Monday, May 13, 2013
Lafayette Parish schools may make it easier to become a substitute school bus driver. The Advocate reports that Transportation Director Bill Samec has asked the parish school board to suspend its requirement that a driver have a high school diploma or equivalency diploma. Samec says that when the district sought part-time drivers in March, it didn't find enough to meet its goal of 30 for the next school year. Part-time, substitute drivers are often promoted to full-time drivers in Lafayette.
LAKE CHARLES POLICE CHIEF DON DIXON SAYS FOUR BURGLARIES LAST WINTER WERE COMMITED BY TWO DIFFERENT GANGS FROM THE HOUSTON AREA. SEVEN MEMBERS OF A GANG FROM THE THIRD WARD OF HOUSTON WERE INDICTED FOR TWO HOME BURGLARIES FROM THE SOUTH LAKE CHARLES AREA THAT OCCURRED ON DECEMBER 17TH. NINE MEMBERS OF A GANG FROM THE UVALDE ROAD AREA IN HOUSTON WERE ARRESTED AND INDICTED FOR THE ATTEMPTED JANUARY BURGLARIES OF RADIO SHACK STORES IN LAKE CHARLES AND SULPHUR. DIXON BELIEVES THE GANGS WERE TESTING THE WATERS IN LAKE CHARLES BUT, AS HE TOLD THE AMERICAN PRESS, “THEYVE FOUND OUT THAT THIS IS NOT A GOOD PLACE TO COME OVER TO”.
ON SATURDAY, A MAN WAS FOUND IN A CAR OUT IN A FIELD DEAD FROM A GUNSHOT WOUND.
After days of closed-door negotiations, the Louisiana House has backed a nearly $25 billion budget that deeply diverges from spending plans recommended by Gov. Bobby Jindal. Lawmakers objected to Jindal's proposal to use $500 million in uncertain financing from property sales, legal settlements, fund sweeps and other items that haven't yet happened and that would only drum up money for one year. The House compromise approved Friday would replace those dollars with money raised from trimming tax break programs, cuts to state agencies and $200 million expected from a tax amnesty program. A 93-5 vote sent the budget to the Senate.
Two new members have been appointed to the state-sponsored Louisiana Commission on Marriage and Family. They are Heather Doss of Lafayette and Rob Tasman of Baton Rouge. Doss is chief operating officer of Flex Medical Staffing and Training, a healthcare staffing company. The 29-member commission supports policies centered on marriage and families.
A LAKE CHARLES MAN WHO WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING FRIDAY MORNING WAS DECLARED BRAIN DEAD YESTERDAY MORNING BY DOCTORS AT LAKE CHARLES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. 41-YEAR-OLD CLEVE MENARD WAS IN THE LACASSINE WILDLIFE REFUGE FISHING WITH HIS BROTHER-IN-LAW WHEN A STORM MOVED IN FROM THE EAST. AS THEY TRIED TO FIND SHELTER UNDERNEATH A BRIDGE, MENARD WAS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING. TWO FORMER FIRE FIGHTERS IN THE AREA ADMINISTERED C-P-R AND HE WAS BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL, BUT HIS FAMILY SAYS HE SUFFERED SEVERAL STROKES LATER THAT LED THE DOCTORS TO DECLARE HIM BRAIN DEAD.
Acadian Fine Foods LLC is recalling 17,000 pounds of pork and chicken stews because labels don't list whey and soy as ingredients. Some people are allergic to those substances. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says the Church Point company started using a chicken base including whey and soy, but didn't re-label to include new ingredients. Being recalled are 12-ounce bowls of "Savoie's Cajun Singles Louisiana Pork Stew" and "Savoie's Cajun Singles Louisiana Chicken Stew."
St. Martin Parish students are eligible for dental care through a mobile clinic that's scheduled to hit the roads this summer. The Advocate reports a recreational vehicle equipped as a dental clinic was set to begin offering services last year but officials say there was a delay in receiving federal and state approvals for the project. Roderick Campbell, CEO of Iberia Comprehensive Community Health Center, says they received a $462,000 federal grant to launch the project with a dentist and two assistants and build a pediatric behavioral health unit in St. Martinville to improve students' access to health services. The grant was acquired in partnership with the St. Martin school system, which operates three school-based health centers that offer students health and behavioral health services.