassine  man  found  dead  yesterday morning  has  been identified.  The Jefferson Davis Sheriff's office  says that Timothy Mason Chambers was found dead near some rice dryers in  Lacassine.   The  Sheriff's  office  also  says it appears  that Chambers’ death is either accidental or a suicide.   Foul  play  is not suspected.


Alcohol infused ice cream could be coming to a store near you. Monroe  Representative Marcus Hunter's legislation that would allow licensed  alcohol retailers to sell wine ice cream finally made it out of a House  committee on its third try. The bill heads to the House floor for more discussion. Hunter says the  proposed law is written, so ONLY retailers that are licensed can sell  wine ice cream, which should keep it from being sold to minors.


Law enforcement in northwest Louisiana say they arrested 49 people  wanted on mostly felony drug charges during a round-up yesterday.  Bossier Parish Sheriff's, Lt. Bill Davis, says the arrests concluded an  11-month investigation. Davis says meth charges accounted for most of  the arrests...


The Richland Parish Sheriff's office says  a 41-year-old corrections officer is under arrest for allegedly engaging  in sexual misconduct with  an  inmate. They say a complained was lodged  by  the  alleged

victim against  Chris  Moore  of  Columbia  who was charged with two counts of malfeasance and sexual conduct prohibited  with persons in custody.


The 6th ranked LSU baseball begins a three-game series tonight against  Tennessee. The Volunteers are 7-and-11 in league play, while the Tigers  have won 8 of their last 10 overall and they are one-and-a-half-games  back of Alabama for first place in the SEC West.



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