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). According to a joint press release from Kennedy’s office and Democratic state Rep. Ledricka Thierry of Opelousas (pictured), $800,000 has been restored to the St. Landry Parish Excellence Fund, a state fund set up to support St. Landry Parish public education by dedicating 5 percent of taxes collected from the Evangeline Downs Racetrack and proceeds from the casino’s slot machines. According to The Daily World, the fund had somehow acquired a $1.8 million reserve, which Jindal tried to take from the local school district and move to state coffers. Though Thierry is still working to recoup the rest of the money in the fund, the $800,000 is good news for a school board deep in the red.
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. Departing are sports writer Bruce Brown, photographer Brad Kemp and Photo Editor Peter Piazza, according to a Sunday story in the paper. Two advertising employees — Brenda Morvant and Debbie Credeur — will also be retiring. In February The Independent reported that the paper’s parent company, Gannett Co., had extended the retirement offer to 665 eligible U.S. Community Publishing employees at least 56 years old with 20 years or more of service. The offer provides for salary continuation of two weeks’ pay for each complete year of service, capped at 52 weeks, and ongoing health, dental and vision coverage during this period. Brown, who has been with the Advertiser for 37 years, having previously served as sports editor for two decades, is the newspaper’s most senior staffer. Piazza got his start as a photographer in 1973, and Kemp started in 1988. Each knows Lafayette like the back of his hand. Their departure is a loss for local media and news consumers.
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. The Times reported a bartender saying the bar is named after the salmon Dimmick catches during annual summer trips to his brother’s fishing lodge in Alaska — fish he packs and brings south for the restaurant’s signature salmon burgers. One problem in this fish tale: It’s illegal in Alaska to sell sport-caught fish, and when an Alaskan online newspaper caught wind of The Times’ profile, it did some asking around. After a little sleuthing, The (Alaska) Dispatch reported, “[Dimmick] called back from the Southern state shortly thereafter to confess he’d been trying to pull a fast one on his fellow Louisianans. [He] said he packs a few fish to take home himself when he heads south — but none for the bar and grill. “That comes 100 percent out of the can,” he said.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
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The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Belief in a national outbreak of the Ebola zombie virus is becoming more of a threat every day, and The Hayride — Louisiana’s one true bastion for unrelentingly conservative political commentaries — thought it wise to share a certain special someone's “important message” with readers Tuesday on what to do when, not if, it comes.
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Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
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Lafayette-based emergency department staffing and management company raises $120 million in senior credit facilities through GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services.
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Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
The number of Louisianans with jobs continued to set records in September, but the state's unemployment rate kept rising.
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Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.