News for Friday 062714
By Dave Graichen
Fort Polk is one of 30 army bases around the country in jeopardy of losing troops as the Army looks to cut 40-thousand troops from its active duty force. Fort Polk Progress Chairman Michael Reese there's the potential the military base in Vernon Parish could lose 6,500 troops. The Army also considered a large troop reduction at Fort Polk last year, but because of a big lobbying effort from local community and business leaders the base only lost 250 troops. Reese says a similar organized response will be needed again this year. Reese says the Army is now taking public comment on why Fort Polk and other bases should not be subjected to a reduction of troops.
Roosevelt Johnson is running for Alexandria city councilman in District 2. Johnson has previously served on the council for several years, but he does not currently hold a seat. Johnson is known for his door-to-door campaigning, and he says voters can expect the same during the upcoming election. Incumbent Councilwoman Mitzi Lasalle has not announced her plans for this election which takes place in November.
The Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs will be holding a meeting today to discuss issues their members and constituents are having accessing healthcare facilities at the VA medical centers. New Orleans Rep. Nick Larusso is the chairman of the committee. He says they hope to hear from any of their vets who are having problems. Larusso says since VA healthcare is regulated by the federal government, they hope to apply some pressure with expressing issues concerning our veterans and members of our armed forces. Larusso says a change needs to be made with the system because the one in place now is not working.
The Jindal Administration says there shouldn't be any delays in scoring of standardized tests retaken this summer by public school students. Superintendent of Education John White said in a memo that summer retests cannot be scored right now because of Governor Jindal's suspension of the testing contract. The administration says they have notified the testing contractor that the state will pay for test scoring without disruption.
The Department of Education announces that for the second straight year the number of high school students earning a score of 18 or higher on the ACT has increased. 23,560 students in the class of 2014 posted a college-going score, which is an increase of 1,472 students from 2013. They say this will lead to more graduates entering college without having to take remedial courses.
Louisiana State Police and other local law enforcement agencies say, due to about a 30% increase in fatalities, ther are enforcing a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to people who don’t wear their seat belts. Summer Heat 2014 is an enforcement effort targeting unrestrained drivers and passengers, reckless drivers and impaired drivers and it’s underway now.
Shreveport Fire Chief Craig Mulford was booked into the Caddo Parish Correctional Center today on five counts of malfeasance in office, handed down by a Caddo Parish grand jury, They were looking at the fire department's response into allegations of abuse by firefighters involving a mentally disabled man. The chief denies the allegations that he covered up in the investigation.
It's official, the green light has been given for a ride-share program to begin in Baton Rouge. It allows companies like Uber (oober) to provide a cab like service to those individuals seeking a ride. New Orleans is also looking into whether they should allow Uber to conduct business there.