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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013





TONIGHT THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD WILL VOTE ON THE APPLICATIONS BY TWO ORGANIZATIONS WHO WANT TO OPERATE A TOTAL OF FIVE CHARTER SCHOOLS IN THE PARISH. ACCORDING TO THE DAILY ADVERTISER, TWO COUNCIL MEMBERS, GREG AWBREY AND TEHMI CHAISSON, SAY THEY WILL VOTE AGAINST THE APPLICATIONS, WHILE KERMIT BOUILLION SAYS HE WILL VOTE FOR IT. THE OTHER BOARD MEMBERS ARE UNDECIDED. THE ORGANIZATIONS, CHARTER SCHOOLS U-S-A AND NATIONAL HERITAGE ACADEMIES, HAVE ALREADY FORMED LOCAL GOVERNING BOARDS. THEY’VE ANNOUNCED THEIR INTENTIONS TO GO TO THE STATE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION FOR PERMISSION IF THE LAFAYETTE SCHOOL BOARD TURNS DOWN THEIR APPLICATIONS.





THERE WAS A SHOOTING LAST NIGHT ON SUSAN STREET IN LAKE CHARLES. DEPUTY CHIEF MARK KRAUS SAYS ONE PERSON WAS HOSPITALIZED, AND HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT CONDITION THEY ARE IN. NO ARRESTS HAVE BEEN MADE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE SHOOTING, WHICH OCCURRED AT AROUND 8:30 LAST NIGHT, IS ASKED TO CALL CRIME STOPPERS AT 439-2222.





A NEW IBERIA MAN WAS ARRESTED FOR POSSESSING, MAKING AND DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. STATE POLICE, F-B-I AGENTS AND IBERIA PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES FOUND MORE THAN TWENTY VIDEOS AND MORE THAN 200 PHOTO IMAGES IN THE HOME OF 32-YEAR-OLD AUSTIN GULLEDGE, WHO LIVES IN THE 32-HUNDRED BLOCK OF RONALD CIRCLE. A TIP STATE POLICE RECEIVED MONDAY MORNING LED TO GULLEDGE’S ARREST. THE ARREST WAS PART OF OPERATION CHILD WATCH, WHICH IS A PROGRAM ENACTED TO SAVE CHILDREN FROM PREDATORS.





State lawmakers say they are concerned about a shortage of people helping Louisiana residents sign up for new insurance options available under the federal health care law. The worries were discussed Tuesday as the House and Senate insurance committees approved state regulations to oversee four organizations splitting $1.8 million in federal grants to help with education and enrollment across the state. Registration opens Oct. 1 for the uninsured to shop for health coverage through online marketplaces, called "exchanges." Federal subsidies are available to people, depending on their income levels, to help cover costs.





A PARISH WATER SYSTEM IS MAKING NATIONAL HEADLINES BECAUSE A FOUR-YEAR-OLD BOY DIED AFTER BEING EXPOSED TO A RARE BRAIN EATING AMOEBA. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.





A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD IN LAKE CHARLES LAST NIGHT TO PRESENT THE RESULTS OF AN ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR A PROPOSED EXTENSION OF NELSON ROAD ACROSS THE CONTRABAND BAYOU TO WEST SALLIER STREET. PROJECT MANAGER JOSEPH CAINS SAYS THERE ARE THREE PROPOSALS, TWO OF WHICH WOULD HAVE NELSON ROAD CURVE INTO WEST SALLIER, AND A THIRD WHICH WOULD INCLUDE A COMPLETE OVERPASS OF THE RAILROAD TRACKS AND WOULD REQUIRE A SLIGHT RELOCATION OF WEST SALLIER.STREET. EACH PROPOSAL INCLUDES BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PATHS. THE NELSON ROAD EXTENSION WOULD PROVIDE A DIRECT LINK FROM I-210 TO THE PORT AND GIVE DRIVERS AN ALTERNATE ROUTE TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA.





CROWLEY POLICE ARRESTED A MAN WHO WAS IN THE PROCESS OF BURGLARIZING A HOUSE MONDAY NIGHT. THE POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED A CALL AT AROUND 9:20 MONDAY NIGHT ABOUT A SUSPICIOUS MAN WHO WAS AT A RESIDENCE IN THE 500 BLOCK OF EAST SECOND STREET. 35-YEAR-OLD THADDEUS MIRE WAS ARRESTED AFTER BEING FOUND IN THE HOUSE. AFTER A SEARCH OF MIRE, THE OFFICERS FOUND HE WAS IN POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA AND PILLS.





The U.S. Justice Department says it's not trying to end Louisiana's private school tuition voucher program — but is trying to make sure the state complies with longstanding school desegregation orders. The department's statement Tuesday came after U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and other House Republican leaders released a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. The letter is critical of a motion the Justice Department filed last month in a 1971 desegregation case. The motion seeks to block future vouchers in districts that remain under desegregation orders unless and until they are approved by a federal court.



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