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News For Friday 08/15/14


News for Friday 081514

By Dave Graichen

 

A lawsuit filed by 17 lawmakers who claim the department of education and BESE did not follow the state’s laws when it adopted Common Core will be heard in a Baton Rouge courtroom today. This is one of two Common Core-related suits that are moving through the legal system. There’s also a pro Common Core lawsuit against Governor Jindal. It will have a full hearing on Monday.

 

The Jindal administration told lawmakers who sit on budget committees that next year’s budget is one-point-two billion dollars short. Publisher of Lapolitics-dot-com, Jeremy Alford, says the news is not a surprise to legislators and some have already discussed rolling back some tax exemptions as a way to raise revenues. Jindal will propose a budget for next fiscal year to lawmakers early next year.

 

Today begins the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign across the country, with hundreds of  law enforcement agencies participating here in Louisiana. With alcohol being a factor in as many as 40 percent of all fatal vehicular crashes, cops are keen to get out and lock up drunk drivers. Executive Director of the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Lt. Col. John Leblanc says drunk driving has become too prevalent on state roads.

 

State police report 62 year year old Gaylon Bolton of Flatwoods was killed Wednesday night in a single-vehicle crash on La. Highway 8 in Vernon Parish. Bolton was not wearing a seatbelt and  was partially ejected in the crash. Troopers believe Bolton was traveling at an excessive rate of speed when the crash occurred.

 

A recent study of the housing market in Louisiana finds nearly 45 percent of renters are rent stressed. Rent stress is defined as paying more than 35 percent of your monthly income in rent. LSU Economist Jim Richardson says the stress comes in when you have limited resources left over to provide other necessities. The percentage of rent stressed Louisianans has grown by nearly 15 percentage points since 2000.

 

A former member of the House of Representatives, Republican Jim McCrery from Shrevepor,t has been appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to fill a vacant seat on the LSU Board of Supervisors. McCrery served over twenty years in the House, and he was also the man given credit for introducing Jindal to Louisiana politics.

 

LSU Alumni Association President, Charlie Roberts, has resigned as he faces a lawsuit from a former employee, Kay Heath, who claims there was financial arrangement to keep their sexual relationship secret. Roberts attorney, Mary Olive Pierson, says Roberts now looks forward to telling his side of the story in court. 

 

Some lawmakers are getting a lot of complaints about wait times at the Office of Motor Vehicles; this on the heels of Governor Bobby Jindal reducing staffs there. The Legislative Fiscal Office says the waits have gone up as much as an hour and a half. The Legislative Budget Committe announced today that they want to meet with leaders of the OMV to answer those questions being raised.

 

Almost 900 violations have been cited to various Louisiana establishments for selling alcohol to minors during the Alcohol and Tobacco Control’s 2014 Summer Crackdown. ATC also reports that almost 400 citations were issued for selling tobacco to minors.

 

Senator Mary Landrieu is facing accusations that she used Senate money to pay for chartered flights to attend campaign events. Her two Republican opponents in the upcoming Senate race have criticized Landrieu on this issue in recent days. LSU Political Science Professor Robert Hogan doesn’t see this as a big campaign issue. The Landrieu campaign office says her Senate office was incorrectly billed for one of the flights. The campaign says they will reimburse the Senate for both flights that have been questioned. The conservative group Keep Louisiana Working has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Election Commission against the Senator over this issue.

 

26-year-old Diondre Jones of Slidell has been charged with medicaid fraud after allegedly using her dead sister’s name to receive medical treatment at Slidell Memorial Hospital. Slidell police officials say in a bizarre twist, Diondre was wearing a memorial T-shirt in honor of her deceased sister when a police officer caught up to her in the hospital parking lot.

 

A Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola maintenance worker has been arrested on a felony count of malfeasance in office. The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office says 64-year-old Danny Daniel of St. Francisville is accused of inappropriate behavior with an inmate. Authorities are not releasing any details of the inappropriate behavior.

