Well-deserved kudos to Lafayette Parish School Board President Shelton Cobb and Lafayette City-Parish Council Chairman Brandon Shelvin for making an effort to get their respective entities working together again. Although it was postponed at the end of April due to scheduling conflicts — no make-up date had been set as of this writing — a joint meeting of the LPSB and CPC to discuss tax proposals and other matters of mutual interest was a welcome change to the silo approach the bodies have practiced for the last couple of years. In 2008, the groups announced plans for joint quarterly meetings and did so for a time. But by 2011 those meeting had ceased. As one council member tells us, “It wasn’t a priority for some of our past chairmen, for one reason or another.” The CPC and LPSB account for virtually all expenditures of the local tax base. It’s reasonable that they meet a few times a year to ensure they’re working in concert, and never more so in light of the parish’s tight finances. We hope last month’s postponement was just that.
High heaven, meet Bruce Greenstein, the stink on that DHH-CNSI scandal. In defending its decision to void a $200 million dollar contract with Client Network Services Inc. for administering Medicaid services, the state Division of Administration recently released a letter showing that Greenstein, while secretary of DHH, exchanged “hundreds of telephone calls and thousands of text messages” with management at CNSI, his former employer, leading up to CNSI winning the bid for the Medicaid contract. The governor’s office canceled the CNSI contract in March; Greenstein resigned his post at DHH a week later. The feds and state attorney general are probing the matter. Greenstein had told state senators during his confirmation hearings that his past employment with CNSI had nothing to do with the company getting the contract. Hundreds of emails and thousands of texts suggest otherwise.
You know what they say, “Big gun, little trigger.” State Rep. Jim Morris, R-AndroGel, is clearly half-cocked in his desk-banging insistence that Louisiana should bankrupt itself rather than capitulate to Uncle Sam and his insidious plan to confiscate our guns, melt them into plowshares and shoot us with gay lasers. Morris is all hot and bothered about the feds placing any reasonable restrictions on gun ownership — for the criminally insane, felons, ladies with delicate constitutions, people with poor aim — and wants to outlaw enforcement of any laws federal lawmakers might decide are necessary and within the scope of the 2nd Amendment. His House Bill 5, if passed, could send an agent of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to prison for two years and face a $5,000 fine for doing his or her job. When told his bill is clearly unconstitutional, Morris, according to the Associated Press, replied, “If we’ve got to spend every dime we’ve got defending our rights, it would be worth the money.” Um, no, it probably wouldn’t.
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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.