Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 6:16 am
The House Appropriations Committee has advanced a bill that would keep highway dollars committed to road work by limiting how much can be shifted to State Police.
“Throughout this state, the common theme is that the legislators have raided the Transportation Trust Fund for other needs,” said New Iberia Rep. Terry Landry, in explaining reasons for authoring HB 208.
Last year, groups advocating for Louisianians with developmental disabilities sought and won an expansion of supports through Medicaid waivers. But when mid-year cuts to the state budget were enacted, those waiver slots were frozen. Rhiannon Traigle is one of many parents asking the legislature to lift the freeze.
Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 10:27 am
A young Brooklyn boy's coming-of-age in the late 1930's is the setting for "Brighton Beach Memoirs". The School of Performing Arts at Louisiana Tech University presents the Neil Simon play beginning this week.
"Eugene is a 15 year old kid who doesn't know if he wants to play pro baseball or become a writer," says the play's director, Dr. Kenneth Robbins. "He's in the process of maturing as a man, and doesn't quite know how to handle the change of feelings and emotions he has."
The Gulf of Mexico is a factory. That’s according documentary filmmaker Margaret Brown who grew up in Mobile, Alabama.
Brown’s film “The Great Invisible,” explores the lingering impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster five years later. Eleven men died and more than 3 million barrels of crude spewed into the Gulf. Ferreting out the truth was a challenge for Brown whose 83 minute documentary airs today on PBS stations.
Tax bills are on the agenda this week, in both the House and the Senate, and Governor Bobby Jindal says he’ll have his Secretary of Revenue and Commissioner of Administration watching the process closely.
“Tim Barfield and Kristy (Nichols) absolutely will be in committee and available to provide our perspective on these bills,” Jindal told reporters late last week.
Bill Beckett spoke with bassist Joe Osborn, member of the legendary Wrecking Crew, about the documentary with the same title, chronicling these legendary musicians and the music they made. This documentary opens today at the Robinson Film Center with multiple showing throughout the coming week. For complete details visit online the Robinson Film Center or call 318-459-4122.
Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 7:16 pm
Airs Tuesday, April 21 at 6 p.m. As spring struggles to actually arrive and as we hope for summer is just around the corner, we thought it time for another edition of What's Bugging You with Dr. Beverly Burden, Associate Professor of Biology at LSUS and our resident Entomologist. She'll join Bill Beckett for a conversation about our insect world, both friendly and fiendish. Tune if for what's new in the insect world and call in with your questions at 800-552-8502.
Endura vice president Kevin MacDonald (third from left) receives the DETCOG forgivable loan from Nacogdoches mayor Roger Van Horn. Also shown (from left) are Nacogdoches city commissioner Mike Keller; DETCOG executive director Walter Diggles; DETCOG vice president Roy Bolden (second from right) and Nacogdoches Economic Development Corporation CEO Nancy Windham.
A Nacogdoches plant that manufactures rot-proof doorframes will stay open for the foreseeable future.
North Carolina-based Endura Products received a $200,000 check this month from the Deep East Texas Council of Governments or DETCOG. Endura is one of a dozen companies that has benefited from DETOG’s Forgivable Loan program.
color:#111111">A local school district recently hosted a donkey basketball game. Teachers rode on donkeys and competed against their students. I am a former donkey basketball player but have long hung up my riding sneakers.