Stephen Ortego discusses an agreement with the St. Landry Parish School for a French immersion charter school on April 12. At right is Nicole Boudreaux, who also spoke for the charter school. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

French immersion program to seek state charter

A French immersion charter school planned for Sunset will seek a state charter after the St. Landry Parish School Board limited it to 30 students from the parish.
Jerry Domengeaux, board president for Academie Franco-Louisianaise de Sunset, said the school cannot start operations with only 30 students from St. Landry Parish.
The St. Landry Parish School Board approved the school at its April 12 meeting, but included the 30 student limit. The Type 1 charter would place the school under the authority of the local board.

Bruce Willaims

Police: Ride to Eunice ends with battery

By Harlan Kirgan
An 18-year-old woman accepted a ride to Eunice at about 6 p.m. Saturday in Chataignier and by 8 a.m. Sunday was reporting she had been sexually battered by a man and woman, Eunice Police Chief Randy Fontenot said.
Charged Sunday were:
— Sparkle Cole Lee Ethel Williams, 30, 800 block of South Beulah, Eunice; misdemeanor sexual battery.
— Bruce Lee Williams, 35, 800 block of South Beulah, Eunice; felony sexual battery.

Michael Cox was diagnosed with tuberous sclerosis complex in April, 2007, when he was just a few months old.

Crowley couple continues efforts to fund tuberous sclerosis complex research

From March 6 to 8, Gene Gilder of Crowley, representing Louisiana, and his daughter, Margaret Cox, representing Alabama, traveled to Washington, D.C., for the annual March on Capitol Hill to support funding for tuberous sclerosis research in the Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP).
The Gilders — Gene and Raynell — have been involved in raising funds for TS research since their grandson, Michael Cox, was diagnosed with the disorder in April, 2007.

Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, journalist Gloria Riviera and journalism professor Steve Bien-Aime spoke Thursday about sexual harassment in media and politics. (Photo by Devon Sanders/LSU Manship School News Service)

Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu moderates discussion on sexual harassment

Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is not sure what she would have done if she had still been in the Senate when fellow Democrats called on Sen. Al Franken to resign over sexual harassment allegations.
“It was a very tough issue because he is known as a very thoughtful, extraordinary advocate for women and women’s issues generally,” Landrieu said at a panel discussion on sexual harassment on April 12.
“I thought a lot about what I would have done, and I’m still not 100 percent sure,“ she said.

House Appropriations Chairman Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, presided over a largely party line vote Monday to restore TOPS funding while leaving most of the proposed cuts intact for state health services. (Photo by Tryfon Boukouvidis/LSU Manship School News Service)

House panel OKs state budget that funds TOPS, slashes health care

After a contentious debate, the House Appropriations Committee voted Monday almost along party lines to approve a state budget that would fully fund TOPS while slashing health services for the state’s most vulnerable citizens.
A set of amendments sponsored by the committee’s vice chairman, Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, would allocate $233 million to fund the popular TOPS scholarships and $13 million to fund Go Grant, a program that provides need-based financial aid.


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