Popular singer and accordionist Wayne Toups pled guilty to distribution of cocaine last week in Lake Charles federal court and faces a maximum of 20 years in jail and a fine of up to $1 million, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The plea stems from Toups' arrest in May 2000 for distributing .91 grams of cocaine. Reached by phone, Toups declined comment and said he would be issuing a statement at a later date. He referred questions to his attorney, who did not respond to a call by press time. A representative of the U.S. Attorney's Office said Toups' sentencing date was not yet scheduled. ' SJ
MOSQUITO CONTRACT CANCELLED
The city of Franklin opted out of its mosquito spraying contract with Mosquito Control Contractors Inc. ("Foggy Contract Breakdown," June 1) last week. St. Mary Parish government first signed a contract with MCCI for one year in April 2000, which included all five municipalities: Franklin, Patterson, Berwick, Baldwin and Morgan City. The contract was not renewed in 2001, but after the outbreak of West Nile virus the parish signed a new contract in 2004. The Franklin City Council voted unanimously to approve Mayor Raymond Harris's recommendation to cancel its agreement with St. Mary Parish government and MCCI, although it will remain in the West Nile testing program. "Basically we've decided to create our own program in-house," Harris says. "We were not satisfied with the results last year." ' MT
INDEPENDENT COVER CONTEST
COUILLONS ON DA LOOSE
Rep. Jack Smith, D-Stephensville, and Rep. Troy Hebert, D-Jeanerette, tried to pull a fast one in the final hours of last week's legislative session, earning the wrath of their fellow legislators and seriously damaging their credibility with constituents. After Hebert's controversial bill that would have allowed convenience stores that sell beer to also sell frozen alcoholic drinks was shot down, Smith tacked on the language from Hebert's bill as an amendment to a different bill ' one which was supposed to set up a hotline for people with drinking problems ' and sneak it past his contemporaries. Once the ruse was discovered and the new bill was killed, Smith joked about "stretching the truth."
Business organizations opposed the proposal, saying it would lead to job losses and higher prices for goods and services.
An attempt to repeal a six-year-old law that permits public school science teachers to use material outside a classroom's adopted textbook has been rejected by the Senate Education Committee.
New York Times poll shows Obama, Jindal have identical approval and disapproval ratings in the state.
OK, so they’re bentgrass, the type used on golf course greens. But grass is grass.
The Senate Finance Committee approved the bill Wednesday, despite opponents who argued it would shut down the storefront lenders.
A measure to allow the state to implement its own, less stringent plan for limiting carbon dioxide emissions unanimously passed the Senate.
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Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.