News for Wednesday 041614
By Dave Graichen
It's been a rough ride for Louisiana College President Joe Aguillard, with many students and board members calling for his resignation recently. Tuesday the Board of Trustees announced their
plans to make him a President Emeritus and a tenured professor. Dr. Argile Smith, dean of the LC divinity school, was named interim president while the school searches for a replacement.
Embattled US Representative Vance McAllister will not make any public appearances this week, but he will return to work in Washington D-C when Congress returns from a two-week holiday recess. McAllister has not been seen publicly since video was made public that showed him kissing a staffer that was also married. In a written statement, his office said McAllister is with his wife and family for
the rest of the Easter recess.
A senate committee has approved legislation this Tuesday that would allow judges to sentence individuals convicted of heroin distribution or possession to 99 years in prison. The bill heads to
the Senate floor.
A bill that would take the unenforceable anti-sodomy law off Louisiana's books did not pass on the House floor Tuesday. The legislation by Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith only got 27
yes votes and needed 53 to pass. Anti-Sodomy laws were invalidated nationwide by the US Supreme Court in 2003
The Jindal Administration launches a campaign that encourages schools, businesses and restaurants to help Louisiana citizens live healthier. Jindal says it's called the "Well-Ahead Health Initiative" and those entities that choose to participate would be considered a "Well Spot" if they meet a certain amount of criteria set forth by the Department of Health and Hospitals.
A senate committee approves a bill to ban the use of drones to photograph people on private property without permission, but a couple of lawmakers have concerns. The measure contains several exceptions, including for law enforcement. Despite the concerns, the bill passed without objection and heads to the Senate floor.
As the legislative session continues in Baton Rouge today, the House Criminal Justice Committee is scheduled to hear a bill that would allow principals, and even teachers, to bring a gun on a school campus, if they have a concealed gun permit and have undergone required training.
A woman from Haughton and a male friend from Bossier City were arrested Monday night for conspiring to murder her husband this past weekend. Cassie Sims and Patrick Pierce were taken into custody for devising a plan to murder Sims' husband Sunday morning. Pierce and Sims admitted to detectives they developed the plan, however; while attempting to carry out the plot, the husband disarmed Pierce who then fled. Multiple charges have been filed. Bonds are
With today's check on gas prices, we're now paying 20 cents more for a gallon of regular than we were this time last month. The American Automobile Association says the price is $3.46 right now and jumped another penny last night.
State Superintendent of Education John White got a favorable review in his annual job evaluation, officials said Tuesday. The review was done by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Chas Roemer, president of the board, made the announcement after an hour-long, closed door meeting with White and the panel. The scores mean that, for the second year in a row, White is got the second highest of four ratings, effective/proficient. That is defined as meeting between 75 percent and 99 percent of the annual goals.
Fans of Bruce Springsteen slated to attend his show at Jazzfest this year will be getting a lot more bang for their buck. Officials with the fest announced Monday the E Street Band will now be getting a slot that's 2 hours and 45 minutes long.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries gave some encouraging news today about Louisiana's Whooping Crane Population. A mating pair has produced eggs in the wild for the first time in seventy years. The eggs will be under observation by project biologists.