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More legal maneuvers in the fight over Common Core

 The state's top school board voted to join a Common Core lawsuit against Governor Bobby Jindal. On a six-to-four vote, BESE will participate in a suit that accuses Jindal of illegal use of executive powers to halt the use of the new education standards. BESE President Chas Roemer supports the move to intervene.

"Given they are arguing our constitutional authority, it makes sense they have a seat at the table while that's being argued."
Today's move means BESE will participate in a lawsuit filed by parents and teachers who support the Common Core standards.
There are four board members who voted against legal action. BESE member Lottie Beebe calls it a travesty that the state's top school board is involved in a lawsuit against Jindal.
"The courts will render a decision. Why can't we live with that decision? Why do we have to go on record when it comes suing the governor of Louisiana."
Meanwhile, the Jindal administration has filed a counter lawsuit. It alleges BESE improperly delegated its constitutional authority when it agreed to adopt Common Core testing.  
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Louisiana Tech gets another national recognition

Michelle Southern reporting.
In Money magazine's 2014 Best Colleges list, Louisiana Tech is named as one of the nation's best college values. The rankings were based on educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings data. Tech was named No. 154 in the nation and NO. 2 in Louisiana behind LSU.

"We've enjoyed national recognition for providing that value and that return on investment," said Louisiana Tech spokesman Dave Guerin. "It's something we focus on especially in tough economic times."

Other Louisiana universities ranked include Tulane, Loyola and Grambling State.

Guerin says students know that not only are they going to get a great value for their education at Tech, but they also know they're going to have a wonderful experience at the Ruston university.

"We provide students with research experiences and opportunities to do a variety of things from the time they're freshman to the time they graduate," said Guerin.

Tech President Les Guice says it's national rankings like these that are a testament to the dedication of their faculty and staff who continue to go above and beyond for their students.

Guerin says even though higher education in Louisiana had to endure stiff budget cuts over the past couple of years, Tech's goal was to move ahead.

"We want to focus on growing our institution and growing opportunities for our students and our graduates," Guerin said. "I think that's paid dividends in things like the Money Magazine rankings."

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Ville Platte store manager robbed/murdered

Michelle Southern reporting.
Ville Platte in Evangeline Parish had its first homicide of the year Monday as a store manager was brutally murdered in an apparent armed robbery. Police Chief Neal Lartigue says customers were trying to get into K&T's Meat Market and Grocery around noon yesterday and called for the clerk.

"At that time she didn't answer but someone with a deep voice answered saying that they were closed for business," said Lartigue.

Lartigue says the suspect demanded all customers leave the store and the woman was the only victim. He says later more people tried to enter the store and they saw the suspect in the store.

"He was a black male subject wearing a black cap, white t-shirt, a red bandana over his face and camouflage short pants," said Lartigue. "They noticed he had a gun."

Those witnesses called police and that's when the victim was found dead inside the store.

Lartigue says they have identified the suspect and they are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the Ville Platte Police Department.

The victim is identified as Anna Nguyen.

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