KSYL Local News

News for Tuesday 021114

By Dave Graichen


Due to threatening weather.. The elevated section of i-49 through Alexandria is closed

Most state offices are closed


Schools Closed Tuesday Due To Winter Storm..


Public Schools In Rapides, Grant, Avoyelles, Vernon, Winn & Catahoula.


LSUA & NSU Closed


Cenla Technical Community College (all campuses closed)


All Catholic schools in Rapides and Avoyelles


Alexandria Country Day School

Alpine Christian School

Avoyelles Public Charter School

Bentley Christian Academy

Cenla Christian Academy

Emmanuel Baptist Day School

First United Methodist of Alexandria Preschool and Child Care

Grace Christian School

Hope Baptist School

UniTech Training Academy


Winter weather is back in Louisiana today. State Climatologist Barry  Keim says a winter advisory and a winter storm warnings are posted in  north and Central Louisiana. He says much of the state will experience some kind of  wintery precipitation. Keim says temperatures will struggle to get above the freezing mark  today in north Louisiana and only to the mid 30’s here in Cenla. Keim says while south Louisiana will avoid mixed precipitation that area  of the state will see a lot of rain today, with some areas getting as  much as two inches.


The State Department of Transportation is keeping a close eye on roads  in the northern half of the state as a result of the icy conditions that  are developing. DOTD Spokesperson Susan Stafford says they pretreated  roads to help prevent as many closures as possible.  Stafford says the crews are going to work around the clock to de-ice roads and remove fallen trees on roadways. Bridges and overpasses will  be closed though if conditions are found to be unsafe.


The former executive director for the Rapides  Parish Coliseum is on the  defensive  after a legislative auditors  report was released. That report shows Kimberly Neal overpaid herself about $30 thousand dollars over a three  year period. The  audit  shows  Neal being paid for unearned  leave  and  an  unauthorized  $1 an hour pay  raise.   She resigned from her job last year.


A manufacturing facility in Oakdale has been cited by the O.S.H.A after a fire last year severely burned a worker. The Government agency Monday cited Carol Callahan, doing business as Natural Advantage, for 19 serious violations at the facility. The alleged violations include overexposure to methylene chloride; failing to provide each worker with an appropriate respirator; and failing to implement procedures to detect chemical leaks. The company which makes flavorings for different food and drinks Is facing a fine ofl $91,000.


The Louisiana Democratic Party says it will push to increase the state's  minimum wage in the 2014 legislative session. Party Chair and New Orleans State Senator Karen Carter Peterson says raising the minimum  wage would help lift many people out of poverty and create an economy  that would work for all Louisianans.  Peterson says raising the minimum wage is a "no brainer" that national polls show over 70% of people support, including Republicans.


Starting in 2015, public school students in grades 3-through-8 will take  a new assessment test that will replace the end of the year LEAP exams.   Because this new test known as "PARCC," will be much different from the  LEAP, the state education department has released sample questions for

students & parents to see.  Hundreds of "PARCC" sample questions will be field tested in almost all

public school districts across the state.  The public can see sample  questions  at "P-A-R-C-C-on-Line-Dot-O-R-G." 


Prosecutors  in  the case against former New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin told the jury in the  federal corruption trial yesterday morning this was a case of a mayor on the take.   The defense said the prosecution presented a highly misleading case.   The  21 count indictment trial is now in the hands of the jury.


Governor  Bobby  Jindal  was  on  hand  yesterday for the formal dedication of the Louisiana Digital Media  Center.  The  94-thousand square  feet  technology  hub  on  the  LSU  campus  will  house the Electronic  Arts  North  American Test center. Jindal says LSU  will also use the facility for high-performance computer research. The governor said the dedication of the Louisiana Digital Media Center shows that Louisiana is a  strong player in the software development industry.


An investigation by  the  state  fire  into  a fatal fire in central Louisiana  has resulted in the arrest of two teenagers.  A  fire  in Jonesville on  Friday  killed  36  year  old Kevin Wiley. State Fire Marshal  Butch  Browning  says  his investigators  developed  enough evidence that led to the arrest of Conner Thomas and Trey Seward. Browning confirms the two 17 year  old suspects knew the victim, but

a motive for the crime has not been released.


The state Department of Health and Hospitals  says  a  bad influenza season  in  Louisiana  could  get even worse. State Immunization Director Dr. Frank Welch  says  the  entire  stat is at risk. He  says  since  October 1st of last year, lab tests  have confirmed at least 53 deaths statewide from influenza.



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