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Monday, February 18, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013





Southwest Louisiana rice farmers could reap benefits from growing Chinese agriculture markets by exporting rice there. State Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain and U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., discussed opening the rice market and other agriculture-related issues with nearly two dozen Southwest Louisiana farmers during a Farm Day breakfast and forum last week. Boustany said China is currently a net importer of rice, much from Thailand and Vietnam. But he says rice production is those countries has been shaky so China is looking to the U.S.





REDLIGHT TRAFFIC SYSTEMS IS LOOKING AT PUTTING UP TRAFFIC CAMERAS AT FOUR INTERSECTIONS ALONG THE EVANGELINE THRUWAY IN LAFAYETTE. LAST YEAR, THE CITY PARISH COUNCIL APPROVED INCREASING THE NUMBER OF MONITORED INTERSECTIONS FROM 12 TO 16. REDLIGHT IS GOING THROUGH THE PERMITTING PROCESS TO PUT UP CAMERAS ON EVANGELINE AT MUDD AVENUE, SECOND STREET, JOHNSTON AND AT SIMCOE STREET. TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORTATION DIRECTOR TONY TRAMEL TELLS THE ADVOCATE NEWSPAPER THOSE FOUR INTERSECTIONS WERE CHOSEN BECAUSE OF CRASH ANALYSES.





OFFICIALS IN IBERIA PARISH SAY A MAN DIED AFTER HE CRASHED HIS CAR INTO A CANAL.





The University of Louisiana System has a new two-year online degree program for adults who left college about half-way through, with 60 credit hours and at least a solid C average. System spokeswoman Jackie Tisdell tells The Times-Picayune that the system will begin taking applications Monday for the eight-week term starting May 1. Each of the nine schools will offer a different specialty for the degree in organizational leadership. Tisdell says people with fewer than 60 credit hours can take tests to earn credits or get assessments of skills learned on the job.





KEN AND AUSTIN ANDREWS, THE FATHER AND SON WHO PARTICIPATED ON TV’S THE BIGGEST LOSER, WERE AT GLAD TIDINGS CHURCH IN LAKE CHARLES THIS WEEKEND TO HOST A HEALTH AND WELLNESS SEMINAR THAT INCLUDED A 5-K RUN. PAULA RALEY, THE OUTREACH PASTOR FOR GLAD TIDINGS, SAYS THEY STARTED A HEALTH AND WELLNESS PROMOTION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR. SHE SAYS THEY INVITED KEN AND AUSTIN TO THE CHURCH BECAUSE THEY ARE ASSEMBLY OF GOD PASTORS IN CALIFORNIA WHO TRAVEL ALL OVER THE COUNTRY DOING THESE TYPES OF SEMINARS. KEN ANDREWS SAYS OBESITY IS WORSE IN THE CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY THAN IT IS IN SOCIETY AT LARGE.







ON SATURDAY, DOZENS OF VOLUNTEERS PLANTED MORE THAN 150 TREES AND SHRUBS ALONG SURREY STREET. THE TREES AND SHRUBS WERE PLACED ON LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD PROPERTY ACROSS FROM VERMILLIONVILLE AND ACADIAN CULTURE CENTER. AS THE PLANTS GROW, THEY WILL PROVIDE A NATURAL BARRIER HIDING FROM PASSING MOTORISTS A LOT USED BY THE SCHOOL BOARD FOR SCHOOL BUSES AND OLD EQUIPMENT. SARAH SCHOEFFLER OF TREES ACADIANA, WHICH SPONSORED THE EVENT, SAYS THIS WAS THEIR BIGGEST ATTEMPT AT PLANTING TREES.





ST. MARTIN PARISH AUTHORITIES HAVE ARRESTED TWO MEN FOR ALLEGEDLY STEALING 18 THOUSAND DOLLARS WORTH OF LAWN EQUIPMENT FROM THE EPISCOPAL SCHOOL OF ACADIANA. A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS MOST OF THE EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN RECOVERED. ARRESTED ON BURGLARY AND THEFT CHARGES ARE 29-YEAR-OLD SEAN SNELSON OF BROUSSARD AND 28-YEAR-OLD BRANDON LABICHE (luh BEESH) OF ST. MARTINVILLE. THE TWO WERE BOOKED INTO THE ST. MARTIN PARISH CORRECTIONAL CENTER.





Federal figures show Louisiana has the second lowest public high school graduation rate in the nation for special education students. Statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of education show Louisiana's rate at 29 percent, just higher than Mississippi and Nevada, whose graduation rates are tied at 23 percent.

Texas is tops in the nation at 77 percent. The Advocate reports Louisiana's low rate is one of the key drivers behind state Superintendent of Education John White's push to revamp the way the state finances special education.



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