Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Nearly 15 years in the making and created out of the tragedy of beloved Lafayette musician (and physician) Tommy Comeaux’s death in a cycling accident in 1997, a bachelor’s degree in traditional music — read, Cajun and zydeco — is nearly a reality at UL Lafayette.
Local officials appear to have been simply doing their jobs in the case involving allegations of inappropriate touching by a Lafayette teacher — except for the police department’s decision to arrest Katie Champagne, 30, for indecent behavior with juveniles before collecting more evidence.
How quickly will the St. Martin Parish School board burn through $88,000? Infinitely more quickly than it took the 450 acres of cypress and tupelo trees in a swath of the Atchafalaya Basin to grow into a harvestable commodity.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
We have a feeling the success of INNOV8 Lafayette will be felt for some time to come — and far beyond what its organizers even imagined.
Gov. Bobby Jindal and his Economic Development Secretary Stephen Moret are flying high through the corporation-lined clouds as they tout the state’s low unemployment figures and stable economy as reasons for supporting big-business tax breaks and other corporate exemptions that the Jindal administration has been steadily handing down.
State news outlets have been quick to harp on Gov. Bobby Jindal’s extensive out-of-state travels since he took first office in 2008, but even frequent-flyer Jindal hasn’t racked up the 41 days of national and international travel that state Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has acquired since March 2011 — more than $20,000 worth of free trips paid for by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, a national group with established ties to the insurance industry.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
A controversial bill that critics say would have given privately run, publicly funded charter schools the right to discriminate against gay students is all but dead in the Legislature.
A Rayne mother is facing four counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of four of her five children, ages 8 and younger, who died late Saturday night in a fire that consumed their mobile home.
There’s little dispute the “New Orleans Saints have produced countless exciting and magical moments for the city of New Orleans, the state of Louisiana, the Gulf Coast region, and the entire country,” as Metairie Republican state Rep. Cameron Henry’s House Concurrent Resolution 50 emphatically states, but Henry’s bid to get National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell to re-reconsider the arguably harsh punishment levied on the Saints in connection with Bounty-gate is pointless at best.
Wednesday April 18, 2012
The coalition of independent civic groups working to improve public education in Lafayette Parish has increased its membership with the addition of three new member organizations — the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Pugh Family Foundation and the Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation — joining the Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council.
If the last week is any indication, it’s going to be a very muddy late summer and early fall. Although he hasn’t formally announced yet, it’s clear U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, will go after Lafayette Republican Rep. Charles Boustany’s seat in what promises to be an ugly campaign.
When Vincent Pierre, now a state representative for Lafayette, announced last summer his intention to challenge incumbent Rep. Rickey Hardy in the October 2011 election — an election he won in a November runoff — he signalled he would run a campaign focusing on improving the educational and economic fortunes of his relatively impoverished district.
Wednesday April 11, 2012
A portion of the “racino” revenues state Treasurer John Kennedy says “rightfully belongs” to the St. Landry Parish School System has been restored to the struggling district after Gov. Bobby Jindal unsuccessfully tried to funnel the money to the state’s Medical Assistance Trust Fund (read DHH).
Three of The Daily Advertiser’s longtime newsroom employees — a wealth of institutional knowledge — have accepted early retirement offers and will leave the company mid-month.
Steve Dimmick, owner of The Wild Salmon, a Foreman Drive bar and welcome addition to Lafayette’s live music scene, was outed as the man with a plan from a can following a recent profile in The Times of Acadiana.
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