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Cindy’s worst yet to come

The storm remains offshore, and much of Southwest Louisiana including Lafayette is still likely to see heavy rainfall and other effects, including tornadoes, from the storm as it moves up the Louisiana-Texas border then curves to the northeast.

LCG opens emergency sandbag site at Blackham

With Tropical Storm Cindy official — and unpredictable — and much of South Louisiana still skittish after last August’s devastating floods, Lafayette Consolidated Government says it is making sandbags available to residents on an temporary, emergency basis

Amid complaints, LUS suspends tree trimming

Residents of some of Lafayette’s older, more arboreal neighborhoods took to social media to gripe about the Asplundh hatchet job on their beloved live oaks and the city took note.

Lessening plans

Superintendent Donald Aguillard, school board adjust to diminishing resources even as foes of public education continue to spread misinformation.

Brian Pope, the $200K marshal

Yes, dear readers, your city marshal is making more than $220,000, the bulk of which he appears to be collecting illegally.

Activists stage ‘die-in’ outside Higgins’ office

And after a Chase Tower rep attempted to bar them, members of Indivisible Acadiana were able to go to the congressman’s eighth-floor office and fill out constituent cards. Higgins was not in town at the time. (With videos)

You go, Daniel Phillips!

KATC meteorologist righteously pontificates on the morons who drive through floodwater, and it goes viral.

Cops: Deceased in Jefferson St. shooting fired first

The New Iberia man killed overnight Saturday during a shootout on Jefferson Street pulled a gun and shot two others before one of the men returned fire and killed him, according to the latest account from Lafayette Police.

Booze revamp would let cops shut down bars on the spot

Intro ordinance gives Lafayette police — and sheriff’s deputies in unincorporated Lafayette Parish — the authority to immediately shutter a bar if it presents “an immediate danger to the health, safety and welfare of the public.”

Wells goes far in defending Louisiana

The journalist/author and native son writes that metrics don’t define states — in the very news magazine that labeled Louisiana “worst in the nation.”

The Current is now

The premier issue of The Current is hot off the press, destined for more than 200 distribution locations throughout the Lafayette metro.

ACLU sues Lafayette cop over cell-phone pic

The suit claims a Lafayette police officer violated resident Chelline Carter’s rights when he confiscated her cell phone and deleted a photograph she had taken of her son under arrest in the cruiser’s back seat.

Suit: federal judge mentally incompetent

U.S. District Judge Patricia Mindaldi, who was yanked from the trial of Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal, has been away on an extended leave of absence since late January.

Has Theall lost the high ground?

Personal loans from a Lafayette businessman funded Susan Theall’s successful 2011 15th JDC campaign in apparent violation of state campaign finance laws.

Squeeze Play

The calendar is Vanessa Anseman’s toughest opponent in her bid to remain in the Third Circuit Court of Appeal race.

Judge: Anseman ineligible for Third Circuit seat

The IND was first to report on questions of Vanessa Anseman's qualifications, and a district judge has found that she falls short of the 10 years of practice required by the state constitution to seek the seat.

A requiem for the Alexandria Daily Town Talk, 1883-2017

I cannot help but lament the ways in which the blind rush to consolidate media companies, more than any other factor, murdered the local newspaper, which is not only a critical community institution; the local newspaper, more than anything else, continues to be the most important check against public corruption.

D.A. Earl Taylor challenging Anseman’s candidacy

Taylor says he filed a lawsuit after a resident complained that Anseman, one of three Republican women vying for the Third Circuit Court of Appeal, did not meet the minimum qualifications to run.

Aguillard, LPSS make pitch for April tax prop

The school superintendent characterized the .5 cent, 10-year tax dedicated to facility improvements as “something reasonable that has a chance of getting voters to accept.”

Gagnard Perret’s ex-fiancé issues letter of apology

Nearly 13 years later, New Orleans attorney John Houghtaling expresses regrets about not filing a lawsuit alleging false arrest, saying he was unaware of the statute of limitations. Make of the letter what you will.

JUDGMENT CALL

The circumstances surrounding Candyce Gagnard Perret’s 2004 arrest raise questions about her judgment and, potentially, her character and suitability for the appeals court.

Good read: 15 turkeys and a dead cat

NPR dives into a Twitter video that speculates on the behavior of more than a dozen wild turkeys circling a dead cat on a residential street.

Sentiment simmers at Cassidy town hall

Sen. Bill Cassidy ended his weeklong town hall tour across the state in Breaux Bridge where he addressed constituents about his Patient Freedom Act bill and the controversy surrounding the potential repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

Vanessa Anseman: practice imperfect

After three years away from the legal profession, Vanessa Waguespack Anseman got her law license reinstated on Jan. 13, the same day she qualified for a seat on the Third Circuit Court of Appeal.

Higgins pledges support for I-49 South

Higgins joins the national GOP's resurgent interest in infrastructure spending, saying the Louisiana congressional delegation unanimously supports completing I-49 South.

Together LA: Corporate giveaways continue apace

In fact, in spite of an executive order by the governor last summer, the un-elected board in Baton Rouge that hands out corporate welfare in Louisiana gave away more last year than ever before.

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room

The IND’s Pearson Cross will moderate a bi-partisan — stop laughing; there is such a thing! — discussion about the 2016 election tonight at Cité des Arts.

Forecasting 25 more years of sprawl in Acadiana

Not quite time to panic, but if all goes according to the MPO's long range transportation plan, the Acadiana region could see worse fiscal trouble thanks to a swelling suburban road network.

UNO poll finds Lege unpopular, many still blame Jindal

The poll found that by a two-to-one margin poll participants disapprove of the Legislature's performance, which overall received an approval rating of 24 percent, with 50 percent disapproving and 26 percent undecided.

Former Vangy cop gets 18 months in cover-up

A former detective with the Ville Platte Police Department was sentenced to a year and a half in prison this week after pleading guilty to filing a false report to cover up a theft.

French immersion in Arnaudville one step closer

Supporters of an ambitious plan to convert an abandoned hospital in Arnaudville into a French Immersion campus are celebrating today — and have inched closer to making their plan a reality.

JBE goes (back) to Washington

The governor is once again in the nation's capital to rally Congress and the Trump administration for an additional $2 billion in financial relief from the March and August 2016 floods.

Good read: NYT Mag on Victor White III, awful Sheriff Ackal

New York Times Magazine contributor Nathaniel Rich's exquisitely reported and deeply sourced story about the suspicious 2014 death of Victor White III in the back of an Iberia Parish Sheriff's vehicle is long-form journalism at its best.

Good read: La.’s forgotten black cemeteries

In vine-chocked stands of trees and the weedy margins of cane fields in West Baton Rouge Parish, genealogist Debbie Martin plies her avocation: finding the forgotten black cemeteries lost to neglect and time.

Good read: Times-Pic’s poboy history probe

The popular story tells of a pair of brothers who fed striking streetcar workers they referred to as "poor boys" in the late 1920s. Popular doesn't necessarily mean historically accurate.

Suit filed over La.’s indigent defense program

A class action lawsuit was filed Monday in state court in Baton Rouge, accusing the state of mismanaging the public defender program designed to provide adequate legal defense for poor and indigent defendants.

UL prez: University benefits from foreign students

UL "has historically benefited from the scientific, cultural and economic contributions of international students and scholars and values all students, faculty members and researchers, regardless of their country of origin."

Leges file friendly brief on behalf of Pat Cooper

Nine members of the Louisiana Legislature have submitted a friend of the court brief on behalf of former Lafayette school Superintendent Pat Cooper, who was recently granted a rehearing in his wrongful termination lawsuit against the Lafayette Parish School Board.

The Connector’s new urban renewal

A new Connector coalition hopes against history that the interstate project will be a boon to Lafayette's neglected black community.

This week in awesome: Holy Rosary, FIL

Corporate sponsors step up to save Festival International de Louisiane. Dilapidated and defunct, Holy Rosary Institute gets a shot at salvation with a $450K federal grant.

This week in ‘OMG, she’s awful!’

Racist social media comments by a co-owner of a white, family-run business in the heart of a black neighborhood on Lafayette’s northside lead to calls for a boycott.

School board does 180, embraces sales tax

The board hasn’t made a final decision on whether to ask voters for hundreds of millions in additional revenue, but it appears now that if the board votes to place a tax referendum on the ballot this year, it will be a sales tax.

Home Again

IND video: Nearly five months after being forced from their flooded home, a Lafayette couple finally sleep in their own bed.

It has come to this

Higher ed officials consider offering naming rights to corporations to buttress beleaguered TOPS.

Long distance librarian

UL’s Peter Ochieng has a vision to transform his Kenyan home village through books.

Sons of American Revolution wades into monument debate

The local chapter is asking the state Legislature to craft a constitutional amendment that would allow voters statewide to decide whether historic monuments should be permanently shielded from “destruction, dismantling, removal, moving, storage or hiding.”

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Scouts buy McGee’s Landing

A subsidiary of the Evangeline Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America purchased McGee’s Landing, a move that will turn the Henderson levee property into a magnet for scouting adventure and educational activities for decades to come.

SCOLA denies Marshal Pope’s appeal — again

On Dec. 16, the Louisiana Supreme Court declined to hear the embattled official's latest appeal, affirming that The Independent had the right to file a public records lawsuit against him.

Contract spat leads to changes in fire service in rural Lafayette

The Lafayette Fire Department is taking over service in an unincorporated area of rural west and northwest Lafayette Parish previously serviced by the Scott Volunteer Fire Department after a dispute between the SVFD and Lafayette Consolidated Government over the cooperative endeavor agreement and reimbursement schedule.

Wheels of mercy roll into Angola

Twice a year Acadiana residents travel to the Louisiana State Penitentiary to visit incarcerated family members, thanks to the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette.

Angele Davis eyeing race for treasurer?

The potential candidate should be questioned about her role on Jindal’s Commission on Streamlining Government and its greatest gaff: the taking of severance tax audit authority away from the DOR and handing it to DNR.

Four Lafayette deputies injured in accidental shooting

One Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s deputy was treated at a hospital and three others treated on the scene for minor injuries after a fifth deputy’s gun accidentally discharged at the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office firing range.

Does Higgins suggest using campaign funds for child support debt?

The congressional candidate who denied to KATC that he ever missed a child support payment, acknowledges in a phone conversation with his ex-wife that he owes her more than $100,000. You decide if he seems to contemplate using campaign funds to settle the debt.

ASO taps Baker as new ED

The former Festival International executive director will assume the same role with the Acadiana Symphony.

FIL makes it official: no Heritage Stage

Three weeks after this paper reported it and on the same day The Advertiser published a story, Festival International de Louisiane confirms that lagging corporate sponsorships have forced it to cancel the Heritage Stage for the 2017 FIL.

Farmer resigns as UL athletic director

After five successful years on the job, Scott Farmer is moving from the post of athletic director to take a teaching position in UL Lafayette’s Kinesiology Department, calling the move “an opportunity ... I’ve looked forward to.”

Bayou Bridge Pipeline fight hits the local airwaves

Public Service Commissioner Scott Angelle sits on the board of Sunoco Logistics, which is threatening eminent domain action against property owners during a time when Angelle is desperately trying to save his political career.

Donald Trump and America’s wetland

President Trump, who says he wants to address our deplorable infrastructure, could start with saving our coastal infrastructure, which aids both the environment and our energy economies.

Marshal Brian Pope begins serving house arrest

Seven-day sentence is being supervised by the office of Sheriff Mark Garber, the very man prosecutors say Pope abused his own office to oppose in last year’s race for sheriff.

Hudspeth: two wins in mere hours

Moments after his Ragin’ Cajuns defeated Georgia Southern on the gridiron, UL’s head football coach offered a spirited defense of his players who appeared in an off-color cellphone video.

SCOLA denies city marshal’s appeal

It’s the end of the rope for Brian Pope, who must now serve his house arrest and community service resulting from contempt of court judgment in public records case.

Boudreaux doubles down

The councilman turned the screw on civil service board members and attorney Monday, demanding they step down due to ‘inappropriate’ comments recorded at an Oct. 11 meeting.

Capt. Clay fails the fact-check

Records from internal affairs investigations reveal Higgins roughed up a young black man much more than he admitted to The IND. Oh, and his “peacock” story doesn’t hold up either.

Toby Aguillard named new police chief

Denham Springs native has a combined 28 years in law enforcement and criminal justice experience, including stints as an assistant district attorney and an assistant attorney general.

Kennedy leads in new poll

Perhaps most news-worthy: Former KKK leader David Duke makes the cut for the next televised debate.

LPD chief selection imminent

Mayor Joel Robideaux could begin conducting final interviews for Lafayette’s vacant police chief position as early as this week.

Senate hopeful Troy Hebert goes ‘big coconuts’

Stung by a judge’s refusal to open the U.S. Senate debate to candidates with less than $1 million in their campaign accounts and at least 5 percent in the polls, the thousandaire 1-percenter lashes out in a ham-handed parody video. Warning: You can’t un-watch it.

Four Acadiana solons join AG Landry’s anti-LGBT crusade

Attorney General Jeff Landry’s fight against Gov. John Bel Edwards’ executive order protecting LGBT employees in state contracts to private firms has the support of 17 state lawmakers, including four Acadiana reps.

Judge Edwards to Pope: ‘you decide’

Edwards gave the marshal two options: Produce the "Mr. Redmond" motion now or wait for the criminal proceedings to conclude, which — Edwards appeared to indicate — means Pope will face $100-a-day penalties, swelling the tens of thousands in penalties he already owes to The IND.

Rep. Bishop’s party line in the marsh

Joined by all Rs in the Acadiana House delegation, Bishop claims in an Oct. 4 letter to Gov. John Bel Edwards that the agreement Edwards has with attorneys in the coastal damages cases against oil and gas companies violates the spirit and letter of the law.

Scott Angelle in the hot seat?

Independent exclusive explores how Angelle and Gov. Bobby Jindal effectively gave control of the state’s severance tax collections to the oil and gas industry, costing the state hundreds of millions if not billions in revenue and abetting a budget crisis that led to devastating cuts to higher education and health care for the poor and disabled.

Chinese plot leaves New Orleans steamed

No reaction yet from city officials in the wake of what appears to be clear — though as-yet unconfirmed — meddling by China in the Crescent City’s night life.

Scores to contest tax bills

Aaron’s, a rent-to-own store with two locations in Lafayette, is seeking the biggest tax relief: $1.6 million of its $1.7 million bill.

‘Mr. Redmond’ revealed in Pope case

Baton Rouge-based political consultant Jason Redmond is the man whose name was used on invoices for legal services paid for by the city marshal’s office last year to unseal Sheriff Mark Garber’s divorce records.

Senate race tightens

Kennedy plummets in SMOR poll on the heels of coy handling of Boustany prostitution “scandal.”

Local animal adoption event begins this Saturday

The Lafayette Parish Animal Control Center (LACC) is kicking off its first in a series of monthly “Adoption Events,” on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 1 - 5 p.m. at its facility located at 613 W. Pont Des Mouton Road in Lafayette.

Do La.’s tax incentives work? Who knows

A new legislative auditor report finds that state agencies that administer the incentives either don’t file required reports or file incomplete reports. But hey, what’s $1.1 billion?

C’est What, AG Landry?

The attention-hungry state attorney jumps into another head-scratcher of a dispute with his arch-rival, Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Horse Farm = flood aid Saturday

The weekly Saturday-morning farmer’s market at Moncus Park at the Horse Farm is doubling as a donation drive for flood victims tomorrow.

Ramblers’ ‘Revival’ raises storm funds

The Lost Bayou Ramblers are returning to their roots to help victims of historic South Louisiana flooding with a re-release of their maiden recording, which also happens to be a recording of their very first performance way back in 1999.

FEMA reps at Evangeline Thruway Home Depot

In Lafayette, FEMA mitigation specialists will be on hand to provide information at the Home Depot at 1700 NE Evangeline Thruway from Aug. 25 through Sept. 10.

Council to consider emergency ordinances

Describing the current situation in the parish as “hazards to life, health, property and public safety,” the ordinances will allow Mayor Joel Robideaux to “enter into contracts exempt from the Louisiana Public Bid Law.”

Site reunites lost pets with owners

Tens of thousands of displaced Louisiana residents equals thousands of lost pets. A newly launched free website service aims to reunite the four-pawed diaspora with its human companions.

President Obama visiting Baton Rouge next week

The president directed his team to coordinate with Louisiana officials to determine an appropriate time for him to visit, and together they decided he will arrive in Baton Rouge Tuesday, Aug. 23.

KATC, UW team up for telethon

Dubbed the Spirit of Acadiana Flood Relief Telethon, the fundraiser will air today, Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 4-7 p.m. on KATC TV3.

Rise and shine

After two days of a deluge, residents finally got a break Sunday when the sun shone, revealing the extent of the damage.

Enter the drones

Aerial footage shows just how bad the flooding has been.

Governor declares state of emergency

Widespread flooding across central South Louisiana — and the prospect of much more rain to come through Saturday — prompted Gov. John Bel Edwards Friday morning to make the declaration.

Forever Griff

Memorial aims to celebrate beloved UL professor’s efforts to preserve 100-acre Horse Farm for posterity.

Councilman: Lafayette Parish is broke

Long a proponent of city of Lafayette self-determination, Bruce Conque lays out how why Lafayette Consolidated Government isn’t really consolidated at all.

Parc Lafayette: Pokemon ‘No’!

Complaints from some of the development’s retailers about “strange-looking people” prompted management to contact the app’s developer and ask it to remove Parc Lafayette from the game.

AG Jeff Landry: politics as usual

Why in the world would a black Democrat also-ran in last year’s attorney general election throw her support behind the Tea Party firebrand in the runoff? Surely not to get her daughter a job.

Lafayette cops feel the love

Appreciation bags, complementary lunches, notes, new equipment — and of course donuts (!) — the LPD receives an outpouring of appreciation from the Hub City.

LCG scrambles to outfit cops

The City-Parish Council has added an emergency meeting to Tuesday’s regular agenda in order to make available money to purchase safety equipment for the Lafayette Police Department.

‘Why Alfred’ will rise again

The coalition of residents seeking relocation of the monument to Confederate Gen. Alfred Mouton from a prominent Downtown plaza is meeting regularly and planning long-term.

Time for tough, frank conversations about race

Is Lafayette's sense of community strong enough to insulate it against what's been playing out nationally in recent weeks as people take to the streets in protest of yet another round of fatal police shootings of black males?

A $12.5 billion task

Where do you start to clean up a transportation mess over 11,000 miles long?

Oh, that’s rich, Sheriff Ackal

The anti-Semitic Iberia lawman facing civil rights charges for allegedly orchestrating the beatings of inmates clutches his pearls after an employee posts a racially charged comment to social media.

LPD chief list whittled to nine

The Lafayette Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board met Thursday to review the list of candidates vying for the top post at the Lafayette Police Department and scrubbed five of the 14 candidates because they did not meet requirements for the job.

Your move, Mr. Robideaux

A few hundred well-to-do folks inconvenienced by bike lanes on West Bayou Parkway want them removed. More than 2,000 cycling enthusiasts want them to remain. What ya gonna do, mayor?

Baton Rouge: racist hellhole?

The shooting death of Alton Sterling is just the latest evidence that Louisiana’s capital city is still in need of some reconstruction.

School board digs in heels on Pledge of Allegiance

Despite advice from legal counsel that its policy requiring students to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance is unenforceable and unconstitutional, the Lafayette Parish School Board voted 8-1 Wednesday to keep the policy on the books.

Meese endorses Rees in 3rd CD race

Edwin Meese, a former confident of President Ronald Reagan who served for four years as The Gipper’s attorney general, has endorsed Grover Joseph Rees in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany.

Immaculate Heart closes its doors

Local Catholic school closes amid insufficient number of families paying tuition and inadequate "resources to sustain its operations despite being subsidized by the Diocese and the Parish."

JBE: State will review movie credit program

The announcement came on the same day the Associated Press reported that Louisiana’s robust film industry is down about 90 percent this year after the state winded down the tax credit program last summer.

Neustrom hones in on mental illness

In one of the last major initiatives of his 16-year administration, Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom turned the office's focus toward changing our approach to the mentally ill.

A tale of two sheriffs

Unlike our friends in Iberia Parish, Lafayette has been fortunate to have a sheriff who has valued integrity and innovation for nearly two decades.

Bike lane petitioners cite congestion, hazards, low use

The roughly 235 residents who signed a petition seeking removal of the bike lanes along West Bayou Parkway say the elimination of the center turn lane between Roselawn Boulevard and South College Drive has led to dangerous driving conditions.

Whistleblower takes to the airwaves

Louisiana landman-turned-whistleblower Dan Collins was featured on Mike Stagg's local podcast "Where the Alligators Roam" as the program’s first guest after being picked up by KPEL News 96.5 FM.

Bike lane battle begins

An online petition seeks to counter a petition submitted to the mayor urging him to remove the bike lanes on West Bayou Parkway.

State announces changes to Industrial Tax Exemption

On the heels of a scathing report detailing how an un-elected board forgives billions in annual corporate property taxes that would otherwise go to schools and police at a cost of roughly half a million dollars for every job created, Louisiana Economic Development has announced changes to the program.

3rd Circuit rejects Marshal Pope

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has denied a writ filed by City Marshal Brian Pope seeking a review of the judgment handed down against him by District Court Judge Jules Edwards on March 24.

Rob Reardon says ’so long’ to LPSO

With Mark Garber set to take the reins of the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office on July 1, longtime Director of Corrections Rob Reardon has made a surprising announcement, saying he'll be following Sheriff Mike Neustrom when he leaves office at month's end.

LPSS’ Brad Duhon’s days are numbered

The lone casualty in that May 25 (non) incident involving Judice Middle School teachers, a privately contracted school bus and an end-of-school celebration has three options: resign, be canned or become a bus driver.

New study underscores the supply-side swindle in La.

Through an un-elected, largely unaccountable board called the Commerce & Industry Board, Louisiana is forgiving roughly $16.7 billion in local governments’ property tax revenue for a cost of about $535,000 per job created.

Boudreaux puts ethics probe behind him

The city-parish councilman held a press conference at City Hall Monday morning to announce that the Louisiana Board of Ethics had cleared him of any wrongdoing during his former employment with the district attorney’s office.

Fleming responds to Boustany’s Facebook gaffe

The pair of Louisiana U.S. Senate candidates most likely to cancel each other out in November have stumbled into a row that started with an errant thumb and some off-hand comments broadcast live over social media.

LAE mobilizes against school bill

House Bill 887, approved overwhelmingly during the regular session, is on Gov. John Bel Edwards’ desk awaiting his signature — or his veto.

Suit targets LUS payments to LCG

It could, if successful, force LUS to stop making ILOT payments to LCG, which would represent a crippling hit to Lafayette Consolidated Government’s revenue stream in an era of plummeting sales tax collections.

Clock running on sales tax flub

Money would have to paid from April 1 to the effective date of the legislation lawmakers are expected to pass in the special session that convenes Monday.

Captain Clay shows his softer side

In a filmed encounter with artist Jake Hebert, we learn that Higgins is a far more complicated figure than his infamous Crime Stoppers videos indicate.

Council slashes DA budget by $500K

The feinting and jabbing between District Attorney Keith Stutes and Lafayette Consolidated Government continued into another round Tuesday night. The haymakers fly next week.

LPSS’ Brad Duhon: On paid leave or terminated?

While LPSS officials have officially placed Brad Duhon on paid administrative leave, a source close to the situation tells The IND his days as assistant transportation director are numbered.

Council likely to consider DA funding ordinance

The Council is likely to approve the ordinance stripping the funding from the district attorney’s office so that the issue of “consolidation” can finally be settled through the court system.

Judge delays Pope testimony

The IND’s questions about whether the marshal used public funds to intervene in the sheriff-elect’s divorce last year will have to wait.

Stutes takes wait-and-see approach, eyes council vote

If the council approves the measure, Stutes will be back in court seeking to have the finalized ordinance set aside and preventing LCG from amending the budget to reflect the funding reduction to his office.

LPSS official fired over end-of-year teacher party

While the Judice Middle School teachers involved in last week’s so-called bar-hopping incident have been cleared of any wrongdoing, that’s not the case for the Lafayette Parish School System official who allegedly acted as their paid chauffeur.

The TIGER team steps in the vacuum

At tonight’s Evangeline Corridor presentation, city planners will unveil a community vision forI-49 Connector-adjacent neighborhoods which could influence the Connector’s design.

Revenue committee: New taxes needed

After nearly two years studying city-parish revenue, the Future Needs/Funding Sources Committee recommends a slate of new revenue measures to fix Lafayette’s mounting fiscal ills.

Missed Reads: Lost Louisiana

A 2015 documentary offers an unvarnished look at the drug-addicted, anger-addled, economically lost white folks of rural Louisiana.

Judge refuses to halt email search in Garber v. Garber

District Judge Thomas Duplantier said it is not his place to stop investigators from reviewing email evidence that incoming sheriff Mark Garber claims will prove his estranged wife stole files from his law office.

C’est Bon: Rep. Julie Stokes

We generally don’t agree with the Kenner Republican’s politics but we applaud her outrage even as we point out her hypocrisy.

Higgins is so much better with an epic soundtrack

Likening himself to a Biblical savior poised to chase the money changers from the temple, Clay Higgins on Wednesday announced his bid for Congress. We set it to some damn Viking music.,INDReporter

D.A. Stutes files suit against LCG

Lafayette’s top criminal prosecutor is seeking full funding for his office from Lafayette Consolidated Government and is seeking an immediate stay order blocking the council from voting on an introductory ordinance related to D.A. office funding at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

Feet of Clay, run!

