Lafayette has arguably the best utility service in the state thanks to our publicly owned provider, Lafayette Utilities System. Keeping it top-notch will require a commitment of our City-Parish Council, which made a brave first step in doing just that last week when it approved an introductory ordinance granting LUS a 7-percent rate increase over two years. It remains to be seen whether the 7-2 vote will hold firm when the ordinance comes up for final adoption in February, but we’re hopeful the council members who voted in favor of the ordinance understand the wisdom in granting the rate adjustment. A special attaboy is reserved for District 6 Councilman Sam Dore, the newly elected chair of the Lafayette Public Utilities Authority — the governing body of LUS — who, after doing his homework and touring LUS facilities, changed his position on the rate hike and became the swing vote in advancing the ordinance.
Get thee to the hoosegow already, Lil’ Wayne!
New Orleans native and multi-platinum rapper Lil’ Wayne was pulling against his hometown team Sunday during the NFC Championship Game, rooting instead for the Minnesota Vikings. Weezy, it turns out, is a big Brett Favre fan, according to an interview he did with MTV.
“I’m rooting for Brett because I’m a diehard,” he told the music video channel that rarely plays music videos last Thursday. Lil’ Wayne has appeared on the ESPN2 show “First Take” a few times to offer sports analysis. This consternating matter of football fidelity, we’ve concluded, is just another example of Lil’ Wayne’s bad judgement; the rap artist is scheduled to be sentenced next month on a weapons charge and will likely receive a one-year “go to jail” card.
What’s a fire bug to do? Why, join a volunteer fire department of course. It’s like a junkie working at a pharmacy. The state Fire Marshal’s Office last week implicated West Feliciana volunteer firefighter Adam Carriere in two recent arson cases involving vacant buildings in Tunica. Turns out, according to an article in The Advocate, the 24-year-old Carriere was just three days on the job in West Feliciana when the fires broke out — he had been dismissed from the Church Point Volunteer Fire Department last October when he became a person of interest in the arson of a vacant building there. According to the Fire Marshal’s Office, following his arrest in the West Feliciana arsons, Carriere confessed to the Church Point blaze.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
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The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
The recently established Downtown Lafayette Restaurant & Bar Association will host a special viewing of the upcoming New Orleans Saints taking on the Carolina Panthers in the open air of Parc Sans Souci on Thursday, Oct. 30.
Belief in a national outbreak of the Ebola zombie virus is becoming more of a threat every day, and The Hayride — Louisiana’s one true bastion for unrelentingly conservative political commentaries — thought it wise to share a certain special someone's “important message” with readers Tuesday on what to do when, not if, it comes.
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Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
JPMorgan Chase is giving $1 million to Louisiana's community and technical colleges, to help with workforce training efforts to match students to available jobs.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
WaPo Watergate editor Ben Bradlee dies; Clintons stump for Dems; Liberians stranded and more national and international news for Wednesday, October 22, 2014.
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Law firm unveils newly renovated 200-year-old building.
UL grad named web developer at BBR Creative
Lafayette-based emergency department staffing and management company raises $120 million in senior credit facilities through GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services.
High-rise apartment building, parking garage, hotel and retail part of new development.
A common thread runs through many of those we oppose: Enshrining in the Constitution protections on programs and their funding sources has had a disastrous effect on Louisiana’s most important economic development engine.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
The number of Louisianans with jobs continued to set records in September, but the state's unemployment rate kept rising.
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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.