Wednesday, July 3, 2013
TRAFFIC CAMERA VIOLATORS BEWARE, YOU COULD BE HEADED TO COURT SOON TO PAY UP. JULIE DARCY WITH TV 10 THE DETAILS
Education officials say the number of Louisiana high school students deemed "proficient" in subjects measured by end-of-course exams improved by 4 percentage points this year. The tests, which replaced the old Graduate Exit Exam, cover algebra I, geometry, English II, English III and biology, with U.S. history added this year. Students can earn a grade of excellent, good, fair or needs improvement. To graduate, a student must get a grade of at least "fair" in one of the math exams, one of the English exams and on either the history or biology exam. A good or excellent score means the student is judged proficient. Figures released Tuesday by the state Education Department show 59 percent were judged proficient in all subjects this school year, compared to 55 percent last year.
House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he doesn't want lawmakers to hold a veto session to reconsider Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget cuts and bill rejections. Kleckley, a Republican ally of the governor, released a statement Tuesday announcing his opposition to the session — though he said he doesn't agree with the governor's vetoes. The House speaker said a veto session could "produce unintended consequences," without further explanation. A veto session was automatically set for July 16 when Jindal issued vetoes. A majority written vote of either the House or Senate can scrap it. Advocates for the disabled are urging lawmakers to hold a session to reverse Jindal's cuts to disabled services funding. But the attempt is a long-shot. Lawmakers have never held a veto session under the current state constitution.
CHURCHES IN CROWLEY ARE BEING URGED TO RING THEIR CHURCH BELLS AT 12 NOON ON THE 4TH OF JULY IN HONOR OF OUR FREEDOMS IN THE UNITED STATES. THE EFFORT IS BEING CALLED LET FREEDOM RING.
State police will have an increased number of troopers on patrol this week and throughout the Fourth of July holiday. Officials say this extra allocation in manpower is made possible by funding provided by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission. Troopers will be targeting aggressive drivers, impaired drivers, those that choose not to wear their seatbelts, and those that choose not to secure their children in child restraints.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals encourages Louisiana residents to exercise caution in swimming in natural bodies of water this summer, as one resident has died and three others have become ill from infections contracted after swimming in seawater along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. The swimmers were infected by a naturally occurring bacteria found in warm seawater that is sometimes referred to as flesh eating bacteria. While Louisiana's Gulf waters, lakes and rivers may be tempting for folks trying to cool off during summer vacation, these illnesses serve as reminders to take precautions when swimming in any natural body of water. Illnesses associated with poor water quality include sore throat, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea. Children, the elderly or people with weakened immune systems have a greater risk of getting sick when swimming in waters that harbor natural and man-made contaminants. Microorganisms can enter the body through the mouth, nose and ears, as well as through cuts and wounds. Therefore, swallowing the water or immersing one's head or wounds increases the risk of illness.
STANDARD TRAFFIC SIGNS WILL SOON BE DISPLAYED IN BOTH ENGLISH & FRENCH. TV 10s JULIE DARCY HAS THE STORY
An $8 million expansion and renovation of Tanger Outlets Gonzales is winding down and should be completed by August. General manager John Taylor tells The Advocate the final stage of the project, demolishing the old Liz Claiborne store to make room for additional parking is underway. That work should be finished by the end of the month or early August. Taylor says the final new store is set to open in August. The project added 50,000 square feet to the center and includes an upgrade in landscaping and more parking. Once the expansion is complete, Tanger Outlets Gonzales will have more than 322,000 square feet of leasable space and house more than 60 shops and restaurants.