Monday, September 16, 2013
Lafayette Parish schools need more computers and must upgrade current devices to keep pace with other Louisiana districts and adequately prepare for online standardized tests. In a recent report, state education officials said the parish does not meet minimum device standards or a minimum student-to-testing-device ratio of 7:1. In addition, the district does not currently meet 2014-15 Internet learning targets, although it does meet network bandwidth learning targets for that year. The need for technology upgrades is becoming more urgent because, starting in 2014, students will be required to take online-only standardized tests.
A DEQUINCY MAN, WHO WAS FOUND UNRESPONSIVE ON THE FLOOR OF A LAKE CHARLES BAR SATURDAY, WAS DECLARED BRAIN DEAD BY DOCTORS YESTERDAY. LAKE CHARLES DEPUTY CHIEF MARK KRAUS SAYS 30-YEAR-OLD CHAD BABINEAUX, WHO WAS AN EMPLOYEE AT ON THE ROCKS ON EAST MCNEESE STREET, MAY HAVE BEEN STRUCK WHILE TRYING TO STOP AN ARGUMENT AMONG SEVERAL PEOPLE. 19-YEAR-OLD AUSTIN JAMES SOILEAU OF IOWA WAS CHARGED WITH SECOND DEGREE BATTERY AND HIS BOND WAS SET AT FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLARS. KRAUS SAYS THE CHARGES COULD BE UPGRADED AFTER THE CALCASIEU PARISH CORONER CONDUCTS AN AUTOPSY.
An LSU Agcenter agronomist will help determine whether levels of arsenic in rice are higher in different varieties and whether the methods used to flood paddies affect arsenic content. The Advocate reports the project will be under the direction of Dustin Harrell at the Agcenter's rice research station in Crowley. All plants absorb arsenic from the soil, he said. But rice tends to absorb more because it grows in flooded conditions where arsenic is more available for absorption.
THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT IS SEARCHING FOR DETAILS SURROUNDING THE SHOOTING DEATHS OF TWO LOCAL MEN. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
AN OPEN HOUSE WAS HELD YESTERDAY AT THE U-S-S ORLECK IN LAKE CHARLES TO CELEBRATE THE HISTORY OF THE SHIP WHICH SERVED IN BOTH THE KOREAN AND VIETNAM WARS. TOUR GUIDE ERIC THIBODEAUX SAYS THEY REMEMBERED THE SHIP’S HISTORY AND THE HISTORY OF THOSE WHO SERVED ABOARD IT. THE ORLECK COULD ONE DAY BE DOCKED ALONG THE LAKEFRONT. THIBODEAUX TELLS THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT THEY HOPE TO BE ABLE TO MOVE IT OVER BY THE ISLE OF CAPRI CASINO BUT THERE’S A LOT TO DO AS FAR AS BUILDING A STRUCTURE.
State health regulators say three new West Nile virus cases have been reported this week. The Department of Health and Hospitals says the new cases bring this year's total to 34. The new cases include two neuroinvasive disease cases and one case of West Nile fever in St. Martin Parish. The state has reported one West Nile virus death so far this year.
McNeese State University plans a career fair Sept. 23 for students and alumni. The session is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the university's Recreational Complex. Participating corporate sponsors include Chevron, Energy Transfer, Northwestern Mutual of Louisiana, Polaris Engineering, Sasol North America and Westlake Chemical Corp. A list of all participants along with a listing of preferred majors may be viewed online at mcneese.edu/career/.
The Sulphur City Council has raised the renewal fee for registered sex offenders and the one-time registration fee charged to sex offenders moving to the area. The American Press reports the ordinance approved this past week increases the annual renewal fee for offenders currently residing in Sulphur from $60 to $200. A one-time fee of $600 will apply to offenders moving into the city. According to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff 's Office website, there are 75 registered sex offenders living in Sulphur.