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Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years. DixonMore >>
Don Dixon will remain the city's top cop. The Lake Charles City Council unanimously approved to reappoint Dixon to another six-year term as Chief of Police -- a position he's held for 12 years.More >>
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What's been done is nice, but the bond money budgeted for the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project has taken the road as far as it can go. "Knowing that we could not cover that amount to go all theMore >>
How to proceed with the Enterprise Boulevard Extension Project? That's the question city officials hope a joint study with the state will help identify. However, as KPLC's Lee Peck reports, it's going to cost some money to get those answers - money some on the council believe is a waste of taxpayer dollars.More >>
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Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical. Nathan Areno, Director of Animal ServicesMore >>
Nearly 60 dogs from the Calcasieu Animal Shelter are headed to Florida on a 'rescue ride' where dog advocates say their chances of adoption are astronomical.
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:09 PM EST2013-12-05 00:09:08 GMT
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder. The DeRidder Police Department, with assistance from the Beauregard and Vernon Parish Sheriff's Offices, took PatrickMore >>
Both suspects have been arrested in the robbery of First Federal Bank in DeRidder.More >>
Wednesday, December 4 2013 7:05 PM EST2013-12-05 00:05:51 GMT
It's a big operation in a small town. The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books. "We're talking thousands, 23 pallets, each box could have 24 to 40 books in them," saidMore >>
The Rotary Club of Welsh welcomed an 18 Wheeler full of educational books.More >>
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School bus drivers around the
state are upset about a move to merge their retirement system with that of
teachers. There are several bills in the legislature that seek to merge the
two retirement systems. The bus drivers fear what's proposed could cost
them money without benefiting the state.
Bus drivers like Karen Bryant have made a
career of getting
children to and from school safely and on time. For 22 years Bryant has
been driving a bus in Calcasieu Parish. "I
decided to drive a school bus because I loved being with children," Bryant
Bryant says bus drivers oppose attempts to
merge their retirement system with teachers. Several bills are in the works to
first merge administration of the two systems which Bryant fears will hurt
their representation. "The first year
we wouldn't have any representation at all. The second year they would
give us one person to represent the bus drivers, which would be a food service
worker," Bryant said.
The bills also require the teachers' retirement system to eliminate 40 positions and
develop a strategy for merging the systems. That strategy would be
presented to the public retirement system's actuarial committee which would
report to the legislature in February 2013.
Bryant says drivers feel that would cost them
money. "We found out if we had been combined
with the teachers five years ago, we would have lost $75 million. So,
right now we're $75 million richer," Bryan said. "The services to our
membership are going to suffer, because a teacher and a food service worker are
not going to have the bus drivers at the top of their priority when they're
While the bills apparent aim is to save the
state money, school bus drivers don't think it would
accomplish that. "It won't have any effect on the unfunded
liability that the state is going to owe the retirement people. It saves
no money for the general fund. And that's one thing we just don't
understand why Jindal is going to combine them,"said Bryant.
The merging of retirement systems
is all part of the Governor's plan to reform the state retirement system. The
governor says the current state retirement system is irresponsible and
School bus drivers in Calcasieu Parish are concerned about several bills that propose to merge their retirement system with that of teachers.
At least three bills propose to first merge the administrative boards of the Louisiana School Employees' Retirement System and the Teachers' Retirement System. Then the proposed law requires that the teachers' board must eliminate at least 40 positions within a year after the effective date of the law.
If approved by the legislature, the law would then require that after the administrations merge, that the Teachers' board come up with a strategy for merging the two retirement plans within a year. That strategy would then be presented to the Public Retirement Systems' Actuarial Committee. The Actuarial Committee would then be required to evaluate the strategy and report to the legislature by February 28, 2013.