News for Wednesday 021214
By Dave Graichen
Due to threatening weather.. The elevated section of i-49 through Alexandria is closed
Jackson Street Bridge is Closed
State Offices are closed
Schools Closed Wednesday Due To Winter Storm..
Public Schools In Rapides, Grant, Avoyelles, Vernon, Sabine, Natchitoches, LaSalle & Catahoula.
LSUA & NUS Delayed Open 10a
Louisiana College Delayed Open 11a
Cenla Technical Community College (all campuses closed)
All Catholic schools in Rapides and Avoyelles
Alexandria Country Day School
Alpine Christian School
Avoyelles Public Charter School
Bentley Christian Academy
Cenla Christian Academy
Emmanuel Baptist Day School
First United Methodist of Alexandria Preschool and Child Care
Grace Christian School
Hope Baptist School
UniTech Training Academy
Adrian Lamkin a deputy with the Rapides Parish sheriff’s department died Monday from complications of the flu. Lamkin was in charge of the Tioga substation’s Detective Division. Sheriff Hilton says Lamkin fell ill with the H1N1 flu in December and remained hospitalized until his death. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Kramer Funeral Home. Lt. Adrian Lamkin was 62.
One day after closing arguments, a "juror problem" that has not been disclosed is the reason deliberations will not resume yesterday in the federal corruption trial of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. The jury is expected to continue deliberating today.
According to a report released Tuesday, Louisiana’s high school seniors had among the poorest performances nationwide in reaching passing scores on Advanced Placement exams, which are used to earn college credit. Data from the College Board shows that 5.3 percent of Louisiana’s public high school graduates scored a 3 or higher last year on an AP exam, the grade most colleges require for students to earn credit. The tests are scored on a 1 to 5 scale. The only state with a lower percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher was Mississippi, at 4.4 percent. Nationally, 20.1 percent of 2013’s high school graduates reached the benchmark. Maryland led the country at 29.6 percent.
The proposed expansion of Sempra International's natural gas terminal in Cameron Parish has gotten the last green light from the Energy Department. The expansion will have a price tag that could approach $10 billion dollars. They still need the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval.
It's been awhile since Louisiana had a state income tax review. In fact, the last time was 1987. Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckly from Lake Charles believes that state is past due.
Particularly now, with internet sales growing so fast. As it stands now, Louisiana does not collect taxes on internet sales.
US Senate Democratic caucus voted to appoint Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu as the chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The appointment should become final on Thursday with a vote by the entire US Senate.
Another poll shows Louisiana's U-S Senate race is a dead heat. North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling says Senator Mary Landrieu has a slim 1-point lead over republican challenger, Congressman Bill Cassidy. The same polling company had Landrieu with a 10-point lead in August.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission announces upgrades have been made to its website that helps connect employers and job seekers. LWC Executive Director Curt Eysink says they've now designed the site, www.laworks.net, to work sort-of like a dating website when it comes to matching an employer with someone who fits the job. Eysink says they plan to continue to improve their web based services so Louisiana's employers can continue to satisfy their employment needs and so more residents can find nice jobs they qualify for.
A woman from Baton Rouge pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter and cruelty charges in the case of the death of her infant daughter who was found in a garbage truck in 2002. 30 year old JoAnn King will be sentenced March 10th to 12 years in prison under terms of a plea deal.