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By Dave Graichen
Federal investigators say they are now looking into three letters, laced with the toxin ricin, that were all postmarked from Shreveport. One was sent to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, another to his DC-based gun control group and the third was sent to President Obama. Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover says police and city
offices are cooperating fully with the FBI's investigation of the potentially deadly letters.
Tweeting while driving will now be against the law in Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Thursday his signature on Senate Bill 147. The bill nixes posting on Facebook and accessing other social network sites while behind the wheel.
The governor also signed House Bill 265, which creates a lifetime concealed weapons permit. The permit costs $500 and requires training and education every five years.
Governor Jindal has signed legislation giving residents the option of having the words "I'm a Cajun" emblazoned on their driver's license. Another bill still moving through the legislature would set up "I'm Cajun" specialty license plates.
Another bill headed to the Governor's desk will increase the penalties for acts of domestic violence that involve the victim being burned. Monroe Senator Bob Kostelka sponsors the legislation, which makes domestic violence with burning a felony punishable by 5 to 50 years with or without hard labor.
The state House of Representatives approved a bill Thursday that would expand technical education in all corners of the state. The 88-11 vote in favor of the community and technical college construction bill marks one of the last steps for a piece of legislation that has been roundly criticized by the state treasurer, the state Board of Regents and the people who run Louisiana’s four-year schools. The bill now heads back to the Senate for approval of technical changes made in the House. Then the measure goes to Gov. Bobby Jindal’s desk for signing into law.
A state Senate committee clipped the fiscal hawks’ wings Thursday on a package of bills aimed at revamping the state budget process. Amendments to the bills marked the second day in a row that the Senate Finance Committee spurned significant portions of the Louisiana House’s approach to the state spending plan. The committee refused to embed the hawks’ proposals into the state constitution, choosing instead to turn them into a pilot program that could fade away in a few years.
The Senate Education Committee has denied a compromise intended to spare Louisiana teachers from glitches in the state's evaluation program that could affect their employment status. Senators voted 4-3 against approving House Bill 160 The bill sought to delay for one year the Compass system’s determination that a teacher is incompetent so flaws in the system could be worked out.
It a great argument for wearing your seatbelt. Two Slidell police officers were injured when their patrol car hit a cement culvert and flipped during a chase. The officers were buckled up and suffered minor injuries. The person they were chasing was
It’s a case of a man’s past coming back to haunt him. State Police arrest a Lafayette man on aggravated rape charges. L-S-P says they were able gather enough information to arrest 66-year-old Joseph Thibodeaux even though the encounters occurred 40 years ago.
Legislation requiring state government to pay men and women equally who perform similar jobs is close to final legislative passage. The House Labor Committee has endorsed the Senate approved bill and it heads to the House floor for more debate. The bill will give employers the ability to pay one gender more than the other if the pay structure is based on seniority, education or experience.
A former Angola prison guard pleads guilty to covering up the beating of an inmate. Prosecutors say the guard witnessed the beating but filed a false report denying the assault happened. With his guilty plea he could face up to 25 years in prison himself. A sentencing date is yet unknown.
After her Senate floor tirade this week, declaring that anyone opposed to the Medicaid Expansion contained in Obamacare is a racist, New Orleans Senator Karen Peterson is now dodging questions. A Baton Rouge TV crew asking about the comments, was ignored by Peterson as she rushed into the Capitol. Peterson said Tuesday that opposition to the expansion "comes down to the race of the President". Peterson is also chairman of the Louisiana Democratic Party.
The Baton Rouge regional gets underway today with LSU taking on Jackson State at 2:00 and then UL Lafayette will battle Sam Houston State at 7:00. If the Tigers and Cajuns win, they'll face each other on Saturday night.
The Alexandria Aces cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Rio Grande Valley Whitewings before 290 fans at Bringhurst Field last night.