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News For Thursday 5/24/12


NEWS FOR THURSDAY 052412
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

THE HEAD OF THE STATE D.O.T.D. HAS SENT A LETTER TO 5TH DISTRICT CONGRESSMAN RODNEY ALEXANDER ASKING HIM TO FIGHT AIR FORCE PLANS TO DISMANTLE AN AIR NATIONAL GUARD SQUADRON THAT PROVIDES AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL AT ALEXANDRIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. SHERRI LABAS WROTE, CENTRAL LOUISIANA IS IN A FIGHT TO RETAIN 110 JOBS AND AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE, NOT ONLY LOCALLY, BUT CRITICAL SERVICES STATEWIDE AND INTERNATIONALLY. IN MARCH, AIR FORCE OFFICIALS TOLD THE ENGLAND AUTHORITY THAT THE 259TH WOULD BE DISBANDED AND REDEPLOYED TO OTHER LOCATIONS FOR THE AIR FORCE’S DRONE PROGRAM. THE AIRPARK SAYS THE AIR FORCE PLANS TO REDEPLOY THE SQUADRON BY OCTOBER 1ST.

THE FEDERAL BRIBERY RETRIAL OS FORMER RAPIDES PARISH POLICE JUROR STEVE BORDELON WILL BEGIN TODAY. A JURY OF 12 AND TWO ALTERNATES WERE SEATED LAST NIGHT. BORDELON, A MEMBER OF THE JURY FROM 1992 TO 2007, WAS INDICTED IN 2010 ONE COUNT OF BRIBERY . HE FACES UP TO 10 YEARS IN JAIL AND A FINE IF CONVICTED. US DISTRICT JUDGE DEE DRELL IN EARLY NOVEMBER DECLARED A MISTRIAL AFTER A JURY OF 10 WOMEN AND 2 MEN COULD NOT REACH A UNANIMOUS VERDICT IN BORDELON’S FIRST TRIAL AFTER MORE THAN TWO DAYS OF DELIBERATIONS.

THE PERCENTAGE OF LOUISIANA PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS REACHING "BASIC" OR BETTER ACHIEVEMENT LEVELS ON STANDARDIZED TESTS GREW FROM 66 PERCENT TO 68 PERCENT THIS YEAR, MEANING ROUGHLY 10,000 MORE STUDENTS WERE PERFORMING AT GRADE LEVEL. STATEWIDE, IMPROVEMENT WAS NOTED AT ALMOST EVERY GRADE LEVEL AND EVERY SUBJECT TESTED: ENGLISH, MATH, SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES. THE MAJOR EXCEPTION WAS SIXTH GRADE, WHERE THERE WAS NO IMPROVEMENT IN MATH AND DECLINES IN THE OTHER SUBJECTS.

CONTRARY TO WHAY YOU MAY HAVE HEARD YESTERDAY, HOLY SAVIOR MENARD IS PARTICIPATING IN THE LOUISIANA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. DESPITE BEING LEFT OFF THE STATE LIST THAT WAS RELEASED ON TUESDAY, PRINCIPAL JOEL DESSELLE SAID WEDNESDAY THAT THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE STATE TO TAKE PART IN THE PROGRAM.

THE PERCENTAGE OF LOUISIANA PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS REACHING "BASIC" OR BETTER ACHIEVEMENT LEVELS ON STANDARDIZED TESTS GREW FROM 66 PERCENT TO 68 PERCENT THIS YEAR, MEANING ROUGHLY 10,000 MORE STUDENTS WERE PERFORMING AT GRADE LEVEL. STATEWIDE, IMPROVEMENT WAS NOTED AT ALMOST EVERY GRADE LEVEL AND EVERY SUBJECT TESTED: ENGLISH, MATH, SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES. THE MAJOR EXCEPTION WAS SIXTH GRADE, WHERE THERE WAS NO IMPROVEMENT IN MATH AND DECLINES IN THE OTHER SUBJECTS.

