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News For Friday 05/23/14

News for Friday 052314

By Dave Graichen


In the past, Governor Bobby  Jindal  was  an active supporter of the Common  Core  Education  curriculum.   But  not  anymore. In a statement sent out by Governor Bobby Jindal, he compares Common Core  to  centralized  planning in Russia.  Jindal says the feds are taking over the new academic  standards  for public schools and adds that education is best left to local control.   BESE  President Chas Roemer  says  Common  Core  is  not a federally run program  and  it provides  freedom to local educators  to  decide  on  how  and  what they'll teach  kids.   He says the  governor's statement is all about presidential politics.


Memorial Day weekend is the official kickoff to the summer travel  season and according to AAA between Thursday through Monday a  projected 36 million Americans will be hitting the road. American  Automobile Association spokesperson Don Redman says this is the most  people traveling for the Holiday weekend since the start of the recession.


The big Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge kicks off tonight with  mega stars Reba Mcentire and George Strait hitting the stage in Tiger  Stadium.  The massive country music festival also features performances this weekend by Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Eric

Church. The Holiday  weekend festival now spans three days and has become a major economic boost for Baton Rouge.


Legislation that would allow domestic violence situations be grounds for  an immediate divorce has won final legislative approval.  New Orleans  Senator J.P. Morrell's bill now heads to the Governor's desk.   The bill would waive the waiting period for divorce where a spouse or  child has been abused by the other spouse and when a protective order or  injunction has been issued against the other spouse.  It passed 35 to nothing.


NOAA's  Climate  Prediction Center is predicting a 50 percent chance of a below-normal  Atlantic  Hurricane Season this year.  Their 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook  calls for a 70 percent likelihood of   8  to 13 named storms, 3 to 6 hurricanes,  and  1  to  2  major hurricanes.


All  eyes  on  the  governor's desk for the signing of the Optometry bill that got final legislative  approval  Wednesday.  The bill that is  widely  opposed by the medical community passed  on  the  Senate Floor 25-12.


Legislation  that  would  mandate  the  LHSAA  to  use  third  party arbitration  when  settling player eligibility disputes has passed on the House floor.   The  Senate  bill is inspired by a 19-year-old

Episcopal student from a "hardship" situation who is too old to play football   his  senior  year. The measure narrowly advanced on a 54-38 vote  and has to go back to the Senate for amendment considerations.


A bill that would require homeowners’ insurance firms to disclose their annual losses and premiums by ZIP code won final legislative approval Thursday. The House voted 83-0 to go along with Senate changes to the House-passed bill, which was the final legislative step. The bill would require the state Department of Insurance to compile the data and post the totals online.


Well the LSU did it again, in game 2 of the SEC tournament . The tigers defeated Arkansas 7 to 2.  The Tigers will have the day off today and return to face the winner of Florida and Ole Miss on Saturday at noon in a single elimination game. An interesting stat: LSU has now outscored its opponents 74-7 over the past six games.


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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Demi Lovato

September 17th

New Orleans, LA

UNO Lakefront Arena


One Direction

September 25th Superdome


Keith Sweat

September 26th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino


Katy Perry

October 8th

New Orleans

Smoothy King Ctr


Girls Night Out!

October 10th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino


October 10 - October 11

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino

Tickets Friday $25, Saturday, $45 or 2 day ticket special $60

Friday, October 10 - Doors open at 6PM, Show Time 7PM
Opening band to be announced, then Trixter, Firehouse, and Winger, hosted by Eddie Trunk

Saturday, October 11 - Doors open at 1PM, Show Time 2PM
Opening band to be announced, then Steelheart, Lita Ford, Warrant, Dokken and Dee Snider, hosted by Eddie Trunk


Ana Popovic

October 18th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino


Molly Ringwold's

Halloween Bash

October 24th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino


Sesame Street

Make A Friend

October 24th

Lafayette, LA

Cajun Dome


Gabriel Iglesias

October 25th

Kinder, LA

Coustatta Casino


Kenny Logons

October 25th

Vinton, LA

Delta Downs Casino


Aaron Lewis

November 1st

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino


Sesame Street

Make A Friend

November 8th

New Orleans, LA

UNO Lakefront


Charlie Pride

November 14th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino



November 15th

Bossier City, LA

Century Link Center


November 16th

New Orleans

Saenger Theater








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