News for Friday 102513
By Dave Graichen
School performance scores released today by the state department of education shows a record 43% of Louisiana public schools received an "A" or "B" under a new accountability system. State Superintendent of Education John White was happy to share the good news during a conference call with reporters this afternoon. The number of failing schools is at an all time low, decreasing from
12 to 8 percent. Parents can see how their child's school is performing by going to Louisiana believes dot com.
An Alexandria woman wanted in a fatal shooting Monday on Lee Street has been captured, along with four others who are accused of helping her elude authorities. 21-year-old Stormy Cofer was found in a house in the 1700 block of Beatrice Street. She was arrested, booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center and charged with second-degree murder and a warrant for failure to pay a fine. Four other Alexandria residents werealso were arrested and all charged with accessory after the fact to second-degree murder.
Two years from today it will be election day in Louisiana as voters will be choosing a new governor. A large field is anticipated since Governor Bobby JIndal is not allowed to run for a third consecutive
term. Political Analyst Clancy Dubos says several well-known republicans could enter the race. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne, state treasurer John Kennedy, PSC Commissioner Scott Angelle and former Congressman Rodney Alexander have made their expectations to run known.
A man from Jackson is suing the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff amid claims he was wrongly arrested for rape last year. George Sheppard reportedly held in prison for 6 months before a judge ruled no probable cause of prosecution.
If you've ever wanted a little Duck Dynasty in your gumbo, Willie Robertson has that on the menu at his new restaurant opening today in West Monroe. Courtney Hornsby is the president of the West
Monroe/West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce. She says "Willie's Duck Diner" is sure to attract Duck Dynasty lovers far and wide. Hornsby says the menu features great southern home cooking comfort foods like chicken-fried steak, pork chops, meatloaf, biscuits, frog legs and of course duck --- served up fried or in gumbo. She also says there are pictures, both new and old, of the family on the walls of the restaurant.
US Senator David Vitter has support from 29 other senators as he seeks an explanation regarding the US Justice Department's lawsuit against Louisiana's voucher program. Attorney General Eric Holder says it upsets the racial balance of students in districts under federal desegregation
orders. Vitter says that civil rights argument doesn't make sense.. A letter signed by Vitter and 29 other senators seeks answers on why the federal government filed this lawsuit. Vitter wonders why Holder is more concerned about a quota than the type of education a child receives. Vitter says the lawsuit will return 570 voucher students to public schools so that it can preserve a school's racial make-up.
46-year old Gregory Walker of Baton Rouge has pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges after he admitted receiving almost one million dollars in bogus state film tax credits. Walker is facing up to 20 years in prison and a quarter million dollar fine.
First-offense DWI pleas arranged in a bribery scheme at the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office could be called into question in a lawsuit planned by a Lafayette defense attorney. At issue are plea deals in Lafayette Parish allegedly arranged by private investigator Robert Williamson, who is under federal indictment in an investigation of bribes paid to employees of the District Attorney’s Office in return for favorable treatment in DWI cases. Meanwhile, some DWI defendants who made the special plea have since been arrested again on new DWI charges. At least five of those defendants now say they should not face more severe penalties for second-offense DWI, arguing that their first DWI pleas are not valid because they were effectively denied the right to an attorney and were represented instead by Williamson, a private investigator.
The reality TV show starring Former Governor Edwin Edwards and his young wife will hit the airwaves for the first time on Sunday. The show "The Governor's Wife" centers around the family life of Trina Scott Edwards and her 86 year old husband. Trina says the entire filming experience was surreal. The A&E show was originally scheduled to air over the summer but Edwards says a difficult pregnancy put things on hold. She says the thing she's looking forward to the most on the show is the final episode...:(The series premiere episde entitled, "Happy Birthday Mr.. Governor" is on Sunday at 9 on A&E.)
The Lafayette Fire Department says a 64 year old man is under arrest for allegedly setting a mobile home on fire because he thought it was ugly. They say William Riley is booked on a count of simple arson. The home was vacant and Riley indicated to officials he didn't like the tall grass and the abandoned appearance of the trailer in his neighborhood.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says they are actively investigating the shooting death of a black bear which occurred earlier this month. They've determined the bear, which is on the threatened and endangered species list, was shot in the head. An $8000 cash reward is being offered for information that would lead to an arrest.
Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who was indicted in January on charges relating to accepting free trips and over $200,000 in bribes, has had his trial delayed. A federal judge Thursday set a new trial date of January 27th.