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News For Thursday 05/10/12


NEWS FOR THURSDAY 051012
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

YESTERDAY WAS CENTRAL LOUISIANA DAY AT THE STATE LEGISLATURE, A DAY IN WHICH SEVERAL LOCAL OFFICIALS TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO LOBBY AGAINST THE CLOSURE OF DABADIE CORRECTIONAL CENTER IN PINEVILLE AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF A PRISON IN AVOYELLES PARISH. BUT, WHEN THE DAY WAS DONE, MOST WHO MADE THE TRIP TO BATON ROUGE FELT LESS THAN OPTIMISTIC. ALEXANDRIA MAYOR JACQUES ROY, PINEVILLE MAYOR CLARENCE FIELDS AND OFFICIALS WITH THE LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND ENGLAND AUTHORITY MADE THE JOURNEY TO GIVE THEIR SIDE OF THE STORY . THIS IS THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW CHANGES AT THE TWO FACILITY HAVE BEEN PUSHED BY THE GOVERNOR.

STATE EDUCATION SUPERINTENDENT JOHN WHITE WAS IN ALEXANDRIA ON WEDNESDAY TO LEAD ONE OF ABOUT 20 TOWN HALL-STYLE MEETINGS AIMED AT INFORMING THE STATE'S EDUCATORS ABOUT PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE EDUCATION SYSTEM. WHITE SAYS THE PURPOSE OF THE MEETINGS IS TO GATHER INPUT FROM EDUCATORS AND TO HELP DRAFT THE FINAL PLAN WHICH WILL BE PUBLISHED TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH. THE 18-PAGE PRESENTATION HIGHLIGHTS THE STATE'S PREVIOUS STATISTICS, PROPOSES TOOLS FOR PLAN IMPLEMENTATION ON BOTH THE SCHOOL SYSTEM AND STATE LEVELS, AND OUTLINES A NEW CURRICULUM AND ASSESSMENT GUIDELINES.

FORBES MAGAZINE RECOGNIZES TWO AREAS FROM LOUISIANA AS SOME OF THE BEST PLACES IN THE COUNTRY FOR JOBS. LAFAYETTE RANKS NUMBER ONE AMONG MID-SIZE CITIES FOR JOBS, WHILE NEW ORLEANS-METAIRIE RANKS 13TH AMONG LARGE METRO AREAS. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SECRETARY STEPHEN MORET SAYS LAFAYETTE'S EMPLOYMENT GROWTH IS UP FIVE-PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR. THE NEW ORLEANS-METAIRIE ECONOMY AREA IS ON THE RISE, AS WELL, FOLLOWING HURRICANE KATRINA. MORET SAYS THEY'VE SEEN A GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF FORTUNE 500 COMPANIES WHO ARE HIRING...

A LENGTHY DEBATE IS EXPECTED TODAY ON THE HOUSE FLOOR OVER A PROPOSED 25-BILLION DOLLAR SPENDING PLAN FOR THE FISCAL YEAR THAT BEGINS JULY 1ST. POLITICAL ANALYST BERNIE PINSONAT SAYS THE BIG DISPUTE IS OVER A PLAN TO USE 346-MILLION DOLLARS IN SO-CALLED ONE-TIME MONEY TO FILL BUDGET HOLES. PINSONAT SAYS THE BUDGET AS IT STANDS NOW CALLS FOR AT LEAST 71-MILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS TO LOUISIANA PUBLIC COLLEGES AND THE APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE STRIPPED 158-MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HOSPITALS. THE COMMITTEE ALSO STRIPPED FROM THE BUDGET $1.7-MILLION TO KEEP THE INSPECTOR GENERAL'S OFFICE UP AND RUNNING.

THE LOUISIANA SENATE DELAYED DEBATE WEDNESDAY ON GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S PUSH TO CHARGE RANK-AND-FILE STATE WORKERS MORE AND MAKE THEM WAIT LONGER FOR THEIR PENSION BENEFITS, AMID QUESTIONS ABOUT WHETHER THE BILLS HAVE ENOUGH VOTES TO PASS. SEN. ELBERT GUILLORY SCRAPPED HIS PLANS TO BRING UP THE TWO CENTERPIECE PROPOSALS AFTER A FIRST AND LESS-CONTROVERSIAL BILL SOUGHT BY JINDAL TOOK TWO VOTES BEFORE REACHING ENOUGH SUPPORT FOR PASSAGE. GUILLORY SAID HE PLANNED TO MAKE THE ROUNDS WITH SENATORS TO AGAIN TALLY HIS VOTES ON MEASURES TO RAISE THE RETIREMENT CONTRIBUTION RATE BY 2 PERCENTAGE POINTS AND TO PUSH BACK THE RETIREMENT AGE FOR GETTING FULL BENEFITS.