The Higg, AKA Clay “The Cajun John Wayne” Higgins, will announce Wednesday which seat in Congress — the U.S. House or Senate — he will win in November.

Missed Reads: Billy Tauzin, drug kingpin

PhRMA’s successfully lobbying of Congress to keep U.S. drug prices the world’s highest is as American as apple pie, and former U.S. Congressman Billy Tauzin of Louisiana is its Johnny Appleseed.

Marshal Pope: a turn of the screw(ed)

Did City Marshal Brian Pope use taxpayer dollars to cover the cost of legal action last year seeking to open the Garber divorce files? The paper trail suggests so.

DOTD sets playing field on I-49 Connector

It’s a mistake to look at the DOTD’s now infamous community letter as a power move to crush opposition. In reality, DOTD has finally made clear the rules of the game.

LHS supporters critical of LPSB plans

A group of vocal LHS alumni and families is urging the Lafayette Parish School Board to abandon plans to move one of the school-of-choice academies and half the Gifted Program from LHS to Comeaux High.

David Egan memorial set

Family, friends and fellow musicians will gather Sunday, May 15 beginning at 2 p.m. at Warehouse 535 on Garfield Street to honor the late singer-songwriter.

Castille hearing draws phalanx of lawyers

The case has broadened such that attorneys for not only Pope and Castille were present, but also lawyers representing Scott Police Chief Chad Leger, the city of Scott and Lafayette Consolidated Government.

Trying to ’Connect’ with the public on I-49

It’s been a long few months, and we’ve got many left to go before a design is churned out of the I-49 community design machine. DOTD and its team are working to prove that they’re listening to the public.

DOTD hosting public I-49 meeting tonight

In a bid to collect more organic public comment, the team in charge of the Lafayette Connector projector is opening the doors to what will likely be a vigorous community chat.

Couillon: Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser

The tourism chief is contrite following published reports of an epic boondoggle involving a too-good-to-be-true economic development deal with the Iraqi government.

Blogger White Jr. goes pro

Lamar White Jr. made a name for himself exposing political hypocrisy and speaking truth to power as a frequent-blogging law student and grad student. Now he's doing it professionally.White announced

Anti-censorship group notes Nipple-gate

Some Downtown galleries participating in Saturday’s Nude ArtWalk-themed Second Saturday ArtWalk will post a statement issued by the National Center Against Censorship.

The high cost of the marshal’s cover up

Pope has rung up thousands to date in legal bills and fees in an attempt to hide a rank abuse of office from public view. Meanwhile, the public has footed the bill.

Bach Lunch cancelled

This is the second rain-out of Bach Lunch in the three weeks the spring series has run thus far.

Being John Milkovich

Or, the Internet says Noah’s Ark was found and heliocentric circles. Or something. And guns.

Marshal to bond out during his appeal

The District Court has allowed Marshal Pope to post bond while he takes his case to the 3rd Circuit, avoiding his house arrest sentence for the time being.

Rally set for juvenile justice

Hundreds are expected to gather on the Capitol steps in Baton Rouge on April 6 for the “Raise the Age Louisiana” rally urging state lawmakers to make 18 the age at which an individual can be charged and incarcerated as adults.

David Egan has died

A few days short of his 62nd birthday, the gifted, gentle-souled singer-songwriter passed away Friday at home surrounded by family.

Buddy Webb puts HUD on notice

Former housing commissioner sounds off on his disillusionment with the scandal-ridden agency and its decision to fire the woman working to right the ship.

Out of chaos comes change

The special session left hard choices but made significant changes and set up Louisiana’s opportunity to move forward with reform.

Baldwin suit ends in mistrial

A Baton Rouge jury was unable to reach a verdict in civil trial pitting former UL Lafayette against its former head football coach Jerry Baldwin, who filed a racial discrimination suit against the university.

Coming: new Latino radio station

“It will be information about what’s going on in our city, how to conduct things in order to be successful here in the United States.”

Angelle joins congressional field

The Public Service commissioner and former head of the state Department of Natural Resources announces his bid for Rep. Charles Boustany’s seat in Congress.

Capt. Higgins, Sheriff Guidroz part ways

Tough-talking Crime Stoppers spokesman says he can't abide by Sheriff Guidroz's "current orders" and could not "work within the parameters that I have been commanded."

House agrees to 18-month state sales tax hike

With a 76-27 vote Thursday, lawmakers voted to boost Louisiana's 4-cent sales tax to 5 cents, without many of the exemptions allowed on the other four pennies of the tax.

Vouchers smouchers

Study finds state voucher students falling behind peers who stayed in public schools.

Rep. Beryl Amedee: righteous temerity

The freshman Republican state representative from Houma takes her elders to task for their complicity in the state’s current budget disaster.

Reconnecting the grid

Planning officials floated an I-49 refinement concept that could utilize the Connector’s alignment to repair the interior grid broken by the Evangeline Thruway

Festival International announces 2016 lineup

Festival International de Louisiane has released its 2016 performance lineup, which includes performers such as Alpha Blondy & the Solar System from the Ivory Coast, France’s CharlElie Couture, Latin-inspired Boogat of Québec, along with up-and-coming female front-runners, A-WA of Israel.

Rees announces for Congress

Lafayette resident and former Bush II-appointed ambassador joins a crowded field seeking to replace U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany.

Task force to focus on north Lafayette murders

Although total crime in Lafayette saw a two percent decrease, the homicide rate in Lafayette more than doubled in 2015, with 20 people losing their lives last year to violence compared to nine in 2014. All 20 were shot to death.

Zoning Commish steps back from bar ban

The Zoning Commission on Monday passed the hot potato back to consolidated government on the issue of lifting the 13-year-old ban on new bars in Downtown Lafayette, indicating that it wants LCG to host a series of public forums before tackling the issue.

Freetown-Port Rico named to National Register

“There are so many important stories from inside this neighborhood that need to be told and need to be remembered. This district captures a quality of tolerance, creativity and vibrance that is really unique.”

Does Gen. Mouton have the law behind him?

A 1980 stipulated injunction granted to the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy could shield the General Mouton monument Downtown from ever being relocated.

Anatomy of the Chicot Aquifer

With attention turned to national and local threats to drinking water, we thought it appropriate to get to the bottom of how our beloved aquifer works.

Six arrested in DA bribery scandal

Two local attorneys, a former probation officer, a law enforcement official, a deputy clerk of court and a DMV employee facing felony state charges resulting from cooperative effort between AG Jeff Landry and FBI.

Derrick Todd Lee is dead

The convicted serial killer was pronounced dead Thursday morning, according to state corrections officials.

Knezek announces for Congress

Barely a year into his first term in elected office on the school board, Lafayette businessman Erick Knezek angles for a bigger fish.

Calling all cameras

AOC Community Media is looking for volunteers interested in supporting the community while gaining new skills as part of its latest project called Take On Lafayette.

Robideaux names Thomas interim police chief

Mayor-President Joel Robideaux announced today that he has named Capt. Reginald “Reggie” Thomas as the interim police chief for the Lafayette Police Department.

Boudreaux going part-time at Parks & Rec

Newly elected state Sen. Gerald Boudreaux, who has served as Lafayette’s director of Parks & Recreation for three decades, will scale back to 34 hours per week as rec director to comply with state laws regard dual office-holding.

NCAA goes easy on UL football

The governing authority for college sports will place the university on probation for two years, fine it $5,000 and place additional restrictions on the football staff’s recruiting activities for the upcoming season.

With big December boost, Horse Farm raises $11M in 2015

Community stepped up to a $1 million matching challenge by Kip Schumacher, Carolyn Doerle and several anonymous donors — and then beat it by another $600,000, bringing December fundraising total to $2.64 million.

New era begins for LCG

Joel Robideaux and the new City-Parish Council were sworn in as Lafayette Parish’s top elected officials at a ceremony Monday afternoon at City Hall.

’Mickey’s Loop’ signage unveiled

A sign to commemorate the Mickey Shunick Memorial Bike Loop was unveiled during a ceremony Wednesday morning attended by city and university brass along with family and friends of the late anthropology student.

Dardenne paints gloomy picture of task ahead

The incoming budget chief for Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards says he's confident, despite a deep financial hole facing the state in this and next fiscal year, that Louisiana can clamber up and out of our mess.

Pope’s bull

The city marshal’s long-awaited compliance with our first records request paints a very different story than the one he told in court.

Ethics Board gets cold feet with Nichols?

The board was expected to bar recently former Jindal top aide Kristy Nichols from doing much of what she hired to do when she took a lobbying gig with Ochsner Health System. Then the board decided not to decide.

The IND and ABiz’s Top 10 stories of 2015

From tragedy and loss to racist politics, from education and new retail to businessmen behaving badly, these are the stories that helped define the year that was.

Lafayette gets ‘B’ in latest edu grades

The district report card shows Lafayette Parish still lagging behind the state and nation in both the percentage of students earning college and career credit and in the percentage of students who graduated high school in four years with a diploma.

Ethics Board blocks Nichols

The former commissioner of administration — Gov. Bobby Jindal’s budget director and chief legislative contact — will be prevented for two years from doing much of the job she was hired to do at Ochsner Health System.

Durel roasted by community

Here’s video of The IND Carolers (and Friend) performing “Joey Durel’s Holiday To-Do List.”

Boustany makes it official Monday

The six-term congressman and retired physician will formally announce his candidacy at 5:30 p.m. at his family home in Oaklawn subdivision in Lafayette.

C’est what, Tehmi Chassion?

The District 4 school board rep filed a criminal complaint on Oct. 29, 2015, against Erica Williams, his opponent in the Nov. 4, 2014 election — less than a week shy of the one-year anniversary of the election.

Burl Cain out as Angola warden

Alida Anthony, whose son was murdered by a man who received preferential treatment from Cain, told The Advocate she was elated at the news.

Feds: No probe in Victor White III case

"The investigation revealed that Mr. White was in possession of a .25 caliber handgun earlier that evening. ...In addition, gunshot residue was found on both of Mr. White’s hands."

Garber names Stout top deputy

Sheriff-elect Mark Garber is beginning to round out his top brass, naming Carencro Police Chief Carlos Stout as his chief deputy.

Alfred & Kate

Wherein DLU's Kate Durio, per her Friday column in The Times of Acadiana, actually gets to ask Confederate Gen. Alfred Mouton what he would like to see become of the Downtown space that honors him

LPD’s top cop announces retirement

Chief Jim Craft’s final day with the Lafayette Police Department will be Jan. 31, 2016 — the 39th anniversary of the start of his law enforcement career.

Council nixes border stand-down

The City-Parish Council Tuesday defeated an ordinance that would have repealed previously approved measures challenging the border between Lafayette and Vermilion parishes.

The Connector, The Corridor and The TIGER

With the introduction of the team funded by the TIGER grant, the list of stakeholders in the I-49 South project is getting bigger and the process more complex.

PI Williamson begins serving 6.5-year sentence

Robert Williamson The private investigator largely responsible for ousting District Attorney Mike Harson from office last year has begun serving his 6.5-year sentence at an Arkansas federal prison.In

You are the Place Mouton Preservation Society

DDA has announced yet another public meeting concerning the redesign of Place Mouton in Downtown. Whether you like the ideas they're rolling out or want to see the grass left alone, you should get out and say something about it.

Boustany all but in for ’16 Senate race

The Lafayette congressman’s office sent out a press release saying he would make an announcement in the coming weeks. But the wording of the release all but ensures his entry.

A mandate for the unknown

Garber's victory in the sheriff's race reflects his status as a political unknown. In a race lacking in extreme policy differences, Lafayette voters cast against Leger, the devil they knew.

25 politicos in Vitter’s home parish endorse Edwards

This has to be the ultimate snub to governor wannabe Sen. David Vitter: More than two dozen elected officials in Jefferson Parish have endorsed rival John Bel Edwards. The kicker: Most of them are Republicans.

Ordinance would drop border dispute

The ordinance to cease further appeals in the case was submitted by Councilman Jared Bellard, who cited the cost of appealing to the state Supreme Court.

Troopers endorse Edwards

“During the eight years that Mr. Edwards has served in the state legislature, he has always demonstrated concern for the troopers and has stood with us on many issues that have passed through his chamber."

Cook Report shifts gov race to “Lean Dem”

According to Cook, a key hinge in swinging the election for Edwards will be white women, a reliable voting bloc for Republicans in deep red Louisiana for the last several years.

Leger's and Garber's shared illusion

The two remaining candidates for sheriff seem blind to the deteriorating relationship between the black community and Lafayette lawmen.

Petersen endorses Lewis in CPC-3 runoff

John Petersen, the fourth-place finisher in the Oct. 24 election for the City-Parish Council District 3 seat, has endorsed Pat Lewis in the runoff with two-term incumbent Brandon Shelvin.

Leger evolves

In a break from his oft-repeated campaign promises, Leger says in the final sheriff's forum that he would not honor ICE detainer requests — a shift that undermines his previous criticisms of the current administration.

Braxton Moody not competent for trial

Commitment to mental institution means the local businessman will be entered into the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System and unable to own a firearm upon his release.

Duson, ’Cro chiefs endorse Garber

Garber came within five points of winning the Oct. 24 primary outright, leading the four-candidate field with 46 percent of the vote in a low-turnout election.

In their own words

GumboPAC releases new ad featuring vanquished GOP primary foes Angelle and Dardenne trashing Vitter.

Turnout turns down for sheriff's race

With 15 percent of the voting public still up for grabs and an assuredly dwindling electorate, the sheriff's race looks to be up in the air.

Here is what you'll see on Saturday's statewide ballot

All seven of Louisiana’s statewide elected positions are on Saturday’s ballot, with wide open competitions for governor and lieutenant governor because the incumbents aren’t running for re-election. Runoffs, as needed, will be Nov. 21.

Mann: Why your vote counts

Our favorite journalism professor-blogger on why allowing fewer than half of eligible voters to decide our next governor is bad for democracy

Durel: What a sad time for Lafayette!

City-Parish President Joey Durel, whose longtime right-hand man, Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley, is running to replace him and has been the subject of the nastiest of nasty campaign tactics by operatives close to Joel Robideaux, has evidently had enough.

Arts/culture, social service agencies set for LCG support

More than two dozen arts/culture presenters and venues and social service agencies in the greater Lafayette area will receive nearly $300,000 in financial support from Lafayette Consolidated Government pending approval of a resolution before the City-Parish Council.

Castille joins Council Q&A series

The questionnaire series covers everything from roads and other infrastructure to public funding for the arts and culture, taxes and other issues.

Dearest Dee

We hope this finds you well in your leave of absence. We're just writing to let you know a top gay rights org has endorsed you.

Council Q&A Part 6

Today’s sixth and final installment concerns crime and the distribution and collection of taxes.

Beam: Dardenne gets my vote

The longtime American Press columnist says gubernatorial candidate Jay Dardenne, the current lieutenant governor, “lives and breathes Louisiana” and praises Dardenne’s level-headed leadership.

Chef Paul Prudhomme dead at 75

Prudhomme rose to fame in the 1980s through his popular French Quarter restaurant K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen, and for an eponymous line of Cajun seasonings.

City marshal attacks Garber in bizarre presser

Attempting to scandalize Mark Garber's bid for sheriff, City Marshal Brian Pope claims the Broussard attorney courted business from illegal immigrants while on a trip to Honduras.

Council Q&A Part 1: Issues

In mid-September, The Independent sent a questionnaire to candidates seeking seats on the City-Parish Council — incumbents and challengers, 17 candidates total.

Blueprint La. endorses Medicaid expansion

Expanding the government-run health care option for the working poor on “principled and financial grounds” is among the nonpartisan public-policy group’s top priorities heading into the Oct. 24 election.

In sheriff money race, Garber doubles Leger

Mark Garber’s $338,000 loan to his campaign should come in handy in the home stretch to the Oct. 24 election as it leaves him with more than twice as much cash on hand as the other top competitor in the race in terms of money: Scott Police Chief Chad Leger.

B.E.D., rath and beyond

Jefferson Street club loses booze license for six months, fined $5K, because pot!

Miss the forums? Catch ’em on AOC

If you were unable to attend the Sept. 14 city-parish president forum with Dee Stanley and Joel Robideaux or the Sept. 16 sheriff forum involving Rick Chargois, Mark Garber, Chad Leger and John Rogers, AOC will begin airing them tonight (Thursday).

Alas, the Cooper era is over

The (now officially) former superintendent, however, didn’t walk away from the Lafayette Parish Courthouse without some vindication.

Neustrom endorses Garber

Sheriff Mike Neustrom Tuesday issued an endorsement of candidate Mark Garber, one of four seeking to replace Neustrom as the parish’s top law enforcement officer.

Letter confirms Chad Leger failed sheriff's promotional exam

Confirming information The Independent obtained from an LPSO source earlier this year, an online publication has obtained and published a copy of a human resources letter addressed to Chad Leger that informed him of his failure to pass the promotional sheriff's exam.

Durel allows budget add-ons sans signature

Almost $1 million in additional expenses added to LCG's 2015-16 budget were approved by default Monday when City-Parish President Joey Durel declined to sign the budget approved by the City-Parish Council Sept. 3.

Few surprises as qualifying closes

Two council races will be crowded with four candidates, virtually ensuring runoffs, while a handful of incumbents will skate back in to office without opposition.

C’est Bon: ATC gives Artmosphere, city six-month reprieve

The state office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control has granted Artmosphere and the city six months to work out how to keep the popular live-music bistro in business without being subject to state rules governing liquor licenses issued to restaurants.

It’s on: Marohn, O’Toole to debate planning

The case for comprehensive planning will be made — and challenged — Thursday evening at LITE when a noted planner squares off against an equally noted free-market libertarian in a debate.

Durel mulling veto after budget vote

Additional expenditures were added to Durel’s budget by various council members and include pay raises for firefighters and $1 million for various infrastructure improvements on Lafayette’s north side.

Plans afoot for old federal courthouse

What to do with the old federal courthouse at the corner of Jefferson and Main streets Downtown has been a nagging and divisive issue for more than a decade.

‘Fair Share’ Series Returns

The Independent’s investigation into property taxes will be expanded to analyze whether residential and commercial property owners across the parish are paying their fair share.

C’EST BON: Housing the Homeless

A new collaborative effort involving government and nonprofit agencies seeks to address one of the CBD's historically nagging issues.

Leger leads sheriff’s race, Garber gaining

Two days after separate polls point to a likely runoff between the Scott police chief and attorney Mark Garber, the four men hoping to replace Mike Neustrom tried to distinguish their candidacies before a crowd of several hundred.

Prosecutor seeks stiffer sentence for Fontenot

The Lafayette assistant district attorney who won a manslaughter conviction against Seth Fontenot has asked the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal to review District Judge Ed Rubin’s 13-month sentence for Seth Fontenot.

Downtown mega bar ordered closed

City officials say the Plaza failed to meet a requirement built into the moratorium on bars Downtown because the building at the corner of Jefferson and Garfield streets went more than a year without selling any booze.

This week in ‘petty clash’

It’s United Way versus schoolmarms in an epic trademark battle. Caught in the crossfire: the innocent chirrens!

Komen Acadiana clarifies Facebook post

The post riled some in the Lafayette progressive community who noted that Planned Parenthood offers thousands of health care screenings including mammograms to poor and low-income Louisiana women every year, a mission that dovetails with Komen.

Komen Acadiana distances itself from national controversy

In apparent effort to curry favor in conservative and Catholic South Louisiana and create some distance between itself and a controversy that erupted this summer in the U.S. Congress, the Acadiana affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation has jumped on the anti-Planned Parenthood bandwagon.

Union-bustin’ Bishop seeks re-election

The south side concrete magnate announced this week his intention to seek re-election to the District 43 seat in the state House of Representatives representing south Lafayette Parish including Broussard and Youngsville.

Artmosphere wants out

The popular live music venue seeks to exit Downtown Lafayette. In a manner of speaking.

Smooth sailing, Mr. Flanagan

After three years of cranking out prototypical IND investigative journalism, staff writer Patrick Flanagan moves on to his next adventure.

Jindal targets working-poor women

In his quixotic bid for the White House, former Gov. Booby Jindal has voided Planned Parenthood’s Medicaid provider contracts with the state of Louisiana.

Mark Knight et al indicted on racketeering charges

Oil patch multi-millionaire Mark Knight of Lafayette and three others were indicted by a Lafayette Parish grand jury Wednesday in connection with an alleged plot to plant drugs on Knight’s brother in an effort to force him out of the lucrative family business.

The un-candidate in District 3

Can a Tea Party-leaning Republican win a seat on the City-Parish Council in a district that is majority black? Ursula Anderson thinks so.

Tragedy keeps its crosshairs on Lafayette

A GoFundMe account has been established to help a pair of Lafayette French Immersion teachers return to France with the body of their 13-year-old son, who died suddenly and unexpectedly overnight Sunday.

Sanders fires up NO-area crowd at Pontchartrain Center

"I think my colleagues in the Democratic Party have made a very serious mistake, and that is they have written off half of America, including Louisiana. And I'm here to tell you the time is now to fight for 50 states in the country."

Poll position: Has John Georges lost it?

Is the super-wealthy New Orleans business magnate and publisher of Louisiana’s biggest and best daily newspaper actually mulling a run for governor just three months before the election?

Gov. race: Edwards leads as Vitter skids

A widely respected firm’s latest poll on the governor's race — a poll obtained by The Independent that hasn’t been publicly released — shows state Rep. John Bel Edwards with a six-point lead over previous frontrunner Sen. David Vitter.

Rivault supporters speak to Rubin through billboards

Friends, family and supporters of the 15-year-old shot and killed by Seth Fontenot are taking to the sky to urge Judge Ed Rubin to give Fontenot a stiffer sentence when Fontenot is resentenced on Thursday.

LCG ordinance seeks BP claim $

The City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on an introductory ordinance that, if approved for final adoption in two weeks, would clear the way for contracting with a law firm to pursue a cash settlement related to the BP oil spill.

Landry announces re-election bid

The first-term state rep — and the first and only representative to serve the relatively new district — wants voters to give him another go-round.

Acadiana man charged in international hacking case

An Opelousas man is among a dozen individuals in four U.S. states plus Sweden, Slovenia and Pakistan facing charges in connection with an international computer hacking collective known as Darkode brought down by an FBI investigation.

Ethics: Charter school employees are ‘public’

At the urging of the Legislature, the Louisiana Board of Ethics has weighed in on whether employees of public charter schools operated by for-profit corporations are considered “public employees.”

Fontenot faces resentencing, and unknowns

Seth Fontenot will back before Judge Ed Rubin on July 23 after his attorney acknowledged in a court filing that Rubin’s original sentence — three years at hard labor with all but 13 months suspended — was illegal.

A fiber-rich 'ask me anything'

Apparently, staring down big scaries like ATT or Cox makes you brave. Tuesday afternoon, LUS Director Terry Huval and Lafayette C-P President Joey Durel did an "ask me anything" segment about LUS Fiber on Reddit.

The Reckoning Redux

The most recent meeting of the Future Needs/Funding Sources Committee underscores what a dire strait the parish side of city-parish government is navigating.

About that UL tuition increase

Never trust an English major to do math: it’s actually 20 percent for a full-time student, not 10 percent as we reported.

Former La. governor to visit home state

Bobby Jindal will make a rare appearance in his home state today (Thursday) when he delivers a speech at the National Right to Life Convention in New Orleans.

Lewis announces in council District 3

The Lafayette businessman announced Wednesday that he will challenge two-term incumbent Councilman Brandon Shelvin for the District 3 seat on the City-Parish Council.

Seth Fontenot to serve 13 months

Seth Fontenot received a three-year sentence for his manslaughter conviction in the 2013 death of 15-year-old Austin Rivault but will serve a little more than a year in jail.

Another (symbolic) victory for equality in La.

The Louisiana Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Lafayette Judge Ed Rubin in declining Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s appeal of Rubin’s ruling that Louisiana’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.

UL to hike tuition 10 percent

After seven years of state universities getting squeezed by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s no-tax insanity and a lapdog Legislature, students in the University of Louisiana System will once again see their tuition rise via the hidden Jindal Tax.

Fund established to aid Lafayette teacher

French Immersion teacher Karine Ruatta is in a coma in a hospital in Guadalajara, Mexico, following an automobile accident on a remote road two hours outside the Pacific-coast resort city.

Rednecks will be rednecks

Rednecks were out in force over the weekend in Ville Platte, rallying for their so-called Southern heritage and the right to wave a flag of hatred and oppression.

Farm to Forest

Mitigation banks are helping restore Louisiana’s invaluable wetlands.

Hub City thespians mourn Brown

Born in Chicago and raised in Arizona and California, Walter Brown moved to Lafayette in 1990 and was instrumental in helping the Hub City finally express the robust theater arts that had been bubbling beneath the surface for decades when it was more or less a one-community-theater town.

Shunick to be honored with bike route

The Mickey Shunick Memorial Bike Loop will tie together existing bike lanes and routes around central Lafayette surrounding UL, the Horse Farm and Girard Park.

Divorces skyrocket in Acadiana*

A Lafayette attorney who specializes in divorce and child-custody matters tells The Independent she’s never seen anything like it.

Voters could make four constitutional changes in fall

In what will be a noticeable change of pace, voters will only have to read through four proposed constitutional amendments on the Oct. 24 ballot, including two that would institute substantive changes to the way transportation projects are funded.

