News for Thursday 021413
By Dave Graichen
The state department of education is accepting applications from families who are seeking state aid so their child can attend a private or parochial school next year. State Superintendent of Education John
White says 134 schools have been approved to take voucher students, which is up from the 118 that are participating this year. A state judge ruled in November that Louisiana is violating the constitution by funding the voucher program with money designated for public schools. The state supreme court will hear oral arguments on this issue next month. White says they can continue the voucher program, despite the legal challenge.
It's Valentine’s Day, and a Marksville couple married for 82 years will be recognized today as the state's longest KNOWN married couple. Louisiana Family Forum Executive Director Gene Mills says Norman and Norma Burma are the reigning champs, having won the same honor last year. The Burma’s says the secret to the longevity of their marriage is they love and respect one another.
Health officials have called this year’s influenza outbreak in Louisiana one of the most severe in years, but finally the number of reported cases is starting to go down. State immunization director Dr. Frank Welch says this week there's been yet another decrease in flu activity. Welch says even though we are getting close to the end of the flu season, there have been a couple of reported strains going around so you should still get a flu shot if you haven't already.
CB&I completed its acquisition of The Shaw Group Inc. on Wednesday. CB&I and Shaw shareholders overwhelmingly approved the $3 billion merger in December. The combined company has more than $11 billion in annual revenue and a backlog of work exceeding $28 billion.
The sinkhole in Assumption Parish has grown again. Swallowing up parts of the bayou the hole has already forced 100 people to evacuate since August. However the latest increase, by roughly 5,000 square feet, is not reportedly going near homes or the highway.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's office is investigating the case of a three-year-old boy that was found dead in his Marrero home as a possible homicide. They say the boy’s mother called 911 to make the
report and deputies had to break in to the home because she couldn't get out. Little Desmond Brown was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies detected a strong gasoline smell within the home, but a
possible motive is unknown at this time.
Mardi Gras is over, and so begins the 40 days of Lent for many Christians. Harlon Pearce, with the Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board says the industry is in pretty good shape for all
those craving delicious Louisiana seafood for Lent. Pearce says the seafood industry is slowly but surely recovering, after both the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in in 2010 and Hurricane Isaac last summer.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne unveils the state's tourism campaign for 2013; focusing on Louisiana's music. Dardenne says the new ads include zydeco, rock, country, swamp pop and jazz music from all corners of the state. He says the time is right to use homegrown Louisiana music to entice new visitors to the state.
The campaign is a series of TV, radio and print ads touting Louisiana as "where the music never stops, and where most of it started".
Sen. David Vitter filed a slate of immigration-related bills Wednesday, while continuing his opposition to “comprehensive immigration reform” pushed by the Senate’s so-called “Gang of Eight.” Vitter’s proposals range from offering more visas to those who earn doctorates in the U.S. to more extreme changes that would end automatic citizenship for babies born in the country.
The LSU men's basketball team is in South Carolina tonight to take on a struggling Gamecocks team that has lost four in a row. The Tigers head into the contest with a 13-and-8 overall record, 4-and-6 in the SEC. you can hear the game this evening starting at 5:30 on Talk Radio 970 KSYL.