Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Fight the good fight, HUD. No, not the Ragin’ Cajuns head football coach. Well, him too. But we’re referring to the federal department of Housing and Urban Development. It’s only speculation at this point, but there are indications that HUD, in its role running the Lafayette Housing Authority, will show some backbone and fight former Disaster Housing Assistance Program case manager Chris Williams, who filed suit seeking back wages from the LHA, the board of which canned Williams and four case workers in the wake of a scathing independent audit. The LHA, via HUD, settled to the tune of $40,000 suits brought by two of the ousted case workers. But the Williams case is different: The audit revealed that he was being paid full-time for his DHAP services while also maintaining a full-time job at UL. Williams wants nearly $20,000 from the LHA. But The Advertiser reported last week that HUD officials were huddling to discuss a strategy, a possible indicator that Williams will not get our — the taxpayers’ — money without a fight.
Gov. Bobby Jindal can spin it all he wants, but recent news that Louisiana is gaining more population than it loses doesn’t represent a net plus for the state. In fact, as The Advocate points out, digging beneath the surface of the 2010 census data reveals that Louisiana lost nearly 2,000 people with advanced graduate and professional degrees than it gained in the new population figures. That’s a net loss of brain power. What’s more, as Shreveport demographic analyst Elliott Stonecipher points out, much of the population “gain” can likely be attributed to former residents who were displaced by hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike and Gustav returning to the state. Don’t believe the hype, folks: The sun rose this morning without the help of Bobby Jindal.
There are capers like the 1971 D.B. Cooper hijacking, and then there is the pickled fruit from the plant of the same name. Two New Iberia men arrested by Lafayette Police officers last week fit the latter category. According to a PD press release, the men are accused of using a pay phone — there are still pay phones? — at a Circle K convenience store on West University Avenue to call in a bomb threat at Our Lady of Fatima School. The phony bomb threat, according to investigators, was meant to divert police so the bumbling bomb bandits could rob a nearby bank. Unfortunately for them, police quickly traced the call to the pay phone, and surveillance footage led to their quick arrest. As of this writing both men remain in the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center on charges that include conspiracy to commit robbery and second-degree couillon.
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The vibe of the tribe done modern
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
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The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
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Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
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Newsy bits for the fam
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.