PM Newscall September 17th ,2014

The US-House has passed three bills by Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany that spotlight recent IRS controversies and would ultimately limit the power of the federal agency. Michelle Southern has that..:

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A federal report indicates Louisiana’s prison population declined two-percent from 2012 to 2013, but the state still leads the nation for its incarceration rate. Jeff Palermo has the story…

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The Shreveport Police Department says a man is in jail today for allegedly beating a child so badly he had to be hospitalized. Corporal Marcus Hines says school officials contacted authorities after the 5-year-old child arrived to class Tuesday…:

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Hines says the allegation is that the suspect hit the child with a belt about 25 times which caused a significant amount of injuries..:

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Hines says 23-year-old Frank Butler was arrested yesterday evening and booked with a single count of Second Degree Cruelty to a juvenile. The relationship between the child and the suspect is unknown at this time. Hines says the child is expected to recover. He says their are ways to legally discipline your child…:

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The US-House has passed three bills by Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany that spotlight recent IRS controversies and would ultimately limit the power of the federal agency. Boustany says House Republicans learned a woman was forwarding emails from her official email account to a personal account to conduct business. He says this should never be happening…:

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Boustany, who is the chair of the oversight subcommittee of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, says safeguards must be put in place to ensure that the public’s trust is not breached. He says another issue he wanted to address was that some denials of tax exempt status were not subject to appeal which he think is wrong..:

CUT 7 (11) “certain organizations”

Boustany says the third bill would permit release of reports about investigations into unauthorized leaks of taxpayer information to the victims. He says Americans are demanding higher ethical standards from public servants and they plan to continue to expose the rot at the core of the IRS’s culture…:(The Senate still needs to approve the bills.)

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A federal report says Louisiana’s prison population fell two-percent last year, but the state still has the highest incarceration rate in the US, well ahead of Mississippi who is second. Doctor Peter Scharf, with the Justice and Public health institute at the LSU Health Science Center, says there’s a major effort to lower the prison population, but it will take time…

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana’s prison population in 2013 was at 39-thousand, a drop of nearly nine-hundred people from 2012. Scharf anticipates the state’s incarceration rate will continue to decline, but it will take time to get it at more acceptable level…

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Scharf says the department of corrections has put programs in place to help recently released inmates stay out of jail and there’s been a push to lower sentences for certain crimes. He says the mindset on how to punish criminals is changing and that should help lower the prison population…

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Louisiana State Police say a man from Mississippi is dead after a head-on collision this morning involving a garbage truck. Spokesman Jared Sandifer says 23-year-old Cody Temple of McComb was traveling in East Feliciana Parish south of Clinton around 6am:

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Sandifer says sadly Temple was not buckled up and was pronounced dead at the scene. He says the other driver is going to be okay…:

CUT 13 (08) “just minor injuries”

Sandifer says they are still working to determine other possible factors in the crash…:

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13:30 Newscast September 17, 2014

The US-House has passed three bills by Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany that spotlight recent IRS controversies and would ultimately limit the power of the federal agency. Boustany says one issue he wanted to address was that some denials of tax exempt status were not subject to appeal which he think is wrong..

cut 7 (11) “certain organizations”

Boustany, chair of the oversight subcommittee of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee, says safeguards must be put in place to ensure that the public’s trust is not breached. The Senate still needs to approve the bills.

Louisianians are liking the price they’re seeing at the pump these days. According to gasbuddy-dot-com, the current statewide average for a gallon of regular is just $3.13. The lowest prices are seen in southeast Louisiana with some stations reporting regular gas as low as $2.83 per gallon.

A federal report says Louisiana’s prison population fell two-percent last year, but the state still has the highest incarceration rate in the US. Doctor Peter Scharf, with the Justice and Public health institute at the LSU Health Science Center, says the mindset on how to punish criminals is changing and that should help lower the prison population…

cut 11 (11) “…fix crime“

Scharf says the department of corrections has put programs in place to help recently released inmates stay out of jail and there’s been a push to lower sentences for certain crimes.