Liz Webb Hebert makes council run official

“Our council should be a diverse incubator of solutions, not an obstacle to success. This is particularly important in District 8, which has experienced profound growth in the past decade and is poised for even more change."

Lafayette vet announces council bid

“I have the tools and passion to be really good at identifying and implementing what is needed and wanted by the people in my district."

Council resolution urges Jindal veto

The City-Parish Council has called a special meeting Tuesday to vote on a resolution urging Gov. Bobby Jindal to veto a bill passed in the recent legislative session that alters municipal annexations.

Angelle gaining foothold in gov race?

A recently released poll by Market Research Insight shows the public service commissioner from Breaux Bridge climbing in the race to replace the replaceable Bobby Jindal.

DA investigating Civil Service Board's handling of public meetings

The impromptu closed-door executive session followed by the ouster of this reporter for video recording Wednesday’s meeting of the Lafayette Fire and Police Civil Service Board has led to an investigation by the DA into potential Open Meetings Law violations.

LUS ‘betterment’ ordinance back before LPUA, council

The purpose of the ordinance is to allow LUS to fund certain water, sewer, electric and telecommunications projects in such a fashion as to have excess capacity needed for future development in the area to be serviced by the facilities.

What is the Lafayette Civil Service Board hiding?

At its June monthly meeting Wednesday, the Lafayette Fire and Police Civil Service Board showed complete disregard not only for the Louisiana Open Meetings Law, but also the public’s right to know.

AcA gets $240K for development director

After mulling for months a request for a $750,000 cash infusion to stabilize the Acadiana Center for the Arts’ budget, the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority elected instead on Tuesday to give the AcA $240,000 to fund the salary for a development director for three years.

Norquist non-responds to leges

Grover Norquist has replied to state Rep. Joel Robideaux and a handful of colleagues who wrote to Norquist seeking his take on whether the Gov. Bobby Jindal-backed Senate Bill 284 will really allow the state budget to remain tax neutral.

Crowley PD out of control?

On May 25, officers with the Crowley Police Department busted through the front door as a family was sitting down for Sunday dinner.

Swift enters District 45 House race

The attorney and executive director of the Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation joins a field of three vying to replace term-limited Rep. Joel Robideaux.

Be a big bro, yo

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana is set to kick of its “30 Years • 30 Men • 30 Days” campaign in June and is seeking qualified mentors.

Hearts of Hope's funding crisis; here's how you can help

Information received from a recent public records request shows a financial setback of over $100,000 for Hearts of Hope — annual funding the local non-profit had received for years from the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office to aid in its advocacy for Acadiana’s victims of sexual assault and rape.

Jeanerette top cop popped in topless probe

For decades, the city of Jeanerette has dealt with a troubled police department and a crime wave that doesn't stop; the situation worsened last week with the arrest of Police Chief Marvin Grogan as part of a months-long investigation of a Lafayette gentleman's club.

Lafayette teacher announces BESE bid

Michael Kreamer, a lifelong resident of Lafayette Parish and long-time educator, announced this week his candidacy for the District 7 seat on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Council nixes smoking ban for bars

The 5-4 vote came following more than three hours of public comment, the overwhelming majority of it in favor of the ban and much of that support coming from musicians who work in bars and nightclubs.

DA cuts huge chunk of funding from Hearts of Hope

Nonprofit plays a vital role in our community by advocating and fighting for the victims of sexual abuse and rape; that's why news that the DA's office had slashed the group's funding came as such a shock.

Conque makes it official

The former city-parish councilman and current chairman of the Lafayette Planning Commission announces bid to reclaim his former seat on the council.

The burning question

Should Lafayette follow New Orleans’ lead and ban smoking in bars? The council will decide Tuesday.

Vitter’s biggest campaign boosters: colleagues who hate him

On Capitol Hill, Sen. David Vitter is despised by colleagues on both sides of the aisle — along with their staff members — for his long-running campaign to strip congressional employees of the employer (Uncle Sam) contribution to their health insurance.

Hayride publisher exposed as snake oil salesman

After a brief, failed attempt in sports media, Scott McKay refashioned himself as a soldier in the conservative movement and began making a living preying on the paranoid and the gullible.

Tragedy strikes Northside High

Jo’Nathan Delacroix had two weeks to go before graduating from Northside High School; yet, that day will never come for the high school senior who police say was accidentally shot by a friend over the weekend.

Council approves UDC

The Unified Development Code is now on the books. Here’s a review of last night’s council proceedings. In screencaps.

Council to decide on UDC

The City-Parish Council will vote Tuesday on final approval of the Unified Development Code, a rewrite and streamlining of the planning and zoning codes that govern development in Lafayette and unincorporated Lafayette Parish.

JoDu bringing the Almighty to LCG

City-Parish President Joey Durel is putting a resolution before the City-Parish Council Tuesday that would display the U.S. national motto, In God We Trust, prominently at City Hall.

PAR: Cut legislative, judiciary budgets

There are only two areas of state government that have standstill budgets for the next fiscal year: the legislative and judicial branches, with $108 million and $176 million proposed, respectively.

Play it again, Kev

A Cajun accordionist and band leader-turned-city parish councilman, Kevin Naquin says he’ll seek an encore on Lafayette Consolidated Government’s governing body.

Market Watch: Lafayette Parish real estate still rocking

Despite a prevailing concern about the oil and gas industry and its impact on the local economy, real estate in Lafayette Parish is still on a roll. New construction sold is up 5.3 percent from early 2014 to early 2015.

On second thought: Patin bows out

Less than a month after issuing a press release indicating his intention to seek a third term on the City-Parish Council, Keith Patin of District 8 has had a change of heart.

Cockerham slapped with ethics charge

Former Lafayette Parish School Board member Mark Cockerham was charged with an ethics violation for receiving New Orleans Saints tickets from a consultant in 2013.

Ross seeking District 8 council seat

The president of Edge Communications, Ross has ties to south Lafayette’s tea party movement and promises to bring “strong, conservative leadership” to the District 8 seat.

Former school board member Ed Sam dies

Edward Sam, a longtime Lafayette Parish educator, school board member and advocate for the at-risk students of the district, died Monday. Sam was 84 years old.

It’s tea time for the council

The City-Parish Council will discuss and vote on extending the TIF at Louisiana Avenue/I-10 — the T in TIF stands for tax OMG! — and council members will get an earful from a libertarian adversary of comprehensive planning.

A busy and productive week for LPSS

In recent days, the Lafayette Parish School System has closed the gap on one of two ongoing principal vacancy searches; it also has a new superintendent following a rare and unexpected show of board unanimity.

Coussan makes it official

Most voters have known for more than 18 months that Jean-Paul Coussan is running to replace the term-limited Rep. Joel Robideaux. On Tuesday Coussan made the “official” announcement.

LSU to file for bankruptcy?

Louisiana’s flagship university is taking on water as its president announces he’s drawing up financial exigency paperwork. Thanks, Bobby Jindal and the legislators who have voted with him for seven years!

Feds probe Ville Platte PD, Evangeline Sheriff

Federal investigators will look at the departments’ use of so-called “investigative holds” during which individuals are detained without probable cause, typically while local police or deputies investigate those individuals’ suspected ties to a crime.

Drew Landry is on the mend

But he has a lot of mending to do. A Go Fund Me campaign will help pave his long road to recovery.

Mark Knight booked on racketeering charge

The former CEO of Knight Oil Tools, accused of paying three co-conspirators to frame his brother Bryan in a 2014 drug bust, was booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center Tuesday.

Remembering Charlie Milam

Charlie Milam was a trailblazing businessman with a nose for making companies profitable; he also knew the value of having a good time. Milam died early Monday morning; he would have turned 85 in July.

Opening of session ignites race for House speaker

Although the governor has traditionally enjoyed tremendous influence over whom the House selects as its leader — and even though the gubernatorial contest is far from being decided — there are already 10 representatives who tell LaPolitics they are either running for speaker or are considering the internal race.

Tonight's DTA turns DOA; thank the weather

We received the news this morning and we’re to sad to say: Carol Fran and Major Handy and his Louisiana Soul Revue will not be performing at this evening’s Downtown Alive! due to nasty weather.

9 down, 3 to go in the search for a new super

The LPSB pared down its list of potential superintendents this week eliminating nine names; that leaves three finalists in the running to become our school system's 28th superintendent.

New super PAC enters governor's race

In another move that suggests this year's race for governor could become the most expensive ever waged in the state's history, another super PAC has announced its intentions to pour money into the election.

Vitter puts spotlight on tort reform

If you back out the budget issue as well as education and Common Core, U.S. Sen. David Vitter's most significant campaign plank in this year's race for governor may very well be tort reform.

Tehmi's busy day

It was Monday morning, and LPSB member Tehmi Chassion had just arrived for a surprise visit at J.W. Faulk Elementary when he got the call on his cell: Northside High Principal Melinda Voorhies had just dropped off her resignation letter at the central office.

Former Iberia deputy pleads to civil rights abuse

Cody Laperouse, who was fired by the department in the days after a citizen video of the incident went viral on YouTube, faces up to a year in prison, a $100,000 fine and one year supervised release.

Bill proposes hiking homestead exemption

A Gretna lawmaker has filed a bill for the upcoming session that would raise the homestead exemption in Louisiana by a third, from the current level of $75,000 to $100,000.

This week in ‘That Won’t Pass’: legal pot

A Baton Rouge Democrat has pre-filed a bill for the 2015 spring session that, if approved by the Legislature, signed by the governor and approved by a statewide vote would decriminalize the possession of recreational marijuana.

Angelle makes hay with attacks

The Cajun Commissioner knows a good opportunity when he sees it, even when it’s being on the receiving end of negative campaigning.

Duson officials tap Kip Judice to turn around beleaguered PD

For the longtime Lafayette Parish Sheriff's deputy, 2014 was a year spent on the campaign trail in an unsuccessful run to become Lafayette’s first new city marshal in decades; but for 2015, it appears he'll be taking on a whole new set of challenges with his selection Tuesday as the new chief of Duson's police force.

“LAFA ETTE” goes pink for Komen

The annual Komen Race for the Cure is Saturday in Downtown Lafayette, and the sculpture installed late last year at Parc Sans Souci is getting in the spirit with a coat of pink paint in keeping with the color theme of breast-cancer awareness and the race.

Ethics: Raise wine-n-dine cap to $60

Set at $50 in 2008, the law tied the per-day spending cap to the Consumer Price Index and it has been rising with the CPI incrementally ever since.

Alford: Angelle targeted early in race

The barbs began with Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards’ campaign running anti-Angelle ads on black radio stations linking Angelle to Gov. Bobby Jindal.

ACLU to Opelousas: zip the saggy pants ban

The letter warns the council that the ordinance, if adopted, would tread on the First Amendment right to self-expression through fashion and would disproportionately target black men.

More to the story?

One Lafayette man’s alleged obsession with a Crestlawn Drive residence — a home he’s believed to have set afire on Jan. 16 — resulted in an arrest on Monday.

Seth Fontenot's day in court has finally arrived

If all goes as planned, Seth Fontenot’s first-degree murder trial — after being postponed four times over the last two years — should finally get underway this week in the 15th Judicial District.

Rarity: Carville offers apology

Carville referred to anti-tax zealot/lobbyist and bearer of “the pledge” Grover Norquist as “the human equivalent of pond scum.”...

Getting your INDsider late? A fix is on the way

Some INDsider subscribers have received their AM and PM emails later than normal this week; have no fear, a fix for this "glitch" is in the works and everything should be ironed out soon.

Creepy murderer Lavergne denied again

Recreational lawsuit filer and convicted double murderer Brandon Lavergne managed to get one of his frivolous suits all the way to the United States Supreme Court. Or at least to the receptionist, who put it in the circular file.

Jindal hits new ‘approval’ low

So who likes the job Jindal is doing? As columnist, professor and semi-pro Jindal foil Bob Mann tweeted Monday afternoon: “Basically, immediate family.”

Up yours, Woodworth, La.!

An appeals court has upheld $30,000 in punitive damages against the small CenLa town stemming from one of the most egregious traffic stops ever.

Coq au vin, anyone?

The City-Parish Council might soon debate banning roosters in the city limits because it’s 4:30 a.m. and damn it, bird!

Launch of Bach Lunch delayed a week

For those looking forward to this Friday’s launch of the spring season of Bach Lunch — now in its 27th year — we have some bad news: it’ll be at least another week of waiting, weather permitting.

$2K ... the price of ‘excellence’?

Many colleges and universities agree that $2,000 is what students and their families will pay in the form of an “excellence fee” proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration.

Sheriff 2015: John Rogers makes it official

In a press conference Monday afternoon at the Blue Dog Cafe, John Rogers became the second candidate to officially announce his bid to become the next sheriff of Lafayette Parish.

Cosby's Lafayette show goes off without a hitch

As Bill Cosby arrived in Lafayette Friday at the Heymann Performing Arts Center, another alleged sexual assault victim had just come forward, but that didn’t put a damper on the comedian’s performance.

Who’s getting cut?

Here’s a look at some of the state agencies facing proposed cuts in Gov. Bobby Jindal’s executive budget released Friday.

Jindal proposes $141M cut to higher ed

It’s far less than anticipated, and while UL Lafayette will be forced to absorb some of the total, an economic development center at UL will actually get a funding boost.

Lafayette PD investigates alleged police racism

The Lafayette Police Department is facing new allegations of unchecked racism among some of its white officers following a recently retired black officer’s distribution of an audio clip to members of the City-Parish Council.

Bill would shield testing opt-outs

A bill pre-filed for the 2015 legislative session beginning in April would prohibit the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education from “penalizing a student for not taking certain assessments due to his parents’ refusal to allow such participation...”

2015 Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show hits the Cajundome this weekend

The annual Home, Garden and Lifestyle Show returns this weekend with over a hundred local exhibitors and loads of priceless information covering everything from the best and newest types of building materials, technologies and products to the hottest new design and decorating trends, as well as the latest in cooking, health and fitness.

Garber to make his Sheriff 2015 bid official next week

With his event next week, attorney Mark Garber will join Scott Police Chief Chad Leger as the only candidates — at least so far — to hold a press conference officially announcing their bid to become Lafayette Parish's next sheriff.

Preacher announces council bid

Joseph “Bobby” Richard, pastor of Hope Alive Freedom Church, has announced that he will seek the District 7 seat on the Lafayette City-Parish Council in the fall election.

Bills target governor's veto pen

House Bills 31 and 32 would, respectively, require state lawmakers to hold a veto-override session following each annual spring legislative session and take away Louisiana governors’ ability to issue line-item vetoes on appropriations bills.

How La. became a bit more transparent over the summer

Despite a strong public records law, Louisiana has long suffered from a deep-seeded resistance among local and state government officials when it comes to handing over certain documents to the media and public; change, however, is coming.

Circling the drain

It’s time to contact your state representative and senator and tell them: Higher education in Louisiana has been cut enough already. Figure out how to increase revenue — Bobby Jindal’s political fantasies be damned.

Hub City crime falls

All crime categories show decreases over 2013 except for auto thefts.

UL System planning budget blitz

Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to release his executive budget on Feb. 27, at which time higher-ed officials will have a clearer picture of how deeply the cuts will go.

A Vision for the Future of Urban Architecture in Acadiana

What will the 21st century hold for the future of Acadiana architectural style? The possibilities will be unveiled at our 11th annual INDesign Awards luncheon on April 16, featuring keynote speaker Steve Mouzon, an author and award-winning architect/urban designer known for championing smaller and more sustainable styles of living.

A closer look at Louisiana's lynchings

Following Tuesday’s release of a report logging close to 4,000 lynchings (including about 700 newly discovered cases), here’s a closer look at the numbers for Louisiana and Acadiana.

Artmosphere hearing set for Lafayette

The state Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control will hold an administrative hearing for Artmosphere Bistro on Feb. 25 in the council auditorium at City Hall in Lafayette.

JoDu takes a victory lap

At times emotional in reminiscing on his three terms in office, City-Parish President Joey Durel delivers his final State of the Parish address to a packed and grateful Cajundome Convention Center.

Former Carencro policeman indicted in federal Desperado's case

A former officer with the Carencro Police Department has been indicted by a federal grand jury for a range of charges resulting from an alleged inappropriate relationship with the owners of the now closed Desperado’s Gentleman’s Cabaret.

An uncomfortable truth; coming to a city near you?

It’s no secret that the terror of Jim Crow claimed thousands of African-American lives by lynching; it’s a history many in our country wish to forget and was the main impetus for a study released Tuesday aimed at reclaiming that past.

PAR to Jindal: Leave coastal fund alone

It will be a hard sell, no doubt, in light of the governor’s penchant for “fund sweeps” — moving funds from unrelated programs into the general fund to shore up the budget.

Bill filed to honor slain deputy

One of the first bills pre-filed for the 2015 legislative session beginning in April would rename a stretch of U.S. Hwy. 167 between Maurice and Abbeville after a Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy who was murdered while off duty last summer.

LUS Fiber in jeopardy of losing LPSS' biz

When the local school system sent out its recent RFP for Internet services, its current provider, LUS Fiber, was not included in the competitive bid process. But why?

Mann: Where’s the supply-side salvation?

The blogger, nola.com columnist and LSU prof throws down the gauntlet: If slashing taxes is really the prescription for robust economic growth, as Bobby Jindal and his ilk insist, now is the time to do it.

A house full of dogs

Hoarders are an interesting breed, and that was literally the case for one Acadiana man, who’d amassed a collection of nearly 40 dogs inside his St. Martin Parish home.

Downtown’s Arcadian B&G loses license

Pimping its beer selection on social media as recently as Sunday, the bar's lights were off and it appeared to be closed around lunchtime Wednesday.

3rd Circuit orders teacher reinstated

The unanimous decision found that Section 3 of Act 1, part of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s ambitious and controversial 2012 education-reform package, violated Kasha LaPointe’s rights to due process under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Artmosphere in ATC crosshairs?

The popular bisto-slash-music venue has been forbidden from giving away food to meet a sales ratio and its owner has been summoned to Baton Rouge. Could this be the beginning of the end of one of Lafayette’s best bars for live music?

'Cancer alley' gets more toxic; public kept out of the loop

Why was a mostly minority neighborhood located in an area already known as “Cancer Alley” not advised that their community would be the site of a $1.85 billion methanol plant run by a company with a history of environmental infractions?

Green Army: mixed report for area lawmakers

State lawmakers were graded on their votes in the 2014 session on issues such as air/water quality, salt dome regulation, legacy lawsuits and abandoned drilling sites, litter, coastal restoration and the granddaddy of them all, the levee board lawsuit.

State credit rating in jeopardy

“Moody’s is telling us that we’d better get our fiscal house in order or we are going to be downgraded, which will cost taxpayers dearly in higher interest rates on our bonded indebtedness.” — State Treasurer John Kennedy

Cassidy still pushing EGO Act

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy has hit the ground running with some very important legislation that undertakes the people’s business and addresses the scourge of privilege in our nation’s capital.

'Send Boudreaux to BR'

Gerald Boudreaux launched his campaign for the state Senate District 24 seat during a packed-house event Friday in Carencro.

Uber rolls into Lafayette

Lafayette has joined the ridesharing revolution with the arrival of Uber, bringing another option for residents in need of a ride.

Tikia faces ethics charges in LPSB's 'Saintsgate'

The Louisiana Board of Ethics has charged Rina Tikia, a former insurance consultant for the Lafayette Parish School Board, for giving a board member tickets to a New Orleans Saints game.

Will Gayle Benson be haunted by her past?

In a previous life, before becoming Mrs. Tom Benson — wife of the billionaire owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans — Gayle Benson was an interior designer with a penchant for getting sued.

Tragedy strikes twice for Lomas family

Over the weekend, Lance Lomas lost his life in a ATV accident in St. Landry Parish; but making this story even more tragic is the eerie similarity between his death and that of his brother Lon Lomas six months earlier.

Council moves forward on Four Corners

The City-Parish Council, following at-times energetic discussion and input from residents, voted 7-1 Tuesday night in favor of an ordinance to acquire the Less Pay Motel at Four Corners to raze the blighted property and construct a police substation and public plaza in its place.

Picou signs on as airport director

The Lafourche Parish native, who most recently served as deputy director of aviation in Amarillo, Texas, agreed to the $125,000-per-year post following a unanimous vote of the commission that oversees airport operations.

Voter group questions council action

The local chapter of the League of Women Voters takes aim at a recent council override of a vote by the Lafayette Public Utilities Authority.

Sheriff 2015 hopefuls already lining up

With the dust barely settled since Mike Neustrom went public with news this would be his last term as sheriff, it didn’t take long for a cast of candidates to start lining up to take the job.

Pope faces Ethics fine for late filing

The most interesting nugget to come from the new city marshal’s late report was that NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, a standout at LSU who has long had an interest in law enforcement, donated the maximum $2,500 to Pope’s campaign.

Louisiana's new and awesome historical archive

A most valuable resource for seeing into Louisiana’s past is slated for launch next week as LPB President Beth Courtney and Secretary of State Tom Schedler unveil the Louisiana Digital Media Archive.

10-year sentence for Daniel Stanford

The federal Curious Goods conspiracy case came to close once and for all Thursday with the sentencing of Lafayette criminal defense attorney Daniel Stanford.

Schedler: Jindal cuts ‘daunting’

Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler is scrambling to figure out how to absorb a proposed $3.8 million mid-year budget cut Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office is forcing on his office.

Bossier Parish: Louisiana's own Peyton Place

So, you think Bossier City is a sleepy suburban community in Louisiana's Bible Belt, where people go to church potlucks on Sundays and then to work on Mondays, right? Well, think again.

Even Obama knows the awesomeness of LUS Fiber

It’s not just Lafayette residents who now know that our city’s so-called “gamble” on fiber has paid out big time over the last seven or so years; President Barack Obama knows it too.

Goats!

There are 122 in Lafayette Parish — a fact that is utterly trivial, and if this story gets more clicks than our hard news, our managing editor will shave his head with a cheese grater.

KATC returns to DIRECTV

The Cordillera Broadcasting-owned ABC affiliate has returned to the satellite television provider after the two sides hammered out an agreement on the retransmission fee paid by DIRECTV.

Former St. Landry Parish president arrested

Don Menard, the former two-term president of St. Landry Parish, has bonded out of the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center after being arrested on a charge of issuing worthless checks.

Chief Craft comments on most violent ranking

Mulling a run for sheriff, the police chief disputes a recent blog citing Lafayette as a main contributor to Louisiana's ranking as the nation’s fifth most dangerous state.

Bill Cosby's Lafayette appearance is still a go

Comedian Bill Cosby is back on the road and will be heading to Lafayette in February, despite allegations of drugging and sexually assaulting dozens of women over the last several decades.

Cydra Wingerter named Durel's new assistant

As Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel embarks on his last year in office, a new assistant has been named to help accomplish his remaining goals for the community.

LCG targets Less Pay

The City-Parish Council on Tuesday passed an introductory ordinance that, if approved in a final vote in two weeks, would authorize local government to negotiate with the Less Pay Motel owner to purchase the property or expropriate it.

Donations being accepted for Gobert Burn Fund

Local non-profit 232-HELP is collecting donations for the Gobert family after the tragic Christmas Eve fire that took the life of 13-year-old Brandon Gobert and severely injured his father, Milton.

La. ranked 5th most violent state

As violent crime rates drop across the nation, Louisiana has proven one of the few exceptions, receiving a top five ranking among the country’s most dangerous states.

Dee Stanley makes it official

Lafayette Consolidated Government’s chief administrative officer and longtime right-hand man to City-Parish President Joey Durel announces what everyone has known for months: He will seek his term-limited boss’ job in the election this fall.

Ensuring Downtown's safety must be a priority

Two recent attacks have left a black eye on the nightlife scene in Downtown Lafayette, but restoring safety to the area is doable, it’ll just take a commitment from the City-Parish Council.

KATC, DIRECTV dig in heels

The local ABC affiliate is currently blocked from DIRECTV as the two sides try to settle a dispute over a retransmission fee.

Bourque to grads: Work for change

If you read one thing today, make it this — the former Louisiana poet laureate’s Dec. 26 commencement address to UL graduates.

Local graphic designer brutally assaulted Downtown

The tireless efforts of one Jefferson Street business owner to find the man responsible for the recent early-morning assault on Andre Broussard has quickly morphed into an effort at making Downtown Lafayette safer.

Motorist armed with firecrackers takes aim at protestors

At Saturday’s police reform march along Ambassador Caffery, protestors were greeted to everything from honking horns to middle fingers, with some participants even becoming target practice for a crazed motorist armed with a handful of firecrackers.

More trouble ahead for embattled Crowley PD?

It was Sunday, May 25, when J. Clay LeJeune and his wife Mitzi Mayeaux were about to sit down for a meal with their teenage daughter, but that meal would never be eaten thanks to a surprise visit by the Crowley PD.

Police reform movement arrives in Acadiana

From the frustration over the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and subsequent grand jury decisions clearing the involved officers, there’s a growing voice rising up throughout this country in protest of America’s police forces, and it’s starting to be heard here in Acadiana too.

Whitney leads the liars

State Rep. Lenar Whitney's unintentionally funny campaign video, “Global Warming is a Hoax,” is the top vote-getter in PolitiFact.com’s 2014 reader poll for top lie of the year.

Cravins outed for role in far-reaching conspiracy

It wasn’t long ago when Don Cravins Sr. — a former state senator and soon-to-be former mayor of Opelousas — stood before a crowd inside the Clifton Chenier Center and defended his political ethics.

