News for Monday 111113
By Dave Graichen
Today is Veterans Day, a day to show our appreciation for the men and women who've selflessly served in the American military in times of war and peace. David LaCerte is Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs. He says there were numerous events held over the weekend, and even more scheduled to take place today. A complete list of Veterans Day ceremonies can be found online at cenlabroadcasting.com
President Obama and Governor Jindal continue to spar over the Affordable Care Act, called Obamacare by many. While in New Orleans Friday, the President called out the Governor for refusing millions in federal money to expand Medicaid coverage for the poor. On Fox News, Mr. Jindal reacted, saying no one will "bully" Louisiana into expanding Medicaid. Jindal has maintained there too many federal strings attached to the Medicaid money. He says the Affordable Care Act is loaded with problems and has been falsely represented. The Governor went as far as to say the President should "man up" and admit Obamacare was a mistake.
Thankfully the woman who was abducted by her child's father in Lafayette Wednesday is alive. Lafayette Parish Sheriff's office spokesman Captain Kip Judice says the man, Scott Thomas, is dead. He says the family of Bethany Arceneaux found the two in an abandoned home in Duson Friday and Thomas was stabbing the mother of his child with a knife. Judice says no charges have been filed against the family member who shot and killed Thomas, and says Louisiana law states homicide can be justified if you are protecting yourself or another person.
Gas prices have slipped once again and the current statewide average for a gallon of regular is now $3.01 according to the American Automobile Association. AAA Fuel analyst Don Redman says it's very possible the price will get below $2.90 before the end of the year.
President Barack Obama spoke Friday afternoon at the Port of New Orleans and remarked on ways the economy could be improved. Mr Obama says the reason he decided to speak at the port in The Big Easy is because he'd like to see the it updated and grow in order to increase exports. He said one of the things he'd like America to be more focused on is helping more businesses sell more products to the rest of the world. The President said we now export more goods and services than ever before and it's vital to the economy to keep that industry growing.
In light of a report last week that showed Louisiana public school students ranking low in math & reading skills, BESE president Chas Roemer says the test results indicate Louisiana needs more rigorous standards. The NAEP exams shows Louisiana public school kids at 48th and 50th place
for math and reading achievement. Roemer says this indicates that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education was correct in adopting Common Core standards; which require students to do better. Roemer says, if we want future generations of Louisianans to be able to compete with other states and other countries, we must continue to set higher standards.
There are two contestants from Louisiana that have advanced on NBC's The Voice. Both Cole Vosbury of Shreveport and Ray Bodreaux of Carencro will perform starting tonight as part of the Final Top 12. Both Vosbury and Bodreaux are being coached by Team Blake Shelton. The voice airs weekly on Monday night's at 7 and Tuesday night's at 8 on TV5.
The 13th ranked LSU Tigers were no match for top ranked Alabama on Saturday night and the Crimson Tide scored the final 21 points to beat the Bayou Bengals 38-17. The loss drops LSU's record to 7-and-3 overall, 3-and-3 in the SEC. Alabama now owns three straight wins over the Tigers.