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.
A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee.
See which events are taking place during INNOV8 Lafayette this Thursday.
It’s on, y’all. Fest fIND, our annual Festival International de Louisiana reader contest, is now accepting photo submissions.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Louisiana welfare recipients would be prohibited in state law from spending the federal assistance at lingerie shops, tattoo parlors, nail salons and jewelry stores, under a bill that received the support Wednesday of a House committee.
Senators will consider whether to prohibit private businesses in Louisiana from paying unequal wages to employees of different genders for the same job.
Rep. Joel Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and said unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
Once again, Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley is focused on an issue that has nothing to do with the educational well-being of our public school children.
Fashion and music make great bedfellows
Producers, manufacturers, restaurants and chefs host roundtable and tasting
After exhausting his appeals all the way to the state Supreme Court, the owner of the Tiger Truck Stop in Grosse Tete has no legal remedy left save one: do an end run around the high court via a bill that would grandfather his “right” to keep a 550-pound tiger enclosed in a pin at his roadside business.
Louisiana poet Darrell Bourque has won the 2014 Louisiana Writer Award, given annually to recognize outstanding contributions to Louisiana's literary and intellectual life.
Drivers would have to secure dogs riding in truck beds while on interstate highways, if the Senate agrees to a bill backed by the House.
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Comfy feet for long days
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday, April 23, 2014:
Newsy bits for the whole fam
Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Don't forget: our annual Festival International contest begins Thursday! Win. Cool. Stuff.
An effort to prohibit employers from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity was shelved Tuesday for the legislative session.
Louisiana won't lessen its penalties for marijuana possession, keeping laws on the books that allow people to be jailed up to 20 years for repeat offenses of having the drug in hand.
State bar foundation bestows honor on founder and managing partner of NeunerPate
This Wednesday, April 23, marks the first full day of INNOV8 Lafayette.
National awards recognize outstanding achievement in leadership development and leadership programs
A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January’s trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
“This is one of the oldest divides that exists, and that divide is about the haves and the have-nots.”
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The state’s “greedy trial lawyers” haven’t scared this oil giant away.
Local boutique celebrates all things green
It took a few weeks for the pitfalls to emerge in the governor’s $25 billion budget, but the time of judgment has finally arrived.