BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's four-year high school graduation rate has surpassed 80% for the first time, and the graduation rate for African American students in the state has — for the...
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging lawmakers to add more money for early childhood education to next year's budget after receiving criticism for shortchanging the programs....
Man pleads guilty in 2015 Mississippi double murder
CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A northeast Mississippi man will serve 38 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the 2015 killing of a couple.
Police: Boy found in storage unit last went to school in May
DENVER (AP) — Investigators believe a 7-year-old boy found dead in a Denver storage unit just before Christmas last attended school in late May, a police spokesman said Friday.
Sgt. John White said investigators are focused on what happened to the boy between then and Dec. 23, when police found his body inside the storage facility after getting information from police in neighboring Aurora.
Louisiana considers special recognition for STEM work
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana students who complete specified courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics may soon be able to earn special endorsements on their high school diplomas.
Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members are scheduled soon to consider the new diploma endorsements for completion of what are popularly known as STEM courses.
6 Louisiana public schools named nationally for achievement
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Six Louisiana public schools are 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools, a federal designation to honor schools that are high-performing or that have closed achievement gaps.
The U.S. Department of Education chose 349 schools across the nation. State Superintendent of Education John White says Louisiana's schools should be proud to be named.
Louisiana’s school grades, with changes, to come out in Nov.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Superintendent of Education John White says annual letter grades for Louisiana's public schools will be released Nov. 8.
The grades, along with accompanying school performance scores, spell out how students fared on key tests, graduation rates and other measurements.
Education superintendent: Louisiana teachers need pay hike
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's education superintendent says salaries for public school teachers need to be raised.
State Superintendent of Education John White made his comments Thursday on a local radio show. The Advocate reports that White noted teacher pay has slipped below the regional average after Louisiana reached that longtime target in 2007.
Positive job review for Louisiana K-12 public schools leader
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's education superintendent has received his latest positive evaluation from the state's K-12 public education board.
The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education reviewed John White's performance in a closed-door session Wednesday, as it's done in previous years. The board doesn't release its findings publicly.
Man who shot bystander gets up to 14 years in prison
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of an innocent bystander who had left his home to investigate a nearby disturbance.
Louisiana State Police apply for school safety grants
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana State Police have applied for two federal grants meant to increase school security to prevent shootings.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The waiting list for a Louisiana child care program used by low-income working families is being trimmed by about 4,500, after a one-time injection of federal dollars.
The Child Care Assistance Program offers aid to low-income parents who are working or attending school.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More than $38 million in industrial revenue bonds has been approved to help pay for Cargill's new biodiesel plant in Wichita.
The Wichita Eagle reports that the city council approved the bonds on Tuesday. The plant is part of an $87 million project being built at Cargill's facility. Mayor Jeff Longwell says the city is "thrilled" in the investment in the city.
DENVER (AP) — Police are investigating after two men reported being stabbed outside a Denver nightclub by a man who was yelling anti-gay slurs.
According to police records, 24-year-old Dylan Payne faces an assault charge for stabbing the two victims outside The Church Nightclub in downtown Denver around 1 a.m. on Sunday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Close to 7,000 teachers are expected to attend a three-day gathering in New Orleans dedicated to professional development.
The Louisiana Department of Education's sixth annual Louisiana Teacher Leader Summit begins Wednesday at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Ticket sold in New Jersey wins Powerball jackpot
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Lottery officials say a single ticket sold at a New Jersey grocery store won the Powerball jackpot worth an estimated $315.3 million.
The New Jersey Lottery says the winning ticket for Saturday night's drawing was sold at a Shoprite in Hackensack, Bergen County. The ticket matched all five white balls and the Powerball to win the jackpot, which has a $183.2 million cash value.
Bodies of 3 of 3 missing fishermen found in Alabama
ABBEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The body of the last of three missing fishermen has been found in Alabama, following a five-day search.
Henry County Sheriff Will Maddox tells The Dothan Eagle that searchers located 51-year-old Keith Price, of Headland, near Thomas Mill Creek on Monday morning.
2 of 3 missing anglers found; search continues
ABBEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say they've found the bodies of two men who didn't return from a fishing trip in southeast Alabama on Wednesday, and they're still looking for a third person.
Henry County officials say the search will continue Monday.
Dive teams and dogs were used on Sunday, when Henry County Coroner Derek Wright says the body of John White of Headland was located.
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the search for an escaped inmate in Denver (all times local):
Two people believed to be connected to an escaped inmate are hospitalized after an officer-involved shooting in northeast Denver.
Police spokesman John White says officers trying to find 23-year-old Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez were led to a home in the Denver suburb of Aurora on Monday night. Two people fled in an SUV, and shots were fired following a high-speed chase.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's launching a national search for a new superintendent to manage the state's schools for deaf, blind and special education students, fter report commissioned by the state education department found the schools needed leadership with more expertise.