The Sherveport Police Department has a man in custody accused of beating a child so badly he had to be hospitalized. It is alleged that 23-year-old Frank Butler hit the child with a belt about 25 times causing a significant amount of injuries. Butler was arrested and booked on one count of second degree cruelty to a juvenile. The relationship between Butler and the child is unknown at this time. The child is expected to recover.

12:30 Newscast September 17, 2014

A federal report says Louisiana’s prison population fell two-percent last year, but the state still has the highest incarceration rate in the US, well ahead of Mississippi who is second. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana’s prison population in 2013 was at 39-thousand, a drop of nearly nine-hundred people from 2012. Doctor Peter Scharf, with the Justice and Public health institute at the LSU Health Science Center, anticipates the state’s incarceration rate will continue to decline, but it will take time to get it at more acceptable level…
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He says there’s a major effort to lower the prison population in Louisiana.

The Gonzales Police Department has arrested a pharmacy tech accused of stealing prescription medications and selling them to alleged drug dealers. 35-year-old Shantrell Landry of Convent was booked on felony theft and multiple distribution charges. Authorities say Landry admitted to the crimes and claimed she earned more than $20,000 selling the drugs.

The US-House has passed three bills by Louisiana Congressman Charles Boustany that spotlight recent IRS controversies and would ultimately limit the power of the federal agency. Michelle Southern has that..

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09:30 Newscast September 17th, 2014

A district judge threw out the law that would give State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson and another trooper a major retirement boost. Eric Gill reports…:
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Well looks like the Vikings have changed their mind regarding the decision to let star running back Adrian Peterson play in the Saints game Sunday. The team says Peterson needs to work out his child abuse charges before he can come back. He’s charged with a felony for using a switch on his 4-year-old son.

According to a new report with data compiled from the US census, Louisiana has the most single people in the nation. The Martin Prosperity Institute study found 55.7% of adults here are not married. Demographer Greg Rigamer attributes this in part to the increase in the number of people in Louisiana between the ages of 20 and 29…:
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He says more young people are coming in because there are growing job opportunities for their age group.

The Department of Health and Hospitals confirm that two children are being treated at a Baton Rouge hospital for Enterovirus D68. Assistant State Health Officer, Dr. Takiesha Davis, says this aggravated breathing issues in children who have asthma and usually starts with cold-like symptoms…:
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She says you should see a doctor if your child has these symptoms.

08:30 Newscast September 17th, 2014

The Department of Health and Hospitals confirm that two children are being treated at a Baton Rouge hospital for Enterovirus D68. Eric Gill has more…:
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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Louisiana still leads the nation in number of prisoners, but the federal report released Tuesday shows that number has declined slightly. The data indicates Louisiana’s prison population fell by 2.2 percent last year to below 40,000.

Governor Bobby Jindal is once again playing down a new poll showing he would have little support if he ran for President. A survey conducted by CNN of New Hampshire republican voters that listed 10 other candidates showed Jindal with 3 percent support. But the Louisiana Governor says polls don’t mean anything right now…:
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As for Presidential candidacy Jindal says he’ll decide for sure after the November election.

The controversial pension hike for State Police Col Mike Edmonson added to a last minute bill in the 2014 legislative session has been tossed by a district judge as unconstitutional. State Treasurer John Kennedy says this law wasn’t fair to begin with…:
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Kennedy says he just hopes this is a closed matter.

07:30 Newscast September 17th, 2014

A district judge threw out the law that would give State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson and another trooper a major retirement boost. Judge Janice Clark ruled the provision to be unconstitutional stating lawmakers did not follow proper procedure in passing the pension change. State Treasurer John Kennedy says this measure was not only unconstitutional, it was unfair…:
CUT 7 (11) “that’s not right”
Kennedy hopes the book is now closed on this matter.

The State Department of Environmental Quality and the State Fire Marshal’s Office have ordered a Shreveport landfill to shut down. The order requires Harrelson Material Management Inc, where long-burning fires have been a problem for years, to cease operations and its construction and demolition landfill on Russel Road in Shreveport.

