News for Tuesday 111516
By Dave Graichen
This week thousands of college students from across the state will have a difficult decision to make, as they’re reminded they will owe almost 60-perent of their semester’s tuition in January. For the first time in its history, TOPS will not cover a recipient’s entire tuition because the legislature was not able to fully fund the program. The average LSU student will owe more than $2-thousand for the spring tuition, not including fees.
How Louisiana plans to close a 315-million dollar budget deficit will be discussed with state lawmakers on Friday. The budget gap was created when the state closed the books on last fiscal year and ended up spending more than what they took in. State agencies and colleges have been asked to prepare for budget cuts of up to 10-percent.
The Louisiana Policy Institute for Children released a report on how the school readiness tax credits are benefiting the state. Melanie Brofin with L-P-I-C says the incentive helps working families afford and access early care and education for children up to 4 years old. She says
funding has been cut by close to 70-percent. Brofin says more than 20-thousand families who qualify are not getting assistance.
The quarrel between Governor John Bel Edwards and Attorney General Jeff Landry continues, as the governor is asking a Baton Rouge court to define Landry’s role in state government. Publisher of LaPolitics.com, Jeremy Alford, says Landry has interpreted his role to be much further reaching than his predecessors, and the two officials disagree about how much power the AG should have. Edwards is asking the court to rule that the governor prevails when state leaders disagree about legal matters.
The Louisiana Lottery Corp, says no one won the Powerball drawings on Saturday night.
The prize goes to about $293 million for Wednesday.
Northwestern State University has received the 2017 Military Friendly School designation by Victory Media. N-S-U Vice President of Technology Darlene Williams says they have a long history of working with and serving the military with their relationships with Fort Polk and Barksdale Airforce Base. She says they also have a nationally ranked online degree program.
More than 16-hundred schools were considered for the honor. Williams hopes receiving designations like this will bring in more military students to the school.
The National “Move Over” Campaign is this week. State Police Master Trooper Scott Moreau says if there’s a vehicle on the shoulder, move over or slow to a reasonable speed. He says enforcement efforts are increased this week. Moreau says ten officers were killed in crashes on the side of Louisiana roadways last year.
State Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Charlie Melancon orders a complete internal review of his agency after an audit found Gulf oil spill money went to unnecessary iPads, cameras, boats and fishing equipment. He says the mismanagement happened before he got there. The audit scrutinizes the department when it was run by Robert Barham.
Two key endorsements were announced Monday in the state’s runoff elections. Republican Attorney General Jeff Landry has publicly announced his support for State Treasurer John Kennedy for US Senate. Congressman John Fleming has endorsed Republican Mike Johnson in the race for the seat he is leaving after 8 years.
The man accused of killing a Raising Cane’s store manager pleaded not guilty Monday in Jefferson Parish. 24-year-old Joshua Every is charged with first degree murder and armed robbery in connection with the brutal killing of Taylor Friloux at the establishment where she was working in Kenner. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for Every.
UL-Lafayette head football coach Mark Hudspeth publicly apologized for the behavior of four of his players who were recorded in the locker room singing an anti-Donald Trump rap song filled with vulgarities. Hudspeth says these young men have shown remorse for their actions. Hudspeth says the four players in the video have been punished, but did not say how.