The Lafayette City-Parish Council made the right decision in voting 6-2 to uphold the dismissal of Lafayette Housing Authority board members in the wake of a scandal that has the state legislative auditor, a federal inspector general and even the FBI investigating. The only problem with City-Parish President Joey Durel’s decision is that he left one board member in place, Donald Fuselier, when he was more than justified in cleaning house completely. No one is saying the board members did anything wrong; they just didn’t do anything right. They appeared to have very little knowledge of the turmoil and potential theft happening around them, and when two audits in a row point to serious problems with how an agency is spending taxpayer money, heads should roll. The three protesting former board members, Joe Dennis, Leon Simmons and John Freeman (two others dismissed have been silent) are now asking a district court judge to block new appointments by Durel. That’s a real shame. The embattled agency needs new leadership — on its board and among its top management — and it needs it now.
Sacked! That sums up a dispiriting weekend for football fans in Acadiana. Aside from LSU’s less-than-convincing win over West Virginia, there was little cause for dancing in the end zone. The gridiron grief began Saturday with Middle Tennessee State marching UL to the wood shed. The Blue Raiders had no Dasher, but the Cajuns weren’t blitzin’. Despite the NCAA suspension of their superstar quarterback, Dwight Dasher, MTSU piled up 427 yards of offense on an out-manned Cajun D, including 217 yards on the ground. Not to be outdone, Sunday gave us the story line for this young NFL season — hero to zero. Saints kicker Garrett Hartley, who set a Super Bowl record with three field goals over 40 yards, missed a 29-yard chip shot in overtime, dooming the Black & Gold to its first loss since Jan. 3. We’d like to order a Morten Andersen, and make it a double.
The irony is killing us. Former Iberia Parish Sheriff Sid Hebert, part owner of Environmental Compliance Solutions, was neither environmental nor compliant in pleading guilty to negligent operation of a water treatment facility — it’s a federal charge because it runs afoul of the Clean Water Act. Hebert paid a $50,000 fine and faces up to a year in prison (we’ll be surprised if he gets jail time). An inspection of ECS on June 2, 2009, by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, revealed that wastewaters were bypassing the filtration system and were ultimately being discharged into the Commercial Canal located in the Port of Iberia. Hebert, according to the U.S. attorney, failed to maintain the required documentation, prepare reports and implement plans, and perform proper testing as mandated by the permit.
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.