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Partial solar eclipse will take place this evening

Michelle Southern reporting.
A partial solar eclipse will take place today as the new moon will obscure part of the sun. Louisiana Tech Astronomer Lee Sawyer says we should be able to see the maximum point of eclipse in The Bayou State before the sun goes down today.

"The eclipse is going to start just before 5 and the max will happen just before six," said Sawyer.

Sawyer says this is happening a few weeks after the total eclipse of the moon. He says the very best way to view today's partial eclipse is at an observing party or at a science museum but you should NOT look at the sun directly.

"Even dark glasses are not sufficient," said Sawyer. "You'll want to view the eclipse with a pinhole camera."

Sawyer says the partial eclipse will still be going on even after the sun sets in Louisiana around 6:30.

"We'll catch the beginning ant the maximum," said Sawyer. "But the sun will still look like a bite has been taken out of it as it goes down."
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92% of Louisiana teachers receive effective grade

The Louisiana Department of Education released a report today on the evaluation of public school teachers.  The report shows 92% of teachers received an "effective" grade. 

Superintendent John White says while we should be proud of teachers reaching that achievement, the inflation of highly effective scores outpaced the growth of student achievement scores.
"When we evaluate ourselves at a level that is more generous than we are evaluating our students, we are not doing our kids any favors."
Teacher "Compass" ratings are based equally on Student Growth Score and classroom  observations.  Individual school districts are responsible for rating their teachers.  White says schools and school districts that set a high bar when observing teachers see progress in both educators and students.
"This is a significant lesson from this year's report, because of its implications for what it means to use 'Compass' well and what it means to not use it well."
White says the most critical piece of information they received from this report is that schools who expect more of their teachers, will see an increase in student growth.
"Some places are taking it very seriously, they have high expectations when they observe their teachers.  Some places are not taking it as seriously.  And when you take it seriously and you have high expectations for classroom teaching, student learning goes up."
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Baton Rouge man who killed son's abductor in 1984 dies at 68

Michelle Southern reporting.
The man who killed his son's abductor at the Baton Rouge airport in March of 1984, Gary Plauche, died this week at the age of 68. Jeffrey Doucet was accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting Plauche's son Jody 30-years-ago -- and when the suspect was extradited back to Baton Rouge, Plauche was waiting at the airport then fired a shot.

The incident was caught on camera and Abram McGull was the news photographer.

"I'll never forget what he said when the police officer rushed him," said McGull. "The cops were shouting, 'Why Gary? Why?' and Gary said, 'If it was your son you'd have done the same thing too.'"

Plauche was sentenced to 5 years probation but did not get jail time. The news director of the television station at the time, John Spain, said he didn't think the public wasn't surprised that Plauche just received a suspended sentence.

"This was a high profile case, it was an emotional case and people questioned what they would do themselves in they were in the same position," said Spain. "Largley the public opinion at the time sided with Gary while not agreeing with what he'd done, they understood it."

The son, Jody who was 11 years old at the time, is now an advocate for child victims of sexual assault. McGull, who is a former federal prosecutor, says he found out the video of the incident is being used by the FBI and other law enforcement.

"They use it as a training video as what not to do when escorting a prisoner," said McGull. "I think a lot of security features have been upgraded since this incident."

His family said Plauche died from complications related to a stroke.

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Cold and flu season is here

Cold and flu season is upon us and people are looking for ways to avoid coming down with a seasonal bug.  The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone over six-months of age to get a flu vaccine.

 Dr. Fred Lopez, with the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, says there is a reason for that recommendation.
"The vaccine is very effective at preventing flu infections and, in recent years, we've had good match between the vaccine and the flu strains that are prevalent in the communities in this country."
He says one you get the flu vaccine, don't expect it to work immediately.  Lopez says it takes a couple of weeks for your body to develop antibodies from the vaccine. 
"For two weeks, if you did come across someone who is sick with the flu, you could possibly get infected from them because your immunity hasn't developed, yet."
Lopez says once you receive a flu vaccine, you'll still want to take steps to avoid any infections this season.  He says washing your hands with soap and water and using hand sanitizers are good ways to keep the flu at bay.  But Lopez says you should not stop there. 
"Rest, good nutrition - two particularly helpful ways for you to prevent infection during the cold and flu season."

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