 

A Monroe couple is accused of leaving their 2-week-old child on the hood of a vehicle, unattended, while they went fishing in Vidalia. Marcella Watson and David Ramey, both 33, were arrested on cruelty to a juvenile and improper supervision of a juvenile. The child was taken to a local hospital to check for sunburn and dehydration.

 

The Saints return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome tonight to take on the Tennessee Titans in NFL preseason action. Saints color commentator Hokie Gajan says he’s keeping his eye on the running game and the defense. Gajan hopes the running game has another strong showing like they had last week against the Rams. Quarterback Drew Brees is not expected to play in tonight’s game, as he continues to nurse an oblique injury.

 


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Because Of The Times

January 20th - 22nd

Over 3,000 people will arrive in Alexandria from across America and the World for three days of spiritual inspiration, restoration, teaching and direction.

For Information Click Here

 


Rapides Symphony Orchestra Concert

January 25th

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
2:30PM

Tango del Cielo
A program of music and dance with harpist Anna Maria Mendieta and tango and flamenco dancers.

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

Cenla Fly Fishing Festival

January 24th

Kees Park Civic Center
2450 Hwy 28 East
Pineville, LA
9:00AM - 3:30PM

Come join fly fishers, kayak fishers, and other anglers in a free celebration of our favorite sport at the first-ever Cenla Fly Fishing Festival. Held at Kees Park Civic Center in Pineville, this family-oriented event features seminars, fly tying demonstrations, casting clinics, vendors, raffles, and more. Whether you're a veteran flyfisher or kayak angler, or wanting to learn about either, there's something for everyone.

Admission: 
Free
Phone: 
(318)793-5855

“Our Lady of Prompt Succor School will host an Open House on Sunday, January 25th at 11:30am in the Divine Providence Center located at 420 21st St., Alexandria.  The Open House will highlight the excellent education and exciting programs offered at OLPS School for Preschool-6th grade students of all religious denominations.

For More Info Call (318) 449-9073 ext. 209


Abendmusik Alexandria Music Series

February 5th

Hearn Stage at the Kress Theater
1102 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
6:00PM

Trio de Llano in Concert: A wind trio composed of NSU music faculty Dennette McDermott, Malena McLaren, and Douglas Bakenhus, Trio de Llano presents music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Walter Piston, Shreveport-based composer Todd Gabriel, and others. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

Admission: 
$10, cash bar, $5 appetizer plate
Phone: 
(318) 445-7705

Pineville Mardi Gras Parade

February 6th

Pineville, LA
5:30PM

Route: College Drive & Donahue Ferry-Main Street-Across the Jackson St. Bridge-Third Street

Phone: 
Madonna LeBlanc (318)449-5660

Taste of Mardi Gras

February 6th

Alexandria Riverfront Center
707 Second Street
Alexandria, LA
7:30PM

VIP seating at 6:30 pm general admission

at 7:30 pm

Tickets can be purchased in advance at $20 for adults and $10 for children 10 years and younger.

They can be purchased at the following locations in Alexandria: - Atwoods Bakery - Critics Choice (both locations) - Alexandria Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau

Reserved VIP Tables are also available in advance for $400, which includes reserved seating for eight, a complimentary bottle of champagne and early admittance at 6:30 p.m. and can be purchased at the Alexandria/Pineville Area CVB (318)442-9546, inquire@apacvb.org

Admission: 
$20 Adults, $10 Children ages 10 and younger, VIP tables $400 for table of 8
Phone: 
APACVB (318)442-9546 Nick Carrozza (318)729-6045

La. Political Museum Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Banquet

February 7th

Winnfield, LA
4:00PM
Admission: 
Reception Free; Banquet $75 per person
Phone: 
318-628-5928

St. James Concert Series

February 14th
St. James Episcopal Church
1620 Murray Street
Alexandria,
7:00PM

"That's Amore: Love in 17th Century Italy"
Italian for "heavenly harmony", Armonia Celeste brings the music of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque eras vividly to life using plucked-string period instruments.

Admission: 
Free
Phone: 
(318) 445-9845

Alexandria Mardi Gras Assoc.  22nd Annual Krewes Parade

February 15th

Alexandria, LA
2:00PM

 

 

 

 

 



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