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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013





THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM IS LOOKING FOR SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVERS FOR THE UPCOMING SCHOOL YEAR. TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR BILL SAMEC SAYS THEY ONLY HAVE AROUND THIRTY SUBSTITUTES AND THAT NUMBER WILL LIKELY GO DOWN AS THEY ANTICIPATE TEN BUS DRIVERS WILL RETIRE AT THE END OF THIS SCHOOL YEAR. SAMEC SAYS THEY LOOK TO THEIR POOL OF SUBSTITUTE DRIVERS FOR OPEN POSITIONS. APPLICATIONS FOR SUBSTITUTE POSITIONS CLOSES ON MARCH 28TH.





A MAN JUMPED OFF THE I-TEN BRIDGE IN LAKE CHARLES YESTERDAY. HE SURVIVED AND SWAM TO SHORE. HE WAS TAKEN TO A LOCAL HOSPITAL BUT HIS CONDITION HAS NOT BEEN RELEASED.





A JEANERETTE BOAT MAKER ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY A MAJOR EXPANSION THAT WILL ALLOW THEM TO INCREASE THE SIZE OF THEIR SHIPYARD AND RESULT IN 88 NEW JOBS. METAL SHARK BOATS BUILDS VESSELS FOR GOVERNMENT AGENCIES INCLUDING THE COAST GUARD, THE NAVY, AND THE ARMY. THE PRESIDENT OF METAL SHARK BOATS CHRIS ALLARD SAYS THE COMPANY’S ONE-POINT-5-2 MILLION DOLLAR EXPANSION WILL ALLOW THEM TO HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO BUILD BOATS GREATER THAN FIFTY FEET IN LENGTH. ACCORDING TO THE LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, THE EXPANSION WILL RESULT IN ANOTHER 134 INDIRECT JOBS AND 25 TEMPORARY CONSTRUCTION JOBS.





More than 250 Louisiana clergy members have signed a letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal opposing his tax swap proposal. The letter was delivered to Jindal's office Monday, calling the Republican governor's proposal unfair and saying it would worsen the financial burden on the poor and moderate-income. Jindal is proposing to get rid of Louisiana's personal income tax and corporate income and franchise taxes. To offset the loss, the governor wants to increase the state sales tax from 4 percent to 5.88 percent and to charge sales taxes on more goods and services.





THE FIRST EVENT OF ITS KIND WAS HELD IN LAFAYETTE.





THE CALCASIEU PARISH REGISTRAR OF VOTERS HAS COME UNDER FIRE AFTER THE RELEASE OF AN AUDIT BY STATE LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR DAN PURPURA. THE AUDIT SAYS THE REGISTRAR OF VOTERS ANGIE QUIENALTY (KWIH nuhl tee) CLAIMED TIME FOR HOURS SHE DID NOT WORK, USED A PARISH VEHICLE FOR PERSONAL WORK AND HAD HER STAFF RUN ERRANDS FOR HER WHILE ON THE CLOCK. THE AUDIT ALSO SAYS THAT THERE ARE NO WRITTEN RULES OR PROCEDURES TO GUIDE OPERATIONS AND QUIENALTY AND THE STAFF DID NOT REGULARLY KEEP TIME SHEETS FOR THE HOURS WORKED. QUIENALTY CALLED THE INVESTIGATION INVASIVE AND SAYS IT HAS HURT THE EFFICIENCY AND MORALE OF THE OFFICE.







A TRAFFIC STOP AT THE INTERSECTION OF EAST ELM AND SOUTH AVENUE I LED TO THE ARREST OF THREE PEOPLE ON DRUG CHARGES. OFFICERS FOUND THE OCCUPANTS OF THE VEHICLE TO BE IN POSSESSION OF PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE. THE THREE, 29-YEAR-OLD JASON DESHOTEL, 23-YEAR-OLD MEGAN LEJEUNE, AND 59-YEAR-OLD DORIS JAY LATIOLAS, ALL FROM CROWLEY, WERE BOOKED IN THE ACADIA PARISH JAIL ON ILLEGAL DRUG POSSESSION CHARGES. CROWLEY POLICE CHIEF K-P GIBSON SAYS PEOPLE ARE ILLEGALLY BUYING AND SELLING PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AT A HIGHER RATE THAN EVER.





A search committee has recommended that LSU's next system president and main campus chancellor should be F. King Alexander, president of California State University Long Beach. The committee chose Alexander after behind-the-scenes meetings with possible candidates. The Board of Supervisors heard the recommendation Monday and will vote on Alexander at a special meeting next week, on March 27. Alexander released a statement saying he'd be honored to be chosen as the university system's next leader.



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