A SENATE-BACKED ATTEMPT TO LIMIT HOW THE STATE EDUCATION BOARD CAN WRITE THE PUBLIC SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA RAN INTO A ROADBLOCK WEDNESDAY IN THE LOUISIANA HOUSE. SEN. DAN CLAITOR, R-BATON ROUGE, SAID THE SPENDING PLAN SUBMITTED BY THE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION SHOULD FOCUS ON FINANCES, AND NOT INCLUDE THE BROAD POLICY STATEMENTS ADDED TO THE MEASURE THIS YEAR BY BESE WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE JINDAL ADMINISTRATION. GOV. BOBBY JINDAL AND BESE SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT CLAITOR'S PROPOSAL, PERSUADING THE HOUSE EDUCATION COMMITTEE TO REJECT THE IN AN 11-5 VOTE. THE MEASURE WOULD HAVE RESTRICTED THE LANGUAGE SUBMITTED BY THE STATE EDUCATION BOARD TO MATHEMATICAL CALCULATIONS AND THE DOLING OUT OF DOLLARS. IT WOULD ELIMINATE PROGRAM CREATION PLANS, LIKE THOSE SOUGHT BY THE GOVERNOR AND ADDED INTO THE FORMULA THIS YEAR.

GOV. BOBBY JINDAL'S PROPOSAL TO HIKE THE AMOUNT RANK-AND-FILE STATE WORKERS PAY FOR RETIREMENT HAS ADVANCED TO THE FULL HOUSE FOR DEBATE, DESPITE CRITICISM THAT TYING IT TO PAY RAISES COULD COST THE STATE MORE THAN IT BENEFITS. IT'S UNCLEAR WHEN THE 2 PERCENTAGE POINT INCREASE IN PENSION CONTRIBUTIONS WOULD BE LEVIED ON EMPLOYEES, SINCE WORKERS WOULD HAVE TO GET A 4 PERCENT SALARY BOOST BEFORE A FOUR-YEAR PHASE-IN OF THE CONTRIBUTION INCREASE COULD BEGIN.
THE PROPOSAL HAS BEEN HEAVILY REWORKED BY LAWMAKERS SINCE JINDAL FIRST PROPOSED IT IN A PACKAGE OF PENSION CHANGES THAT HE SAID WOULD HELP DECREASE A MULTIBILLION STATE RETIREMENT DEBT. SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE RETIREMENT COMMITTEE QUESTIONED WHETHER THE PAY RAISE REQUIREMENT, ADDED BY SENATORS BEFORE THEY APPROVED THE MEASURE, LESSENED THE POINT OF THE BILL.

AN ATTEMPT TO TAP INTO LOUISIANA'S "RAINY DAY" FUND TO FILL A $200 MILLION DEFICIT THIS YEAR IS MIRED IN NEGOTIATIONS OVER HOW DEEPLY TO CUT NEXT YEAR'S BUDGET.
MEMBERS OF A BLOC OF CONSERVATIVE HOUSE REPUBLICANS SAY THEY WON'T SUPPORT USING THE RAINY DAY FUND TO FILL THE GAP IN THE CURRENT YEAR BUDGET, UNLESS THE SENATE GOES ALONG WITH LIMITATIONS ON THE USE OF ONE-TIME MONEY IN NEXT YEAR'S SPENDING PLANS. THE STATE HAS A MORE THAN $200 MILLION GAP IN THE BUDGET FOR THE YEAR THAT ENDS JUNE 30, BECAUSE OF WORSE-THAN-EXPECTED PERSONAL AND BUSINESS TAX COLLECTIONS. WITH ONLY A MONTH REMAINING IN THE FISCAL YEAR, CUTS WOULD BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO REACH THE KIND OF ADJUSTMENT NEEDED TO KEEP THE $25 BILLION BUDGET BALANCED.

