Thursday, April 25, 2013
57 LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS TOOK A PERSONAL DAY OFF YESTERDAY TO ATTEND AN EDUCATORíS RALLY IN BATON ROUGE AGAINST GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDALíS EDUCATION REFORM PLAN. ONLY 25 SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS WERE BROUGHT IN RESULTING IN SOME CLASSES BEING MOVED TO THE AUDITORIUM OR LIBRARY AND SMALLER CLASSES BEING COMBINED. SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER SAYS IT CAUSED A LOT OF CHAOS AND SOME PARENTS CHECKED THEIR KIDS OUT OF SCHOOL. COOPER TOLD THE ADVERTISER THAT HEíS NOT ANGRY WITH THE TEACHERS BUT IS UPSET THAT THE LOUISIANA ASSOCIATION OF EDUCATORS DIDNíT BETTER COORDINATE THE EVENT.
A HEARING WAS HELD IN 14TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT YESTERDAY TO DETERMINE IF A TAPE OF FORMER PRIEST MARK BROUSSARD ADMITTING TO POLICE THAT HE MOLESTED BOYS SHOULD BE THROWN OUT. BROUSSARD FACES CHARGES FOR THE ACTIONS WHICH ALLEGEDLY OCCURRED WHILE HE SERVED AS PRIEST AT OUR LADY QUEEN OF HEAVEN AND ST. HENRY CATHOLIC CHURCHES IN LAKE CHARLES AND AT ST. EUGENE CHURCH IN GRAND CHENIER. BROUSSARDíS ATTORNEY, TOM LORENZI, WANTS THE TAPED CONFESSION THROWN OUT BECAUSE BROUSSARD INDICATED AT ONE POINT THAT HE WANTED AN ATTORNEY. PROSECUTOR CYNTHIA KILLINGSWORTH ARGUED THAT BROUSSARD WASNíT CLEAR THAT HE WANTED THE ATTORNEY AND HE CONTINUED TALKING WITHOUT PROMPTING.
TONIGHT INVENTURE WORKS OF LAFAYETTE IS HOSTING THE VAULT, IN WHICH INNOVATERS FROM AROUND THE COUNTRY WILL COMPETE FOR 150 THOUSAND IN INVESTMENTS FOR THEIR PRODUCT. KEN ARCENEAUX OF RAYNE IS ONE OF FIVE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE THE FINAL ROUND, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE BEFORE A LIVE AUDIENCE AT THE ACADIANA CENTER FOR THE ARTS. ARCENEAUX OWNS OAK HEART FARMS, WHICH PRODUCES POOYIE, AN ORGANIC COMPOST. THE FOUR OTHER COMPETITORS ARE FROM CALIFORNIA, MINNESOTA, TEXAS AND ILLINOIS.
The House health care committee has refused a proposal to cover more uninsured people in the state's Medicaid program, as allowed under the federal Affordable Care Act. The Health and Welfare Committee voted 11-8 Wednesday against the Medicaid expansion bill. Opponents, including Gov. Bobby Jindal, say expansion would be too costly and would affect an inefficient program. Supporters say it could save money while offering insurance to thousands of people who don't have it.
L-U-S FIBER HOSTED AN EVENT YESTERDAY THAT HIGHLIGHTED THE WAYS FIBER OPTIC SERVICES ARE BENEFITTING THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY. OUR LADY OF LOURDES IS USING TELEMEDICINE INITIATIVES TO TREAT STROKE PATIENTS REMOTELY AT HOSPITALS OUTSIDE OF LAFAYETTE THAT DO NOT HAVE STROKE SPECIALISTS. ALLEN AUBERT, THE COORDINATOR OF THE PROGRAM, SAYS NEUROSURGEONS ARE ABLE TO TELL DOCTORS AT THE OTHER HOSPITALS HOW TO TREAT THE PATIENT AND PREVENT DEATH OR OTHER MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS THAT ARISE FROM DELAYED TREATMENT. STULLER INCORPORATED HAS ALSO SET UP A TELEMEDICINE CLINIC WITH LAFAYETTE GENERAL MEDICAL CENTER SO THEIR EMPLOYEES CAN BE TREATED ON SITE RATHER THAN HAVING TO GO THROUGH ALL THE SECURITY CHECKPOINTS TO LEAVE AND RETURN TO THEIR FACILITY.
ALLEN PARISH RESIDENTS WILL BE DECIDING ON WHETHER TO APPROVE A NEW PROPERTY TAX THAT WOULD PAY FOR A SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER ON EVERY CAMPUS. ALLEN PARISH SHERIFF DOUG HEBERT SAYS THE PROPOSED MILLAGE WOULD RAISE 630 THOUSAND DOLLARS ANNUALLY. THE MONEY WOULD ALSO BE USED TO PUT NEW LOCKS ON CLASSROOM DOORS, SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS IN HALLWAYS AND AT ENTRANCE DOORS, AND FOR ACTIVATION ALARMS. SHERIFF HEBERT SAYS THREE TOWN HALL MEETINGS HAVE BEEN SCHEDULED TO INFORM RESIDENTS ABOUT THE PROPOSED TAX.
AUTHORITIES ARE INVESTIGATING A FATAL SHOOTING IN OPELOUSAS.
The House Education Committee has agreed to a proposal that would delay the disciplinary effects of a new teacher evaluation system for another year while school districts work out any kinks. The evaluation system was pushed three years ago by Gov. Bobby Jindal and backed by lawmakers to start this year. It will grade public school teachers partly on student test scores, tying at least half of a teacher's review to students' improvement on standardized tests. The committee agreed Wednesday to a compromise that would let the new system be used this year, but without rewards or penalties until the 2014-15 school year.