News for Wednesday 011514
By Dave Graichen
State police report a Glenmora man was killed in an accident late Monday Night on la hwy 112. 24 year old Michael skinner was a passenger in a vehicle driven by 18 year old Elizabeth Skinner. Troopers say the vehicle for some unknown reason left the roadway and overturned. The driver of the vehicle received moderate injuries. But, Michael Skinner was killed. The crash remains under investigation. Alcohol is a suspected factor in the crash.
Governor Bobby Jindal continues his weeklong trip to Asia. It's the Jindal's first economic trip abroad and he has already met with the President of Taiwan as well as private sector executives from Formosa Plastics corporation. Before the Governor departed on Saturday he said he had plans to meet with at least ten major companies in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea.
New figures released yesterday show there's a lot of legal spending going on in defense of Governor Bobby Jindal's education policies. So far $750,000 in legal fees have been approved by the BESE board to fight off lawsuits against the voucher program.
As of December 28th, the latest numbers show that over 17 thousand people in Louisiana have signed up for Obamacare. Doug Wilkinson with the Louisiana Heathcare Education Coalition says he expects the number of enrollees in Louisiana will grow. The question is, will residents sign up before the March 31st deadline. Wilkinson says most of the previous glitches with health-care-dot-gov have been fixed.
Legislation that will delay significant flood insurance rate hikes for many Louisiana homeowners has been attached to a spending bill that's moving towards passage in Congress. Thousands of Louisiana homeowners are facing large flood insurance rate hikes as a result of a flood insurance reform act passed in 2012. The House could vote by the end of the week on a one-point-one trillion dollar spending bill that also includes a one year delay of flood insurance hikes
LSU has just announced an all-time high in it's graduation rate. The six year graduation rate is 69.1 percent, up from last year's high of 66.7 percent. The six-year graduation rate includes
full-time, degree-seeking new freshmen who enrolled in the fall or prior summer semester.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he's still got plenty to learn as a player and is willing to do whatever it takes, even if it means restructuring his contract, to help New Orleans win more games. Brees was specifically asked if he'd be willing to help the team get under the NFL mandated salary cap if need-be. Brees said he's game for whatever it takes to get the Saints to the
Superbowl next season. Today is Drew’s 35 birthday.
Missing money got a police chief in deep trouble that cost him his job. Kentwood police chief Gregory Newton pleaded guilty on Tuesday to felony malfeasance in office. Kurt Wall of the Louisiana Attorney General's office says Newton admitted he kept just over 2 thousand dollars connected a home burglary case in Kentwood. Newton had to resign from his job as Kentwood police chief, pay a two thousand, five hundred dollar fine and return the remaining money to the burglary victim.
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has announced the lineup of musical acts. Among those scheduled to perform are Bruce Springsteen, Robin Thicke, Eric Clapton, Santana, Robert Plant and many more. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival is set for the last weekend in April and first weekend in May.