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News For Wednesday 01/15/14


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.

 

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