Board votes to join lawsuit challenging Jindal
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's state school board has jumped into a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal that accuses the governor of illegally meddling in education policy through his efforts to block Common Core education standards.
The vote to join the lawsuit was 6-4 Tuesday by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Two of Jindal's three board appointees agreed to sue the governor.
Board President Chas Roemer says the lawsuit is about BESE's constitutional role to set education policy in Louisiana.
At issue is Jindal's suspension of testing contracts the education department intended to use to buy testing material aligned with Common Core. Jindal opposes the standards as a federal intrusion into education policy.
In a statement, Jindal said he hopes BESE members will reconsider their commitment to Common Core and its testing.
PIT BULL ATTACK
Woman: Pit bull bit arm, legs, throat, chest
HOUMA, La. (AP) - A 54-year-old Dulac (DOO-lak) woman says her pit bull savaged her for 45 minutes, and had previously attacked other family members, including children.
Kathleen Shaffer tells The Courier that her doctor told her he could not even count the bites from the attack about 5 a.m. Sunday. She was interviewed at Terrebonne General Medical Center, where she's being treated for bites to her left arm, legs, chest and throat.
Shaffer says she and her husband did not report the earlier attacks by the 70-pound dog named Bubba.
She says she was afraid of the dog, but her husband wanted to keep it.
Manager Valerie Robinson says the dog is being held at the Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter and will be euthanized after a 10-day wait to check for rabies.
Legislator says La. abortion law not in jeopardy
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The sponsor of a Louisiana law that requires doctors that perform abortions to have hospital admitting privileges doesn't believe the provision is in jeopardy after a federal appeals court struck down a similar Mississippi law.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 Tuesday to overturn Mississippi's 2012 law, which would have shuttered the state's only abortion clinic. The judges said every state must guarantee the right to an abortion.
Louisiana's law, sponsored by Monroe Rep. Katrina Jackson, takes effect Sept. 1.
Jackson, a Democrat, says she's not concerned that Louisiana's law will be struck down if a lawsuit is filed, even though appeals would go through the same court. She says two Louisiana abortion clinics have a doctor with admitting privileges, so the law won't close every clinic.
Bullet-riddled body found under New Orleans bridge
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans police said the bullet-riddled body of an unidentified woman has been found under a remote overpass.
A passer-by spotted the body Tuesday in a muddy, weed-covered area underneath the France Road overpass around 11 a.m. and called authorities, reporting the city's fourth homicide victim of the past two days.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports investigators did not say how many gunshot wounds were visible. Police said they couldn't immediately determine the woman's age, nor say whether she was shot and killed at the scene or dumped there.
It also was not immediately clear how long the woman's body had been across the road behind an abandoned supermarket.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact police or call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.
17 hurt after multi-vehicle Madison Parish wreck
DELTA, La. (AP) - A multiple-vehicle accident on the Mississippi River bridge connecting Madison Parish, Louisiana, and Warren County, Mississippi, has sent 17 people to a hospital, most with minor injuries.
The Marshal's office in the Madison Parish village of Delta responded to Sunday's accident involving a church bus, a sport utility vehicle and a third vehicle on the bridge's eastbound lane at about 6:30 p.m.
Two lanes, one in each direction, will be closed until Aug. 21 for bridge modifications. Since construction started three weeks ago, the Marshal's office has worked eight accidents.
The News-Star reports in all 36 people were involved in the wreck. Deputy Marshal Sam Kennedy says the injured were transported to River Region Hospital in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
The most serious injury involved one person with a broken foot.
Shreveport Amtrak study finally under way
SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A 12-month study is finally underway to examine the feasibility of re-establishing Amtrak Passenger Rail Service from Shreveport-Bossier City to Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Kent Rodgers, North Louisiana Council of Governments executive director, tells The Times the study will look at the condition of existing railroad tracks between the cities, potential stops, hours of operation and the cost to operate the service.
Rodgers contends that the addition of passenger rail service through the north Louisiana corridor can have a positive impact on economic development as well as offer residents an alternative method of transportation.
The Louisiana study is one of three studies that will look at the extension of passenger rail service from the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area to Meridian, Mississippi.
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