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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



Red River Chorale  Celebrating America

October 21st 9:30AM
Emmanuel Baptist Church
430 Jackson Street

Opening their 2014-15 season, Celebrating America will feature music by American composers as well as a Musical Salute to those who have served and actively serve our country in the military.

Adults $15, Students $5

Hope House



October 22, 2014


Tickets $7.00

Jambalaya, Side Dish, Roll, Dessert

Delivery for 10 or more orders

Call Ginger 487-2061  For tickets or orders

All Proceeds to Hope House

Web Sitewww.cenlahopehouse.org


A Very Merry Market Ladies Night Out
October 23rd
Alexandria Riverfront Center


Alexandria Zoo Boo!!

Dates: October 23, 24 & 25 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Time:6 pm - 8:30 pm
Admission: $6 per person ages 1 & older (cash only)

For over 30 years, Alexandria Zoo has provided a fun, safe Halloween experience. Zoo Boo offers 3 nights of SPOOKTACULAR, SCARE-FREE fun for kids 12 and younger!

Enjoy sweets and treats along the traditional trick-or-treat trail through the Zoo with a stop at the Festival Plaza to enjoy HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS. Treat bags are provided.


What:  Drive thru flu shots

Where:  Rapides Parish Office of Public Health,       5604-A Coliseum Blvd, Alexandria, LA      71303

When:  Friday, October 31, 2014 from 8 a.m. to  3 p.m.

Who:  Anyone older than six months. 

How much:  $10 maximum out-of-pocket  expense.  No out-of-pocket expense for Medicaid and Medicare with card.  Please    bring other insurance cards if you have one.

Rapides Symphony Orchestra Concert

November 1st


Performing Arts Center

1202 Third Street

Alexandria, LA


True Classics featuring cello soloist Madeleine Kabat.
Beethoven - Coriolan Overture
Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B minor
Brahms - Symphony No. 1 in C minor

$25 admission
(318) 442-9709

Central Louisiana is taking the first step to making healthier food choices by taking part in the American Heart Association's National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, Nov. 5. On this day, everyone in CENLA is encouraged to make small, healthy changes and raise the awareness of the importance of good nutrition. Give your family, friends and co-workers a friendly push toward a healthier life. For healthy eating tips, recipes and a guide to products with the Heart Check mark, Visit heart.org/healthyliving Brought to you in part by the Central Louisiana American Heart Association and Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.



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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


James Taylor

Tuesday November 11th

New Orleans

UNO Lakefront Arena


Charlie Pride

November 14th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino



November 15th

Bossier City, LA

Century Link Center


November 16th

New Orleans

Saenger Theater




The Big Noise

November 22nd

Baton Rouge

L'Auberge Casino


Holiday Ice Spectacular

Friday & Saturday

December 5th & 6th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino & Resort


Dirty Dancing

Sunday December 21st

New Orleans

Saenger Theater


KC & The Sunshine Band

Saturday December 27th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino & Resort


Mamma Mia

January 17th, 2015

New Orleans

Saenger Theater


Florida Georgia Line

Friday January 23rd

Lafayette, LA



Celtic Thunder Symphony

February 14th, 2015

Bossier City

Horseshoe Casino




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