Lafayette Parish public school students could soon be on their way to having their own personal electronic health records following a Monday morning unveiling of the vision for Lafayette’s “Living Lab for Health Innovation.” UL Lafayette officials, along with LCG, LUS Fiber and the nonprofit FiberCorps members laying the Living Lab groundwork, revealed Monday the role Lafayette plans to play in the US Ignite effort through the creation of Lafayette’s “Living Lab for Health Innovation.” Lafayette was among the 25 cities across the country chosen in June to hop on the US Ignite bandwidth wagon, an effort to bring national focus to next-generation technologies in six areas of “national priority.” The US Ignite initiative will center its efforts on using high-speed technology applications to better services in the following areas of public interest: advanced manufacturing, health IT, transportation, education and workforce development, clean energy, and emergency preparedness and public safety.
Only five school districts across the state are technologically ready to begin online testing of their students as part of the Common Core Curriculum being implemented statewide. Despite Lafayette’s publicly run fiber network available through LUS, the Lafayette Parish School System didn’t make the technological cut. A press release from DOE details the “Technology Footprint” report, offering a glance at the network, bandwidth and device requirements for implementing online testing by the 2014-2015 school year. Ascension Parish, the city of Bogalusa, St. James Parish, Red River Parish and FirstLine Schools in New Orleans are the only school districts found to have the needed devices. Ascension and St. James are the only two that meet both the device and network readiness guidelines.
Be careful what you wish for. Oil giant Shell should have known its social media stunt inviting public participation in an ad campaign might backfire, especially given the campaign was designed to drum up public support for Arctic drilling, long a controversial topic. The online community was invited to offer slogans to go along with Arctic photos and the tag line, “Let’s Go.” What Shell got, in addition to genuine attempts at marketing, were slogans like “End Polar Bear Attacks in Our Lifetime” (for a photo depicting polar bears), “Because You Can’t Afford to Visit Pristine Wilderness Anyway,” “Birds Are Like Sponges ... For Oil!” and, our personal favorite, “Narwhales Are the Unicorns of the Ocean. We Provide the Rainbows Via Oil Slicks.”
Congratulations to Stella Theriot and seven friends who will enjoy a private dinner hosted by INDEats and EatLafayette
The City-Parish Council on Tuesday will be asked to sign off on an agreement between UL Lafayette and Lafayette Consolidated Government that would expand mass transit opportunities for UL students by adding five additional buses to its shuttle run between Cajun Field and campus.
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Louisiana's high school seniors are making increased strides on Advanced Placement exams.
The hip little River Ranch shop will open in the Acadiana Center for the Arts in time for the September ArtWalk.
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The Alabama game is sold out but tickets for all other homes games can be purchased online at www.LSUtix.net.
Among the one-percenters nationally, Louisiana's fattest cat is a relative pauper.
The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to the president, saying placement of the children in Louisiana could have "potential negative ramifications."
Many laws are minor, though some impact health care options, change educational programs and reach into people's everyday activities.
Responding to Tuesday’s federal appeals court decision to save Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, Esquire magazine profiles the unique story behind one of the doctors working at the clinic in Jackson.
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Lafayette’s first-ever Whole Foods Market will open its doors in September.
In reacting to the recently resurrected allegations of sexual abuse among local clergy, is the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette maintaining its old stance of protecting their own?
Louisiana's annual state sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday.
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NJ lady beats Donald Trump; Israel calls up more troops; border hearings accelerated and more national and international news for Thursday, July 31, 2014.
State Rep. Lenar Whitney — one of a handful of Republican candidates vying for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional district — has been described by Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman as one of the most “frightening or fact-averse candidate[s]” he’s ever met following her reaction to an interview last week.
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Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools.
An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase.
Four bedroom traditional Youngsville home or three bedroom traditional Broussard home
On Tuesday, a three judge panel (voting two to one) of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional Mississippi’s controversial law requiring that physicians who perform abortions maintain admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.
Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March.
Sentencing has been delayed for a businessman who provided key testimony in the corruption case that resulted in the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
The spectre of priest sex abuse has returned to haunt the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette following the recent release of an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio, revealing new allegations of another child predator hiding behind the clerical collar.
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A ballpark snack topped with BBQ meat can be found cruising town on a food truck
"Although the administration is moving forward with climate change regulations at home, we don't consider how policy decisions in the United States impact greenhouse gas emissions in other parts of the world," says Roger Martella, the former general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush.