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Law Enforcement Takes Part in Special Olympics Torch Run

Law enforcement officers from across the state are helping raise awareness and money for the Louisiana special Olympic Games. Agencies from Ouachita and Morehouse parish started off in Bastrop this morning and say that they do this for the special Olympic ...

Bastrop High students take WorkKeys test

Eleventh grade students at Bastrop High School settled in late last week to take ...
Next year, in addition to offering the WorkKeys assessment, BHS and other Louisiana schools will be implementing Jump Start programs, an initiative that aims to help ...

Finger Lakes-Area Translator Sold

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Obituaries Published May 20

Horace Eugene High, 93, of Topeka, Kansas, formerly of Bastrop, LA, died Friday, May 15, 2015, at the St. Francis Health Center in Topeka. He was born June 11, 1921, in Fountain Hill and graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1940. He was a World War ...

Cherry Ridge Children's Ministry a total loss

BASTROP, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Cherry Ridge Baptist Church in Bastrop is counting its blessings after a fire destroyed a children's ministry building. The cause has not been confirmed, but church goers aren't letting the damage keep them from their faith.

Tech’s Holtz is high on Mike White

Also absent on Friday was Tech President Les Guice, who was in his hometown of Bastrop speaking at the school’s graduation ...
“The basketball program at Louisiana Tech is in a lot better shape now than it was four years ago when coach White got ...

The truth behind Jade Helm 15 conspiracy theories

I've seen speculation, for instance, that Jade Helm might be part of a plot to give Texas and other border states back to Mexico. A more common rumor — certainly the one that came up most often at the Bastrop meeting — is that the Pentagon is plotting ...

Ouachita, Bastrop show improvement

LSU, ULM, LA Tech, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Stanford, Kansas State, Delta State and Memphis all had coaches at the scrimmage. Bastrop wide receiver Isaiah Graham is expected to be a top target in the Class of 2016.

Bastrop, Louisiana: Two Children Die In Horrific Fire While Mom Gets Her Hair Done

Two preschool children in were killed in a house fire in the community of Bastrop, Louisiana, earlier this week, while their mother left them home alone to get her hair done, USA Today is reporting. Ciarra Johnson, 21, has been charged with negligent ...

Mom Accused of Negligent Homicide After Deadly Fire in Bastrop, Louisiana

A 21-year-old mother was charged with negligent homicide late Tuesday after her two young children died in a house fire while she was out getting her hair done, officials said. Ciarria Johnson left her 4-year-old daughter, Ta'shae Thompson Johnson, and 3 ...

Baby donkey rescued in Elgin after heavy rains

ELGIN, Texas (KXAN) — It’s been raining cats and dogs, but one animal the Pachl family came across during last week’s storm was neither a cat or a dog. On Friday, just before dusk, Rochelle, Chris and…

What’s Happening in Ministry

Here’s what’s happening in ministry… Monday, May 18, 2015 9:00am Exercise Class 5:15pm Yoga at Reily Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:30am Circle 2 | Judy McGuire Wednesday, May 20, 2015 9:00am Exercise…

Bastrop Co. Sheriff Terry Pickering will not run for reelection

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — Bastrop County Sheriff Terry Pickering will not seek re-election, he told KXAN on Wednesday. “I have just reached a point in my life where I would like less stress, be able to…

Rains wash out Bastrop Co. road, cut off access to homes

BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The heavy rains in Bastrop County have kept Charity Heckler’s young son home from school all week. Water has been up over the roadway on Squirrel Run, but even when it i…

One dead after single vehicle crash in Bastrop County

BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — One person is dead after their vehicle ran into a tree Wednesday morning in Bastrop County. Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office said the crash happened just after 10 a.m. o…

Bastrop, Lee counties dealing with rising waters

BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Bastrop County Emergency Management and Lee County officials are keeping a close eye on rising waters Monday as storms roll through. Portions of State Highway 21, FM 210…

I grew up in Bastrop right next door to Elgin! Ive followed you for like a year and never knew that-- small world!

Oh wow!

Hearing expected ahead of murder trial for ex-Bastrop Co. deputy

BASTROP COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A motions hearing is expected Thursday for the Bastrop County sheriff’s deputy charged with murder. Former Deputy Daniel Willis will go to trial in the shooting death of…

Bastrop ISD school bus involved in crash

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — The Bastrop County Sheriff’s office is investigating a crash between a school bus and car about 3:45 p.m. at the intersection of State Highway 71 and Harmon Road, east of Bastr…

Murder in the Lost Pines: The Rodney Reed case

Nearly 20 years ago, police found the body of bride-to-be Stacey Stites dumped alongside a rural road north of Bastrop. Investigators cleared more than 20 suspects over the course of nearly a year as …


BASTROP LOUISIANA: the March employment report reflects a pace of monthly job growth

The March employment report reflects a pace of monthly job growth below the recent trend, coming on the heels of February’s strong report. The unemployment rate was stable, broader measures of unemployment fell, and hourly earnings continued their rise. A range of factors including the weather and the global economic slowdown have affected economic data for the first quarter. The President has been clear that he will continue to push for policies including investments in infrastructure and relief from the sequester that would help ensure the strong underlying longer-term trends persist.


1. The private sector has added 12.1 million jobs over 61 straight months of job growth, extending the longest streak on record. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 126,000 in March, driven by a 129,000 increase in private-sector employment. This particular month’s job gains were below the recent trend, as job growth in a number of industries slowed somewhat (see point 5). Over the past twelve months, the private sector has added 3.1 million jobs, nearly the highest year-over-year growth in the recovery so far.

2. Real aggregate weekly earnings have risen nearly 5 percent over the last twelve months. Real aggregate earnings track the purchasing power of total wages and salaries paid to U.S. private-sector employees, reflecting the combined effects of rising employment, rising wages, and a longer workweek. Aggregate earnings are nearly 7 percent above their pre-crisis peak. Indeed, they have recovered nearly twice their losses during the recession. Year-over-year aggregate earnings growth trended about 2-3 percent at an annual rate in recent years, but has risen to 5 percent year-over-year in recent months as hourly earnings have begun to rise (see point 3).


3. Over the past twelve months, rising real hourly earnings accounted for nearly half the increase in real aggregate weekly earnings. The large contribution of rising hourly earnings is a recent trend. Aggregate earnings reached a trough in December 2009, and over the following year-and-a-half, real hourly wages declined. The aggregate earnings increase during that early period was driven by a combination of rising employment and a longer workweek. Over the next three years, both hourly earnings and the workweek were largely stable, with rising employment accounting for 80 percent of the growth in aggregate earnings. Real wage growth over the past year has been a major contributor to the speed-up in aggregate earnings, due to both rising nominal wages and slowing consumer price growth as oil prices have declined. While the recent progress is encouraging, there is more work to do to ensure that real earnings growth is sustained and shared with a broad range of American families.


4. The overall share of jobs held by women rose from an average of 48.5 percent in 2001-2007 to 49.3 percent in March 2015. This 0.8 percentage point increase masks substantial variation within industries. Female workers shifted out of smaller industries like financial activities and information services where the female share declined by 3.1 and 3.7 percentage points, respectively and into higher-employment industries like retail trade. Women’s share of employment also increased somewhat in the government sector, where 57 percent of workers are female. Accordingly, women were disproportionately affected by the cuts to government employment that occurred between 2010 and 2013, but they have also disproportionately benefited from net job growth in this sector since mid-2013.


5. Job growth in a number of industries fell below recent trends in March. Looking over the 61-month streak of private-sector job growth, March was an especially weak month for mining and logging (-11,000), manufacturing (-1,000), leisure and hospitality (+13,000), and construction (-1,000). The weakness in mining and logging is likely attributable in large part to the recent decline in oil prices. March was a stronger than usual month in retail trade (+26,000) and health care and social assistance (+30,000). Across the 17 industries shown below, the correlation between the most recent one-month percent change and the average percent change over the last twelve months rose to 0.51 from 0.13 last month, remaining somewhat below the average correlation over the past two years.


As the Administration stresses every month, the monthly employment and unemployment figures can be volatile, and payroll employment estimates can be subject to substantial revision. Therefore, it is important not to read too much into any one monthly report and it is informative to consider each report in the context of other data as they become available.



Cautions with Jasbug in BASTROP LOUISIANA

The "Jasbug" is a flaw in the way that computers have access to a network. If any of the hackers had known this since 2000, they could have used to infiltrate computer systems company and take complete control.

Suppose you use your laptop and public access to Wi-Fi to connect to the office computers. Hackers nearby could spy, steal documents or introduce malware ... I mean, everything.

There is still no evidence that someone has taken advantage of Jasbug and did this. But it may be too early to say.

Microsoft considered that the gravity of this situation was "critical". Even Alert guaranteed by the Department of Homeland Security and similar warnings from major companies in cybersecurity.

