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News For Wednesday 04/30/14

News for Wednesday 043014

By Dave Graichen


Tomorrow is the National Day Of Prayer, an annual event that dates back to the early 1950’s. Among the activities, Three churches, Pentecostals of Alexandria, Calvary Baptist and Zion Hill Baptist, jointly organized a prayer event at the Alexandria Mall at noon.  A quick community-led prayer gathering is set for 12:20-12:40 p.m. on the steps of Pineville City Hall and a multi-church community prayer event is set for 6:30 p.m. at Philadelphia Baptist Church in Deville.


State officials are looking into allegations that Ball Police Chief Melvin Williams sexually harassed a Male Ball police officer, by sending explicit texts. Williams said he expects to be exonerated by the AG’s office. He said the allegations are “politically motivated.”


Dale Skinner, high school principal in Natchitoches Parish since 2010, was elected as the district’s next superintendent Tuesday. The 74 year old Skinner of Zwolle, was chosen after three rounds of voting by the Natchitoches Parish School Board, eliminating fellow finalists Eddie Jones of Florien and Ruth Kay of Provencal. He received eight votes and Kay one in the final vote, which included two abstentions. He’ll take the place of Derwood Duke, who announced in January that he would retire effective today.


In  response  to  House  Majority  Leader  Eric  Cantor's  call  for immediate  resignation  of  US Representative Vance McAllister.  The 5th District congressman told Cantor  he will not resign before his eight month term is finished, since that  would make the second time in in less  than  a  year  that  the 5th Congressional  would  be  without representation.


A  propose law that would allow concealed carry  permit  holders  to bring  their  gun  into  certain  restaurants  that sell alcohol was approved by a Senate committee, Tuesday.  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  bill,  which  has already passed the House, now  heads  to  the Senate floor.


Law enforcement groups and leaders from throughout the state gathered  in Baton Rouge Tuesday to collectively oppose a bill that seeks to  legalize medicinal marijuana. The legislation by New Iberia Senator  Fred Mills is on a Senate committee agenda today.


An effort to put limits on “payday” loans in Louisiana died Tuesday in the state Senate after some twists and turns. Senate Bill 84 fell six votes short on a 20-17 vote. The bill needed 26 votes after Senate President John Alario, R-Westwego, dealt supporters a blow by declaring it required two-thirds’ approval.


A Washington man is facing drug charges  for  being in possession of nearly  1000  bags  of synthetic marijuana.  The St.  Landry  Parish Sheriff's Office arrested  25-year-old  Xavier  Bush,  Jr.  after  a

deputy  seized  five trash bags of various baggies from the trunk of his vehicle during  a  traffic  stop.   Bush is currently being held with no bond.


A  bill  that  would  toughen  the penalties for heroin  dealers  in Louisiana  passed  out  of a House  committee  Tuesday.   Senator  Dan Claitor's bill was amended  and  would now make the minimum

sentence for heroin distribution 10 years and  the  maximum would be 50 years. It now heads to the House floor.


Victims of domestic violence could not be discriminated against in housing under a measure that is on the way to the full state Senate. The Senate’s Committee on Judiciary A approved the legislation, one of a package of bills aimed at the growing domestic violence problem in the state. Under Broome’s bill, it would be unlawful to refuse to rent or sell any dwelling based solely on the individual is a victim of domestic abuse. The domestic abuse provision would be added to current law which deals with discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, and national origin.


Legislation that started out as a way  to  bring  back  the electric chair  as  a  way  of  executing a death row inmate was dramatically changed before it was approved  by a House committee.  The author of the  bill,  Metairie  Representative   Joe   Lopinto,   amended  the legislation so that the state can keep secret the type of drugs they use to perform an execution. Louisiana  and  other  states  are  seeking  other  ways  to perform executions,  because  the  makers  of  the drugs that are used in  a

lethal injection are no longer distributing their product because of negative publicity.  Lopinto's bill heads  to  the  House  floor for more discussion.


A  senate  bill  that  expands  the  state's ban on cockfighting was approved by the House Criminal Justice  Committee,  but  not  before some   interesting   testimony  by  a  self-proclaimed  cockfighting enthusiast.  James Demourelle  of  Ville  Platte told lawmakers that Jesus didn't have a problem with cockfighting. Lawmakers didn’t buy the argument. The bill passed and heads to the House floor.


The University of Louisiana at Monroe's Kitty Degree School of Nursing  has been ranked as the ninth best nursing school in the United States  by CollegeAtlas.org in its "A-List".  ULM was the only school in the state to make the top 10, and was one of  only two schools in the south to make the list.


Legislation that would establish the legal framework for surrogate births in Louisiana won quick approval by a Senate committee on Tuesday. HB187 applies only to a legally married man and woman who need a surrogate to carry their biological child because of medical problems. The couple would be the legal parents of the child. The parties would enter into a contract which would have to be approved by a court in advance of the embryo transfer.


LSU fans could be  getting  more  Saturday nights in Tiger Stadium. Athletic Director Joe Alleva says he's made it clear to the SEC that night games in Death Valley are an  important  tradition that should

to be recognized. The league is said to be in talks with networks to work to make that happen.


New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson has  given  his  full  support regarding NBA Commissioner Adam Silver's lifetime ban of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling in light of racial comments. He  will ask the rest of the NBA owners to vote, forcing Sterling to sell his three fourths majority of the team.



Local Events


Louisiana Liars Contest

Saturday August 23rd

The Louisiana Liar's Contest will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Community Center at 708 Main St. in Pineville, LA.  The Louisiana Storytelling Association has sponsored the event for the past eleven years to celebrate the art of telling a whopper so outrageous that the audience wants to believe it.    Admission is free for the audience and anyone who appreciates a good story is invited to attend.


Brass In Blue

will be presenting a concert

at Coughlin-Saunders Performing

Arts Center

August 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

The performance is family-friendly

and open to the public,

Free of charge.

Reserve your tickets

at any TicketCentral booth,

online at


or by calling 318.445.7705.


Thursday September 4th

Downtown @ The Hearn

An Evening With

Scott Joplin

Classical Guitarist

John De Chiaro

For Tickets..

Ticket Central

Or Call 318-445-7705


Superhero Dash 5k
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Dust Off Your Cape, Lace Up Your Shoes and Join Us For The 1st Annual Superhero Dash in Alexandria, LA. Runner's from across Louisiana will be donning their best superhero attire for this fun filled 5k around Alexandria Senior High. Awards will be given to Top Male and Female Finishers & there will even be prizes for best costume! All proceeds benefit the CF Foundation. Be A Hero, Register Today! Pre- Registration $25Day of registration $30- 8:00am 5k start 9:00am Alexandria Senior High

2014 Walk

To End Alzheimers

September 13th

Kent House Plantation

Registration at 9am

Ceremony at 10am

Info: ClickLogo Above

Call 318-861-8680


September 20th

A Cycling Event

Kent House Plantation

(318) 487-5998





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