News for Wednesday 052114
By Dave Graichen
Word is construction to renovate the Rapides parish coliseum could begin this summer with construction to be completed in the later part of 2015. Alliance Design Group, headed up by Bill Tudor, is now in the review process with the state Fire Marshal’s Office and soon will submit plans to the city of Alexandria. Once permitting is finished, the Rapides Parish Police Jury can advertise for bids from contractors, a process that should take 30 to 45 days.
The Alexandria Police are investigating shooting at a the Monroe street Save-Most store yesterday afternoon at about 4:30. Police say one man was shot. His name and condition are unknown at this time. So far, there have been no arrests.
Flicking a cigarette butt out of your car window could get you slapped with a hefty fine and community service. Governor Bobby Jindal has signed a bill into law that labels cigarette butts as
litter and allows the fines.
New Orleans has lost its bid to host the 2018 Superbowl game. The announcement was made today that Minneapolis will host the big game. At that meeting, it was reported that Saints owner Tom Benson suffered a fall from the podium, and was taken to the hospital. A spokesman said Benson seems to be ok.
Lapolitics.com reports the Jindal administration is on the verge of borrowing 56-million dollars from the state treasury to pay for expenses at Louisiana’s universities. Lapolitics reporter Jeremy Alford says this is in addition to the 70-million dollars that's already been borrowed to pay for higher ed, because contingency revenues have yet to materialize. The Jindal administration received a 30-million dollar loan from the state treasury in April and then another loan for 40-million dollars.
The Louisiana Senate Tuesday approved legislation that would clarify how landowners could file “legacy lawsuits” seeking to clean up years-old environmental damage. Senators voted 27-12 to send Senate Bill 667 to Gov. Bobby Jindal for his signature turning it into law.
Schools and school districts across the state are preparing to receive the results from the "LEAP" and "iLEAP' tests. "LEAP" tests are given to fourth and eighth graders and factors in whether a
student will be promoted or given remedial work. "iLEAP" tests assess student progress in grades three, five, six, and seven. The Department of Education will be releasing a report on
the numbers in the next few days.
The state House rejects legislation that would have allowed the state Department of Education to survey high school students about their sexual behaviors. The measure failed on a vote of 38 yeas and 55 nays. The bill's sponsor, Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith, says the answers from these questionnaires could help experts develop programs that would prevent teenagers from engaging in sexual behaviors. But the House didn't see it that way and voted the legislation down.
The bill that would allow raw milk to be sold in Louisiana will be heard in a Senate committee today. House Bill 1279, by Carencro Representative Stephen Ortego, passed the House on a 78-19 vote on May 7th. Supporters say raw milk can be used to treat health issues such as asthma and osteoporosis. 40 states allow raw milk sales to consumers.
Former Saints safety Steve Gleason is recovering from surgery to help him breathe as he continues his battle with the degenerative brain disease, ALS. Clare Durrett with Team Gleason says his recovery is going really well. Gleason tweeted after the operation. "I am persistent like a banana tree. Cut me down and I will be back before you know it"
A bill that would put curbs on the use of cellphones by motorists in school zones won final legislative approval Tuesday. The proposal, House Bill 370, bans the use of hand-held cellphones in schoolzones during posted hours if there are signs in each direction that spell out the prohibition.
If you're going to Baton Rouge this weekend for Bayou Country Superfest your hotel might have a shuttle to Tiger Stadium. The Capital Area Transit System is offering service from several area and downtown hotels to Death Valley for just $10 round-trip and $5 one way.