MURPHY J. PAINTER, A FORMER COMMISSIONER OF THE LOUISIANA OFFICE OF ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO CONTROL, WAS INDICTED BY A FEDERAL GRAND JURY WEDNESDAY ON CHARGES THAT HE ILLEGALLY GAINED NATIONAL CRIME COMPUTER INFORMATION ON A VARIETY OF PEOPLE WHO WERE NOT UNDER CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. FORMAL CHARGES AGAINST THE 59 YEAR OLD PAINTER WERE COMPUTER FRAUD, MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS AND IDENTITY THEFT. THE INDICTMENT COMES MORE THAN A YEAR AFTER A REPORT FROM LOUISIANA INSPECTOR GENERAL STEPHEN STREET'S OFFICE SAID PAINTER ILLEGALLY GAINED STATE AND FEDERAL INFORMATION ON A STATE REPRESENTATIVE, STATE DISTRICT COURT JUDGES, STAFF MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNOR'S OFFICE AND THE WIFE OF A U.S. SENATOR.

A JUDGE AWARDED $160,000 TO A BAYOU BLUE MAN WHO SAID HE WAS LABELED A CHILD SEXUAL PREDATOR IN EMAILS AND FLYERS SENT BY HOUMA POLICE. STATE DISTRICT JUDGE JOHNNY WALKER LAST MONTH RULED THAT THE MAN WAS PUBLICLY DEFAMED AND THAT HIS RIGHT TO PRIVACY WAS VIOLATED. ON MONDAY, WALKER AWARDED THE MAN $160,000 IN DAMAGES AND EXPENSES FROM TERREBONNE PARISH AND HOUMA POLICE. THE MAN'S LAWSUIT STEMMED FROM AN INCIDENT IN OCTOBER 2008 WHEN HE HAD STOPPED ON A PUBLIC JOGGING PATH NEAR A SCHOOL AS CHILDREN PLAYED OUTSIDE. THE MAN WAS HE WAS RESTING DURING A RUN, BUT POLICE WERE CALLED. THE MAN WAS NEVER ARRESTED OR CHARGED BUT INFORMATION ABOUT HIM WAS DISTRIBUTED.

A BILL THAT WOULD REDUCE VOTING HOURS IN LOUISIANA ADVANCES IN THE SENATE AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND NOW HEADS TO THE SENATE FLOOR FOR A FINAL VOTE. THE BILL WOULD ALLOW POLLS TO OPEN AT 7AM INSTEAD OF 6 AM MAKING THE DAY 13 HOURS INSTEAD OF 14. SECRETARY OF STATE TOM SCHEDLER SAYS IT'S BECOMING INCREASINGLY HARDER TO FIND POLL COMMISSIONERS WHO ARE WILLING TO WORK 14-HOUR DAYS. LOUISIANA IS ONE OF FOUR STATES WITH A 14 HOUR VOTING PERIOD WHICH IS
THE LONGEST IN THE COUNTRY.

THE STATE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION HAS VOTED TO ALLOW AT&T TO DISCONTINUE HOME DELIVERY OF THE WHITE PAGES PHONE BOOK. THE VOTE WAS 4-1. ONLY CHAIRMAN FOSTER CAMPBELL OPPOSED AT&T'S REQUEST. THE WHITE PAGES WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE IF A CUSTOMER REQUESTS THE. BUT, AT&T SAYS IT WILL SEE CONSIDERABLE SAVINGS, BY HAVING TO PRINT FAR FEWER COPIES. ONE THING THE PHONE COMPANY WILL NOT DO AWAY WITH, AT&T WILL STILL SEND EACH RESIDENCE A PHONE BOOK, CONTAINING BUSINESS LISTINGS AND THE YELLOW PAGES. THAT SECTION OF THE PHONE BOOK GENERATED A GREAT DEAL OF INCOME FOR THE UTILITY.

A PROPOSAL TO TOUGHEN LOUISIANA'S BAN ON EUTHANASIA IS NEARING FINAL LEGISLATIVE PASSAGE, AFTER ADVANCING TO THE SENATE FLOOR WITHOUT OBJECTION WEDNESDAY BY THE SENATE HEALTH AND WELFARE COMMITTEE. THE HOUSE-APPROVED MEASURE WOULD SPELL OUT THAT SOMEONE AUTHORIZED TO APPROVE MEDICAL PROCEDURES FOR ANOTHER PERSON MAY NOT APPROVE ANY PROCEDURE THAT WOULD BE CONSIDERED ASSISTED SUICIDE. THAT PROHIBITION ALSO WOULD BE EXTENDED TO INCLUDE SURGICAL OR MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED OR NURSING HOME RESIDENTS WHO MAY BE UNABLE TO MAKE THEIR OWN MEDICAL DECISIONS. LOUISIANA ALREADY HAS A PROHIBITION IN CRIMINAL LAW AGAINST EUTHANASIA AND ASSISTED SUICIDE. THE BILL WOULD ADD THE PROHIBITION TO THE STATE'S MEDICAL CONSENT LAW.

