Friday, December 20, 2013
(AP) — State police say a man walking along Louisiana Highway 182 east of Jeanerette has been killed in a traffic accident. It happened at 12:15 a.m. Thursday. The victim was identified as 22-year-old Benjamin Breaux of Jeanerette,. A state police news release says a Breaux was hit from behind by a 2007 Ford Focus driven by 51-year-old Elizabeth Delahoussaye of Jeanerette. An investigation into the accident is underway.
It's the news many lower-income families in Acadiana have been waiting for; clinical services for children will be returning to Lafayette's University Hospital and Clinics on Monday. UHC shut down their pediatric clinic last June, due to budget cuts from the state. UHC Chief Executive Officer Jared Stark says it will re-open still living with those cuts. "Well, it's an investment in the community. It's an investment in our commitment to the community to re-establish services that were discontinued over the past few years. So, this was just an investment we needed to make," says Stark. Stark says preparations for the re-opening began a few months ago, but doesn't know when the clinic will be 100 hundred percent up and running. "We actually have the same physicians. We have many of the same staff members that were working at the clinic when it was still open a couple years ago, so we're anticipating our ramp up time to be shorter than usual," says Stark. .He says the timing for the re-opening is coincidence, but couldn't be more perfect. "It actually will make a pretty nice Christmas present for the children of Acadiana," says Stark.
ONE OF THE CO-FOUNDERS OF THE KAJN FAMILY OF MINISTRIES WENT HOME FOR CHRISTMAS. ANNETTE G. THOMPSON JOINED A HOST OF FAMILY AND FRIENDS IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST EARLY YESTERDAY MORNING. SHE WAS A VITAL PART OF STARTING THE PIONEER CHRISTIAN RADIO STATION KAJN-FM IN 1977. HER VISION WAS ALWAYS ABOUT TOUCHING THE LIVES OF PEOPLE FOR THE LORD. SHE SAW THE NEED FOR A PRAYER MINISTRY THUS THE UPPER ROOM PRAYER MINISTRY WAS BIRTHED. THE MINISTRIES THAT SHE HELPED TO FOUND WILL CONTINUE TO BEAR FRUIT UNTIL THE LORD COMES FOR THOSE OF US LEFT BEHIND.
FORMER LA SENATOR AND U.S.CONGRESSMAN PASSED TUESDAY. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
(AP) — A Baton Rouge judge is reconsidering his decision to throw out Gov. Bobby Jindal's revamp of teacher tenure and salary laws. Judge Michael Caldwell had ruled the legislation was unconstitutional because it bundled together too many items spanning Louisiana's education laws. But the Louisiana Supreme Court vacated Caldwell's decision and asked him to re-evaluate his ruling. The Supreme Court said its opinion in a separate education case involving Jindal's statewide voucher program contains new case law for Caldwell to review. In that case, the high court rejected a similar argument that the voucher bill contained too many objectives. The Louisiana Federation of Teachers filed the lawsuit challenging the 2012 law, which limited local school boards' authority, made it harder for teachers to reach tenure and eliminated statewide teacher pay scales.
(AP) — Sixty-three years after he was killed fighting in Korea, the remains of Army Pfc. Jerry Pat Craig have been buried at the Central Louisiana Military Cemetery in Leesville. Craig was killed in December 1950 fighting in the Korean War. His remains were never identified but were buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Hawaii. They were marked as unknown. However, the remains were identified through forensic testing this year and his niece, Anita Fields Gold of Lake Charles, accepted the remains. Fort Polk Brigadier General William Hickman was among the dozens who attended Thursday's burial to support Craig's remaining family members.
(AP) — A 32-year veteran of the military has become the first African-American female command sergeant major in the Louisiana National Guard. The Town Talk of Alexandria reports that Command Sgt. Maj. Veronica LaBeaud (leh-BODE') also is the first woman to reach that rank in the guard's 199th Brigade Support Battalion, 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. LeBeaud was promoted earlier this month in a ceremony at Camp Beauregard in Pineville.
(AP) — If current public school enrollment holds, Gov. Bobby Jindal and lawmakers didn't set aside enough money to pay for the state's public school financing formula. More students showed up in schools this year than were estimated in the formula payment. Barry Landry, a spokesman for the Department of Education, said Thursday the state operating budget included money for 681,000 students. But Landry says the latest enrollment count taken in October showed 8,500 more students in classrooms. That could leave lawmakers with a budget hole to fill. The education department wouldn't release a shortfall estimate. Superintendent of Education John White says budget adjustment requests will come after the February student count. Gaps in formula financing are a near-annual occurrence in the state budget, because the payment is based on enrollment estimates.