News for Monday 061614
By Dave Graichen
Congressman Vance McAllister said Friday he's leaning more towards running for re-election this fall than not. In an interview with Jim Engster on W-R-K-F, McAllister says it's more likely he
will qualify for the November election. McAllister says the kissing scandal at the end of last year has made him a stronger man.
For veterans in southeast Louisiana there's now a place for them to be laid to rest. After a couple of years work and eight million dollars from the federal government, a veterans cemetery in Slidell
is now open. The only other veterans cemetery in southeast Louisiana is in Chalmette, but it doesn't have any more room for new burials. Ted Krumm is the director of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery and he is pleased a new final resting place for heroes is now available. The new cemetery will service over 100-thousand veterans who live in the greater New Orleans area. Preliminary design plans are in place for the new Northeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery which will be built near Rayville in Richland Parish.
Governor Bobby Jindal has vetoed a bill Friday that would require dogs to be secured in the back of pickup trucks. The Governor said the bills' definition of the criterion for securing was too broad.
Governor Bobby Jindal has vetoed one of the few Common Core bills to make it through the legislative session. House Bill 953 would give an additional year to prepare for the new set of academic standards. Many opposed the measure because it was yet another delay to rules
that were approved in 2012.
With Governor Jindal examining options on how to get the state out of Common Core, over three-dozen business, education and civic groups have have asked the governor to keep the new academic standards. Council for for a Better Louisiana president Barry Erwin reminds the governor that most members of BESE and the Legislature support Common Core. Common Core are new academic standards in reading, writing and math that will go into full effect in the upcoming school year. Erwin says over 40 states are also using Common Core, which will increase rigor in the
classroom and give Louisiana an opportunity to see how it's students fare with the work of other students across the country.
PETA is urging Governor Jindal to veto legislation allowing a tiger to remain a roadside attraction at a truck stop in Grosse Tete. Senate Bill 250 allows Michael Sandlin to keep Tony the Tiger at his place of business just off I-10. PETA attorney Carney Ann Nasser says it's inappropriate for the legislature to pass a bill to appease one person. She says the courts have already decided that Sandlin wasn't lawfully keeping Tony at the time the dangerous wild animal ban went into effect.
Sandlin says he takes excellent care of Tony and the people who come to his truck stop love him. But Nasser says tigers are apex predators who roam for hundreds of square miles in the wild. Nasser contends that keeping Tony in a cage deprives him of many of his species specific instincts.
Another Louisiana summer is setting in and that means home cooling costs are going up. In an effort to keep those monthly utility bills down, Cleco spokesperson Robbyn Cooper suggests you set your thermostat at 78- degrees... Cooper says another good piece of advice is keeping your blinds closed
during the day to keep the hot sunlight out. She says making sure your attic is properly insulated is also important. Entergy spokesperson Tom Peters says installing energy efficiency light bulbs are also a good idea.
The University of New Orleans has announced that a working group will determine which of the university’s 84 degree programs will be eliminated in the coming months. UNO President Peter Fos said layoffs are likely to follow those recommendations, which will seek to identify and build on the university’s strengths. The school laid off 28 employees earlier this year to help close a multimillion-dollar deficit.
Former LSU pitcher Aaron Nola has been named one of the three finalists for the National College Baseball Hall of Fame's National Pitcher of the Year. The award will be presented in Lubbock, Texas on June 28th.
U-L Lafayette is shelling out the big bucks in a new contract for head football coach Mark Hudspeth, which would make Coach Hud the highest paid coach in Sunbelt Conference.
The New Orleans Saints mini-camp is now in the books, and Quarterback Drew Brees is clarifying comments he made about Saints' contract negotiations with tight end Jimmy Graham, saying the Saints would be fine with or without Graham. Yesterday, Brees set the
record straight, saying he believes the black and gold are a better team with Graham, and he's confident he will be back.