Tuesday, December 03, 2013
A plan is currently being developed to help reduce accidents on one of the most dangerous intersections in Opelousas. The Daily World reports the Interstate 49 interchange at U.S. 190 has been the scene of 44 accidents with injuries in the past few years, several of them fatal. Opelousas Mayor Donald Cravins said help may finally be on the way. Cravins said the improvements will probably include a new northern entrance into the casino property from U.S. 190 and the installation of what is known as "J-turns" at the various entrances into the highway.
THE MURDER TRIAL OF 23-YEAR-OLD DAVID CALEB FONTENOT, WHICH WAS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN YESTERDAY, HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL MARCH 17TH. FONTENOTíS ATTORNEY, ROBERT SHELTON, ASKED FOR THE CONTINUANCE BECAUSE HE RECENTLY TOOK ON THE CASE AFTER FONTENOTíS ORIGINAL ATTORNEY LEFT THE PUBLIC DEFENDERíS OFFICE. FONTENOT IS ACCUSED OF SHOOTING AND KILLING 20-YEAR-OLD STEPHIN BERGERON IN 2011 OFF OF L-A 27 IN CARLYSS. FONTENOTíS ALLEGED ACCOMPLICE, DEVIN BADON, PLED GUILTY TO NEGLIGENT HOMOCIDE IN JUNE OF 2012.
ON WEDNESDAY, THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD WILL CONSIDER TWO REQUESTS FROM SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER. THE FIRST IS FOR A DAY LONG SESSION TO CLARIFY THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE SUPERINTENDENT AND OF THE SCHOOL BOARD UNDER ACT ONE, A LAW PASSED BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE IN 2012. THE SECOND REQUEST IS FOR ANOTHER DAY LONG SESSION TO WORK OUT THEIR DIFFERENCES, WHICH WOULD BE MEDIATED BY SOMEONE FROM THE COMMUNITY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE BOARD AND COOPER HAVE CLASHED OVER A NUMBER OF ISSUES THIS PAST YEAR, AND COOPER TELLS THE ADVERTISER THAT ITíS TIME TO END THE BICKERING.
First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov. 23, increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims increased to 2,854 from the previous week's total of 2,363. Initial claims were above the comparable week a year earlier at 2,705. The four-week moving average, which is a less volatile measure of claims, increased to 2,558 from the previous week's total of 2,438.
TWO FLOODGATES ARE PLANNED TO HELP PROTECT IBERIA AND VERMILLION PARISHES FROM HURRICANE SURGES. THE IBERIA PARISH LEVEE, HURRICANE AND CONSERVATION DISTRICT IS SEEKING FUNDS TO PUT UP A 26 MILLION DOLLAR FLOOD GATE ON THE DELCAMBRE CANAL. JANET FAULK GONZALES OF THE IBERIA PARISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS THEY EXPECT SOME OF THE MONEY WILL COME FROM THE RESTORE ACT FUND, WHICH HAS 80 PERCENT OF THE CLEAN WATER ACT FINES FROM THE B-P OIL SPILL IN THE GULF. MEANWHILE, THE VERMILLION PARISH POLICE JURY HAS SET ASIDE 12 MILLION DOLLARS TO INSTALL A FLOODGATE ON THE BAYOU TIGRE.
MORE THAN 125 MEMBERS OF PLEASANT HILL BAPTIST CHURCH IN DERIDDER HELD A DRESS REHEARSAL LAST NIGHT FOR A LIVE DRIVE THROUGH NATIVITY THAT WILL BE PUT ON OVER THE NEXT THREE WEEKENDS. AS GUESTS DRIVE, A CD NARRATES THE CHRISTMAS STORY. PASTOR DANNY WILSON SAYS THEYíVE WORKED ON THE NATIVITY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, PUTTING IN OVER ONE THOUSAND MAN-HOURS. PERFORMANCES WILL TAKE PLACE FROM 6:30 TO 9:30 EACH OF THE NEXT THREE FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS.
THERE WAS ANOTHER ARMED ROBBERY IN LAFAYETTE. THIS ONE HAPPENED IN THE THREE THOUSAND BLOCK OF KALISTE SALOOM ROAD. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
Local school boards and public school superintendents are asking for a slow-down of Louisiana's shift to toughened educational standards. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday will consider changes sought by Education Superintendent John White to the roll-out of Common Core standards.
White is asking for a two-year delay for the consequences of the new standards on school grades, teacher evaluations and student promotion policies. The Louisiana School Boards Association and the Louisiana School Superintendents Association said on Monday they want BESE to go further.