After rejecting the idea late last year, the Lafayette Public Utilities Authority, in a close 3-2 vote last week, reversed course and approved a rate increase for Lafayette Utilities System. The City-Parish Council seconded the decision with a razor-thin 5-4 of its own. Not the politically popular move, the council nevertheless had the foresight to recognize the long-term need for the rate increase, which will not only keep LUS’ services from deteriorating, but also ensure the public utility’s ability to invest in new efficiencies and upgrades. In particular, councilmen Sam Dore, who changed his position on the issue, and Jay Castille and Purvis Morrison, both of whom represent few LUS customers, are to be commended for putting politics aside and making a good business decision for Lafayette’s most valuable asset.
It was a rough week in court for the Lafayette Parish School Board. First, the Third Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a lower court ruling that tossed out LPSB’s suit against an architecture firm for water intrusion problems at N.P. Moss Middle School. Both courts found that a five-year prescription period had already expired prior to the school system filing suit. At the same time in a separate matter, the Third Circuit dealt another blow to LPSB in ruling that the sales tax division must return more than $443,000 in use taxes assessed to an oilfield services company for equipment stored but not used in Lafayette Parish. Come to think of it, it was a bad week for Lafayette Parish taxpayers, since the school system belongs to us.
Michael Marshall obviously didn’t pick up The Independent’s recent “Green Issue.” The 64-year-old Calcasieu Parish knuckle head likes to keep it real — real toxic. After being ordered by parish officials to clean up his trash and demolish a dilapidated structure on his property, Marshall stopped by the fire department and asked if it would be OK if he just burned it all. When the department told him no, he reportedly said he was going to do it anyway and then proceeded to follow up on the threat — not only setting fire to the structure but also parking a vehicle at the property’s entrance and preventing the fire department from responding. According to state Department of Environmental Quality spokeswoman Jean Kelly, Marshall’s fireworks show also featured the explosions of several high-pressure tanks inside the structure. He was arrested last week by state police and charged with felony disposal of hazardous substances that could endanger human health or the environment. There was no charge for being a couillon.
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.