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News For Monday 07/16/12


NEWS FOR MONDAY 071612
BY DAVE GRAICHEN

JINDAL ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS WILL MAKE DEEPS CUTS IMMEDIATELY TO LSU-RUN HEALTH FACILITIES AND ELIMINATE OVER 320 JOBS TO COPE WITH AN $859-MILLION REDUCTION IN FEDERAL MATCHING FUNDS FOR STATE HEALTH CARE FOR THE POOR. STATE FUNDING FOR LSU HOSPITALS WILL BE REDUCED BY OVER $316-MILLION. CUTS WILL ALSO COME TO BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES. CUTS WILL ALSO BE MADE TO SERVICES FOR THE AGING, CITIZENS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES AND MORE. DETAILS OF THE PLANNED CUTS ARE ONLINE AT "DHH.LOUISIANA.GOV.

A SURVEY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SHOWS MOST LOUISIANA SCHOOLS LACK THE COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY TO TAKE PART IN THE NEW COMMON CORE CURRICULUM, WHICH BEGINS IN TWO YEARS. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION CHIEF OF STAFF, NICK BOLT, SAYS A SHORTAGE OF STATE AND LOCAL EDUCATION DOLLARS PRESENTS A CHALLENGE FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS THAT NEED TO BUY HUNDREDS AND EVEN THOUSANDS OF COMPUTERS IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS. THE REPORT SAYS THAT ONLY FIVE SCHOOL SYSTEMS CURRENTLY MEET THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS. THE REPORT ALSO SAYS THAT OF THE MORE THAN 197-THOUSAND COMPUTERS IN LOUISIANA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, ONLY 39-PERCENT ARE TECHNICALLY ADEQUATE. BOLT AGREES, GETTING ALL THE STATE'S SCHOOLS READY IS A FORMIDABLE TASK.

PRESUMPTIVE REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE MITT ROMNEY WILL BE IN LOUISIANA TODAY FOR A FUNDRAISER IN BATON ROUGE. ROMNEY WILL APPEAR AT A LUNCHEON. BUT BEFORE YOU TREK DOWN TO BATON ROUGE, THE EVENT IS BY INVITE ONLY AND ONLY FOR SUPPORTERS WHO CONTRIBUTED 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS TO HIS PRESIDENTIAL BID. PRESIDENT OBAMA WILL ALSO VISIT LOUISIANA THIS MONTH. MR. OBAMA WILL SPEAK AT THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE'S CONFERENCE ON JULY 25TH IN NEW ORLEANS.

LOUISIANA GOV. BOBBY JINDAL DOESN'T NOTIFY LOUISIANA'S SECOND-RANKING OFFICIAL WHEN HE TRAVELS OUT OF STATE, EVEN THOUGH, ACCORDING TO THE STATE CONSTITUTION THE LT. GOV. TECHNICALLY BECOMES GOVERNOR WHENEVER JINDAL LEAVES. THE REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR HAS BEEN OUT-OF-STATE MORE THAN 25 PERCENT OF THE TIME SINCE MAY, CAMPAIGNING FOR MITT ROMNEY, RAISING MONEY FOR GOP CAUSES AND CANDIDATES AND PARTICIPATING IN CONFERENCES. DARDENNE SAYS HOWEVER SINCE HIS ELECTION TO THE LT. GOVERNOR’S OFFICE IN 2010, HE'S NEVER ONCE RECEIVED ANY NOTIFICATION THAT JINDAL WAS TRAVELING OUT OF STATE. PREVIOUS GOVERNORS KATHLEEN BLANCO AND MIKE FOSTER SAID THEY TOLD THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR WHEN THEY LEFT THE STATE WHILE IN OFFICE. FORMER GOV. BLANCO SAID, "IT'S JUST GOOD FOR THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR TO HAVE THAT CONSCIOUS LEVEL OF AWARENESS. FORMER GOVERNOR FOSTER SAY HE TOLD THE LT. GOVERNOR SIMPLY AS A COURTESY.

DREW BREES TOOK SOME TIME OUT OF HIS SUNDAY TO SIGN AUTOGRAPHS ON ITEMS RANGING FROM A BLACK JERSEY HANDED TO HIM BY A FAN TO A $100 MILLION CONTRACT HANDED TO HIM BY THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS. THE STAR QUARTERBACK, WHO HAD AGREED VERBALLY TO HIS HISTORIC DEAL FRIDAY, VISITED TEAM HEADQUARTERS TO TAKE A PHYSICAL AND PUT PEN TO PAPER ON THE FIVE-YEAR CONTRACT THAT GIVES HIM THE HIGHEST AVERAGE ANNUAL PAY ($20 MILLION) IN NFL HISTORY. BREES THEN GRABBED A SANDWICH TO GO AT A JIMMY JOHN'S SANDWICH SHOP HE OWNS, WHERE HE POSED FOR PHOTOS, SHOOK HANDS AND SIGNED AUTOGRAPHS FOR STAR-STRUCK FANS BEFORE HOPPING IN A WHITE SPORT UTILITY VEHICLE AND HEADING FOR THE AIRPORT. LOOKING SATISFIED AND RELAXED IN A BLACK T-SHIRT WITH NOLALOVE PRINTED ACROSS THE FRONT, THE CLEAN-CUT BREES SAID HE WAS EAGER TO REJOIN HIS TEAMMATES.

AUTHORITIES IN TERREBONNE PARISH ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THIEVES WHO'VE STRUCK SEVERAL POWER SUBSTATIONS IN SEARCH OF COPPER. POLICE REPORT SOMEONE HAS BEEN CUTTING THROUGH FENCES SURROUNDING THE SUBSTATIONS AND STEALING COPPER GROUND WIRES, PROBABLY FOR SALE AS SCRAP. THE THEFTS BEGAN IN MAY, SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES SAID. SO FAR, FOUR SUBSTATIONS IN AND AROUND THE HOUMA AREA HAVE BEEN HIT. LAST AUGUST, A HOUMA MAN WAS ELECTROCUTED AT A SUBSTATION WHILE TRYING TO STEAL GROUND WIRES.

LOUISIANA'S BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION COMES TO THE SMALL SCREEN THIS DECEMBER. LT. GOVERNOR JAY DARDENNE, IN COLLABORATION WITH LOUISIANA MUSICAL LEGEND HARRY CONNICK JR. AND LOUISIANA PUBLIC BROADCASTING IS PRODUCING A MUSICAL & CULTURAL SPECIAL. DARDENNE SAYS THE SPECIAL WILL PROMOTE THE BEST LOUISIANA HAS TO OFFER. THE LPB SPECIAL WILL FEATURE CONNICK ,AS THE HOST, ALONG OTHER MUSICAL LEGENDS FROM LOUISIANA IN GENRES LIKE COUNTRY, JAZZ, BLUES, CAJUN AND ZYDECO. ONCE THE SPECIAL AIRS ON LPB, IT WILL BE OFFERED TO PUBLIC BROADCASTING STATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. DARDENNE HOPES THE STATIONS WILL AIR THE SHOW AND HELP DRAW MORE TOURIST TO THE STATE. THE SHOW IS BEING PRODUCED WITH FUNDS FROM BP.




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