Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Catherine “Kitty’’ Kimball is on the fast track to recovery after suffering a stroke, according to an update posted on the court’s Web site last week. The first woman elected to the state’s highest court and consequently the first to serve as chief justice, the 64-year-old Kimball was rushed to an emergency room Sunday, Jan. 10, to remove the blockage. Three days later she was out of intensive care and talking “extensively” with family and physicians. Kimball’s stroke came almost a year to the day she was sworn in as chief justice; she had served as an associate justice since 1992. The state Supreme Court said Kimball’s condition “continues to improve rapidly” and that there are “no known remaining blockages.” Her doctors, meanwhile, are excited about her prospects. That’s one tough lady. We wish her the best.
What was this guy really up to? A 27-year-old New Iberia man was cuffed and stuffed last week by St. Martin Parish deputies who say they spotted him parked alongside La. 347 in Parks in an SUV bearing official-looking law enforcement decals. The vehicle also had functioning police lights and a siren. And the suspect, identified as 27-year-old Cody Theriot, was wearing clothing common to cops — tactical-style pants, whatever those are, and a reflective “K-9 Search and Rescue Team” jacket. Also in his possession, according to the sheriff’s officer, were badges, handcuffs, a police scanner and a riot baton. The one thing Theriot didn’t have was gainful employment by a law-enforcement agency. This would be sad if it wasn’t so scary.
It’s a toss up this week between two characters who played roles in the story of a bomb found planted last week in a portable toilet at a construction site at River Ranch: the malcontent who manufactured the crude bomb, or the dunderhead who discovered it. Sources tell us the bomb was probably a dud, constructed through a poor reading of Cliff’s Notes for Bombers. But a bomb is a bomb. What’s astonishing, according to one of those same sources, is that a plumber discovered the bomb when he stepped into the porta-potty. Rather than alert authorities, he sat down and tended to his own plumbing while handling the explosive device, even cutting one end and pouring the material into his hand, at which time he realized it was indeed a BOMB. His business still unfinished, he remained for a while — bomb now back down at his feet, before finally taking the device to the construction company’s office trailer to show everyone else! Only then were police alerted.
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The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.