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.
High-profile criminal defense attorney Daniel Stanford awaits his fate in the Curious Goods conspiracy trial.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is set to put the kibosh on the legal ownership of monkeys trained to help the disabled, and the agency wants to know what you think.
A federal judge on Thursday asked lawyers battling over Louisiana's new, restrictive abortion law for an agreement that apparently could let clinics stay open — at least for a while — after the law takes effect Sept. 1.
Three bedroom Port Barre cottage or three bedroom historic district Opelousas home
No laboring for shoppers this holiday
It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a South Louisiana flood board that is suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
An abortion rights organization wants a federal judge to block enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law while its lawsuit to overturn the law makes its way through court.
Republican presidential prospects Ted Cruz and Bobby Jindal are planning to speak at an Iowa Christian conservative event in September.
The attention surrounding Victor White III has spiked with the release of last week’s autopsy report, which has raised a number of serious questions about the night of his death and has put the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office under an increased wave of scrutiny as more national media outlets are jumping on the story, most recently seenh on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
Dogs get back-to-school blues; mother pleads for release of journalist; ice bucket challenge and more national and international news for Thursday, August 28, 2014.
The Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Lafayette Economic Development Authority have announced a new artist stipend program, ArtSpark, designed to offer financial aid to local artists.
A group supporting taxpayer-funded private school tuition vouchers is appealing a federal judge's order that Louisiana must provide regular reports to federal officials on the state's voucher program.
The Discovery Channel has canceled reality TV star Will Hayden's popular "Sons of Guns" show after his arrest on an aggravated rape charge.
The LPSB will finally hear from the attorney it hired to investigate the superintendent at a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m.
Three bedroom traditional or two bedroom Victorian cottage
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Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Authorities are investigating a report that a student there warned the principal of impending violence similar to that depicted in the movie "The Purge."
Saints cornerback Champ Bailey has played for more than a handful of playoff teams during a career that has seen him selected to 12 Pro Bowls.
Louisiana's Republican governor has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration, accusing it of illegally using federal grant money and regulations to force states to adopt the Common Core education standards.
Police say a 56-year-old Lafayette man walking behind a dump truck died when the truck hit him as it was backing up.
Newly established honor recognizes outstanding local attorneys; Neuner and McGoffin win President's Award; and Blanchard named Outstanding Young Lawyer.
Daily paper constructing new digs near production plant on Rieger Road at Siegen Lane, near I-10.
Investigation finds Arnaud’s Furniture, Carroll Building Specialties and Crazy Charlie’s Shoes running misleading going-out-of-business sales.
Critics say workers and retirees are being held responsible for the Jindal administration's mismanagement of their program.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is a proud papa of new baby girl.
The books on Louisiana's last budget year have been closed, but it took a bit of borrowing from this year to make the numbers work.
"This is yet another example of the failed leadership and lack of focus that Hunter Beasley has exhibited. He’s shown zero regard for kids, teachers or even passing a budget for the school year that’s already started."