Thursday, January 17, 2013
LOCAL LAWMAKERS MET AT HOSPICE OF ACADIANA TO DISCUSS OVER A MILLION DOLLARS IN MEDICAID HOSPICE CUTS STARTING ON FEBRUARY FIRST.
THE CALCASIEU RIVER AT OLD TOWN BAY IS MORE THAN THREE FEET ABOVE FLOOD STAGE AND AS A RESULT GOOS FERRY ROAD IS IMPASSABLE. RESIDENTS WHO LIVE IN THAT AREA ARE HAVING TO USE BOATS TO GET TO THEIR HOMES. DICK GREMILLION, THE DIRECTOR OF THE CALCASIEU OFFICE OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, SAYS THE CALCASIEU RIVER IS BEGINNING TO RECEDE. HE TELLS THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT THE AREA IS CONSIDERED TO BE AT A MODERATE FLOOD STAGE.
SCHOOL DISTRICTS THROUGHOUT ACADIANA ARE LOOKING AT WAYS TO MAKE UP FOR DAYS MISSED BECAUSE OF THE BAD WEATHER OVER THE LAST WEEK. IN ACADIA PARISH, SUPERINTENDENT JOHNNY BOURQUE SAYS THEY WILL NOT BE EXTENDING THE SCHOOL YEAR, BUT CLASSES WILL BE HELD TUESDAY ON WHAT WAS PREVIOUSLY SCHEDULED TO BE A DAY OFF FOR PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES. BEGINNING TUESDAY, ST. MARY PARISH SCHOOLS WILL EXTEND THEIR DAYS BY 15 MINUTES UNTIL APRIL FIFTH. IBERIA PARISH SCHOOLS HAVENíT DECIDED WHAT TO DO YET, BUT SUPERINTENDENT DALE HENDERSON IS EXPECTED TO RECOMMEND THAT CLASSES BE HELD ON TWO SCHEDULED HOLIDAYS; ASH WEDNESDAY AND THE MONDAY AFTER EASTER.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has agreed to shrink the number of mandates required of local school districts, despite concerns it would let school districts eliminate school counselors and librarians to cut costs.
Superintendent of Education John White proposed changes to 150 different sections of policies governing school systems. That included getting rid of the statewide school calendar and changing physical education standards to allow credit for extracurricular activities like cheerleading and participation in marching band. White says the changes will let educators decide what they need at their schools.
THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT HAS ASKED THE SCHOOL BOARD TO AMEND THE QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED FOR A JOB HE CREATED LAST YEAR. THAD WELCH, THE ASSISTANT TO THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR FACILITIES, MAINTENANCE AND TRANSPORTATION, DOESNíT HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, BUT SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER SAYS HEíS THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB. COOPER WANTS THE BOARD TO AMEND THE JOB QUALIFICATION THAT SAYS A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR G-E-D IS PREFERRED FOR THE POSITION. THE BOARD DIDNíT ACT ON HIS PROPOSAL LAST NIGHT BUT ASKED THAT HE INCLUDE IT IN THE AGENDA FOR THE NEXT MEETING.
THE CHENNAULT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AUTHORITY IS IN NEGOTIATIONS TO PURCHASE 440 ACRES OF PROPERTY SOUTH OF THE AIRPORT, ALONG L-A 397. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RANDY ROBB SAYS THEY EXPECT TO PAY ABOUT 15-HUNDRED DOLLARS PER ACRE FOR THE PROPERTY, OR APPROXIMATELY 600 THOUSAND DOLLARS TOTAL. HE SAYS ONE REASON FOR BUYING THE PROPERTY IS TO PROTECT THE AIRPORT FROM UNWANTED INCURSION SUCH AS TRAILER PARKS. HIS HOPE IS THAT THE LAND WILL BE USED FOR FUTURE INDUSTRIAL GROWTH AND MANUFACTURING.
A ST. MARTINVILLE MAN LED IBERIA PARISH DEPUTIES ON A CAR CHASE LATE TUESDAY NIGHT AND, WHEN THEY FINALLY PULLED HIM OVER, THEY FOUND SEVERAL ILLEGAL DRUGS IN HIS VEHICLE. SHERIFF LOUIS ACKAL SAYS THE DEPUTIES ATTEMPTED TO CONDUCT A ROUTINE TRAFFIC STOP ON HIGHWAY 90 NEAR THE L-A 14 EXIT, BUT 39-YEAR-OLD TRAVIS LEE SPED AWAY. DURING THE CHASE, LEE WAS SEEN THROWING THINGS FROM HIS VEHICLE WHICH WERE LATER DETERMINED TO BE MORE ILLEGAL NARCOTICS. LEE WAS FINALLY STOPPED ON AVERY ISLAND ROAD AND HEíS BEEN CHARGED WITH SEVERAL CRIMES INCLUDING POSSESSION WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE AND BATTERY ON A POLICE OFFICER.
Transocean Ltd. has asked a judge to vacate an order requiring BP rig supervisor Donald Vidrine to submit to a medical exam to determine if he is fit to answer questions about his actions on the Deepwater Horizon before an explosion killed 11 workers in 2010. A court filing Wednesday says rig owner Transocean has agreed to submit a list of written questions to Vidrine instead of questioning him at a deposition. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ordered Vidrine to undergo a medical exam before he and fellow BP well site leader Robert Kaluza were indicted in November on manslaughter charges over the workers' deaths. Vidrine's lawyers appealed, claiming medical problems preclude his testimony.