The schools are combined into what is called the Special School District.
The Rosemount Police Department recently decided to stop escorting funeral processions from church to cemetery, irking owners of a local funeral home chain and raising questions about how valuable and necessary the traditionally free service has become.
Police Chief Mitchell Scott said it opened police to liability if something went wrong, and that the department cant always spare the two officers needed to guide the motorcade.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than 30 charter schools created by Louisiana's education board can continue to receive financing through the state's public school funding formula, after the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a union that argued the payment method was unconstitutional.
In a 5-2 decision, the high court overturned a lower court ruling that threatened to upend payments for the 35 schools and their 18,000 students.
A Kalispell man will likely die in prison after being sentenced Thursday for raping a young girl.
Christopher John White, 66, was sentenced to 50 years in Montana State Prison and will not be eligible for parole for 25 years - when he would be 91 years old.
Judge rejects new attempt to oust Louisiana education leader
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A new effort to force out Louisiana's top public schools leader has failed.
District Court Judge Todd Hernandez rejected a lawsuit from critics of Superintendent of Education John White seeking to oust the schools chief.
Louisiana tweaks the rules for dual enrollment courses
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — New rules will govern how high school students can earn college credit through dual enrollment courses.
The Advocate reports the Louisiana Board of Regents approved the new standards Monday.
Dual enrollment courses are supposed to mirror the classes taken by college students. But higher education officials questioned whether the courses were rigorous enough.
Gunshots outside Denver school leave 3 wounded, 1 critically
DENVER (AP) — Police say a woman and two boys were shot and wounded in the parking lot of a Denver high school.
The Denver Post reports one of the boys was in critical condition after the Thanksgiving Day shooting outside Manual High School.
Police spokesman John White says the victims were in a car when two or three suspects approached on foot, fired into the car and fled.
MOUNT CARMEL - Senior Blake Golden completed a successful high school career with a third-place finish at the IHSA Class A state finals less than a month ago.
On Friday, Golden made his college choice official when he signed a National Letter of Intent to play at John A. Logan College in Carterville, IL.
"He's in a good program," said Mount Carmel golf coach John White. "Everybody that's come out of this program you pretty much have your choice of Division I or Division II schools.
Louisiana college sought to host teacher training consortium
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's education department is looking for a college in the state willing to be the home base for a teacher training initiative.
The education department released its application for higher education institutions to apply to house the Louisiana Educator Research Consortium for a five-year period.
100 Years Ago - Downtown Business Owners Declared War On Punchboards
Detectives hired to wipe out boards Commercial Association hired Rafter Detective Agency to investigate which store and/or businesses were operating a punchboard in the city of Scranton. It hired the outside group for the investigation because it believed there might be interference from city and county officials. The members of the association believed that punchboards were harmful and this form of gambling must be stopped. Artist Walsh draws Liberty Bond poster Thousands gathered on Spruce...
Audit: Louisiana charter school monitoring needs improvement
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A state audit released Monday criticizes how Louisiana's education department monitors charter schools, and calls on the agency to tighten its reviews to better track the performance of schools that educate tens of thousands of public school students.
Police: 22-year-old man shot, killed over the weekend
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse police have identified the victim of a shooting over the weekend, but are still searching for suspects.
Police say 22-year-old John White was shot and killed early Sunday in Syracuse. Sgt. Richard Helterline says White was suffering from gunshot wounds when police responded to the scene just after midnight Saturday.
White was then transported to a hospital where he later died of his injuries.
The La Porte girls soccer team had the unenviable task of facing the No. 2 team in the whole country, according to Maxpreps.com, on its home field, and Mother Nature had a little mercy on the Slicers.
The Class 3A Penn Sectional final on Saturday night was called with 15 minutes remaining due to lightning and rain with the host Kingsmen up 7-0, and that was the final.
Penn has been ranked No. 1 in polls this season with a 19-0-1 record, but is currently No. 2.
Louisiana receiving $55M to boost reading, writing skills
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will receive a more than $55 million federal grant to help improve the reading and writing skills of its students.
The state education department announced Tuesday that it is one of 11 states chosen by the U.S. Department of Education to receive the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy grant.
La PORTE — Chesterton’s girls soccer team kept peppering shots on goal on Tuesday night.
When the clock ran out, the Trojans had totaled 24 shots, compared to just two for La Porte.
Somehow, someway, the Slicers managed to stay close, despite getting grossly out-shot.
In the end, though, La Porte fell to Chesterton, 2-0, at Kesling Park, as the Trojans sealed the undisputed Duneland Athletic Conference crown with a perfect 7-0 record.
Maryland school locked down after student found with handgun
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Police and school officials in a Maryland suburb of Washington say a high school was put on lockdown after a student was found with a handgun.