A HOUSE COMMITTEE HAS UNANIMOUSLY PASSED A BILL AIMED AT CURBING BULLYING IN LOUISIANA SCHOOLS. BATON ROUGE REP. PATRICIA SMITH SAYS SHE WAS MOTIVATED TO FILE ANTI-BULLY LEGISLATION AFTER A POINTE COUPEE PARISH GIRL--WHO WAS BULLIED AT SCHOOL--COMMITTED SUICIDE. THE MEASURE WOULD REQUIRE SCHOOL BOARDS TO ADOPT ANTI-BULLY POLICIES, WHERE MANY HAVE NONE. THE BILL WILL GO NEXT TO THE FULL HOUSE FOR DEBATE AND VOTE.

LSU CHANCELLOR MIKE MARTIN HAS BEEN APPROACHED BY ANOTHER UNIVERSITY ABOUT TAKING THE SAME JOB THERE. IT'S BEING REPORTED COLORADO STATE IS INTERESTED IN HIRING MARTIN AND ITS GOVERNING BOARD WILL HOLD A MEETING TOMORROW TO DISCUSS THE SEARCH FOR A NEW CHANCELLOR. MARTIN TOLD A BATON ROUGE NEWSPAPER HE WILL GIVE STRONG CONSIDERATION TO THE OFFER. LSU HAS SEEN A NUMBER OF SERIOUS PROBLEMS COME UP IN RECENT WEEKS INCLUDING DEEP BUDGET CUTS, THE POTENTIAL LOSS OF LSU-SHREVEPORT AND UNREST AMONG FACULTY AND STAFF. SOME SEE MARTIN'S POTENTIAL DEPARTURE AS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO PRESS FOR A MERGER OF THE CHANCELLOR'S OFFICE WITH THAT OF THE SYSTEM PRESIDENT TO SAVE THE STATE MONEY.

A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN IN GRAND ISLE, IN COASTAL JEFFERSON PARISH YESTERDAY. MAYOR DAVID CAMARDELLE SAYS THEY DODGED A BULLET. JUST A HANDFUL OF HOMES AND STRUCTURES WERE DAMAGED. NO ONE IS REPORTED HURT.

A PROPOSAL THAT WOULD MAKE IT EASIER FOR BREAKAWAY SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO FORM IN PARISHES FAILED TO WIN ENOUGH VOTES FOR PASSAGE WEDNESDAY IN THE LOUISIANA HOUSE. REP. ALAN SEABAUGH'S BILL (HOUSE BILL 609) WOULD TAKE OUT A CURRENT REQUIREMENT THAT BREAKAWAY DISTRICTS GET SUPPORT FROM VOTERS STATEWIDE AND INSTEAD REQUIRE ONLY VOTERS IN THE PARISH WHERE THE NEW DISTRICT IS PROPOSED TO DECIDE ON THE IDEA. CRITICS SAID THE BREAKAWAY DISTRICTS COULD STRIP DOLLARS AWAY FROM SOME OF THE NEEDIEST, MOST AT-RISK PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND THEY SAID THE CREATION OF NEW SCHOOL DISTRICTS AFFECTS THE FINANCING FOR ALL DISTRICTS AROUND THE STATE AND SHOULD HAVE TO GET STATEWIDE APPROVAL. THE HOUSE VOTED 53-44 FOR THE BILL, BUT SINCE IT WOULD REQUIRE A CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE, IT NEEDED 70 VOTES TO PASS.

THE HOUSE VOTED 88-9 YESTERDAY THAT AMERICAN HISTORY AND CIVICS COURSES IN LOUISIANA'S PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS SHOULD INCLUDE INSTRUCTION ON THE NATION'S "FOUNDING PRINCIPLES. THE PROPOSAL (HOUSE BILL 436) BY REP. JOE HARRISON, R-NAPOLEONVILLE, WOULD REQUIRE TEACHING ON THE STRUCTURE OF GOVERNMENT, SEPARATION OF POWERS, FREE ELECTIONS, EQUAL JUSTICE, PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS, FEDERALISM, DUE PROCESS, INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY AND THE BILL OF RIGHTS.
THE BILL MOVES TO THE SENATE FOR DEBATE.

