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News For Wednesday 05/28/14

News for Wednesday 052814

By Dave Graichen


Much  needed  rain  is  in the forecast this week across  Louisiana. State Climatologist Barry  Keim  says  it's  coming  at a good time, especially  in  southwest  Louisiana  which is experiencing  drought

conditions.  Keim says as of memorial day Lake  Charles  had  only seen a tenth of an inch of rain this month.


The House Appropriations  Committee  has  endorsed  a  $3.6  billion spending  plan  for  public schools.  The Minimum Foundation Program provides most of the money  that  funds  public schools.  The measure was approved without objection and now heads  to the House Education Committee.


The  state  Department of Education says 69-percent of public school students who  took the standardized test known as LEAP, achieved the basic or above  level,  which  is  the same percentage as last year. Superintendent of Education John White  says  27-percent of students performed at the mastery level in English   language  arts and 25-percent of students also achieved the mastery level for math which is a slight increase from last year.


For the second year in a row, the Louisiana Senate Finance Committee killed legislation that would require review and oversight of contracts that would privatize services provided by state government.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 7-3 Tuesday to reject House Bill 128 after deferring  a similar bill last year on a vote of 8-2. HB128 focused on the large contracts of more than $5 million that would, for example, replace the state workers running a prison or hospital with managers from a private company.  Bobby Jindal’s staff had lobbied against the legislation.


The Vermillion Parish Sheriff's office is working the site of a crop duster crash Tuesday morning south of  Gueydan.  Sheriff Mike Couvillon confirms that the pilot is deceased,  however  the  identity has not been  released.  Deputies have secured the scene and have  contacted the FAA and NTSB.


The Bossier Parish Sheriff's office says  a 7-year-old child drowned at  the  Cypress  Black  Bayou  Reservoir east of  Benton  memorial day.  They  say Dawton Smith  apparently  wandered  away  from family and friends and was later found in the water.


The taxi cab driver who was convicted of first degree murder last month  for the March 2010 death of 12-year-old Justin Bloxom of Stonewall will  be formally sentenced today.  A jury has already recommended that Brian  Horn be sentenced to die.


Legislation is heading to Governor Jindal's desk that would prohibit groups   associated   with   abortions   from   distributing  health information  at public schools.  The Senate gave  final  legislative

approval. The  legislation  is  aimed  at  Planned  Parenthood, which supports abortion  rights  for  women.  A co-sponsor of  the  bill,  Bogalusa Senator Ben Nevers, says the bill's purpose is to make sure children at public schools are not targeted by abortion organizations. Governor Jindal is expected to sign the measure into law.


A high-speed  early-morning  pursuit by police has resulted in  the  death  of a young teen-aged  driver  trying  to  get  away. Opelousas Police  attempted  to stop a stolen vehicle that was traveling the wrong way on Highway 190. The driver took off and eventually flipped the vehicle.   Fifteen  year-old Deontei Fuslier was pronounced dead at the scene. Three other teens in the vehicle we ejected and injured.



The  "Deedy Slaughter Bill" has received final legislative  approval in the  Senate  and now heads to Governor Jindal's desk.  Port Allen Senator  Rick  Ward's  legislation  will  prevent  recalled  elected

officials from running  in  the  special  election called to replace them during the same term.  The measure is  named  for  former  Port Allen mayor Deedy Slaughter, who was recalled last November but also ran in the April special election that was aimed at replacing her.


A  Senate  resolution to develop an official brand, certification or label to mark  products that come from Louisiana was approved by the House  Tuesday.   Legislators  requested  the  state  Department  of Economic  Development  to report back to House and Senate agriculture and commerce committees by February 1.


Authorities  in  East  Baton  Rouge  say  they  raided  a very large cockfighting operation involving seventy-five roosters.   EBR Animal Control  and Rescue Center Executive Director Hilton Cole says  they suspect it  was  someone at the fight who called in the complaint to the parish call center because they were upset about losing a bet in a fight.


It was all a mystery about the whereabouts of a woman from Loranger, who had been missing since 2009.  Until this this past weekend.  The remains  of  45  year-old Dena Fout were found in a wooded area near Hammond  by  several  boys  who  were  hunting.   Tangipahoa  Parish Sheriff's  Office  says  they  will  conduct  tests  to  attempt  to establish an estimate of the time and cause of death.


It appears state lawmakers  are getting out of a dispute between NFL players and Saints owner Tom  Benson  over  workman's comp.  Hammond Representative   Chris   Broadwater   is  pulling  the   bill   from consideration  for the legislative session.   The  bill,  which  was opposed  by  the NFL  Players  Association,  would  have  calculated workers compensation  for professional athletes based on recent, not future, earnings.  Broadwater  hopes  the  two  sides can come to an agreement on their own.



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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October 25th

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October 25th

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Delta Downs Casino


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November 14th

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Century Link Center


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