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.
Louisiana's 21 casinos took in $203.5 million statewide in June, edging up one-half of a percentage point from a year earlier.
Three bedroom Sunset Victorian or three bedroom Opelousas Acadian home
Louisiana designer commissioned for NYC Awards gift
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal for his attempts to undermine use of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana's public schools.
Business First Bank has announced plans for a Baton Rouge market expansion through a merger deal with American Gateway Financial Corp.
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The latest meeting of a south Louisiana flood board that stirred political turmoil with a lawsuit against the oil and gas industry is taking place amid uncertainty over the future of the lawsuit — and the board's own membership.
The photos taken nearly a mile under the Gulf of Mexico are so clear that small holes are visible in a lifeboat that may have gone down or been scuttled when a passenger ship was sunk by a Nazi submarine in 1942.
Advocate columnist and Jindal shill Quin Hillyer has been against the New Orleans levee board lawsuit from day one, but a recent piece targeting author/activist John Barry prompted the perfect rebuttal from the board’s former vice-president, who takes Hillyer to task on just about every distorted claim he’s made on the issue.
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Pat Bowlen steps down; typhoon caused Taiwan plane crash; Arizona execution botched and more national and international news for Thursday, July 24, 2014.
Thousands of people who bought health insurance through the marketplace created by the federal health care overhaul face price hikes next year that could top 10 percent.
Three bedroom traditional Lafayette home or three bedroom Breaux Bridge home
Style market slated for old Artesia
The city prosecutor has released the case file for Lafayette Parish School Board member Tehmi Chassion’s simple battery complaint against Superintendent Pat Cooper, and the seven witness statements given to police illustrate two very different scenarios.
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Louisiana fell one spot in an annual national ranking of child well-being that looks at poverty, education and health access.
A federal judge has decided he doesn't need to hear more arguments in the case of a gay couple who want a Louisiana marriage license.
Saints again bring playoff aspirations into 2014 campaign.
New details in the case against the man arrested for last week’s bomb threat and bank robbery has surfaced, including a MidSouth Bank surveillance video showing the alleged suspect attempt an early-morning bank robbery.
Citing conflicting witness accounts, the city prosecutor will not pursue Tehmi Chassion’s allegation of simple battery against Superintendent Pat Cooper.
Smoked meat, fresh sides and the best boudin around
Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers opens on Johnston.
Cirque du Soleil effortlessly combines circus art with beloved Michael Jackson hits.
Kelly Guidry Open House
Parents and teachers who support the Common Core education standards sued Gov. Bobby Jindal Tuesday over his actions against the multi-state standards, accusing him of illegally meddling in education policy.
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An arrest was announced this morning in connection with last week’s bomb scare at UL Lafayette.
Attorneys, judges and others interviewed by LaPolitics expect 15 to 20 district judge races this year.