News for Friday 071114
By Dave Graichen
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education leaders offer a solution in the dispute with Governor Jindal over Common Core. BESE President Chas Roemer says they are proposing to use LEAP tests again this upcoming school year, but the exams will contain questions from the PARCC exam, which is associated with Common Core. Roemer says the PARCC questions used on standardized tests next year will be ones that Louisiana helped develop. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols says BESE's proposal is undoable because contracts with the testing firms are not in place.
A recent survey asked Louisiana voters what issue is most important in deciding how you will vote for Congress this year. The survey, conducted by Harper Polling, shows the economy as the top issue for voters. UL- Lafayette Political Science Professor Pearson Cross says that result is not surprising. Cross was surprised that Obamacare was listed as the number two concern for voters. He doesn't see Obamacare as a real issue in Louisiana by and large. The poll surveyed 506 likely voters. They also asked voters if things in the country are going in the right direction. 66-percent of respondents feel the country is moving on the wrong track.
The Pelican State is once again getting more recognition as a hotbed for entertainment as several Louisiana filmed series earned Emmy nominations including the HBO series "True Detective", which received 12. Top Chef, which had some New Orleans episodes, was nominated as was
The Big Easy based show "Treme" and "American Horror Story: Coven". We'll find out who wins on August 25th.
As we begin to close out the summer driving season, the price at the pump is expected to dramatically decline. The current statewide average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is $3.46, down two cents from a week ago. Gasbuddy-dot-com Senior Petroleum Analyst, Patrick DeHaan, says gas prices in Louisiana could go down as much as ten cents a gallon by August. He says you can attribute this to the cooling tensions in Iraq and Hurricane Arthur, which turned out to be no big deal.
A survey released by Harper Polling finds 88-percent of Louisiana residents say the nation's immigration laws need to be fixed. Dr. Sue Weishar, a migration specialist at Loyola University, says the current rules keep thousands of foreign born college grads with science, technology, engineering, and math skills from gaining employment. The poll also found 58-percent of the respondents support an immigration reform plan that would secure the borders and expand visas for high-skilled workers and allow young people brought to the US illegally by their parents an opportunity to earn citizenship.
St. Landry Parish judge, Donald Hebert, passed away Wednesday night due to heart failure. Hebert was one of four judges in 27th Judicial District, a one-parish judicial district that served St. Landry Parish. Judge Hebert was 65.
Wednesday, two different Union Pacific trains struck two different people in Acadiana, with one resulting in a death. In St. Landry Parish near LeBeau, an unidentified man was struck and killed, and in Basile, a 12 year-old on a bicycle was seriously injured when he was struck. The investigations on both accidents are continuing.
The famous Lasyone's (Lassie-On) Meat Pie Kitchen in Natchitoches will be featured on a new syndicated show which is scheduled to air this fall called "Flip My Food with Chef Jeff." The television crew was in town this week filming with the Meat Pie Kitchen owner, Chef Angela Lasyone. Lasyone says in each episode, Chef Jeff meets with people to show them how to "flip" their favorite dishes into dining experiences that are healthier. Lasyone says their episode of "Flip My Food with Chef Jeff" will air on the Food Network either in September or October.
New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick is in Shreveport this weekend and not everyone is happy about it. Vick will be hosting "The Michael Vick Comedy Explosion" at the Strand Theatre Saturday night. Local animal rights activists plan to protest the event. Local attorney Dan Keele says the protest is against the venue for hosting the show. But there are some who welcome Vick to Shreveport. A "Forgiveness Rally" will take place at the Strand before the comedy show.