News for Tuesday 052014
By Dave Graichen
The Rapides Parish School Board today will hear a report on an application to open a public charter school in Alexandria. The district received an application March 7 from the Louisiana Charter Foundation, Inc., which has partnered with Charter Schools USA, for Alexandria Charter Academy to open for the 2015-16 school year. After hearing public comment and a report from a consultant , the School Board is expected to take action regarding the school..
A 3.6 billion dollar spending plan for public schools was approved by a Senate committee Monday. The Minimum Foundation Program provides much of the financial assistance for nearly 700,000 public school students. It passed the Senate Finance committee on a 10-to-1 vote.
The Louisiana Garden Club Federation has named the City of Pineville the “2014 STATE’S CLEANEST CITY”. Pineville won Category “G”, which was for cities with populations between 9,500 and 14,999. Pineville was competing against the Cities of Crowley, Abbeville and River Ridge in the State finals. The city of Alexandria was also a big winner coming in in first place ahead of Monroe for category I cities..
A bill that attempts to reduce the number of state consulting contracts has been approved by the Senate Finance Committee. The proposal would give the legislature the ability to reject contracts over 40-thousand dollars. State treasurer John Kennedy says any savings generated would go towards higher education. The measure still needs approval from the full senate and then it would
go back to the House, to see if they agree with senate changes.
The police taser death of a Winnfield man is being brought up again, this time by the U.S. Supreme Court. A Winnfield Police officer tased a suspect, Baron Pikes seven times backing January of 2008. The appeals court had already dismissed the civil rights lawsuit by the deceased man's son. But now, the Supreme Court is asking the court of appeals to take another look at the case.
Coming up for debate on the House floor Today is legislation that would allow public school students to be surveyed anonymously on sexual issues. Louisiana ranks 8th in the nation for the number of teen pregnancies and 2nd in the nation for std’s. Supporters of the bill say there is currently no way to evaluate the problem in order to form a solution. Opponents do not see how this bill will do anything to solve those problems.
A woman and two children who are missing in a densely wooded area of St. Martin Parish after a four-wheeler excursion Sunday, have been found safe and sound. A multiagency search Monday involving helicopters, K-9 search teams, and police on foot and all-terrain vehicles combed an area between Parks and St. Martinville. The trio were found late last evening.
Louisiana’s income forecasting panel Monday rejected a push by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration to boost revenue forecasts by $118 million next year, instead choosing a more conservative $65 million increase. Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield told the Revenue Estimating Conference that an outside consulting firm hired by the Jindal administration identified ways for his agency to bolster tax collection efforts and bring in more money for the state treasury. But some members of the conference, which decides how much money state lawmakers and the governor have to spend each year, refused to consider the enhanced collection efforts in the forecast for the 2014-15 fiscal year, saying there’s no way to know if those dollars would appear.
The 2014 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday happens this Saturday and Sunday. It gives residents the chance to get ready for storm season before the Atlantic Hurricane Season starts on June 1. Byron Henderson of the State Department of Revenue says you can buy emergency supplies without having to pay the 4% state sales tax. Flashlights, batteries, portable generators, and other emergency will be exempt from state sales taxes this weekend. For a full list of state tax exempt items, go online to revenue.louisiana.gov/hurricaneprep.
Metairie Representative Cameron Henry has been named one of the country's "40 political rising stars under 40" by The Washington Post. The 39-year-old Republican has been an outspoken critic of Governor Jindal's budgeting tactics and is one of the leaders of a conservative group of legislators known as the fiscal hawks.
Police in Bossier City say they've made an arrest in connection with the Mother's Day murders of two women. They say 26-year-old Brandan Butler was taken into custody 2am Saturday by officials in Bogalusa. His bond is set at $2 million dollars. A million for each victim.
A big announcement is coming today from the NFL Owner's Meeting in Atlanta. New Orleans, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis are in contention to host Super Bowl 52 in 2018. Minnesota sports reporter David Leatherman says Minneapolis's bid hinges on a brand new stadium projected to open in 2016 The NFL, historically, has awarded Super Bowl to markets that have erected new stadiums. Minneapolis last hosted a Super Bowl in 1992, while Indianapolis and New Orleans last hosted Super Bowls in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
The LSU Tigers are in Hoover, Alabama getting ready for the SEC Tournament. The tourney starts today, but since the Tigers finished in the top four of the conference standings, LSU doesn't play until
tomorrow morning. Since 2008, LSU has won the SEC Tournament four times. The Tigers bring
a four-game winning streak into this year's event.