Thursday, June 27, 2013
A motion to give Calcasieu Parish school teachers a pay raise failed 6-5 in a school board budget committee meeting. The raise would have been funded through a new 10-mill property tax that would have been put before voters for approval. The tax would have brought in about $3,000 per teacher and would have raised about $16 million parish-wide. The feeling of those opposed on Tuesday was that the timing was off, considering two existing millages will be up for renewal next spring.
STATE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A FATAL CRASH THAT CLAIMED THE LIFE OF A ST. MARTINVILLE WOMAN. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
THE ADMINISTRATION AT SOUTH LOUISIANA COMMUNITY COLLEGE HAS BEGUN LOOKING FOR PRIVATE DONATIONS FOR A NEW SCIENCE AND HEALTH BUILDING. THE LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE APPROVED THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING, WHICH WILL COST ABOUT 17 MILLION DOLLARS, BUT REQUIRED THE SCHOOL TO RAISE AT LEAST 12 PERCENT OF THE COSTS THROUGH DONATIONS. CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING WILL BEGIN IN 2015. IT WILL HOUSE THE COLLEGEíS RECENTLY APPROVED REGISTERED NURSE PROGRAM AND A HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAM KNOWN AS THE EARLY COLLEGE ACADEMY.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has given state workers a four-day holiday for Independence Day. The governor made Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5, legal holidays through an executive order issued last week. Jindal declared the dates "days of public rest." However, The Advocate reports the order allows appointing authorities to require officers or employees to work on the holidays when it is necessary "for the efficient administration" of those agencies.
THE CALCASIEU PARISH PUBLIC DEFENDERíS OFFICE IS LOOKING INTO WHETHER FELIX VAIL CAN PAY FOR HIS OWN DEFENSE IN HIS SECOND DEGREE MURDER TRIAL. VAIL IS ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS WIFE, MARY VAIL, WHOSE BODY WAS PULLED FROM THE CALCASIEU RIVER IN 1962. HE CLAIMS SHE DROWNED WHILE THEY WERE RUNNING TROTLINES. FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT JUDGE ROBERT WYATT ASKED VAIL IF HE COULD PAY FOR HIS DEFENSE TO WHICH HE REPLIED THAT HE DIDNíT BELIEVE HE COULD.
AN ESTIMATED FOUR HUNDRED PEOPLE WERE ON HAND YESTERDAY AT THE 104TH ANNUAL FIELD DAY PROGRAM HELD AT THE L-S-U AGCENTERíS RICE RESEARCH STATION IN CROWLEY. ONE OF THE SPEAKERS WAS AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER MIKE STRAIN WHO SAYS HE ANTICIPATES AN EXCELLENT YEAR FOR FARMERS. HE SAYS LOUISIANA RICE FARMERS HAVE AN ADVANTAGE THIS YEAR BECAUSE CROPS WERE PLANTED EARLIER AND THERE HAS BEEN PLENTY OF RAIN. HE ALSO THINKS THE FUTURE IS POSITIVE FOR RICE FARMERS WITH EMERGING MARKETS IN CHINA, INDIA AND COLOMBIA.
THE LAFAYETTE GENERAL MEDICAL CENTERíS HAZARDOUS MATERIALS TEAM CONDUCTED A DRILL WITH VOLUNTEERS ACTING AS PATIENTS. THE SCENARIO THEY DEALT WITH WAS A SCHOOL BUS COLLIDING WITH A CHEMICAL TANKER IN BROUSSARD. LAFAYETTE GENERALíS COMMUNITY RELATIONS DIRECTOR, DARRYL CETNAR, SAYS THEY HOLD DRILLS SEVERAL TIMES EACH YEAR AND HOSPITAL STAFF ARE NOT GIVEN ADVANCE NOTICE. HE TELLS THE ADVERTISER THAT LAFAYETTE GENERAL IS THE TRAUMA CENTER FOR THE REGION AND THEY NEED TO BE READY IN CASE OF A REAL EMERGENCY EVENT.
The state's utility regulatory agency is reviving a planned statewide energy efficiency program ó but is delaying implementation to work on modifications.
The Louisiana Public Service Commission has gone back and forth on the program, approving it in December, then shelving it in February. Wednesday's vote restarts conversation about the program. The program would offer incentives to people to make their homes and businesses more energy-efficient, with incentive costs passed along to all utility customers.