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By Dave Graichen
A Rapides Parish teacher is facing more sex-related charges after first being arrested in December on two counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile. Heather Michelle Cooksey of Pineville was arrested again Tuesday and charged with two more counts of felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile, four counts of prohibited sexual conduct between an educator and student, two counts of sexual battery by fondling and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile. When Cooksey was arrested in December, she was a teacher at Tioga High School. Cooksey was released on a $35,000 bond.
How Louisiana prepares teachers for the classroom got a C letter grade Wednesday in a national report, the same rating as last year. The state was criticized for what the report called, Lax admission rules to enter teacher training programs. Inadequate preparation for elementary school teachers to give instruction in more rigorous courses starting in 2014. Student teaching programs that fail to ensure a quality experience. On the plus side, the report cited Louisiana as one of just two states that has top-flight ways of rating teacher preparation programs. The report said that no state earned a grade higher than a B-minus. Texas got a C-plus and Arkansas and Mississippi each got a C.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announces hospice care for Medicaid patients will continue and not end as scheduled on February first. In a statement, DHH Secretary Bruce Greenstein says they plan to use money from existing grants to support the Medicaid Hospice program for the time being.
Governor Bobby Jindal is the headline speaker tonight at the Republican National Committee winter meeting in Charlotte. U-L Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says this is a big event for the governor, who many believe will be a Presidential contender in 2016. Cross says if Jindal is truly considering a run for the oval office in 2016, he needs to perform well tonight in front of the R-N-C.
In his first public comments after being reinstated by the NFL, Saints Head Coach Sean Payton admits it was difficult to watch the Black and Gold during his suspension. He says he'd see certain
things during the games and would become frustrated, but he had to realize the coaches and players were dealing with a unprecedented situation. Payton says he met with NFL Commissioner Roger Gooddell for nearly four hours Monday and was asked by reporters if the Bounty situation came up...Payton replied that it's time to move on.
A recent study from the LSU Center for Energy Studies shows that the abundant supply of natural gas in Louisiana has resulted in 62-billion dollars in capital investments for the state over the next five to eight
years. Associate Executive Director for the Center, David Dismukes, says these natural gas projects will result in thousands of jobs. Dismukes says manufacturers are benefiting from the low price of natural gas, while natural gas production is also up, which creates another set of jobs. Dismukes says this study shows that Louisiana is on the verge of a manufacturing renaissance and natural gas is driving the train.
Is the NBA team in the Big Easy going to be called the New Orleans Pelicans. Earlier reports indicate that's going to be the new name and the new colors will be navy blue, gold and red. The Hornets
issued a press release yesterday saying a special announcement is going to be made this afternoon.
The Lafourche Parish Sheriff's Department announced an arrest yesterday in last November's triple homicide that took place in Lockport. Sheriff Craig Webre says David Brown stabbed to death
29-year-old Jacquelin Nieves and her two daughters, who were seven years old and 20-months old at this of the murders. Brown was arrested on separate charges, shortly after the triple homicide.
Here's an interesting mix of music. Journey and Rascal Flatts will headline the Super Bowl 47 CMT Crossroads Concert Saturday February 2nd at the Sugar Mill in New Orleans. The show will air on CMT at 11pm the night before the big game between the Ravens and the 49ers.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says a 26-year-old man from Carencro was shot in the foot during a hunting trip...allegedly by his friend's dog. Spokesman Travis Huval says
the men had a loaded gun in the boat and the dog discharged it with his paw and the man was shot. He says this is considered an accidental shooting.
In the wake of the Friday morning abduction and assault of a University of Louisiana-Monroe student, university police say they are increasing patrols on campus. Lt. Steve Mahon, acting director
of the U-L-M police department, says all officers have been assigned 24-hour patrol responsibilities, focusing mainly on areas around dorms and classrooms.
Should public and private high schools compete in separate playoffs? That's the major topic of discussion at the L-H-S-A-A's annual convention which got underway today. Under
the new proposal, schools would compete against each other during the regular season, but then separate for the playoffs. The vote on this controversial proposal will take place on Friday, the final
day of the convention.
An Ascension Parish jury has convicted a Gonzales man on a sixth charge of driving while intoxicated.
There was a problem with charging the man, it seems that state law does not list fifth- or sixth-offense DWI. In the end, 48 year old Paul Naquin Jr. was convicted on a count of fourth- or subsequent-offense DWI. He is being held on 100 thousand dollars bond pending sentencing.