Long overdue in arguably the most bustling parish in the state, land use regulations for unincorporated Lafayette Parish are a necessary adjustment to the pace of development. The issue, pushed by councilmen Jay Castille and Kevin Naquin, is a recurring source of consternation before the council as rural residents deal with inevitable encroachment by commercial interests. The wide-ranging rules that delineate everything from buffer zones to business signs also include a notification process for residents affected by commercial development, something that could help avoid vexing legal entanglements like the lawsuit LCG is facing after the Sunbeam Lane waste-transfer station fracas. That a pair of councilmen who represent large swaths of unincorporated north Lafayette Parish are bringing this issue to the fore — especially Castille, a land developer — gives the issue a credibility it might not have if some “city folks” were pushing the issue.
Controversy surrounding the Lafayette Police Department continues to get darker, according to a report last week in The Daily Advertiser. A pair of attorneys representing nine officers alleging widespread corruption in the PD say they have proof the department covered up for one of its own who got fall-down drunk and drove away from an after-hours bender at a downtown bar — the bar was given a misdemeanor citation for illegal operation but that was later dismissed — only to allegedly be found unconscious in his car in a fast-food parking lot near the UL campus. The lawyers, according to the daily, further allege they have an audio recording of Chief Jim Craft acknowledging that Officer Jeremy Dupuis was drunk enough to have killed someone. Dupuis was slapped with a one-day suspension for what should have been — if the allegations are true — an offense worthy of termination. Thin blue line indeed.
When Louisiana Tech mascot Tech XX, a 4-year-old English bulldog, vanished last week from the Ruston animal clinic he called home, the small north Louisiana community rallied around the cause of bringing the pup home. The veterinarian who owns the clinic offered a $2,000 reward. Chat rooms and message boards were abuzz. But by midweek the university community learned the depressing news: Tech XX had been let out to do his business on Sunday and the employee who let the dog out forgot to let him back in. The high temp that day was 102 degrees. Tech XX evidently succumbed to the heat and, in an apparent act of panic, the un-named clinic employee fabricated a canard about a pooch on the lam. The LA Tech community is left to do what all other universities that use live mascots must do: replace Tech XX with another English bulldog and move on to a more important matter — football.
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Halliburton's agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation — if all the pieces fall into place.
BP says it recently obtained correspondence between Patrick Juneau's Lafayette law firm and the Gulf Coast Claims Facility showing he argued for liberal compensation, flexible documentation requirements and other terms that would help Louisiana claimants at BP's expense.
The circumstances surrounding the death last March while in the backseat of a sheriff’s cruiser of Victor White III, long a source of dispute by White’s family, have earned an investigation by federal officials.
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With six of the LPSB’s nine members poised for Pat Cooper’s termination, a request was filed Tuesday for a fast-tracked hearing on the federal lawsuit calling for the disqualification of two board members from voting on the matter due to bias.
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Louisiana's Republican Party has filed a complaint against Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu with the Senate's ethics committee about her use of private chartered planes.
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An attorney signs up to run against LPSB's Mark Cockerham, and within a week a lawsuit is filed by a former LPSS employee in an attempt to disqualify him. Coincidence?
According to Gov. Bobby Jindal, President Barack Obama needs to stop talking about “justice” and start murdering people, even if we have to go alone.
A replacement is expected by January to fill the vacancy left when Greg Roberts resigned after allegedly pointing a fake gun at an engineer during a June meeting.
The Ragin’ Cajuns got off to a superb start Saturday night, and the Human Jukebox made the soaked season opener even sweeter for the third-largest crowd in Cajun Field history.
The Louisiana health department will follow a federal judge's order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law that requires them to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, a spokeswoman said Monday.
Halliburton says it has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a substantial portion of plaintiff claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
While bogged down with qualifying candidates last month, Secretary of State Tom Schedler didn’t lose sight of the true endgame coming in November and December.
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A federal jury found attorney Daniel Stanford guilty Friday afternoon on eight of 13 counts for his role in the Curious Goods conspiracy.
Lafayette City-Court Judge Francie Bouillion has served on the bench for two decades since winning a special election to replace Judge Kaliste Saloom when he retired in 1994.
The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,575 rigs were exploring for oil and 338 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. A year ago there were 1,776 active rigs.
A crew began erecting the 25-foot mini-wheel late morning Friday in anticipation of the evening’s Hottest Night of the Year party at the park.
Frances Boothe of Nunez, who also happens to be filmmaker Stephen Meaux’s grandmother, prepares a cool-weather fave.
The magazine's senior football writer also predicts a break-out year for Saints fourth-year running back Mark Ingram.
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The LPSB is poised and ready to move forward with the termination of Pat Cooper following a discussion Thursday with the attorney hired for the investigation of the superintendent, but a decision of this magnitude should be left up to the new board seated in January, especially with three pro-investigation board members bailing out come the new year.
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Gulf Coast ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina have begun.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says there is little known about the effects of tiger prawns on indigenous Louisiana shrimp. But, officials say the reports they're seeking will help state biologists monitor the distribution of the prawns and determine the possible presence of spawning populations.