Wednesday, December 11, 2013
BELL HELICOPTER ANNOUNCED PLANS TO LOCATE A HELICOPTER ASSEMBLY PLANT IN LAFAYETTE THAT WILL RESULT IN AT LEAST 115 PERMANENT JOBS. AT THE ANNOUNCEMENT YESTERDAY, OFFICIALS SAID THAT THE PROJECT IS ALSO EXPECTED TO CREATE 61 JOBS DURING CONSTRUCTION AND 136 INDIRECT JOBS. BELL HELICOPTER C-E-O JOHN GARRISON SAYS THE STATEíS COMMITMENT TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND THE QUALITY AND DEDICATION OF EMPLOYEES AT A BELL FACILITY IN LAFAYETTE WERE FACTORS IN THEIR DECISION TO CHOOSE LAFAYETTE OVER A SITE IN ALABAMA. GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL SAYS THE STATE HAS COMMITTED FOUR MILLION DOLLARS FOR HANGAR LEASE SUPPORT, 3-POINT-8 MILLION FOR INFRASTRUCTURE AND EQUIPMENT AND MORE THAN 200 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR RELOCATING EMPLOYEES.
THE FIRST LADY OF LOUISIANA MADE A SURPRISE VISIT TO A KINDERGARTEN CLASS AT WELSH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL YESTERDAY, BRINGING WITH HER BOOKS FOR THE LIBRARY AND LEARNING GAMES, LAPTOPS AND OTHER CLASSROOM MATERIALS. ITíS PART OF SUPRIYA JINDALíS EFFORTS TO PROVIDE HANDS-ON, INTERACTIVE AND EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES TO HELP STUDENTS MASTER THE CORE SUBJECTS OF READING, WRITING AND MATH. DURING HER VISIT, JINDAL TALKED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION AND MAKING IT FUN. THE PRINCIPAL AT WELSH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, ARLENE HEINEN, TOLD THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT JINDALíS VISIT AND THE SUPPLIES SHE BROUGHT MEANS A LOT TO THE SCHOOL AND LETS STUDENTS KNOW THAT EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT AND FUN.
EUNICE POLICE HAVE RELEASED THE NAME OF A PROGRESSIVE WASTE EMPLOYEE WHO WAS KILLED IN A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT MONDAY. 34-YEAR-OLD WALTER WASHINGTON OF OPELOUSAS DIED AFTER THE TRUCK HE WAS RIDING ON WAS STRUCK FROM BEHIND BY A PICKUP TRUCK. THE DRIVER OF THE PICKUP, 55-YEAR-OLD EVERETT SONNIER, WAS INJURED AND TAKEN TO A LAFAYETTE HOSPITAL. POLICE ARE CONTINUING AN INVESTIGATION OF THE ACCIDENT, WHICH HAPPENED IN THE 12-HUNDRED BLOCK OF EAST LAUREL AVENUE IN EUNICE.
Louisiana's higher education leaders are trying to work out a financing deal to keep the state's public colleges from running low on state cash to operate their campuses. Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration and lawmakers plugged dollars from property sales, legal settlements and other financing assumptions into the higher education budget this year. Much of that hasn't yet been deposited into the set-aside fund used to pay for public colleges and universities. Jindal says the schools will get the money promised.
THERE WAS YET ANOTHER ROBBERY IN LAFAYETTE. MICHAEL DUPRE HAS THE DETAILS.
ENTERGY GULF STATES LOUISIANA HAS ANNOUNCED AN AGREEMENT TO PROVIDE 200 MEGAWATTS OF ELECTRICITY TO KEEP SASOLíS PROPOSED ETHANE CRACKER FACILITY IN WESTLAKE RUNNING FROM DAY-TO-DAY BEGINNING IN MID-2014. THE FACILITY IS PART OF A PLANNED 21 BILLION DOLLAR COMPLEX THAT WILL INCLUDE A GAS-TO-LIQUIDS PLANT. THE CONTRACT IS A SIGN THAT PROJECT IS MOVING FORWARD EVEN THOUGH SASOL HAS NOT YET RECEIVED THE FINANCING. THE CONTRACT ENTERGY HAS WITH SASOL IS FOR SIX YEARS.
WORK IS ABOUT TO BEGIN ON 50 MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS IN IBERIA PARISH. IN OCTOBER, VOTERS APPROVED A 21-POINT-9 MILL PROPERTY TAX TO FUND THE PROJECTS AND LAST WEEK, THE IBERIA PARISH SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED THE SALE OF 6-POINT-3 MILLION DOLLARS IN BONDS SO THAT THE DISTRICT CAN MOVE FORWARD ON THREE OF THE PROJECTS. SUPERINTENDENT DALE HENDERSON SAYS THE THREE MAJOR PROJECTS THEY WANT TO START ON INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW AUDITORIUM AT JEANERETTE HIGH SCHOOL, AND STADIUMS AT WESTGATE AND NEW IBERIA SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS. HE SAYS THE INITIAL BOND SALE WILL ALSO ALLOW THEM TO BEGIN PURCHASING AND INSTALLING VIDEO SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS FOR THE DISTRICTíS ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.
The education board member leading a review of public school funding says the state should steer more funding to technical training courses and to special education students. Jay Guillot, a member of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, is chairman of a task force considering changes to the funding formula for public schools. Guillot issued his recommendations Tuesday.
If approved by the full education board, the funding plans would need legislative backing.