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Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013





A PROSTHETIC ARM WAS STOLEN DURING A HOME BURGLARY IN BROUSSARD ON MONDAY. THE VICTIM TOLD LAFAYETTE PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES THAT THE BURGLAR TOOK A BLACK BAG THAT HELD HER HUSBAND’S PROSTHETIC ARM AND PAIN MEDICATION. SHE SAYS HE FED THEIR GREAT DANE LEFTOVER CHICKEN FROM THE REFRIGERATOR TO DISTRACT HIM. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE AT 232-92-11.





THE LOUISIANA STATE BOND COMMISSION YESTERDAY APPROVED TWENTY MILLION DOLLARS IN TAXABLE OR TAX EXEMPT REVENUE BONDS FOR THE SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA CHARTER ACADEMY. THE MONEY WILL BE USED BY THE ACADEMY TO BUILD A KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE SCHOOL AT THE CORNER OF SOUTH PARK DRIVE AND EAST MCNEESE STREET IN LAKE CHARLES. BOARD OF TRUSTEES PRESIDENT JUDGE GENE THIBODEAUX SAYS THE MONEY WILL ALLOW THEM TO PURCHASE TEN ACRES AND BUILD A 68 THOUSAND SQUARE FOOT BUILDING. THIBODEAUX TELLS THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT THE COMMISSION’S DECISION SHOWS THEIR CONFIDENCE IN THE ACADEMY TO FURNISH A QUALITY EDUCATION AND TO BUILD A SCHOOL AT NO COST TO TAXPAYERS.





ST. LANDRY PARISH OFFICIALS SAY A HUMAN SKULL HAS BEEN FOUND NEAR DAISY LANE JUST NORTH OF OPELOUSAS. CAROLINE BALCHUNAS HAS MORE.





Four organizations are splitting $1.8 million in federal grants to help people sign up for new insurance options available under the health care law. The navigator grants were announced Thursday by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius in states where the federal government is running online insurance marketplaces, called "exchanges." The largest slice of the money in Louisiana, nearly $1.1 million, will go to the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center. Another $486,000 will go to a public charity called Southern United Neighborhoods, which will do outreach in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.





ABOUT FIFTY SOUTH LOUISIANA COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS HAVE ENROLLED IN THE NEW “RAGIN CAJUN BRIDGE PROGRAM”, WHICH IS DESIGNED TO HELP THEM SUCCESSFULLY TRANSITION FROM THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TO U-L LAFAYETTE. UNDER THE PROGRAM, S-L-C-C STUDENTS ATTEND CLASSES THERE BUT GET ALL THE BENEFITS U-L STUDENTS RECEIVE, SUCH AS ACCESS TO THE LIBRARY, RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, ON-CAMPUS HOUSING AND MORE. U-L VICE PRESIDENT FOR ENROLLMENT MANAGEMENT, DEWAYNE BOWIE, SAYS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACING TRANSFER STUDENTS IS MAKING THE TRANSITION AND THE BRIDGE PROGRAM WAS DESIGNED TO HELP THEM. BOWIE SAYS BRIDGE STUDENTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO MEET AT LEAST ONCE PER SEMESTER WITH AN ACADEMIC ADVISOR, WHO WILL HELP THEM STAY ON TRACK TO GETTING THEIR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE.





A GRAND JURY DECLINED TO INDICT THREE MEN WHO WERE BELIEVED TO BE INVOLVED IN A BEATING DEATH AT A NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY IN MOSS BLUFF. 36-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW V. CROCHET DIED FROM HEAD INJURIES IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF JANUARY FIRST AND BRIAN DIAMOND, STEVEN B. ELLIS AND KAWLIGER L. CONNELLY WERE CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER. DISTRICT ATTORNEY JOHN DEROSIER SAYS THIS WAS THEIR SECOND ATTEMPT TO BRING THE CHARGES BEFORE THE GRAND JURY, AND HE SAYS THEY DIDN’T COME CLOSE TO GETTING AN INDICTMENT. HE SAYS THE ONLY WAY THEY’LL TRY AGAIN IS IF THERE IS NEW EVIDENCE.





THE CROWLEY CITY COUNCIL RECENTLY VOTED TO INCLUDE PAY RAISES FOR THE MAYOR, THE MAYOR PRO-TEM AND THE COUNCIL IN NEXT YEAR’S BUDGET. EACH OF THEM WILL BE RECEIVING A RAISE OF 3,250 DOLLARS. COUNCILMAN LYLE FOGELMAN DISAGREED WITH THE RAISE, TELLING THE CROWLEY POST SIGNAL THAT IT SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE AFTER LAYING OFF SEVERAL EMPLOYEES TWO YEARS AGO DURING A FINANCIAL CRUNCH. MAYOR PRO-TEM STEVEN PREMEAUX SAYS THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND RAISE HE’S RECEIVED IN HIS 16 YEARS ON THE CITY COUNCIL AND CROWLEY STILL PAYS LESS THAN MOST CITIES OF SIMILAR SIZE IN LOUISIANA.





A Louisiana flood control board has declined to withdraw its lawsuit against oil and gas companies over coastal erosion, but is also raising the possibility that it might suspend at least some of its activity on the suit. Gov. Bobby Jindal and his coastal protection chief have strongly opposed the lawsuit which seeks damages over loss of coastal wetlands that provide a natural buffer from storms. The decision to continue the suit was approved Thursday by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. The board then approved a motion stating the authority would consider a 45-day suspension of work advancing "substantive" issues on the suit while discussing the issues with the state.



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