A Vermillion Parish teacher ejected from a school board meeting and roughly handcuffed in a video-recorded arrest after she questioned her superintendent’s pay raise says she thinks a lawsuit is likely in the case. Deyshia Hargrave declined, at first, to say with certainty whether she would file a lawsuit in the matter. She later said she felt like her First Amendment rights had been violated and, “I feel like, yeah, there will be a lawsuit filed for that.” About 100 people chanting “Stand by Deyshia” and waving signs heralding free speech gathered in a light rain Thursday night to support Hargrave.
MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY IS OPENING THEIR CLASSROOMS NEXT FRIDAY TO HIGH SCHOOLERS WHO HAVE AN INTEREST IN BECOMING A TEACHER. SIXTY JUNIORS AND SENIORS FROM TEN HIGH SCHOOLS IN CALCASIEU AND CAMERON PARISHES WILL BE ALLLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE EVENT CALLED “GEAUX TEACH.” THEY’LL GET TO TOUR THE FACILITY, TALK WITH MCNEESE FACULTY AND STUDENTS AND ROTATE THROUGH SESSIONS ABOUT HANDS-ON TEACHING. ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF EDUCATION DR. KATIE WILLIAMS TELLS KPLC TV THEY WANT INTERESTED STUDENTS TO COME TO THE CAMPUS TO EXPERIENCE WHAT TEACHING IS ALL ABOUT AND WHAT THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS TO OFFER.
THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM IS CONTINUING TO INSTALL CAMERAS IN THEIR SCHOOL BUSES AND SAY ALL OF THEIR ROUTE BUSES SHOULD BE EQUIPPED BY MID-FEBRUARY. JEFF HORCHAK HAS MORE.
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Louisiana is developing a proposal to impose work requirements on certain adult Medicaid recipients, as the Trump administration announced it will allow states to enact such provisions. Gov. John Bel Edwards said this week that his administration is “actively working” on the concept, which would require federal approval to be enacted. The Democratic governor said he wants the work requirements to be “reasonable,” impacting only able-bodied adult Medicaid recipients, with exceptions for people in school or educational training programs.
Edwards said Louisiana has hired a consulting firm that helped develop a Medicaid work requirement proposal for Kentucky, which is awaiting a federal decision.
A BRIDGE NEAR THE LAFAYETTE AND VERMILLION PARISH LINE HAS BEEN CLOSED BECAUSE IT IS IN DANGER OF COLLAPSING. ONE OF THE WOOD PILINGS UNDER THE GALLET ROAD BRIDGE THAT CROSSES THE DARBY COULEE IS SEVERELY DAMAGED. MARC DUBROC SAYS IT WILL REMAIN CLOSED UNTIL THEY CAN GET THE FUNDS TO MAKE THE REPAIRS. DETOUR ROUTES HAVE BEEN ESTABLISHED AND MARKED WITH SIGNS.
WESTLAKE POLICE HAVE MADE AN ARREST IN A WEDNESDAY NIGHT SHOOTING IN WHICH ONE MAN WAS KILLED. WHEN POLICE ARRIVED IN THE 16-HUNDRED BLOCK OF SAMPSON STREET, THEY FOUND 20-YEAR-OLD JALEN ORTELLI HANDY OF WESTLAKE FACE DOWN ON THE GROUND AND WERE UNABLE TO REVIVE HIM. THEY LATER ARRESTED 22-YEAR-OLD DERRICK RYAN SMALL OF SULPHUR WITHOUT INCIDENT. SMALL FACES A SECOND DEGREE MURDER CHARGE AS WELL AS NUMEROUS DRUG CHARGES AND HIS BOND WAS SET AT ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
KAPLAN POLICE CHIEF BOYD ADAMS SUBMITTED A PLEA OF NOT GUILTY YESTERDAY TO MALFEASANCE IN OFFICE. ADAMS IS ACCUSED OF TAKING SEVEN THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE DEPARTMENT FOR PERSONAL USE. HIS ATTORNEY SUBMITTED HIS PLEA IN WRITING AT HIS ARRAIGNMENT YESTERDAY. ADAMS PLANS TO FINISH OUT HIS TERM IN OFFICE AND IS NOT SEEKING REELECTION.
The Louisiana lawmaker leading a study of the state’s TOPS free college tuition program is recommending a rewrite of how awards are doled out to students. Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish, a Jennings Republican, wants to lessen the amount of tuition covered for students who reach the basic award for a four-year college, to give them a flat $4,000 payment for the year. He’s proposing to increase payments to higher-performing students. Morrish offered the idea Thursday to a legislative task force reviewing the TOPS program amid cost concerns.
ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF K-P GIBSON IS HOSTING A “COFFEE WITH THE SHERIFF” EVENT TOMORROW MORNING AT EIGHT A-M AT THE RICE PALACE RESTAURANT. HE WILL GIVE AN UPDATE ON PROGRESS IN THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND ANSWER QUESTIONS. EVERYONE IS INVITED.