Tuesday, September 24, 2013
A CITIZENS COMMITTEE IS CLOSER TO MAKING A RECOMMENDATION ON HOW TO FUND FACILITY IMPROVEMENTS AT LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOLS. LAST NIGHT, THE 25 MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION PLAN COMMITTEE AGREED THAT NEW REVENUE IS NEEDED TO UPGRADE SCHOOL BUILDINGS AND HELP MAKE LAFAYETTE AN “A” GRADE DISTRICT AS PART OF A TURNAROUND PLAN. THE COMMITTEE IS CONSIDERING PROPOSALS THAT WOULD INCLUDE A HALF-CENT SALES TAX AND A PROPERTY TAX OF BETWEEN 16 AND 20 MILLS. ANY PROPOSAL WOULD HAVE TO BE APPROVED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD AND THEN BY PARISH VOTERS.
A KINDERGARTEN STUDENT FROM HATHAWAY IN JEFF DAVIS PARISH MADE NATIONAL NEWS WHEN PRESIDENT BARAK OBAMA WROTE AN EXCUSE NOTE TO HER TEACHER. FIVE-YEAR-OLD ALANAH POULLARD WAS VISITING THE WHITE HOUSE WITH HER MOTHER AND FATHER LAST THURSDAY, ATTENDING A WOUNDED WARRIOR PROGRAM. SHE HAD SENT A LETTER WITH THE HELP OF HER FATHER, ASKING THE PRESIDENT TO WRITE A NOTE TO HER TEACHER, WHICH HE DID AFTER MEETING ALANAH. HE WROTE TO HER TEACHER, “SHE WAS WITH ME.” SHE WAS EVEN GIVEN A PRIVATE TOUR OF THE WHITE HOUSE BY SECURITY PERSONNEL, WHICH INCLUDED PLAYING WITH THE OBAMA’S DOG, BO, AND WAS INVITED TO COME BACK FOR THE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING AND EGG ROLL.
IT WAS A VERY BUSY MORNING IN OPELOUSAS AT THE HIGH SCHOOL YESTERDAY A RIOT BROKE OUT IN THE HALLS. MICHAEL DUPREE REPORTS.
A Jefferson Parish lawmaker is urging Gov. Bobby Jindal to stop the state from using a set of uniform national standards for public school testing, called the Common Core. Republican Rep. Cameron Henry sent Jindal a letter asking him to withdraw Louisiana from the Common Core, calling it a "tool of federal coercion."
Henry posted his letter online Monday. He says he'll seek to bar Louisiana from Common Core in the next legislative session.
THE MARKET FOR NEW CONSTRUCTION IN LAFAYETTE PARISH IS ON PACE FOR A RECORD YEAR. THERE WERE 674 NEW HOMES SOLD IN THE PARISH BETWEEN JANUARY AND AUGUST, UP ABOUT 30 PERCENT OVER THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, ACCORDING TO A REPORT FROM COLDWELL BANKER PELICAN REAL ESTATE. THAT’S RESULTED IN AN UNEXPECTED INCREASE IN PROPERTY TAX COLLECTIONS FOR THE LAFAYETTE CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT. THE ASSESSED TAXABLE VALUE FOR ALL COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL PROPERTIES IN THE PARISH IS UP BY MORE THAN 100 MILLION DOLLARS OVER LAST YEAR.
A FAMILY IN THE MOSS BLUFF AREA IS OFFERING A FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR REWARD FOR THE RETURN OF THIER PET DOG, A CHIHUAHA, WHO WAS STOLEN THIS WEEKEND AFTER THEIR HOME WAS FLOODED. KELLY SPENCE TELLS
K-P-L-C T-V THAT THEIR TWO DOGS GOT AWAY AND A NEIGHBOR SAW ONE OF THE DOGS PICKED UP BY A PERSON IN AN OLDER MODEL BLACK CADILLAC AND DRIVEN AWAY. SHE SAYS IT’S PART OF A PATTERN RESIDENTS IN HER NEIGHBORHOOD HAVE NOTICED WITH MORE AND MORE PETS DISAPPEARING. SHE ADVISES OTHERS IN THE AREA TO KEEP SMALL ANIMALS INSIDE OR ON LEASHES UNTIL THE POLICE CAN FIGURE OUT WHY THIS IS HAPPENING.
THE MOTHER OF A PRE-K STUDENT AT CHURCH POINT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SAYS HER SON WAS LEFT ON A SCHOOL BUS ALL DAY. LATESHA HAGGER TELLS K-A-T-C T-V THAT WHEN SHE PICKED UP HER SON AT THE BUS STOP, AN AIDE TOLD HER THEY FOUND HIM ON THE BUS AT THE END OF THE SCHOOL DAY. HAGGER SAYS NO ONE AT THE SCHOOL NOTICED THAT HER SON WAS MISSING DURING THE DAY. ACADIA PARISH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT JOHN BOURQUE SAYS THE BUS DRIVER HAS BEEN SUSPENDED PENDING AN INVESTIGATION, WHICH WILL INCLUDE REVIEWING SURVEILLANCE VIDEO.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says there is "no way at all" that people have enough information to make decisions when the new health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act open next week. Registration opens Oct. 1 for people who don't get health insurance through work to shop for coverage through online marketplaces. Federal subsidies will be available to many low- and middle-income families to help cover costs. Donelon told the Press Club of Baton Rouge that the insurance choices and subsidies available are so complex that it's "mind-boggling."