AMITE — The Tangipahoa Parish school officials are exploring ways to expand virtual learning opportunities in grades 6-12, but some board members are concerned about the program's ability to meet the needs of at-risk students.
Chief Academic Officer Melissa Stilley tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/LPNZSY ) implementing a virtual learning program would allow the district to provide more opportunities for learning while addressing the system's needs, including saving money.
A Westwego City Council member is planning to hold a gun buy-back to try to take weapons off the streets of the Jefferson Parish community. Councilman Glenn Green has received approval from the council to use discretionary capital improvement funds to finance the program. No date has been set for the event.
GRETNA, La. (AP) — Curbside collection of recyclable materials in unincorporated Jefferson Parish and the town of Jean Lafitte will begin on July 2. Parish officials say the company contracted for the service, Progressive Waste Solutions, has begun delivering 18-gallon recycling bins to residences.
Bins will be provided to residences of four units or fewer.
The New Orleans police union is launching a study of officer morale and confidence in strategies of the department.
The Times-Picayune reports Capt. Michael Glasser, head of the Police Association of New Orleans, said the survey will highlight issues facing rank-and-file officers and help pinpoint matters that need to be addressed.
Glasser said Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas and his administration have dismissed officers' concerns, ranging from rising crime and questionable practices to failing crime-fighting strategies and management deficiencies.
HOUMA — A man charged with fatally shooting his sister and wounding her boyfriend was a paranoid schizophrenic who was off his medication, his brother says
Joseph Voisin, 44, has been arrested for killing Mary Voisin, 47, and wounding Christopher Smith, 45, Thursday at their home in Gray, La.
Sam Voisin, the suspect's brother, tells The Courier that there were no signs anything was wrong. Family members had finished dinner, and Mary Voisin and Smith went into a bedroom with Joseph Voisin while Sam Voisin watched TV.
BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Association of Educators says it too will file suit to throw out a set of sweeping education changes pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal and passed by lawmakers in the just-ended legislative session.
Directors of the teachers union voted Saturday to file suit over changes to the state's elementary and secondary school funding formula that will pay for a statewide voucher program, online schools, college tuition scholarships and an expansion of charter schools.