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News For Monday 11/11/13

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By Dave Graichen


Today is Veterans Day, a day to show our appreciation for the men and  women who've selflessly served in the American military in times of war  and peace.  David LaCerte  is Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He says there were numerous  events held over the weekend, and even more scheduled to take place  today. A complete list of Veterans Day ceremonies can be  found online at cenlabroadcasting.com


President Obama and Governor Jindal continue to spar over the Affordable  Care Act, called Obamacare by many. While in New Orleans Friday, the  President called out the Governor for refusing millions in federal money  to expand Medicaid coverage for the poor.  On Fox News, Mr. Jindal reacted, saying no one will "bully" Louisiana  into expanding Medicaid. Jindal has maintained there too many federal  strings attached to the Medicaid money. He says the Affordable Care Act is loaded with problems and has been falsely represented. The Governor went as far as to say the President should "man up" and  admit Obamacare was a mistake.


Thankfully  the  woman  who  was  abducted  by her child's father in Lafayette  Wednesday  is  alive. Lafayette Parish  Sheriff's  office spokesman Captain Kip Judice says the man, Scott Thomas, is dead. He says the family of Bethany  Arceneaux  found the two in an abandoned home in Duson Friday and Thomas was stabbing the mother of his child with a knife. Judice says no charges have been filed against the family member who shot and killed Thomas, and says Louisiana  law  states homicide can be justified if you are protecting yourself or another person.


Gas prices have slipped once again and the current statewide average for  a  gallon  of  regular is now $3.01 according to  the  American Automobile Association.  AAA  Fuel analyst Don Redman says it's very possible the price will get below $2.90 before the end of the year.


President  Barack  Obama  spoke Friday afternoon at the Port of  New Orleans and remarked on ways the economy could be improved. Mr Obama says the reason he decided  to  speak at the port in The Big Easy is because  he'd  like  to see the it updated  and  grow  in  order  to increase exports. He said  one of the things he'd like America to be more focused on is helping more businesses sell more products to the rest of the world. The President said we now export more goods and services than ever before and it's vital to the economy to keep that industry growing.


In light of a report last week that showed Louisiana public school students ranking low in math & reading skills, BESE president Chas Roemer says the test results indicate Louisiana needs more rigorous standards. The NAEP exams shows Louisiana public school kids at 48th and 50th place

 for math and reading achievement. Roemer says this indicates that the  Board of Elementary and Secondary Education was correct in adopting  Common Core standards; which require students to do better. Roemer says,  if we want future generations of Louisianans to be able to compete with  other states and other countries, we must continue to set higher  standards.


There are two contestants from Louisiana that have advanced on NBC's  The Voice. Both Cole Vosbury of Shreveport and Ray Bodreaux of Carencro  will perform starting tonight as part of the Final Top 12.  Both Vosbury and Bodreaux are being coached by Team Blake Shelton. The  voice airs weekly on Monday night's at 7 and Tuesday night's at 8 on TV5.




The 13th ranked LSU Tigers were no match for top ranked Alabama on  Saturday night and the Crimson Tide scored the final 21 points to beat  the Bayou Bengals 38-17.  The loss drops LSU's record to 7-and-3 overall, 3-and-3 in the SEC.  Alabama now owns three straight wins over the Tigers.





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