Lafayette has been selected one of 25 cities across the country to hop on the US Ignite bandwidth wagon and attract national attention to the next-generation technologies the Hub City has to offer. Announced at a major media event at the White House last week, US Ignite is a national collaborative endeavor to incorporate the latest technologies for the betterment of six areas of “national priority.” In Lafayette, government agencies and UL Lafayette are teaming up with nonprofits and the private sector for a focus on all things health care with the creation of a Living Lab for Health Innovation, where health care professionals will work together to tackle “society’s toughest challenges” like childhood obesity, aging in place, emergency medicine and workplace health. It’s a “big win” for the city, as LUS Fiber Sales and Marketing Analyst Amy Broussard describes it, and a big blow to the local fiber initiative’s biggest critics: The 25 cities and the 60 universities that were chosen for US Ignite all have existing broadband networks.
Gov. Bobby Voucher is eager to siphon our tax dollars out of public education and pump them into private schools that teach kids pseudo-science and pseudo-history. French immersion? Not so much. Part of the (punitive) $2 million Jindal stripped from the Department of Recreation, Culture & Tourism’s marketing budget was a $100,000 cut to the Lafayette-based Council for the Development of French in Louisiana’s Escadrille Louisiane program. Escadrille is a primary component of CODOFIL’S mission to preserve and promote French in Louisiana, allowing French teachers to further their studies at French universities, thereby refreshing the pool of Francophone educators in our public school system. CODOFIL President William Arceneaux says he’s “terribly disappointed” by the line-item veto and speculates his organization might have to suspend the program for the foreseeable future.
U.S. Department of Justice attorney Rachel Hranitzky clearly needs a 1st Amendment refresher; then she needs to host a seminar for her bosses. The DOJ rep was in New Iberia recently to hear complaints about alleged racial discrimination in the city’s fire department and, according to an account in The Daily Iberian, tried to have Iberian reporter Matthew Beaton ejected from the meeting because he challenged her demand that she not be quoted in a news report on the meeting. Hranitzky could cite no law prohibiting the newspaper from attending the public meeting — because their is none — and reporting on it in any way it judged appropriate. She ultimately resorted to a threat, according to the Iberian, telling Beaton that her DOJ overlords “can call your editors and publisher at the paper, and trust me you don’t want to get on the Department of Justice’s bad side.” C’est what, Ms. Bossy Pants? Beaton, to his (and journalism’s) credit, didn’t back down, and in a separate Iberian story about the meeting itself Hranitzky is quoted several times.
newsy bits for the fam
Festival International de Louisiane is right around the corner — April 23-27 — and IND Monthly’s second annual Fest fIND contest is along for the ride.
Acadian rep notifies would-be supporters that an April 25 fundraiser for the embattled U.S. rep won’t go on as planned.
Georgia-based fried chicken chain would go up against Raising Cane’s, Chick-fil-A and others (like the Popeyes near its proposed location).
While it isn’t all too unusual for public bodies to have hired security present during meetings, the LPSB’s push to do so is arguably a response to the antics of one board member.
“I’m running. Why would I be raising all this money? Just to have to return it to people?”
With incumbent U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu watching from afar, and with a united Democratic Party in her corner, the fight to get the GOP officially behind Congressman Bill Cassidy is gaining just as much momentum as it is hushed controversy.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
15th Judicial District Judge Durwood Conque has announced that he will not seek re-election after 27 years on the bench.
The perfect color for Easter Sunday
The controversial standardized tests are set to be used in third-grade through eighth-grade public school classrooms next year.
The Louisiana Senate has agreed to prohibit unmanned aircraft from flying over chemical plants, water treatment systems, telecommunications networks and other items considered "critical infrastructure" in Louisiana.
A Scott businessman has pleaded guilty to failing to report a conspiracy to award Opelousas Housing Authority construction bids to his company.
It didn’t take long for KATC TV 3 to jump all over the news of a dead body found in Girard Park, but in its rush to produce headlines, the local TV station got sloppy.
Egg-citing ideas for sharing at family gatherings
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 15, 2014:
An unholy trinity of civil-society upheavalers whose first names are not Conner, Tanner or Logan are facing charges in Eunice.
Now that lawmakers have shot down efforts to cap annual interest rates for payday loans, supporters for stricter regulations of the storefront lenders are rallying behind another strategy.
The Appropriations Committee held public testimony day, letting people talk about what they like or don't like about Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget recommendations for the 2014-15 fiscal year that begins July 1.
Court-appointed examiner says Lafayette businessman was “effectively on both sides” of transactions, opens door for legal action against him.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette-based insurance broker/risk management group bought by Florida firm for undisclosed sum; principals Landry and Harris continue to run local operations.
Lafayette police are investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found early Sunday in a drainage ditch in Girard Park.
Former Grant parish District Attorney Ed Tarpley says he's running for the U.S. House seat currently held by Republican Vance McAllister of Swartz.
Louisiana-Lafayette got strong starting pitching and timely hitting to hold off Arkansas-Little Rock 6-3 in Sun Belt Conference baseball in Lafayette, La.
The life and legacy of Dave Perkins will be commemorated with a special INDesign Lifetime Achievement Award as part of the 2014 event on April 24.
Easy crafts in time for Easter
The Cane Fire Film Series presents “The Great Flood” on Monday, April 14, at the AcA.