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Adley makes changes to levee board bill, expects opposition

Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:32
The chief sponsor of legislation that would revamp control over the southeast Louisiana levee boards challenged opponents Wednesday after making what he called concessions. “They’re being unreasonable, and I want this body to see it,” state Sen. Robert Adley, R-Benton, said in an interview pointing to the Senate chamber. Adley had just left the lectern from which he had announced amending his legislation in response to demands made by opponents. He plans to ask for…
School Board opposes legislation
Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:32
LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Parish School Board took a stand Wednesday against legislation that proposes changing the board’s election cycle and opens the door for potential changes to the board’s governance. The board’s opposition to legislation filed by state Rep. Nancy Landry, R-Lafayette, came during a special meeting that had been called to discuss the bills. During the meeting, board member Mark Allen Babineaux asked that the resolution be amended to also state the board’s…
Council approves annexation
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 23:18
Baton Rouge got a little bit bigger Wednesday — but just a little bit. The Metro Council approved a measure that expanded the boundaries of the city to fully include Costco Wholesale, Celtic Studios and SAIF Credit Union, three businesses that straddled the line between Baton Rouge and the proposed city of St. George. The three businesses pose little financial gain for Baton Rouge. But it’s likely that city-parish officials intend to use additional annexations…
Power outage hits nearly 30,000
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 23:18
Updated at 10:55 p.m. Nearly 30,000 Entergy customers in the Baton Rouge area lost power for a few hours Wednesday night due to an equipment failure. It wasn’t clear Wednesday night where the failure happened or what caused it, but an Entergy spokesman said the company will provide more details once it completes its investigation into the outages. More than 28,000 Entergy customers and about 700 DEMCO customers in the parish lost power Wednesday night…
Tempers flare over Rouzan, trash collection contract
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 23:18
Mayor Pro Tem Chandler Loupe lost his temper with opponents of the Rouzan subdivision, engaging in a tense public standoff with an attorney representing those fighting against the development. It was one of a handful of heated disagreements that arose during Wednesday’s Metro Council meeting, which included Mayor-President Kip Holden going head-to-head with Councilman Ryan Heck over a multi-million dollar trash collection contract. The Rouzan issued involved a request to rezone the development to Traditional…
Rouzan rezoning issue causes heated exchange at Metro Council
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 23:15
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Emotions ran high Wednesday evening at the Baton Rouge Metro-Council meeting as members of council took exception to threats of personal lawsuits. The tension surrounded the Rouzan development in the Southdown's neighborhood that includes dozens of homes. The developer Tommy Spinosa asked council members to change the zoning from single family residential to traditional neighborhood development or TND, so existing homeowners can receive approval from banks and insurance companies. "It's…
Saints schedule includes up to 5 night games
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 23:15
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Saints have as many as five night games on their 2014 regular season schedule, which begins with road games in Atlanta and Cleveland. The schedule, released Wednesday night, has New Orleans playing its home opener in Week 3 against Minnesota. New Orleans will play at least four night games, starting with a Sunday night tilt at Dallas in Week 4. The Saints also are slated to play a…
Power restored for almost 30,000 Baton Rouge homes
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 23:15
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Thousands of Baton Rouge residents are in the dark from a sudden power outage scattered all around the area. According to the Entergy website outage map, approximately 28,354 Entergy residents are affected. There has been no word yet as of how long residents will be without power. Our WAFB news crew contacted Entergy and a spokesperson said they aware of the problem, and they are working to resolve it.
Key hits spur LSU to 6-1 win over No. 20 South Alabama
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 23:15
From LSU Sports BATON ROUGE, La. – After the first meeting of the season back in February where they were unable to get more than a single run across the plate, the LSU softball team was ready this time around and scored six runs on seven hits to defeat No 20 South Alabama, 6-1, Wednesday night at Tiger Park in Baton Rouge. In the final non-conference home game of the season for the squad, LSU…
Recall effort targets Gonzales officials
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 22:05
GONZALES —A group of residents, calling itself SaveGonzales, is launching an organized effort to get the necessary signatures to unseat city councilmen Gary Lacombe and Timothy Vessel in recall elections. The group’s leaders told residents at a public meeting on the signature drive Wednesday that the group has a website, SaveGonzales.com and is on Facebook. “Facebook will be the backbone” of the recall effort, said John Diez, with the research and marketing company Magellan Strategies…
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