News for Thursday 111716
By Dave Graichen
TOPS recipients will be responsible for more than half of their spring tuition, and state leaders are arguing about who’s to blame. House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry said the governor was more concerned about funding other priorities, like private-public hospitals. But Governor John Bel Edwards said on his monthly call-in radio show that funding TOPS was and still is a top priority for him. Edwards says when he presents the proposed budget for next fiscal year to legislators in early 2017, the popular scholarship program will be fully funded.
UNO and Northwestern State say they will cover the TOPS shortfall for students at their universities that have been told they’ll have to pay for 60-percent of their tuition next semester. Northwestern president Jim Henderson says many universities are doing what they can to help TOPS students. Henderson says about 21-hundred students at NSU are on TOPS.
The Town Talk Reports the company that owns the property for a proposed aluminum mill in Pineville has agreed to pay its creditors within the next few weeks to resolve a petition in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Attorneys representing Revolution Aluminum LLC and its subsidiary, Revolution Aluminum Propco LLC, and creditors owed several million dollars agreed in Bankruptcy Court Wednesday to dismiss a petition to force Propco into involuntary bankruptcy, provided creditors are paid before a Dec. 14 hearing. The creditors listed in the petition are owed about $6.6 million. The full story is in today’s Town Talk.
Wounded East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Tullier was transported to a rehab hospital in Texas. Tullier was one of several officers shot during the deadly police ambush in July. He spent nearly four months at Our Lady of the Lake. Based on reports from the family, Tullier can move his toes and hands and open one of his eyes.
The Louisiana Association of Business and Industry along with other organizations will hold a summit in Baton Rouge today on criminal justice reform. LABI President Stephen Waguespack says the goal of the forum is to find ways to reduce Louisiana’s incarceration rate, which is the highest in the world per capita. Waguespack says criminal justice reform can save the state millions of dollars, as well as improve public safety and the lives of those incarcerated after their release. He says they’ll hear from experts on the issue, and they’ll also get ideas from other states that have effectively made similar reforms.
A Minnesota police officer has been charged with second degree manslaughter after shooting Philando Castile. That shooting happened the same week Alton Sterling was killed during a confrontation with two white police officers. Legal analyst Tim Meche says don’t expect the federal investigation into the Sterling case to be resolved anytime soon. He says there is a five year statute of limitations, so they are in no rush to come to a conclusion.
A 23-year-old Baton Rouge mother has been arrested after her one-year-old daughter was accidentally shot in the face by her two-year-old son. Authorities say Crystal Kinchen was charged with second degree cruelty to a juvenile for leaving the children alone in the car. The infant is still hospitalized.
A New Orleans teacher pleads guilty to giving two students pot brownies. Police say they found out when a student became ill and a family member told the school Camille Brennan had given the student a brownie laced with marijuana. Brennan also confessed to asking the students to lie about it and destroying their written statements.
There’s been a lot of reaction on social media to the name change of New Orleans Triple-A baseball team. The New Orleans Zephyrs are now the New Orleans Baby Cakes and the team’s general manager Cookie Rojas is happy the new nickname has drawn a ton of interest.
Rojas adds the King Cake with the baby inside helped them develop the new name.
After a difficult loss to Denver on Sunday, the Saints return to game action tonight with a Thursday night match-up with NFC South rival Carolina. New Orleans Quarterback Drew Brees says it’s a challenge to prepare for a game on a short week, but they are looking to get the bad taste out of their month from last Sunday’s heart breaking loss. The Saints beat Carolina 41-38 earlier this season.