Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:43 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:43:04 GMT
Travis Matte and the Kingpins will take the stage at "Downtown at Sundown" in Lake Charles from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 24. Since 2004, the group has blended together various musical stylesMore >>
Travis Matte and the Kingpins will take the stage at Downtown at Sundown in Lake Charles from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, May 24.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:39 AM EDT2013-05-21 15:39:23 GMT
It's not the scenario the Cameron Parish School Board thought they would be facing. "I would like to say that I'm ashamed of Cameron Parish. They voted to pass the road and bridge and the health unitMore >>
The Cameron Parish School Board is searching to offset nearly $4 million after voters decided not to renew to tax propositions earlier this month. As KPLC's Lee Peck reports, while they're set to give it another try, they'll have to find a way to cut costs in the meantime.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:29 AM EDT2013-05-21 15:29:15 GMT
We are thrilled to share an update on a Sulphur teen with a rare disease that we introduced you to in March.Brother and sister, Sam and Sydni Dupre, have Friedreich's Ataxia. This is a disease threateningMore >>
Sam Dupre of Sulphur had the Lake Charles Civic Center crowd on its feet as he moved his wheelchair aside and walked across the stage to receive his diploma.More >>
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HARDIN COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Kountze ISD cheerleaders have made national headlines after displaying signs at a football game carrying religious messages.
The cheerleaders use the hand-painted banners as an inspiration for their football team.
Kountze ISD ordered the girls to quit using the banners at the school's football games, and the students and their parents' filed suit in state court.
Now, State of Texas officials are stepping in, in defense of the cheerleaders and the Texas Religious Viewpoints Anti-Discrimination Act, in the court case filed in Hardin County.
The State of Texas says the court filing questioned the constitutionality of state laws put in place by the Texas legislature.
In documents filed in Hardin County, the office of the Attorney General of Texas explained that the Texas Religious Viewpoint Anti-Discrimination Act requires schools districts to treat a student's voluntary expression of religious views in the same manner that a school district treats the same expression.
According to Attorney General Gregg Abbott, the Act authorizes students to express themselves both as individuals or in groups, in the same manner as students involved in secular or not-curricular activities.
The AG's office continues that neither the Texas Religious Viewpoint Anti-Descrimination Act nor the United State Constitution allows the government to ban religious references from "the public square."
In turn, the AG's office is urging the court to dismiss Kountze ISD's argument that the Act, or the religious messages the cheerleaders displayed, is in fact a violation if the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Texas AG Abbott, released the following statement on Wednesday, after the state intervened in the case against Kountze ISD:
After receiving a menacing letter from an
organization with a reputation for bullying school districts, the Kountze ISD
improperly prohibited high school cheerleaders from including religious messages
on their game day banners. Those banners, which the cheerleaders independently
produce on their own time with privately funded supplies, are perfectly
constitutional. The State of Texas intervened in this case to defend the
cheerleaders' right to exercise their personal religious beliefs – and to
defend the constitutionality of a state law that protects religious liberties
for all Texans.
Governor Rick Perry says, "As government
leaders, we owe it to people of all religions to protect expressions of faith,
to ensure everyone has the right to voice their opinions and worship as they
He continued, "During the upcoming
session, we'll continue to find ways to preserve religious expression and
explore ways to protect people of faith from this ongoing onslaught."
House Bill 3678, the Religious Viewpoint Anti-Discrimination Act was
signed into Texas law by Governor Perry in 2007 to reiterate a student's
right to religious expression, and protect students' religious
expression from teachers and administrators.
law is aligned with the U.S. Department of Education's Guidance on
Constitutionally Protected Prayer in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools,
making it clear that students may pray or study religious materials during
non-instructional times. The law also allows students to express religious
beliefs in homework and assignments and be judged by ordinary academic
standards. Additionally, the law clarifies that religious groups have the same
access to school facilities as other non-curricular groups.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:15:40 GMT
Smith County Sheriff's Department responded a short time ago to a call from west Smith county.The call was in the 100 block of Patton Street, south of 64W. When deputies arrived, they say they were toldMore >>
Smith County Sheriff's Department responded a short time ago to a call from west Smith county.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:11 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:11:23 GMT
DPS officials confirm that one person is dead following an accident involving a motorcycle and an 18-wheeler .Authorities say the accident happened near the intersection of County Road 2142 and County RoadMore >>
DPS officials confirm that one person is dead following an accident involving a motorcycle and an 18-wheeler.More >>
Tuesday, May 14 2013 10:46 PM EDT2013-05-15 02:46:58 GMT
A Henderson County home was gutted by fire on Tuesday night.Volunteer fire crews from Brownsboro, Chandler, and Dixie responded to a home in the 600 block of Hamilton Boulevard in Chandler around 6:30More >>
Multiple fire crews respond to Tuesday evening fire.More >>