Friday, April 05, 2013
Country singer Sammy Kershaw says he inadvertently set a fire in his Lafayette home that sustained "heavy smoke damage." Kershaw tells The Associated Press that no one was injured in the Thursday evening incident. He says he grabbed three cans of his own blend of spices to bring to a friend, when apparently the box that held the spices slid onto his stove, catching two of the knobs that ignite the burners. Kershaw says there were papers and other items on his countertops near the stove, which likely caught fire.
A LONG TIME CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER FROM LAKE CHARLES DIED THIS WEEK AT THE AGE OF 90. DENNIS WARE WAS INVOLVED IN THE DESEGREGATION OF LAKE CHARLES SCHOOLS AND SERVED TERMS ON THE LAKE CHARLES CITY COUNCIL. WARE’S SON, RONALD, IS A 14TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT JUDGE AND HE TOLD THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT HIS FATHER WAS RELENTLESS IN HELPING PEOPLE WHO COULDN’T HELP THEMSELVES. THE FUNERAL WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW AT WARREN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.
FOR THE SECOND TIME, THE ST. LANDRY PARISH SCHOOL BOARD VOTED FOR A NEW SUPERINTENDENT AND FAILED TO COME UP WITH THE SEVEN VOTES NECESSARY TO SELECT ONE. CHILD WELFARE AND ATTENDANCE SUPERVISOR EDWARD BROWN RECEIVED FIVE VOTES WHILE INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT JOSEPH CASSIMERE GARNERED FOUR VOTES. FOUR BOARD MEMBERS ABSTAINED FOR DIFFERENT REASONS. THE BOARD ALSO REJECTED A PROPOSAL TO READVERTISE FOR THE POSITION.
Louisiana has received $95 million in legal settlements with insurance companies, ending questions about whether the money would roll in for this year's budget or leave lawmakers scrambling to fill a shortfall. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols announced the settlement agreement Thursday. A month earlier, lawmakers had worried the dollars wouldn't arrive before the fiscal year ends June 30 — with $56 million of it allocated for spending in the budget. The settlements involve payments for state property losses from hurricane damage several years ago.
LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES ARRESTED A MAN WHO ALLEGEDLY STOLE A VEHICLE FROM A LOCAL DEALERSHIP.
JUDGE KENT SAVOIE DENIED CITIZEN MOTIONS BY THREE LAKE CHARLES ATTORNEYS AND ORDERED THAT THEY BE REPLACED. BECAUSE OF A LACK OF FUNDS IN THE PUBLIC DEFENDERS OFFICE, THE THREE ATTORNEYS WERE ASSIGNED TO HANDLE THE CASES FOR FREE. CITIZEN MOTIONS ARE AN ATTEMPT TO GET A STAY IN THE PROCEEDINGS WHILE FUNDS ARE SOUGHT TO PROVIDE A DEFENSE FOR CLIENTS WHO ARE TOO POOR TO PAY FOR THEIR LEGAL FEES. SAVOIE SAYS THAT IF HE HAD GRANTED THE STAY, THE CLIENTS WOULD HAVE WASTED TIME IN JAIL.
THE PRINCIPALS AT IBERIA MIDDLE SCHOOL AND DELCAMBRE ELEMENTARY ANNOUNCED THAT THEY WILL RETIRE AT THE END OF THE YEAR, WHILE DELCAMBRE HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL T-J SAUNIER HAS DECIDED TO RESIGN AND RETURN TO TEACHING. A TOTAL OF TWELVE SCHOOL PRINCIPALS IN IBERIA PARISH HAVE STEPPED DOWN IN THE PAST TWO YEARS. SUPERINTENDENT DALE HENDERSON SAYS HE’S NOT SURE WHY THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS LEAVING THEIR POSITIONS BUT SPECULATES IT MAY HAVE TO DO WITH EDUCATION REFORMS PASSED BY THE STATE LEGISLATURE. IBERIA MIDDLE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL MIKE BONIN TOLD THE DAILY IBERIAN THAT HE IS RETIRING BECAUSE OF THE PRESSURES OF NEW REQUIREMENTS THAT COME FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
A federal judge is set to hear arguments on BP's request for an order blocking what could be billions of dollars in settlement payouts to businesses who claim the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money. Friday's hearing is scheduled to last less than an hour. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier already has upheld court-appointed claims administrator Patrick Juneau's interpretation of settlement terms governing payments to businesses affected by the spill. BP argues that Juneau made decisions in January that expose the company to fictitious losses that were never contemplated in the settlement.