News for Tuesday 080216
By Dave Graichen
Louisiana has the worst public schools in the country, according to a new report from the personal finance website WalletHub. Analyst Jill Gonzales says Louisiana ranked near the bottom in reading and math and ACT scores. Gonzales says Louisiana also ranked low on school safety, for the number of minors in detention facilities and reported bullying, but the state did even worse in the number of discipline incidents. In response to this report, the state department of education says public school students have made tremendous growth. The report showed the state also ranked 45th in dropout rates.
The APD reports two men have been arrested after a shooting incident in the city, that left one man shot in the leg, early yesterday morning. Arrested were 27 year old Terrance King of Alexandria and 21 year old Damian Brinson of Pineville. King was charged with attempted first-degree murder. He is being held without bond. Brinson was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute. The investigation is ongoing.
The Louisiana Department of Revenue has issued a warning that scam artists are targeting some Louisiana taxpayers. LDR spokesperson Byron Henderson says these scammers try to convince people to reveal private financial information, which is called ‘phishing.’
Henderson says LDR will never call a taxpayer and ask for personal information.
US Senate candidate and former-KKK leader David Duke has an 82% disapproval rating, according to a University of New Orleans poll of about 600 likely voters. Duke entered the US Senate race on the final day of qualifing for the election. He’s one of 24 candidates in the race.
More endorsements were handed out in the US Senate race. The Jefferson Parish Republican Executive Committee says its backing Republican Congressman Charles Boustany. While Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy says he has the support from former GOP governor Mike Foster.
Over 400 new laws take effect in Louisiana yesterday.. One of the new laws calls on municipalities to post visible signs within 500 feet of red light camera intersections. Another, you must be 21 to be an exotic dancer in Louisiana and Drivers will now pay double what they used to for not wearing a seatbelt. The fine for a first offense has doubled from $25 to $50, and second offense fines have increased from $50 to $75. Currently, the seatbelt compliance rate in Louisiana is nearly 86%.
A boating fatality in LaFourche Parish claimed the life of a 5 year old boy. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says the child, Ethan Hancock of Houma, was frogging with his father when a barge came up from behind them. The bothe dove into the water. But, the boy didn’t make it to shore. Authorities say they were both wearing life jackets.
The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s office says a West Monroe man is dead after falling off the roof of a home that’s under construction in the St. Luke Area. Deputies believe 54-year-old Donavan Labbe fell 18 to 20 feet to his death.
About 48-thousand Louisiana residents will receive a check as a result of a $310 million settlement with the manufacturers of dynamic random access memory devices, or DRAM (dee-ram), for overcharging customers. Attorney General spokesperson Ruth Wisher says DRAM was used in electronic devices, like computers and gaming consoles, from 1998 to 2002. Louisiana and many other states filed a lawsuit in 2007 to get back the money consumers lost. Wisher says that lawsuit was settled and Attorney General Jeff Landry recently mailed checks to the people who made claims against the DRAM manufacturers. The average check, $56