News for Thursday 030515
By Dave Graichen
Due to the threat of Icy weather, Schools in Rapides, Grant, LaSalle, Catahoula and Avoyelles parishes are closed today. Catholic schools in Rapides and Avoyelles parishes also will be closed. Also closed LSUA and Central Louisiana Technical Community College. The Alexandria, Jena & Avoyelles campuses and Northwestern State University - Alexandria campus.
Louisiana State Offices are closed in: Avoyelles, Catahoula, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, & Rapides parishes.
The Louisiana College Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting today, at which time they are expected to announce their selection of a new President. Board Chairman Tommy French announced February the 17 that one candidate would appear before the full board at the special meeting. However, members of the board have refused to reveal the name the candidate prior to their vote.
The Country Cares For Kids St. Jude’s Radiothon is today on 100.3 KRRV call 1-800-573-5425 to become a partner in hope.
The APD reports Two juveniles a, 15 and a 16 year old, have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kendrick Hayes, who was found early Sunday in the City Park area.. The department has asked Rapides Parish District Attorney's Office that both juveniles be tried as adults.
Sources say the New Orleans Saints have released running back Pierre Thomas from the team. The 30-year-old will save the Black and Gold $1.735 million dollars against the salary cap. NFL analyst Mike Detillier says it’s a heart breaking move, but not really a surprise.
New Orleans needs to continue to move or lay-off some players by March 10th to get below the salary cap.
Governor Bobby Jindal announced Wednesday that EPIC Piping would be making a $45.3 million dollar capital investment in Livingston Parish to establish an advanced facility and corporate headquarters. The project is to create 560 new direct jobs with an average daily salary of $56,600 plus benefits.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will meet today and one of them items on the agenda is the question of what to do about Common Core Opt-Outs. Some families who oppose the education standards have said they won’t let their child take the PARCC test. BESE member Jane Smith seeks to delay consequences for schools who have students who opt out. Smith says students who opt-out of taking the Common Core test won’t be punished but it’s the school that would get a zero for that student towards its performance score.
A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in federal court against Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal and a deputy in Victor White III’s death by White’s mother. White died from a gunshot wound while handcuffed in the backseat of the deputy’s squad car. The Iberia Sheriff’s Department claims White shot himself.
The roller-coaster ride of a season continued for the LSU men’s basketball team on Wednesday night at a most unfortunate time. Facing a team it crushed by 18 points on the road just 2½ weeks earlier, LSU had an opportunity to solidify its spot in the NCAA tournament field on its home floor against Tennessee. However Tennessee rolled to an easy 78-63 victory. LSU will try to rebound on Saturday in the regular-season finale against Arkansas in Fayetteville.