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News For Tuesday 01/14/14

News for Tuesday 011414

By Dave Graichen


It’s another major campaign promise kept.  All Rapides Parish Sheriff’s substations will be fully operational again when the South Alexandria substation reopens Wednesday. The newly reopened substation will be at the old location of the Pill Box Pharmacy, 3311 Third St. and will handle the deputies assigned to the southeast parts of Rapides Parish, including the Poland, Echo, Lecompte and Cheneyville communities.


A teacher from Pineville High School is under arrest  for  allegedly having  sex  with  one  of  his  students. Officials say 28 year old Robert  Stone  of  Alexandria was booked  into  the  Rapides  Parish Detention Center Friday on three counts of prohibited sexual conduct between educator and  student.  The Superintendent’s office has confirmed that Stone has been placed on administrative leave pending results of the investigation.


After  giving  indications  he  may  return  for  one more season of college  football,  LSU  running back Jeremy Hill announced  on  his twitter account that he will  enter  the NFL draft. There were media reports last week that HIll was leaning  towards  returning. Hill's  departure  leaves  Terrance  Magee as the likely starter  at tailback next season.


A  state  Representative  from  Monroe believes that he has a way to keep  students who receive TOPS scholarships  working  in  Louisiana after they complete their degree.  Representative Marcus Hunter says he plans  to  introduce  legislation  for  the upcoming session that links working in Louisiana to the number of years  a  student  receives the TOPS award. Hunter  says  the  state  has  to  work  to  keep students here after Louisiana   has  helped  pay  for  their  education   through   TOPS scholarships.


Louisiana's House Criminal Justice Committee will hold a meeting later  this month to discuss the feasibility and effectiveness of legalizing  marijuana possession and use. Baton Rouge Representative Dalton Honore  requested the meeting and he says his main focus is to look at the use   of medical marijuana in this state.  Honore says it's legal for a doctor in Louisiana to prescribe medical  marijuana, but pharmacies are not allowed to sell it. The state rep says  a poll conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union last Summer shows  53-percent of the respondents support taxing and regulating marijuana  for use by people over the age of 21...


The state Department of Education announced Monday , the ranks of schools that accept voucher students is up but not all will be accepting new students. The state will have 136 schools during the next school year that accept voucher students, up 8 percent from the current school year.

However, of the 136, only 114 will accept new students for various reasons, including academic or financial sanctions or decisions by school officials not to expand. The state now has 126 schools used by about 6,700 students relying on vouchers.


The State House and Senate Labor Committees meet in Lake Charles today  to discuss if the region is ready to meet the increase demand for  skilled workers to fill new jobs. House Labor Committee Chairman Herbert  Dixon says the highest job concentration area will be Southwest  Louisiana. Dixon says it is estimated that over 80,000 new high paying jobs with  benefits, will engage the job market in Louisiana in  2014. The chairman  says over 25% of the new jobs in the state will occur in Southwest Louisiana. Coming on-line by the end of the decade is the Sasol energy complex,  which is the largest private investment in the state's history.


The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's office says  a 17 year old Northwest High  student  is  booked  with aggravated for allegedly  setting  a school bathroom trashcan on  fire.  They  say  the  suspect, Shavera Welcome of Opelousas, claimed she was mad about being  forced  to go to school.


Officials with the Cajundome in Lafayette are proposing improvements to the venue. Director Greg Davis says the Cajundome is 29 years old and  it's  time for some major renovations. The project would be $16 million dollars and Davis says architectural plans will be presented to the Cajundome  Commission next month, but in the meantime they'll be seeking permission to sell bonds to finance the renovations. Davis says the bulk of the construction would take place between May

and October of 2015.


Iberia Bank is expanding,  as  the  Lafayette-based bank has spelled out plans today to purchase New Iberia-based Teche Federal Bank. The deal  is for about $161 million, and will  cover  all  20  of  Teche Federal's  locations  in  South Louisiana including Lafayette, Baton Rouge, New Iberia, and Franklin.


And it's that time of the year again.  Festival Productions says the 2014  New  Orleans  Jazz  and  Heritage  Festival  line-up  will  be announced today.   This  year's  Jazz  Fest will celebrate it's 45th anniversary.


An Ascension Christian High School teacher was arrested yesterday after  school officials being sent home early for being drunk. Gonzalas police  say Jamie Ingrassia was involved in a hit and run accident and resulted  in her second offence DWI. Sgt. Steven Nethken says once police caught

her they gave her a Breathalyzer test which determined her BAC was .285.  Ingrassia was arrested on the charges of careless operation, hit and run  and DWI. Nethken says they have no reason to believe any other substance besides alcohol was involved.


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