With about a year and a half left to go in his second term, Governor Bobby Jindal's approval rating is at 32-percent. That's according to Public Policy Polling, which surveyed over six-hundred registered voters in Louisiana. Pollster Tom Jensen says Jindal continues to have the worst poll numbers of just about any elected official in the country.
"Just an amazing shift from four years ago at this time, when we were polling and found he was one of the most popular governors in the country," Jensen said.
Jindal is considering a possible run for President in 2016. But Jensen says their poll of Louisiana voters shows he would not do well in a republican presidential primary in his home state.
"Jindal finished 4th with only 12%. Ted Cruz leads with 19%, Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee tied for 2nd at 17%."
Jensen says for the fun of it, they asked their poll respondents if they had a choice between Jindal and former governor Edwin Edwards for governor who would they vote for. He says 48-percent chose Edwards, 43-percent selected Jindal.
The poll does indicate that a higher percentage of democrats than republicans were surveyed.
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's sentence of 10 years in federal prison is quite familiar to another major Louisiana politician. Former Governor Edwin Edwards served eight and a half of a 10 year sentence at the federal prison in Oakdale.
Edwards says serving prison time is hard.
"It separates you from everything that's dear and precious to you except breath, itself. But, there's life after prison. And, even at my age, you have to just pick up the pieces and recognize that it was a bad bump in the road. But there's better times ahead."
Judge Helen Berrigan has recommended that Nagin serve his time at the federal prison in Oakdale, where the former governor served his time. Edwards says where the 58-year-old former mayor will serve his time is up to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
"My guess is, because of his age, they will probably send him to some quasi-medical facility for evaluation, probably about a year, and, thereafter, assign him to a camp like Oakdale."
Nagin is scheduled to begin his prison sentence on September 8. Edwards, who was released from prison in 2011, is currently campaigning to represent Louisiana's Sixth District in Congress. He says serving prison time is something that is not easily forgotten.
"You never forget your first girlfriend or your first or last day in prison."
The 19th annual Manning Passing Academy, which brings in athletes from across the country to Nicholls State University to work on their game, kicks off today. The Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce estimates the event has a nearly $2 million economic impact for their area. President and CEO Kathy Benoit says this is a tremendous event for the city.
"We are so thrilled to have the camp here, it's our 10th anniversary year," said Benoit. "We welcome visitors from all over the country and even Canada and Mexico."
Benoit says not only does the camp bring in 1200 students and a staff of about 120 pro football athletes, but their families also come in for the 4 day event and they fill hotels and take big advantage of their time in Thibodaux.
The campers will be learning from football's first family -- Archie, Cooper, Peyton and Eli Manning and this is known as "THE" camp to go to for aspiring pro football players.
This year will be the 10th year the camp has been held at Nicholls and Benoit says it's as amazing now as it ever was.
She says the Manning's are a wonderful family.
"They've helped to provide a lot of facility improvements to Nicholls State and the University has really benefited from their presence," said Manning.
Governor Bobby Jindal and the Department of Education announce the state voucher program awarded more than 8,800 student with vouchers to attend a school of their choice for the upcoming school year. That's nearly 3,800 more vouchers than were issued just two years ago.
State Director of The Black Alliance for Educational Options, Eric Lewis.
"It just continues to show that there remains a demand for parent to have a myriad of options for educating their kids."
The vouchers were awarded for student attendance at 133 participating schools in 30 parishes across the state. Lewis says his organization released a survey earlier this year which shows parents are happy with the program.
"We still have upwards of 95% of the parents highly satisfied with their child's school."
The program received more than 13,000 applications for vouchers for the upcoming school year - up by 1,000 applications from last year. Lewis says the program seems to be working, but feels there is still room for the voucher program to grow and improve.
"But I think things are very positive for kids that have the opportunity to use this program. And so we want to make sure that parent throughout the state are able to maximize the avenues that they can use for educating their kids and ensuring their kids get a great education."
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was sentenced to ten years in federal prison today on charges of bribery, money laundering and fraud. Nagin was convicted in February for accepting thousands of dollars in bribes from businessman who were seeking city contracts or favors from Nagin. Assistant US Attorney Matt Coman calls it a significant sentence.
"What Ray Nagin did is sell his office, over and over again."
Nagin was ordered to report to the federal prison in Oakdale, Louisiana, by September eighth. The 58-year-old was also ordered to pay 82-thousand dollars in restitution. Coman says the sentence sends a strong message.
"We as a community need not and should not accept such public corruption"
Legal analyst Chick Foret says he's surprised by only ten years as the former mayor could have been sentenced to as many as 20 years.
"Ray Nagin should be very pleased with the sentence she handed down," Foret said.
Judge Helen Berrigan made it a point to say Nagin was not the ring-leader
in the bribery scheme. The judge also said Nagin is a strong family man and performed good deeds as mayor. Foret says it's interesting Nagin received the same sentence as former governor Edwin Edwards.
"Judge Berrigan took the approach that if the governor of the state of Louisiana gets 10 years, I'm going to give the mayor 10 years," Foret said. "He's 58-years-old and he can still come out and contribute to society."
Louisiana State Police say a 4 year old who stepped into the middle of Highway 165 in Monroe last night, was struck and killed by a vehicle. Trooper Albert Paxton says the incident occurred last night at around 9:40pm.
"4-year-old girl walked into the path of the vehicle," said Paxton.
Paxton says the investigation revealed 45-year-old Marvin Jones of Monroe was traveling north on 165 when his 2003 Chevy Trailblazer ran over the little 4-year-old girl.
He says troopers suspected impairment on the part of the driver.
"He was arrest for DWI and was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center," said Paxton.
Paxton says the 4-year-old child, Niterrica Williams, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
According to the Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Office arrest records, Jones submitted to an alcohol breath test and was found to have a .06 BAC which is below the legal limit. He was arrested for 1st offense DWI.
Paxton says even one drink could impair driving.
"You never know what could pop up in front of you and the first thing that goes when you start drinking is judgement," said Paxton. "When you're driving a vehicle, even one drink begins impairment."