Jasbug affects everything from Windows Vista to Windows 8.1 newer. This is the kind of problem that will give you many headaches for system administrators and IT staff of the company.

Some mistakes are too embedded in the code. The Jasbug was so embedded that Microsoft had to return to restructure some basic parts of Windows.

Consider this another example of that small defects embedded in computer code could give you problems later. In fact, Microsoft did not even find on your own.

Jeff Schmidt, an independent researcher JAS Global Advisors in Chicago, discovered a year ago while working on another project. He alerted Microsoft and have since worked together to fix this error.

Why it took so long to fix it? Jasbug is a problem with the design of the Microsoft operating system itself. The company had to restructure basic parts of your engine giant ... and test it thoroughly to make sure it still worked fine.

Microsoft can not afford to make arrangements affecting a complete system. Remember that according Netmarketshare, Windows is used by 91% of computers worldwide. [10]

Victms of discrimination in BASTROP LOUISIANA

The EEOC enforces the prohibitions against employment discrimination in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Equal Pay Act of 1963, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Titles I and V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Title II of the Genetic Information Non-discrimination Act (GINA), and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. These laws prohibit discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, and genetic information, as well as reprisal for protected activity. The Commission´s interpretations of these statutes apply to its adjudication and enforcement in federal sector as well as private sector and state and local government employment.

The EEOC has held that discrimination against an inpidual because that person is transgender (also known as gender identity discrimination) is discrimination because of sex and therefore is covered under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. See Macy v. Department of Justice, EEOC Appeal No. 0120120821 (April 20, 2012), The Commission has also found that claims by lesbian, gay, and bisexual inpiduals alleging sex-stereotyping state a sex discrimination claim under Title VII. See Veretto v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC Appeal No. 0120110873 (July 1, 2011),; Castello v. U.S. Postal Service, EEOC Request No. 0520110649 (Dec. 20, 2011),

While discrimination based on an inpidual´s status as a parent (prohibited under Executive Order 13152) is not a covered basis under the laws enforced by the EEOC, there are circumstances where discrimination against caregivers may give rise to sex discrimination under Title VII or disability discrimination under the ADA. See Enforcement Guidance: Unlawful Disparate Treatment of Workers with Caregiving Responsibilities,

Federal government employees may file claims of discrimination under the Part 1614 EEO process on any of the bases covered under the laws EEOC enforces, and/or may also utilize additional complaint procedures described below.

Civil Service Reform Act

The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (CSRA), as amended, also protects federal government applicants and employees from discrimination in personnel actions (see "Prohibited Personnel Practices" based on race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, or on conduct which does not adversely affect the performance of the applicant or employee -- which can include sexual orientation or transgender (gender identity) status. The Office of Special Counsel (OSC),, and the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB),, enforce the prohibitions against federal employment discrimination codified in the CSRA. For more information, see OPM´s Addressing Sexual Orientation Discrimination in Federal Civilian Employment at, OPM´s Guidance Regarding the Employment of Transgender Inpiduals in the Federal Workplace at, and OSC´s Prohibited Personnel Practices and How to File a Complaint at

Executive Orders

Additionally, federal agencies retain procedures for making complaints of discrimination on any bases prohibited by Executive Orders reviewed below. For example, some lesbian, gay, and bisexual employees may file complaints under both the agency´s Executive Order complaint process (for sexual orientation discrimination) and 1614 process (for sex discrimination), as these are separate processes.

Executive Order 11478, section 1 (as amended by Executive Orders 13087 and 13152) provides:

It is the policy of the government of the United States to provide equal opportunity in federal employment for all persons, to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, handicap, age, sexual orientation or status as a parent, and to promote the full realization of equal employment opportunity through a continuing affirmative program in each executive department and agency. This policy of equal opportunity applies to and must be an integral part of every aspect of personnel policy and practice in the employment, development, advancement, and treatment of civilian employees of the federal government, to the extent permitted by law.

Executive Order 13152 states that "status as a parent" refers to the status of an inpidual who, with respect to an inpidual who is under the age of 18 or who is 18 or older but is incapable of self-care because of a physical or mental disability, is: a biological parent, an adoptive parent, a foster parent, a stepparent, a custodian of a legal ward, in loco parentis over such inpidual, or actively seeking legal custody or adoption of such an inpidual. The Executive Order authorized OPM to develop guidance on the provisions of the Order.



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