Tuesday, January 22, 2013
TOMORROW NIGHT THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD WILL CONSIDER A LIST OF NOMINEES TO SERVE ON A COMMUNITY EDUCATION PLAN COMMITTEE. THE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER WAYS TO FUND SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER’S TURNAROUND PLAN. COOPER HAS CREATED A PLAN THAT WOULD POTENTIALLY MOVE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT FROM A C RATING TO AN A RATING WITHIN SIX YEARS. COOPER HAS SAID IT WOULD TAKE 26 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR TO IMPLEMENT THE PLAN AND HE HAS SUGGESTED FUNDING IT THROUGH A TEMPORARY ONE CENT SALES TAX OR A TEN YEAR, 15 MILL PROPERTY TAX.
THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE LAKE CHARLES REGIONAL AIRPORT CALLED 2012 A SUCCESSFUL YEAR, WITH A FOCUS ON TAKING ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE MONEY. HEATH ALLEN TOLD THE AIRPORT AUTHORITY BOARD THAT AIRPORT TRAFFIC WAS DOWN EIGHT PERCENT AND CAPACITY WAS DOWN 15 PERCENT. COLGAN AIRLINES DISCONTINUED SERVICE EARLY IN THE YEAR, WHICH HELPS ACCOUNT FOR THE DROP, BUT IT ALSO ACCOUNTED FOR IMPROVED ON-TIME PERFORMANCE. ALLEN SAYS COLGAN AIRLINES FRUSTRATED MANY TRAVELERS WITH MORE THAN FIFTY PERCENT OF THEIR FLIGHTS DELAYED.
A PICAYUNE, MISSISSIPPI WOMAN IS AWAITING EXTRADITION TO IBERIA PARISH TO FACE A CHARGE OF SIMPLE KIDNAPPING FOR REFUSING TO RETURN A FOUR-YEAR-OLD GIRL TO HER MOTHER. THE FOUR-YEAR-OLD WAS SPENDING THE NIGHT WITH THE WOMAN, 47-YEAR-OLD JESSICA HEBERT, WHEN THE GIRL’S MOTHER WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK IN DELCAMBRE FOR FAILING TO APPEAR IN COURT FOR A TRAFFIC VIOLATION. HEBERT TOOK THE GIRL TO MISSISSIPPI AND REFUSED TO RETURN THE GIRL TO HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS RELEASED FROM JAIL ON FRIDAY. IBERIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES WENT TO MISSISSIPPI SUNDAY TO GET THE GIRL AND BRING HER BACK TO HER MOM.
The Louisiana Department of Insurance helped policyholders recover an additional $6.4 million in disputes with insurers in 2012. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon tells The Advocate insurers made the additional payments after consumers complained to the Insurance Department about the original claims payments. Donelon says the majority of both inquiries and complaints involved property and casualty insurance.
THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL IS CONSIDERING ENDING A PRACTICE WHICH ALLOWED LOCAL BUSINESSES TO KEEP TWO PERCENT OF SALES TAXES COLLECTED IF THEY MADE THEIR SALES TAX PAYMENT TO THE GOVERNMENT ON TIME. THE PROGRAM WAS DESIGNED TO HELP BUSINESSES COVER THE COST OF ACCOUNTING EXPENSES FOR COLLECTING AND PAYING THE TAXES. CITY PARISH TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR TONY TRAMEL SAYS ENDING THE PROGRAM WOULD BRING IN AN ADDITIONAL ONE-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY. THE RESOLUTION TO END THE PROGRAM IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED AT TONIGHT’S MEETING AND A FINAL VOTE WOULD TAKE PLACE ON FEBRUARY FIFTH.
Parades, speeches, prayer and community service marked the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday around Louisiana. Many marchers held pictures of King as a procession honoring him weaved through a neighborhood in downtown Covington on Monday. In Monroe, employees of a bank planted trees at the Opportunities Industrialization Center of Ouachita, a United Way agency that educates and seeks employment for the disadvantaged. Despite the celebration of King's message of non-violent social change, the day in New Orleans was marred by violence. Five teenagers were wounded when someone fired shots near an intersection where the parade had passed less than an hour earlier.
THE ORGANIZERS OF THIS WEEKEND’S MARTIN LUTHER KING FESTIVITIES IN LAKE CHARLES SAY IT WAS A SUCCESS. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE WERE ON HAND YESTERDAY FOR A PARADE INVOLVING SCHOOL BANDS AND OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS. THE FESTIVITIES CONTINUED AT THE LAKE CHARLES CIVIC CENTER WITH GAMES, LIVE MUSIC AND A GUMBO COOKOFF. 2013 WAS THE 29TH YEAR FOR THE MARTIN LUTHER KING FESTIVAL IN LAKE CHARLES, WHICH TAKES PLACE OVER FOUR DAYS.
IN OPELOUSAS, POLICE ARRESTED A 27-YEAR-OLD MAN AFTER A SHOOTING ON SHORT VINE STREET NEAR HIRSCH ALLEY.