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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Louisiana is drowning, quickly.
Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.
State education officials are preparing to release performance scores for public schools and public school districts.
Saints coach Sean Payton is starting a new week by emphasizing, repeatedly, the many good things he noticed during New Orleans' latest loss.
Tuesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Oscar de la Renta dies; Pistorius sentenced; World Series begins and more national and international news for Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
We will be offering our recommendations on the constitutional amendments tomorrow.
Three bedroom in Lawtell or two bedroom in Rayne
Fall's new darling
The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings that dismissed the lawsuits against BP and other companies involved in the worst U.S. offshore oil spill.
White registration is down by 7,700 voters while black registration has shot up by 7,100 voters.
Even though it had been rumored for months, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu finally pulled the trigger recently on a major campaign shakeup that moved control over to a few Big Easy insiders.
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Louisiana's health department says it will seek law changes to stop billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.
An investment group led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets will buy the Louisiana power company Cleco for $3.4 billion.
It wasn’t the historic slashes to higher ed funding or the ensuing tuition spikes that recently had LSU’s student body and faculty riled up in collective outrage.
"I feel it is appropriate to speak up when there are topics that are being bandied about with little or no factual data to back them."
Will $400 be enough for the re-election campaign of LPSB's Hunter Beasley to overcome two years of holding our school system hostage and hurting the education of our children all because of a personal dislike of the superintendent?
Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Friday he expects his playing status in Detroit to be decided by coach Sean Payton on Sunday, shortly before the game.
Two bedroom cottage in Lafayette or three bedroom traditional in Erath
Gulf Brew ready threads
Lawmakers have sidestepped a decision on whether they accept claims from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration that the state closed last year's books with a nearly $179 million surplus.
Coming off the high of a fourth quarter comeback against Tampa Bay and a helpful bye week, linebacker Junior Galette sees a real turnaround coming for New Orleans' struggling defense.
Former President Bill Clinton, the Democratic Party's most popular surrogate this fall, is heading to Louisiana early next week for a campaign rally with U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Time and again you hear people say DA Mike Harson is unbeatable because he's doled out political favors over the past 20 years. But a new lawsuit could end that speculation.
We welcome nominations from readers and leaders throughout the business community in Lafayette and the five surrounding parishes.
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Ebola is kind of terrifying if you watch too much Fox News and CNN. Especially Fox, which makes everything look terrifying because, well, War on Christmas and Obama and all.
Local developer’s Lake Charles Gardens LLC purchases buildings and leases; land still owned by Dugas family.