Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:18 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:18:45 GMT
Authorities said a 15-year-old girl may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old girl dead Monday afternoon. The crash happened onMore >>
Authorities said a 15-year-old may be facing charges after driving without a license and losing control of a car in a crash that left a 10-year-old dead.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:48 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:48:15 GMT
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.A witness told police that the four girls, ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, had been in the same dirtyMore >>
A woman has been arrested after she allegedly locked her four young daughters out of their home for days at a time.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:38 GMT
A widespread power outage has affected a large portion of Ascension Parish. Small portions of neighboring parishes are also affected. As of 5:40 p.m., the Entergy website reported 20,981 homes andMore >>
A widespread power outage affected a large portion of Ascension Parish and part of EBR Parish Monday. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:16 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:16:08 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundMore >>
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.More >>
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
District Court Judge Tim Kelley will
rule this week on whether Act 2, known as the Voucher Program, is
unconstitutional. The Voucher Program is just one part of Governor Bobby
Jindal's education reform. However, some say what
the program hinders education.
The program allows students in
low-performing schools to obtain a voucher to use state funds to attend a
private or parochial school. The Louisiana Federation of Teachers
filed a lawsuit earlier this year, saying the constitution prohibits money meant
for public schools to be used otherwise. The Louisiana Association
of Educators and 43 school boards are also involved in the lawsuit.
"The MFP, as spelled out in the
constitution, has been traditionally used to fund public elementary and
secondary education. The words mean what the words mean," said Steve
Monaghan, President of LFT.
Representative John Bel Edwards
was the first witness called Wednesday morning. He told the judge he
believed the Governor's reform measures were bad policy from the start.
He says that's why he voted against the bills when they came up during this
"In this bill that we're talking
about, Act 2, we actually say that charter schools no longer have to hire a
single certified teacher. We got rid of the 75 percent threshold that said they
don't have to hire any certified teachers. How does that improve student
performance? How does that improve educational outcomes? So
everything that's cloaked in terms of reform is not improving," he said.
Before the trial started,
parents who support the vouchers gathered outside the courthouse, saying the
state vouchers gave them an option to send their children to better-performing
schools. The teacher unions say because private schools are not held to
the same standards as public schools, there's no way to know if a private
school is better.
Judge Kelley says he will make a
ruling, following all the testimony. An appeal from either side is likely
to follow the judge's ruling.