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.
The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,312 from the previous week's total of 2,543. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,627.
In a statement, Michael Ranatza, executive director of the association, said Landrieu's "senior status" and her continued support for the sheriffs throughout her career were deciding factors.
The position puts him at odds with GOP Gov. Bobby Jindal, but could bolster support from the business community as the senator raises money for the 2015 governor's race.
On the cusp of a new school year, with the fallout from The IND’s special report, “What’s the Matter at Fatima,” still settling, the administration at Our Lady of Fatima is reaching out to the school “family” to offer reassurances about the academic and spiritual health of the institution.
The Hayride — Louisiana’s one-stop shop for far-right perspectives — has come to the defense of state Rep. Lenar Whitney following her embarrassing, early-exit interview last week with Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman.
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The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette says a 1992 investigation cleared the Rev. Gilbert Dutel of pedophilia allegations, yet when asked to produce those records, church officials came up empty-handed.
The former president and longtime board member of the Council on the Development of French in Louisiana has taken a Texas lawmaker to task over his use of the slur “coonass” during a legislative hearing.
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Marques Colston let out a laugh and shrugged his shoulders when the subject of his NFL longevity arose.
The state is accepting public comments on a plan that would invest $1 million in a new Homeowner Rehabilitation Program for low- to moderate-income residents whose homes were damaged after Hurricane Isaac.
A Senate Bill passed Thursday now awaits the president’s signature authorizing long-awaited reforms of the Veterans Affairs Administration, including new clinics for Lafayette and Lake Charles.
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