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Q&A: Dr. Rick Swanson

The UL Lafayette poli-sci professor has been presenting a compelling history of black civil rights in Lafayette Parish from the late 18th century to late 20th century. His findings are unsettling.

Pierre’s amended ‘ban the box’ bill headed to JBE

The House approved, 90-1, Senate amendments to House Bill 688 by Rep. Vincent Pierre, D-Lafayette, preventing Louisiana’s public colleges and universities, with a couple of exceptions, from inquiring about a prospective student’s criminal history during the application process.

A question of honor

How best to honor the late Jimmy Long has turned into a family feud that played out in House Education on Wednesday

Monumental showdown a letdown

Rep. Thomas Carmody asked the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee to pull HB71 from its Wednesday agenda. The author of SB198 did the same, putting off the expected confrontations on the bills until next week.



Living Large

It may not be a good market for super pricey pads in Lafayette Parish, but that did not stop these 10 from changing hands in 2016.

LPD: Hub City crime dropped in ’16

The Lafayette Police Department says there was a 5-percent drop in total crimes reported in the city in 2016, based on crime statistics released Monday morning.

#PARTY GIRL: A Grand Coteau Slaughter!

Surprised would be an understatement when Hilary Slaughter walked through the back door and into the dining room of the restaurant Catahoula’s that she and her husband John used to own and run in Grand Coteau.

Deadline is Jan. 27 for INDesign entries

Established in 2005, the INDesign Awards are presented each spring to honor exemplary projects in commercial and residential architecture and interior design, historic preservation and urban development.

50 years the Savoy way

Marc Savoy didn't want publicity for his Eunice accordion shop's milestone 50th anniversary. We're giving it to him anyway.

Scott Free

Congressional candidate Scott Angelle’s term as secretary of the Department of Natural Resources was a free ride for the oil and gas industry, and it cost the state dearly in lost revenue.

No sanctuary

Ten months after the "illegal immigration" presser that prompted The IND's public records request, City Marshal Brian Pope is indicted on five felony counts.

Kennedy, La. treasurer, running for Senate

A statewide elected official for 16 years, Kennedy announced his campaign in a statement noting as a point of pride that he's often been at odds with Louisiana's elected officials, even those in his own party.

Painting around the Alfred in the room

As plans to gussy up a public space Downtown advance, we tiptoe around that space’s original intent: to memorialize “our great and truly noble Southern race.”

Winning the game. Losing the war.

Since Tevin Lewis was shot by LPD officers in September, the police have been shrewd in playing the public information game, a tactic that's served to further erode the relationship between local law enforcement and the black community.

Tribe food collective emerges

Housing three like-minded operations in one, the Tribe food collective will serve Lafayette as the all-purpose stop for specialty diets and conscious cuisine.


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Vitter now opposes Common Core

Four months ago, Vitter, a Republican running for governor, described his strong support for the multistate standards. But on Monday, the senator said Louisiana needs to stop using Common...

Going Public

Dafford and Gould pull away from UL Lafayette in mid-November with boxes and boxes of The Public Art of Robert Dafford, photographed and written by Gould. They embark on 2,000 miles of road travel, attending book signings and interviews at venues between Louisiana and Ohio, meandering through West Virginia and Kentucky, and stopping in Vicksburg, Miss., before returning home to Lafayette.

Tweaks to health program will cost state, schools

By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself...

Protestors demonstrate in several La. cities

Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown. Michael Brown was...

Hess employee pleads guilty to $1M fraud

A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card. HOUSTON (AP) - An employee of Hess Corporation faces up to 20...

Analysis: ‘Big Oil’ suit survives, so far

Facing opposition from a powerful industry, the governor and many in the Legislature, a New Orleans-area flood board‘s lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies seemed doomed early...

BP fights on to oust Juneau

BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP is heading to a...

Halliburton, Baker Hughes in talks

in light of falling oil prices, Forbes asks, "Will there be more?" Halliburton‘s Lafayette manufacturing facility on Pont des Mouton Road, across from Northpark Technology Center. The Wall...

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