Before I give you the details, I thought this was an opportune time for a brief reminder about who we are and what you can and should expect from The Independent Weekly and all its endeavors.
For starters, we're locally owned. Publishers Steve May and Cherry Fisher May and Associate Publisher Odie Terry have been involved in Louisiana media their whole lives. They started this paper more than three years ago with one core belief: Acadiana readers deserved a newspaper that told the local stories that other media wouldn't touch. A paper that valued investigative reporting, top-notch writing and photography and told stories with an alternative, independent voice that wasn't beholden to corporate interests.
Every employee of The Independent Weekly lives in Acadiana. We're either natives or we've lived in Louisiana for decades. We raise our families here, send our kids to local schools and pay taxes here. We do it because we love it here and can't imagine living anywhere else.
For that reason, we always strive to make The Independent Weekly a reflection of your lives and our lives and the things that matter most in our community. We don't work at The Independent because we're angling for a job promotion from our corporate parent to go work and live in Boise, Idaho or Dallas, Texas. We don't have to follow corporate initiatives from New York or California and take a cookie-cutter approach to writing about our region.
We work here because we care deeply about Acadiana and Louisiana.
That means demanding accountability from our politicians. It entails covering hurricane recovery, health care, education, business, the environment, culture and arts and entertainment. It means taking a stand when we see threats to our quality of life ' and celebrating when we see people moving Acadiana forward in positive ways.
We like a good joke and poking fun when it's warranted, too.
Those philosophies that drive The Independent Weekly are the same ones behind our new daily news service ' The INDsider.
Here's how it works: Sign up online with your e-mail address, and every weekday morning we'll e-mail you our take on the top stories of the day in Acadiana and Louisiana. You'll get a mix of breaking news and succinct analysis of politics, business, arts and entertainment, culture and sports. You can also comment on and discuss any item in The INDsider.
You'll notice in this edition of The Independent that we've renamed our IndBrief news section The INDsider, because we'll be updating items that appear in The INDsider in the print edition each week.
As always, thanks for reading. We hope you enjoy The Independent Weekly and The INDsider as much as we enjoy creating them for you.
Struggling to preserve their Senate majority, Democrats are attacking Republicans over Medicare and Social Security in Louisiana, spending cuts in Arkansas, off-shore jobs in New Hampshire and women's issues in Colorado.
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he "can't wait" to play against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The heat keeps rising for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal as a new slate of corruption allegations surfaced this week.
If opposing defenses sell out to stop the Packers' passing game, they risk being gashed by powerful running back Eddie Lacy, a New Orleans-area native.
At the horn the officiating crew trotted to the tunnel and left security personnel to clean up after them.
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We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.