Wednesday, April 25, 2012
A controversial bill that critics say would have given privately run, publicly funded charter schools the right to discriminate against gay students is all but dead in the Legislature. The Senate voted 24-9 last week to shelve Senate Bill 217 by Sen. A.G. Crowe, a St. Tammany Parish Republican. Technically the “amended bill was read by title and returned to the Involuntary Calendar by a vote of 24 yeas and 9 nays,” which means it could still return to the Senate floor for debate, although political observers say it’s unlikely to return to the agenda. Crowe’s legislation, backed by the Louisiana Family Forum and the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops, attempted to prohibit state agencies from requiring third-party entities they contract with from having anti-discrimination policies that go beyond state contract law. The state of Louisiana’s contract law only enumerates race, religion, national ancestry, age, sex and disability as characteristics protected against discrimination. However, the state Department of Education’s charter application form also includes sexual orientation and several other characteristics as worthy of anti-discrimination protections.
A Rayne mother is facing four counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of four of her five children, ages 8 and younger, who died late Saturday night in a fire that consumed their mobile home. Tragic are the deaths. Galling are the accounts of neighbors who told area media that the children were left unattended on a routine basis and that on Saturday the “mom was at the club” — presumably a night club. According to media accounts, police were called to the mobile home on Friday, the night before the tragedy, because the kids were without adult supervision. The youngsters were returned to the custody of their mother on Saturday morning, hours before they were left unattended again.
There’s little dispute the “New Orleans Saints have produced countless exciting and magical moments for the city of New Orleans, the state of Louisiana, the Gulf Coast region, and the entire country,” as Metairie Republican state Rep. Cameron Henry’s House Concurrent Resolution 50 emphatically states, but Henry’s bid to get National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell to re-reconsider the arguably harsh punishment levied on the Saints in connection with Bounty-gate is pointless at best. Goodell has already heard and rejected an appeal of head coach Sean Payton’s 2012 season ban, along with the other repercussions handed down including a half-million dollar fine against the team. And with possible league and federal investigations into new allegations that GM Mickey Loomis electronically eavesdropped on opposing coaches’ headset communications in the Superdome, there’s even less chance Goodell will acquiesce. Make that no chance.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, December 04, 2013:
Public school letter grades, teacher evaluations and student promotion won't be affected by Louisiana's shift to more rigorous educational standards for two years, the state's top school board decided Tuesday.
Vitter told The Associated Press that he is sending an email to supporters Wednesday and is in discussions with his family about the possibility.
President of The Lemoine Company and chairman of the nonprofit overseeing the conversion of the Horse Farm property into Lafayette’s central park will be profiled in the December-January issue.
Leadership Institute of Acadiana and the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce announced the newly-selected Leadership Lafayette class for 2014.
A new statewide poll released before the holiday break shows U.S. Sen. David Vitter of Metairie atop a gubernatorial field dominated by Republicans.
Margaret Trahan elected to serve on UW Worldwide's National Professional Council, and Bryant DeLoach joins MidSouth Bank as commercial lender in Lafayette.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that a judge must reconsider BP PLC’s arguments that the settlement shouldn’t compensate businesses if their losses can’t be directly traced to the nation’s worst offshore oil spill.
The Ragin' Cajuns go for New Orleans Bowl three-peat, this time against the Tulane Green Wave, which is making its first postseason appearance since the Hawaii Bowl in 2002.
Louisiana has joined four other states in filing a so-called “friend of the court” brief in support of Mississippi’s lawsuit against the federal government over new flood insurance rates set to go into effect.
Kerry Wayne Bertrand was charged Monday for the alleged killing of his stepdaughter, Skylar Lee Credeur, a UL Lafayette chemistry major found dead in the bathtub of her family home in August.
Half of voters surveyed think the coastal damages lawsuit by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East against 97 oil and gas companies should continue.
Cooking from the Heart book signing tour hosted at Barnes & Noble
Accepting the inevitable
Style hits for game day
The "Purple Rain" singer-songwriter is headlining the 20th annual celebration of black music and culture being held July 3-6 in New Orleans.
Louisiana's state school board is considering a two-year delay for some consequences tied to the phase-in of more rigorous educational standards, called Common Core, at public schools.
The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims increased to 2,854 from the previous week's total of 2,363. Initial claims were above the comparable week a year earlier at 2,705.
The most anticipated game in the NFC this season was a laugher.
The attorneys for Busted in Acadiana administrator Chris Hebert got an extra 2.5 months Monday to prepare for their client’s felony trial, marking the third time the case has been delayed this year.