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News For Tuesday 01/15/13

News for Tuesday 011513

By Dave Graichen


The Louisiana Department of Transportation says they're preparing to  deal with icy road conditions as the possibility of snow, rain and  sleet threatens north Louisiana. DOTD spokesperson Susan Stafford says emergency personal are ready to mobilize crews if roads ice over. Stafford says they will give drivers advanced warning, if roads become  unfavorable for travel.


The state department of education is proposing to make it slightly  easier for new public school teachers to achieve tenure status. A  teacher with tenure has more job security. But state Superintendent of

of Education John White says under this proposal a vast majority  teachers will still not achieve tenure status and that's by design.  A new teacher must be rated "highly effective" in five out of six  years to gain tenure. The proposed change will allow a new teacher to  receive a "highly effective" rating if they are in the 80th percentile,  instead of the 90th of all public school teachers.  The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will discuss White's  proposal today and a vote by the entire board is expected tomorrow.


Public  school  teachers  are retiring at a higher rate than normal. The Teachers Retirement System  of  Louisiana  says  there's  been a 25-percent  increase  in  the number of teachers retiring. Louisiana

Association of School Superintendents  President  Michael Faulk says many teachers are leaving the profession, because of the new teacher evaluation system. Faulk says state education officials  recognize a problem  and  will  ask BESE to approve changes on how teachers  are evaluated. BESE is expected to consider  the  changes  to  the  current teacher evaluation system at their meetings tomorrow and Wednesday.


Congratulations going out to Rapides Parish Police Juror Joe Bishop. Bishop, who represents District B, was elected president of the police jury, without opposition, at the jury's monthly meeting Monday. District A Juror "Bubba" Moreau was elected vice president, also without opposition.


State police are investigating a crash yesterday morning on HWY 1 in Natchitoches parish that left a Pineville man with serious injuries. Troopers say 28 year old Michael Moore Jr lost control of his vehicle and struck two trees. He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. Routine toxicology tests are pending.  The crash remains under investigation.


State police have arrested a former Jennings police chief, who stayed on the force as a police officer,  on suspicion that he removed items from police department’s evidence room. 52 year old Johnny Lassiter  resigned from the department last Tuesday and was  arrested a short time later. Jennings police requested assistance from the State Police, which led to an audit of the department’s evidence room and to Lassiter’s arrest.


The former secretary and office administrator for 15th Judicial District Attorney Mike Harson in Lafayette  pleaded guilty Monday to allegations of accepting at least $55,000 in bribes to give criminal defendants a break, mainly in DWI cases. 58 year old Barna Haynes faces up to five years in prison on a count of conspiracy in an ongoing federal investigation of bribery in the local court system. U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley said Monday that she anticipates more guilty pleas in the investigation. The scheme was carried out without Harson’s knowledge or approval but occurred because of a “lack of oversight and safeguards,” according to a summary of the allegations filed by prosecutors.


The  rain  on  top  of the rain in South Louisiana  is  causing  the mudbugs  to swim out of  their  ponds.  Louisiana  Crawfish  Farmers Association  president  David  Savoy says not only are they having a

problem with crawfish getting out,  predator  fish  are getting into the  ponds  and  eating  the  crawfish. The end result will be, as you may suspect, higher prices.


It's being reported that the city of  Denham  Springs has decided to settle what's being called "the middle finger display" case and will not take action against Sarah Childs. The ACLU  of  Louisiana  filed

suit on her behalf after the woman claimed she was asked to take the unconventional  lights  down  or pay a fine. Law officials in Denham denied such a threat was made.



Police in Baton Rouge say they arrested a 13-year-old  sixth  grader at  a  local  middle  school  after a loaded .380 caliber pistol was found  in his book bag. School officials  made  the  discovery  while

breaking  up  an argument between the student and another child. The boy is charged  with  Carrying  a  Firearm  by  a  Student on School Property and Illegal Possession of a Stolen Firearm.


The  former  Shreveport  city  official  convicted of raping a woman after the 2010 Independence Bowl wants his  conviction  tossed  out. Rick  Seaton  says the sexual contact he had with a young woman that

night was consensual. He's currently serving an 18-year prison term.




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