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News For Friday 12/20/13


News for Friday 122013

By Dave Graichen

 

Members of a state legislative committee argued yesterday parents of voucher students need more information to ensure that their choice of private schools is better than the public schools they fled.

The issue surfaced during a meeting of the Legislative Audit Advisory Council. The panel reviewed a report issued on Monday by the Legislative auditor’s office. That review said the state Department of Education is short on criteria to make sure schools are academically prepared to handle the voucher students they serve. Nearly 7,000 students are enrolled in the program, which was expanded to a statewide effort in 2012 under a bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

 

Governor Bobby Jindal has issued a statement in response to the news that  A&E  has  suspended  Phil Robertson from Duck Dynasty after he made  comments speaking out against  homosexuality  to  a  magazine. Jindal  says  the Robertson's are great citizens of Louisiana and he remembers when  TV  Networks  believed  in the 1st Amendment. Jindal also said it's a messed up situation when  Miley  Cyrus gets a laugh and Phil Robertson gets suspended.

 

Louisiana is on track to borrow nearly $500 million in February to replenish the fund that pays for state-backed construction projects. The State Bond Commission gave preliminary approval to the borrowing plan Thursday without objection. The plan involves selling $347 million in tax-exempt bonds and $149 million in taxable bonds to investors for upfront cash. The bond debt will be paid off over decades with interest.

 

Axiall Corp., which has manufacturing complexes in Plaquemine and Lake Charles, is considering building a $3 billion ethane cracker and ethylene derivatives plant somewhere in Louisiana, a facility that would create up to 250 new jobs. The company, which was formed earlier this year when Georgia Gulf merged with PPG’s commodity chemicals business, plans on awarding a front-end engineering and design contract for the Louisiana plant in early 2014.

 

The American Automobile Association says Year-End Holiday travel is  going to increase for the 5th straight year. AAA travel expert Don  Redman says the end of the year travel period runs from Saturday  December 21st through January 1st. He says overall nearly 30% of all  Americans will be taking a trip this Holiday.  Redman says 94.5 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from

Home.

 

Time is rapidly running out to finish your holiday gift buying. Tomorrow  is known in retail circles as "Super Saturday"; the last big weekend  shopping day before Christmas. If  you're out shopping, you'll be among a lot of fellow "Last-Minute  shoppers”

 

Deputies in Washington Parish have arrested  a  12-year-old girl for the attempted murder of her 8-month-old niece. The  Sheriff's Office acted on a call from the Department of Children & Family Services of alleged abuse of the infant. Under questioning, the girl  reportedly told  officers  she'd  grown  jealous  at  the  attention  her older sister's  baby  was getting, so she tried to kill the child with  an overdose of liquid  medication.

 

A federal judge has ruled that conditions on Death Row at the Angola State Prison are, in fact, too hot  in  warm  weather and constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Prison leaders at Angola will now have to  devise  a  way  to  cool  those  cells off. The judge  says  the temperature in the cells must never exceed  88  degrees. This is all the  result  of  a  lawsuit  filed  by three death row  inmates  who complained of dangerously hot conditions last Summer.

 

 

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