According to a new report with data compiled from the US census, Louisiana has the most single people in the nation. The Martin Prosperity Institute study found 55.7% of adults here are not married. Demographer Greg Rigamer says this could be because after Katrina and the BP Oil spill, Louisiana got a big boost in job opportunities…:
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New Orleans topped the list as the metro area in the US with the highest number of single people at 58%.

Louisianians continue to enjoy low gas prices across the region. The current statewide average for a gallon of regular is just $3.13 according to gasbuddy.com. The lowest prices are seen mostly across southeast Louisiana with some stations reporting regular gas is down to $2.83.

06:45 Sportscast September 17th, 2014

LSU heads into Saturday’s SEC match-up with Mississippi State riding a streak of 31 straight possessions without allowing a point. The Tigers also lead in the SEC in four defensive categories— total defense, pass defense, scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. Defensive Coordinator John Chavis says the D is playing with a lot of confidence…:
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The game in Death Valley Saturday kicks off at 6pm.

Steve Axman is named the interim head coach for Nicholls State University for the remainder of the season. Former head coach Charlie Stubbs resigned over the weekend for heath reasons. The school says a search for a permanent head coach will begin immediately.

The Minnesota Vikings have said star running back Adrian Peterson can not play until he addresses child abuse charges he’s facing in Texas. The announcement was made early this morning after an initial decision was made that Peterson could play in Sunday’s game against the Saints. He’s charged with a felony for using a switch to discipline his 4 year old. There was a ton of backlash when the team made their initial decision on Peterson’s status and now several sponsors are threatening to end their deals with the Vikings or completely cutting things off with Peterson.

113 Modern Era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of fame were announced Tuesday. Former New Orleans Saints kicker Morten Andersen and Black and Gold linebacker Sam Mills and former LSU offensive lineman Kevin Mawae (Ma-WHY) were among them. The class of 2015 will be picked from a list of 15 finalists, one senior finalist and two contributor finalists on January 31st.

And former LSU track star LoLo Jones was kicked off Dancing with the Stars last night in the first round.

06:30 Newscast September 17th, 2014

The Department of Health and Hospitals confirm that two children are being treated at a Baton Rouge hospital for Enterovirus D68. Assistant State Health Officer, Dr. Takiesha Davis, says this is a very common of strain of virus in the US that typically flares up in the fall. She says DHH advises parents to be particularly mindful of children…:
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Most people recover without treatment, but Davis says if parents notice high fever, dehydration, or troubled breathing in their children they should immediately seek care.

The St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s Office is looking for answers in the case of a woman whose body was found on the LA 182 bridge that crosses the Atchafalaya River between Berwick and Morgan City around 4am Tuesday morning. At first deputies received a report that the woman was passed out but she was later pronounced dead on the scene. An autopsy is being performed to determine cause of death.

Governor Bobby Jindal is not concerned about poll numbers that show him receiving little support when compared to other potential presidential candidates. Jindal received only three percent in a recent CNN poll of New Hampshire republican voters that listed ten other candidates. Jindal says he doesn’t look at polls…:
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Jindal made these comments in Washington DC after unveiling a US energy policy that was developed from his nonprofit group called America Next.

Former LSU track star and Olympian LoLo Jones was bumped from Dancing With the Stars last night in the first round. Her performance Tuesday has been described as brutal and extremely awkward. Another Louisiana star, Sadie Robertson of the Duck Dynasty Robertsons is still in.

AM Newscall September 17, 2014

According to a new report with data compiled from the US census, Louisiana has the most single people in the nation. Michelle Southern reports.

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A district judge threw out the law that would give State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson and another trooper a major retirement boost. Eric Gill reports…

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The Department of Health and Hospitals confirm that two children are being treated at a Baton Rouge hospital for Enterovirus D68. Eric Gill has more…

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According to a new report with data compiled from the US census, Louisiana has the most single people in the nation. The Martin Prosperity Institute study found 55.7% of adults here are not married. Demographer Greg Rigamer says this could be because after Katrina and the BP Oil spill, Louisiana got a big boost in job opportunities…:

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Rigamer says there has also been a significant increase in the number of people here between the ages of 20 and 29…:

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New Orleans topped the list as the metro area in the US with the highest number of single people at 58%. Rigamer says many people think of The Big Easy as a great place to live, but many people don’t associate it as a place you’d come start a family. LSU Professor of Sociology Tim Slack says there is also growing number of people in the nation who are single and living alone…:

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A district judge threw out the law that would give State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson and another trooper a major retirement boost. Judge Janice Clark ruled the provision to be unconstitutional stating lawmakers did not follow proper procedure in passing the pension change. State Treasurer John Kennedy says this measure was not only unconstitutional, it was unfair…

CUT 7 (11) “that’s not right”

This law was passed in the final hours of the 2014 legislative session. He says the benefit increases would have been drawn from an expense account that funds cost-of-living increases for retired state troopers and their families. Kennedy says laws are supposed to apply to everybody equally…

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Both Edmonson and the other trooper had said they had no intention to accept the increased benefit. Kennedy hopes the book is now closed on this matter…

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Governor Bobby Jindal is not concerned about poll numbers that show him receiving little support when compared to other potential presidential candidates. Jindal received only three percent in a recent CNN poll of New Hampshire republican voters that listed ten other candidates.  Jindal says he doesn’t look at polls

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Other polls taken have also shown Jindal failing to receive much support compared to other possible republican presidential candidates. Jindal says polls don’t mean much at this point

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Jindal made these comments in Washington DC after unveiling a US energy policy that was developed from his nonprofit group called America Next. The governor says he is thinking about running for President and a decision will be made after the November election. But he says his decision will have nothing to do with polls or fundraising….

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The Department of Health and Hospitals confirm that two children are being treated at a Baton Rouge hospital for Enterovirus D68. Assistant State Health Officer, Dr. Takiesha Davis, says this is a very common of strain of virus in the US that typically flares up in the fall. She says DHH advises parents to be particularly mindful of children…

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Most people recover without treatment, but Enterovirus D68 appears to aggravate breathing problems in children who have asthma. She says every year there are between 10 and 15 million enterovirus infections in the US. Davis says Enterovirus D68 generally presents itself with cold-like symptoms…

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She says if parents notice high fever, dehydration, or troubled breathing, they should immediately take their child to see their doctor or an urgent care clinic. Davis says the best steps you can take to avoid the spread of the virus is using the same tools we use for the flu…

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LSU heads into Saturday’s SEC match-up with Mississippi State riding a streak of 31 straight possessions without allowing a point. The Tigers also lead in the SEC in four defensive categories— total defense, pass defense, scoring defense and pass efficiency defense. Defensive Coordinator John Chavis says the defense is playing with a lot of confidence…

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Chavis says his defense still has room to get better and that starts with better communication between players while they are on the field…

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The Tigers host Mississippi State this Saturday. The Bulldogs are averaging nearly 44 points a game and Chavis says his defense will be tested…

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17:30 Newscast September 16, 2014

The state Board of Regents releases a report showing students at colleges are more vulnerable when it comes to sexual assault because there is no statewide policy in place for handling such allegations. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell says Louisiana needs to establish a benchmark that all colleges must meet when it comes to the way sexual assault claims are handled…

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Morrell says alleged college student victims need to all feel comfortable reporting any potential sexual assault.

According to officials, two students from Central High had to be removed from class Monday after having a bad reaction to synthetic marijuana they smoked at school. Superintendent Michael Faulk says the students, aged 17 and 18, were rushed to the emergency room for treatment, then an investigation began…

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Faulk says according to school policy each student will be automatically expelled.

Louisiana schools are still seeing a higher number of teachers retiring compared to what they saw prior to 2010. Nearly three-thousand K-through-12 teachers retired during the fiscal year that ended June 30th. Scott Richard, director of the Louisiana School Board Association, blames it on the turmoil that’s going on in public education…

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He says if there wasn’t so much uncertainty with Common Core and changes to how teachers are evaluated, many recently retired teachers would still be teaching.

The Tallulah Police Department says a 3-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself after finding a loaded handgun in his home. Spokeswoman Yvonne Lewis says the mother left the home for about 3 to five minutes to get the kids something to drink at a nearby store and when she returned the child had already found the gun and shot himself…

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She says they believe this really was just a tragic accident.