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News For Wednesday 07/23/14


News for Wednesday 072314

By Dave Graichen

 

The O.K. Allen Bridge will be closed much of the day today, according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development for inspection. The bridge is expected to be closed from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

 

A group of parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Governor Jindal. They claim the governor violated his legal authority by using executive orders and contract suspensions to keep schools from using Common Core. Navis (Novice) Hill is a parent of a public school student and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Hill says Jindal is playing political games and because of that her fourth grader is preparing for a school year, not knowing what standardized test he’ll take. This pro Common Core lawsuit comes one day after a separate suit, which challenged whether BESE followed state law when it adopted the controversial education standards.

 

The governor’s office has responded to the latest legal action over the Common Core debate. A lawsuit filed yesterday claims Governor Bobby Jindal overstepped his authority when he canceled the testing contract for Common Core. Jindal’s legal counsel, Jimmy Faircloth, says the suit has no legal basis. A collection of concerned parents and teachers were behind this latest filing. The suit claims the governor does not have the constitutional authority to dictate education policy. But Faircloth says there is no question as to whether Jindal has the authority to influence policy in this case. The lawsuit is seeking to reverse the Jindal administration’s decision to use the Division of Administration to cancel a vendor contract to supply Common Core testing

 

According to the Annie B. Casey Foundation’s Kids Count Data Book, Louisiana ranks among the worst in the country in terms of the well-being of children. The Bayou State ranks 47th among all states and the District of Columbia. The report contributes Louisiana’s poor showing to children who live in poverty and single parent homes whose situation deteriorated from previous reports.

 

Louisiana led all U.S. states in the value of industrial construction projects during 2013 and was ranked second overall for all commercial construction, according to a new report released Tuesday.

Nearly $4.9 billion in direct industrial construction spending happened in Louisiana last year, well ahead of Iowa, which was second with just over $2 billion in industrial construction projects. All that industrial construction powered Louisiana to more than $5.5 billion in overall commercial construction projects. Texas, which had nearly $5.8 billion in direct commercial construction spending was first, while New York, at $4.8 billion, was third. That report was from The national commercial real estate development association.

 

A federal judge has sentenced a Shreveport pastor to six-and-a-half years in prison for taking minors across state lines and having sex with them. 54-year-old Andrea (Andre) Lewis, pastor of Act on Faith Ministries, was found guilty of three federal sex crimes in May. Lewis was also sentenced to three years supervised release and must register as a sex offender. Lewis is also facing state charges.

 

Officials say an arrest has been made in the case of the bomb threat last week at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette that closed the campus down for an entire day. Louisiana State Police Troop I spokesman Brooks David says 30-year-old Devin Haywood of Lafayette is charged federally through the FBI with planting a hoax device and attempted armed robbery. David says they believe Haywood called KATC last Wednesday morning saying there was a bomb in a trash can at a park near the campus, then minutes later attempted to rob MidSouth Bank.

 

The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s office says they’ve arrested a Golden Meadow Police officer in connection with a methamphetamine investigation. Spokesman Brennan Matherne says they learned 37-year-old Officer Ashley Pollard and his brother, 33-year-old Courtney Pollard were allegedly making meth for personal use. They also learned the cop’s girlfriend, Anna King, was buying products for the meth lab. Matherne says they brought in Officer Pollard for questioning Monday. He says Golden Meadow Police Chief Reggie Pitre issued a statement indicating Pollard resigned from the department upon his arrest.

 

The Monroe Police Department says a man has been arrested that they believe is responsible for hitting another man over the head with a large stick causing fatal injuries. 20-year-old Christopher Robinson is charged with second degree murder in the death of 48-year-old James Atwell. Robinson reportedly attacked Atwell during an argument over a cell phone.

 

The Bossier Parish man who was convicted of killing his estranged wife, then dumping her burned remains in Webster Parish has been sentenced to 40 years in prison at hard labor. The body of 46 year-old Annie Bond was discovered in November. If he lives that long, Robert Bond will be 93 when he gets out.

 

 


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Alexandria Zoo

Holiday Light Safari

Dec. 19-23, & 26-28 

  5:30 pm - 8 pm

$6 per person for ages 4 & up


Polar Express
Movie Night
Center Court
Alexandria Mall
December 20th 4:00PM

Beloved holiday movie, The Polar Express, will be showing on the big screen with Santa and the Conductor in attendance. Crafts and hot cocoa to enjoy during the movie.

Admission:  Free

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December 20th
Forts Randolph and Buhlow
135 River Street
Pineville, LA
6:00PM - 8:00PM

Join the fun of a classical Dickens' Christmas with live dulcimer music, the Dickens' Louisiana Carolers, candlelight tours of the fort and much more!

Admission:  Free
Phone:  (318)484-2390

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December 20th
Pineville Community Center
708 Main Street
Pineville, LA
United States
7:00PM

Free Family Event

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Red River Jazz Band

It's a Christmas treat for the whole family!  Hear all your holiday favorites performed by the Red River Jazz Band!

Admission:  Free

A Festive Community Kwanzaa Celebration

December 26th
Bolton Community Center
315 Bolton Avenue
Alexandria, LA
United States
3:30PM - 6:30PM

Hosted by Sankofa Cultural Collective and the Arna Bontemps African American Museum.  This event is free and open to the public.  Funded  in part by the City of Alexandria.  Storytelling! Poetry! Music! Dance! Vendors! Crafts! Door Prizes! Refreshments!

Admission:  Free
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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