KSYL Local News

News for Wednesday 021214

By Dave Graichen


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

Jackson Street Bridge is Closed


State Offices are closed


Schools Closed Wednesday Due To Winter Storm..


Public Schools In Rapides, Grant, Avoyelles, Vernon, Sabine, Natchitoches, LaSalle & Catahoula.


LSUA & NUS Delayed Open 10a


Louisiana College Delayed Open 11a


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



Adrian Lamkin  a deputy with the Rapides Parish sheriff’s department died Monday from complications of the flu. Lamkin was in charge of the Tioga substation’s Detective Division. Sheriff Hilton says Lamkin fell ill with the H1N1 flu in December and remained hospitalized until his death. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Kramer Funeral Home. Lt. Adrian Lamkin was 62.


One day after closing arguments, a "juror problem" that has not been disclosed is the  reason  deliberations will not resume yesterday in the federal corruption trial of  former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. The jury is expected to continue deliberating today.


According to a report released Tuesday, Louisiana’s high school seniors had among the poorest performances nationwide in reaching passing scores on Advanced Placement exams, which are used to earn college credit. Data from the College Board shows that 5.3 percent of Louisiana’s public high school graduates scored a 3 or higher last year on an AP exam, the grade most colleges require for students to earn credit. The tests are scored on a 1 to 5 scale. The only state with a lower percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher was Mississippi, at 4.4 percent. Nationally, 20.1 percent of 2013’s high school graduates reached the benchmark. Maryland led the country at 29.6 percent.


The  proposed  expansion  of  Sempra   International's  natural  gas terminal in Cameron Parish has gotten the  last green light from the Energy Department.  The expansion will have  a  price tag that could approach  $10 billion dollars.  They still need the  Federal  Energy Regulatory Commission's approval.


It's been awhile since Louisiana had a state income  tax  review. In fact,  the  last  time  was  1987.   Republican  House Speaker Chuck Kleckly  from  Lake  Charles  believes  that  state  is  past   due.

Particularly  now, with internet sales growing so fast. As it stands now, Louisiana does not collect taxes on internet sales.


US Senate Democratic caucus voted to appoint Louisiana  Senator Mary Landrieu  as  the  chair  of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The appointment  should  become  final on Thursday with a vote by the entire US Senate.


Another poll shows Louisiana's U-S Senate race is a dead heat. North  Carolina-based Public Policy Polling says Senator Mary Landrieu has a  slim 1-point lead over republican challenger, Congressman Bill Cassidy.  The same polling company had Landrieu with a 10-point lead in August.


The Louisiana Workforce Commission announces upgrades have been made to  its website that helps connect employers and job seekers. LWC Executive  Director Curt Eysink says they've now designed the site,  www.laworks.net, to work sort-of like a dating website when it comes to  matching an employer with someone who fits the job. Eysink says they plan to continue to improve their web based services  so Louisiana's employers can continue to satisfy their employment needs  and so more residents can find nice jobs they qualify for.


A woman from  Baton  Rouge pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter and cruelty charges in the  case of the death of her infant daughter who was found in a garbage truck in 2002. 30 year old JoAnn King will be sentenced March 10th to 12  years  in  prison  under terms of a plea deal.



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