News for Wednesday 101018
Compiled By Dave Graichen
Alexandria City officials unveiled plans for SPARC 2.0 at a press conference Monday. The project continues the brand from the original SPARC a major infrastructure initiative that has been ongoing since 2008. The original SPARC focused on distressed areas that covered less than half the city, But, Mayor Roy says SPARC 2.0 will include projects throughout Alexandria and will include even small-scale projects such as street repairs.
Deputies with the Grant Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a call about a prowler at an abandoned home in the Springhill Community. When they arrived at the home what they found were three unconscious adults and a 4-month-old child. Deputies reportedly found a man unconscious on the porch, woman in a shower with a syringe beside her and another unconscious woman who was hanging off a bed. The child was turned over to Louisiana Child Protection Services. All three adults were later arrested.
A new study out of the University of Southern California found Louisiana does a bad job recruiting and graduating black students from its public colleges. The report from the USC Race and Equity Center gave each institution a letter grade and an "equity index score." Those were averaged to get the state's overall score. Louisiana's was the lowest of 50 states at 1.18. The average equity index score across the 506 public institutions in the study was 2.02. The report did not include historically black colleges and universities.
Though the head of LSU argues that the university’s change in admission criteria is leading to an academically stronger class, the percentage of “exceptions” to the set standards were almost double the level the state’s higher education board allows. LSU President F. King Alexander wrote Commissioner for Higher Education Kim Hunter Reed that 7.5 percent of the freshman students who entered LSU last month scored lower on college board tests and had lower grades than the minimum admission standards set by the Board of Regents. The Regents have embarked on an audit of all 14 of the state’s four-year colleges to identify and count the students being “admitted by exception.”
Currently, flood victims who applied for SBA loans immediately following the floods are not eligible for grant money available through the Louisiana Restore Program. But President Trump has signed legislation corrected the Duplication of Benefits issue. Division of Administration Executive Director Pat Forbes says now they are waiting on written guidance from HUD on the specifics of implementation. Flood victims have until October 19th to fill out an initial survey at restore-dot-la-dot-gov and the deadline to complete the application has been extended until to November 16th.
A 20-year-old Shreveport woman and her one-year-old child are recovering after they were shot in their home at around 3:30 Tuesday morning. Authorities say a car stopped in front of the home and someone started shooting. The victims are expect to recover from their injuries
It’s your tax dollars at work.. A UL-Lafayette professor has been given a 250,000 dollar grant to take an in-depth look at how south central Louisiana seafood makes it from the water to your dinner plate. Dr. Geoffrey Stewart got the grant from the US Department of Agriculture. Stewart says he’s looking to better understand that supply chain, and look for ways to improve its efficiency. St. Mary, Vermilion, and Iberia Parishes are the areas of focus for the study.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries hopes to get approval to use some BP cash to rebuild the brown pelican habitat on Queen Bess Island in Barataria Bay. Coastal Resource Scientist Manager Todd Baker says the degradation of coastal habitats for the birds is been linked to difficulties in keeping them in state. Researchers say once the birds grow up, they are leaving the state. If approved Baker says the projects could take off in 2019.
20 years ago voters approved a constitutional amendment to create the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The LCTCS is comprised of 12 unified, open-access two-year colleges. LCTCS President Monty Sullivan says the system has created opportunities for all walks of life.
A petition is circulating that calls for the former Lee Circle in New Orleans to be named Brees Circle in honor of the Black and Gold’s most beloved athlete. Lee Circle saw its titular General Lee removed last year along with other Confederate statues city-wide. Petition creator Blake Ivey says the popular reputation of historical figures can be controversial, but if there’s one guy in the city who everyone agrees isn’t controversial, it would be Brees. You can join the petition by liking the Brees Circle Petition Facebook page.
LSU’s offensive line performed poorly in the Tigers 27-19 loss in Gainesville to the Florida Gators. Florida sacked quarterback Joe Burrow five times and the Gators produced 10.5 tackles for a loss. Starting left guard Garrett Brumfield will not be back for Saturday’s game, so Adrian Magee will start for a second straight week at that position. If there are no injuries during the week of practice, the Tigers could start the same starting five on the O-Line for consecutive games for the first time this season.
After a frustrating home loss to UAB, Louisiana Tech goes back on the road this Saturday to face the UTSA Roadrunners. The Bulldogs scored one touchdown against the Blazers and coach Skip Holtz says they’ll face another good defense in San Antonio.