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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013





U-L LAFAYETTE WAS INCLUDED IN A LIST OF THE BEST 281 COLLEGES IN THE UNITED STATES THAT WAS COMPILED BY THE U-S NEWS MEDIA GROUP. U-L WAS ONE OF FOUR LOUISIANA SCHOOLS TO MAKE THE LIST. THE OTHERS ARE L-S-U, LOUISIANA TECH, AND THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS. THIS IS THE LATEST HONOR FOR U-L. LAST MONTH, WASHINGTON REVIEW MAGAZINE RATED U-L THE FOURTH BEST UNIVERSITY IN THE U-S AT HELPING LOW INCOME STUDENTS EARN DEGREES AND PRINCETON REVIEW LISTED U-L AMONG THE NATION’S 377 BEST UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOLS.





THE LAKE CHARLES CITY COUNCIL LAST NIGHT UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED THE BUDGET FOR THE 2013-14 FISCAL YEAR. THEY WERE SCHEDULED TO VOTE ON IT AT LAST WEEK’S MEETING, BUT DECIDED TO MOVE IT TO THIS WEEK SO THAT THEY COULD GIVE IT THEIR FULL ATTENTION. MAYOR RANDY ROACH SAYS THE CITY IS NOW MAKING MORE MONEY FROM THEIR UTILITY FRANCHISES THAN FROM PROPERTY TAXES. HE SAYS THAT’S SIGNIFICANT AT A TIME THAT THE CITY IS ATTEMPTING TO FIND NEW REVENUE SOURCES.





IBERIA PARISH VOTERS WILL DECIDE WHETHER TO RENEW A 21-POINT-9 MILL PROPERTY TAX IN THE OCTOBER 19TH ELECTION. THE TAX WOULD PAY FOR FIFTY MILLION DOLLARS IN RENOVATIONS AT EVERY SCHOOL INCLUDING THE BUILDING OF A NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN THE NORTHERN PART OF THE PARISH. FIVE MILLION DOLLARS WOULD GO TOWARD UPGRADING TECHNOLOGY THAT WILL MAKE SURE THEY ARE READY FOR THE STATE REQUIRED ONLINE ASSESSMENTS THAT WILL BEGIN IN THE SPRING OF 2015. FOR A LIST OF THE PROJECTS, YOU CAN GO TO THE DISTRICT’S WEBSITE AT IBERIA-DOT-K-12-DOT-L-A-DOT-U-S.





A college student from Baton Rouge has filed a public records lawsuit against Superintendent of Education John White. Zack Kopplin, who attends Rice University, says White and the Department of Education have refused to provide documents he's sought about the state's voucher program and a law that allows public school science teachers to use supplemental materials in their classrooms.

Kopplin has criticized both the voucher program and the Louisiana Science Education Act as fostering the teaching of creationism to Louisiana students.

The lawsuit was filed Monday in state district court in Baton Rouge.





THE CHANCELLOR AT SOUTH LOUISIANA COMMUNITY COLLEGE PETITIONED THE LAFAYETTE PUBLIC TRUST FINANCING AUTHORITY FOR A ONE MILLION DOLLAR GRANT TO HELP PAY FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE HEALTH AND SCIENCES BUILDING. CHANCELLOR NATALIE HARDER SAYS THEY ARE RUNNING OUT OF ROOM AND THE 83,400 SQUARE FOOT BUILDING WOULD BE THE HOME TO EXPANDED PROGRAMS THAT ARE POPULAR AND MEET A CRITICAL NEED IN THE WORKFORCE. THE STATE HAS COMMITTED 15 MILLION DOLLARS TO THE NEW BUILDING BUT ONLY IF HARDER IS ABLE TO RAISE ANOTHER TWO MILLION DOLLARS. THE AUTHORITY VOTED TO RESEARCH THE PROPOSAL AND SET NO TIME TABLE FOR MAKING A DECISION.





THE CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL BOARD LAST NIGHT LOOKED AT NEARLY 70 RESIGNATION LETTERS SUBMITTED BY TEACHERS AND OTHER EMPLOYEES. SUPERINTENDENT WAYNE SAVOY SAYS THAT IS NORMAL. HE TOLD K-P-L-C T-V THAT THERE ARE VARIOUS REASONS FOR THE RESIGNATIONS SUCH AS JOB OFFERS IN OTHER SCHOOL DISTRICTS OR THE RELOCATION OF A HUSBAND. HE SAYS THEY KNEW ABOUT MANY OF THE RESIGNATIONS BEFORE THEY CAME IN AND THOSE POSITIONS HAVE ALREADY BEEN FILLED.





RAYNE AUTHORITIES CAPTURED A SHOOTING SUSPECT THEY’VE BEEN SEARCHING FOR. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.





A state district judge has lifted a six-month stay that stalled a Maryland company's civil lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration for cancelling its $200 million Medicaid contract with the state. Judge Tim Kelley dismissed his previous stay order Tuesday on procedural grounds. Kelley said attorneys for the state didn't follow the proper process for giving him evidence that he used to issue the six-month delay. The decision means that Client Network Services Inc., or CNSI, can now proceed with its lawsuit against the Jindal administration.



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