Monday, October 14, 2013
The Jennings City Council will seek up to $600,000 in Community Development Block Grant money from the state to pay for a proposed street overlay project. City Clerk Barbara Lantz tells The American Press that Jennings is eligible to receive up to $600,000 for the project. Any grant money awarded to the city would help with maintenance and improvement of streets, Mayor Terry Duhon says. The project calls for the asphalt overlay of East Willis Street, East Spencer Street, Renshaw Street, Mulkern Street and West Plaquemine Street from
L-A Highway 26 to the west.
TOMORROW THE STATE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION WILL CONSIDER APPLICATIONS TO OPEN FIVE CHARTER SCHOOLS IN LAFAYETTE PARISH, WITH A DECISION EXPECTED ON WEDNESDAY. A PARENT ORGANIZATION OPPOSED TO THE SCHOOLS HAS QUESTIONED WHY ONE OF THE ORGANIZATIONS APPLYING FOR TWO OF THE SCHOOLS HAS NOT INCLUDED AUDITS SHOWING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS AT TWO SCHOOLS THEY OPERATE IN NEW YORK. THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION REQUIRES CHARTER SCHOOL OPERATORS TO PROVIDE CERTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT PAST SCHOOL PERFORMANCE, INCLUDING ANY LITIGATION OR MATERIAL AUDIT FINDINGS. THE DEPARTMENTíS PRESS SECRETARY BARRY LANDRY TELLS THE ADVOCATE THAT THE AUDITS IN QUESTION WERE NOT CLASSIFIED AS MATERIAL FINDINGS AND THEREFORE WERE NOT REQUIRED TO BE REPORTED.
A 13-year-old boy from Jeanerette has been killed in the crash of an all-terrain vehicle. Louisiana State Police say Benjamin Oliver was driving the ATV Friday night on a frontage road by U.S. Highway 90 in Iberia Parish. They say the teenager drove through the median separating the frontage road from the highway and was struck by a sport utility vehicle. Oliver was thrown from the ATV and taken to a hospital, where he died.
First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Oct. 5 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show 2,456 initial claims compared to 2,307 a week earlier. The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,480 from the previous week's average of 2,414. Continued unemployment claims claimed for the week ending Oct. 5 decreased to 23,293 compared to the previous week's total of 23,551.
A routine audit of money-handling by the Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury has found shortcomings with the way some financial transactions are being handled, including deposits and purchase orders. The American Press reports Auditor Ed Krielow presented the findings of the 73-page report to the jury on Wednesday.
According to the report, which covers the fiscal year that ended Dec. 31, 2012, money was not deposited in a timely manner, as state law requires. The audit found the jury did not deposit $70,880 in receipts in a timely manner and that one check was held as long as 10 months.
Louisiana's health department says three new cases of West Nile virus reported this week bring the state's total this year to 48. Of the three new cases, one, in Lafayette, involves a serious brain and spinal cord infection. There have been two West Nile-related deaths so far this year. People get West Nile when they are bitten by mosquitoes infected with the virus.
State police say a single-car accident in St. Mary Parish killed a New Iberia man.
Troopers say the accident is believed to have happened between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Friday. A Nissan Maxima driven by 60-year-old Charles Rogers traveled off the right side of Louisiana Highway 87. The car overturned and Rogers, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene.
Oilfield services company Baker Hughes.says the number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by 13 this week to 1,743.
The Houston-based company said in its weekly report Friday that 1,367 rigs were exploring for oil and 369 for gas. Seven were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,835 active rigs.