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News For Thursday 10/17/13


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By Dave Graichen

 

New data from the Ourso College of Business at LSU suggests Louisiana  will soon have more jobs than ever before. Economist Dr. Loren Scott  collaborated on the report. He says business expansions, new industries  and high-tech companies moving to the state will account for about 70-thousand new jobs within the next two years. Scott says by 2015, Louisiana employment should surpass 2-million jobs  for the first time ever.  Scott says job growth  is forecast for all eight of the state's metro areas.

 

The state Supreme Court strikes down a 2002 law that made it a felony  for non-U.S. citizens to drive in Louisiana without proof of lawful  status. The court  ruled the law redundant, due to a similar federal law that carries lesser  penalties.  Critics of the law say it's led to exactly zero arrests.

 

A  fatal  shooting  involving  an  officer is being investigated  by Shreveport police. The incident happened  around  7:45 Tuesday night when the Shreveport Fire Department called for help  dealing  with a man  who had become combative. The man began threating officers  and the firemen with a knife and that is when he was shot. The man's name has not been released.

 

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is trying to address  the concerns surrounding Common Core, which are new academic standards  that public school students will be asked to achieve starting with next  school year. BESE President Chas Roemer says the state will allow local school districts to use their own instructional materials and textbooks.  Roemer says the  state's education board also approved a provision that gives parents or  guardians the opportunity to review the materials that will be used in  the classroom.  The Board made the rule changes yesterday  after hearing hours of testimony earlier  this week

 

A  full  time  substitute teacher in Baton Rouge is under fire today after a video allegedly  of her cussing out 8th-graders during class was released to the media  by  a mother. In the video given to WAFB, the unidentified teacher is seen at the front of the classroom using extremely foul language while reprimanding the students. School officials say the incident is under review.

 

Kaiser Family Foundation reported Wednesday, eighty-seven percent of Louisiana’s poor, uninsured, non-elderly adults will fall within a health insurance coverage gap because the state did not expand Medicaid with the federal health care revamp. The percentage translates into 242,150 individuals who have incomes above the state Medicaid program’s eligibility levels but not enough to qualify for tax credits in the marketplace insurance exchanges. Nationwide the number is 5.2 million. a large percentage of those people live in Texas and Florida.

 

Gov. Bobby Jindal told Politico on Wednesday that he is launching a nonprofit to “play offense in the war of ideas” on Capitol Hill. The initiative accelerates speculation that Jindal is trying to mount a run for the White House in 2016. Jindal told Politico “America Next” will focus on ideas, such as an alternative to Obamacare.  Describing the nonprofit to Politico, the governor did not rule out a run for the White House, telling the political news organization that he is undecided on running for president. The statement is the first time Jindal has publicly acknowledged he is giving the idea consideration.

 

A  St. Martin Parish swamp tour operator is facing an animal cruelty charge  as  a  result of a video that shows him hitting an alligator with an oar during  one  of his tours. Kristin Simon with the People for  the Ethical Treatment  of  Animals  says  in  the  video,  Ryan Champagne  is  tormenting  the  animal  and should be prosecuted for animal cruelty. The  Department  of  Wildlife  and  Fisheries issued  two  citations against Champagne, simple cruelty to  animals  and  possession  of a live  alligator  without a permit.

 

The  Terrebonne  Parish  Sheriff's  office  says  they've arrested a father and son for allegedly sexually abusing a disabled little girl over the period of several  years.  Captain  Dawn  Foret says a 14 year  old  girl reported to authorities that she had been  sexually assaulted by her stepfather and step grandfather. Foret  says  the  investigation  led  to the arrest  of  29-year-old Russell Leblanc Jr and 65-year-old Russell Leblanc Sr. on aggravated incest  charges.  She says each man's bond  has  been  set  at  over $500,000.

 

A man from  Baton  Rouge  has been indicted on a first-degree murder charge in the death of his  11  month  old  daughter  in June. Larry Leflore is accused of inflicting brain damage and cigarette burns on the baby. DA Hillar Moore says he hasn't decided if his  office will seek the death penalty.

 

More fallout from last Friday's arrest of two prep football referees in Covington.  The  Covington  PD stands by the busts, which occurred when the refs tried to eject two cops from the game. Now the Greater New Orleans Football Officials Association  tells St. Tammany Parish schools  they  will  not provide officials for those  schools'  home games if security is done by Covington Police. More as it develops.

 

State licensed casinos report a drop in  revenues for September from the previous month. The total figures represent  a  9%  decline from August  totals. Baton Rouge saw the biggest slide. The three  casino there report  business  down  nearly  17% from the month before. The State Police Gaming Control Board compiled the numbers.

 

St. Tammany  Parish  Coroner  Dr.  Peter Galvin pleads not guilty to charges he conspired to steal money  from  his  own office and other charges. Galvan allegedly took over $100-thousand  in  pay he didn't earn,  and misuse of an office debit card for personal goods,  meal and more. His bond is set at $100-thousand.

 

Leaders of the two groups who won their appeal with the state education board to open charter schools in Lafayette Parish said they are securing sites for three of the schools so they can open by August. The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved the applications from Lafayette Charter Foundation to open two K-8 schools by August and a high school by 2017, and an application from Louisiana Achievement Charter Academies to open one K-8 school by August and another K-8 school in 2015.

 

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