We like our gumbo and our rice and gravy, but maybe Lafayette isn’t so unhealthy after all. The parish ranked fifth healthiest in the state, according to a new County Health Rankings survey. The survey does not stack Lafayette up against any counties outside Louisiana, so the competition wasn’t that stout (Louisiana is 47th in a ranking of the healthiest states), and you could even argue this is akin to being the slimmest person to show up at weight loss camp, but hey, we’re never one to turn down any accolades. This calls for cake!
After climbing steadily since 2002, retail sales slid 11.6 percent last year, falling from $5.4 billion in 2008 to $4.8 billion. The numbers, released last week, show area businesses, and not to mention sales-tax dependent local governments, are weathering lean times. December 2009’s $466 million in sales represents a 14 percent drop from December 2008. The decline is being attributed to the tailing off of the post-Katrina building boom combined with effects from the national recession.
It’s a disease that strikes many politicians: selective amnesia. Last week, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin found himself inflicted while reflecting upon his eight years in office in an interview with Essence Magazine. “There was no corruption under my watch,” Nagin said, before dismissing a 63-count indictment last fall against his former chief technology officer, Greg Meffert, alleging more than $1 million in kickbacks. As for the Sewage & Water Board member appointed by Nagin who admitted to accepting more than $2 million in contractor kickbacks or the federal investigation of New Orleans Affordable Homeownership Corp for alleged misuse of federal grant funds, it’s as if they never happened.
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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Louisiana is drowning, quickly.
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.