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News For Monday 11/04/13


News for Monday 110413

By Dave Graichen

 

Members of the state House Education Committee will meet today, and pose  questions of education officials about the embattled Common Core State  Standards for student performance. Baton Rouge Rep. Steve Carter chairs  the committee. He says it's an opportunity for lawmakers to get  themselves up-to-date on the controversial topic.  Carter says the purpose is to help state legislators to be better- informed about Common Core when asked by constituents and media. He says  Education Superintendent John White and Board of Elementary & Secondary  Education President Chas Roemer be there to answer questions.

 

Early voting is under way for the 5th district congressional  runoff between state senator Neil Riser and political newcomer Vance  McCallister. Election day is November 16th, this week,  voters can cast early ballots. Political Analyst Elliot Stonecipher says  its too hard to say who will win between Riser and McCallister.  Stonecipher says McCallister has some momentum in this race, because he

is a political newcomer and voters are looking for a fresh face. Political Analyst Bernie Pinsonat agrees with Stonecipher but he says  Riser should benefit from the backing of Governor Jindal and

former U-S  Representative Rodney Alexander.

 

The March of Dimes gives Louisiana a failing grade again this year in  its annual Premature Births Report Card. Spokesperson Makesha Judson  says the MOD does the annual report to call attention to early birth  rates that often spawn health problems later in life for those  children.  Judson says Louisiana's  premature birth percentage of 15.3% IS coming  down slowly; last year it was 15.6. In 2006 it was over 16%.  She says March of Dimes and the state Department of Health & Hospitals are working together to try to reduce the premature birth rate to under  10% by 2020.

 

The Thibodaux man accused of killing his 7-year-old handicapped son in a  brutal manner returns to court today. Judge John Leblanc has scheduled  three days of hearings to determine if Jeremiah Wright is competent to  stand trial.  Judge Leblanc has ruled before on two different occasions that Wright  was incompetent to stand trial. Wright spent time earlier this year at a  mental hospital in East Feliciana Parish.

 

U.L.-Monroe announces job eliminations and consolidations, as the  university reorganizes to meet the annual state budget. ULM President  Dr. Nick Bruno says five academic colleges will merge into three, and 25  positions will be cut; six by attrition, and 19 via layoffs.  Bruno says the reorganization will mean about $4-million in annual cost  reduction through 2016, then about $2-million yearly going forward. Bruno says state budget cuts for higher education are the reason the  cuts were necessary. He says raising tuitions and fees at ULM has not  helped to avoid the reorganization.

 

 

 

Sports..

 

Saints Quarterback Drew threw for 382 yards and two touchdowns but it  was not enough to avoid an upset loss to the New York Jets. Brees was  also intercepted twice as he was under a lot of pressure in this game.  New Orleans defense also gave up nearly 200 rushing yards. Sean Payton  and the Saints are now 6-and-2 on the season.

 

 

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