News for Monday 060418
By Dave Graichen
The Senate passed a budget, and a tax bill to pay for it, that fully funds TOPS, higher ed, and healthcare. The tax bill raises 508 million dollars by renewing half of the expiring penny sales tax, and eliminating some business tax deductions. Ville Platte Senator Eric LaFleur says it’s a compromise that he hopes everyone can be content with. Governor John Bel Edwards praised the legislation, saying “Louisiana has moved one step closer to avoiding catastrophic cuts.”
The Louisiana House and Senate leaders are expected to spend much of the day today attempting to hash out differences in the Political Analyst Pinsonat says several GOP lawmakers have already said they will not vote for the Senate version. If the two chambers cannot agree on a budget and tax plan by 12PM Monday night, yet another special session will be called.
Governor Edwards signed River Ridge Representative Kirk Talbot’s nursing home camera bill, as it breezed through the legislature. The law allows families to place remotely accessible cameras in their loved ones nursing home rooms for monitoring. The legislation was inspired by a nursing home incident where a family suspected that the staff was physically abusing their relative.
Governor John Bel Edwards signed legislation allowing riverboat casinos to move up to 12-hundred feet onto land from their current berth space. Executive Director of the Louisiana Casino Association Wade Duty says riverboat casinos will not come ashore immediately, as there’s some regulatory work to do and operators have to design and come up with financing. Lake Charles Senator Ronnie Johns, says the Shreveport-Bossier City market will benefit the most, because they face tough competition from Oklahoma, where Indian tribes are building huge casinos. Duty says this is the first major change in Louisiana since casino gambling was legalized in 1991
Louisiana authorities are looking for 50-year-old Meshell Hale of Slaughter, who is accused of poisoning a man for a 10-thousand dollar life insurance payment. Originally, officials though 50-year-old Damian Skipper died from a heart attack in 2015. His body was exhumed and his death has now been reclassified as a homicide. Authorities also believe Hale poisoned her real husband Arthur Noflin. His body was found in the back of a burned out a truck in New Orleans in 2016
Hurricane season has officially begun. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness spokesperson Mike Steele encourages residents to visit getagameplan.org to get an idea of what kind of items you need in a supply kit.
State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agents captured a big Louisiana black bear in the back yard of a home in Winnfield. Sheriff Cranford Jordan says it’s the first bear that he can remember in Winnfield and it had residents a little nervous. The bear was tranquilized and tagged and will be released into a wildlife area.
A scathing audit has been released that alleges the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission allowed an excessive amount of overtime pay and travel expenses, misused state and federal dollars and failed to track employee leave. Katara Williams was the executive director at that time and new Commission Director Lisa Freeman says the audit will be used as a blueprint to overhaul the agency.
Health New Orleans School of Public Health founding dean Dr. Elizabeth Fontham, says there’s been an alarming new trend. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer, and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths.
The American Cancer Society recommends the average adult undergo regular screening with any of the six testing options, with the hope more screenings would save lives. A colonoscopy is recommended once every ten years. Unless you have a family history of cancer.. Then, more often.
Entergy Louisiana is planning on purchasing solar power generated by a solar farm that’s set to be the largest such facility in the state. The facility by Eagle Solar Group will be based in West Baton Rouge Parish, and should be up and running by 2020. Entergy Louisiana CEO Phillip May says it’s a huge project and a 20 year agreement. The purchasing plan is estimated to save customers 29 million dollars over the life of the contract.
After a second lopsided victory Sunday against LSU, the No. 3 national seed Oregon State Beavers are headed to a super-regional matchup against No. 14 national seed Minnesota next weekend in Corvallis.
The NBA Finals are at 2 to nothing in favor of The Golden State Warriors as ther defeated Cleveland 122 to 103.. Game three is Wednesday night.