News for Friday 061314
By Dave Graichen
Project Road Warrior traveled through Alexandria Wednesday during its inaugural cross-country event. Riders left Seattle on June 5. The Warriors are made up of eight riders, all of whom have been wounded in some way while serving our country. 35 year old Air Force pilot Craig Anders, one of the organizers says, “A lot of (rehabilitation programs) don’t focus on the person. With this, the ride is the rehab. He says they are giving them back a little freedom and independence.” The riders will hang up their helmets in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday.“
Walter Guillory, who served as executive director of the Lafayette and Opelousas housing authorities, was sentenced Wednesday to 28 months in federal prison for bribery and bid law violations. Guillory also had central Louisiana connections as well, working for the Alexandria Housing Authority from December of 1994, to June of 1998. He also served as assistant director of the Boys & Girls Club of Central Louisiana in the late 1990s.
A new poll by the Glascock Group shows a dead heat developing in the 5th Congressional District between incumbent Congressman Vance McAllister and state Senator Neil Riser. In a hypothetical runoff, the survey gives Riser 53 percent while McAllister comes in at 47 percent. Pollster Darrell Glascock says McAllister's showing is no big surprise. Riser has told lapolitics-dot-com he's expecting to make an announcement next week. McAllister has said he's leaving his options open at this time. The poll does suggest voters are willing to give McAllister a second chance. Glascock says when it comes to politics, Louisianians, historically, have been able to forgive and forget.
The Louisiana Federation of Teachers says 87-percent of the teachers they surveyed say their schools do not have the technology required for all students to take the PARCC exam, which is an online exam tied to the new Common Core standards. LFT spokesperson Les Landon says the survey also found most teachers believe their students do not have the computer skills necessary to take online tests. He says this could pose a problem when it comes to judging what a student really knows based on an online test.
Governor Bobby Jindal travels to Iowa this weekend to speak at a Republican Party of Iowa fundraiser tonight, further fueling speculation of a run for the White House. Tonight Jindal is the headline speaker a Road To Victory Reception in Des Moines. He will also speak at Iowa's GOP state convention on Saturday.
Governor Bobby Jindal has signed legislation that would require abortion doctors to have active admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. Opponents of this bill say it could
force the closure of up to four of the five abortion clinics in Louisiana which would lead women to choose an unsafe method of ending a pregnancy. Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life,
Benjamin Clapper, says if these clinics have to close it means they are sub-standard and that means they are not able to reach a higher standard of care.
The ratings for the season premiere of Duck Dynasty are out, and according to overnight research, the show Wednesday night - even with the appearance of Governor Bobby Jindal - lost about 4 million viewers when compared to the season premiere of last year.
A 3-year-old Lake Arthur boy's death has been ruled a homicide by the Acadia Parish Coroner. Authorities say when Keaghyn Parsons was visiting his stepmother on May 19 in Evangeline, he collapsed. The boy was taken to a local hospital where he died. The Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating
Lafayette native Matthew Mosely completed a 15-hour swim across Lake Ponchartrain yesterday. It's believed he is the first person ever to complete the swim. The 47-year-old spent six months training for the 26-mile swim that started at West End Lighthouse and ended in Mandeville. Mosely made the swim to highlight the restoration efforts made by the Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation.
The attorney for LSU defensive back Jalen Mills is speaking out about the arrest of his client on second-degree battery charges, where it is alleged he punched a woman in the mouth. Attorney Brent Stockstill says his client is innocent, and there were several people around when this incident took place and people should not be so quick to judge. Mills has been suspended indefinitely from the LSU football team. A bond hearing is set for late July.
According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend about $7.4 billion dollars less on dad for Father's Day than they did for mom on Mother's Day. They predict dad will get an average of
$113.80 in gifts this year, while mom got $162.94 worth of goodies. But, before you feel bad for dad, we should point out, spending for dad this year is expected to be about $12.5 billion while we spent $19.9 billion for Mother's Day.