Ex-judge, wife may have died of carbon monoxide poisoning
DENVER (AP) — A former Colorado state senator and judge and his wife have been identified as the victims of possible carbon monoxide poisoning in their Denver home, officials said Tuesday.
The bodies of Roger Cisneros, 93, and his wife, Adelia, 89, were found Monday in their southwestern Denver residence, according to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock's office.
Cisneros served 12 years as a Colorado state senator before he was appointed a district court judge in 1977.
Denver deaths could be linked to carbon monoxide poisoning
DENVER (AP) — Investigators say the deaths of two people inside a Denver home might be linked to carbon monoxide poisoning.
John White, a spokesman for the Denver Police Department, says officers were called to the home in the southwestern part of the city Monday afternoon. Investigators believe the victims died of carbon monoxide poisoning, but the coroner's office will make a final determination.
White says he does not know who discovered the bodies.
La PORTE — Last year, La Porte’s girls soccer team lost 4-0 at Plymouth.
On Tuesday night, against the Pilgrims, the Slicers fared much better.
On the strength of a second-half surge, La Porte tied Plymouth 1-1 at Kesling Park on a cool, somewhat rainy night.
Police investigate report of slurs, attack on Denver bus
DENVER (AP) — Denver police are investigating a report that a high school student was subjected to racial slurs and physically assaulted on a mass-transit bus.
Denver Public Schools said Friday the student was black and the alleged attacker was an older white man, and that the assault appeared to be racially motivated.
Police spokesman John White said he couldn't confirm whether race was a factor. He said officers are looking for witnesses and reviewing video from a camera on the bus.
The following arrests information was taken directly from Gordon County Jail records. Arrests were made by the Gordon County Sheriff’s Office except where otherwise indicated. Law enforcement officials are in compliance with Ga. Code 50-18-72 of the Open Records Act in releasing reports of arrests. People with similar names may not be the same as those listed in reports. All people are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
La. schools leader gets positive rating, no contract change
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's education superintendent received another positive job evaluation Wednesday from the state's top public school board, which didn't publicly address criticism that the schools chief isn't legally in the job.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, known as BESE, reviewed John White's performance in a four-hour, closed-door session. After it was over, no document was released and no public discussion of the evaluation was held.
Even though this is the first year for coach John White, he has high aspirations for La Porte’s girls soccer team.
Coming off a 6-9-2 regular-season record, which was a slight improvement from the previous year, White is setting his sights higher this campaign.
The team’s goals are an overall winning record, which is nine or more wins in 16 games, win five of seven Duneland Athletic Conference contests, and challenge for the sectional championship.
BOYS GOLF PREVIEW: Golden Aces confident after first tournament
MOUNT CARMEL — The Mount Carmel High School boys golf team opened some eyes in the season-opening Mount Carmel Invitational. The Golden Aces may have proved to themselves they can compete for a state tournament berth in 2017.
MCHS won its home tournament Thursday at Mount Carmel Municipal Golf Course, besting 2016 IHSA Class 1A Sectional Tournament champion Hamilton County by 20 strokes (309 to 329).
MOUNT CARMEL — The Golden Aces golf team turned in a quality victory during its Mount Carmel Invitational on Thursday at Mount Carmel Municipal Golf Course.
The Golden Aces won the tournament by 20 strokes (309 to 329) over 2016 IHSA Class 1A Sectional Tournament champion Hamilton County.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's public high school students performed slightly better on the ACT college readiness test in the most recent results, continuing a trend of improvement for the last four years, according to data released Wednesday.
The state education department said the average composite score for high school students during the last school year reached 19.6, edging up from 19.5 in 2016. The average has gradually increased from 19.1 since the 2012-13 school year.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than 6,500 Louisiana high school students scored well enough on Advanced Placement tests this year to earn college course credit, the state Department of Education said Thursday.
The number was a nearly 10 percent increase over last year. It's a 137 percent increase from 2012, when 2,747 students earned college credit.
MOUNT CARMEL — Mount Carmel High School boys golf head coach John White will be conducting a two-day Junior Golf Clinic on July 21 and July 28 at Mount Carmel Municipal Golf Course.
This clinic is for golfers ages 6 to 11. The cost is $5 per golfer, including fundamental instructions and some warmup holes.
The clinic will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the shag field near the tennis courts.
White will also be conducting a two-day Junior Golf Clinic on July 25 and Aug. 1 for golfers ages 12 to 13.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards said Louisiana's public schools superintendent hasn't followed the legal requirements for keeping his job, wading into a dispute Wednesday that prompted a now-dismissed lawsuit but not saying whether he'll file his own court challenge.
The governor has clashed with Superintendent of Education John White over education policy. But Edwards doesn't have enough votes on the state education board to oust the superintendent directly.