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Trio of out-of-towners arrested in armed robbery in Lafayette

Thursday, 26 February 2015 16:24
Three men were arrested Thursday in an armed robbery at a Lafayette shopping center, police said. Randy Wilson, 29, of Fresno, Texas, and Dante King, 20, of Alexandria, were each arrested on a count of armed robbery after a 22-year-old man reported he was robbed in the Midtown Plaza parking lot in the 2500 block of Johnston Street, Lafayette Police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said in a news release. Tyrus Gable, 18, of Alexandria, was…
Politics blog: Will Jindal-White feud lap over to governor’s budget plans?
Thursday, 26 February 2015 16:24
A bitter disagreement between Gov. Bobby Jindal and state Superintendent of Education John White over Common Core may show up again when Jindal’s spending plans are unveiled on Friday morning. State aid for public schools, dollars for standardized test contracts and funding for the state Department of Education are all in play in the budget amid Louisiana’s $1.6 billion shortfall to maintain current spending. See the story here.
Louisiana reaches export record of $65.1 billion
Thursday, 26 February 2015 16:24
Merchandise exports from Louisiana climbed to a record $65.1 billion in 2014, and new trade agreements could boost those totals in the coming years, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Petroleum and coal products topped Louisiana’s goods exports at $25.7 billion, according to data released by the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration. Agricultural products were next at $17.7 billion, with chemicals third at $8.6 billion. Exports from Louisiana supported an estimated 283,000 U.S.
State Sen. Elbert Guillory stumps GOP message on Hip-Hop airwaves
Thursday, 26 February 2015 16:24
Louisiana state Sen. Elbert Guillory is marking Black History Month by hitting the airwaves to promote the Republican Party on hip-hop and R&B stations in 11 cities across the country. Guillory, an Opelousas Republican and candidate for lieutenant governor, will be on radio stations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, as well as Memphis, Birmingham, Miami, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio. The ad is being pushed through his Free At Last Political Action…
Politics blog: Legislator wants voters to decide on Medicaid expansion
Thursday, 26 February 2015 15:23
With health care cuts looming large, top Democratic state Sen. Karen Peterson is proposing to let Louisiana voters decide whether they want Medicaid expansion to relieve the funding pressure. Gov. Bobby Jindal has vehemently opposed Medicaid expansion, claiming it only extends an expensive program that’s not working to improve people health and would end up being too costly to the state. See the story here.
Lafayette looking for ‘dynamic, motivated’ school system leader
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:22
The search for a “dynamic, motivated educational leader” for the Lafayette Parish School System is officially underway. An advertisement for the schools superintendent job was published in The Daily Advertiser, the parish’s official journal, on Sunday to fill state law requirements linked to filling a vacant superintendent position, said Bruce Leininger, the school system’s human resources director. The advertisement will be published in the Sunday editions of both The Advocate and Times-Picayune newspapers, as well,…
State veterans chief seeks congressional help
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:22
Louisiana veterans are running up debt because a federal agency isn’t paying their medical bills on time, according to the chief of the state’s veterans agency. Federal law authorizes the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide health coverage for eligible military veterans when they are “financially liable” for emergency medical services provided at a local non-VA hospital or ambulance company. But the VA division congress recently put in charge of getting the bills paid…
Politics blog: Make higher ed the top funding priority, education leaders urge a day before Bobby Jindal’s budget recommendation
Thursday, 26 February 2015 14:22
The leaders of Louisiana’s college and university systems and the state commissioner of higher education have sent a joint letter to Gov. Bobby Jindal, urging the governor to look for ways to keep funding steady for higher ed in the face of a $1.6 billion funding shortfall in the coming year. Jindal’s administration will release his executive budget recommendation Friday. See the story here.
Group Benefits reserves continue to shrink
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:22
Once robust state Group Benefits reserves have fallen below what the state operated health insurance program’s financial advisers consider “safe.” The Legislative Fiscal Office reported the fund balance sat at $102.8 million at the end of January - down from a high of more than $500 million a little more than two years ago. The fund balance is the amount of money on hand after accounting for the medical claims incurred but not yet paid.
Lafayette investigating recording of police officer using racial slur
Thursday, 26 February 2015 13:22
The city-parish administration is investigating an audio recording that a retired Lafayette police officer says is evidence of one of his former co-workers using a offensive racial slur when talking about a black supervisor. City-Parish Council Chairman Kenneth Boudreaux confirmed on Thursday that the Lafayette Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the incident, which was brought to light by former Lafayette Police Office Andres Landor. Landor, who is black, retired on Feb.
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