Wednesday, April 24, 2013
IBERIA PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES HAVE MADE AN ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH THE SHOOTING THAT LEFT A WOMAN DEAD IN THE STREET.
A school bus driver in Lafayette Parish has received a traffic ticket and faces disciplinary action for allegedly driving around the arms of a railroad crossing.
Bill Samec, the school system's transportation director, said the incident happened Monday afternoon. Samec told The Advertiser of Lafayette that a train was approaching at the time the driver went around the arms. He was stopped by a sheriff's deputy and ticketed. Capt. Kip Judice, spokesman for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office, said the bus had about 30 children aboard.
THE CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM IS FACING A PROJECTED 13 MILLION DOLLAR DEFICIT FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR. CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER KARL BRUCHAUS TOLD THE BUDGET AND FISCAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT THAT IN HIS 17 YEARS WITH THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, THIS IS THE BIGGEST CRISIS THEY HAVE FACED. THE MAJOR CULPRITS ARE A REDUCTION IN STATE FUNDING AND INCREASES IN HEALTH INSURANCE, RETIREMENT COSTS AND LOCAL FUNDING TRANSFERS TO CHARTER SCHOOLS. THE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDED A HIRING FREEZE GO INTO EFFECT TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE DEFICIT, WHICH WILL BE TAKEN UP BY THE FULL SCHOOL BOARD NEXT WEEK.
The Louisiana House has voted to ban enforcement of any federal restrictions on owning semi-automatic weapons. The 67-25 vote Tuesday followed more than an hour of contentious debate. Supporters say the measure is a protection of individual and states' rights. Opponents argue that Louisiana can't choose which federal laws it will enforce. The bill now heads to the Senate for discussion.
AN UNDERCOVER STING OPERATION RESULTED IN THE ARREST OF TWO ALLEGED DRUG DEALERS FROM KAPLAN. VERMILLION PARISH SHERIFF MIKE COUVILLON SAYS UNDERCOVER OFFICERS MADE ARRANGEMENTS TO PURCHASE CRACK COCAINE FROM 37-YEAR-OLD NATHAN MOUTON JUNIOR, WHO HE SAYS IS A KNOWN DRUG DEALER. A CADILLAC DEVILLE WITH A LARGE AMOUNT OF CRACK COCAINE WAS SIEZED BY THE OFFICERS. MOUTON WAS ARRESTED AS WELL AS 20-YEAR-OLD KIMBERLY BROUSSARD, WHO WAS THE DRIVER OF THE CAR.
THE CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER FOR THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM TOLD THE SCHOOL BOARD AT A BUDGET WORKSHOP THAT THEY WILL BE STARTING THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR WITH A 12 MILLION DOLLAR SHORTFALL. BILLY GUIDRY SAYS IT WILL BE MORE DIFFICULT TO DIP INTO THE RESERVE FUNDS BECAUSE THEY HAVE BEEN USED OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS TO HELP BALANCE THE BUDGET. LAST YEAR THE BOARD CUT SIX MILLION DOLLARS AND USED FOUR MILLION FROM RESERVES TO BALANCE THE BUDGET. LAST NIGHT BOARD MEMBERS QUESTIONED 700 THOUSAND DOLLARS WHICH IS SPENT ANNUALLY FOR LEASING AND MOVING PORTABLE BUILDINGS AND 250 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR A TEEN PARENTING PROGRAM AT NORTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL.
THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD IS REPORTING THAT TWO TALL ROTOR BLADES FROM A HELICOPTER THAT CRASHED NEAR GRAND LAKE IN CAMERON PARISH LAST MONTH ARE MISSING AND HAVE NOT BEEN RECOVERED. THEY SAY THE INVESTIGATION INTO THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH COULD TAKE BETWEEN 12 AND 18 MONTHS. THREE PEOPLE WHO WORKED AT
E-R-A HELICOPTERS AT THE LAKE CHARLES AIRPORT WERE KILLED IN THE CRASH WHICH OCCURRED ON MARCH 15TH.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is disagreeing with a nonpartisan financial analysis done for lawmakers that estimates the state could save more than $500 million over 10 years by expanding Louisiana's Medicaid program under the federal health law. The estimates by the Legislative Fiscal Office came in advance of Wednesday's hearings in the House and Senate health care committees on bills that would enact the expansion and cover as many as 400,000 uninsured through Medicaid. Jindal said Tuesday that the fiscal office report was too conservative in its assumptions. He cites the high end of estimates in a study from his health department that says the state could face a price tag reaching $1.7 billion over a decade.