‘Straight’ bar inspires entrepreneur

Remember our stories about Barcode, the Jefferson Street drinking hole that ripped off the logo of a gay bar in Virginia and has since painted over the “gay” part of the sign?

American Zombie posts epic, spot-on rant

In the latest post on his blog, the New Orleans investigative reporter almost sounds like he’s ready to quit out of frustration with the staggering level of corruption we in Louisiana have become so depressingly blasé about.

Lafayette protestors march on ArtWalk

In recent weeks, the solidarity movement sparked by the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner has spread to cities across the country; it finally hit Lafayette over the weekend with a march protesting the rise in excessive force incidents involving police.

Is LPD backpedaling on body cams?

The Lafayette Police Department is testing out various types of officer-mounted body cameras, but despite overwhelming evidence and expert opinions about the benefits in terms of evidence collection, department higher-ups appear more skeptical than anything.

Welch fires back with lawsuit against LPSS

After helping put an end to the graft and corruption that had long plagued the LPSS maintenance department, Thad Welch was rewarded with his termination; he filed suit Friday.

Lafayette teachers win back-pay dispute with board

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has sided with a pair of teachers and against the Lafayette Parish School Board in a back-pay dispute that, if the ruling holds, will net the teachers thousands of dollars in compensation.

‘Straight’ bar: straight out of business

What happens after you rip off the logo of a gay bar in Richmond, Va., folks assume you’re a gay bar, you post a status update to your Facebook page clarifying that you’re a “straight bar” and social media slams you for it?

The rift that keeps on giving

It’s been nearly a month since the Lafayette Parish School Board canned former Superintendent Pat Cooper, but, lo, the acrid scent of enmity continues to clog the Hub City’s collective nasal passage.

Candidate Brian Pope ignores the rules — again

Lafayette City Marshal candidate Brian Pope was supposed to have filed his personal financial disclosure documents with the Louisiana Ethics Administration three days after qualifying.

Why the election matters for women

In a state where one in four women are affected by domestic violence - where women can expect to earn less than men in almost every occupation, right out of college - it‘s critical for women to vote carefully.

La. La. Land: Guillory's stunning bigotry

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Mann: Guillorys stunning bigotry DEC 1 If Elbert Guillory had Bob Mann on his Christmas card list, he can probably save a stamp. In this...

Lafayette Parish is getting tough on litter

The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs. The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish...

LaPESC survey a bust

Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year. It's back to the drawing board for the Lafayette...

Alleged cop killer deemed mentally unfit for trial

Thinking himself the "son of God," the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental...

Wilson Viator to the rescue!

The Ethics Board gives the lame duck Youngsville mayor permission to offer a sweet parting gift to the community he's presided over for three terms. Outgoing Younsville Mayor Wilson Viator will donate...

Jerry Lee Comeaux dies

A legend in the Acadiana Oil Patch, Comeaux died Monday, Nov. 17. A legend in the Acadiana Oil Patch, Jerry Lee Comeaux died Monday, Nov. 17. A lifelong resident of Lafayette and former board member...

Early voting commences Saturday

Early voting for the runoff is shortened by two days because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Early voting for the Saturday, Dec. 6 runoff election begins this Saturday, Nov. 22, and runs through...

The Wit & Wisdom of ‘Coach Don' pt. 7

"Coach Don" Gagnard is running for school board. Today he offers his critique of the socioeconomic relationship between government subsidies and obesity. "Coach Don" Gagnard is...

Noted chef Hallman Woods III dies

Former Le Rosier chef who cooked at the James Beard House and was named one of the "Best New Chefs in America" by Food & Wine magazine in 1995 was 48. Noted New Iberia chef Lambert...

‘Tiger captor' Sandlin gets reprieve

A national animal rights group has been rebuffed by a Baton Rouge district court judge, although the group might still get its day in court. A national animal rights group seeking to overturn a state...

The Wit & Wisdom of ‘Coach Don' pt. 6

"Coach Don" Gagnard is running for school board. Today he ruminates on the work ethic of the poor. "Coach Don" Gagnard is running for school board. Today he ruminates on the work...

LCG seeks portion of Ridge

The deal, if approved by the council on Tuesday, would shore up funding for an interstate-grade interchange at Verot School Road and Highway 90. The City-Parish Council will vote Tuesday on an...

La. La. Land: Are you a grammar nazi?

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! ARE THERE SOME GRAMMATICAL ERRORS UP WITH WHICH YOU WILL NOT PUT? NOV 14 Here's an amusing post from columnist Jarvis DeBerry. In it, he's...

The Wit & Wisdom of ‘Coach Don' pt. 4

"Coach Don" Gagnard is running for school board. Today he shares a meditation on the Affordable Care Act. "Coach Don" Gagnard is running for school board. Today he shares a...

The Wit & Wisdom of ‘Coach Don' pt. 3

"Coach Don" Gagnard is running for school board. Today he shares his thoughts on America's social-safety net. "Coach Don" Gagnard is running for school board. Today he shares his...

The Wit & Wisdom of ‘Coach Don' pt. 2

"Coach Don" Gagnard is running for school board. Today he shares his keen insights on the executive branch of the federal government. "Coach Don" Gagnard is running for school...

LPSB picks Cooper's temporary replacement

The LPSB has named an interim replacement following the termination of Superintendent Pat Cooper. The LPSB has named an interim replacement following the termination of Superintendent Pat Cooper. At a...

The Wit & Wisdom of 'Coach Don' pt. 1

'Coach Don' Gagnard is running for school board. Today he offers an insight on tolerance and citizenship. 'Coach Don' Gagnard is running for school board. Today he offers an insight on tolerance and...

Fake weed puts 18 in the hospital

Putting the kibosh on Curious Goods' sell of "Mr. Miyagi" has done little to curb the abuse of synthetic marijuana among locals. Putting the kibosh on Curious Goods' sell of "Mr....

'Coach Don' enters damage control mode, sorta

After being outed by The IND for a series of bigoted gems of social media "wisdom" - and defending those positions in a follow-up interview with KATC TV3 - District 1 school board candidate "Coach" Don Gagnard's Facebook account is no more.

Judge upholds bar suspension

In an interesting twist, the suspension of Jersey's liquor license would have ended Tuesday, but the settlement hammered out in court between ATC and the bar now prevents the former owner/manager from...

Civil rights leaders headed to New Iberia for protest

The Rev. Al Sharpton is slated for a return to Louisiana making a stop Saturday in New Iberia to demand justice in the mysterious death of Victor White III. The Rev. Al Sharpton is slated for a return...

Big surprise: board cans Cooper

His mind so made up long in advance of the "disciplinary hearing," board President Hunter Beasley slipped up and tried to adjourn the meeting before the vote to fire the superintendent even...

Picard: Pope, Judice 'haven't earned my vote'

Earl "Nickey" Picard says when the Dec. 6 runoff rolls around to decide who will take his place as Lafayette City Marshal, he won't be voting for Kip Judice or Brian Pope. Earl...

Chris Williams & co. make out like bandits

This year's candidate endorsements from Chris Williams' political machine, the United Ballot, were released late last week to the residents of Lafayette's third and fourth political districts. This...

Unsure where to vote? Here's how to find out

Twenty-six polling locations in Lafayette Parish have changed since the last election. Twenty-six polling locations in Lafayette Parish have changed since the last election. The IND has gotten calls...

Empower PAC's recommendations for LPSB

There's no doubt, the Lafayette Parish School Board elections are among the most important facing voters as they head to the polls today. There's no doubt, the Lafayette Parish School Board elections...

ESA one of La.'s best private schools

Episcopal School of Acadiana placed among the best private schools in Louisiana in a ranking released Monday by Niche.com. Episcopal School of Acadiana placed among the best private schools in...

La. La. Land: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! GRACE TALLIES THE BEST AND WORST NOV 3 Columnist Stephanie Grace gives us her scorecard of the best and worst of this campaign (so far)...

Most expensive DA race in history

Mike Harson's coffers show the advantage of incumbency. The race for district attorney in Louisiana's 15th Judicial District is unquestionably the most costly in history, and the latest campaign...

Verot widening on tap?

The Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote on an ordinance for final adoption Tuesday that, if approved, would give the city the green light to take over a stretch of Verot School Road from the state...

Advertiser: Stutes DA man

Paper cites the former ADA's "experience as a prosecutor, his demonstrated integrity, and his ideas for reshaping the [DA's] office" in urging voters to support Keith Stutes Nov. 4. The...

No Fun League puts kibosh on Downtown party

Saints fans were to gather, make merry, eat/drink compliments of a new Downtown group and watch the Saints beat Carolina and claim 1st place in the NFC South. But... Heil Shitler! The National...

Acadiana vet dead in apparent triple murder-suicide

Dr. Emily Champion was found shot to death inside the Trigg County, Ky., home of her parents, who were also killed. A 31-year-old equine veterinarian who practiced in Sunset and served as the track...

Cooper digs in

The Lafayette superintendent insists the budget is illegal and vows to fight on. [Editor's Note: Superintendent Pat Cooper has expanded on the statement he released Thursday regarding District Judge...

Politico: Landrieu gettin' it done

You may not like all of "it," but U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, unlike many of her colleagues, isn't sitting around twiddling her thumbs in Congress. This week Politico published an infographic...

La. La. Land - Aswell has the Picture

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! ASWELL HAS THE PICTURE OCT 23 Blogger Tom Aswell posts the photo that started making the rounds of the Facebook this week; it shows...

Cooper responds to ‘black mafia' brouhaha

"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children." Superintendent Pat Cooper has released a...

La. La. Land - Prosperity v. Planet

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! CANADIAN PAPER BOILS IT DOWN OCT 20 The Globe and Mail, a Canadian paper, has posted its story on Louisiana's coastal loss here. In it,...

Beasley's tee tiny war chest

Will $400 be enough for the re-election campaign of LPSB's Hunter Beasley to overcome two years of holding our school system hostage and hurting the education of our children all because of a...

Supreme Court: Act 1 is legit

It's been decided: Superintendents of Louisiana's public school system will retain the controversial powers granted by Act 1 of the 2012 session. Superintendent Pat Cooper It's been decided:...

Kennedy begs to differ in budget fracas

Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy has a bone to pick with the Jindal administration, which recently - surprise! - announced that the state ended the most recent budget year with a $178.5 million dollar...

Cockerham gets his reelection bid back on track

Despite the hype and potential misinformation to have spread in the wake of Mark Cockerham's recent departure from the LPSB, his candidacy for reelection is still on - now with the backing of the...

La. La. Land: The Guardian's coastal loss story

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! GUARDIAN'S COASTAL LOSS STORY OCT 15 The Guardian, a UK newspaper, produces its own Louisiana coastal loss story here. Louisiana "is losing land to the sea...

Forget ebola ash - it's the Romanian Mafia!

No, seriously, the state says today cops nabbed seven people suspected of being "members and affiliates of Romanian organized crime." In Lafayette. No, seriously, state Attorney General...

La. La. Land - That's a lot of couch change!

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! THAT'S A LOT OF CHANGE TO FIND IN THE COUCH! OCT 13 Blogger CB Forgotston is taking a look at the alleged (miraculous) surplus announced...

Vermilion River gains new allies

A new initiative called the Vermilion River Alliance has formed to give the waterway new protections in the vein of the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper.

BESE's Boffy backs Centanni for LPSB

Justin Centanni has pulled down another endorsement for his bid for District 6 of the school board, this time from BESE board member Holly Boffy. Justin Centanni has pulled down another endorsement...

Cooper's fate in hands of the 15th JDC

The future of Superintendent Pat Cooper's tenure with the LPSS now lies in the hands of Judge Durwood Conque of the 15th JDC. The future of Superintendent Pat Cooper's tenure with the Lafayette...

Knezek scores Empower PAC endorsement

The chamber's Empower PAC has weighed in on the District 8 LPSB race, throwing its support behind challenger Erick Knezek. The chamber's Empower PAC has weighed in on the Lafayette Parish School...

La. La. Land - More sex advice from duck people

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! More sex advice from duck people OCT 9 Here's more sage advice from the man whose qualifications appear to be his ability to make duck...

Empower PAC backs Cobb for school board

The chamber's political action committee has come out in support of Shelton Cobb's re-election bid for LPSB's District 3 seat. LPSB's Shelton Cobb The chamber's political action committee has come...

La. La. Land - Still no gay marriage in Louisiana

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! STILL NO GAY MARRIAGE IN LOUISIANA OCT 8 Here's a post from Richard Burgess on the Advocate about how the Supreme Court's decision...

Redevelopment resolution goes to council

"I just want to know we are negotiating in good faith." - City-Parish President Joey Durel The old federal courthouse Downtown, left, and the Lesspay Motel at Four Corners The LCG Council...

Scott Angelle's angle

The PSC's Scott Angelle, a Breaux Bridge Republican, changed the dynamic of the 2015 governor's race Oct. 2 when he decided the contest needed a major candidate from Acadiana - Angelle...

Bang bang boudin!

The notion of a restaurant offering its gun-packing diners a discount has prompted Advocate columnist James Gill to look into his crystal ball, and what he sees is downright tragic. The notion of a...

Here's the preliminary Cooper report

Draft investigative report created by "independent" investigator/prosecutor/star witness finally sees the light of day. Attorney Dennis Blunt: laughing all the way to the bank The draft...

Road rage on the basin

A late night crash on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge nearly turned deadly when one motorist allegedly retaliated with gunshots. Cahafer Benjamin A late night crash on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge...

LUS Fiber praised by FCC chair

The little network that could right here in Lafayette is held up as a beacon for competition and expanding access to high-speed broadband. Tom Wheeler The National Association of Telecommunications...

La. La. Land - What about Matthew 19:24 Bobby?

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! BOBBY AND HOBBY LOBBY OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be...

Poll Position

Is Mary fading as Vitter solidifies his lock on the fourth floor? Is Mary fading as Vitter solidifies his lock on the fourth floor? U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will make the December runoff following the...

Voter registration deadline looms

Citizens, you have less than a week to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election. Remember, if you don't vote you can't complain about the outcome. Well, you can but it's kind of hypocritical. The last...

EarthShare Gardens is back

After being forced out by its former landlords last year, the community garden has a new location and a 10-year lease. After being forced out by its former landlords last year, EarthShare Gardens has...

Oh, brother! Kermit Harson supporting Stutes

"[Mike] is no longer the energetic ADA that his recent ad is trying to portray. I just think Mike needs to get the hell out." - Kermit Harson, DA Mike Harson's brother An oversized...

La. La. Land - Lamar has a point!

Friday's blogs from the bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! LAMAR HAS A POINT HERE SEP 26 Here's a little something blogger Lamar White Jr. posted Thursday. It's a side-by-side of a recent image of...

C'est what? Juneau, Barbier break bread?

The American Zombie blog by New Orleans independent journalist Jason Berry has a photograph of U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier having dinner with Lafayette attorney Pat Juneau - yeah, that Pat...

La. La. Land - So... We like monopolies and pizza?

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! SO, WE LIKE MONOPOLIES AND PIZZA? SEP 25 Here's an interesting story from the Point Blank blog about internet searches by state; this...

La. La. Land - Vitter's off the deep end

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! VITTER'S OFF THE DEEP END SEP 24 Here's a post on Breitbart in which our Sen. David Vitter is heard saying that, until he receives...

Empower PAC backs Centanni for school board

The Chamber's Empower PAC is throwing its support behind Justin Centanni in his bid for the District 6 seat on the LPSB. Justin Centanni The Chamber's Empower PAC is throwing its support behind...

Go ahead, Ed, make my day!

Numerous local media outlets are reporting that State District Judge Ed Rubin has ruled unconstitutional the state's ban on same-sex marriage. State District Judge Ed Rubin On Monday State District...

Hidalgo scores endorsements from Acadiana leges

With the turmoil raging and our school system continuing to hold on by a thread in anticipation of November's elections, several Acadiana's legislators are throwing their names and their support...

Next week: 3 days, 3 forums, 20 LPSB candidates

The LPSB races are sure to get heated between now and Nov. 4, and with only 9 available seats, this year's field of 20 candidates will surely be wanting to set themselves apart from the crowd early;...

Southside solons endorse Knezek

The campaign announced that Rep. Stuart Bishop of District 43 and Nancy Landry, District 31, have thrown their support behind the Naval Academy graduate and entrepreneur in his bid to unseat current...

La. La. Land - What to do about ISIS?

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! WHAT TO DO ABOUT ISIS? SEP 20 Jim Brown is blogging about ISIS and the Middle East in this week's post. Mostly, he's posing questions...

Amid OWI scandal, Harson sneaks in a raise

The feds converge on your office, seizing records on several employees as part of a pay-for-plea investigation. WWYD? If you're Mike Harson, you give yourself a $12k raise. In February 2012 Mike...

Tax consolidation goes before council

The Lafayette City-Parish Council is expected to decide tonight (Tuesday) whether to go along with a proposal City-Parish President Joey Durel made in February's State of the Parish Address and...

LPSB, Cooper to resume budget dance tonight

The superintendent will make another go at getting a budget passed for the already commenced fiscal year as the LPSB is slated to meet tonight on the eve of the state's budget adoption deadline. The...

La. La. Land - We need the clean power plan

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! HONORE: WE NEED THE CLEAN POWER PLAN SEP 15 Russel Honore, retired U.S. Army lieutenant general and commander of the Green Army, pens this...

Alison Neustrom: a beautiful soul

If you didn't know Alison, Sheriff Mike Neustrom's 42-year-old daughter who died Wednesday after battling cancer for a year, you missed out on something really special. If you didn't know Alison...

3 OWIs, 1 dead and only 1 year in prison; seriously?

Tyson Dupuis accumulated three OWI arrests in less than 10 years, with his most recent resulting in the death of an 18-year-old Crowley woman in 2011, yet his punishment would only amount to a year in...

Judge Haik assuming senior status in March

The timing of U.S. District Judge Richard Haik's semi-retirement paves the way for a Dem, and perhaps the first African American, to serve the Western District.

La. La. Land - Cassidy won't debate

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! CASSIDY STANDS BY COMMENT, BUT WON'T DEBATE SEP 11 You have to wonder about these people who can't stop telling you how smart they are...

C'est what, Bill Cassidy?

About a week after mistakenly using a Twitter hashtag for the Cincinnati Bengals to wish the New Orleans Saints good luck, the Cassidy camp refers to the EPA as the "Energy Protection...

Coroner's cooler on the fritz

When we got the emergency-meeting agenda via email today we thought, "Hmmm ... cooler on the blink ... coroner ... corpses ... this could be bad." Stock Photo The City-Parish Council will...

Lawsuit against Cockerham gets stranger

The attorney representing LPSB member Mark Cockerham in a lawsuit calling for the vacancy of his District 7 seat is questioning an attempt to expedite the process. [CORRECTION: This story has been...

La. La. Land - Don't Ride with CB

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! DON'T RIDE WITH CB SEP 10 Blogger CB Forgotston isn't impressed with the legal opinion provided to the board that oversees State...

Judge Bouillion can't be too worried about Joe Riley

If Joe Riley is as indecisive on the bench as he was about what office he would seek, we'll all be in big trouble. Joe Riley II When Joe Riley II arrived at the Lafayette Parish courthouse on Aug....

Former U.S. attorneys 'fed up' with DA Mike Harson

"Ask your friends and neighbors in law enforcement and they'll tell you who to vote for, and that person is Keith Stutes, our next DA." Mike Skinner, the former Democratic U.S. attorney for...

Another dead at the hands of local police

Robert Minjarez Jr. was a drug addict, but that's not what killed him, according to a recently released autopsy by the Lafayette Parish Coroner, which shows his death resulted from the forceful manner...

La. La. Land - Losing the Boot

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! GETTING REAL ABOUT THE BOOT SEP 9 Here's an exhaustive piece on coastal loss by Brett Anderson in Matter Magazine. There is lots of...

Race tightens between Landrieu and Cassidy

Rasmussen poll shows Cassidy leading by 3 points. A new Rasmussen Reports poll shows U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy with a slight edge over incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, chairwoman of the Senate...

La. La. Land - Jindal's Kiss of Death

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! POLL: JINDAL'S SUPPORT KISS OF DEATH SEP 5 A recent poll in the 5th Congressional District race, reported here by the Picayune, indicates...

DTA adds Wi-Fi for Fall 2014

Downtown Lafayette Unlimited announced Thursday that LUS Fiber-powered high-speed WiFi is coming to Parc International and Parc Sans Souci just in time for the commencement of the Fall 2014 concert...

La. La. Land - Vitter 'pandering' to polluters

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! VITTER "PANDERING" TO POLLUTERS SEP 4 This post on The Lens calls Sen. David Vitter on his recent attack on proposed EPA...

La. gay marriage ban upheld

A federal judge in New Orleans has upheld both Louisiana's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage as well as the state's refusal to recognized such marriages performed in states where it is legal. A...

Cockerham's re-election bid should be in the clear

The lawsuit over his District 7 residency will likely boil down to how the court interprets a state law dealing with reapportionment. District 7 school board member Mark Cockerham The lawsuit...

La. La. Land - Defense of Amendment Comical

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! CB: DEFENSE OF EDMONSON AMENDMENT COMICAL SEP 3 Blogger CB Forgotston is getting a kick out of the PR campaign that was launched to...

Feds investigating Victor White III death

The circumstances surrounding the death last March while in the backseat of a sheriff's cruiser of Victor White III, long a source of dispute by White's family, have earned an investigation by federal...

Curious lawsuit filed against LPSB's Cockerham

An attorney signs up to run against LPSB's Mark Cockerham, and within a week a lawsuit is filed by a former LPSS employee in an attempt to disqualify him. Coincidence? Zooming in on the current...

La. La. Land - Banshee moves production to La.

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! 'BANSHEE' MOVES PRODUCTION TO LOUISIANA SEP 2 North Carolina's film tax incentive is about to expire, and Louisiana is getting the first...

Bouillion to seek re-election

Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994. Lafayette City-Court...

Daniel Stanford case goes to jury

High-profile criminal defense attorney Daniel Stanford awaits his fate in the Curious Goods conspiracy trial. Attorney Daniel Stanford Thursday afternoon the jury in the federal Curious Goods...

No helper monkey for you!

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is set to put the kibosh on the legal ownership of monkeys trained to help the disabled, and the agency wants to know what you think. The Louisiana...

La. La. Land - ALEC and the OGB

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! More info on the OGB mess from Aswell AUG 28 As the controversy surrounding the Office of Group Benefits intensifies, blogger Tom Aswell...

Lafayette school on lockdown

Authorities are investigating a report that a student there warned the principal of impending violence similar to that depicted in the movie "The Purge." KATC is reporting that the W.D....

La. La. Land - Vitter's no Jindal

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! VITTER'S NO JINDAL AUG 27 Columnist Stephanie Grace is writing about those bosom buddies (not), Bobby Jindal and David Vitter, in this...

La. La. Land - A face palm on Slap Ya Mama

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! IAN: NFL FACEPALM ON SLAP YA MAMA AUG 26 Here's blogger Ian McGibboney's take on the great NFL-Slap Ya Mama controversy of 2014. Ian's...

New PACs surface in Senate race

Incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her lead GOP challenger Congressman Bill Cassidy are running close when it comes to money. Landrieu has $5.5 million to Cassidy's $5.6 million in the bank. U.S....

Jindal being watched closely as exit approaches

With expectations mounting that Gov. Bobby Jindal will soon announce his campaign for president, attention is turning to not only who he will bring along with him but also what will transpire...

La., Texas own 'dangerous' diet ranking

Seven of the 11 U.S. cities in a new ranking of "most dangerous diets" are in the Bayou and Lone Star states, but the ranking is more about poverty than fried oysters. Long known for the...

20 LPSB candidates now racing for November

With qualifying over, the start of campaign season is official, and for the Lafayette Parish School Board, the race toward Nov. 4 will pit 20 candidates in battles for all 9 of the district's...

Lessig inveighs against money in politics at Top 50

"Candidates for Congress and members of Congress spend between 30 and 70 percent of their time raising money to get back to Congress or to get their party back into power." There are...

La. La. Land - Another verse, same as the first!

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! MANN: ANOTHER VERSE, SAME AS THE FIRST! AUG 22 Blogger Robert Mann is writing about the so-called Edmonson Amendment in this post, and he's...

La. La. Land - $140 an hour? Really?

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! $140 AN HOUR? REALLY? AUG 21 Tom Aswell is telling us about another "efficiency" contract the state has signed. This one is...

Memorial set for Spider Guidry

Friends and family will celebrate Spider's life in September. A memorial service has been set for Milton "Spider" Guidry, the popular, 61-year-old man-about-town, lounge singer and host of...

Confident Cooper addresses Top 50 crowd

Superintendent tells crowd he'd just emerged from a four-hour meeting with the attorney hired to investigate him. In a brief address at Wednesday's Top 50 luncheon, which featured keynote speaker...

La. La. Land - Hump Day Ridiculousness

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! HUMP DAY RIDICULOUSNESS AUG 20 Here's a Gambit post that's nothing but an entertaining waste of time. Sarah Baird has taken it upon...

Horse Farm ‘fly-over' is worth seeing

Visualize Lafayette's next great thing from 3,000 feet. We've been meaning to post this video since last week. Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit that is currently raising funds and planning...

Tea Party ‘shocked and outraged' by Vitter

The Tea Party of Louisiana is calling Sen. David Vitter a "turncoat" for his newfound embrace of Common Core educational standards. The Tea Party of Louisiana is calling Sen. David Vitter a...

Breaux seeking judicial seat

Lafayette attorney Michelle Meaux-Breaux has announced her plans to seek the Division E seat for judge in the 15th Judicial District. Lafayette attorney Michelle Meaux-Breaux has announced her plans...

