News for Friday 052314
By Dave Graichen
In the past, Governor Bobby Jindal was an active supporter of the Common Core Education curriculum. But not anymore. In a statement sent out by Governor Bobby Jindal, he compares Common Core to centralized planning in Russia. Jindal says the feds are taking over the new academic standards for public schools and adds that education is best left to local control. BESE President Chas Roemer says Common Core is not a federally run program and it provides freedom to local educators to decide on how and what they'll teach kids. He says the governor's statement is all about presidential politics.
Memorial Day weekend is the official kickoff to the summer travel season and according to AAA between Thursday through Monday a projected 36 million Americans will be hitting the road. American Automobile Association spokesperson Don Redman says this is the most people traveling for the Holiday weekend since the start of the recession.
The big Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge kicks off tonight with mega stars Reba Mcentire and George Strait hitting the stage in Tiger Stadium. The massive country music festival also features performances this weekend by Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Eric
Church. The Holiday weekend festival now spans three days and has become a major economic boost for Baton Rouge.
Legislation that would allow domestic violence situations be grounds for an immediate divorce has won final legislative approval. New Orleans Senator J.P. Morrell's bill now heads to the Governor's desk. The bill would waive the waiting period for divorce where a spouse or child has been abused by the other spouse and when a protective order or injunction has been issued against the other spouse. It passed 35 to nothing.
NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is predicting a 50 percent chance of a below-normal Atlantic Hurricane Season this year. Their 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook calls for a 70 percent likelihood of 8 to 13 named storms, 3 to 6 hurricanes, and 1 to 2 major hurricanes.
All eyes on the governor's desk for the signing of the Optometry bill that got final legislative approval Wednesday. The bill that is widely opposed by the medical community passed on the Senate Floor 25-12.
Legislation that would mandate the LHSAA to use third party arbitration when settling player eligibility disputes has passed on the House floor. The Senate bill is inspired by a 19-year-old
Episcopal student from a "hardship" situation who is too old to play football his senior year. The measure narrowly advanced on a 54-38 vote and has to go back to the Senate for amendment considerations.
A bill that would require homeowners’ insurance firms to disclose their annual losses and premiums by ZIP code won final legislative approval Thursday. The House voted 83-0 to go along with Senate changes to the House-passed bill, which was the final legislative step. The bill would require the state Department of Insurance to compile the data and post the totals online.
Well the LSU did it again, in game 2 of the SEC tournament . The tigers defeated Arkansas 7 to 2. The Tigers will have the day off today and return to face the winner of Florida and Ole Miss on Saturday at noon in a single elimination game. An interesting stat: LSU has now outscored its opponents 74-7 over the past six games.