News for Tuesday 080514
By Dave Graichen
With school just about to begin in Rapides parish, finishing touches are being put on close to $40 million in construction projects. Martin Park Elementary will open its doors to students again on Aug. 12 after a fire in October 2012 sent faculty and students to the former Hadnot-Hayes Elementary building on Lincoln Road. That project carried with it a $6.7 million price tag. Cafeteria work will continue past the opening of school at several facilities across the district.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal traveled to the Texas/Mexico border on Monday in response to the spike in undocumented immigrant children from Central America illegally crossing the border alone. Also on the trip to McAllen, Texas, are Louisiana House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, and State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson. Following a tour and briefing, Edmonson said he’s concerned about the impact the influx of immigrants could have on safety in Louisiana, as well as public services. Edmonson said in at least three locations they saw where people were trying to make their way into Texas and there was no one there to stop them.
Cleco Corp.’s top executive and several board members are expected to appear at Wednesday’s meeting of the Louisiana Public Service Commission to answer questions related to a possible sale of the Pineville-based utility. Bruce Williamson, Cleco’s president, chief executive officer and chairman of the Board of Directors, has voluntarily agreed to appear, along with at least four board members. That meeing will be open to the public.
Alexandria’s Night Out Against Crime will be held tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Alexandria Public Safety Complex, 100 Bolton Ave., and at other sites around the city. The event is free, and food and entertainment will be provided .Children must be accompanied by an adult. There will be jumpers, a dunk-a-cop booth, police motorcycle demonstration and more. Drawings will be held for bicycles and others gifts..
It’s been reported that former Governor Buddy Roemer has suffered a stroke. According to his son Chas, who was speaking at the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, the former governor suffered the minor stroke about 4 weeks ago, but has already been back at work.
Drivers across the state are now seeing gas prices around $3.30 for a gallon of regular. That’s a good deal lower from where they were last month, and have been dropping at a steady rate of about one cent a day over the last week or so. American Automobile Association fuel analyst Don Redman expects that will continue this month.
Over 190 new people have joined a lawsuit designed to stop the implementation of common core in Louisiana. The additions, mostly concerned Louisiana parents, joined the lawsuit over a less than 48 hour period. The number of lawsuits in involving common core has sky rocketed over the last month, with both sides gearing up for lengthy litigation.
LSU junior safety Jalen Mills participated in team practice Monday afternoon after the East Baton Rouge District Attorney reduced the charges against him from felony second degree battery to misdemeanor simple battery. The charges stem from a May incident where Mills allegedly punched a woman near his apartment. DA Hillar Moore says the felony charge was the arrest charge and his office believes the misdemeanor charge is appropriate after reviewing evidence and reports.
A large percentage of Shreveport Public Works solid waste and disposal service employees did not show up for work Monday. That left over 2 dozen trash trucks unmanned for Monday collections. One employee says workers were told there were no funds for pay raises, and recently, the city bought two street sweepers for about $600 thousand dollars.
According to “Governing” magazine, Louisiana is the seventh most popular state for millennials. Millennials are defined as persons born between 1981 and 2000. The magazine states that 28.5-percent of Louisiana’s population falls into the millennial age bracket. That is the largest age group living in the Bayou State. Excluding Washington, DC, Louisiana has the highest concentration of millennials in the eastern half of the United States.
Flying Tiger Aviation, which trains pilots for work in the agricultural industry, announced Monday it is relocating its operations from Rayville to Bastrop, a move that will create 21 new jobs. The new jobs will have an average salary of $61,000 a year, plus benefits. Flying Tiger will retain 14 existing jobs.