'Pal Spidey' dies in Calif.

A card-carrying member of Lafayette's "tribe," Milton "Spider" Guidry died over the weekend. IND music writer Nick Pittman remembers the character and the man. Milton...

La. La. Land - State Police do what??

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! STATE POLICE DO WHAT?? AUG 18 This post by blogger CB Forgotston is pretty appalling. He's telling us of special "services"...

La. La. Land - That creepy new FB app

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! EAST ON THE CREEPY NEW FACEBOOK APP AUG 15 In this post on DIG Magazine, blogger Katie East is talking about that new messenger app that...

This week in Oh For Krissake What The Hell!

C-P councilmen sponsor a resolution in support of the notion that one should subscribe to Tea Party ideas about civics before being allowed to seek public office. When Moses descended the mount with...

ATC targets sales to minors

More than three dozen restaurants, bars, convenience stores and supermarkets in Lafayette Parish are facing fines in connection with the state office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control's 2014 "Summer...

La. La. Land: Robin Williams and Depression

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! IAN ON ROBIN WILLIAMS AND DEPRESSION AUG 14 If anything good has come from the death of Robin Williams, it is that we are having a...

A look at who's running for school board

Election season is upon us, and for the LPSB, the lineup of candidates is quickly growing. Justin Centanni, District 6 school board candidate Election season is upon us, and for the Lafayette...

Suspect indicted in UL bomb scare

Thirty-year-old Devin Haywood of Lafayette is facing one count of using a facility in interstate commerce to willfully make a threat or maliciously convey false information and one count of attempted...

La. La. Land - Tulane Doctor Explains Ebola

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! TULANE DOC TALKS ABOUT EBOLA AUG 13 If you're worried about Ebola, here's a NOLA Defender interview with an expert at the Tulane...

McAllister treads water; Boustany flush with cash

According to many observers, the scandal-scarred McAllister is the only vulnerable incumbent in the state's House delegation. U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, is second among Louisiana's House...

Feminist group targets NOLA tourists

Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport has rejected a bid by a national women's rights group to place a billboard within the airport highlighting Louisiana's poor record on equality. The...

DA won't investigate clergy sex abuse claims

District Attorney Mike Harson says unless a victim comes forward, his office will not launch an investigation into recently uncovered allegations of sexual abuse by a priest from the Diocese of...

La. La. Land - Son of a Gun arrested

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! REALITY 'STAR' BOOKED ON MOLESTATION CHARGES AUG 12 A guy featured on the "Sons of Guns" program on Discovery was arrested for...

Davis seeks to expedite lawsuit against LPSB

The application is for a preliminary injunction hearing to bring an end to the stalemate over this year's budget approval process. An application to expedite the lawsuit against the Lafayette Parish...

Vitter auditioning for History Channel?

The junior senator from Louisiana deserves his own series, "Fossil-Fueled Conspiracies." Photo Illustration Sen. David Vitter injected serotonin into the conservative blogosphere recently...

Analysis: Landrieu's clout pitch has a weakness

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu wants her ascension to the chairmanship of the Senate's energy committee to showcase her seniority and ability to champion Louisiana issues in Washington as she tries to...

Jindal lays out his Christian bona fides in Iowa

Gov. Bobby Jindal was in Iowa again over the weekend, this time with a message of how big a Christian he is. Gov. Bobby Jindal was in Iowa again over the weekend, this time with a message of how big a...

La. La. Land - Snakes Everywhere

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! SNAKES EVERYWHERE! AUG 11 Columnist Clancy DuBos gives his take on the Edmonson Amendment in this post, comparing it to a snake...

Gardens to bloom in Freetown, McComb

With an assist from LCG, neighborhood coteries in historic neighborhoods have broken ground on communities gardens - and you can help. Residents and students in UL's SOUL Camp prepare the...

Cockerham makes it official

Lafayette Parish School Board member Mark Cockerham confirmed expectations Friday with an announcement that he'll be defending his District 7 seat come November. District 7 school board member Mark...

La. La. Land - Tweedledee and Tweedledum

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! GILL: VITTER IS TWEEDLEDEE TO JINDAL'S TWEEDLEDUM AUG 8 Columnist James Gill is aiming his rapier wit at David Vitter again. This time, he's...

Six sentenced in Desperado's case

Six people including a former co-owner of Desperado's Cabaret strip club in Carencro were sentenced Thursday for their role in a racketeering and drug-selling scheme at the club. Six people including...

DDA, locals race to save historic building

Supporters have managed to delay demolition, but the wrecking ball could be on site any day. [Correction: There will not be a candlelight vigil Friday night at the site; that event will take place at...

Stutes outpacing Harson in fundraising

Challenger raises nearly double what incumbent takes in from April 29 to July 27, reducing Mike Harson's cash-on-hand advantage. DA candidate Keith Stutes and wife Carolyn The Keith Stutes campaign...

LPSB refuses discussion on lawsuit threat

Given the chance during Wednesday night's meeting to discuss the threat of a federal lawsuit, the Lafayette Parish School Board decided to ignore the issue, instead opting to go home early. Given the...

Autism advocate Vickie Nettles dies unexpectedly

Nettles died suddenly Wednesday while recovering from gall bladder surgery. [Editor's Note: This story has been updated with information on funeral arrangements.] Photo by Robin May The IND Media...

Officials meet to discuss med school in Lafayette

"I know two things: We need more doctors. No. 2, they're not just going to fall from heaven - we've got to grow them." About 50 government officials, civic leaders and representatives of...

La. La. Land - A bunch of baloney!

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! ASWELL: DHH REPORT IS A BUNCH OF BALONEY AUG 6 Conservative bloggers and Jindal apologists may have swallowed them, but blogger Tom...

Cooper probe could land LPSB in federal court

As a majority of Lafayette Parish School Board members await the results of a board-initiated investigation of Superintendent Pat Cooper and refuse to compromise on the budget, sources tell The IND a...

La. La. Land - Bobby's headed home

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! BOBBY HEADED BACK HOME TO IOWA AUG 5 As soon as he's done telling people in Texas what to do about all those terrible, horrible...

Accused priest uses pulpit to blame victim

The ugly specter of pedophilia has returned to haunt the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, yet on Sunday churchgoers seemed unfazed by allegations that a predator may still be lurking in its...

La. La. Land: Daylight Train Robbery

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! "DAYLIGHT TRAIN ROBBERY BY STATE POLICE" AUG 4 Blogger CB Forgotston says there's no "diplomatic way" to describe what's...

Amid turmoil, Fatima reaches out to families

On the cusp of a new school year, with the fallout from The IND's special report, "What's the Matter at Fatima," still settling, the administration at Our Lady of Fatima is reaching out to...

Lenar Whitney gets a little help from her friends

The Hayride - Louisiana's one-stop shop for far-right perspectives - has come to the defense of state Rep. Lenar Whitney following her embarrassing, early-exit interview last week with Cook Political...

Proof of accused priest's innocence non-existent

The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette says a 1992 investigation cleared the Rev. Gilbert Dutel of pedophilia allegations, yet when asked to produce those records, church officials came up...

Perrin schools Texas solon on ‘coonass'

The former president and longtime board member of the Council on the Development of French in Louisiana has taken a Texas lawmaker to task over his use of the slur "coonass" during a...

State seeks input on new housing program

The state is accepting public comments on a plan that would invest $1 million in a new Homeowner Rehabilitation Program for low- to moderate-income residents whose homes were damaged after Hurricane...

La. La. Land - That emperor is naked!

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! DESHOTELS: THAT EMPEROR IS NAKED AUG 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels takes the gloves off in this post as he writes about education...

UL, LCG seeking bus service expansion

The City-Parish Council on Tuesday will be asked to sign off on an agreement between UL Lafayette and Lafayette Consolidated Government that would expand mass transit opportunities for UL students by...

Even in the billionaire club, La. is ‘poor'

Among the one-percenters nationally, Louisiana's fattest cat is a relative pauper. Saints owner Tom Benson The real estate blog Movoto, borrowing data from Forbes and Celebrity Net Worth (jeez) has...

Mississippi's 'Good Samaritan' abortion doc

Responding to Tuesday's federal appeals court decision to save Mississippi's lone abortion clinic, Esquire magazine profiles the unique story behind one of the doctors working at the clinic in...

La. La. Land - A little thing we call the Facebook

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! A LITTLE SOMETHING WE CALL THE FACEBOOK JUL 31 Blogger Rod Dreher is offering excerpts, as he often does, from a blog he's found...

La. La. Land - Kicking a guy when he's down

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! TALK ABOUT KICKING A GUY WHEN HE'S DOWN JUL 30 "Pranksters" have taken over Ray Nagin's website, the Picayune reports here....

LaPESC announces school board candidate forums

With the qualifying deadline for Lafayette Parish School Board elections quickly approaching, a series of candidate forums have been announced by the Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders...

La. La. Land - *facepalm*

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! *FACEPALM* JUL 29 Saints Quarterback Drew Brees, who clearly is no slouch at public relations, countered any worries about his age by...

NYT: U.S. Chamber to back Landrieu

It wouldn't be a first, however, as the Chamber has thrown money behind Landrieu before. Is the conservative, pro-business U.S. Chamber of Commerce about to endorse Sen. Mary Landrieu's re-election...

La. La. Land - It's not 30K, it's 55K?!

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! WAIT - IT'S NOT 30K IT'S 55K? JUL 27 The news gets worse in the case of the 11th hour bill that added a bunch of money to the retirement...

La. joins Indiana gay marriage suit

Louisiana has joined nine other states in support of Indiana's appeal of a federal judge's ruling that the Hoosier State's ban on sam-sex marriage violates the Constitution. Attorney General Buddy...

Durel submits budget, takes aim at consolidation

"The solutions are obvious: undo consolidation, or amend the charter to make this hybrid attempt at a new form of government work better." City-Parish President Joey Durel submitted at $604...

La. La. Land - Louisiana by the Numbers

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! LOUISIANA BY THE NUMBERS JUL 25 Elliott Stonecipher writes about his specialty in this post on Forward Now: numbers. He's running down...

La. La. Land - All about Mike on his Birthday

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT MIKE ON HIS BIRTHDAY JUL 24 This post on the Red Stick Blog reveals nine facts about Mike the Tiger, the LSU mascot...

La. La. Land - We're the new Hollywood

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! MASHABLE: WE'RE THE NEXT HOLLYWOOD JUL 23 This post on Mashable says Louisiana is poised to be the next (and better) Hollywood. Sure,...

District judges faced with age limit question

Attorneys, judges and others interviewed by LaPolitics expect 15 to 20 district judge races this year. Attorneys, judges and others interviewed by LaPolitics expect 15 to 20 district judge races this...

Several district attorney races expected

"I feel like I'm under siege," an attorney said recently over drinks at Galatoire's Bistro in Baton Rouge. "We all do. Every time I turn around somebody wants a check. District attorney...

The difference between Stanford and Madoff victims

Unlike those swindled by Bernie Madoff, the victims of Texas businessman Robert Allen Stanford's Ponzi scheme won't be getting any relief from the Securities Investor Protection Corp.'s emergency fund...

La. La. Land - A lock to win the conference

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! 'A LOCK TO WIN THE SUN BELT' JUL 22 The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is "a lock" to win the Sun Belt Conference in...

LaPolitics: A bigger minefield for Common Core?

Jeremy Alford is reporting that a group of state lawmakers will file for a declaratory judgement asking a judge to rule on whether the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education followed proper...

La. La. Land - Education Week on our testing abyss

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! EDUCATION WEEK ON OUR 'TESTING ABYSS' JUL 21 Education Week's EdWatch blog takes a look at our current snafu over Common Core in this post....

Garrett to seek judge seat

Attorney Valerie Gotch Garrett will announce on Tuesday that she plans to run for the Division E seat of the 15th Judicial District Court. Garrett Attorney Valerie Gotch Garrett will announce on...

The good and bad from Wednesday's bomb threat

Local, state and federal law enforcement officials spent much of Thursday reviewing their reaction to this week's bomb threat, which led to the closure and evacuation of UL Lafayette and Girard Park,...

Jindal intractable after meeting with White?

Gov. Bobby Jindal appears to remain unmoved by offers of a compromise on procuring testing materials tied to the Common Core based on a terse statement his office released following a meeting Thursday...

La. La. Land - What's up with that Super PAC?

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! WHAT'S UP WITH THAT SUPER PAC? JUL 17 Columnist Jeremy Alford gives us the latest on the super PAC that most believe was created to...

Ethics nixes cops' bid for LPCD director

Two members of the Lafayette Parish law enforcement community who also serve on the Lafayette Parish Communications District will not be allowed to apply for the paid position of director of the...

Update: UL bomb threat defused

After determining that the two reported bomb-like devices at Girard Park and UL Lafayette this morning were non-explosive, authorities have lifted the barricades, and an investigation into who was...

The abortion TRAP

Anti-abortion advocates are getting "smarter" in their ongoing attack against Roe v. Wade, and in recent years have effectively been employing one of two new tactics, as witnessed in...

Council kicks can on sign ordinance

The Lafayette City-Parish Council Tuesday delayed a finalization vote on amending the zoning ordinance for political signs, deferring the matter to give consolidated government's legal and zoning...

La. La. Land - The horse has left the building

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! CB: THAT HORSE DONE LEFT THE BARN JUL 16 Bobby Jindal's executive order aimed at limiting the state's debt (to what? $3 billion?) is...

Theall to announce re-election bid next week

With one challenger already in campaign mode, 15th Judicial District Judge Susan Theall will be formally launching her bid for re-election next week. With one challenger already in campaign...

La. La. Land - The Bobby who would be king.

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blog from the Bog! BUZZ: THE BOBBY WHO WOULD BE KING JUL 15 The national media may be fawning over Bobby Jindal, but we at home know the real story, Stephen...

Fest seeks input

Love Festival International de Louisiane? Want to help ensure its longevity? Participate in a survey and let Fest know how you feel. Festival International de Louisiane is asking fans (and non fans if...

Two-time LPSB candidate announces a third bid

After two unsuccessful bids for the District 3 seat on the Lafayette Parish School Board, Elroy Broussard has decided to run again, announcing a run against school board member Shelton Cobb. After two...

KATC owns annual AP awards

The Lafayette ABC affiliate dominated in its weight class, bringing home 28 awards including the coveted "Best Newscast" trophy. KATC TV3 was the big dog at Saturday's Louisiana Associated...

La. La. Land - A White School's Winnings

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! A WHITE SCHOOL MAKING MONEY IN INNER CITY JUL 14 Blogger Lamar White Jr. writes a revealing piece here about a (private white) Alexandria...

Memorial ride being held for fallen cyclist

A memorial ride is being held Sunday in memory of cyclist Lon Lomas, who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver early Monday. A memorial ride is being held Sunday in memory of cyclist Lon...

Huebner fires back

KLFY TV10's longtime anchor and investigative reporter Chuck Huebner has responded to his recent termination from the station, confirming that his departure was a long time coming. KLFY TV10's...

La. La. Land - Too incompetent

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! NAGIN WASN'T MASTERMIND, HE'S TOO INCOMPETENT JUL 11 Columnist Clancy DuBos offers former NOLA Mayor Ray Nagin a back-handed compliment in...

Body found inside Jefferson Street antique shop

The Lafayette Police Department setup a roadblock in Freetown this afternoon after a body was discovered inside a nearby antique shop. The Lafayette Police Department setup a roadblock along Jefferson...

Fred Daspit funeral Friday at 2 p.m.

Beloved artist and former professor died Tuesday night after a brief illness. Funeral services for Fred Daspit, the beloved 83-year-old artist and retired UL art history professor who died Tuesday,...

Sign ordinance could get re-think

The council approved an introductory ordinance two weeks ago watering down the zoning ordinance. If it approves it as a final ordinance on Tuesday, well, anyone can put up a sign in their yard or at...

La. La. Land - The bulls are coming!

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! THE BULLS ARE COMING! JUL 10 If you're not busy and you're not up for getting gored by a real bull, the NOLA version of the Running of...

Oh, KLFY, you just can't catch a break!

Poor TV10, once a ratings juggernaut among Lafayette television-news consumers, reduced now to doddering among its ceramic cat collection in a musty TV parlor, muttering about the good old days as it...

Cooper: Board, union giving LPSS 'black eye'

The Lafayette Parish School Board made about $13 million in cuts during Tuesday's special meeting, but what are the repercussions? The Lafayette Parish School Board made about $13 million in cuts...

‘Gay' blood drive planned

Gay and bisexual men, who are banned for life by the FDA from donating blood, are being urged to make a statement Saturday. Gay and bisexual men, who are banned for life by the Food and Drug...

Louisiana: Judicial hellhole or Big Oil's wasteland?

The tumultuous fight between Louisiana landowners and the oil and gas industry over environmental damages and legacy lawsuits is an overly politicized process, which typically results in tainted lands...

Artist, lifelong educator Fred Daspit dies at 83

To know the retired UL art history professor was to love him. Photo by Robin May Fred Daspit with one of his intricate reliquary sculptures Lafayette's arts community lost a brilliant mind and...

Jindal fares poorly in new PPP poll

In spite of the so-called "Jindal Miracle" - AKA smoke and mirrors - Gov. Bobby Jindal remains one of the most unpopular governors in the United States. In spite of the so-called...

Huebner out at KLFY

Chuck Huebner, the veteran anchor and investigative reporter at KLFY TV10, has been fired. [Editor's Note: This story has been adjusted to reflect KLFY General Manager Kenny Lawrence's clarification...

La. La. Land - Say What?

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! SAY WHAT? FOURTH? JUL 8 Here's another one of those pointless lists that we can't stop reading on the interwebs. This one ranks the 50...

Briggs claims the industry is faced with a new enemy

Big Oil mouthpiece Don Briggs is at it again, this time turning his attention away from legacy lawsuits against the industry to the overregulation of the industry. Big Oil mouthpiece Don Briggs is at...

La. La. Land - "No form, no substance."

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! CLANCY: JINDAL HAS NO DEPTH, NO SUBSTANCE JULY 7 Columnist Clancy DuBos says he's finally found the right metaphor for "the shallowness...

Downtown restaurants, bars unite

"From what I can tell, business owners Downtown have been more reactive than proactive in certain areas, and we've never been united in the sense that we can work together." Athena Greek...

Fiddling while Rome burns?

After tediously chipping away, the school board has managed to close the budget gap by $1 million. Now, just $22.5 million left to go (with the new school year barely a month away). Photo by Robin...

La. La. Land - Slick Eddie does Hollywood

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! EWE MOVIE ON THE HORIZON? JUL 3 LaPolitics gives us the latest on Edwin Edwards' biographer, Leo Honeycutt, in this post. Leo has left...

Is Cooper investigator asleep on the job?

In early June, LPSB members were supposed to be contacted by the special attorney hired to investigate Superintendent Pat Cooper. Four board members, however, tell The IND they didn't even hear from...

La. La. Land - Dead Huey Long on Fracking

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! DEAD HUEY ON FRACKING JUL 2 Dead Huey Long answers your questions about fracking in this post on NOLA Defender. If you're unaware,...

Is Guillory planning a run for Congress?

Known for being somewhat of a flip-flopper, state Sen. Elbert Guillory, the Republican-turn-Democrat-turn-Republican, is now considering ditching his bid for lieutenant governor in favor of a run for...

State bar backs marijuana reform

Feeling that lawmakers were ignoring them, marijuana advocates held a rally at the State Capitol last month to gain traction for their chosen issue. Feeling that lawmakers were ignoring them,...

Ethics board targets Quincy Richard Sr.

Just when it appeared things couldn't get any worse for former St. Landry Parish School Board member Quincy Richard Sr. - who's serving a 33-month sentence in federal prison for soliciting a bribe...

An exclusive interview with Gov. Edwin Edwards

Last Thursday, I drove down to Baton Rouge to interview the Cajun Prince, the Silver Fox, former four-term Louisiana governor, former state Supreme Court justice, former U.S. Congressman, former...

La. La. Land - Buzz has Bobby on Hobby Lobby

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! BUZZ HAS BOBBY ON HOBBY LOBBY JUL 1 The staff of Bayou Buzz must have been waiting on Bobby's Hobby Lobby speech with bated breath....

La. candidate gets the Wonkette treatment

State Rep. Lenar Whitney, R-Houma, finds herself in crosshairs of the interwebs' snark central after she posted a ridiculous campaign video. A Sarah Palin wannabe' indeed! Lenar Whitney wants to be...

Sheriff could use a refresher course in history

Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington is a religious man, he enjoys prayer, and he also wants everyone to know about it. Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian...

La. La. Land - An island of blue in a sea of orange

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! AN ISLAND OF BLUE IN A SEA OF ORANGE JUN 30 The New York Times published this map of the US, using color to show the results of a study of...

La. La. Land - The highest in the world

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! OUR INCARCERATION RATE HIGHER THAN EVERYBODY JUN 27 Here's a ranking that should be humiliating for us: this chart on the News.Mic blog...

Has LPSB's Hunter Beasley had a change of heart?

Since becoming president of the Lafayette Parish School Board, Hunter Beasley has been no friend to Superintendent Pat Cooper. LPSB President Hunter Beasley Since becoming president of the...

La. La. Land - Money's Talking

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! ASWELL: MONEY'S TALKING! CAN YOU HEAR IT? JUN 26 Blogger Tom Aswell breaks down the nuts and bolts (or dollars and cents, as the case...

Drunk on moonshine

When Bobby Jindal campaigned for governor in 2007, he railed against cronyism and corruption and promised to implement a new era of fair, honest, and transparent government. When Bobby Jindal...

La. La. Land - Drunk on Moonshine!

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! LAMAR: DRUNK ON MOONSHINE JUN 25 Blogger Lamar White Jr. comments upon our fearless leader's ethics (or lack thereof) in this post....

Vermilion deputy killed on his day off

The city of Abbeville was placed on lock-down Monday after an off-duty Vermilion Parish Sheriff's deputy was shot in front of his home while mowing the grass. Allen Bares Jr. According to this...

La. La. Land - CB doesn't need a nanny!

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! CB: THESE NANNIES ARE FORCING HIM TO GET A PASSPORT JUN 24 Blogger CB Forgotston is grumbling again about the political grandstanding that...

Jindal signs ‘pregnant life support' bill

The bill allows the state to keep brain-dead pregnant women on life support so their fetuses can be brought to term and delivered, even if the patient's family opposes such a measure. Gov. Bobby...

Life support bill demands a veto

Everyone is wrong about Austin Badon's bill requiring brain-dead pregnant women to be on life support, including Austin Badon. Rep. Austin Badon During the last few weeks, more than a couple of...

La. La. Land - Say What? Duck Welfare?

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! SAY WHAT? DUCK DYNASTY GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS? JUN 23 The millionaire West Monroe clan that's raking in even more dough by performing on a TV...

La. high court agrees to hear Baldwin-V-UL

The Louisiana Supreme Court has granted a writ filed by former UL Lafayette head football coach Jerry Baldwin, now a north Louisiana minister, in his bid to get money after being canned by the...

Cassidy, Vitter won't go after Landrieu on Obamacare

While lots of pundits and other observers have been saying Sen. Mary Landrieu's support of the Affordable Care Act will do her in this time around, T-P columnist Robert Mann has argued it will be play...

Dramatic car chase ends in Lafayette

An early morning car chase along I-10 ended in Lafayette with the recovery of a kidnapped Florida teen and her captor. An early morning car chase along I-10 ended in Lafayette with the recovery of a...

Sen. Elbert Guillory gets the Daily Show treatment

Sen. Elbert Guillory's effort to legalize chicken boxing during this year's legislative session didn't pass muster with his fellow lawmakers, but he's not through fighting for the sport as he brought...

La. La. Land - We beat everybody!

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! WE BEAT EVERYBODY TO THE TOP OF A ROTTEN LIST JUN 19 Mississippi may have come in first for corruption, but Louisiana is on top of...

LA GOP threatens TV stations over ad

The state Republican Party is threatening legal action against some two dozen Louisiana television stations for airing an attack ad against Congressman Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge. The state...

White and Jindal go head to head over Common Core

As expected, Gov. Bobby Jindal took steps Wednesday to pull Louisiana from Common Core testing, but Superintendent of Education John White says the new academic standards will remain in place for the...

La. La. Land - Aswell Dishing Some Dirt!

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! ASWELL HAS SOME DIRT ON PARCC JUN 18 Here's a classic Tom Aswell post, this one taking a look at a testing company connected to Rupert...

Council to take up airport tax election

If approved by voters, the sales tax would be dedicated to the airport project and would only last for eight months - from April 1 to Nov. 30 of next year. The Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote...

*All clear at Artmosphere

*That's what a jubilant owner was proclaiming Monday morning before bringing receipts to BR; the state, however, is still reviewing the evidence. Fingers crossed, y'all. Photo by Robin...

City Marshal waxes poetic on upcoming election

"In the end I'm sure they'll see ... The city marshal will be me." Earl "Nickey" Picard Earl "Nickey" Picard has been the Lafayette City Marshal for 30 years, and will...

La. La. Land - Orphan Wells

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! GILL: EVEN BIG OIL THINKS THEY SHOULD DO MORE JUN 17 Columnist James Gill writes about orphan wells in this post. A recent audit found...

Ladies and gents, meet the Tea Party of Louisiana

It's a fever swamp of federal bogeymen and communist-takeover conspiracies. Just read the group's recent letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal. It's a fever swamp of federal bogeymen and communist-takeover...

