Not sure what’s in the water up there in Monroe, but it done growed The News-Star staff some big ole swinging cajones. The Gannett-owned daily newspaper is keeping the pressure on an equivocating state Department of Education, which has shown no lack of resourcefulness and guile in dodging hard questions about its much-panned voucher program. The News-Star’s attorney filed suit at the end of August seeking to compel the DOE to comply with a public records request for employee emails detailing the process for approving the schools in the voucher program. A public records request filed by the daily was initially ignored then denied. DOE officials cited the governor’s exemption of deliberative process. The News-Star has been a mainstream gadfly for the department since first reporting on some of the small private schools that will receive millions in state tax dollars, and following through by revealing the disturbing anti-modernism of some of these schools’ curricula.
Hallelujah and pass the equality, the St. Martinville Senior High School class of 1973 is finally almost integrated. The seventy-three-ers will mark their 40th homecoming this month with their customary slate of reunion events. However, as a flyer for the shindig indicates, they’ll break with custom and engage in at least some integrated merrymaking. But the after-game get-together on Friday, Sept. 21? Well, that’s for “White Graduates Only.” Coincidentally, the class of 1973 was the first to be integrated at SMSH. Clearly it takes these things a while to stick. The flyer was anonymously posted online and soon spread through social media and into the national news cycle, leading one organizer of the reunion events to wonder what all the fuss is about. The black alumni will no doubt discuss and perhaps debate this at their segregated water cooler.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, who will face Lafayette GOP Congressman Charles Boustany this fall for the new 3rd Congressional Seat, has made much ado about his fiscal fortitude. On his website — and in ads, interviews and anywhere else he can trumpet the claim — Landry proudly notes that he “formally declined Congressional health care and retirement, following through on a pledge that is sure to shake up Washington and energize efforts to repeal Obamacare.” We’re not sure about seismic activity in D.C. or Obamacare’s future, but we do know when to poke a balloon with a pin and release the hot air. According to rules governing the Federal Employees’ Retirement System, members of Congress who were elected after Sept. 30, 2003, “may not elect to be excluded from such coverage.” Landry was elected in 2010. The rule applies to him. Moreover, and this is where it gets painfully obvious Landry is all hat and no horse, “Members become vested (legally entitled to) a pension benefit under FERS after five years of service.” Landry isn’t even entitled yet to the retirement benefits he pretends to eschew. But no worries, he’ll be out of our collective hair after Boustany dispatches him this fall.
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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
Protesters rallied peacefully in several Louisiana cities in the wake of the Missouri grand jury decision not to indict a police officer in the fatal shooting of Michal Brown.
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US cities bidding on Olympics; Guard prevents more Ferguson riots; storm threatens travel and more national and international news for Wednesday, November 26, 2014.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
“I am only getting a little nervous about two projects — the proposed Sasol GTL facility [not the new ethylene plant] and the proposed G2X facility — both in Lake Charles. They need a hefty difference between oil and natural gas prices to make sense.”
Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
Lower oil prices also might slow the growth of oil production in parts of the U.S., Canada and elsewhere because it will no longer be so profitable.
Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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