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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tuesday, August 20, 2013





The national sanctuary for retired federal research chimpanzees is expanding to bring in the 60 federally owned chimps remaining at a New Iberia laboratory.

Spokeswoman Ashley Gordon says work has begun to finish seven play areas left incomplete because construction costs skyrocketed after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Attached underground bedrooms were finished before Katrina. Gordon says that when the first play yards are done, some chimps can be brought from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's New Iberia Research Center to Keithville, in northwest Louisiana.





A LAKE ARTHUR POLICE OFFICER HAS BEEN PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE AFTER A SHOOTING OVER THE WEEKEND. POLICE CHIEF CHERYL VINCENT SAYS ARTHUR GUILLORY IS IN STABLE CONDITION WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING INJURIES AFTER BEING SHOT IN THE ABDOMEN BY A POLICE OFFICER. THE OFFICER HAD RESPONDED TO A DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE CALL AT A RESIDENCE ON IOWA STREET SHORTLY AFTER TWO A-M SUNDAY. VINCENT SAYS STATE POLICE ARE CONDUCTING AN INVESTIGATION, WHICH IS STANDARD PROCEDURE WHEN A POLICE OFFICER IS INVOLVED IN A SHOOTING.





NEW COMMON CORE EDUCATIONAL STANDARDS, THAT ARE STARTING TO BE USED IN LOUISIANA SCHOOLS THIS YEAR AND WILL BE FULLY IMPLEMENTED NEXT YEAR, WILL BE A BIG CHALLENGE FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS, ACCORDING TO SEVERAL ACADIANA SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS. AT A FORUM HOSTED BY THE DAILY ADVERTISER YESTERDAY, LAFAYETTE PARISH SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER SAYS THE NEW STANDARDS WILL RAISE STUDENTS TO A HIGHER LEVEL OF ACHIEVEMENT AND EXPECTATIONS WHILE RAISING THE BAR FOR TEACHERS AS WELL. HE SAYS COMMON CORE SETS BENCHMARKS BUT LEAVES THE TEACHERS FREE TO DETERMINE STRATEGIES TO REACH THE NEW GOALS. HOWEVER ST. MARTIN PARISH SUPERINTENDENT LOTTIE BEEBE SAYS IT WOULD BE NICE IF TEACHERS COULD RECEIVE A GUIDE OR TEACHER’S MANUAL, “SOMETHING WHEREBY THEY COULD EXPAND AND BECOME MORE RIGOROUS OR LESS RIGOROUS, DEPENDING ON THE ABILITY OF THEIR STUDENTS.”





A new audit says Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of behavioral health and addictive disorder treatment programs has created confusion and added costs for the local human services districts that provide the care. The review by the Legislative Auditor's Office was released Monday. It looked at the first year of the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership, which shifted management of programs to Magellan Health Services in a two-year contract totaling $354 million. The auditor's office says the privatization has caused problems with claims payments, which have increased costs for the human services districts and have made it more difficult for the districts to get reimbursed for their services.





THERE HAS BEEN AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF SIGHTINGS OF CORAL SNAKES IN CROWLEY, BUT EXPERTS SAY IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO BE CONSIDERED AN OUTBREAK. RESIDENT LAURIE SUIRE DISAGREES, TELLING THE ADVOCATE NEWSPAPER THAT 13 CORAL SNAKES HAVE BEEN SEEN IN NORTHWEST CROWLEY OVER THE LAST YEAR AND A HALF. CROWLEY POLICE CHIEF K-P GIBSON SAYS HE ISSUED A PRESS RELEASE WARNING RESIDENTS ABOUT THE SNAKES BECAUSE SEVERAL WERE SPOTTED IN THE AREA AROUND NORTH CROWLEY ELEMENTARY. HE SAYS EACH OF THE HOUSES WHERE SNAKES WERE FOUND WERE LOCATED ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY, NEXT TO A FARM AREA, INDICATING THE SNAKES WERE MIGRATING FROM DRY FIELDS.





THE CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS A NEW, MORE EFFICIENT I-D SYSTEM FOR ALL SCHOOLS IN THE PARISH. THE DIRECTOR OF INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, JIM CRAWFORD, TOLD K-P-L-C T-V THAT, INSTEAD OF EVERYONE HAVING THEIR OWN SYSTEM, THEY’VE ALL BEEN CONSOLIDATED INTO ONE SYSTEM. HE SAYS THAT WILL SAVE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT MONEY AND KEEP STUDENTS SAFER. NEXT THEY ARE WORKING ON A NEW VISITOR NETWORK THAT TAKES EXTRA MEASURES TO SCREEN GUESTS, WHICH SHOULD BE READY AFTER DECEMBER.





DETECTIVES WITH THE LAFAYETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE IDENTIFIED THE VICTIM IN SUNDAY’S EARLY MORNING SHOOTING AS 51-YEAR-OLD CONNIE BIRCH OF PINEVILLE. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.





Louisiana's unemployment rate held steady at 7 percent in July. A separate survey showed state employer payrolls fell slightly for the second straight month. Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes — were released Monday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Louisiana's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in July 2012.



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