Former officer discusses ills of law enforcement

With the Crowley Police Department's arrests of Theresa Richard - both incidents because she was video recording officers in the line of duty - the Photography is Not a Crime guys were in town...

La. La. Land - Hey, Loki Fangirls!

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! HEY, LOKI FANGIRLS! JUN 16 Although there is a lot of beefiness in the Avengers crew, Tom Hiddleston's Loki always seems to attract the...

A 'Curious' Goode conflict?

Lafayette criminal defense attorney Bill Goode appeared in federal court for a sanctions hearing Wednesday for his behind-the-scenes role in the Curious Goods conspiracy case. Lafayette criminal...

Jindal recall gains traction online

A quixotic petition seeking the recall of Gov. Bobby Jindal - not we wouldn't love to see it happen, only that it never will before the end of 2015 - is getting a head of steam on the interwebs. A...

LPSB gives lip service to school system priorities

Lafayette Parish School Board members cited closing the the achievement gap, raising test scores and lowering the drop-out rate as some of their priorities for the upcoming school year. "If we...

La. La. Land - A data crisis at DOE?

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! IS THERE A DATA CRISIS AT DOE? JUN 13 Blogger Crazy Crawfish tells a pretty alarming story in this post about an alleged situation over at...

10 Things to Know Today

Spurs lead NBA Finals 3-1; insurgents continue inroads in Iraq; Bergdahl at Texas base and more national and international news for Friday, June 13, 2014. Spurs lead NBA Finals 3-1; insurgents...

La. La. Land - We're number one! Oh - wait...

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! YAY! WE'RE NUMBER 1! OH, WAIT... JUN 12 For all those people who say Bobby Jindal isn't taking this state to the top, this blog post is...

Local tax preparer caught gaming the system

A Lafayette Parish tax preparer received two years in federal prison Wednesday for filing false tax returns for herself and her clients. A local tax preparer received two years in federal prison...

Maness wastes no time after Cantor defeat

U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness, who hopes to unseat Sen. Mary Landrieu this fall, knows he'll have to get through U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy to do it. Maness (and the Constitution) U.S. Senate...

‘Do or die time' for Artmosphere

The popular restaurant/music venue has only a few days remaining to get its food sales up or face loss of its liquor license by the state. A popular bar restaurant has only a few days remaining to...

It's time to fund J.W. Faulk's turnaround

J.W. Faulk Elementary is the last among the LPSS's failing schools, so why is the school board resisting an allocation of money to fix the problem? J.W. Faulk Elementary is the last among the...

La. La. Land - A look behind the curtain

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! A LOOK BEHIND THE CURTAIN JUN 11 Blogger Mike Deshotels takes a look at the recent Washington Post article that revealed (or reminded...

UL bans tobacco campus-wide*

*Except in your vehicle in campus parking lots and while tailgating at athletic events UL Lafayette has joined some 1,300 other American universities in enacting a smoke-free campus policy. UL's...

Jindal's press secretary out already

After no more than a two month stint, Gov. Bobby Jindal's newest press secretary, Sarah Haley, is no more. After no more than a two month stint, Gov. Bobby Jindal's newest press secretary, Sarah...

La. La. Land - We're fiddling while Rome burns

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! NATIONAL JOURNAL: WE'RE FIDDLING WHILE ROME BURNS JUN 10 Wonder what the rest of the nation thinks of our coastal situation? Here's a...

An 'unspectacular session' indeed

As far as the people of Louisiana are concerned, this year's legislative session did little to improve life here in the Bayou State. As far as the people of Louisiana are concerned, this year's...

Services for Irma Belle Abdalla

Family mourns Lafayette retail trailblazer The matriarch of the Abdalla family known well for a legacy of retail success died Thursday in her home at the age of 100. Irma Belle Poche Abdalla, who was...

La. La. Land - Abita rolls out new summer beers

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Abita releasing new beers this summer JUN 6 Abita is releasing several new beers this summer, a post on NOLA Defender tells us. The...

‘Large amount of jewelry' stolen from Andy's

Police say thieves gained entry through roof of Feu Follet Road business. The Lafayette Police Thursday morning issued a press release seeking the public's help in locating the thief or thieves who...

LPSB is on the road again; big time

Travel expenses for Lafayette Parish School Board members nearly doubled between the 2014 and 2013 fiscal years. Travel expenses for Lafayette Parish School Board members nearly doubled between the...

La. La. Land - MEOW!

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Meow! JUN 5 When one reads a story like this one in the Advocate, in which state education Superintendent John White seems to cast...

Cassidy releasing first TV ad in U.S. Senate race

Ad focuses on Republican congressman's opposition to the federal health care law. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy is launching his first TV ad in Louisiana's Senate race next week,...

What's LPSB's problem with LaPESC?

Some Lafayette Parish School Board members just don't like the Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council and want the school system out of its membership. Maybe it's the initiative to get...

Appeals court orders hearing for canned LPD officer

The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal has reversed a ruling by a Lafayette district court judge delaying an appeal hearing before the Lafayette Municipal Fire & Police Civil Service Board by a former...

Sign wars

From the looks of it, election season is already getting heated, but officials with Lafayette Consolidated Government aren't too happy about it, namely the recent flood of campaign signs showing up...

Will Jindal dismantle Common Core?

With lawmakers refusing to scrap the Common Core, the fight over Louisiana's use of the education standards shifted Tuesday to Gov. Bobby Jindal. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - With lawmakers refusing to...

La. La. Land - It ain't over till it's over

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Beam: It ain't over till it's over JUN 4 Columnist Jim Beam says in this post that Big Oil shouldn't start counting any chickens yet....

Horse Farm resolution approved

With approval of the plan, Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit established to oversee the 100 acres' transformation into a public green space, will begin fundraising in earnest. The Lafayette...

Council to vote on Horse Farm

The plan, created over months of public input under the guidance of the nonprofit Lafayette Central Park Inc., represents an ambitious - and expensive - guide for converting the 100 acres of raw,...

Edwin Edwards Running Without Pro Help

Wife, friends serving as campaign team for now By Jeremy Alford LaPolitics News Service When former Gov. Edwin Edwards announced his 6th District bid in March, he told LaPolitics that he planned on...

La. La. Land - More on the Fox in the Henhouse

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Aswell: More on the Fox in the Henhouse JUN 3 The chair of the Natural Resources committee of our esteemed legislature has even more...

And it begins ...

It's official: The Lafayette Parish School Board's investigation of Superintendent Pat Cooper gets rolling this week. It's official: The Lafayette Parish School Board's investigation of Superintendent...

The devil's bill

Sen. Page Cortez's bill to stop charter schools from getting dedicated tax revenues from the Lafayette Parish School System should have been an easy sell to his fellow lawmakers, but there was one...

Business grows as Hollywood embraces Louisiana

A batch of big-budget films is set to be shot in Louisiana over the summer as the state's investment in a tax credit program draws cost-conscious producers. NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A batch of big-budget...

Animal rights group responds to SB 250

"Allowing an individual to override court decisions and violate local and state laws in order to retain possession of a dangerous wild animal invites other would-be big exotic cat owners to come...

Duck Dynasty dude steals the show

The GOP pulled out all the stops with an all-star cast of crazy for Thursday's kick-off of the three-day Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans. The GOP pulled out all the stops with an...

Once again, equal pay discussion goes nowhere

On average, Louisiana women make 67 cents for every $1 men make, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawmakers have wrapped up their debate on the pay gap between men and...

UL trademarks 'Geaux Cajuns'

"Geaux Cajuns" is now more than just a rallying cry at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Now, it's also a registered trademark. "Geaux Cajuns" is now more than just a...

La. La. Land - Dead Huey Long explains fracking

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! DEAD HUEY LONG EXPLAINS FRACKING MAY 30 An infrequent feature on the NOLA Defender blog is the "Ask Dead Huey Long" column, which...

La. La. Land - Plenty of snakes, but no Jindal

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! ALFORD: PLENTY OF SNAKES, NO JINDAL MAY 29 This entertaining first-person piece in Gambit by columnist Jeremy Alford analyzes Gov....

For pro-choice La., eyes turn to Wisconsin

A legal challenge to a law requiring abortion physicians to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is under way in the Badger State. If he hasn't already today, Gov. Bobby Jindal will...

School closures announced

Thanks to heavy rains and possible flooding, Lafayette Parish School System officials are calling it a day. Thanks to heavy rains and possible flooding, Lafayette Parish School System officials are...

LPSB's budget hawks are at it again

Though the Lafayette Parish School System has a chief financial officer, who's also an accountant, the school board is once again trying to take the budget process into its own hands. Though the...

La. La. Land - Not a lot of cuts - but a big bill!

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! A&M can't find cuts but they sure can bill MAY 28 The Alvarez & Marsal firm, hired by Bobby Jindal to find $500 million in...

Budget deficit could spell trouble for N.P. Moss

Programs aimed at curbing dropout rates in the Lafayette Parish School System face elimination as a result of this year's budget crunch. The Lafayette Parish School System faces an $18 million...

La. La. Land - They don't see eye to eye

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! THEY DON'T SEE EYE TO EYE - HAR HAR MAY 26 Bob Mann is blogging about the dispute between othamologists and optometrists that didn't prevent...

Political journalist John Maginnis dies

One of the state's most brilliant political minds, John Maginnis was 66. LaPolitics founder and Publisher John Maginnis died Sunday morning at the age of 66. The staff of LaPolitics Weekly and...

Legal fees skyrocket for LPSS

In March the law firm of Hammonds & Sills officially became the interim general counsel for the Lafayette Parish School Board, and with that transition, the cost of the school system's monthly...

Group asks Gov. Jindal to veto payday loan bill

A national organization that advocates for minorities has asked Gov. Bobby Jindal to veto a bill calling for mild restrictions to the payday loan industry. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A national...

UL to offer 3 new programs

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will offer three new academic certificates this fall. LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will offer three new academic certificates...

La. La. Land - We love our Golden Girls!

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Happy Friday! MAY 23 There are tons of pointless lists on social media, but this one is truly a funny one. It's a list of the top searches,...

OMG Vance McCallister!

The disgraced north Louisiana congressman infamous for kissing not his wife knows initiative when he sees it. Hint: duct tape Jeez, Kissing Congressman Vance McAllister, just when we were feeling a...

Info released on ex-prosecutors online misconduct

A Justice Department report into the once-anonymous online postings of two former federal prosecutors makes clear they engaged in "extensive and intentional prosecutorial misconduct"...

La. La. Land - Like Two Peas in a Pod!

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Brown: Bobby and Barack are two peas in a pod MAY 22 Jim Brown is blogging about Bobby Jindal again in this week's post, and again Bobby...

Bill seeks to curb heroin's rising popularity

Penalties will be toughened for heroin dealers in Louisiana, under a bill that has received final legislative passage. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Penalties will be toughened for heroin dealers in...

Budget woes are back for LPSS

While the Lafayette Parish School System appears to be in a dire budgetary situation with a projected deficit of more than $18 million, the school board has two options: Tap into the more than $70...

La. La. Land - What's going on with Kleinpeter?

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! What is going on with Kleinpeter? MAY 21 Complaints about Kleinpeter milk have been popping up on social media for a while now, and...

Here's the new Downtown parklet

Spoiler alert: It's really cool! Enter the parklet. The folks at the Downtown Development Authority spent all day Monday and into Tuesday morning assembling palettes, plywood, tables, chairs and...

Stutes urges Harson to debate

"The voters of Acadia, Lafayette and Vermilion Parishes deserve a real discussion about how best to keep our communities safe, while upholding the law." Former Assistant District Attorney...

Appeals court won't rehear BP settlement issue

A federal appeals court on Monday refused to reconsider its previous ruling that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement...

Jindal signs cigarette butt ban

Flicking a cigarette butt out of your car window could get you slapped with a hefty fine and community service. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Flicking a cigarette butt out of your car window could get you...

LPSB's investigation of Cooper needs transparency

"[F]or some this is definitely a personal issue and I believe that in my heart," says Lafayette Parish School Board member Kermit Bouillion of the attempt to investigate Superintendent Pat...

La. La. Land - Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Brother, can you spare a dime? MAY 20 Looks like the Jindal administration is going to need yet another loan to keep the lights on at...

Garbage fines face council Tuesday

An ordinance that would levy fines for failing to move one's garbage and recycling bins away from the curb in a timely fashion goes before the City-Parish Council for final approval. An ordinance that...

Supreme Court revives taser death lawsuit

The Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to take a new look at a case involving repeated police use of a Taser stun gun on a handcuffed Louisiana man who later died. WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme...

La. La. Land - Saints sign Walker

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! SAINTS SIGN DEVON WALKER MAY 19 The New Orleans Saints showed they're more than just a football team this weekend when they signed safety...

Party in the Park fundraiser all day Sunday!

Support the effort to convert the 100-acre tract of Johnston Street land into a world-class public park, see the master plan and enjoy music, food and more. Party in the Park till 6:30 p.m. today...

Cameron beaches ‘world's worst'

The Cajun Riviera needs some cleaning. Beaches in Cameron Parish have been ranked the worst in world by Nster, one of those kazillion "content provider" websites within the vast, informative...

But whatever, here's the La. coast in 2200

There is no Cameron Parish! And Abbeville, Thibodaux, Houma, New Orleans? Fuhgidaboudit! A projection of what the Louisiana coast will look like after a sea-level rise of 4 feet (in about 200...

Bill toughening cockfighting ban nears passage

An effort to close loopholes in Louisiana's 2008 ban on cockfighting is nearing final legislative passage. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An effort to close loopholes in Louisiana's 2008 ban on cockfighting...

Budget lacking $ for oil spill litigation

Louisiana's budget for next year doesn't include any money for the state's ongoing litigation against BP for damages caused by the 2010 oil spill. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's budget for next...

La. La. Land - Got a Louizilla idea?

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Pic wants your Louisiana monster ideas MAY 16 In anticipation of today's release of the new Godzilla movie, the Picayune is looking for...

Harson counters Stutes with a poll of his own

The longtime district attorney says "Not so fast, mister" to a recently released poll by his rival. Keith Stutes, left, and Mike Harson Criticizing his rival's recent poll as one...

La. La. Land - DOE has a double standard

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Civil rights suit: DOE has a double (racial) standard MAY 15 The state Department of Education is closing down black schools for poor...

Senate passes bill to keep tiger at truck stop

A bid to let a Grosse Tete truck stop owner keep a tiger onsite has squeaked through the Louisiana Senate on its second try. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bid to let a Grosse Tete truck stop owner keep a...

Bill would allow survey on teen sex risk behavior

A measure to allow the state education department to survey students on sex-related risk behaviors narrowly advanced to the Louisiana House for debate after passing a committee Tuesday. BATON ROUGE,...

J.W. Faulk should be everyone's concern

J.W. Faulk Elementary School is on the path to being deemed an "Academically Unacceptable School," but that doesn't mean it can't be saved. J.W. Faulk Elementary School is on the path to...

La. La. Land - Armani turns herself in

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Armani Nicole, nee Larry, turns herself in MAY 14 The transgender lady accused of killing someone through black market silicone...

Is Stutes pulling away in DA race?

The former lead felony prosecutor, according to a new poll, has turned a 2-point deficit into a 7-point lead since last August. A new poll commissioned by district attorney candidate Keith Stutes...

Lawmakers agree to fine cigarette butt littering

Cigarette butts should stay in your car's ashtray. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Cigarette butts should stay in your car's ashtray. That's the message lawmakers are sending to smokers, giving final passage...

House says fox pen hunting part of La. folklife

"Slavery is part of our heritage, but we're not going to give that an honorary designation," said Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, one of the chief critics of the bill. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)...

La. La. Land - Playing shell games with the IRS

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Playing shell games with the IRS MAY 13 Legislators and Jindal administration officials are "quietly" moving money around...

Hospital deal rejection threatens budget

On paper, the federal rejection of financing plans for Gov. Bobby Jindal's LSU hospital privatization deals looks like it has all the makings of a fiscal calamity for the state. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP)...

La. La. Land: Medicaid rejection led to deaths

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Study: Medicaid rejection led to deaths MAY 12 Gov. Bobby Jindal may see his rejection of Medicaid expansion only in political terms, but...

House approves $25 billion state budget

A nearly $25 billion budget for next year that includes Gov. Bobby Jindal's proposals for new spending on health care, colleges and state worker pay won passage Thursday from the Louisiana...

Senate education committee stands behind Common Core

Another effort to dismantle Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards has been defeated, this time by a resounding vote Thursday of the Senate Education Committee. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -...

District 9 school board race gets messy early

The first signs of a heated campaign for the District 9 seat on the Lafayette Parish School Board are taking form, with the first attack coming against candidate Brian West over what's either a nice...

Maness says he'll fight Washington's gators

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness is on the airwaves in his bid to unseat Democrat Mary Landrieu. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness is on the airwaves in...

La. La. Land - Bobby's a Snake Oil Salesman

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Aswell: Bobby's just a snake oil salesman MAY 8 Blogger Tom Aswell is in rare form in this post, questioning the credulity of some...

Guerilla urbanism coming to Downtown

Get ready for the parklet. A parklet in San Francisco where the concept emerged Get ready for the parklet. Don't look for it in a paper dictionary, and Spell Check will flag it, but the relatively...

'John Wayne Bill' gains traction

Under the measure, lawmakers could carry a weapon where judges and district attorneys can carry them, in public buildings including courthouses and state offices, provided they go through annual...

Bid to sideline traffic cameras fails in House

A New Orleans lawmaker's efforts to place new limits on red light cameras and automated speed enforcement systems used to issue traffic tickets hit roadblocks in the House. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A...

La. La. Land - Birds of a Feather

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Birds of a feather MAY 7 The Duck Dynasty crew helped get Vance McAllister elected, but his loose lips put a quick end to his...

Delinquent taxpayers will help balance budget

A new amnesty program is on the move that could offer delinquent taxpayers much more in the way of waivers than originally projected. With lawmakers working to plug holes in the state budget that...

LPSB gets checked by DA

District Attorney Mike Harson weighs in on the Lafayette Parish School Board's April 23 special meeting, saying it clearly violated the state's Open Meetings Law. District Attorney Mike Harson has...

Bill would stop cuts when colleges raise tuition

Louisiana's public colleges could receive some protection from budget cuts when they raise tuition on students, under a bill that won support from the state House. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's...

La. La. Land - Not a good family tradition

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Not a good family tradition MAY 6 Shreveport witnessed a terrible case of domestic violence last week, when a local man shot and killed...

LCG sues traffic cam scofflaws

Two individuals and a company are the first to face city-parish government in small claims court over unpaid red-light camera citations. Two individuals and a company are the first to face city-parish...

UL Lafayette names VP for student affairs

The University of Louisiana-Lafayette has appointed Patricia Frilot Cottonham as vice president for student affairs. LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The University of Louisiana-Lafayette has appointed Patricia...

Lawmakers differ on how to address gender pay gap

Louisiana Democrats and Republicans have divided over the importance of intent when it comes to pay discrimination based on gender. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Democrats and Republicans have...

Judge rules in favor of pro-Vitter super PAC

A federal judge has ruled that a super PAC supporting Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter can raise unlimited amounts of money for Vitter, who is running for governor in 2015. U.S. Sen. David...

2 complaints filed against LPSB

It's no secret the Lafayette Parish School Board has had its issues with Louisiana's Open Meetings Law. It's no secret the Lafayette Parish School Board has had its issues with Louisiana's Open...

Jindal's 2016 presidential checklist

A look at preparations by Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: [EDITOR'S NOTE: 2014 is a year of auditioning, positioning, networking and just plain hard work for...

Senate panel backs bill to derail coastal lawsuit

Another bill pushed by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration to undermine a lawsuit filed by a south Louisiana flood protection board against oil and gas companies started advancing Thursday in the state...

La. La. Land - Former fed trolls cut a deal

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Two former fed trolls cut a deal MAY 2 Here's another shoe dropping in the case of the federal prosecutors making anonymous troll comments...

Ensuring the Future of Festival International

Fest's success is stretching the resources of Downtown. Where to from here? Fest's success is stretching the resources of Downtown. Where to from here? There are few things that happen in Lafayette to...

Council to mull fines for lazy trash customers

The C-P Council at its Tuesday meeting will consider an introductory ordinance that would levy fines against residents who fail to move their garbage and recycling bins away from the road in a timely...

Botched execution could renew 'cruel' challenges

The botched execution of an Oklahoma inmate is certain to fire up the debate over what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment - the phrase written into the U.S. Constitution and defined by the...

Speed camera ban on interstates gets final passage

Speed cameras and other automated speed enforcement devices will be prohibited on Louisiana's interstates, if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to the ban. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Speed cameras and other...

La. La. Land - In Memoriam...

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Swamp People star dies MAY 1 One of the "stars" of the reality show Swamp People has died of heart failure, TMZ reports in...

Sound advice for the LPSB

The message from the Lafayette Public Education Stakeholders Council to the school board is simple: Get your priorities straight. The message from the Lafayette Public Education Stakeholders Council...

Female votes key to controlling Senate

Recent history - including Democratic U.S. Sens. Mary Landrieu's and Kay Hagan's 2008 victories - demonstrates why women are an electoral commodity. ATLANTA (AP) - Democrat Michelle Nunn happily notes...

Bill capping payday loans dies on Senate floor

The payday-lending industry has successfully beaten back efforts to add new restrictions on short-term loans in Louisiana, after a measure to put a cap on consumer loans failed to win passage Tuesday...

La. La. Land - What about raw milk?

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! What's all this hoo-hah about raw milk? APR 30 Here's a post on the Capital Press about the current argument in the legislature over...

LPSB goes back to the drawing board

In a surprising turn of events, the special legal counsel hired by the Lafayette Parish School Board to investigate Superintendent Pat Cooper now says he's too busy for the job. In a surprising turn...

John Barry will speak Wednesday at UL

As part of the GreenARMY's No Big Oil Bailout Tour, John Barry will address UL Lafayette students and faculty members at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Photo by Robin May John Barry As part of the GreenARMY's...

Limit on La. lobbyist spending edges up to $58

Louisiana's lobbyists can spend a little bit more wining and dining legislators and others they seek to influence. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's lobbyists can spend a little bit more wining and...

Fox pen hunting: Blood sport or culture?

Lawmakers in the House are resisting an effort to have Louisiana declare that "fox pen hunting" is part of the state's folklife heritage and should be preserved. Rep. Sherman Mack BATON...

La. La. Land - Mr. Magoo in BR?

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Oh Magoo, you've done it again! APR 29 If you're not old, you might not know who Mr. Magoo is. CB Forgotston knows, and he's comparing the...

Why are La.'s universities suddenly out of money?

Without a $40 million loan from State Treasurer John Kennedy's office, they cannot keep the lights on and pay employees. Photo courtesy Wikipedia UL Lafayette's Martin Hall Louisiana's colleges and...

LPSB's 'Witch Hunt' is on

The ball has started rolling on the Lafayette Parish School Board's investigation of Superintendent Pat Cooper. Photo by Robin May "I don't have anything to hide" - Superintendent Pat...

Mangham taking on Boffy for BESE seat?

Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member Holly Boffy, state teacher of the year in 2010, could have another distinguished former educator, Melinda Mangham, challenging her next year. Board...

'The Salt of the Earth'

The Save Lake Peigneur advocacy group releases a short documentary detailing its fight against an Atlanta-based natural gas company over its plans to develop two salt dome storage caverns beneath the...

Will Goliath win this time?

The showdown between Big Oil and those who seek to defend the constitutional right of citizens and their leaders to hold miscreants accountable is coming this week in the state Capitol. It's a true...

Book focuses on artists and their studios

A New Orleans photographer's work will be showcased in a book to be published by the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Press. LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A New Orleans photographer's work will be showcased...

Bills to scuttle 'Big Oil' suit progress

The state Senate's recent passage of a bill that could scuttle a lawsuit over damage done to coastal wetlands by the oil and gas industry would also seem to scuttle any notion that the political winds...

La. La. Land - Why are our colleges broke?

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Mann: why are state universities broke? APR 28 Blogger Robert Mann isn't buying what Gov. Jindal and his economic cheerleaders are selling....

Recycling returns to Fest today!

A local volunteer's impassioned letter spurs action Greg Guidroz could not believe what he was hearing when he showed up Wednesday, as he's done for the past 14 years, to help out with the recycling...

Cassidy pushes Landrieu to consider oil money bill

Republican challenger urges senator to support House-passed bill to steer more offshore oil and gas drilling money to state for coastal restoration efforts. But Landrieu is pushing her own proposal in...

Senators kill proposal to raise minimum wage

Senators rejected a proposal Thursday that could have increased the minimum wage in Louisiana, a vote that's expected to shelve the debate for the legislative session. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Senators...

22-year-old booked with DWI in death of Jerry Meaux

Longtime SLEMCO board member and racing commission chair killed in two-vehicle accident; driver of car that struck him head-on facing multiple charges. Photo by Dean Church Longtime SLEMCO board...

La. La. Land - We can't get rid of them!

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Beam: We can't get rid of speed traps APR 25 In this post, columnist Jim Beam details this year's attempts to stop towns from setting up...

Jindal as unpopular as Obama in La., oh my!

New York Times poll shows Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in the state. Photo courtesy White House President Barack Obama talking with Gov. Bobby Jindal aboard Air Force...

La. La. Land - Another billion? That's a deep hole!

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Another billion? That's a deep hole! APR 24 In addition to the billion-dollar hole predicted for Louisiana's budget in the next couple...

Hunter Beasley: Time for a reality check

Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children. Once again, Lafayette...

