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Wednesday, September 5, 2013

Wednesday, September 5, 2013





A CONCERT AND FAMILY FUN DAY WILL BE HELD THIS SATURDAY AT BLACKHAM COLISEUM TO RAISE MONEY FOR SEARCHES TO FIND DANIELLE WRIGHT, A UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTE STUDENT MISSING AT SEA. JULIE DARCY HAS THE DETAILS.







A TWO VEHICLE ACCIDENT ON INTERSTATE 210 IN LAKE CHARLES LAST NIGHT LEFT ONE PERSON DEAD AND ANOTHER IN SERIOUS CONDITION. CORPORAL LARRY MOSS OF THE LAKE CHARLES POLICE DEPARTMENT SAYS BOTH VEHICLES WERE TRAVELING EAST WHEN ONE REAR-ENDED THE OTHER. IT HAPPENED NEAR THE RYAN STREET EXIT. THE NAME OF THE PERSON KILLED HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED AS POLICE STILL HAVE TO NOTIFY FAMILY MEMBERS.





THE THIRD CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS HAS DENIED A NEW TRIAL REQUESTED BY CONVICTED MURDERER BRANDON SCOTT LAVERGNE OF CHURCH POINT. THE COURT DID NOT GIVE A REASON FOR THE DENIAL. LAST YEAR, LAVERGNE PLED GUILTY TO THE MURDERS OF MICKEY SHUNICK AND LISA PATE. HE CLAIMS HE WAS COERCED INTO A PLEA AGREEMENT AND THAT, BECAUSE OF HEAVY PRESS COVERAGE, THE GRAND JURY COULD NOT BE UNBIASED.





A group of Louisiana education leaders, lawmakers and others is looking at ways to tweak Louisiana's multibillion-dollar public school funding formula. The new task force opened its discussions Wednesday about the $3.5 billion spending plan.

The funding formula, known as the Minimum Foundation Program or MFP, divvies up state dollars to Louisiana's 70 public school districts, based on the number and type of students they have and the individual districts' wealth. Superintendent of Education John White and BESE have sought changes to the payments for special education and gifted students.





COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE MORE LIKELY TO BE SUCCESSFUL WHEN THEY CONNECT WITH OTHER LIKE-MINDED STUDENTS, ACCORDING TO ERIC TRUELL OF CHI ALPHA CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP AT THE U-L CAMPUS. CHI ALPHA IS ONE OF NUMEROUS ORGANIZATIONS SEEKING TO MINISTER TO U-L STUDENTS. CHI ALPHA ATTEMPTS TO DRAW STUDENTS NOT ALREADY INVOLVED IN THEIR MINISTRY THROUGH A FREE MEAL WITH A MESSAGE EVERY WEDNESDAY. CODY GROCE, THE PRESIDENT OF THE BAPTIST COLLEGIATE MINISTRY, SAYS THEY MINISTER TO STUDENTS BY HANDING OUT WATER AND BANANAS ON REX STREET FRIDAY MORNINGS.





THE LAKE CHARLES CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT APPROVED REZONING AN AREA NEAR THE COVE LANE INTERCHANGE FROM RESIDENTIAL TO MIXED USE. SOME RESIDENTS PROTESTED THE REZONING SAYING THEY DIDN’T WANT TO SEE BUSINESSES OR BILLBOARDS IN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD. THE COUNCIL DID APPROVE LEAVING A 70 FOOT STRIP OF LAND RESIDENTIAL ON THE WEST SIDE OF PRIEN LAKE ROAD AS A BUFFER. COUNCILWOMAN MARY MORRIS WAS THE ONLY COUNCIL MEMBER TO VOTE AGAINST THE CHANGE.





AUTHORITIES IN ST. LANDRY PARISH ARE SEARCHING FOR A TEENAGER WHO WAS LAST SEEN IN DOWNTOWN LAFAYETTE MORE THAN 24 HOURS AGO. SHERIFF’S CAPTAIN MEGAN VEZINA SAYS 15-YEAR-OLD ALEXANDRA MARIE DAVIS WAS PICKED UP FROM BEAU CHENE HIGH SCHOOL IN ARNAUDVILLE ON TUESDAY AND THEN DROPPED OFF IN DOWNTOWN LAFAYETTE. VEZINA SAYS DAVIS, WHO IS FIVE FEET TWO INCHES AND 135 POUNDS, COULD BE IN THE SCOTT AREA. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON WHERE SHE IS ASKED TO CALL ST. LANDRY CRIMESTOPPERS AT 948-TIPS.





Louisiana's congressional delegation remains hesitant and uncommitted to President Barack Obama's request for support of a U.S. military strike against Syria. Only one member of the state's delegation, Republican Rep. John Fleming, has taken a definitive stance on the proposal. And he's in solid opposition to U.S. military intervention in Syria for a suspected chemical weapons attack against its own people. Sen. David Vitter received a classified briefing Wednesday as a member of the Armed Services Committee and came away undecided.



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