Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Mark Hudspeth hasn’t coached his first Cajun football game yet, and there’s already talk about raising more money to keep him here. That’s how optimistic Cajun fans fed up with mediocrity are about his ability to turn the program around. By Dan McDonald
There’s an aura of intensity constantly whirling around Mark Hudspeth.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
On the heels of the one-year anniversary of the oil disaster, coastal residents say they’re coming down with mysterious and frightening illnesses. By Alex Woodward
“This is the best-hidden secret perhaps in the history of our nation.”
Dr. Mike Robichaux speaks into a microphone while standing on a truck bed parked in the shade of a massive tree in his yard in Raceland. He’s wearing a blue polo shirt and jeans, and his white-gray hair is parted neatly. The former state senator, known affectionately as Dr. Mike, is an ear, nose and throat specialist in Lafourche Parish and self-described “too easygoing of a guy.” Today, he’s pissed.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Board member one month, recipient of its largesse the next, a local real estate investor maneuvers government regulations for housing the poor into a pending $2.5 million payday for himself. By Leslie Turk
On Dec. 2, 2005, Greg Gachassin notified his fellow Lafayette Public Trust Finance Authority board members that the state’s annual allocation of tax-exempt bonds for low-interest home buying programs was not being fully utilized and that few — if any — of these loans were being originated in Lafayette Parish.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Lafayette state Rep. Joel Robideaux aims to become the first speaker of the House to hail from Acadiana in 50 years — and the first ever with no party affiliation.
By Nathan Stubbs Photos by Robin May
Two weeks before the Legislature convened for its spring session last year, state Rep. Joel Robideaux received a letter in the mail from Noble Ellington, his legislative colleague from Winnsboro. At the time, Ellington was also Robideaux’s chief rival in a heated campaign for speaker pro tempore, the state House of Representative’s No. 2 leadership position. Both Robideaux and Ellington had their respective blocks of support among legislators — House members elect both speaker and speaker pro tem — and while historically the position is decided in closed door meetings well in advance of the session, this race increasingly seemed headed toward a potentially divisive showdown.
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
If a penny saved is a penny earned, some of Lafayette’s most affluent property owners are making a killing, and they’re doing it at the public’s expense.
By Heather Miller Photos by Robin May
The ever-expanding commercial playground known as the southside of Lafayette is as urban as it gets for city dwellers here. From Camellia Boulevard to Kaliste Saloom Road to Ambassador Caffery to the Mall of Acadiana and beyond, the area has been consecrated by a continuous boom of restaurants, retail centers, financial institutions, a traditional neighborhood development — and an abundance of “farmland” nestled cozily in between.
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