Sneaky Sandlin tries legislative end run

After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill...

Bourque wins Louisiana Writer Award

Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -...

Senators reject bill to lessen marijuana penalties

Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand. BATON ROUGE, La....

House says dogs in truck beds should be secure

Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Drivers would have to secure dogs...

La. La. Land - La. Politics a Stand-Up Routine

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Sherman: Louisiana politics a comedy routine APR 22 Louisiana politics is entertainment, nothing more than a comedy routine that...

Boudreaux: close the ‘Jindal gap'

"This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots." [From the Editors: We cannot state emphatically enough that we support Councilman...

Senate rejects bill to limit drones in Louisiana

A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private...

Lawmaker shelves bill to name Bible as state book

A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his...

La. La. Land - Calling all Zombies!

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Calling all zombie fans APR 22 If you're a Walking Dead fan, you might want to check out this story on DIG Baton Rouge about the program's...

State education official arrested

An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife. Stephanie Funderburk A state education...

Talking from both sides of his mouth

State Rep. Stuart Bishop says he's concerned with the quality of Capitol Lake, but when it comes to Louisiana's coastline, this Lafayette Republican doesn't seem to give a damn. [Update: Blogger C.B....

Lawmakers Worried About Capitol Lake

At a recent fundraiser held not far from the banks of Capitol Lake, Rep. Stuart Bishop, R-Lafayette, spent more time eyeing the water body than the influencers at the party. At a recent fundraiser...

Delay won't quell 2014 wrangling over Keystone XL

Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the...

La. La. Land - 'white flags of cowardice'

Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Monday's Blogs from the Bog! Mann: 'White Flags of Cowardice" APR 21 Blogger Bob Mann has been keeping track of all the yellow-bellied sapsuckers in the state...

ATC raid shutters Keg on McKinley

Local and state agents Thursday night raided The Keg, the popular college bar located in the area known as The Strip, leading to the (at least) temporary closure of the venue.

La. La. Land - CB Blocked from Tweets!

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Man, that was quick! APR 18 So Gov. Jindal's new press secretary already has blocked blogger CB Forgotston from her Twitter account, CB...

More words of 'wisdom' from LPSB's Babineaux, Trahan

Time and time again, the Lafayette Parish School Board shows an overwhelming tendency toward idiocy, but Wednesday night's contentious discussion over Northside High School's teen mother program tops...

Crawfish pincher arrested

State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of stealing crawfish. CROWLEY, La. (AP) - State wildlife and fisheries agents have arrested a 39-year-old man accused of...

Lawmaker scraps bill toughening appeals process

An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has jettisoned his proposal to make it harder for a condemned prisoner to appeal a death sentence. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An East Feliciana Parish lawmaker has...

Senate continues assault on levee board

Senators advanced a proposal Wednesday that would let the governor remove New Orleans-area levee board members for violating what he considers to be public policy, despite concerns it would introduce...

La. La. Land - Was Joe less than truthful?

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! TT: JOE NOT COMPLETELY TRUTHFUL? APR 17 At the start of the Tuesday board meeting that ended with his removal from the President's post,...

Council to mull airport tax

The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday will vote on a resolution that if approved would clear the way for a December ballot proposition asking voters to approve a 1-cent sales tax parishwide to...

BP's shoreline cleanup comes to an end in La

Just days before the fourth anniversary of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill, the Coast Guard has moved cleanup of Louisiana's coast to a new phase, allowing BP to end its...

Senate opts against packing heat in Capitol

Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol. The Louisiana Senate...

Morality police kill anti-sodomy repeal

The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the state's unconstitutional anti-sodomy law Tuesday. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House overwhelmingly rejected a repeal of the...

Senate backs bill against levee board lawsuit

The Louisiana Senate sided with Gov. Bobby Jindal and the oil industry Tuesday, agreeing to void a lawsuit that a south Louisiana flood board filed against more than 90 oil and gas companies for...

La. La. Land - That's one billion dollars!

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Kingfish: that's a billion, i say a billion APR 16 Lamar Parmentel writes about the latest forecast for Louisiana's future - and it...

The real reason LPSB needs a security detail

While it isn't all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB's push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member. Photo by Robin...

District Judge Conque retiring

15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench. 15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek...

Senate backs ban on drones in certain locations

The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical...

KATC called out for ‘victim blaming'

It didn't take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy. It didn't take long for KATC TV...

La. La. Land - a press secretary who can't be found?

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! CB: HELLO?? APR 15 Blogger CB Forgotston is writing in this post about the newest hire by Gov. Bobby Jindal, a press secretary whose only...

‘Baggy Bandits' nabbed in Eunice

An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice. An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not...

Woman found dead in Girard Park

Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park. Alexandria Shelton/Facebook Lafayette police are...

LHA cuts Chris Williams $30k check

Chris Williams knows how to pilfer from the public coffers, this time with a back-pay lawsuit filed three years ago against the Lafayette Housing Authority, which netted the former city-parish councilman a cool five figures.

Green Army wants attention of Sen. Cortez

The Green Army's Lafayette brigade has announced it will pay a visit Friday morning to Sen. Page Cortez to urge him to vote against Sen. Robert Adley's SB 553, which the group is calling the "Big...

LSU students spend spring break restoring wetlands

For the sixth consecutive year, Andy Nyman, LSU associate professor of wetland wildlife management, and his service-learning students plan to spend spring break differently from those students...

The Gulf Oil Spill: A never-ending saga

When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons that spewed in what would become the...

La. La. Land - McAllister-Vitter Fan Fiction

Friday's Blogs from the Bog! Friday's Blogs from the Bog! MCALLISTER-VITTER FAN FICTION APR 11 This post on Raw Story's Panic in Funland blog gives us a Sam Spade-style fictionalization of the...

Who leaked it?

A top aide to a Louisiana congressman videotaped kissing a married woman who is not his wife was one of the few people with access to the leaked security footage that exposed the dalliance. MONROE,...

La. La. Land - Butt Bill advances

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Butt bill advances APR 10 The so-called Butt Bill advances, WGNO tells us in this post. The bill would make it a crime, punishable by a...

Bogged down by bureaucracy

Aside from being sponsored by Giles Automotive, Acadiana Heroes has nothing to do with the car sales business; it's actually a monthly initiative to spotlight and reward the people who are doing good...

'Cafeteria Conversations' with Cooper

Parents Empowered, a local group of parents from the Lafayette Parish School System, has announced a series of town hall meetings over the coming weeks featuring Superintendent Pat Cooper. Photo by...

Feds keeping tabs on Jindal's voucher program

A federal judge has ordered Louisiana education officials to provide federal lawyers with regular reports each year on students and schools involved in a state voucher program that provides public...

LA getting $300,000 to fight feral swine

The National Feral Swine Management Program is giving Louisiana $300,000 to help reduce the animals' damage to farms, wetlands and other areas. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The National Feral Swine...

La. La. Land - How Big Oil gets away with it

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Lamar: how big oil gets away with it APR 8 Blogger Lamar White Jr. starts digging into the history of Big Oil and its relationship...

Bill would exempt Horse Farm

House Bill 992 would exempt the Horse Farm property from the Louisiana Public Lease Law, which require public bodies to publicize and open for competitive bidding leases of publicly owned land. The...

KRVS gets Divine intervention

Uber-talented singer-songwriter Johanna Divine has been named sales director at the NPR affiliate. Singer-songwriter Johanna Divine has joined KRVS as the public radio station's new sales director. No...

Vance McAllister's 'Redneck Watergate'

So far, the media's coverage of Congressman Vance McAllister's philandering has overlooked the real issue, argues blogger Lamar White Jr. So far, the media's coverage of Congressman Vance...

La. La. Land - deGrasse Tyson to Speak at Tulane

Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog! deGrasse Tyson to speak at Tulane APR 8 Nerd alert! Neil deGrasse Tyson, the sexy-smart astrophysicist who hosts the new Cosmos (and a...

MoveOn.org prevails in billboard fight

A liberal group that used a state tourism slogan to hit Gov. Bobby Jindal over the governor's refusal to expand Medicaid in Louisiana can continue to use the state's tourism slogan - "pick your...

Rep. McAllister caught in affair

U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister has evidently been outed as something less than the family-values Christian he portrayed himself as when he campaigned last year. [UPDATE: Republican U.S. Rep. Vance...

Robideaux/LOGA bill up for a vote Tuesday

Rep. Joel Robideaux's House Bill 862 will rob parish governments of the ability to sue the oil and gas industry for permit violations. Rep. Joel Robideaux's House Bill 862 will rob parish governments...

Simons hosting memorial for attorney Domingue

On Sunday, April 13, Lafayette attorney Clé Simon and his wife Kathy will host a memorial and celebration of the life of fellow attorney Barry L. Domingue, who took his own life last week in the midst...

2016 campaign checklist: Jindal

A look at preparations by Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., for a potential 2016 presidential campaign: BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A look at preparations by Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., for a potential 2016...

Arming the Legislature

Some Louisiana lawmakers are fearing for their safety, according to this report from the Advocate, and that fear has prompted a bill from Sen. Bret Allain to allow legislators to pack heat within the...

A teenaged killer says he's rehabilitated

A St. Landry Parish man serving a life sentence for a murder he committed as a teenager has asked for a review of his sentence, according to this report from Eunice Today. A St. Landry Parish man...

Green Army pays Robideaux visit

Green Army claims state Rep. Joel Robideaux is dodging calls from his constituents who want answers on why he's become a "waterboy" for the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association. Photo by...

Adley to the rescue pt. 2

Oil and gas interests have no better friend in Baton Rouge than the combative Sen. Adley Robert Adley rushed out of the state Senate chamber last week - past fellow politicians, past lobbyists wanting...

Attorney Barry Domingue dies

Defendant in Curious Goods synthetic marijuana case shot himself in the head Wednesday morning. Carencro attorney Barry Domingue, who had been on trial this week, accused of conspiring with his...

Pit bull attack raises more questions

Owners of the pit bull that viciously attacked and killed 4-year-old Mia Derouen in Houma last week have lawyered up, leaving local police frustrated and with few answers. Owners of the pit bull that...

Arrested for baring it all

A Lafayette Parish man with a sick fetish was arrested Wednesday for allegedly standing buck naked in his doorway in full frontal view of children waiting for the school bus. A Lafayette Parish man...

Harson finally apologizes, accepts 'criticism'

More than a year after his longtime assistant admitted to her role in a bribery scheme that went on within earshot of his office for four years, D.A. Mike Harson says he's sorry. Mike Harson More than...

Here we go again

Once again (as if the first go-round wasn't enough), the Lafayette Parish School Board appears poised to resurrect last year's so-called "witch hunt" of Superintendent Pat Cooper. Once again...

‘Adam' campaign draws campus backlash

A movement that has popped up on the LSU campus - and possibly elsewhere - seeking to galvanize frank discussions about Christianity and spread the Good News is running into opposition from...

Billboard fight goes to court

The fight between MoveOn.org and the state Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism is heating up this week in federal court, reports the Baton Rouge Advocate. The fight between MoveOn.org and...

Local pastor convicted

Ernest Carter, the pastor of New Life Pentecostal Holiness Church in Scott, was convicted Monday of attempted aggravated rape - a crime that happened nearly three decades ago. Ernest Carter, the...

La. La. Land - That's one busy lawyer!

Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Thursday's Blogs from the Bog! Aswell: that's one busy lawyer! APR 3 Blogger Tom Aswell digs up some interesting info on a Baton Rouge attorney who represents two...

LHA's out-of-court deal with Williams still unknown

After a nearly three-year fight, Chris Williams and the Lafayette Housing Authority have agreed to walk away from the back-pay lawsuit filed by the former city-parish councilman in 2011, with each...

This week in ‘that figures': payday loans

An attempt in the state Senate to rein in predatory payday lenders has been turned into a macabre joke. An attempt in the state Senate to rein in predatory payday lenders, which typically set up shop...

Our ineffectual War on Drugs

"They always say lock 'em up until its their kid." Since its launch in the early 1970s, the War on Drugs has proven to be a misguided endeavor focusing on incarceration over rehabilitation,...

La. La. Land - Elbert & The Boxing Chickens

Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog! Elbert out to protect boxing chickens APR 2 See, here's the thing about reading the newspapers in Louisiana on the first day of April....

Medium Rare

Choice cuts from local news media for Tuesday, April 1, including Gov. Jindal's Asian excursion, a lack of funding for an alleged killer's death penalty case and an argument on why Louisiana needs...

Mouton statue removed from old City Hall

A statue of Gen. Alexandre "Alfred" Mouton that had stood in front of the former City Hall for more than 75 years was hoisted out of the ground early Tuesday. Photos by Robin May All that...

Chamber taken to task over Common Core

"For those of us who've followed the changes at the chamber with some discomfort, today is the day our worst fears are realized." The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce has released its...

Medium Rare

Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, March 28, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, March 28, 2014: Penny Crappell Another white collar criminal gets a slap on the...

MoveOn.org escalates Jindal attack

The liberal group is taking its battle against Gov. Bobby Jindal over the latter's refusal to expand Medicaid in Louisiana from a prominent billboard to the Internet with JindalCare.com. The liberal...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Wednesday, March 26, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Wednesday, March 26, 2014: More ?s than answers The questionable circumstances...

The reign of Hunter Beasley

As LPSB prez, Hunter Beasley's agenda has become clear as he pushes to hire a law firm partial to the school board. If last year's push to buck tradition and hire a consultant to oversee the school...

Coussan currying favor with young professionals

The Lafayette attorney who will seek the seat of term-limited state Rep. Joel Robideaux in 2015 has evidently been working his connections in the under-40 set. Coussan Jean-Paul Coussan, the...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, March 24, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, March 24, 2014: Rearing its ugly, masked head At least one card carrying member of...

Poll: former Gov. Edwards makes the runoff

Silver Fox leads with 43 percent of the vote, followed by Republican Dan Claitor at 20.3 percent. Saying it's not a traditional poll from a widely recognized source, LaPolitics published a story...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, March 21, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, March 21, 2014: Swim at your own risk Fisherman or potential swimmers may want to...

Durel reaching out

The city-parish president will host a series of town hall meetings with parish residents beginning Tuesday. City-Parish President Joey Durel will host a series of town hall meetings with parish...

Sabine caves; but will it stick?

The public school system in this Bible Belt parish in west Louisiana decided not to fight a lawsuit accusing it of unconstitutional religious practices. File Photo by Robin May A portrait of Jesus...

Is Rep. Robideaux LOGA's 'waterboy'?

According to Louisiana Oil and Gas Association Vice President Gifford Briggs, at least one member of the Acadiana legislative delegation will be going to bat for Big Oil during this year's...

PAR: Fix campaign finance rules

"Louisiana should strive for a campaign finance reporting and enforcement system that promotes compliance, sets a high ethical standard and provides clear procedures that are practical,...

Storm clouds over Artmosphere

The popular bistro-slash-music venue is set to appear Thursday before the state's office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control to prove it's a restaurant and not a bar. [Update: We spoke with ATC...

Lunch on LOGA

The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is offering a pretty sweet deal, the only catch is you've gotta sit through their spiel about how "greedy trial lawyers" are killing the industry and...

Sources: Feds investigating LPSB 'Saintsgate'

The Lafayette Parish School Board's mishandling of its insurance selection process over the last two years has caught the attention of the FBI. Rina Tikia The Lafayette Parish School Board's...

LPSB's Bouillion announces re-election bid

Lafayette Parish School Board member Kermit Bouillion says he will defend his District 5 seat in the upcoming election. Lafayette Parish School Board member Kermit Bouillion says he will defend his...

Electing the education superintendent

Hot-button education issues ranging from Common Core to charter schools have some lawmakers pushing to scrap the appointing process and go back to electing the state's super. At one time, Louisiana's...

Did Victor White III really shoot himself?

Police say the handcuffed man fatally shot himself in the back, but his family isn't buying the story. Victor White III allegedly died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound earlier this month while in...

Briggs in BR court Monday

Hopefully he'll be better prepared today than he was in that Feb. 20 deposition. Photo by Robin May Don Briggs Louisiana Oil & Gas Association President Don Briggs is scheduled to testify in...

Preaching to the choir?

They came by the hundreds, arriving from all regions of the state to gather on the steps of our Capitol in protest of the Legislature's long tradition of giving industry the go-ahead to abuse our air,...

Jindal slips in annual CPAC straw poll

Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent rhetoric against President Barack Obama has failed to boost his standing among the conservative base. Photo Illustration Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent rhetoric against...

Mr. Bill meets Mr. Governor: Oh no!

The former star of Saturday Night Live throws in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit. Mr. Bill, the former star of Saturday Night Live, has thrown in his 2 cents on the Big Oil lawsuit. In a new...

Already legal; sorta

While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in...

‘Ducknappers' apprehended!

Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core. We can all rest easy now, folks. A pair of Lafayette men has been revealed,...

The cost of doing business

The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year's insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it's owed $93,000 from the school...

Bye-bye, Scofield Bay

The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track. A side-by-side comparison of Adams and Bastian bays from the same perspective (see the Mississippi River upper right in each...

‘Pro-discrimination' bill withdrawn

A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of...

Captain Picard's satire escapes some

Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report. Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report, in which Patrick...

Rep. Nancy Landry needs 10k signatures

The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer? [Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect...

The curious case of Ralph Wadleigh

The circumstances surrounding the Jan. 26 fire of the 18,000-square-foot home on Verot School Road seemed strange, but what's even more bizarre is the back-story behind owner Ralph Wadleigh. The...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Feb. 28, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Feb. 28, 2014: Who steals from the Boys and Girls Club? Somebody. According to this...

Services set for Berard

Al Berard, the gifted Cajun musician and music producer who died suddenly Wednesday following an aneurysm, will be buried following a Mass Saturday in Cecilia. Al Berard, the gifted Cajun musician and...

Sensible sex ed bill on tap

It'll never pass, of course. The Louisiana Family Forum will make sure of that. Rep. Smith A bill that would require public schools in Louisiana to teach age-appropriate sex education has been filed...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014: The annual Summer School for Judges conference in Destin,...

Joshua Broussard is running for school board

When election season rolls around later this year, Lafayette Parish School Board member Tehmi Chassion will have some competition for his District 4 seat. "I'm running for this position because...

Al Berard, masterful Cajun musician, has died

Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and music producer Al Berard was pronounced dead at Our Lady of Lourdes hospital Wednesday after suffering an aneurysm. Al Berard, the award-winning...

Group seeks funding for communal workshop

A newly formed group is working toward opening a "makerspace," or a community workshop where members could have access to tools and the freedom to share creative ideas and work together to...

UL grabs a dozen journalism awards

UL Lafayette collected 12 awards in the Southeast Journalism Conference's 2013 Best of the South competition, presented during the SEJC's 28th annual convention held at the Lafayette Hilton over the...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014: Lyle Boudreaux Making Louisiana proud For reality TV...

LPSB: 'you scratch my back ...'

"Everything this majority on the board is doing is a joke ... a bad one, but still a joke." Several members of the Lafayette Parish School Board faced fines - some exceeding $1,000 - for...

Five accept posts to LCG revenue committee

A committee organized by City-Parish Council Chairman Kevin Naquin will soon begin taking a look under the hood of Lafayette Consolidated Government's very complex structure with an eye toward making...

Has LHA given up fight against Chris Williams?

The Lafayette Housing Authority, despite repeated assurances it would fight the back-pay lawsuit from former City-Parish Councilman Chris Williams over a lack of evidence proving the work was...

Saints gear to die for?

Not so fast says the NFL franchise, which is challenging an area merchant's use of gold fleurs-de-lis on black coffins with the phrase "Who Dat!" emblazoned across the front. Image...

C'est what? Butch Speer: House clerk, philosopher

"It has to do with what Rep. Champagne intends, where she feels her home is, and if she says her domicile is in District 49, then that's where it is until someone proves it isn't." State...

This week in good ideas: cap ‘payday' loans

The bill, HB 239, would cap the annual interest rate charged by payday lenders at 36 percent. A cadre of Baton Rouge Democrats in the state House of Representatives has filed legislation designed to...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014: Photo courtesy of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and...

C'est what? EWE to run for Congress

Former Gov. Edwin Edwards wants your vote. [Editor's Note: Trina Edwards, the former governor's wife, hedges in a Facebook post on whether her husband is running for governor, writing, "I was...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014: On Friday, a district judge ruled that New Iberia City...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014: Photo courtesy of Vermilion Today Sen. Jonathan Perry Louisiana...

Busted in Acadiana's Chris Hebert needs a lawyer

A fourth continuance was granted Tuesday for the felony trial of Busted in Acadiana administrator Chris Hebert, this time because his lawyers withdrew from the case. Chris Hebert A fourth...

The Southern Benefit connection

One burning question from last year's controversial attempt by the LPSB to select a health plan administrator was whether the selection of insurance consultant Rina Tikia was a back-door approach to...

Hub City crime rises

Lafayette saw a 9 percent hike in overall crime in 2013 compared to 2012, according to new data released Monday by the Lafayette Police Department. Lafayette saw a 9 percent hike in overall crime in...

Guillory admits he took bribes from vendors

The former head of the Lafayette and Opelousas housing authorities pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to soliciting and accepting bribes from vendors and for his role in a bid-fixing...

LPSB stands strong, sans Chassion

The Lafayette Parish School Board, in an uncharacteristically short and drama-free meeting, decided against caving to insurance consultant Rina Tikia's demand for $200,000. Lafayette Parish School...

Cassidy: When a demotion is good

U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy has confirmed to the Associated Press that he was bumped from a Republican leadership position in the House after breaking with party leaders. And that's a good thing. U.S. Rep....

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014: Vincent Campell's alleged attempt to swipe a woman's purse...

Odd bedfellows

A strange cast of witnesses has been subpoenaed by the attorney for former City-Parish Councilman Chris Williams for his upcoming civil case against the Lafayette Housing Authority. A strange cast of...

That's the ticket?

New questions arise about whether a consultant for the school system tried to grease the skids with Saints swag. New questions arise about whether a consultant for the school system tried to grease...

A Better SWLA: LC-LF-AX Airport

Why leadership in Lafayette, Lake Charles and Alexandria should look beyond their existing small local horizons and take it to the "20-thousand-foot" level. [Editor's Note: City-Parish...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2014: Eunice Police officer Richard Abadie was caught on camera in...

Rina Tikia's demand holds no weight

Rina Tikia says in a demand letter to the LPSS that she's owed $200,000 for consulting work, but a close inspection of the controversial matter reveals she may very well be owed nothing. Rina...

A senseless act

Last week's shooting of two endangered whooping cranes in Jefferson Davis Parish deserves justice. One of the resident whooping cranes living near the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area in...

Bank exec/IND Media partner Jerry Reaux dies

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we report on the death of the longtime Lafayette banker and IND Media founding partner at the age of 53. Jerry Reaux was a fine banker. A fine father and...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, Feb. 10, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, Feb. 10, 2014: The Gazette is back After ceasing operations in 1996, the Attakapas...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Feb. 7, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Feb. 7, 2014: Jacqueline Frugé Bad, bad teacher While a teacher at Eunice High,...

Make them pay

For far too long, the oil and gas industry has been given free reign by our state's lawmakers to ravage our coastline. For far too long, the oil and gas industry has been given free reign by our...

Gerald Boudreaux eyeing state Senate seat

Longtime parks and rec director confirms his interest in the District 24 seat held by Elbert Guillory. Photo by Terri Fensel Gerald Boudreaux Gerald Boudreaux isn't showing his hand just yet, but...

Tehmi Chassion: The 'boy who cries wolf'

When Lafayette Parish School Board member Tehmi Chassion doesn't get his way, he has one fail safe: He'll call the police and say whoever ruffled his feathers roughed him up. When Lafayette Parish...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014: Jail Break The two men who escaped the St. Mary Parish Jail early...

Pennies from heaven

A Lafayette resident is pursuing her educational dreams one cent at a time. Photo by Lyndsy Bradley Ana Veal Lafayette resident Ana Veal is turning to social media to help her further her...

New hope for Danielle Wright?

What does Salvadoran fisherman Jose Salvador Avarenga have to do with a 19-year-old UL Lafayette student who vanished seven months ago? Possibly a lot. Danielle Wright What does Salvadoran...

COURhouse could be yours

UL architecture students' sustainable home, on the market for $190k, features a centralized courtyard connecting the living room and kitchen to the outdoors. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday,...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, Jan. 3, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, Jan. 3, 2014: Did police play a role in the unsolved murders of 8 prostitutes? Eight...

Let's grill Joey Durel

Have a question about the comprehensive plan or consolidated government? How about public safety? Nothing is off the table. City-Parish President Joey Durel will present his State of the Parish...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Jan. 31, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Jan. 31, 2014: New Iberia City Councilman David Merrill A councilman haunted by...

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Lafayette schools shuttered again Thursday

The Lafayette Parish School System has announced that schools will again be closed on Thursday due to lingering hazardous road conditions. The Lafayette Parish School System has announced that schools...

Curfews being issued due to chill

Discretion is the better part of valor. We suppose. Discretion is the better part of valor. We suppose. Several Acadiana parishes and municipalities are issuing curfews beginning Tuesday evening and...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, Jan. 27, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, Jan. 27, 2014: A photo by Vermilion Today of a bleacher clearing fight between...

Lafayette Parish schools to close again

In anticipation of another round of wintery weather, the Lafayette Parish School System has announced an emergency closure for Tuesday and Wednesday. In anticipation of another round of wintery...

