Category Archives: State News

BESE Attempts to Compromise on Common Core

3 members of the State Board of Education are offering a compromise on common core to Governor Bobby Jindal. Jindal wants the state out of common core, but the state superintendent of education disagrees.
Board members are offering to blend tests from common core and LEAP for the coming school year. But, nobody knows if this [...]

Local Representative Pushing “Pay it Forward”

A local state representative is pushing a study resolution to help students with college debt. Pay It Forward bills are now active in many states, and Herbert Dixon is pushing for it in Louisiana.

It’s unclear how the Pay It Forward programs will be funded, if approved.
More about this program may be found by clicking here.
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Saint Landry Judge Dies After Brief Illness

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Saint Landry Parish is mourning the death of Judge Donald Hebert who died last night after a brief illness. He was 65 years old and was planning to retire in December.
He was elected in 1999 to the 27th judicial district.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/10/14

Fund Set Up for 9 Children Orphaned by Murder-Suicide

A fund has been set up for the nine children left orphaned by a murder suicide in Opelousas.
On July 4th, police say Kerry Varis shot his wife Nancy at a family gathering on West Prudhomme Street. Witnesses say he then turned the gun on himself.

The fund is set up at the Opelousas Saint Landry Bank [...]

Former Mayor Nagin Sentenced to 10 Years

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin leaves federal court with his wife, Seletha Nagin, left, after being sentenced in New Orleans, Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
The man who became the face of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina will now spend the next 10 years in a federal prison. A judge sentenced former New Orleans Mayor Ray [...]

Over 8k Students to Receive School Vouchers

Governor Bobby Jindal says about 88 hundred students will receive vouchers for the coming school year to attend private or charter schools. He says there were 13 thousand applications to some 133 schools. Jindal calls the vouchers scholarships.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/9/14

State Warns of Flesh Eating Bacteria

The state is warning fishermen about dangers from flesh eating bacteria. Kari Beal of KATC in Lafayette has more about the symptoms of this infection and how you can protect yourself.

KLAX ABC 31 News 7/9/14

Kennedy: Federal Law Will Force Taxpayers to Pay for Sex Change Operations

State Treasurer John Kennedy is complaining about a federal law he says will force taxpayers to pay for sex change operations. Kennedy says these added costs point out why Louisiana should fix its Medicaid program before it goes into bankruptcy.

He says both Medicare and Medicaid are approaching insolvency.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/8/14

Sci-Port Museum Not Just for Kids

When you’re traveling around the state this summer, you might want to check in at Sci-Port. This elaborate science museum has interactive displays.
It’s near the banks of the Red River in Shreveport.

Sci-Port has traveling exhibits, which go to schools and special events throughout the state.
KLAX ABC 31 News 7/8/14

First Weeks Starts for Miss LA 2014

It’s the first week on the job for miss Louisiana 2014.
Lacey Sanchez of Baton Rouge won the crown after competing with 31 other young women all vying for scholarship money. Sanchez competed as Miss Lafayette.
She’s an LSU senior, where she competed on the track and field team.

She is spending part of her time getting ready [...]