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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013





TODAY THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL RELEASE THE 2012-2013 PERFORMANCE SCORES FOR SCHOOLS. LAFAYETTE PARISH DISTRICT ACCOUNTABILITY DIRECTOR TOM SPENCER SAYS HE EXPECTS TO SEE IMPROVED SCORES FOR THE PARISHíS ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOLS, BASED ON THE DATA HEíS SEEN. DESPITE THAT, HE EXPECTS THE DISTRICTíS OVERALL GRADE TO GO FROM A B TO A C PLUS. THATíS BECAUSE OF A NEW FORMULA IMPLEMENTED BY THE STATE LAST YEAR THAT COULD SUBSTANTIALLY AFFECT HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMANCE SCORES.





A CAR CRASHED INTO A CONVENIENCE STORE LAST NIGHT, LOCATED AT THE CORNER OF SALE AND RYAN STREETS IN LAKE CHARLES. CLERK BRENDA BAKER TELLS THE AMERICAN PRESS SHE WAS ALMOST HIT BUT RECEIVED ONLY A CUT TO HER FINGER. SHE AND ANOTHER STORE CLERK BOTH SAID THEY RAN WHEN THE CAR CAME INTO THE STORE, AND SEVERAL STUNNED CUSTOMERS WERE IN THE STORE AT THE TIME AS WELL. POLICE AT THE SCENE SAY THEY BELIEVE THE DRIVER ACCIDENTALLY HIT THE ACCELERATOR.





THE ANNUAL BENEATH THE BALCONIES EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE THIS SATURDAY IN DOWNTOWN NEW IBERIA. A SERIES OF TEN LIVE PERFORMANCES OF THEATRICAL VIGNETTES WILL TAKE PLACE AT VARIOUS LOCATIONS INCLUDING HOMES, BUSINESSES AND PUBLIC SPACES ALONG MAIN STREET. THE PERFORMANCES WILL BE ORIGINALS, HISTORICAL PIECES AND EXCERPTS FROM THE CLASSICS. THE PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT TWO SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND A BAGPIPE PLAYER AND A BAND WILL BE USED TO LEAD THE AUDIENCE TO EACH PERFORMANCE. THERE IS NO CHARGE.





The U.S. Justice Department says parents of Louisiana students attending private schools with taxpayer-funded tuition vouchers should not be allowed to intervene in a legal case linking the voucher issue to desegregation orders. The department filed a federal court motion in September claiming new vouchers should not be issued in school districts under longstanding federal desegregation orders unless approved by a judge. Parents and an organization supporting vouchers recently sought to intervene in the case. Gov. Bobby Jindal, a voucher proponent, accused Justice lawyers Wednesday of trying to "muzzle" parents.







THE DRAMATIC INCREASE IN THE PRODUCTION OF NATURAL GAS IS NOTHING SHORT OF A REVOLUTION THAT IS BRINGING ECONOMIC BENEFITS TO THE U-S, ACCORDING TO LOUISIANA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSIONER SCOTT ANGELLE. SPEAKING AT THE LOUISIANA OIL AND GAS EXPOSITION AT THE CAJUNDOME IN LAFAYETTE, ANGELLE SAYS THE AVERAGE FAMILY NOW HAS AN ADDITIONAL 12-HUNDRED DOLLARS PER YEAR BECAUSE LOW NATURAL GAS PRICES HAVE DRIVEN DOWN THE COSTS OF UTILITIES, PRODUCTS AND GROCERIES. ALSO AT THE EXPO, JASON FRENCH OF CHENIERE ENERGY TOUTED THEIR NEW NATURAL GAS EXPORT FACILITY AT SABINE PASS IN CAMERON PARISH, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BE OPERATIONAL BY 2015 OR 2016. FRENCH SAYS THAT, DESPITE NOT YET EXPORTING A DROP IN NATURAL GAS, THEY ALREADY HAVE CONTRACTS IN PLACE FOR THE NEXT 20 YEARS.





BY A 2-TO-1 VOTE, THE THIRD CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEAL UPHELD THE CONVICTION OF TWO WOMEN IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF BRIAN DAVIS, WHOSE BODY WAS FOUND ON WAGON WHEEL LANE IN SOUTH CALCASIEU PARISH IN 2009. THE DEFENSE ATTORNEYS FOR ROBYN LITTLE DAVIS, BRIANíS WIFE, AND CAROLE NOLAND SALTZMANN CLAIMED THERE WERE NINE ERRORS IN THE TRIAL, INCLUDING A LACK OF EVIDENCE AND THE JURY WAS NOT SWORN IN. THE JURY VOTED 11-TO-1 TO CONVICT THE WOMEN OF SECOND DEGREE MURDER. THE DEFENSE ATTORNEYS SAY THEY NOW PLAN TO TAKE A WRIT TO THE SUPREME COURT.





A FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD IS NOW BEING OFFERED FOR ANY INFORMATION LEADING TO THE ARREST OF THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR THE MURDER OF JOSEPH JOHN, ALSO KNOWN AS SMOKE. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.





Louisiana lawmakers are being urged to reach out to their colleagues in other states, to draw more attention to dramatic rate increases in flood insurance costs around the nation. Don Cravins, chief of staff for U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, urged members of the House and Senate insurance committees Wednesday to band together with lawmakers in other affected states, to pressure Congress to lessen the skyrocketing rates. The rates charged through the National Flood Insurance Program are slated to rise steeply for many homeowners around the country, including Louisiana, as part of a bipartisan overhaul of the program passed by Congress last year to cut the federal government's costs. Officials around Louisiana have warned the rate hikes could devastate local economies.



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