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News for Tuesday 073118
Compiled By Dave Graichen
With students getting closer to the end of their summer breaks, the personal-finance website WalletHub Monday released its report on 2018's States with the Best & Worst School Systems and as you may suspect, Louisiana did not do well.. With one being the best, Louisiana scored;
51st – Math Test Scores
48th – Reading Test Scores
39th – Median ACT Score
37th – % of Licensed/Certified Public K–12 Teachers
46th – Dropout Rate
46th – Bullying Incidence Rate
For the full report, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/
Monday, Gov. John Bel Edwards and RoyOMartin President and CEO Roy O. Martin III announced the company will invest $8 million at its Chopin plywood and solid wood plant to install a new dry kiln designed to increase timber production. With the new investment, the company will create 14 new direct jobs, with an average annual salary of more than $46,800, plus benefits. The company will retain 680 existing jobs at the site, and Louisiana Economic Development estimates the project will result in 40 new indirect jobs, for a total of more than 50 new jobs in the region.
It’s an interesting idea.. the APD has set up some spots in the parking of the Bolton Avenue Police station to allow residents to safely perform a child transfer from parent to parent under a child custody agreement or even to complete an online purchase under the watchful eye of a police officer. According to Chief Jerrod King "It provides that extra level of comfort and that extra level of security for them. Special signe make the spots in the Lot.
A Louisiana Legislative Auditor report finds the Rapides Parish Police Jury found that more than $4,500 was misappropriated by a former Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office employee. The incident happened in August of 2017 when the Rapides Parish Police Jury’s internal auditing system found $4,512 was misappropriated. The report stated that restitution by the employee has been made. However, according to the Rapides Parish Clerk of Court’s Office, the matter was never sent to a grand jury by the DA’s Office, as it should have been.
The Legislative Auditor has a new report claiming the state health department and the Attorney General’s Office misappropriated money intended to fight Medicaid fraud. Auditor Daryl Purpera says they initiated the investigation at the request of LDH and the AG’s office, which’ve since put the money back in the program. Purpera says auditors also found 475-thousand dollars in salaries for fraud detection were used for other purposes and the report showed the state blew 642- thousand dollars in 2012 on software not compatible with their systems.
Advocates are ramping up the campaign to convince voters to vote yes to the unanimous jury verdict constitutional amendment on this fall’s ballot. The amendment requires over 50 percent of voters in the fall to back it, and would undo the Jim Crow era legislation that sets up Louisiana as a legal outlier in the American justice system.
The law was passed during the post-civil war reconstruction era, where critics say the objective was to deprive African Americans of the ability to have a jury of their peers. 48 other states, along with the federal justice system require unanimous juries.
A mass shooting in New Orleans left three dead over the weekend. Now, investigators are looking for answers from the public and they are increasing the reward money for information in the case. NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison says the money is now up to $25,000.
Jonesboro Representative Jack McFarland says it was not the legislature’s intention to halt three different sales tax holidays when legislators agreed in the last special session to a tax deal to fully fund state government. McFarland says he wouldn’t be surprised if there was legislation next year to bring them back. As it stands now, the sales tax holidays have been suspended until 2025.
Union Parish authorities say a Bastrop man drowned in Lake D’Arbonne attempting to retrieve his pontoon boat that had blown off its trailer during a thunderstorm Sunday afternoon. Authorities say 65-year-old Roddy Watt was found about 100 yards from the launching area.
According to the latest LDWF bald eagle nest survey, the population continues to flourish in the state. Once a rare sight, spotting bald eagles in Louisiana is now commonplace, as the population in the 1970s was devastated by use of the now-banned pesticide, DDT. LDWF Nongame Bird Biologist Michael Seymour says DDT, when broken down in the environment, affected the ability of many birds to produce calcium which caused thin egg shells.
Three flood damaged Louisiana State Parks are soon to back in business. Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser announced the official reopening of cabins at Lake Bistineau, Lake Fausse Point, and Tickfaw State Parks. Assistant Secretary and Director of Louisiana State Parks Gene Reynolds say these cabins provide guests the access of Louisiana’s most impressive views. You can now start making reservations for stays beginning Monday, October 22nd. For more information visit LaStateParks.com.
A Farmerville woman is dead after falling out of a truck and striking the pavement. According to the Union Parish Sheriff Dusty Gates, on Saturday night, 22-year-old Bridget Tucker was pronounced dead at the scene after falling from the vehicle’s window while it traveled around 35-40 miles per hour. Gates says the driver of the vehicle was arrested. Gates says alcohol was involved with the incident.
The Louisiana Department of Education have announced the most recent recipients of the titles of Teacher and Principal of the Year. The Principle of the Year honor goes to Dr. Eric Davis of Wossman High School in the City of Monroe School District.
Spencer Kiper of Elm Grove Middle School in Bossier City picked up the award for Teacher of the Year. Kiper, a STEM teacher, says the surprise of the recognition serves as further motivation for his job.
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