A $325 MILLION BORROWING PLAN TO REPAIR AND UPGRADE RURAL ROADS ACROSS LOUISIANA HAS RECEIVED FINAL LEGISLATIVE PASSAGE. THE PROPOSAL WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED IN A HOUSE VOTE WEDNESDAY. THE BILL HEADS TO GOV. BOBBY JINDAL, WHO SUPPORTS IT. EVERY PARISH BUT ORLEANS PARISH WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE HIGHWAY REPAIR MONEY, WHICH WILL PAY FOR WORK ON ROADS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FEDERAL MATCHING DOLLARS IN THE HIGHWAY PROGRAM. THE PROPOSAL LETS THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT BORROW DOLLARS BY SELLING BONDS TO INVESTORS FOR UPFRONT CASH. THE DEBT WILL BE PAID OFF WITH INTEREST OVER 20 YEARS WITH A POT OF MONEY FROM REGISTRATION, LICENSE FEES AND TAXES ON COMMERCIAL TRUCKS AND TRAILERS.

PEOPLE WHO REPORT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE TO AUTHORITIES WILL GET STATE WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION SO THEY CAN'T BE FIRED, SUSPENDED OR DEMOTED BECAUSE OF THE ALLEGATIONS. THE HOUSE GAVE UNANIMOUS, FINAL PASSAGE TO THE BILL (SENATE BILL 158) BY SEN. J.P. MORRELL, D-NEW ORLEANS. THE PROPOSAL WAS FILED IN RESPONSE TO ALLEGATIONS OF UNREPORTED ABUSE INVOLVING FORMER PENN STATE UNIVERSITY ASSISTANT FOOTBALL COACH JERRY SANDUSKY, WHO IS CHARGED WITH DOZENS OF CRIMINAL COUNTS FOR ALLEGED SEXUAL ABUSE OF EIGHT BOYS OVER 15 YEARS.

THE HOUSE VOTED 61-39 TO DO AWAY WITH THE JOB PROTECTION STATUS CALLED TENURE FOR NEW SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS. THE PROPOSAL (HOUSE BILL 293) BY REP. JOE HARRISON, R-NAPOLEONVILLE, WOULD APPLY TO ANY BUS DRIVERS HIRED AFTER JULY 1. IT WOULDN'T TAKE AWAY TENURE FOR BUS DRIVERS WHO ALREADY HAVE IT. HARRISON SAID LOUISIANA IS THE ONLY STATE IN THE NATION THAT HAS TENURE FOR BUS DRIVERS. THE MEASURE MOVES TO THE SENATE FOR DEBATE.

U.S. SEN. MARY LANDRIEU IS CRITICIZING THE WHITE HOUSE FOR SUBMITTING A COAST GUARD BUDGET FOR 2013 THAT SHE SAYS IS MORE THAN 3 PERCENT SMALLER THAN WHAT THE SEARCH AND RESCUE AGENCY NOW HAS. THE WHITE HOUSE HAS REQUESTED $8.4 BILLION FOR THE COAST GUARD FOR 2013. AT A HEARING OF THE HOMELAND SECURITY APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE, WHICH LANDRIEU OVERSEES, THE LOUISIANA DEMOCRATIC SENATOR SAID WEDNESDAY THAT THE COAST GUARD'S FUNDING WAS INADEQUATE. LANDRIEU SAID THE BUDGET REQUEST CUTS FUNDING FOR NEW COAST GUARD CUTTERS AND HURTS THE AGENCY'S ABILITY TO STOP DRUG TRAFFICKERS.
SHE ALSO SAID THE COAST GUARD NEEDS MORE MONEY TO GET BETTER AT POLAR ICEBREAKING TO HELP OPEN UP THE ARCTIC TO OIL AND NATURAL GAS DRILLING, SHIPPING AND FISHING.

BATON ROUGE PD AND SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES ARREST A MAN IN CONNECTION WITH A SPATE
OF RECENT BANK ROBBERIES. 47-YEAR-OLD PAUL MCCARTHY IS SUSPECTED OF ROBBING THREE LOCAL BANKS, AND ONE BANK BURGLARY...IN EACH CASE WEARING A DISGUISE. MCCARTHY IS ON PAROLE FOR ROBBERY IN JACKSON, MS.


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