News for Friday 071814
By Dave Graichen
Very sad story out of Terrebonne Parish. State Police say a 31-year-old mother and her 3-year-old daughter died after their vehicle was submerged into a canal in Dularge Wednesday evening. They say Ashely Worrell of Theriot was driving her Nissan Titan when she traveled off the road and entered the canal. She and her young child were both pronounced dead.
A small child was struck and killed by her father's truck in Bossier City. The tragic incident occurred Thursday morning as 27-year-old Damion Dacaldacal (Duh-call-duh-call) was preparing to take his three children to daycare. Authorities say at some point the man lost track of one of his children, striking his 14-month-old child as he pulled out of the driveway. The case is being treated as a tragic accident, and charges are not expected.
Wet weather is expected over much of the state over the next couple of days. Donald Jones, with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, says this week's rare cold front is moving out of the state and a low pressure system is moving in from Texas. He says the rainy pattern should last through Saturday evening. Jones says the rainfall totals will range from two to three inches, with localized areas possibly getting four inches.
A meeting between Governor Jindal and Education Superintendent John White does not produce an agreement on where to go from here when it comes to having a standardized test in place for the upcoming school year. This dispute erupted when Governor Jindal used executive authority to keep tests associated with Common Core out of Louisiana. White says BESE leaders believe they have the legal authority to determine the type of standardized test students should take, but the Jindal administration has made it clear they should be involved in that process. White says legal action may be needed to settle this impasse...
The idea of shifting state money traditionally used to pay for public school education into a fund that would pay for construction at the charter schools chilled some members of the State Bond Commission. The panel of high ranking state officials that oversee borrowing by government agencies asked the not-for-profit corporation running the charter school to delay its request until its officials could answer some of the questions about using part of the the Minimum Foundation Program, called MFP, to repay construction loans. The $3.6 billion MFP is the key source of funding for about 700,000 public school students.
The Louisiana State Police Retirement System Board is looking into how State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson and another trooper received a large increase in retirement benefits as a result of a bill that passed in the final hours of the legislative session. An analysis of the law that passed shows it will cost the state an extra 300-thousand dollars. Edmonson has told reporters if an
investigation shows the retirement increase is not legal, he won't take the added benefits.
According to Forbe's magazine, the New Orleans Saints are the 36th most valuable sports team in the world. The magazine estimates the Saint's value at just over 1-billion dollars, up from 971-million dollars a year ago. That ranks the Black and Gold 23rd among NFL franchises.
Governor Bobby Jindal announces a Chinese firm will be building a $1.85 billion dollar world-scale methanol manufacturing complex on the Mississippi River in St. James Parish. Yuhuang Chemical will create over 23 hundred indirect jobs with 400 new direct jobs.
Specialty hot sauce makers from around the globe are making their way to Lafayette this weekend for the inaugural Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival, where they hope to introduce hot sauce aficionados to new blends and spicy flavors. Descending upon the shady oaks and Cajun houses of Lafayette’s Acadian Village will be more than 100 vendors, including 30 different hot sauce makers, nine bloody mary mix makers, and arts and crafts makers.
Ku Klux Klan recruitment flyers are popping up in south Lake Charles. The flyers are contained in Ziploc bags and residents have found them in their driveway. The flyers say "Save our Land, Join
our Klan" and "Our Race is Our Nation." There's also a telephone number to call which leads you to this recorded message. The phone number on the flyer has an area code out of North
Carolina. Lake Charles Police say they are investigating, but they point out the KKK or any group is entitled to freedom of speech.
Unbelievable. That's just one of the words used by Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith to describe the case of a local store owner who found one of his company checks missing, and later discovered a
store employee forging it to receive services from a prostitute. The surveillance video clearly showed 24 year old Charles West involved in a sexual act inside the store. He was charged with theft, forgery and solicitation of a prostitute.