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News For Thursday 03/13/14

News for Thursday 031314

By Dave Graichen


More headaches for Louisiana College. Less than three months after reaffirming Louisiana College’s accreditation, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools plans to open an investigation into the private Baptist school in Pineville.  SACS’ decision comes in the wake of allegations that LC officials had submitted documents that contained forged signatures to the accrediting agency as it was considering whether to remove the school from warning status in 2011-12.


A  recent  survey  of  Louisiana  employers  conducted  by  Manpower indicates the majority  plan  to do more hiring and only 4% say they want to make cuts to their staff  during the second quarter of 2014. Manpower's Regional Director, Rene  Patterson  that's  good news and keeping us up to par with the rest of the nation. 16%  of  Louisiana  employers polled say they want to increase their staff.


A bill  that may soon mean parents would have more say in what books their children are learning from in school passed a Senate committee Wednesday  without  debate.  The  legislation  would  let the state choose  the  textbooks  that meet Louisiana's educational standards, but then individual districts  could hold discussions with educators and parents would get to choose  which materials they think are best to use.


The Louisiana American Civil Liberties Union says there should be no more  death  penalty  here.  That's  their  reaction  to the release Tuesday of 64-year-old Glen Ford, who spent over 25 years  on  death row  for  a  crime  he  didn't  commit.  LA-ACLU  Executive Director Marjorie  Esman  says  even  though  there aren't any bills  in  the current session to toss capital punishment,  legislators  still have time to put one together. Ford was made a free man after the Caddo Parish DA's office  learned

there is no way he could have murdered the Shreveport jewelry  store owner.


By the way, Nobody  won  the  Mega  Millions  jackpot Wednesday night. The prize  for Friday's drawing is now up to $353 million dollars. That cash value? $194 million dollars.


Two state representatives are pushing for legislation that would set aside 15-percent of the state's  revenue  from  the beer tax and put towards the Wounded Warriors Fund, which assists  veterans  who were disabled while serving overseas. Many Representative Frank Howard is a co-sponsor of the bill and he says he was inspired by the veterans from   his   own   district   and  that's  why  he  introduced  this legislation. The bill has yet to be scheduled for committee debate.


The National Transportation Safety  Board  has ruled that the school bus  accident  caused  by an S-U-V that crossed  the  road  on  U.S. Highway 190 has been found to be the result of a blown-out tire that was 10 years old.  Thirty-one players and coaches from the Lafayette High School baseball team  were injured in the crash; some severely. That investigation continues.


The president of the New Orleans nonprofit National Action Now, Reverend  Raymond Brown, calls for the US Justice Department to investigate the  fatal in-custody shooting of Victor White III. Brown says he has no  confidence the State Police will conduct an impartial investigation. Authorities say White was arrested on drug charges on March 2nd and  while in an Iberia Parish Sheriff's deputy vehicle, he allegedly fatally  shot himself while handcuffed.  Ultimately Brown, says he just wants to get to  the truth.


The  House  Health  and  Welfare committee approved legislation yesterday that would ban anyone under  the age of 18 from using a tanning bed. The bill is by New Orleans Representative  Helena  Moreno,  who says her  legislation  would  lower  risks of skin cancer associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation.


Since emerging 18 months ago, the Bayou Corne  area  sinkhole, began showing  signs  of  stabilizing  yesterday  according  to a  leading scientist  studying  the  hole. Newly released models indicate  that while the hole is still growing, the rate of growth has slowed significantly.


A proposed new law that would create stricter penalties for littering  cigarettes, will be discussed during this current legislative session.  Marrero Representative Patrick Connick says the idea came up after there  would be a monthly roadside clean-up and thousands of cigarette butts  had to be scooped up.  Connick says under this proposed law, people who throw their butts on to  the ground could face a 300 dollar fine and eight hours of community  service.


The  Plaquemines  Parish  Sheriff's  Office has charged a mother for allegedly  killing her Downs Syndrome baby.  Twenty  year-old   Erika Wigstrom faces  a  charge  of  first  degree-murder  for the alcohol poisoning  death  of two year-old Lucas Ruiz  (roo-eeze),  who  died January 14th.  The baby's father, Cesar Ruiz, was accused of pouring rum into the child’s feeding  tube  when the baby was only 8 months old.


The New Orleans Saints have signed running back Pierre Thomas  to  a two  year contract extension. Thomas has played seven seasons in New Orleans and last year led the team in rushing and caught 77 passes.



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