Tuesday, June 11, 2013
THE STATE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION YESTERDAY APPROVED THE LAYING OFF OF NEARLY FOUR THOUSAND EMPLOYEES AT L-S-U HOSPITALS IN LAFAYETTE, LAKE CHARLES, HOUMA AND NEW ORLEANS. ITíS THE FINAL STEP FOR THE FOUR HOSPITALS TO BE PRIVATIZED. STATE OFFICIALS TOLD THE CIVIL SERVICE BOARD THAT MOST OF THE LAID OFF WORKERS WOULD BE HIRED BY THE PRIVATE PARTNERS THAT ARE TAKING OVER THE OPERATIONS. IN LAFAYETTE, DARYL CETNAR, SPOKESMAN FOR LAFAYETTE GENERAL, WHICH IS TAKING OVER OPERATIONS AT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, SAYS THEY HAVE REHIRED MORE THAN THREE HUNDRED OF THE U-M-C EMPLOYEES.
THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL LASER ATTACKS ON PLANES FLYING INTO CHENNAULT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN LAKE CHARLES RECENTLY. RANDY LIPRIE SAYS HE WAS FLYING OVER MOSS BLUFF TWO MONTHS AGO GETTING READY TO LAND AT THE AIRPORT WHEN A GREEN STROBING LIGHT WAS SHONE INTO THE COCKPIT. CHENNAULT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RANDY ROBB SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN THREE SUCH INCIDENTS WITHIN THE PAST FOUR MONTHS AND THEY DONíT KNOW IF ITíS KIDS PLAYING AROUND OR SOMEONE INTENDING TO DO REAL HARM. MARY BETH ROMIG OF THE FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION IN NEW ORLEANS SAYS THEY PROJECT 37-HUNDRED LASER ATTACKS ON PLANES THIS YEAR, UP FROM 283 IN 2005.
STATE DISTRICT JUDGE JAMES DOHERTY IS EXPECTED TO RULE LATER THIS WEEK ON WHETHER ST. LANDRY PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER QUINCY RICHARD SENIOR SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE. RICHARD PLED GUILTY IN 2004 TO FILING FALSE RECORDS IN A CASE DEALING WITH THE SALE OF DIPLOMAS AND GRADES AT SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY. AT A HEARING YESTERDAY, ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY JENNIFER ARDOIN SAYS A CONVICTED FELON CANNOT SERVE IN PUBLIC OFFICE UNTIL 15 YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THE COMPLETION OF THEIR SENTENCE OR IF THEY RECEIVE A GOVERNORíS PARDON. QUINCY RICHARD JUNIOR, WHO SERVES AS HIS FATHERíS ATTORNEY, SAYS THE GUILTY PLEA WAS SET ASIDE BY A STATE JUDGE AND HIS RECORD WAS EXPUNGED OF ALL CRIMINAL RECORDS.
A new audit says 79 percent of community and technical colleges using a program that lets them raise student tuition didn't provide reliable data to gain that permission. The review by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office was released Monday. It echoed findings from a year earlier, which found flaws in data submitted by the Louisiana Community and Technical College System.
The data is used to determine if the schools are meeting performance improvements needed to increase tuition under a 2010 law called the GRAD Act.
STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION JOHN WHITE WAS AT A FORUM IN LAFAYETTE YESTERDAY TELLING ACADIANA EDUCATORS ABOUT PLANS TO STRENGTHEN THE CAREER OPTIONS FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS. WHITE SAYS THE BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION WANTS TO HAVE ONE HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA WITH TWO PATHWAYS. A CORE FOUR PATHWAY WOULD PREPARE STUDENTS TO MEET THE ADMISSION STANDARDS AT FOUR YEAR UNIVERSITIES WHILE THE CAREER PATHWAY WOULD HELP STUDENTS WHO WANT TO ENTER THE WORKFORCE OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL OR GO TO A TWO YEAR COLLEGE. ANY CHANGES APPROVED BY BESE WOULD NOT GO INTO EFFECT UNTIL THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR, THOUGH SCHOOL DISTRICTS COULD VOLUNTEER TO START EARLIER THAN THAT.
MORE THAN 12-HUNDRED SOLDIERS AT FORT POLK WILL BE DEPLOYED TO AFGHANISTAN IN THE FIRST HALF OF JULY. FORT POLKíS FOURTH INFANTRY BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM, TENTH MOUNTAIN DIVISION, WILL DEPLOY AS PART OF THE SUMMER ROTATION AND ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN IN AFGHANISTAN FOR NINE MONTHS. TEAM COMMANDER COL. MARIO DIAZ SAYS THE FOCUS IS SHIFTING FROM FIGHTING WITH THE AFGHANS TO ADVISING AND ASSISTING THEM IN HELPING SECURE THEIR COUNTRY. A SEND-OFF CEREMONY IS PLANNED FOR THIS FRIDAY AT TEN A-M.
STATE SENATOR JONATHAN PERRY SAYS VERMILLION PARISH WILL BE RECEIVING MORE THAN TWO-POINT-4 MILLION DOLLARS FROM THE FEDERALLY-ADMINISTERED LOUISIANA COMMUNITY BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM, WHICH HELPS LOW INCOME AREAS. ONE-POINT-6 MILLION DOLLARS IS GOING TO THE POLICE JURY TO EXTEND THE COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEM TO 90 HOUSEHOLDS IN THE PARISH. ABBEVILLE IS GETTING 600 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE REHABILITATION OF SEVERAL STREETS IN THE CENTRAL AREA OF THE CITY. AND MAURICE WILL USE 275 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO UPGRADE SEVERAL STREETS.
Louisiana's higher education leaders and advocates had big goals for the just-ended legislative session. They were asking lawmakers to give up their authority over tuition hikes, to revamp the state's free college tuition program known as TOPS and to stop hitting the campuses with budget cuts. They got very little of what they sought. Lawmakers stonewalled many of the requests and continued to shrink state financing for the schools.