Louisiana news briefs
Sales tax free for hunters
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Guns, ammunition and other hunting supplies are exempt from state and local sales taxes this weekend.
The 2014 Louisiana Second Amendment Weekend Sales Tax Holiday runs Friday through Sunday and applies to individual consumer purchases of hunting gear, including firearms, ammunition, archery supplies, hunting apparel and off-road vehicles such as all-terrain vehicles designed and intended primarily for hunting.
The exemption does not apply to golf carts, go-carts, dirt bikes, mini-bikes, motorcycles, tractors, motor vehicles which may be legally driven on the streets and highways of Louisiana, or heavy equipment such as cranes, forklifts, backhoes and bulldozers
Visit www.revenue.louisiana.gov/secondamendment for more information.
Junky bayou raising concerns
HOUMA (AP) — Organizers of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program say nearly 800 old tires have been pulled from Bayou Lafourche in spring sweeps the past two years.
“People don’t know what to do with them, so they dump them. Out of sight, out of mind,” said program coordinator Alma Robichaux.
Tires aren’t the only refuse cluttering Bayou Lafourche, and local officials are concerned that the waterway flowing through Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes has become a community dump.
Audrey Marcel of Chauvin said the bayou outside of her home fits that description.
“In the bayou by my house there are appliances, lawn furniture and lots of other household items that should have been thrown into the garbage,” Chauvin said.
Casting call for Clooney’s film
SLIDELL (AP) — As George Clooney and Sandra Bullock prepare this fall to shoot the political comedy “Our Brand Is Crisis,” in New Orleans, producers are looking for locals interested in appearing as extras in the film.
A casting call is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday at the Slidell Municipal Auditorium.
Background actors are being sought to portray Bolivian men and women of all ages. Specifically, the production is looking for those who have a Hispanic and Native American look.
The Warner Bros.-backed “Our Brand Is Crisis” is based on the 2005 documentary of the same name and focuses on the exporting of American political strategies to South America. It’s being produced by Clooney and producing partner Grant Heslov, who also produced 2012’s Oscar-winning “Argo.”