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News For Monday 7/14/14


News for Monday 071414

By Dave Graichen

 

Many wonder if the Rapides Parish Coliseum renovation project will ever get under way. The $20 million-plus project is on hold yet again while the Rapides Parish Police Jury and the city of Alexandria try to reach an agreement necessary for the project to move forward. At issue is a large portion of the Coliseum property that is co-owned by the city and the parish. The parish must secure an agreement to use that property for parking for construction to commence. To obtain building permits, Alliance Design had to show its design meets city code for number of parking spaces available in relation to the new arena’s seating capacity. To do that, clear ownership of the parking area or an agreement to use the area must be established. Both sides, the city and the parish are pointing the finger of blame at each other for the latest delay.

 

Louisiana is among a handful of states that showed an increase in its number of troubled bridges in recent years, but officials of the state Department of Transportation and Development decline to say where they are located. DOTD officials rejected a June 13 public records request from The Baton Rouge Advocate for a list of the 1,827 bridges, 14 percent of the total statewide, rated as “structurally deficient” under a scoring system created by the federal government.  The condition of our bridges, many half a century old and older, has been criticized for years, including in a 2012 report by the American Society of Civil Engineers. That review gave the state’s bridges a rating of “D-plus.”

 

The  state  department  of education reports for the third year in a row the state's high school  graduation  rate  has  increased. State Education  Superintendent  John  White says for the class  of  2013, 74-percent graduated in four years  a  12-percentage  point increase from 2001. White says while it's encouraging to see the graduation  rate  rise, they still have a long way to go.

 

Once again there's a poll out showing that Congressman  Bill Cassidy and  incumbent  Senator  Mary  Landrieu  are  neck  and neck in  the upcoming  Senate race. The survey of 750 voters has Landriu  leading Cassidy 46-43 percent. Two other candidates  in  the race, Republicans Rob Maness and State Representative Paul Hollis, were not included in this poll.

 

A Thibodaux Police Department officer  videotaped  himself locked in his patrol car for just 10 minutes to illustrate how  dangerous  the heat  can  become  inside  in  just  a  short  period  of  time. The

Department  posted the video on YouTube and a day later it had  over 30,000 views.  Officer David Melancon said he became miserable after just 20 seconds. There  have  been  several  stories in the news lately about parents forgetting their kids were inside  the  car on hot days, which could lead to death.  Melancon says children and pets should never be left in hot cars, even for just a few minutes.

 

Governor Bobby Jindal has  signed  a governor's warrant to extradite the  Bourbon  Street  shooting  suspect  from  a  Mississippi  jail. 20-year-old Trung Le was arrested  in  Gulfport  a  week ago and has resisted being sent back to Louisiana. Mississippi's  governor  must approve  the  warrant. Authorities say that could take weeks or even months.

 

The Common Core debate rages on with no apparent solution in sight.  State education superintendent John White says something needs to be done because there is still no standardized test in place for next school year. He says we're four  and a half weeks away from the first day of school and they still have  no direction. BESE thought it would be moving forward with the Common Core test  until Governor Jindal said he would use an executive order to cancel  the contract.

 

Parking and access at the Louisiana State Capitol is about to become a  little more difficult for visitors. A $4.3 million dollar project to  improve security around the building began last week. State Office of  Facility Planning Director Mark Moses says this will do more than just  add more security measures. It includes the installation of four security  posts and vehicles will be routed further away from the building. Moses  these upgrades will make the capitol a more pedestrian-friendly  campus. Work is expected to be completed next March, a few weeks before the 2015  legislative session is scheduled to begin. 

 

The  Palmetto  man  who  was accused of driving drunk  when  he  got involved in a road rage fueled  2011 crash that claimed the lives of 5 people on I-10 in Baton Rouge,  has been found guilty. On Friday a jury convicted David Leger of 5 counts  of  vehicular  homicide. The tragic  head-on  collision and fire killed two women and 3  children ages 3, 7 and 11.  Leger  faces  up to 30 years in prison on each of the 5 charges.

 

The SEC Media Days get underway today in Hoover, Alabama. Lyn Scarbrough  of Lindy's Magazine says some big storylines will develop over the next  four days. Many expect Alabama will win the SEC and play in the national  title game, even with a new QB this season.  LSU head coach Les Miles is scheduled to take the podium Wednesday  afternoon. Scarbrough sees LSU, Auburn, and Alabama as the top teams in  the SEC west.  In the east, he goes with Georgia and South Carolina.

 

LSU Football officials have  announced that Tiger Stadium is now the nation's fifth largest college football venue with a capacity of 102,321. They say the south end zone expansion will move LSU's Death Valley to the No. 2 in the SEC behind only Tennessee which has about 100 more seats

 

 

Local Events

Pancake Day

Thursday September 18th

September means pancake time!  Once again, A Perfect Fit Foundation will be hosting its annual pancake fundraiser, this Thursday, September 18,

from 6:30am until 11:00am at St. James Episcopal Church in Alexandria.  100% of the funds raised go directly toward providing well-fitted, uniform-approved shoes for underprivileged elementary school children in Cenla. 

September 20th

A Cycling Event

Kent House Plantation

(318) 487-5998


Les Fest 2014

Thursday Sept 25th 6pm

Enjoy a wild evening at this outdoor music fest and fundraiser celebrating the Alexandria Zoo and remembering Zoo Director Les Whitt and his love for music.  Live music by Bonerama, silent auction, food available for purchase, presentations with animals and updates on the Alexandria Zoo are featured.

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS


Avoyelles Commission of Tourism

www.travelavoyelles.com

Prehistoric Mounds Tour

Marksville State Historic Site

September 20, 2014

$4adults(over 62, under 13 free)

888.253.8954


UMW Fall Festival

1st United Methodist Church

Of Pineville

Saturday October 4th from 9a to 1p

30 Booth of Handmade Arts & Crafts for Sale Along With a BBQ Lunch, Food Booths & the Pumpkin Patch

Public is Invited. Call 640-1050 For Info.


The Running Man Dash

Saturday October 4th

 

The Running Man Dash is an annual fun run and walk put on by Anytime Fitness to promote staying active in Cenla. The fun run/walk will be held in honor of Maddie Norris and to help build awareness about her disability. It will have obstacles including a colored chalk station, and a Slip-N-Slide. The event will be fun for all ages. We encourage you to make teams, come up with fun team names, and wear costumes. The Running Man Dash will be held at beautiful Buhlow Recreation Area. All proceeds from the race will be donated to United Cerebral Palsy Foundation. Help us build awareness about cerebral palsy by participating, or making a donation

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION

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