Thursday, April 18, 2013
The LSU Board of Supervisors has approved an agreement that would allow a private company to manage and operate a public hospital in Lafayette. The Advocate reports the "cooperative endeavor agreement" approved Wednesday calls for the changes to begin June 24, a week before the end of the current fiscal year.
Under the agreement, Lafayette General Health System will become the operator of University Medical Center. The deal includes financial arrangements for private administrators to lease the building and equipment and financial reimbursement terms for Medicaid and uninsured patients who are treated in the facility.
THE MAIN SUSPECT IN A TRIPLE HOMOCIDE IN LAKE CHARLES LAST MONTH PLED NOT GUILTY YESTERDAY IN COURT. 18-YEAR-OLD ARMONTA HADNOT ALSO FACES CHARGES OF ATTEMPTED FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND ARMED ROBBERY. A CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE HAS BEEN SET FOR JULY 15TH. 20-YEAR-OLD JERMISKIAN ARVIE, 22-YEAR-OLD DAVID JERMAINE GALMORE AND 20-YEAR-OLD FITZGERALD TREMAYNE GUILLORY WERE PLAYING A DICE GAME AT MCMILLAN PARK ON MARCH 20TH WHEN THEY WERE ROBBED AND SHOT TO DEATH.
ST. LANDRY PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER QUINCY RICHARD SAYS HE WILL FIGHT LEGAL EFFORTS TO REMOVE HIM FROM PUBLIC OFFICE. ST. LANDRY PARISH DISTRICT ATTORNEY EARL TAYLOR FILED A LAWSUIT ON APRIL 11TH THAT CLAIMS RICHARD IS INELIGIBLE TO HOLD PUBLIC OFFICE BECAUSE OF A FELONY CONVICTION IN 2004 FOR FILING FALSE PUBLIC RECORDS. RICHARD WOULD NOT COMMENT ON THE LEGAL BASIS FOR HIS CHALLENGE. PREVIOUSLY HE HAS SAID THAT HE GOT THE FELONY RECORD EXPUNGED, WHICH HE BELIEVED ALLOWED HIM TO RUN FOR OFFICE.
PRO-LIFE ADVOCATES ARE PUSHING TO ADD NEW RESTRICTIONS FOR THE PROCEDURE IN LOUISIANA.
BY A 5-TO-4 VOTE, THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD APPROVED A REQUEST BY THE ACADIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TO ALLOW HER TO RESTAFF THE SCHOOL AND IMPLEMENT TEAM TEACHING. PRINCIPAL LINDA NANCE SAYS HER SCHOOL HAS HIGH-NEED KIDS WHO NEED TEACHERS WHO BELIEVE THAT THEY CAN LEARN. SHE TOLD THE BOARD THAT SHE WOULD NEED 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO HIRE FOUR MORE TEACHERS SO THEY CAN HAVE THREE-MEMBER TEACHER TEAMS. ACADIAN MIDDLE SCHOOL HAS A PERFORMANCE SCORE OF 76-POINT-2, WHICH IS VERY CLOSE TO A FAILING GRADE.
OFFICIALS WITH A LAKE CHARLES INDUSTRIAL PLANT THAT IS IN DANGER OF LOSING ITS PERMIT WILL GO BEFORE THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION ON MAY 13TH. RESIDENTS WHO LIVE OFF OF NORTH GENERAL WAINWRIGHT DRIVE HAVE COMPLAINED THAT BLACK DUST EMITTED FROM INDUSTRIAL CARBON SERVICES HAS COVERED THEIR HOMES AND VEHICLES, AND THEY ARE CONCERNED THAT IT MAY BE A DANGER TO THEIR HEALTH. LAST WEEK, CITY OFFICIALS DETERMINED THAT THE COMPANY IS IN VIOLATION OF THEIR CURRENT ZONING ORDINANCE. AT THE PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION MEETING, OFFICIALS WITH INDUSTRIAL CARBON SERVICES WILL HAVE TO SHOW THAT THEY ARE TAKING THE NECESSARY STEPS TO FIX THE PROBLEM.
THE IBERIA PARISH SCHOOL BOARD COLLECTED 2-POINT-2-3 MILLION DOLLARS FROM SALES TAXES IN MARCH, WHICH IS 7-POINT-6-8 PERCENT LOWER THAN IN MARCH THE PREVIOUS YEAR. HOWEVER, THEY ONLY COLLECTED 1-POINT-8-5 MILLION DOLLARS IN MARCH OF TWO YEARS AGO, WHICH PROMPTED SUPERINTENDENT DALE HENDERSON TO TELL THE ADVOCATE THAT THEY ARE IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE. HE SAYS THE ECONOMY WAS A LITTLE MORE ROBUST LAST MARCH.
Louisiana's state senators want drivers to stop tweeting and posting to Facebook and put their hands on the wheel. The Senate voted 25-9 Wednesday for a proposal to ban social media posts while driving. The bill would expand an existing prohibition on texting while driving to include accessing, reading and posting to sites like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. If passed into law, violators would face a traffic fine of up to $175 for the first offense and up to $500 for second and subsequent violations.