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News For Friday 11/22/13

News for Friday 112213

By Dave Graichen


State Superintendent  of  Education John White recommends a delay in how students, teachers and  schools  will be judged under the Common Core standards. White says with the state  shifting  from  LEAP to a new  state-administered  test  called  PARCC  and  a move to improve technology in classrooms, they've decided to give schools  two years of additional learning time. White's  proposal will be considered by the Board of Elementary  and Secretary  next  month.  There's  been increasing criticism over the state's  use  of Common Core and how  it  will  impact  a  student's ability to learn.


 A state teachers union is pleased with Education Superintendent John  White's decision to delay full implementation of controversial "Common  Core" education standards. Louisiana Association of Educators President  Deborah Meaux (MO) says they were concerned about the fast pace with which the new system was being rolled into place.


Yesterday   in  Washington  D.C.,  US Representative Vance McAllister was sworn into office. The Republican  from  Ouachita Parish is enjoying his  first  trip  to  our  nation's  capitol as  Louisiana's  newest congressman  representing  the 5th district. McAllister says one of his first  orders of business will be to come home and answer concerns of constituents  who  have  been  without a congressman for nearly two months.


A new statewide poll shows Senator Mary Landrieu's job approval rating  has fallen 10-percentage points this year. Southern Media and Opinion  Research pollster Bernie Pinsonat says the falling approval numbers are  likely tied to the roll out of Obamacare. Forty-six-percent of the respondents to the Pinsonat poll say Landrieu  is doing a good job, that's down from 56-percent from a similar survey

conducted in the spring. The poll conducted a three-way trial heat between Landrieu and GOP challengers Congressman Bill Cassidy and Rob Manness. Landrieu received  44-percent of the vote, Cassidy 34-percent and Maness 10-percent. The  rest were undecided.


A new poll from Southern Media and  Opinion  Research shows Governor Bobby  Jindal's  approval  ratings are up slightly  from  a  similar survey last spring. The governor's  ratings moved up from 38 percent to 42 percent in this newest survey.


Officials  in  DeSoto  and Sabine parishes announce 31 arrests  have been made in a sweep  up  of  suspected  drug dealers. They say these suspects had been identified as alleged street  and  mid-level drug dealers through a 6 month undercover operation.


The Ouachita Parish Sheriff's office says a West Monroe man is under arrest after he allegedly destroyed family property with a bulldozer while he was drunk and high on meth. They say 31 year old Noah White drove a bulldozer over  an  abandoned  family home's driveway, fence and porch. He blew a .034 and admitted to  using  a  quarter gram of meth according to the arrest report. He faces numerous charges.


A 71 year old Lake Charles  man  has  been  sentenced to 25 years in prison without parole after pleading guilty in  August  to  indecent behavior  with  a  juvenile.  Prosecutors  say David Tarver had been molesting a girl since she was 11 years old.


The  East  Baton  Rouge  Parish  Sheriff's office has identified the suspect  who  allegedly opened fire  on  officers  serving  warrants Wednesday morning  then  shot and killed himself. They say 22 year old Jessie Gordon of Denham Springs was wanted on numerous outstanding warrants relating to drugs  and burglary from several different agencies. The officers involved in  the shootout received only minor injuries. The suspect was pronounced  dead  on  the  scene  from  a self-inflicted

gunshot wound.


The State Department of Health & Hospitals says it has  completed  a huge backlog of health inspections of retail food outlets across the state,  and  has  taken  steps to assure no new backlog emerges. DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert says  an  overhaul of their food inspection system has yielded a 60% increase in timely health inspections.


Today  a grand jury decided not indict a man from Acadia Parish  who is accused  of  defacing  the  9-11 monument in downtown Lafayette. They decided there was no evidence  that  indicated a crime had been committed by 35 year-old Salvador Perez of  Rayne.  That may change, however if more evidence is presented.


An outdoor fall festival at a north Baton Rouge charter school spun out of control Thursday morning after a large fight broke out, prompting worried parents to rush to the school to collect their children.

The Career Academy high school locked down after 15 to 20 students began fighting, a fracas involving boys and girls that the school’s principal described as “a lot of hair pulling and punching.” Authorities say no one was seriously injured.


LSU is trying to bring back certain songs played by the band during  football games that had been previously shelved because some fans  were signing inappropriate lyrics. LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva  says the "Tradition Matters" campaign is about the return of songs  like "Neck" and "Tiger Rag".  Alleva says they want the band to be able to play all of their songs  and they need a commitment from the students to refrain from using  profanity.


Louisiana Tech has two games left on its regular season schedule and  they have to win both of them in order to play in a bowl game. The  Bulldogs host Tulsa tomorrow night and Coach Skip Holtz would like to  have the opportunity to be a part of post-season play. The Bulldogs are 4-and-6 overall, while Tulsa is two and eight.


In the 16 times the Sean Payton-era Saints have met the Atlanta Falcons, the games have almost always been close, and New Orleans almost always has won. Nothing changed when the teams met at the Georgia Dome on Thursday night and the Saints beat Atlanta 17-13. Because of that, the Saints (9-2) have positioned themselves about as well as they could hope as they prepare to travel to Seattle on Dec. 2 and fight for postseason home-field advantage against the Seahawks (10-1), the NFC front-runner.



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