THE LEGISLATURE HAS REAFFIRMED THAT AMERICAN HISTORY AND CIVICS COURSES IN LOUISIANA'S PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOLS SHOULD INCLUDE INSTRUCTION ON THE NATION'S "FOUNDING PRINCIPLES." SENATORS GAVE FINAL LEGISLATIVE PASSAGE TO THE MEASURE (HOUSE BILL 436) BY REP. JOE HARRISON, R-NAPOLEONVILLE. IT WILL 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.

PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO GET INSTRUCTION ABOUT CELL PHONE SAFETY, UNDER A MEASURE THAT RECEIVED FINAL PASSAGE IN THE SENATE. THE STATE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION WILL HAVE TO DEVISE THE TEACHING MATERIALS ON TOPICS INCLUDING: RECOGNITION AND REPORTING OF ELECTRONIC SOLICITATIONS BY SEXUAL PREDATORS, RISKS OF TRANSMITTING PERSONAL INFORMATION AND COPYRIGHT LAWS ON PHOTOS, MUSIC AND VIDEOS.

VOTERS WILL DECIDE IN THE NOV. 6 ELECTION WHETHER A JUDGE SHOULD BE ABLE TO STRIP A PUBLIC OFFICIAL'S RETIREMENT BENEFITS IF THAT OFFICIAL WAS CONVICTED OF A FELONY RELATED TO HIS OFFICE. THE CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE RECEIVED FINAL PASSAGE WITH A SENATE VOTE. THE BENEFIT FORFEITURE WOULD ONLY APPLY TO SOMEONE EMPLOYED OR ELECTED AFTER JAN. 1, 2013.

THE NEW LSU PUBLIC HOSPITAL PLANNED FOR NEW ORLEANS, WILL BE NAMED, THE REV. AVERY C. ALEXANDER ACADEMIC RESEARCH HOSPITAL, UNDER A MEASURE THAT RECEIVED FINAL PASSAGE WEDNESDAY. THE BILL HEADS TO THE GOVERNOR. ALEXANDER WAS A CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER IN LOUISIANA AND FORMER STATE LAWMAKER.

LOUISIANA GOV. BOBBY JINDAL PLANS TO ATTEND A RALLY FOR WISCONSIN GOV. SCOTT WALKER IN MILWAUKEE AND ALSO JOIN HIM AT A FUNDRAISER FOR THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION. BOTH EVENTS ARE PLANNED FOR TODAY BUT FEW DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED. A SPOKESMAN FOR THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION CONFIRMED THE FUNDRAISER WAS CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC BUT DID NOT RELEASE ANY MORE DETAILS.

THE ASCENSION PARISH SHERIFF'S OFFICE SAYS A MOTHER HAS BEEN ARRESTED ON CHILD DESERTION CHARGES AFTER HER TWO-YEAR-OLD DROWNED IN A SWIMMING POOL. CHIEF DEPUTY TONY BACALA SAYS ON MAY 9TH, 22-YEAR-OLD FALLON GAUTREAU LEFT HER TODDLER PLAYING BY THE POOL AND WENT TO THE STORE WITH THE CHILD'S GRANDMOTHER. BACALA SAYS THE CHILD WAS ALIVE WHEN RESPONDERS ARRIVED, BUT DIED TWO DAYS LATER AT A LOCAL HOSPITAL. HE SAYS THE CHILD'S GRANDFATHER WAS IN THE HOME BUT WAS UNAWARE MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER HAD LEFT.







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