Friday, April 19 - Friday, April 26

As sensible firearm legislation withers on the vine in Congress and the gun nuts at the NRA gin up fear and paranoia, a newly released report trumpets what we’ve intuitively known since musket days: lax gun laws and high rates of gun violence go hand in glove, and Louisiana comes out on “top” in both.

Lafayette Parish School Board members Greg Awbrey and Tehmi Chassion may be playing with fire as far as Thad Welch is concerned, as the so-called “issue” over Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper's refusal to fire Welch will likely hit a boiling point at the end of tonight’s meeting.

The House budget committee chairman is unhappy that next year's proposed public school funding formula strips a requirement for how much money must be spent in the classroom.  Photo by Robin May

Continuing deaths of dolphins and sea turtles are a sign that the Gulf of Mexico is still feeling effects from the 2010 spill that spewed 200 million gallons of oil from a well a mile below the surface, a prominent environmental group said Tuesday.

The company whose nearly $200 million Medicaid contract with the state has been cancelled says it didn't do anything improper to get the work, despite an ongoing federal investigation into the contract award.

Sources are telling The Ind that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s controversial proposal to eliminate the state’s corporate and individual income taxes and replace the lost revenue with a sharp spike and expansion of the state sales tax is finally — and deservedly — dead.

Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy is running for the Senate next year, seeking to keep Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu from a fourth term.

jindal_emperorGov. Bobby Jindal’s approval rating among voters remains at an all-time low. Heck, it's even lower than President Barack Hussein Obama's.

The message Tuesday at Northside High School was clear: The people support Lafayette Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper’s turnaround plan and think it’s time for the school board to follow suit. Embraced by most in attendance, the message, unfortunately, fell on some deaf ears.

The lawmaker sponsoring Gov. Bobby Jindal's tax rewrite proposal said Monday that while the plan faces strong opposition, it's not doomed to failure as the legislative session begins next week.

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