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.
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An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
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The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Local boutique celebrates all things green
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.
With pressure continuing to build for him to resign, Congressman Vance McAllister announced plans recently to remain secluded during the Easter break, but the Swartz Republican has said he’ll be back on the Hill casting votes and attending committee meetings when the congressional recess ends April 28.
A bid to limit the use of unmanned aircraft on private property in Louisiana stalled Monday in the Louisiana Senate.
A Shreveport lawmaker said Monday he's scrapping his proposal to name the Bible as Louisiana's official state book.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Tuesday, April 22, 2014:
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Attorney hopes fellow lawyers will join him in urging the D.A. to step aside and allow a competent, ethical challenger to take over the scandal-ridden office.
INNOV8 Lafayette launches its weeklong festival dedicated to cultivating innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
Smaller Microsoft Store installations sell a wide array of Microsoft products (Windows phones, Surface tablets and Xbox consoles) but don’t include everything.
Dirk Powell and Cedric Watson will perform together during an intimate gig at Parish Ink, 310 Jefferson St., from 9-11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
See cutting-edge technologies Thursday in brief presentations/demonstrations from 3rd Dimension Media, C&C Technologies, Cimation and UL Lafayette School of Engineering.
An official with the Louisiana Department of Education was arrested on a range of charges Friday after allegedly breaking into a home and brandishing a knife.
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State Rep. Stuart Bishop says he’s concerned with the quality of Capitol Lake, but when it comes to Louisiana’s coastline, this Lafayette Republican doesn't seem to give a damn.
Democrats sweating this year's elections may be hoping that the Obama administration's latest delay to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline takes a politically fraught issue off the table for the midterms.
Louisiana lawmakers are entering the second half of their three-month regular legislative session, which must end by June 2. Where some of the major issues stand: