City-Parish President Joey Durel spoke for about 45 minutes to a packed Cajundome Convention Center for his annual State of the Parish address, getting in a good-natured poke at newly elected City-Parish Council Chairman Brandon Shelvin that greatly delighted us.

The Lafayette City-Parish Council on Tuesday night voted unanimously to table an ordinance that would have repealed a 50-year-old law giving retailers in the city and unincorporated parish a cut of the sales tax action.

Two lawmakers want to open more of the Louisiana governor's office to scrutiny, proposing a bill that would limit the expansive public records exemption used by Gov. Bobby Jindal to hide nearly all documents in his office.

jindal_executionThe Catholic governor was asked by the Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops to stop the execution, which will be held on the Christian holy day of Ash Wednesday.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu sought to put an upbeat spin on the matter at a news conference Tuesday, saying the city's performance as host was near flawless despite the lights-out episode.

It's still not clear whether congressional approval is needed for plan to cut Saturday mail in August but continue package delivery six days a week.

Elaine Crump, 59, who received an undisclosed amount of money for helping falsify community service documents as part of an elaborate bribery scheme involving District Attorney Mike Harson's office, pleads guilty to failing to report the bribery.

cigaretteTwo years after unsuccessfully attempting to prevent a renewal of a 4-cent-per-pack cigarette tax, Gov. Bobby Jindal may recommend his own larger proposal to raise tobacco taxes.

As authorities investigate the cause of the 34-minute Super Bowl blackout, documents show Superdome officials were worried in the fall about losing power at the big game.

The internal strife that has taken hold of the Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission in recent months, according to commissioner Troy Hebert, all stems from policies that require workers to do what they’re paid to do; i.e., work.

The Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote Tuesday on an ordinance for final adoption that, if approved, would repeal a 2 percent rebate businesses within the city of Lafayette and unincorporated parts of the parish receive for remitting sales taxes to the school board in a timely manner.

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