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Vitter stresses need for solid plan, strong leadership

Friday, 28 August 2015 17:57 Written by
U.S. Sen. David Vitter, center, candidate for Louisiana governor, visits with Kay Katz, left, and Joe Farr, right before addressing the Monroe Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Monroe Civic Center on Thursday. He was the last of the candidates running for governor to address the Chamber.(Photo: MARGARET CROFT/THE NEWS-STAR) CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE U.S. Sen. David Vitter outlined his plan for the state for the Monroe Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.
Looking for love at the end of the summer, à la the French
Friday, 28 August 2015 17:12 Written by
Every day,Watch This offers staff recommendations inspired by a new movie coming out that week. This week: With the fall movie season upon us, we wave goodbye to the warmer months with some of our favorite films about the end of summer. The Green Ray (1986) Éric Rohmer, the oldest of the critics-turned-directors of the French New Wave and one of the first to start making movies, was also one of the last to achieve…
Activists Say Common Core Review Process Restricts Parents
Friday, 28 August 2015 16:31 Written by
Grassroots activists fighting against the Common Core standards in Louisiana say the review process underway is being led principally by Common Core supporters who would like to restrict parents’ involvement in the process. The process is supposed to determine whether the nationally unpopular standards remain in place in their state. Though two recent national annual polls have demonstrated that support for the Common Core standards is declining, The Advocatereported last week that 84 percent of…
La Vernia public hearing to adopt budget, Sept. 10
Friday, 28 August 2015 13:21 Written by
Meeting Agendas Tweet Posted August 28, 2015 | 11 views | Post a comment PUBLIC NOTICE The City of La Vernia, Texas will hold a public hearing to consider adopting the proposed 2015-16 budget on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at La Vernia City Hall, 102 E. Chihuahua Street, La Vernia, Texas. The budget is available for review at La Vernia City Hall or on the La Vernia website, www.LaVernia-tx.gov.
State would do well to review severance tax exemption — Our View
Friday, 28 August 2015 00:39 Written by
Next year brings a new governor, a new Legislature, new perspectives.(Photo: Advertiser file photo) CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE Legislation passed in 2015 to generate more state severance taxes on oil and gas production from horizontal wells in Louisiana will probably do little, according to a state Legislative Auditor’s report issued this week. House Bill 549 — it was the lone bill to pass among five proposed in 2015 — set benchmarks for collecting taxes from horizontal wells that…
Ohio's nonsensical attack on abortion rights
Thursday, 27 August 2015 22:18 Written by
A bill in the Ohio Legislature that would ban a woman from having an abortion solely because of a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome is blatantly unconstitutional and probably unenforceable. The bill, still winding its way through the Ohio House of Representatives, would make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion if he or she knows the pregnant woman is seeking the procedure to avoid having a baby with Down syndrome. It…
Group alleges breach of contract at local charter school
Thursday, 27 August 2015 21:44 Written by
Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy opened in August 2014 in Youngsville. One organization says it has not enrolled the number of at-risk students as mandated in its contract with the state.(Photo: Caitlin Jacob, The Advertiser) A grassroots education group is calling on Louisiana officials to address an alleged breach of contract by a Lafayette Parish charter school.
TOPS to cost $19 million more than budgeted; deficit could mean cuts to higher ed funding
Thursday, 27 August 2015 20:40 Written by
TOPS, Louisiana’s popular college scholarship program, is expected to cost about $19 million more this year than the state Legislature dedicated to spending on it. Leaders say they are working to resolve the issue — they promise students won’t be shortchanged on their individual awards — but the difference likely will translate into fewer dollars flowing to campuses this year. “TOPS has to be fully funded,” state Higher Education Commissioner Joe Rallo said.
Like Another Katrina’: Charter School Debate Fractures New Orleans Along Lines of Race and Class
Thursday, 27 August 2015 18:32 Written by
According to the recently launched site KatrinaTruth.org, 10 years after Katrina, “the median income gap between Black and white households in New Orleans has widened by 18 percent from 2005 to 2013. The median white household income in New Orleans increased from $49,262 to $60,553 while the median household income for African Americans only increased from $23,394 to $25,102.” That compares with a $9,000 median income growth nationwide (pdf), illuminating that while African Americans experienced…
Like Another Katrina’: Charter School Effects on Black New Orleanians After the Storm
Thursday, 27 August 2015 16:31 Written by
According to the recently launched site KatrinaTruth.org, 10 years after Katrina, “the median income gap between Black and white households in New Orleans has widened by 18 percent from 2005 to 2013. The median white household income in New Orleans increased from $49,262 to $60,553 while the median household income for African Americans only increased from $23,394 to $25,102.” That compares with a $9,000 median income growth nationwide (pdf), illuminating that while African Americans experienced…
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