AROUND THE STATE: Louisiana teacher programs see 30 percent drop over decade

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Twin sisters Taylor Wallace and Morgan Mercado share the same love for teaching at Woodvale Elementary School in Lafayette, Louisiana. Here, Mercado teachers her fourth-graders.

Louisiana teacher programs see 30 percent drop over decade

Louisiana's teacher workforce has experienced a 30 percent drop in aspiring teachers, according to a recent report.

The findings were presented to both the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Board Regents, according to the Associated Press.

Enrollment in teacher preparation programs fell 30 percent over the last decade. The number of teachers finishing the programs dropped 15 percent during the same period.

Interstate 49 fatal crashes reported

Louisiana State Police reported two fatal crashes Dec. 17 on Interstate 49 in St. Landry and Avoyelles parishes.

A total of five people died in the crashes. 

The St. Landry Parish crash claimed the lives of three siblings from Jeanerette and a man from Georgia.

The siblings were identified as 20-year-old Lindy Rae Simmons, 14-year-old Kamryn Simmons, and 16-year-old Christopher Simmons. John Lundy of Dallas, Georgia also died in the crash.

In the St. Landry Parish crash, 86-year-old Billy M. Lee of Terrell, Texas was pronounced dead at the scene.

Firefighter dies in northwest Louisiana

A northwest Louisiana firefighter died Dec. 18 after a fire truck tire exploded while he was working on it.

The South Bossier Parish Fire District No. 2 reported 28-year-old Jessie Henry died at one the district’s stations.

Repairs planned for southwest Louisiana roads

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy announced the U.S. Department of Transportation will grant the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development $2,951,046 for repairs to roadways damaged by Hurricane Laura and Super Storm Marco last year.

The funding will go toward stabilizing and repairing roadway embankments, rebuilding damaged roadways and bridges, and repairing destroyed road signs.

Repairs will be made to roadways in five parishes: including Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, and Jefferson Davis.

Josh Duhamel arrives at the NBA Awards on June 25, 2018, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif.

Josh Duhamel to reign over parade

Actor and director Josh Duhamel will reign as Bacchus LIII on Feb. 27, 2022, according to a news release from the krewe.

Duhamel will appear in the upcoming NBC show The Thing About Pam along with Renee Zellweger. He will also star in Shotgun Wedding with Jennifer Lopez. 

Comedic actor Chevy Chase was spotted dishing out chicken, fries and Texas toast at a Raising Cane’s drive-thru in Charleston.

Chevy Chase visits Raising Cane's

Actor Chevy Chase stopped by a Raising Cane's location where he worked the drive through and had a meal with owner Todd Graves.

The restaurant chain started near the LSU campus in Baton Rouge.

Chase is known for his character Clark W. Griswold in the National Lampoon movies.