The newly minted executive director of Downtown Lafayette Unlimited addressed about 40 downtown business owners Tuesday evening at Bolt nightclub to offer an overview of his vision for the district — a vision that begins with increasing the downtown’s residential population.

Lawmakers will debate the proposal in the legislative session that begins April 8, but they'll have only two months to make a decision before the session ends in June.

If a taxpayer doesn't specifically choose the check or electronic deposit on tax forms, the refund will come on a pre-loaded debit card.

A retired BP employee who supervised drilling operations on the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico says he never felt pressure to sacrifice safety to save money, even though the project was behind schedule and over budget.

A decision by the Louisiana High School Athletic Association will separate traditional public school football playoffs from those held by private, magnet and charter schools.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel is pushing for the Louisiana Supreme Court to weigh in on the ethics charges against 16th Judicial District Attorney Phil Haney.
Pending council approval, of course. And they’re offering an amnesty period during which late fees will be waived.

The state Department of Agriculture and Forestry says on Feb. 21 a horse was diagnosed with a wild strain of the virus and six days later, several more horses were diagnosed.

The fate of the former St. Luke’s Hospital in Arnaudville now rests in the hands of the St. Martin Parish Council, and those pushing to use the vacant facility for the site of a French Immersion campus are calling on supporters to attend Tuesday night's meeting in St. Martinville.

The Washington Post confirmed Monday and other media have now widely reported that Lafayette Republican Congressman Charles Boustany will not run for U.S. Senate in 2014 against incumbent Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu.

John Kennedy said in a column released Monday that the state will face another round of midyear budget slashing if lawmakers approve the governor's spending plans for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

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