News For Thursday 110112
By Dave Graichen
As expected, LSUA chancellor Dr. David Manuel has been chosen to be the new President of Drury University in Springfield, Mo. Manuel said he will work with William Jenkins the interim president of the LSU System, and the LSU Board of Supervisors to welcome new leadership at LSUA. Manuel’s last day will be May 31st. He will start his new job the following day.
The Young Professionals Group of Central Louisiana is hosting a debate today between the six candidates vying for an at-large seat on the Alexandria City Council. The debate is from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Coughlin Saunders Performing Arts Center in downtown Alexandria. Doors open at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for a missing girl who last was seen Tuesday at Tioga High School. Cherneva Anderson was last seen at the school around 2:30 p.m., wearing a white polo shirt, khaki pants and red Adidas shoes, deputies said. She may be with a man known only as "Possum." Cherneva stands 5 feet, 8 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes.She may be in the Alexandria area, possibly in the Kelleyland subdivision. Anyone who knows anything about Cherneva Anderson or "Possum" is asked to call the office at (318) 473-6700.
The official numbers are in. Early voting for the November 6th election drew record high numbers in
Louisiana. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says a record-high 340,653 voters cast early ballots with more democrats the republicans making it to the polls. Based on early voting, Schedler expects to see a total voter turnout for this election of just over 70-percent.
The state department of education is working on a new letter grading system for all publicly funded pre-K schools and centers. The department plans to phase in the system over the next three years
and have it fully in place by the 2015-2016 school year. State Superintendent of Education John White says the goal is to have 70-percent of all four-year-olds kindergarten ready. White says the
new grading standards would provide tax credits for those day care centers who perform well, while cutting off state aid to low-performing centers. He says this new grading system will be similar to one already in place for public schools. Currently the numbers of kindergarten ready four-year-olds is around 54-percent.
Donnie Lee Roberts Jr., a Natchitoches native convicted in his girlfriend's 2003 slaying in Texas, was executed Wednesday for fatally shooting the woman and taking items from her home to sell or trade to support his drug habit. The 41 year old Roberts became the 12th inmate to be put to death this year in the nation's most active capital punishment state. His lethal injection came after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review his case earlier this week, and no additional appeals were filed to try to block the execution.
Former LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson was released from jail yesterday, after he pleaded "no contest" on a simple battery charge from the infamous Shady's bar fight. As a result of the plea, Jefferson was sentenced to one year probation and ordered to perform 30 hours of community service. The former LSU football player still faces a charge for marijuana possession as a result of his arrest last week.
LSU is advising its fans that are coming to the big game on Saturday to arrive early, because well over 100-thousand people are expected to be on campus. Associate Athletic Director Herb Vincent says fans who sit in the south end should plan on walking into Tiger Stadium earlier than normal. Construction has already started on the expansion of Tiger Stadium and Vincent says it makes it more difficult for those seat holders to get into Death Valley. Vincent also had some other advice, if you are buying tickets be aware of counterfeit tickets and oh ya, carpool if possible.
Now that Halloween is over retailers can put their full attention towards the Christmas shopping season. Retail analyst Jim Rutledge says merchants have been gearing up and consumers have already starting
buying gifts. On-line shopping has been a growing trend for a number of years, and the numbers continue to grow. Rutledge says a number of brick-and-mortar merchants are taking steps to keep pace with the deals offered by on-line sellers.
A special committee meets today to go over applicants to be the next president of the University of Louisiana System. UL System Board chairman Wayne Parker says 14 highly qualified individuals have submitted applications for the position. He says the committee will meet today to discuss each one.
Parker says it's possible the committee could announce the new UL System President at its November 9th meeting.
A Napoleonville man, who lives about 4 miles from the sinkhole near Bayou Corne, says his tap water is flammable. The man says he'd noticed his tap water was more bubbly since the sinkhole developed.
DEQ checked and found increased levels of naturally-occuring methane gas. However, they say it's NOT connected to the sinkhole, but has more to do with where his well was located.