News for Friday 022213
By Dave Graichen
Governor Bobby Jindal unveils the basics of his executive budget plan for the fiscal year that starts in July. The Governor says his office's $24.7-billion plan comes in at over $900-million less than the current year. Jindal says the budget had to shrink this year, due to Congress slashing Louisiana's federal Medicaid match rate. The budget cuts 10,000 state jobs--mostly by attrition, but many by moving state hospital workers into public/private partnership employment.
Several Louisiana military operations could be severely impacted if a deal is not struck in Washington DC by March 1st that would avoid automatic budget cuts. Minden Congressman John Fleming serves on the House Armed Forces Committee and he's concerned about operations at Fort Polk. He says along with Fort Polk...Camp Minden, Camp Beauregard and the Louisiana National Guard and reserve units could see a 58-million dollar reduction in funding.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon urges property owners to be sure to claim their rebate for assessments made to help pay off Hurricane Katrina debt incurred by the state-run last resort insurance company. Donelon says you can get the rebate as a state income tax deduction or in the form of a check or debit card. More information is online at ldi.la.gov.
State Superintendent of Education John White announces a five-point plan that will help improve public schools. He says improving the graduation rate among students with disabilities will be one of those priorities along with focusing on reducing the number of "F" graded schools, helping students earn technical college associate degrees and assisting teachers achieve nationwide assessment
An Ohio-based glass company's plans are expected to result in the loss of about 200 jobs in Shreveport. Toledo-based Libbey Inc. said Thursday that it plans to end sales of some items and reduce production at Shreveport. Some of that production will be relocated to Toledo and to Monterrey, Mexico. A timetable was not announced
Oscar Sunday is just about here and Louisiana has plenty of nominations to be proud of. Louisiana Office of Entertainment Executive Director Chris Stelly says he's especially excited about two movies that were filmed here and nominated for the coveted Best Picture Academy Award. The 85th Academy Awards ceremony airs Sunday at 6 on ABC.
Former LSU Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon was discharged from Our Lady of the Lake Hospital on Thursday after suffering a stroke on Tuesday. Family members say Cannon is doing extremely well and is up and walking.
A lawsuit filed in federal court claims that former priest Mark Broussard admitted to sexually abusing young boys in 1998.The lawsuit, filed by one of Mark Broussard’s alleged victims, seeks $18 million in damages from the Catholic Church, the Diocese of Lake Charles and the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The plaintiff claims that Broussard molested him during his pre-adolescent years “on a daily basis” from 1985 to 1988 in Broussard’s living quarters at OLQH, as well as other locations.
Stunning new data not yet publicly released shows Louisiana losing its battle with rising seas much more quickly than even the most pessimistic studies have predicted to date. When new data on the rate of coastal subsidence is married with updated projections of sea-level rise, the southeast corner of Louisiana looks likely to be under at least 4.3 feet of Gulf water by the end of the century.
The first of the Louisiana Soundtrack Experience Concert Series is happening tomorrow in Shreveport. Lt Governor Jay Dardenne says the concerts are a part of the 2013 celebration of Louisiana's Music. Saturday's event is called "From Elvis to Hank to Johnny: Celebrating 65 years of the Louisiana Hayride." The concert kick off at 7pm at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium.
The Louisiana Lottery says we've got a new millionaire in the state. Spokesperson Kimberly Chopin says a woman from Morgan City is $2 million richer after the February 16th drawing. She says Amy Sturges matched all five white numbers in the drawing, but added the Power Play option to her Quick Pick. Chopin says the Sturges family plans to buy a nice travel camper with some of their winnings.
"Select" schools say split playoffs in football violate the LHSAA Constitution. The association has voted that public schools will compete against each other in the playoffs, while private and parochial schools will have their own postseason. LHSAA Commissioner Kenny Henderson says their lawyers will look to see if "proposal 18" as its called violates the association's constitution.