Wednesday, December 04, 2013
THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SAYS A PROPOSED TAX PLAN LIKELY WON’T BE CONSIDERED AGAIN UNTIL AFTER NEXT FALL’S SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS. ON NOVEMBER 20TH, A MOTION TO FILE A PUBLIC NOTICE OF A SPRING ELECTION FOR THE TAX PLAN FAILED TO GARNER A SECOND MOTION OF SUPPORT. PAT COOPER TELLS THE ADVOCATE THAT THERE IS NO SENSE PROPOSING THE TAX PLAN AGAIN IF THE SAME PEOPLE ARE ON THE BOARD. A CITIZEN’S COMMITTEE, THAT HAD BEEN MEETING SINCE MARCH, PUT TOGETHER THE PLAN USING A COMBINATION OF PROPERTY AND SALES TAXES TO FUND FACILITY NEEDS ALONG WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT’S TURNAROUND PLAN FOR THE DISTRICT.
ACCUSED MURDERER DAVID CALEB FONTENOT WAS ARRAIGNED MONDAY ON CHARGES RELATED TO SETTING A FIRE IN PRISON. KIM MYERS OF THE CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS IN JUNE, THE 23-YEAR-OLD FONTENOT MANAGED TO SET FIRE TO A BROOM AND HELD IT UP TO THE SPRINKLER SYSTEM. FONTENOT WAS CHARGED WITH AGGRAVATED ARSON AND SIMPLE CRIMINAL PROPERTY DAMAGE. FONTENOT HAS BEEN IN PRISON SINCE 2011, AWAITING HIS TRIAL, WHICH IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN IN MARCH, FOR SHOOTING TO DEATH 20-YEAR-OLD STEPHIN BERGERON OFF OF L-A 27 IN CARLYSS.
THE LAFAYETTE PARISH DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE HAS FILED A BILL OF INFORMATION, CHARGING KERRY WAYNE BERTRAND WITH MANSLAUGHTER IN THE DROWNING DEATH OF SKYLAR LEE CREDEUR IN HER RAYNE HOME THIS PAST AUGUST. D-A MIKE HARSON SAYS THE BILL WAS FILED IN ORDER TO KEEP BERTRAND IN JAIL UNTIL A GRAND JURY IS CONVENED ON DECEMBER 17TH. BERTRAND WAS CREDEUR’S STEPFATHER, WHO WAS FOUND HIDING IN THE ATTIC OF HER HOME AFTER HER DEATH. CREDEUR HAD FILED A PROTECTIVE ORDER AGAINST BERTRAND, SAYING HE HAD REPEATEDLY THREATENED TO KILL HER AND HIDE HER BODY IN A SWAMP.
A federal appeals court has handed BP another victory in its bid to block what could be hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses following the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a judge must reconsider BP's arguments that the settlement shouldn't compensate businesses if their losses can't be directly traced to the massive spill. The panel said U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier erred last month in refusing to consider such arguments from the company. Last month, Barbier said BP and the plaintiffs' lawyers already agreed on an objective method of proving whether or not a loss was caused by the oil spill.
LAFAYETTE POLICE ARE LOOKING FOR A BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
A HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE BUSINESS IN LAKE CHARLES IS THRIVING. LINDA O’DELL OF J&R CARRIAGE TELLS K-P-L-C T-V THAT SHE HAS A LOT OF FUN WITH THE JOB. THEY ARE ENTERING THEIR BUSIEST SEASON. THE RIDES GO UP AND DOWN SHELL BEACH AND PASSENGERS ARE TREATED TO STORIES ABOUT THE HISTORIC HOMES. THE OWNER OF J&R CARRIAGE JUSTIN GILL ASKED DRIVERS ON SHELL BEACH TO BE PATIENT AND CAUTIOUS SO THEY CAN HAVE A SAFE HOLIDAY SEASON.
THE ST. MARY MAGDALEN CHRISTIAN SERVICE CENTER IN ABBEVILLE GAVE AWAY 520 THOUSAND POUNDS OF FOOD IN THE LAST YEAR TO 14 THOUSAND FAMILIES. THE DIRECTOR DEACON RANDY HYDE TELLS K-L-F-Y-T-V THAT’S WAY UP FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR WHEN 100 THOUSAND POUNDS OF FOOD WAS SERVED. HYDE SAYS THEY HAVE A DATABASE WITH 35-HUNDRED FAMILIES AND, IN ONE DAY RECENTLY, 12 ADDITIONAL FAMILIES SIGNED UP. HE SAYS THEY NEED ABOUT 30 TO 35 THOUSAND POUNDS OF FOOD A MONTH TO KEEP THE SHELVES AT THE CENTER FULL.
Louisiana's state school board has backed a two-year delay for some consequences tied to the phase-in of more rigorous educational standards, called Common Core, at public schools. Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported the changes pushed by Superintendent of Education John White. The plan will raise accountability standards — like the grading of students, schools and teachers — to match the Common Core in 2015, with a slow adjustment to toughen school grades set to phase in through 2025.
The Common Core standards are grade-level benchmarks adopted by most states for what students should learn in reading, writing and math.