Wednesday, April 10, 2013
THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL WOULD HAVE LESS SAY OVER HOW FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION DOLLARS ARE SPENT UNDER A PROPOSAL UNVEILED YESTERDAY. THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION DECIDES HOW FEDERAL TRANSPORTATION FUNDS ARE ALLOCATED AND THAT ORGANIZATION IS COMPRISED OF THE NINE MEMBERS OF THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL. THE PROPOSAL WOULD DOUBLE THE SIZE OF THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION BRINGING IN MEMBERS FROM THE PARISHES SURROUNDING LAFAYETTE. IN EXCHANGE FOR REPRESENTATION, THOSE CITIES AND PARISHES WOULD BE ASKED TO HELP PAY FOR STAFFING AND FACILITY EXPENSES RELATED TO TRANSPORTATION PLANNING FOR THE REGION.
SASOL ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT THEY HAVE ORDERED THREE ETHYLENE COMPRESSOR TRAINS, WHICH IS A KEY ELEMENT FOR A NEW INTEGRATED GAS-TO-LIQUIDS AND ETHANE CRACKER COMPLEX THAT WILL BE BUILT IN WESTLAKE. COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST AMANDA POWER TOLD THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT THE COMPRESSOR TRAINS INCREASE PROCESS SYSTEM PRESSURE AND HELP REFRIGERATE THE ETHYLENE PRODUCT WHICH FOR PURIFICATION. THE NEW PLANT IS EXPECTED TO BE OPERATIONAL BY 2017. SASOL IS EXPECTED TO INVEST 16 TO 21 BILLION DOLLARS IN THE PLANT WHICH WILL RESULT IN MORE THAN 12-HUNDRED DIRECT JOBS WITH AVERAGE SALARIES OF 88 THOUSAND DOLLARS PLUS BENEFITS.
A CROWLEY MAN WAS ARRESTED AFTER HE WAS FOUND TRYING TO BREAK INTO VEHICLES. WITNESSES CALLED POLICE ABOUT THE MAN, AND OFFICERS FOUND A MAN MATCHING THEIR DESCRIPTION. 35-YEAR-OLD JOSEPH ETIENNE WAS FOUND TO HAVE A CASED SHOTGUN IN HIS POSSESSION AND HE WAS CHARGED WITH BURGLARY AND FELON IN POSSESSION OF A FIREARM. POLICE CHIEF K-P GIBSON SAYS THEY WILL WORK WITH THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE TO SEE IF ETIENNE CAN BE PROSECUTED AS A HABITUAL OFFENDER, BECAUSE HE HAS A RECORD OF THEFT, BURGLARY AND NARCOTICS VIOLATIONS.
Louisiana's private hospitals are supporting the expansion of the state Medicaid program under the federal health care law. The Louisiana Hospital Association's announcement Tuesday puts the organization at odds with Gov. Bobby Jindal, who opposes the expansion. The announcement comes the same day the Jindal administration said it won't seek to replicate the private insurance Medicaid expansion model under debate in Arkansas, despite requests from state lawmakers to consider it. Jindal's interim health secretary, Kathy Kliebert(KLEE bair), says the federal guidelines outlined for the Arkansas proposal don't offer enough flexibility and still leave too much uncertainty about future federal financing and regulations.
LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND DISTRICT OFFICIALS AGREE THAT THE DISCIPLINE POLICY NEEDS TO BE REEVALUATED OVER THE SUMMER. A NEW POLICY DESIGNED TO KEEP STUDENTS WITH DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS IN SCHOOL HAS RESULTED IN AN INCREASE OF IN-SCHOOL AND ALTERNATE SITE SUSPENSIONS. BUT TEACHERS HAVE COMPLAINED THAT THE NEW POLICY RESULTS IN DISRUPTIVE STUDENTS RETURNING TO THE CLASSROOM TOO SOON. THE NUMBER OF MAJOR OFFICE DISCIPLINE REFERRALS IS DOWN THIS YEAR, BUT SOME TEACHERS SAY THAT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE UNDER THE IMPRESSION THEY SHOULD TRY TO HANDLE DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS WITHIN THE CLASSROOM AND ONLY WRITE REFERRRALS AS A LAST COURSE OF ACTION.
A GROUP OF STUDENTS FROM ACROSS CALCASIEU PARISH VOLUNTEERED TO HELP SPRUCE UP THE J-D CLIFTON HEAD START BUILDING. 17-YEAR-OLD KETE LANTY ORGANIZED THE PROJECT IN WHICH THE STUDENTS PAINTED THE HALLWAYS AND BATHROOMS. HEAD START TEACHER DAWN KRIEDER TOLD
K-P-L-C T-V THAT THE TOUCH-UPS HAD AN AMAZING EFFECT ON THE BUILDING AND THE HEAD START STUDENTS. SUPERINTENDENT WAYNE SAVOY SAYS THE HEAD START STUDENTS SEEING YOUNG ADULTS REACHING OUT AND HELPING THEM MAY LEAD THEM TO ONE DAY REACH BACK AND HELP SOMEONE ELSE.
ON MONDAY, THE KROTZ SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL AGREED TO PRESENT A PROPOSAL TO THE ST. LANDRY PARISH SCHOOL BOARD FOR A SECURITY OFFICER AT KROTZ SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. COUNCILWOMAN CINDY STELLY SAYS THE SCHOOL HAS INADEQUATE SECURITY INCLUDING A HIGH NUMBER OF ENTRIES TO THE SCHOOL AND A POOR CAMERA SYSTEM. UNDER THE PROPOSAL, THE CITY WOULD PAY NEARLY 26 THOUSAND DOLLARS ANNUALLY FOR A SECURITY GUARD WHICH WOULD BE PROVIDED BY LOFTIN SECURITY SERVICE. STELLY SAYS THE SECURITY GUARD WOULD BE UNARMED BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT HIM PULLING OUT A GUN AT AN INTRUDER AND POSSIBLY MISSING AND HITTING A STUDENT OR TEACHER.
The city of New Orleans has asked a federal court to immediately appoint someone other than Sheriff Marlin Gusman to run the local jail. The move comes after the release of videos — apparently made by inmates — that show inmates using drugs and brandishing a gun in a cell; plus scenes of an inmate roaming Bourbon Street while boasting that he's supposed to be locked up. Gusman says the video was made in 2009 and that the building where the video was shot — and from which the roaming inmate escaped — has been closed. Gusman has signed an agreement with the Justice Department to reform the jail.