Wednesday, March 3, 2012
After decades of logging and oil/gas production, the Atchafalaya Basin is now, finally, in good hands. The Evangeline Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America has made a 100-year commitment to stewardship of the U.S.’s largest fresh-water river basin, and the group is putting that commitment to practice, most recently over the weekend as hundreds of scouts planted 20,000 acorns in the Indian Bayou Wildlife Management Area and at Lake Fausse Point State Park, according to The Daily Advertiser. These lads will be middle-aged before the fruits of their labor are contributing fully to the complex ecosystem of the Basin. But in the meantime, is there anything better — if you’re a junior high-age boy — than tramping around a swamp getting muddy?
The paranoia and enmity between LUS Fiber and its telecom competitors in Lafayette just won’t go away. This past Friday as Fiber officials touted the results of a generally positive audit conducted on the public utility provider’s fiber-to-the-home business by the Louisiana Public Service Commission, LUS Director Terry Huval couldn’t resist taking a pot shot at Cox Communications, which filed a so-called Notice of Intervention with the LPSC related to the audit. To Huval, Cox’s action amounts to a “pattern of mischief,” as he put it to The Advertiser. The LUS honcho sees daggers and malevolence in Cox’s action, and not entirely without reason: Cox has endeavored to be a wrench in the works from day one. But Cox is pleading innocence. Company spokeswoman Patricia Thompson tells the daily the Notice of Intervention merely allows Cox to reserve the right to ask further questions about the audit.
An investigation by the National Football League concludes that dozens of members of the New Orleans Saints’ defense — players and some coaches — during the tenure of Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams participated in an illegal pay-for-performance program that included a “bounty” rewarded to players for inflicting injuries on opposing players. Williams’ three-year stint with the team was punctuated by three consecutive playoff appearances, including a win over the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl 44. The NFL further concludes that head coach Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis were made aware of the scheme but did nothing to stop it. The investigation’s findings have been forwarded to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who could issue punishments ranging from fines and suspensions to forfeiture of draft picks. Such pay-for-performance arrangements are no doubt common in the NFL, and these accusations wouldn’t be so galling if Williams’ defenses hadn’t degenerated into poor tackling and porous coverage, notably during the San Francisco 49ers final, game-winning drive back in January.
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.