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News For Tuesday 04/29/14

News for Tuesday 042914

By Dave Graichen


Another round of twisters has flattened homes and businesses here in the South yesterday and raised this week's death toll to at least 28.  At least three tornados flattened homes and businesses, flipped trucks over on highways and injured an unknown number of people in Mississippi and Alabama on Monday.


The  News-Star  is  reporting  that Fifth District US Representative Vance McAllister will not seek re-election  this  fall.   McAllister has been the center of controversy ever since a video of him kissing

a  married  staffer  was leaked before Easter.  It is reported  that McAllister will complete his term in Congress. The Republican Party of Louisiana says they  are  happy  to  hear of McAllister's decision, however, party chairman Roger Villere says he would have liked the congressman to resign immediately.


Boyce businessman Clay Grant has announced his candidacy for representative from Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District. The primary election will be held Nov. 4, with a runoff Dec. 6 if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote. McAllister announced Monday that he will serve out his term but will not seek re-election. Former Grant Parish district attorney Ed Tarpley had already announced he would challenge McAllister for the seat.


With the news of embattled US Representative Vance McAllister not  seeking re-election, it leaves the door open as to who will fill the  5th Congressional District seat.  With the election almost 6 months

away, ULM Political Science Professor Joshua Stockley says potential  candidates need to act quickly.  The 5th District covers 24 parishes in Louisiana from Monroe to  Alexandria and portions of Tangipahoa and Washington parishes.  14  candidates threw their hat in the ring for the seat during the special  election last year.  Stockley says that we could see some of the same this go around, too.


Information technology company CGI will open a technology center in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Research Park, a facility that in four years will directly employ 400 high-tech workers with annual salaries averaging $55,000. Company officials say they will begin hiring in a few months and will start operations at a temporary location later this year.


Legislation that attempted to curtail the writing of speeding tickets on  I-49 near the Washington exit in St. Landry Parish fails in the House.  Shreveport Representative Alan Seabaugh says the Washington police  department is funding its local government, by writing tickets on  motorists who are going just a couple of miles over the speed limit.  Opelousas Representative Ledricka Thierry says it would also be bad precedent to tell police not to  enforce a law. The bill failed, 40 yeas and 52 nays.


A House-passed bill that would raise the age state employees could retire headed Monday to the full Senate. The Senate Retirement Committee advanced House Bill 38, which would change the retirement age to 62 years of age, after five years of service. The current age is 60.


A proposed law that would allow concealed carry permit holders to  bring their gun into certain restaurants that sell alcohol is up for  discussion today in a Senate committee. House Bill 72 is co-authored  by Bossier City Representative Jeff Thompson. He says people should be  able to protect themselves at all times. The law would apply to places like Applebee's whose primary source of

revenue comes from food, not alcohol. Thompson realizes some are  worried that guns and alcohol do not mix and he says he agrees.  However, he says people who have CCP's are held to a much higher  standard when it comes to drinking.


2013  was another record-breaking year for the tourism  industry  in Louisiana.   Lt.  Governor Jay Dardenne announced Monday that in 2013 Louisiana attracted  27.3  million visitors, a four percent increase over 2012, resulting in $10.8  billion  in  total  visitor spending. The  $807 million in state tax revenue generated represents  a  more than 34-to-1 return on investment in state funding.


A  House  committee  voted  down  a  measure  Monday  that would have prohibited housing discrimination against gays, among  others.   The proposal,  by Baton Rouge Representative Pat Smith, would have added sexual  orientation,   gender   identity,   veteran's   status,  and conviction  record  to the list of characteristics a property  owner could not use to deny  housing.   The House Commerce Committee voted twelve to three against the measure.


A Natchitoches man has been charged  with second degree murder after he allegedly stabbed  his 63 year-old  father.  Thirty-nine year-old Lawrence  Monette  was charged for killing  Colton  Monette  with  a pocket knife.  The elder  Monette  was  taken  to  a local hospital, where he later died.


The  full house approves legislation that's designed to give  public schools  protection  from  lawsuits  and censorship if they put up a Christmas tree in the school or put on a Christmas play. The measure passed unanimously on an 89-to-zero vote.


Law enforcement officials are seeking  information  on  the apparent double  murder  of  a  man and woman in Ethel who were found  Sunday afternoon. The East  Feliciana  Parish Sheriff's office says the victims who were shot to death are identified as Eddie Earl Hall and Connie hall. They are asking that anyone  who may have seen anything suspicious on the area to call Crime Stoppers.



Local Events

Pancake Day

Thursday September 18th

September means pancake time!  Once again, A Perfect Fit Foundation will be hosting its annual pancake fundraiser, this Thursday, September 18,

from 6:30am until 11:00am at St. James Episcopal Church in Alexandria.  100% of the funds raised go directly toward providing well-fitted, uniform-approved shoes for underprivileged elementary school children in Cenla. 

September 20th

A Cycling Event

Kent House Plantation

(318) 487-5998

Les Fest 2014

Thursday Sept 25th 6pm

Enjoy a wild evening at this outdoor music fest and fundraiser celebrating the Alexandria Zoo and remembering Zoo Director Les Whitt and his love for music.  Live music by Bonerama, silent auction, food available for purchase, presentations with animals and updates on the Alexandria Zoo are featured.


Avoyelles Commission of Tourism


Prehistoric Mounds Tour

Marksville State Historic Site

September 20, 2014

$4adults(over 62, under 13 free)


UMW Fall Festival

1st United Methodist Church

Of Pineville

Saturday October 4th from 9a to 1p

30 Booth of Handmade Arts & Crafts for Sale Along With a BBQ Lunch, Food Booths & the Pumpkin Patch

Public is Invited. Call 640-1050 For Info.

The Running Man Dash

Saturday October 4th


The Running Man Dash is an annual fun run and walk put on by Anytime Fitness to promote staying active in Cenla. The fun run/walk will be held in honor of Maddie Norris and to help build awareness about her disability. It will have obstacles including a colored chalk station, and a Slip-N-Slide. The event will be fun for all ages. We encourage you to make teams, come up with fun team names, and wear costumes. The Running Man Dash will be held at beautiful Buhlow Recreation Area. All proceeds from the race will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Help us build awareness about cerebral palsy by participating, or making a donation




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