News for Friday 011014
By Dave Graichen
Louisiana has another report card in public education and the grade is a D- according to a new report out today. That's better than an F that we've had for the past few years, but it still places the Bayou
State in the 49th position. There is some good news: 4th graders have shown dramatic improvement in reading scores and there's higher graduation rates for high school.
The Lake Charles Police Department says they were called out to a home Wednesday afternoon on a welfare concern and when nobody answered, they went inside and found two people dead inside the residence. The victims, who died from apparent gunshot wounds, are identified as 25 year old Mia Trahan of Lake Charles and 32 year old Kody Fontenot of Branch.
Former Lake Charles gynecologist Peter LaFuria will be spending the next eight years in prison after he plead guilty to taking explicit photos of his patients, some even juveniles, without their
permission. There were 20 counts in the plea including counts of video voyeurism.
If you think the waiting times are long now at the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, hold on to your novels, because the work force has shrunk about 23% courtesy of Governor Jindal's state budget cuts. The wait was an average of 8 minutes in 2009 and now, its' more than an hour.
Governor Bobby Jindal says he has yet to decide if he'll run for President in 2016, even though Arizona Senator John McCain said Jindal would make a good candidate for the GOP. Louisiana's governor says he will be active in national politics this year as he has created an organization called "America Next" which will formulate conservative policy ideas. Jindal did say he is humbled by McCain's statements on the "Tonight Show" this week indicating he likes New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Jindal as presidential candidates in 2016.
A soup kitchen in Monroe will receive 100 pounds of Iowa ham as a result of LSU's victory over Iowa in the Outback Bowl. It's courtesy of a bet made between Iowa Governor Terry Branstand and Governor Jindal. Grace Place Ministries Found Rhonda Grace says she's received word from the governor's office that they'll get the donated meat. Governor Brandstand says he is also donating 100 pounds of Iowa ham to a food bank in his home state.
The largest employer in Vidalia, Fruit of the Loom, announced this week it would lay off nearly 150 of its 260 employees beginning in March. Martin Mills Inc., a subsidiary of Union Underwear Company Inc., announced Tuesday it will permanently reduce the workforce at its Vidalia distribution center, which opened in 1995.
Oberlin Mayor Rick Smith has resigned from office, citing town officials’ lack of communication and unwillingness to work together.Smith, who has served as mayor three years, announced his resignation Wednesday, a day after meeting with state legislative auditors concerning the town’s financial crisis and pending audit. Findings of the audit are expected to be made public Monday.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office is sending out a warning about an email scam going around that tells people they need to appear in court over "illegal software usage." They say the email claims to be from a court clerk but they are not real and they should be ignored and deleted.
A ground breaking construction ceremony is set for today in Logansport for the U-S highway eighty four Sabine river bridge. Susan Stafford of the Louisiana Department of Transportation a pair of bridges over the Sabin River to replace single old bridge in Logansport will have a big impact.
Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne wants to help pay the way for Louisiana's 2014 Grammy nominees to travel to the awards show in Los Angeles later this month, so he's hosting a fundraiser towards that effort Saturday night. Dardenne says the event at Baton Rouge Magnet High will feature a few of
the artists who received such a great honor. Dardenne says the Hot 8 Brass Band, Zachary Richard and Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience will headline the concert and they are all among 11 Louisiana Acts recently announced as finalists for America's top music honors. Dardenne says tickets to the concert are $25 and you can get them at the door or online at LouisianaTravel.com
The state expects to spend $668 million on coastal restoration and protection work during fiscal year 2015, with almost two-thirds of the money going towards construction of projects as opposed to planning or design, that according to the draft annual plan released Thursday by the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. The annual plan details yearly expected revenues and spending on items and projects outlined in the state’s master plan, the latest of which was approved by the state legislature in 2012.