Saving the coast: the issue of our lifetime

When it comes to issues of wetlands loss, oil exploration and climate change, a new survey by the group America's Wetlands reveals surprising consensus among Republicans, Democrats and...

Harson dispels 'rumors,' saying he's all in

Let there be no doubt he's running, DA Mike Harson says in a recent letter about an upcoming fundraiser: "I understand that there have been rumors to the contrary and I wanted to personally set...

A server's scheme backfires

An Erath woman pleaded guilty in federal court this week to a scheme she cooked up while working at Walk-On's Bistreaux and Bar in Lafayette, according to a press release issued Thursday by U.S....

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Jan. 24, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Jan. 24, 2014: Sgt. Frederick Riggenbach of the Chitimacha Tribal Police was...

This week in "Seriously, dude?"

U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy will not stand for taxpayer-funded oil portraits. Nor will he sit for them! U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge In an effort to burnish an otherwise undistinguished tenure...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014: Shondreka Alexander and her daughter Solage, who is gay, told...

Sabine Parish: The Bible Belt's big brass buckle

The school board in this rural Louisiana parish is facing a federal lawsuit brought by the parents of a student they say was harassed because he isn't Christian. This photo, from a group of...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014: Abbeville's gang threat There's been an unexpected rise in gang...

Analysis: Vitter gives Democrats the next move

It may be unprecedented to have three statewide-elected Republicans, all with their own strengths and weaknesses, eyeing the same seat in Louisiana, but U.S. Sen. David Vitter has made it a reality...

Mann: 6 questions for Vitter

Political blogger and LSU professor Robert Mann wonders aloud about some of the possible dynamics in the 2015 race for Louisiana governor. Political blogger and LSU professor Robert Mann wonders aloud...

Dardenne: ‘Hey ... um ... me, too!"

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who long ago declared his intention to be Gov. Bobby Jindal's successor, released a "Mr. Nice Guy" statement Tuesday on the heels of U.S. Sen. David Vitter's...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, Jan. 20, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, Jan. 20, 2014: Eunice police officer calls chief a bald-face-liar' A civil service...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Jan. 17, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Jan. 17, 2014: Don Briggs Briggs: Elect pro-business judges Louisiana Oil and Gas...

Another Curious Goods conspirator bites the dust

Federal prosecutors received another guilty plea in the Curious Goods conspiracy to mislabel and market synthetic marijuana, leaving three standing, including two Acadiana attorneys who still maintain...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014: Matthew McConaughey, left, and Woody Harrelson, pictured in...

Beasley keeping it on the down low

Lafayette Parish School Board member Hunter Beasley's plan to call a closed-door executive session to discuss the unpaid invoice submitted by the private contractor hired to oversee the selection of...

Act 1: bitter pill for LPSB?

The sweeping changes to Louisiana's public education system wrought by Act 1 of the 2012 Legislative Session have impacted school districts throughout the state in different ways, especially for the...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014: Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson The squeaky wheel After a...

Another Trahan challenger steps forward

Brian West, a UL Lafayette faculty member, has thrown his hat into the ring. Brian West School board member Rae Trahan will have at least two challengers in November is she chooses to seek...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014: What's in a name? It seems the so-called controversy over what the...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, Jan. 13, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, Jan. 13, 2014: Stung by Slate The Yellow Jacket - an accessory developed out of...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Jan. 10, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Jan. 10, 2014: Abbeville's next thriller Filming is under way this week in...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014: K-9 on trial The fate of a Kaplan pit bull who killed its...

CPC elects new leaders

Freshman Councilman Kevin Naquin, a popular Cajun musician who represents northwest Lafayette Parish, is the new chairman of the council. Vice Chairman is Kenneth Boudreaux. In an annual...

Karma owners shutter venue

Karma Nightclub & Lounge is now but a remnant of the sometimes sordid, sideways history of downtown Lafayette revitalization. [Update: As KATC reported, Karma was also the subject of a lawsuit by...

Bertrand repeats on utility board

Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Don Bertrand will serve a second three-year term on the American Public Power Association's Policy Makers Council. Bertrand Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Don...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, Jan. 6, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, Jan. 6, 2014: C'est What? Blaming a 14-year-old rape victim A scandal is rocking...

Clarifying Act 1

The changes wrought by the passage of Act 1 during the 2012 Legislative Session have proven controversial, for the Lafayette Parish School Board and for school districts statewide, and will be the...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014: Baby New Year Born at 1:15 a.m. Jan. 1, Isabelle Kate Delahoussaye...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, Dec. 30, 2013: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Monday, Dec. 30, 2013: Another housing authority scandal In this report from Eunice Today,...

Ethics to former traffic head: be careful

Tony Tramel, the former director of traffic and transportation for Lafayette Consolidated Government, has been told to proceed with caution in his new role as a private traffic consultant lest he run...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Dec. 27, 2013: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Dec. 27, 2013: When cops behave badly A Breaux Bridge Police officer's attempt to...

Walter Guillory going down in housing authority mess

Bribery charge comes three years after executive director resigned from the Lafayette Housing Authority, and there is more to come. Walter Guillory is facing federal bribery and wire fraud charges...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013: Body cams for Eunice PD The Eunice Police Department has joined...

Thad Welch: The policy breach that wasn't

The Lafayette Parish School Board members in pursuit of Superintendent Pat Cooper's job will need to search for new ammunition come 2014, when an external audit report will be released debunking their...

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Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Dec. 20, 2013: Choice cuts from Acadiana's news media for Friday, Dec. 20, 2013: UL QB Terrance Broadway Bikers make merry Forget the gruff...

Greg Awbrey's December surprise

Lafayette Parish School Board member Greg Awbrey deserves an attaboy for his unexpected vote during Wednesday's meeting approving a mediation session between the board and Superintendent Pat...

Sage advice from outgoing LPSB Prez

In a letter distributed during Wednesday night's meeting, Lafayette Parish School Board member Shelton Cobb, in his final meeting as board president, called on his fellow board members to start...

Breaux Bridge counterfeiter gets 18 months

Joshua Dore of Breaux Bridge was sentenced Tuesday to 1.5 years in prison for counterfeiting, according to a press release issued by U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley's office on Wednesday. Joshua Dore...

Skylar Credeur's alleged killer now faces life

Kerry Bertrand's charge was upgraded Tuesday by an Acadia Parish grand jury from manslaughter to second-degree murder for his alleged role in the drowning death of his stepdaughter, Skylar...

Enough is enough

The agenda for Wednesday's meeting of the Lafayette Parish School Board tells it all: The board has lost sight of its elected purpose. The agenda for Wednesday's meeting of the Lafayette Parish School...

3 Lafayette bars' liquor licenses suspended

Says ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert, "Obviously, they are not responsible enough to have the privilege of selling alcohol. This blatant disregard of the law will not be tolerated." After being...

5 LPSB members may face fines for absences

Five members of the Lafayette Parish School Board are facing potential fines of as much as $1,400 for excessive absences from board meetings in 2013. Five members of the Lafayette Parish School Board,...

Couillon on da loose: Wilson Viator

It took a unanimous vote of the Youngsville Council to compel the mayor to pay some $7,500 in bills to a few vendors used by the city's PD. Opines Mayor Wilson Viator to himself: "Youngsville...

Guillory to save the lost through ... tourism

America is lost, says state Sen. Elbert Guillory, and that's the reason he'll be running for Lieutenant Gov. come 2015. State Sen. Elbert Guillory America is lost, says state Sen. Elbert Guillory,...

The rebate debate

An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn't solve the vexing issue of government revenue. Amid mounting pressure from...

The Advertiser + USA Today = Butterfly Project

As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the "Butterfly Project," a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday's edition of the...

She's ba-ack!

The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season. Sarah...

Louisiana choots 'em up

The number of per-year gun deaths in the U.S. is poised to outpace the number of traffic deaths by 2015, except for Louisiana, which is among a handful of states to already eclipse that marker. The...

Shutdown Jr. says Shutdown Sr. will run for gov

That would be Congressman John Fleming talking about Sen. David Vitter. Louisiana Congressman John Fleming, who last October following the shutdown of the federal government vowed to shut 'er down...

‘Secret Cajun Man' too ill for trial?

The alleged mastermind behind the bribery scheme that went on for four years under DA Mike Harson's nose isn't just schizophrenic, bipolar and recovering from mini strokes; he now says he has...

Is the Advertiser catching 'butterflies'

If a recent advertisement in The Daily Advertiser is any indication, speculation the local daily will be implementing the "Butterfly Project" could be more of a reality than the...

Paving Paradise?

Hushed plans for a commercial development along the Louisiana Avenue portion of the Holy Rosary campus put the future of longtime tenant EarthShare Gardens in jeopardy. Hushed plans for a commercial...

Rebate repeal clears intro

An ordinance to phase out a 2 percent rebate to Lafayette merchants for collecting and remitting on time sales taxes cleared the City-Parish Council by a 6-3 vote. Councilman Kevin Naquin An...

La. joins suit against flood insurance hike

Louisiana has joined four other states in filing a so-called "friend of the court" brief in support of Mississippi's lawsuit against the federal government over new flood insurance rates set...

Charge filed against Skylar Credeur's alleged killer

Kerry Wayne Bertrand was charged Monday for the alleged killing of his stepdaughter, Skylar Lee Credeur, a UL Lafayette chemistry major found dead in the bathtub of her family home in August. Kerry...

Another trial delay for Busted in Acadiana's Hebert

The attorneys for Busted in Acadiana administrator Chris Hebert got an extra 2.5 months Monday to prepare for their client's felony trial, marking the third time the case has been delayed this...

Cooper's olive branch

In an effort to ease tensions, Lafayette Parish Superintendent of Schools Dr. Pat Cooper is calling for board approval of two day-long workshops: one to address lingering questions caused by Act 1 of...

Comp Plan draft released

The Citizens Advisory Committee working on Lafayette's comprehensive plan will meet with representatives of planning firm WRT on Tuesday to commence the next stage in developing the plan for...

21 NGOs referred to debt office; Colomb cleared (?)

Nearly two dozen non governmental organizations that have received $2.5 million in state funding have been referred to the newly created state Office of Debt Recovery and the Louisiana Attorney...

Choreographer Breaux dead at 89

The Carencro native and UL alumnus rose to prominence via his work on Mary Poppins' and The Sound of Music.' Choreographer Marc Breaux, right, rehearses with Dick Van Dyke and Julie...

Campus Dems to host Obamacare forum

UL Lafayette's College Democrats will host a public forum on the Affordable Care Act featuring panelists who will highlight the benefits of the law for Louisiana college students. UL Lafayette's...

CPC to consider phase out of vendor tax compensation

The City-Parish Council on Tuesday, Dec. 3 will revisit an ordinance that would end the 2-percent cut merchants in the city and unincorporated parish get for remitting sales tax collections on time....

Alleged victim speaks out in Catholic High scandal

Paula Latiolais' alleged victim steps forward to say he was molested by the former New Iberia Catholic High teacher. Paula Latiolais' alleged victim stepped forward Monday, saying he was molested...

Lafayette bars face revocations

An undercover operation by state officials reveals numerous violations at several Lafayette bars. ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert Several Lafayette bars are facing suspension or "probable"...

Downtown Alive is cancelled!

Let us commence a community-wide gnashing of teeth. Our beloved downtown Friday concert series is no match for Mama Nature this...

Tehmi's playing hooky

State law requires school board members to attend ethics/governance classes annually. LPSB member Tehmi Chassion has attended none this year and fell short in 2012. Photo by Robin May Tehmi...

9/11 ‘vandal' cleared by grand jury

Thirty-five-year-old Salvador Perez of Lafayette was facing a charge of criminal damage to historic buildings after being arrested on the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. A Lafayette Parish grand...

Six pack of fools

Six Lafayette Parish School Board members violated their own policy Wednesday night by terminating their relationship with the 15th Judicial District Attorney's Office, begging the question: Must they...

Colomb lawyers up amid Kennedy crusade

Sterling Colomb, executive director and founder of the Lafayette-based Colomb Foundation, has hired high-powered Baton Rouge attorney Mary Olive Pierson to fend off state Treasurer John Kennedy's...

A taxing issue

Whether a sales and property tax election is put before voters in May will depend on Wednesday night's vote by the Lafayette Parish School Board. Whether a sales and property tax election is put...

Boustany targeted by teapsters

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, might be looking at another challenge from the right, assuming he seeks re-election to a sixth term in Congress next year. U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany,...

Stakes are high with Common Core

With more complaints than big ideas being heard, supporters and opponents are wondering what happens next in regard to Common Core. With more complaints than big ideas being heard, supporters and...

‘Judge Reggie' dead at 87

Edmund Reggie, one of the most well-connected people ever in state politics, has died. Edmund Reggie, one of the most well-connected people ever in state politics, has died. According to the family,...

Ousted flood board member touting new organization

Historian John Barry is among those launching a new organization formed to boost public support for a south Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies over coastal wetlands...

Analysis: Jindal in shadows of flood rate fight

Despite the calls for alarm, Gov. Bobby Jindal has largely stayed quiet on an issue that is one of the biggest worries in his home state. An AP News Analysis BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Steep rate...

This week in couillon: Lindel Toups

The Lafourche Parish councilman has him some priorities all right: send the sons of bitches back to Mexico and build a new jail. Yeah, this guy A Lafourche Parish councilman has him some priorities...

Man the gannons, it's all-out war-telle!

Prepare to overdose on the adjectives scrumptious, sumptuous, elegant and regal as The Acadiana Advocate and The Daily Advertiser go to battle in "the ladies' section" of their respective...

North La. race highlights GOP divide

But the battle between political newcomer Vance McAllister and state Sen. Neil Riser isn't tea party outsider vs. the chamber of commerce politician. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Republican Party's...

Finances improving for state-run property insurer

Steve Cottrell, chief financial officer for the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp., said the company's doing better than projected but is still $15 million in the red, with more money owed...

Gulf states get first $113M from oil spill fines

The grants were announced Thursday by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Louisiana is getting $67.9 million, Florida $15.7 million, Alabama $12.6 million, Texas $8.8 million and Mississippi...

Two parishes file suits against oil companies

The lawsuits allege a variety of environmental law violations, including operating unpermitted waste pits and the dredging of canals without proper permits. NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two southeast Louisiana...

House speaker opens door to tuition changes

Legislation granting university boards more control over tuition didn't make it through this year's regular session, but House Speaker Chuck Kleckley, R-Lake Charles, said he's willing to give it...

Gumbo weather racing into Acadiana

Areas south of Interstate 10, including Lake Charles, Lafayette and New Orleans, will still see cold winds, but will likely stay above freezing. NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Winter will sweep into Louisiana...

Evidence in kidnap suspect's death headed to DA

Scott Thomas, 29, was found shot Friday at an abandoned house in Duson, and autopsy results are pending. Bethany Arceneaux Evidence in the death of a man apparently shot as he stabbed his kidnapping...

C'est what, Advocate?

It's the "Official Newspaper of the New Orleans Saints." You wouldn't know it from the sports section in today's Acadiana edition. We respect The Advocate. It is, pound for pound - as...

Landrieu threatened by rollout of health law

Mary Landrieu needs some good news from the federal health care law - and soon - or an issue that's already tricky for the Democratic U.S. senator's 2014 re-election bid threatens to become a tough...

What's been up with Beasley?

LPSB member Hunter Beasley's role in this year's selection of an administrator for the school system's group benefits plan recently drew the ire of many teachers and retired educators, and was the...

Obama to pitch US exports at New Orleans port

President Barack Obama is heading to the Gulf Coast to make the case that more exports equals more jobs. [Editor's Note: At the invitation of the White House, Lafayette City-Parish Councilman Kenneth...

State to cut food stamp benefits for overspending

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration intends to strip food stamps from people who are believed to have deliberately spent more than their monthly benefits when the electronic food stamp service was down...

Louisiana Medicaid program has $50M budget gap

State health officials are asking lawmakers to close with more money, rather than cuts. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Medicaid program that cares for the poor, elderly and disabled has a $50...

LPSB: Why buy the cow when the milk's free?

The Lafayette Parish School Board has developed an unhealthy reliance in on paying for its legal advice, and that advice hasn't come cheap. Despite having an appointed assistant district attorney from...

Fundraising has two faces for Cassidy

The fundraising gap in the U.S. Senate race between Sen. Mary Landrieu and Congressman Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, is not getting smaller and is actually larger than reported. The fundraising gap in...

Lawmakers say shift to Common Core moving too fast

Lawmakers said Monday they support toughening Louisiana's educational standards, but they criticized state education leaders for the way the standards have been rolled out in school districts. BATON...

Vitter seeks tougher response on food stamp misuse

Vitter accused people who overspent their benefits of theft and said they should be prosecuted and ousted from the food stamp program. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State leaders haven't done enough to...

Donelon: At least 80,000 face canceled policies

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says at least 80,000 people in Louisiana won't be able to keep their current insurance coverage because of the federal health overhaul. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -...

C'est what, An LPSB member with leadership concerns?

The agenda for Wednesday's Lafayette Parish School Board meeting includes a discussion item from a board member who wants to share his "personal" thoughts and "concerns" on styles...

Audit: DHH paid $1.9M for Medicaid for dead people

Louisiana paid nearly $1.9 million last year through the state's privatized Medicaid programs for 1,727 people who were not receiving services because they had died, according to an audit released...

Court to hear arguments on BP oil spill settlement

A federal appeals court is set to hear dueling arguments on whether a judge should have approved BP's multibillion-dollar settlement for compensating victims of its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of...

Seabaugh skips 2014 Senate race, endorses Cassidy

A Republican state lawmaker who had talked about entering Louisiana's U.S. Senate race has decided against a campaign. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Republican state lawmaker who had talked about entering...

Pardon our progress

You've probably noticed some glitches at theind.com. We're aware of them. You've probably noticed some glitches at theind.com. We're aware of them. Late last week we switched over to a larger server...

US Senate OKs further support for Chimp Haven

It would let the secretary of Health and Human Services override a $30 million cap on federal money for Chimp Haven if that would cut the cost of maintaining chimpanzees owned by the National...

Whooping cough up in La, Texas, Ark

Whooping cough has set a post-1960s record in Louisiana and state officials are asking doctors to keep an eye out for it. NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Whooping cough has set a post-1960s record in Louisiana and...

Study calls on La. to change sentencing laws

Louisiana should shrink its prison population and costs by repealing minimum mandatory sentences for nonviolent crimes. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana should shrink its prison population and costs...

Not all legislators paid the same

In total, the state spent $6.1 million last calendar year compensating, in terms of taxable income, the elected members of the Legislature, including $4.3 million doled out by the House and $1.7...

Landrieu's embrace of Obamacare targeted

A Republican outside political group says it will spend more than $2 million in advertising in the coming weeks to tie Senate Democrats Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana to...

Karma celebrates by hosting knife fight?

No. But word of a pair of stabbings in the downtown mega club last weekend will no doubt have many shaking their heads and muttering, "I told ya so!" Just days after reaching an agreement...

Lawmakers push to delay huge flood insurance hikes

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is pressing for a four-year delay to changes to the federal government's flood insurance program that are threatening to sock thousands of people with unaffordable...

41 state schools participate in tolerance project

The 12th annual National Mix It Up at Lunch Day, sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance project, encourages students to sit with someone new in the cafeteria for just one...

Seatbelt use up in La., but below national average

The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission says an annual survey to determine how many people buckle up showed the percentage had risen to 82.5 percent of drivers and front-seat passengers following the...

LPSB's Awbrey: Let's shoot the messenger

The Lafayette Parish School Board member representing District 6 in Lafayette evidently wants to can the district attorney's office as legal counsel for the board. Greg Awbrey The Lafayette Parish...

French ambassador to address UL grads

French Ambassador Francois Delattre will be the featured speaker Dec. 20 for graduation exercises at UL Lafayette. LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - French Ambassador Francois Delattre will be the featured...

Crystal Ball gives Landrieu an edge

"We'll save our Republican friends a recitation of all the damage they did to themselves during the recent battle over the government shutdown and the debt limit. Anyone who can read a poll knows...

State releasing latest school, district grades

State education officials are preparing to release the latest evaluations of public schools and school districts - including letter grades that take into account student achievement on state...

La. about average in international test comparison

A new report comparing eighth-graders in the United States with 38 other countries shows that Louisiana students scored slightly above the international average in science and on par with the average...

Regents asks for $87M budget increase next year

The Board of Regents approved its 2014-15 budget request Wednesday, to be forwarded to the governor's Division of Administration. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's top higher education board is...

Feds oppose parents' intervention in voucher case

Gov. Bobby Jindal, a voucher proponent, accused Justice Department lawyers Wednesday of trying to "muzzle" parents. NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says parents of Louisiana...

Today in awesome: Horse Farm packs 'em in

Dozens of Lafayette residents filled a meeting room at the Rosa Parks Transportation Center downtown over the lunch hour to offer their input on what they want the Horse Farm to look like when design...

Back to the drawing board

The Lafayette Parish School Board decided during Tuesday's special meeting to restart the process of selecting an administrator for the school system's health benefits program. 15th Judicial District...

Lawmakers look into flood insurance rate hikes

The House and Senate insurance committees planned a special public hearing on the topic Wednesday, as they look for ways to stop or lessen the skyrocketing rates. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana...

LPSB: Tuesday's meeting may not be legit

Tuesday's special meeting of the Lafayette Parish School Board - called by the board's president to deal with confusion created by this year's selection of a group health plan provider - appears to be...

Voucher contract with firm could grow

Even though BESE recently approved a $150,000 contract with a D.C. firm to defend the state against a lawsuit from the U.S. Justice Department, there are indications the payoff could be much larger....

What do you want the Horse Farm to become?

Offer your input beginning Wednesday during a series of forums aimed at drilling down on a community vision for the park. The "Share Your Vision" forum series that will allow Lafayette...

Voucher program grows by 1,800 students this year

Lawsuits, funding concerns and questions about quality haven't stopped the growth of Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Lawsuits, funding concerns and questions about quality...

Karma, state reach agreement

The downtown Lafayette nightclub facing a possible revocation of its liquor permit has reached an accord with the state and will remain in business. Karma on a typical Saturday night The downtown...

Analysis: Pay raises uneven across La. government

State government employees are getting pay raises again, but the policies are not uniform across agencies, creating a system of haves and have-nots where pay raises aren't dictated by performance...

Republicans keep 'Obamacare' in their sights

Or, if at first you don't succeed, and you don't succeed on the next 39 tries and you shut down the federal government to no avail, by all means try, try again! WASHINGTON (AP) - "Obamacare"...

LPSB catches its head

Perhaps blinded by the notion of an alleged $8 million in savings, the Lafayette Parish School Board appears to have since seen the light on how this year's selection of a group health plan provider...

2nd candidate enters HD 45 race

Jean-Paul Coussan, a Lafayette attorney and partner at the real estate title company Andrus Boudreaux, has announced his intention to replace popular term-limited state Rep. Joel Robideaux. Jean-Paul...

Boustany proves sensible, responsible

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, deserves an attaboy after demonstrating an increasingly rare trait on Capitol Hill late Wednesday: sanity. U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, deserves an...

LPSB plays dodgeball

Faced with a long list of problems surrounding its selection of a group health plan provider, the Lafayette Parish School Board instead zeroed in during Wednesday's meeting on the most minute of the...

La. senators split on budget deal

Democrat Mary Landrieu voted for it, saying important work was halted by what she called "antics by a few in the House." Republican David Vitter said he was against the bill because it...

Report says 242,000 uninsured in coverage gap

More than 242,000 poor, uninsured Louisiana residents fall into a health care coverage gap because the state isn't expanding its Medicaid program. BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - More than 242,000 poor,...

BESE tweaks regulations for Common Core standards

Louisiana's top school board made modest tweaks Wednesday to its regulations governing the state's shift to tougher testing and educational standards, in response to critics who wanted the standards...

Jindal names 3 to board that sued oil companies

Governor makes good on promise to not re-appoint anyone who supported the lawsuit to the nine-member Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has named...

And another one bites the dust

It's not too surprising that within a few weeks of announcing its new publisher, another head at The Daily Advertiser, has, well, rolled. It's not too surprising that within a few weeks of announcing...

Who is Key Benefit Administrators?

For two years running, the Lafayette Parish School Board's selection of a group health benefits provider has been tainted with misinformation, fuzzy math and a push to hire a company with a résumé...

La. high court strikes down immigrant driver law

Divided court rules that the state law is pre-empted by a federal law that imposes similar requirements but carries a lighter punishment. NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has struck down...

FIL names new exec. director

Festival International de Louisiane announced Tuesday evening that Missy Paschke-Wood has been name executive director. Festival International de Louisiane announced Tuesday evening that Missy...

Out of context

Shortly after our blog on BESE's approval of the two applications for Type 2 charters hit TheIND.com on Tuesday, a conversation about comments made by Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat...

As predicted, the charters are coming.

After foregoing its chance to have an oversight role by denying the applications last month from two charter operators to open Type 1 charter schools, the Lafayette Parish School Board will still be...

Landrieu outpaces Cassidy in latest fundraising

Information released by the campaigns indicates Landrieu raised nearly twice as much as Cassidy in the fundraising period from July through Sept. 30. The reports were due Tuesday to the Federal...

BESE hears concerns about Common Core standards

Groups of parents, tea party supporters and teacher union leaders are asking the state's top school board to change course on the use of tougher educational standards called the Common Core. BATON...

Does 2012 La gun amendment trump 1975 law?

Louisiana's law banning felons from having guns is too loosely drawn to stand up under a newer constitutional amendment protecting the right to bear arms, the attorney for a man who once pleaded...