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[30 Oct 2014]

By Theresa Schmidt
According to records with the Cameron Parish tax assessor, Calcasieu D.A. candidate Christian Chesson still has a homestead exemption there–even though Chesson admits he hasn’t lived in Cameron parish since 2011.
Homeowners in Louisiana love the homestead exemption because it saves money on their property tax bills.
But taxpayers are only allowed one homestead exemption and it must be on the home in which they live.
The exemption Chesson has in Cameron Parish saves him about a thousand dollars a year on his Cameron Parish property taxes.
The Cameron Parish tax assessor …

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[20 Oct 2014]

By NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
 
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced a plan Monday (Oct. 20) to end the practice of  billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.
DHH said the plan would streamline the funding by allowing hospitals to bill the Crime Victim’s Reparation Board directly.
Under current law, the board is not allowed to accept bills for additional medical expenses directly from the provider, which resulted in some hospitals treating victims of sexual assault like a normal emergency room patient and bill them for additional services.
Victims who decide not to file a police report …

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[20 Oct 2014]

FAIMON A. ROBERTS III| FROBERTS@THEADVOCATE.COM
Former St. Tammany Parish Coroner Peter Galvan has served about six months of his combined 3-year state and federal prison sentences, but the echoes of his turbulent last year in office continue to reverberate in St. Tammany Parish.
One of those echoes — an enhanced audit to be required of every parish agency on randomly selected items each year — is inching closer to reality, according to Rick Danielson, a Mandeville City Council member.
By next June, the state Legislative Auditor’s Office will put a more rigorous audit …

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[15 Oct 2014]

Fourteen proposed amendments — yes, you read that right, and because of the number and complexity, Louisiana officials are urging voters to become familiar with them before heading to the polls next month.
Robert Scott with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana said there is a lot of information to go through with each amendment. He and his organization suggest having a checklist before you head out to cast your vote.
According to the PAR guide, some of the proposed changes include:
– Elimination of the mandatory retirement age of judges
– Sales …

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[10 Oct 2014]

 
By Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
The city of Mandeville will acquire servitudes through a private road to provide a pedestrian walkway from a senior citizen apartment community to a nearby shopping center. The City Council Thursday (Oct. 9) night approved an ordinance to acquire pedestrian servitudes of passage through Dalwill Drive in western Mandeville. That will allow easy access to a shopping center on Louisiana 22 for residents of the nearby Rouquette Lodge.
“This is a very positive thing for Roquette Lodge and really for everyone in western Mandeville,” said Councilman David …