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.
The City-Parish Council on Tuesday will be asked to sign off on an agreement between UL Lafayette and Lafayette Consolidated Government that would expand mass transit opportunities for UL students by adding five additional buses to its shuttle run between Cajun Field and campus.
Four bedroom traditional or three bedroom French home
Louisiana's high school seniors are making increased strides on Advanced Placement exams.
The hip little River Ranch shop will open in the Acadiana Center for the Arts in time for the September ArtWalk.
Hot prints and cool wolves
The Alabama game is sold out but tickets for all other homes games can be purchased online at www.LSUtix.net.
Among the one-percenters nationally, Louisiana's fattest cat is a relative pauper.
The Republican governor sent a letter Thursday to the president, saying placement of the children in Louisiana could have "potential negative ramifications."
Many laws are minor, though some impact health care options, change educational programs and reach into people's everyday activities.
Responding to Tuesday’s federal appeals court decision to save Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic, Esquire magazine profiles the unique story behind one of the doctors working at the clinic in Jackson.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Lafayette’s first-ever Whole Foods Market will open its doors in September.
In reacting to the recently resurrected allegations of sexual abuse among local clergy, is the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette maintaining its old stance of protecting their own?
Louisiana's annual state sales tax holiday is Friday and Saturday.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
Breakfast favorites served on a bubbly crust pair with a crisp salad
NJ lady beats Donald Trump; Israel calls up more troops; border hearings accelerated and more national and international news for Thursday, July 31, 2014.
State Rep. Lenar Whitney — one of a handful of Republican candidates vying for Louisiana’s 6th Congressional district — has been described by Cook Political Report analyst David Wasserman as one of the most “frightening or fact-averse candidate[s]” he’s ever met following her reaction to an interview last week.
West coast casual
Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools.
An investigation into the last-minute passage of a pension hike for the state police superintendent continues, despite Col. Mike Edmonson's decision not to accept the increase.
Four bedroom traditional Youngsville home or three bedroom traditional Broussard home
On Tuesday, a three judge panel (voting two to one) of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down as unconstitutional Mississippi’s controversial law requiring that physicians who perform abortions maintain admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.
Safety Jairus Byrd practiced with the New Orleans Saints on Tuesday for the first time since his signing in March.
Sentencing has been delayed for a businessman who provided key testimony in the corruption case that resulted in the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin.
The spectre of priest sex abuse has returned to haunt the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette following the recent release of an investigative report by Minnesota Public Radio, revealing new allegations of another child predator hiding behind the clerical collar.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
A ballpark snack topped with BBQ meat can be found cruising town on a food truck
"Although the administration is moving forward with climate change regulations at home, we don't consider how policy decisions in the United States impact greenhouse gas emissions in other parts of the world," says Roger Martella, the former general counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency under President George W. Bush.
Louisiana agriculture officials say prices for long-grain rice are projected to drop this year.