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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

 

 


Red River Chorale  Celebrating America

October 21st 9:30AM
Emmanuel Baptist Church
430 Jackson Street

Opening their 2014-15 season, Celebrating America will feature music by American composers as well as a Musical Salute to those who have served and actively serve our country in the military.

Admission: 
Adults $15, Students $5

Hope House

Jambalaya

Fundraiser

October 22, 2014

11am-1:00pm

Tickets $7.00

Jambalaya, Side Dish, Roll, Dessert

Delivery for 10 or more orders

Call Ginger 487-2061  For tickets or orders

All Proceeds to Hope House

Web Sitewww.cenlahopehouse.org


 

A Very Merry Market Ladies Night Out
October 23rd
Alexandria Riverfront Center
Alexandria

9:00AM


Alexandria Zoo Boo!!

Dates: October 23, 24 & 25 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Time:6 pm - 8:30 pm
Admission: $6 per person ages 1 & older (cash only)

For over 30 years, Alexandria Zoo has provided a fun, safe Halloween experience. Zoo Boo offers 3 nights of SPOOKTACULAR, SCARE-FREE fun for kids 12 and younger!

Enjoy sweets and treats along the traditional trick-or-treat trail through the Zoo with a stop at the Festival Plaza to enjoy HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS. Treat bags are provided.


DRIVE THRU FLU SHOTS

What:  Drive thru flu shots

Where:  Rapides Parish Office of Public Health,       5604-A Coliseum Blvd, Alexandria, LA      71303

When:  Friday, October 31, 2014 from 8 a.m. to  3 p.m.

Who:  Anyone older than six months. 

How much:  $10 maximum out-of-pocket  expense.  No out-of-pocket expense for Medicaid and Medicare with card.  Please    bring other insurance cards if you have one.


Rapides Symphony Orchestra Concert

November 1st

Coughlin-Saunders

Performing Arts Center

1202 Third Street

Alexandria, LA

9:30AM

True Classics featuring cello soloist Madeleine Kabat.
Beethoven - Coriolan Overture
Dvorak - Cello Concerto in B minor
Brahms - Symphony No. 1 in C minor

Admission: 
$25 admission
Phone: 
(318) 442-9709

Central Louisiana is taking the first step to making healthier food choices by taking part in the American Heart Association's National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, Nov. 5. On this day, everyone in CENLA is encouraged to make small, healthy changes and raise the awareness of the importance of good nutrition. Give your family, friends and co-workers a friendly push toward a healthier life. For healthy eating tips, recipes and a guide to products with the Heart Check mark, Visit heart.org/healthyliving Brought to you in part by the Central Louisiana American Heart Association and Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital.

 

 



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October 24th

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October 24th

Lafayette, LA

Cajun Dome

 

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October 25th

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Coustatta Casino

 

Kenny Logons

October 25th

Vinton, LA

Delta Downs Casino

 

Aaron Lewis

November 1st

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino

 

Sesame Street

Make A Friend

November 8th

New Orleans, LA

UNO Lakefront

 

James Taylor

Tuesday November 11th

New Orleans

UNO Lakefront Arena

 

Charlie Pride

November 14th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino

 

Cher

November 15th

Bossier City, LA

Century Link Center

 

November 16th

New Orleans

Saenger Theater

 

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The Big Noise

November 22nd

Baton Rouge

L'Auberge Casino

 

Holiday Ice Spectacular

Friday & Saturday

December 5th & 6th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino & Resort

 

Dirty Dancing

Sunday December 21st

New Orleans

Saenger Theater

 

KC & The Sunshine Band

Saturday December 27th

Marksville, LA

Paragon Casino & Resort

 

Mamma Mia

January 17th, 2015

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Florida Georgia Line

Friday January 23rd

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Cajundome

 

Celtic Thunder Symphony

February 14th, 2015

Bossier City

Horseshoe Casino

 

 

 


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