Wednesday, June 05, 2013
AFTER MORE THAN THREE HOURS OF DEBATE MONDAY NIGHT, THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD DECIDED TO DEFER DISCUSSION ON THE BUDGET FOR THE NEXT FISCAL YEAR, WHICH MEANS IT WILL LIKELY NOT BE READY BY JULY FIRST, THE BEGINNING OF THE FISCAL YEAR. ORIGINALLY THE BOARD WAS SET TO ADOPT THE BUDGET ON JUNE 19TH, AFTER A TWO WEEK PUBLIC INSPECTION PERIOD. CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER BILLY GUIDRY SAYS THEY HAVE TENTATIVELY SET A SPECIAL MEETING FOR FINAL BUDGET ADOPTION ON JULY 17TH. ONE OF THE MAJOR STICKING POINTS HAS BEEN THE ELIMINATION OF 83 TEACHING POSITIONS, WHICH WOULD SAVE 5-POINT-3 MILLION DOLLARS.
A LONG TIME FUNERAL DIRECTOR IN LAKE CHARLES PASSED AWAY YESTERDAY MORNING AT LAKE CHARLE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL. RAYMOND FONDEL SENIOR, WHO WAS 72, OPENED FONDEL MEMORIAL CHAPEL IN 1965 AND ALSO OPERATED AN AMBULANCE SERVICE FOR TWENTY YEARS. HIS SON, RAYMOND FONDEL JUNIOR, TOLD THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT HIS DAD MADE SURE FAMILIES WHO HAD NOTHING WERE GOING TO HAVE A DIGNIFIED SERVICE FOR THEIR LOVED ONES. HE SAYS THE FAMILY PLANS ON KEEPING THE FUNERAL HOME OPEN.
THE ACADIA PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE MADE AN ARREST IN CONNECTION TO THE BODY FOUND ON A REMOTE COUNTRY ROAD LAST WEEK. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.
The Senate has given final passage to a bill that prohibits employers from paying unequal wages based on gender to state employees for the same job within the same agency. The bill, which doesn't include private companies, heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal for consideration. New Orleans Sen. Ed Murray, sponsor of the proposal, said women in Louisiana routinely make less than men who perform the same jobs. The measure — approved 35-2 by the Senate on Tuesday — is limited to "any department, office, division, agency, commission, board, committee or other organizational unit of the state."
ACADIANA YOUTH INC IS OPENING A SHELTER FOR TROUBLED GIRLS IN LAFAYETTE CALLED STEPS. IT WILL BE ONE OF THE FEW GIRLS-ONLY SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAMS IN THE COUNTRY. PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR JACQUE ROBINSON RICHARD TELLS THE DAILY ADVERTISER THAT HAVING A PROGRAM FOR GIRLS ONLY ALLOWS THEM TO OPEN UP MORE AND SHARE. STEPS IS A PRIVATE-PAY PROGRAM BUT SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WITH FINANCIAL PROBLEMS.
THE CALCASIEU PARISH SCHOOL BOARD HAS ACCEPTED A BID OF 9-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS FOR THE MOSSVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BUILDING AND THE MONEY WILL BE USED TO HELP BALANCE THIS YEAR’S BUDGET. CLOSE TO 158 TEACHING POSITIONS WERE SAVED BECAUSE OF THE SALE. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE ANNETTE BALLARD TELLS K-P-L-C T-V THAT SHE FEELS THEY MADE THE RIGHT DECISION EVEN THOUGH IT IS A ONE-TIME FIX. SHE SAYS THEY NEED TO MAKE A LONG-RANGE PLAN TO DEAL WITH POTENTIAL FUTURE DEFICITS.
AN OPELOUSAS MAN WAS ARRESTED THIS PAST WEEKEND AFTER HIS FOUR CHILDREN WERE LEFT IN A CAR WITH NO VENTILATION WHILE HE AND THE CHILDREN’S MOTHER WENT INTO A BAR. 33-YEAR-OLD JUSTIN ROSETTE TOLD POLICE HE WAS WAITING ON AN ORDER OF FOOD FOR THE CHILDREN, BUT EMPLOYEES SAID THE COUPLE HAD BEEN SITTING IN THE BAR FOR 45 MINUTES. WHILE THEY WERE QUESTIONING ROSETTE, POLICE FOUND THAT HE HAD ILLEGAL DRUGS. OPELOUSAS POLICE SERGEANT JODY WHITE SAYS THE CASE REMAINS UNDER INVESTIGATION AND ADDITIONAL CHARGES MAY BE FILED AGAINST ROSSETTE AND THEY ALSO MAY CHARGE THE CHILDREN’S MOTHER, LAQUISHA BENOIT.
Two House-approved bills that sought to prohibit federal oversight of gun laws in Louisiana have stalled in the Louisiana Senate and won't become law. Promoted as state's rights measures against an increasingly intrusive federal government, the proposals were easily approved in the House despite criticism that they were unconstitutional. But the senators have shelved them through procedural moves.
Sponsors of both bills said Tuesday that they consider the measures dead for the session.