Here’s to local law enforcement officials for making three arrests in the Lundi Gras killing of Lafayette cab driver Wallace Badeaux, 35. Two 19-year-old Lafayette residents, Kevin Gildhouse and Aaron Francois, are accused of robbing Badeaux for the paltry sum of $100 and then shooting him once in the head at close range. The Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department also arrested Gildhouse's girlfriend,18-year old Margaret Sanchez, as an accessory after the fact to first degree murder.
Wally Badeaux was a sweet guy — one of those quiet and reserved types who never seemed to get on anyone’s bad side — just a good dude. From 2003 to 2008, I drove for Dixie Cab, working the nightshift from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. I worked with Wally for the last six months I was employed there. Although I experienced many rewarding chapters during my tenure driving a cab, I also experienced almost any and every kind of maddening situation you could imagine, including being robbed at gunpoint for $64 by five guys in 2008 — one who held the gun in my face, another who pulled the keys out of the ignition of the cab so I couldn’t drive off, and three more who just stood around getting dumber by the minute. Luckily, I only lost $64. The point is this: I had my gun sitting in a bag next to me. When these guys ran off, I could’ve easily turned and fired off a few shots at them as they sprinted into the darkness, but I didn’t feel that losing $64 was worth someone’s life even if they had just robbed me. I am pretty sure Wally felt the same way. He was not vengeful person. He was just a regular guy, trying to make the best of a tough job. Like a lot of people.
I’m thankful that I have don’t have to drive a cab anymore. But I am sad for Wally, his family, and the others left behind as well as anyone working the nightshift who has to venture out into the good night, just wondering where it will lead.
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 and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
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.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
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.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
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.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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By now, the story of how longtime LSU coach Dale Brown discovered Shaquille O'Neal has been told many times: Brown happened upon a massive 13-year-old at an army base in Germany, stayed in touch with him and eventually became like a second father.
Fate simply wasn't ready to give the New Orleans Saints a break from longtime nemesis Steve Smith.
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 on.
"I want to take an opportunity to thank the people of Lafayette for allowing me to serve you for the last three years as your school superintendent."