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.
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.
Four bedroom traditional or three bedroom French home
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.
Hot prints and cool wolves
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
Breakfast favorites served on a bubbly crust pair with a crisp salad
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.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
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.