Monday, April 08, 2013
Construction and renovation projects totaling more than $50 million are nearing completion at McNeese State University. The American Press reports that many are set to be open before the fall semester begins. Funding is from local, state and federal sources, including grants, Federal Emergency Management Agency money, student assessments and private donors, according to Richard Rhoden, the university's director of facilities and plant operations.
TODAY IS THE BIRTHDAY OF A DUSON TEENAGE WHO HAS BEEN MISSING FOR NEARLY A YEAR. CAPTAIN KIP JUDICE OF THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS THEY HAD HOPED TO BRING KEIOSHA FELIX HOME BEFORE HER 16TH BIRTHDAY. HE SAYS THEY ARE CONTINUING TO INVESTIGATE AND SEARCH FOR THE MISSING TEENAGER. A CANDLELIGHT VIGIL IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE AT GIRARD PARK ON APRIL 30TH, THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF HER DISAPPEARANCE.
THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY FOR IBERIA, ST. MARTIN AND ST. MARY PARISHES HAS BEEN CLEARED OF MISCONDUCT CHARGES. 16TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY PHIL HANEY TOOK ON A PERSONAL INJURY CASE AS A PRIVATE ATTORNEY IN WHICH CRIMINAL CHARGES WERE LATER FILED. HANEY RECUSED HIS OFFICE FROM PROSECUTING THE CASE, REFERRING IT TO THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE, BUT CONTINUED TO THE PURSUE THE PERSONAL INJURY LAWSUIT, AND RECEIVED 20 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN LEGAL FEES. THE OFFICE OF DISCIPLINARY COUNSEL ARGUED THAT HANEY SHOULD HAVE DISTANCED HIMSELF FROM THE LAWSUIT ONCE CRIMINAL CHARGES WERE FILED, BUT THE STATE ATTORNEY DISCIPLINARY BOARD DISAGREED AND THE STATE SUPREME COURT UPHELD THEIR RULING.
Louisiana Public Broadcasting will broadcast Gov. Bobby Jindal's opening address to the Legislature on Monday. The live broadcast will be carried on LPB affiliates statewide at 1 p.m. Coverage will be hosted by Shauna Sanford with analysis by Robert Travis Scott of the Public Affairs Research Council. The governor is expected to pitch his proposal to eliminate the state income and corporate taxes and increase sales taxes.
VOTERS IN LAKE CHARLES ON SATURDAY REJECTED A PROPOSED TAX INCREMENT FINANCING DISTRICT IN DOWNTOWN LAKE CHARLES. IF IT HAD BEEN APPROVED, THE CITY OF LAKE CHARLES WOULD HAVE ENTERED INTO A PRIVATE-PUBLIC PARTNERSHIP WITH A DEVELOPER THAT WOULD LEAD TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 19 MILLION DOLLAR HYATT PLACE HOTEL NEXT TO THE CIVIC CENTER. MAYOR RANDY ROACH SAYS HE’S DISAPPOINTED BUT HE DOESN’T THINK IT’S A DEAL BREAKER. HE TELLS K-P-L-C T-V THAT THEY MIGHT BE WILLING TO LOOK AT OTHER SOURCES OF FINANCING.
THE FATHER OF A KINDERGARTEN STUDENT WHO DIED IN A SCHOOL BUS ACCIDENT TWO YEARS AGO WILL APPEAL A JUDGE’S RULING IN HIS WRONGFUL DEATH LAWSUIT AGAINST THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM. MARCUS MILLER WAS AWARDED 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS BY JUDGE KRISTIAN EARLES. MILLER’S ATTORNEY, DERRIEL MCCORVEY TOLD THE ADVOCATE THAT THE AMOUNT IS “EXTREMELY TOO LOW”. MCCORVEY SAYS THE CHILD’S MOTHER, WHO IS NOT MARRIED TO MILLER, SETTLED WITH THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR 700 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICIALS SAY A SUSPECT WAS SHOT TO DEATH AFTER HE OPENED FIRE ON TWO DEPUTIES.
Hundreds of thousands of Louisiana families with low to moderate incomes can increase their state tax refunds with the Louisiana Earned Income Tax Credit.
Last year, more than 400,000 taxpayers claimed the credit for an average benefit of $100. The state earned income credit is equal to 3.5 percent of the federal earned income tax credit. Louisiana individual income tax returns for 2012 are due May 15.