News for Monday 061713
By Dave Graichen
LSU suffers a frustrating loss in its long awaited return to the College World Series as the Tigers allow two unearned runs in a 2-to-1 defeat to UCLA. LSU spoiled a good outing by starting pitcher Aaron Nola by committing two critical errors. Coach Paul Mainieri says that was the difference in the game The loss sends LSU to the loser's bracket where they'll play North Carolina at two o' clock on Tuesday.
A new report ranks Louisiana 2nd-lowest state in the U.S. for its number of college graduates. The report done by the Lumina Foundation shows only 27.9% of Louisiana adults between 25 & 64 have a college degree. West Virginia has a slightly lower rate to place 50th among states. In case you are wondering, Massachusetts ranked #1 with 50.8% having college degrees.
Controversy erupted Friday afternoon on whether all public school teachers will get pay raises or if those rated as “ineffective” in Louisiana’s new evaluations will be excluded.
State Superintendent of Education John White, in a late afternoon press conference, said the Legislature clearly intended for the increases to apply to teachers generally.
White said while it is up to local school districts to make the final call, he plans to make clear to them next week that lawmakers intended for all teachers to get the increase.
Governor Jindal signs a pair of pro-life bills into law. One of the measures would prohibit a so-called "telemedicine" abortion. That's when a doctor uses Skype or another video service to watch the administration of a drug that can be used in abortion. The author of the bill Gene Mills says he hasn't heard of telemedicine abortions occurring in Louisiana and it's not recommended by health professionals. The other pro-life bill signed by the governor increases the penalties for coerced abortions. That’s when a parent or legal guardian encourages a minor child to have an abortion. The author of that bill, Denham Springs Representative Valerie Hodges, says a coerced abortion will fall under the legal definition of child abuse. The legislation also allows the Department of Children and Family Services to provide protection for the pregnant teen.
A second person has died as a result of Thursday's chemical plant explosion in Ascension Parish. State Police identify the victim as 47-year-old Scott Thrower of St. Amant. 29-year-old Zachary Green of Hammond also died in the blast. Green was
hired in October by Williams Companies, which owns the plant. Plant manager Larry Bayer says the blaze ignited at a propylene fractionator and propylene and propane were involved in the explosion.
Unhappy about an 11th-hour funding addition for Bayou Country Superfest, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne wants the governor to remove the money from the state spending plan.
Two state senators declined Thursday and Friday to discuss the additional $200,000 draw on the lieutenant governor’s tourism funds. The amendment crept into the $25 billion state operating budget late in the legislative session. Assuming the governor allows the appropriations to stand, The state operating budget also calls for Dardenne to spend $300,616 on the Independence Bowl, $948,112 on the Essence Festival, $250,000 on the Louisiana Special Olympics and $56,000 on a Creole plantation house. All of which will be out of the control of the Lt. Governor.