News For Thursday 121312
By Dave Graichen
Louisiana College is still in hot water with SACS. Association officials announced yesterday the College will remain "on warning for a second straight year. Pamela Cravey, the SACS coordinator of communications and external affairs provided The Town Talk an email saying LC remained on warning because of shortcomings in several areas, Institutional effectiveness, in the area of educational programs, administrative support services, academic and student support services, general education competencies and faculty competence. The designation means LC remains an accredited institution but has been denied a reaffirmation of that accreditation.
We hate to hear of another Cenla institution going out of business. But, yesterday the owners of Carol Furniture, saying the time was right, announced they were throwing in the towel after 70 years. The store will have a closing sale in the first few months of 2013.
Central Louisiana Technical Community College will have to wait for its first permanent chancellor. The Louisiana Community and Technical College Board of Supervisors announced Wednesday that it has delayed making appointments for chancellors at CLTCC and Louisiana Delta Community College in Monroe. The board says it needs more time to evaluate all candidates. No date has been set yet for a future meeting on the matter.
State Police say operations at Camp Minden in Webster Parish resumed this week and 3 million pounds of improperly stored explosives have now been moved with about 3 million more to go. Spokesperson Matt Harris says the technicians took the weekend off because the process is very strenuous. Harris says the process is being handled in a very safe and precise manner and reaching the halfway mark is a big milestone.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees didn't hold back when speaking to members of the media about the overturning of the player's suspensions stemming from Bountygate. At his weekly press conference, the Saints signal- caller had some strong words to say about N-F-L commissioner Roger Goodell's handling of the bounty investigation. On Tuesday, former N-F-L commissioner Paul Tagliabue ruled that Saints players Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma should not be suspended for their roles in an alleged bounty program. Brees says players are held to a high standard and commissioner Goodell should be held to the same accord. Goodell says despite the denials by the Saints, it's clear a bounty system was in place for three seasons.
After a lengthy debate, the Public Service Commission approves a measure that will reduce the cost of a phone call made by an inmate by 25- percent. P-S-C Chairman Foster Campbell pushed to lower jailhouse phone rates, because calls made from prisons are three to 30 times higher than consumer rates in Louisiana. The Louisiana Sheriff's Association opposed lowering the cost of jailhouse calls because it will mean less money for sheriffs and it could jeopardize public safety. Campbell says the new rule passed will cut jail phone rates by 25-percent for calls made to family members, clergy and those on an approved list.
The search to find a permanent replacement for Jim Letten as US Attorney of Eastern District of Louisiana is well underway. Letten's last day in office was Tuesday as he resigned in the wake of an online posting scandal involving two of his prosecutors. U-S Senator Mary Landrieu is confident they'll find a very good replacement. Landrieu says she'll spend the next few weeks talking with community and legal leaders about potential replacements. The first assistant U-S Attorney in eastern Virginia, Dana Boente (Buh-wen-tay) is handling Letten's old job on an interim basis.
More good news coming down the pike as we get closer and closer to the Christmas holidays. Another check of gasoline prices statewide shows the average price of a gallon of regular has fallen another penny to $3.13. Which only means some stations are selling it for more and some for much less..as low as $2.97. That $3.13 per gallon price is the same as it was this time last year. Indications are the price should keep falling.
As part of the Council for a Better Louisiana's 50th anniversary, all four living former governors of Louisiana spoke at one table to discuss decades of Louisiana politics. The event included Govs. Kathleen Blanco, Mike Foster, Edwin Edwards and Buddy Roemer. Blanco said it was a privilege to all be together. Former governor Edwards says it's a good thing he wasn't allowed to run again, because
if he could....he'd win again.
Baton Rouge Police say a would-be carjacker was shot by his intended victim in the 24-hundred block of North Acadian Thruway Tuesday night. Authorities say a 40-year-old man ran out of gas and he was waiting for his friend to bring a can of gas, when two young males came up to the vehicle. Investigators say the two men showed a gun, a struggle ensued and the victim shot the suspect in the stomach. Both suspects have been arrested.
LSU still has several thousand tickets available for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve in Atlanta. Coach Les Miles expects a large contingent of purple and gold fans to cheer on The Tigers and can't see why fans wouldn't want to attend the game. LSU begins practicing today for the bowl game.