News for Wednesday 021914
By Dave Graichen
Students and teachers in Rapides Parish have gotten some bad news, due to the many days lost due to the icy weather over the past few weeks, the Mardi Gras break has been eliminated this year. Students will attend school on March 3 and 4, which were the scheduled holidays for Mardi Gras, and also spend an 20 extra minutes each school day in class from Feb. 24 through April 8 to make up the missed days..
Voters in Alexandria will decide on May 3 whether to pass a property tax to fund recreation and the city’s zoo. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to put the tax referendum on the ballot. The proposed tax is 6 mills for 20 years, with half of the proceeds going to fund recreation efforts and the other half going to help fund the Alexandria Zoo. Details on the referendum in today’s Town Talk..
It’s a big deal.. Louisiana State University of Alexandria Tuesday announced the largest donation in the school’s history, $6.2 million from the Mulder Charitable Trust. Funds from the endowment will go toward student scholarships and as well as faculty and staff support
More jobs headed to Northwest Louisiana. Bossier City has been chosen for a new 800-job Technology Center for Computer Sciences Corporation. Construction The 116,000 square foot building will begin toward the end of the year...and will be the anchor tenant of a 3,000 square foot research Park.
The Vernon Parish Sheriff's Department has charged a 39 year-old substitute teacher from Simpson with one count of Prohibited Sexual Conduct Between and Educator and a Student. Cindy Martin allegedly had sexual relations with a 17 year-old student. She was booked into the Vernon Parish Jail.
Tonight's estimated $400 million dollar Powerball jackpot is considered the fourth-largest in the game's history according to the Louisiana Lottery. Tonight's jackpot is also the nation's sixth-largest jackpot ever and has a cash payout of up to $227.8 million dollars.
A Super PAC supporting U.S. Sen. David Vitter’s gubernatorial bid asked a federal judge late Tuesday to declare the state’s limits on campaign contributions unconstitutional. The argument made by The Fund for Louisiana’s Future is that the state violates the First Amendment clause in the U.S. Constitution by capping individual contributions to political action committees at $100,000 per four-year election cycle. The filing in New Orleans’ U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana seeks declaratory and injunctive relief.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s top aide, Paul Rainwater, surprised even his closest political friends late Tuesday by submitting his resignation. Rainwater, the governor’s chief of staff, told legislators and other state officials that he plans to pursue opportunities in the private sector. His last day is March 3.
A new poll released Tuesday suggests Gov. Bobby Jindal is among the least popular governors in the U.S. Public Policy Polling, of North Carolina, which generally works with Democrats, drew that conclusion after surveying 635 Louisiana voters between Feb. 6 and Feb. 9. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.9 percent for the overall survey. Fifty-three percent said they disapprove of Jindal’s job performance. But, the poll may not be too far off the mark. A survey conducted late last year by Baton Rouge pollster Bernie Pinsonat found that 55 percent of 600 likely Louisiana voters questioned between Nov. 6 and Nov. 12, answered “poor” or “not so good” when asked to rate the governor’s job performance.
There's been a drop in the number of people who will not be able to keep their current insurance because of Obamacare. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon's office says that number in Louisiana is now close to 62 thousand, instead of the over 92 thousand they reported towards the end of last year.
Northwestern State University announced that it's going completely tobacco free on August 1st. Their current policy is smoke free within 25 feet of campus buildings and athletic facilities, but
tobacco free will prohibit cigarettes, pipes, oral tobacco and even E-cigarettes. Marcus Jones, vice president of university affairs says the response is very positive to the new policy. It also prohibits tobacco use in privately owned vehicles on the Northwestern State campus.