Thursday, April 04, 2013
LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS VOTED 6-TO-3 IN FAVOR OF A REPRIMAND FOR SUPERINTENDENT DR. PAT COOPER.
SINGER JOSHUA LEDET OF WESTLAKE WILL BE PERFORMING AT THE WHITE HOUSE ON TUESDAY. HE IS TAKING PART IN A CELEBRATION OF MEMPHIS SOUL MUSIC ALONG WITH A NUMBER OF OTHER ARTISTS. THE PERFORMANCE WILL BE BROADCAST ON P-B-S TUESDAY NIGHT, APRIL THE 16TH AT 7 P-M. LEDET FINISHED THIRD LAST YEAR IN THE AMERICAN IDOL COMPETITION.
A LAFAYETTE MAN, WHO WAS ACCUSED OF SHOOTING TO DEATH A NEW IBERIA MAN IN THE PARKING LOT OF A TACO BELL ON WEST CONGRESS STREET LAST JULY, HAS BEEN RELEASED FROM THE LAFAYETTE PARISH CORRECTIONAL CENTER. DISTRICT ATTORNEY MIKE HARSON RELEASED A STATEMENT THAT INVESTIGATORS HAVE DETERMINED THAT 19-YEAR-OLD KENTRELL MORRISON IS NOT THE MAN WHO SHOT TO DEATH FREDERICK JOSEPH, AND HE HAD NO INVOLVEMENT PRIOR TO THE SHOOTING. MORRISON WAS CHARGED WITH OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE AND RECEIVED A SEVEN YEAR SUSPENDED SENTENCE WITH FOUR YEARS OF SUPERVISED PROBATION. MORRISON HAS ALSO AGREED TO TESTIFY IN COURT ABOUT THE SHOOTING, ACCORDING TO COURT DOCUMENTS.
House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says lawmakers need to find a way to control the costs of the state's free college tuition program known as TOPS. Kleckley says colleges need to be able to raise their tuition rates, but he says the state can't afford to continue increasing TOPS program costs, which are estimated to reach $204 million next year. Kleckley said Wednesday that lawmakers have to consider capping the popular free tuition program, while also continuing to provide an incentive for people to go to college. The Republican House speaker is pushing a bill to shift decision-making from the Legislature to the Board of Regents on whether to raise tuition costs to regional averages.
THE FATHER OF A SIX-YEAR-OLD BOY, WHO WAS KILLED IN JULY OF 2011 WHILE TRYING TO BOARD A SCHOOL BUS, WAS AWARDED 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE BOY, LA’DERION MILLER, DIED SEVERAL DAYS AFTER HE RECEIVED INJURIES FROM ACCIDENTALLY BEING DRAGGED BY THE SCHOOL BUS, WHICH HE HAD TRIED TO BOARD. IN ADDITION TO THE 300 THOUSAND DOLLARS, JUDGE KRISTIAN EARLES ORDERED THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM TO PAY THE COURT FEES OF THE FATHER, MARCUS MILLER. MILLER’S LEGAL TEAM SAYS THE BOY’S MOTHER HAD FILED A SEPARATE CIVIL SUIT AND SETTLED OUT OF COURT FOR 750 THOUSAND DOLLARS.
A LAKE CHARLES CITY COUNCILMAN SAYS HE EXPECTS A DEAL TO BE SIGNED IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WITH MARDI GRAS BOARDWALK COMPANY OFFICIALS. MARDI GRAS BOARDWALK IS EXPECTED TO BE AN ENTERTAINMENT, RETAIL AND DINING DESTINATION THAT WILL BE BUILT ON THE OLD HARRAH’S PROPERTY. COUNCILMAN STUART WEATHERFORD TELLS
K-P-L-C T-V THAT MARDI GRAS BOARDWALK OFFICIALS ARE CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR BUSINESSES TO LEASE OR BUY SPACE ON THE PROPERTY. ONCE THE DEAL IS SIGNED, THE COMPANY WILL BE GIVEN A TIMELINE TO CREATE A MASTER PLAN AND IT WILL BE AT LEAST A YEAR-AND-A-HALF BEFORE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS.
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN TWO YEARS, SALES TAX COLLECTIONS IN ST. LANDRY PARISH DECLINED. ACCORDING TO NEWLY RELEASED FIGURES, SALES TAX COLLECTIONS WERE DOWN THREE-POINT-2 PERCENT IN MARCH COMPARED TO MARCH OF LAST YEAR. SEVEN OF THE TEN MUNICIPALITIES IN THE PARISH SAW A DECREASE IN TAX COLLECTIONS. ONLY EUNICE, SUNSET AND MELLVILLE SAW AN INCREASE.
The governing board for Louisiana's property insurer of last resort isn't revisiting a $100 million borrowing plan that has stalled at the state capitol. The board for the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. didn't choose an alternate approach to balance the company's books. Instead, Steve Cottrell, chief financial officer for Citizens, says he'll closely monitor the cash flow at the company and keep board members updated if Citizens becomes unable to cover its costs. Gov. Bobby Jindal and Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon were opposed to the borrowing plan, saying Citizens can use a line of credit from the bank if needed.