Traditional music degree on tap at UL.
By Dominick Cross
In a 1965 editorial, titled “They Call That Music??!!” Burton Grindstaff wrote in the Opelousas Daily World: “Cajuns brought some mighty fine things down from Novia [sic] Scotia with them, including their jolly selves, but their so-called music is one thing I wish they hadn’t.”
Lafayette’s new superintendent wants the school system to get between students and illegal drug use.
By Heather Miller
This story is the second in a two-part series on Pat Cooper’s turnaround plan.
For every 300 students drug tested in the Central Community School System in East Baton Rouge Parish, five test positive for illegal substances, according to a September 2010 report from Baton Rouge’s WBRZ. Whether that number is lower in Lafayette Parish middle and high schools will likely be a calculable statistic by next year, as Superintendent Pat Cooper has included in his six-year district turnaround plan a pilot program for random drug testing in the district.
Assistant DA Keith Stutes is seeking answers in potentially flawed OWI prosecutions.
By Leslie Turk
Just days after District Attorney Mike Harson informed The Advocate that he had appointed an assistant district attorney to look into whether some people cited for OWI had actually performed their community service work, sources told The Independent that ADA had subpoenaed individuals to appear for questioning.
Gov. Bobby Jindal got his way on education reform, but the debate is far from over.
By Jeremy Alford
It was a simple matter to label Gov. Bobby Jindal’s education reform package this session as a Republican effort, especially since it’s the party of the governor and the lawmakers who handled his legislation. However, some Republicans voted against Jindal’s education plan, and some Democrats stood with him.
For hardcore politics, look no further than the Legislature’s ‘legacy’ lawsuit debate.
By Jeremy Alford
The last few years have seen state Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, introduce one measure after another to smother the flames created by so-called legacy lawsuits in Louisiana. Legacy lawsuits arise from old — sometimes decades-old — contamination of land by oil and gas drillers. The litigation gets its name because subsequent drillers on contaminated lands “inherit” the liability created by previous, often defunct companies.
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