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News For Tuesday 05/20/14

News for Tuesday 052014

By Dave Graichen


The Rapides Parish School Board today will hear a report on an application to open a public charter school in Alexandria. The district received an application March 7 from the Louisiana Charter Foundation, Inc., which has partnered with Charter Schools USA, for Alexandria Charter Academy to open for the 2015-16 school year. After hearing public comment and a report from a consultant , the School Board  is expected to take action regarding the school..


A  3.6  billion dollar spending plan for public schools was approved by  a Senate  committee  Monday.   The  Minimum  Foundation  Program provides  much of the financial assistance for nearly 700,000 public school students.   It  passed  the  Senate  Finance  committee  on a 10-to-1 vote.


The Louisiana Garden Club Federation has named the City of Pineville the “2014 STATE’S CLEANEST CITY”.  Pineville won Category “G”, which was for cities with populations between 9,500 and 14,999.  Pineville was competing against the Cities of Crowley, Abbeville and River Ridge in the State finals. The city of Alexandria was also a big winner coming in in first place ahead of Monroe for category I cities..


 A bill that attempts to reduce the number of state consulting contracts  has been approved by the Senate Finance Committee. The proposal would  give the legislature the ability to reject contracts over 40-thousand  dollars. State treasurer John Kennedy says any savings generated would  go towards higher education. The measure still needs approval from the full senate and then it would

go back to the House, to see if they agree with senate changes.


The police taser death of a Winnfield man is being brought up again, this  time  by  the  U.S. Supreme Court.  A Winnfield Police officer tased  a suspect, Baron  Pikes  seven times backing January of 2008. The appeals court had already dismissed  the civil rights lawsuit by the deceased man's son. But now, the Supreme  Court  is  asking  the court of appeals to take another look at the case.


Coming up for debate on the House floor Today is  legislation that would  allow  public  school students to be surveyed anonymously  on sexual issues.  Louisiana ranks 8th in the nation for the number of teen pregnancies and 2nd in the nation for std’s.  Supporters of the bill say there is currently no way to evaluate the problem in order to form a solution.  Opponents do not see  how this bill will do anything to solve those problems.


A woman and two children who are missing in a densely wooded area of St. Martin Parish after a four-wheeler excursion Sunday, have been found safe and sound. A multiagency search Monday involving helicopters, K-9 search teams, and police on foot and all-terrain vehicles combed an area between Parks and St. Martinville. The trio were found late last evening.


Louisiana’s income forecasting panel Monday rejected a push by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration to boost revenue forecasts by $118 million next year, instead choosing a more conservative $65 million increase. Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield told the Revenue Estimating Conference that an outside consulting firm hired by the Jindal administration identified ways for his agency to bolster tax collection efforts and bring in more money for the state treasury. But some members of the conference, which decides how much money state lawmakers and the governor have to spend each year, refused to consider the enhanced collection efforts in the forecast for the 2014-15 fiscal year, saying  there’s no way to know if those dollars would appear.


The 2014 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday happens this  Saturday and Sunday.  It gives residents the chance to get ready for  storm season before the Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1.  Byron Henderson of the State Department of Revenue says you can buy  emergency supplies without having to pay the 4% state sales tax. Flashlights, batteries, portable generators, and other emergency  will be exempt from state sales taxes this weekend.  For a full list of state tax exempt items, go online to revenue.louisiana.gov/hurricaneprep.


Metairie  Representative  Cameron  Henry  has  been named one of the country's  "40  political rising stars under 40" by  The  Washington Post.  The 39-year-old  Republican  has  been an outspoken critic of Governor Jindal's budgeting tactics and is  one  of the leaders of a conservative group of legislators known as the fiscal hawks.


Police in Bossier City say they've made an arrest in connection with the Mother's  Day murders of two women. They say 26-year-old Brandan  Butler  was taken into custody 2am Saturday by officials in Bogalusa. His bond  is set at $2 million dollars. A million for each victim.


A big announcement is coming today from the NFL Owner's Meeting in  Atlanta.  New Orleans, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis are in contention  to host Super Bowl 52 in 2018.  Minnesota  sports reporter  David Leatherman says Minneapolis's bid hinges on a brand new stadium  projected to open in 2016  The NFL, historically, has awarded Super Bowl to markets that have  erected new stadiums.   Minneapolis last hosted a Super Bowl in 1992, while Indianapolis and New  Orleans last hosted Super Bowls in 2012 and 2013, respectively.


The LSU Tigers are in Hoover, Alabama getting ready for the SEC  Tournament. The tourney starts today, but since the Tigers finished in  the top four of the conference standings, LSU doesn't play until

tomorrow morning. Since 2008, LSU has won the SEC Tournament four times. The Tigers bring

a four-game winning streak into this year's event.





Local Events

Pancake Day

Thursday September 18th

September means pancake time!  Once again, A Perfect Fit Foundation will be hosting its annual pancake fundraiser, this Thursday, September 18,

from 6:30am until 11:00am at St. James Episcopal Church in Alexandria.  100% of the funds raised go directly toward providing well-fitted, uniform-approved shoes for underprivileged elementary school children in Cenla. 

September 20th

A Cycling Event

Kent House Plantation

(318) 487-5998

Les Fest 2014

Thursday Sept 25th 6pm

Enjoy a wild evening at this outdoor music fest and fundraiser celebrating the Alexandria Zoo and remembering Zoo Director Les Whitt and his love for music.  Live music by Bonerama, silent auction, food available for purchase, presentations with animals and updates on the Alexandria Zoo are featured.


Avoyelles Commission of Tourism


Prehistoric Mounds Tour

Marksville State Historic Site

September 20, 2014

$4adults(over 62, under 13 free)


UMW Fall Festival

1st United Methodist Church

Of Pineville

Saturday October 4th from 9a to 1p

30 Booth of Handmade Arts & Crafts for Sale Along With a BBQ Lunch, Food Booths & the Pumpkin Patch

Public is Invited. Call 640-1050 For Info.

The Running Man Dash

Saturday October 4th


The Running Man Dash is an annual fun run and walk put on by Anytime Fitness to promote staying active in Cenla. The fun run/walk will be held in honor of Maddie Norris and to help build awareness about her disability. It will have obstacles including a colored chalk station, and a Slip-N-Slide. The event will be fun for all ages. We encourage you to make teams, come up with fun team names, and wear costumes. The Running Man Dash will be held at beautiful Buhlow Recreation Area. All proceeds from the race will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Help us build awareness about cerebral palsy by participating, or making a donation




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October 8th

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Opening band to be announced, then Trixter, Firehouse, and Winger, hosted by Eddie Trunk

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Opening band to be announced, then Steelheart, Lita Ford, Warrant, Dokken and Dee Snider, hosted by Eddie Trunk


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October 18th

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Halloween Bash

October 24th

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October 24th

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Cajun Dome


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October 25th

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October 25th

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Delta Downs Casino


Aaron Lewis

November 1st

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November 14th

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Century Link Center


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Saenger Theater








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