A recent poll commissioned by the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry shows that 22 percent of Louisiana voters say the economy and jobs are the No. 1 issue facing Congress next year. Education, 13.9 percent, and the war in Iraq, 13.8 percent, were second and third among the 600 likely voters interviewed. Gasoline/energy prices was fourth at 12.7 percent.
The poll was conducted by Southern Media & Opinion Research. Though there are federal election campaigns going on in the state, LABI's focus for the poll was on issues, not candidates.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.