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
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.