The LSU board of supervisors has selected twelve innovations to support with grant money. Kevin Barnhart tells us where some of the places funds are going.
US Senator Kennedy is proposing an amendment to the national farm bill that would require SNAP users to have a valid photo ID.
Louisiana has seen gains in child well-being, but those gains could be reversed if an undercount of children takes place with the upcoming census. The latest KIDS COUNT Data Book ranked Louisiana 49th in overall child well-being, despite improvements since 2010 in nine of the 16 measures tracked in the annual report. KIDS COUNT manager at Agenda for Children Teresa Falgoust says she’s concerned it may be tough to get accurate census data this year.
Falgoust explains that over $2 billion are allocated to children’s programs based on census numbers, so accuracy is important.
Among the issues the state faces with child well-being is the child poverty rate, which Falgoust says is on the rise.
Among the other statistics, the Falgoust says there has been some nice gains in on-time high school graduation rates.
A 17-year-old suspect is in custody in Morehouse Parish following arson allegations. Marquarious Williams fled to McKinney, Texas in 2017 after the incident at Bastrop high where he allegedly set set a fire in the bathroom in the after school hours. State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says his discovery was unexpected…
Browning says the malicious act deserves the aggravated arson charge, and that Williams started the blaze using nothing more more than ordinary materials…
Williams evaded police for months following the arson, and investigators are not sure why Williams was found by Texas authorities in McKinney. Williams was apprehended during a routine traffic stop.
Browning says the fire marshal’s office unfortunately has a lot of experience dealing with school arson, something they see several times a month.
Williams currently awaits prosecution.