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Authorities are urging motorists to avoid I-10 West and East bound at mile marker 25 due to a tanker truck on fire. Fire crews are still working to extinguish flames on an 18-wheel oil tanker. LouisianaMore >>
Louisiana State Police is investigating an oil tanker tractor fire on Interstate 10 that caused major traffic delays Sunday afternoon. More >>
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The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local governmentMore >>
The Southwest Louisiana Tea Party movement began picking up steam in 2009 as members from throughout the five-parish area began gathering for rallies and becoming more visible and involved in local government and the political scene.More >>
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An arrest has been made in the 1962 death of Mary Horton Vail. Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962, her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident. TheMore >>
Mary Horton Vail was found dead in the Calcasieu River in October 1962. Her husband, Felix Vail, claimed she was the victim of a boating accident.More >>
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Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case. On May 17, 2005, 28-year-old Loretta Chaisson Lewis went missing. Three days later, her body was found floatingMore >>
Friday marks the anniversary of the first woman reported missing in the Jeff Davis Eight case.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.