Starting today, individuals with a concealed carry permit are allowed to bring a concealed firearm into restaurants that serve alcohol. HB 72, sponsored by Metairie representative Joe Lopinto, is now in effect, along with a host of other bills that were passed in the last legislative session. Bossier City representative Jeff Thompson says the bill clears up a conflict in the law…:
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A couple of other new laws going into effect today include one prohibiting drivers from using handheld cell phones in school zones or face fines. Parents convicted of battery of a school or recreation contest official face toughened penalties. The state’s cockfighting ban is expanded. Also domestic abuse is now one of the grounds for immediate divorce in Louisiana.
The National Hurricane Center says Tropical Storm Bertha has formed and was speeding toward the Lesser Antilles early this morning. It was located about 170 miles east of Barbados at 4am. Forecasters say little change is expected in the storm’s strength over the next couple of days and added it does not post a threat to the Gulf of Mexico.
The Air Force’s oldest bomb wing, located in Bossier City, is now being commanded by its first ever female bomb wing commander. Col. Kristen Goodwin is taking command of the 2nd Bomb Wing based out of Barksdale Air Force Base. Retired Master Sgt. and military archivist at LSUS Shawn Bohannon says first and foremost, it’s about a qualified officer getting a well earned promotion…:
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Goodwin is now commanding the dozen squadrons that make up the 2nd Bomb Wing and Bohannon says it’s one of the best jobs in the Air Force.
The James Brown biopic “Get On Up” opens in theaters everywhere today. Officials in Natchez, MS want to take advantage of the film’s buzz by developing a tour map of filming locations around the area. Natchez Convention and Visitor’s Bureau spokesperson, Jessica Cauthen, says their brochure is based on a similar map of Greenville, MS following the movie “The Help”…:
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“Get On Up” was filmed in 21 locations in and around Natchez.
New Orleans wide receiver Marques Colston says he’s ready for the upcoming season and he’ll continue to play at a high level. Colston, who has been in the NFL now for 8 season, is getting a lighter load at camp but the team says it’s not because he can’t do the work. The 31-year-old says he’s had to make some adjustments, but it doesn’t even feel like he’s entering year nine…:
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Colston spent last season recovering from a foot injury but says camp so far this year has been a completely different experience now that he’s been able to rest and enter camp feeling healthy. Camp at the Greenbrier in West Virginia continues this morning and tomorrow before the black and gold get the day off Sunday.
The 2014 USA Today preseason college football coaches poll was released Thursday and LSU will begin the season ranked No. 13. Florida State tops the poll and Alabama is at the No. 2 spot. In all seven SEC teams are ranked. Five of the Tigers regular season opponents made the rankings including Wisconsin at No. 14. The Badgers and The Bayou Bangles meet in Houston for the August 30th season opener. LSU players report Sunday and fall camp begins Monday.
Louisiana Lafayette got 12 votes in the coaches poll, the 15th most among those receiving votes.
Speaking of the Ragin’ Cajuns, the Sun Belt basketball schedules were released Thursday. UL-Lafayette opens league play with a road game against Arkansas-Little Rock on December 30th then return to play Troy in the SBC opener on January 3rd.
In the MLB, former LSU star right-hander Anthony Ranaudo of the Red Sox is scheduled to make his major league debut in Boston against the New York Yankees today. In 21 starts at Triple-A Pawtucket, Ranaudo was 12-2 with a 2.41 ERA in 119.1 innings.
Former Saints Safety Steve Gleason is being inducted into his Alma mater’s athletic Hall of Fame. Washington State University announced Thursday that Gleason will be the lone member of the halls 2014 class and will be honored in an in-game ceremony during a home football game in the fall.
Governor Bobby Jindal has written a letter to the federal government saying he’s furious over what he says is a lack of disclosure on the 1,071 children who came illegally into the country and made their way into Louisiana. Jindal demands to know where the children are living and a timeline for determining their ultimate status.
The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s office says a man cut his wrists and throat with a concealed razor blade inside a courtroom after being convicted on five counts of aggravated incest Thursday. They say 57-year-old Robbie Frith is found guilty of sexual assaulting five juveniles from 2009 until 2011. After Frith’s suicide attempted he was taken to a hospital but his condition is unknown at this time.
Louisiana’s sales tax holiday starts today. For the next two days, customers will not have to pay the 4% sales tax on the first 25 hundred dollars of each item they buy. Louisiana Department of Revenue spokesperson Byron Henderson says it only comes once a year…:
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Concealed weapons with permits are now legal in restaurants across Louisiana that serve alcohol. Matthew Doyle has the story…:
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The man in St. Charles Parish who was wanted for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend to death in Destrehan and critically injuring her mother is now in custody. The Sheriff’s office says Bruce Bourgeois Jr was arrested in Independence and once transported will be booked on charges of 1st degree murder, attempted first degree murder and armed robbery.