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Two shot dead hours before prayer rally

Monday, 26 January 2015 23:28
DONALDSONVILLE — Two men were gunned down Monday and killed on Latino Street less than two hours before a community group intent on stemming a recent tide of violence prayed in the city’s downtown square for the Lord’s aid in their mission. Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Tony Bacala said Chad Michael Nichols, 37, was slain in his front yard at 178 Latino St., and a second man, 29-year-old Benny Booker, 54054 Spellman Wall Road,…
Wind spreads Scott field fire
Monday, 26 January 2015 23:28
SCOTT — A fire set by students to a field to clear it for baseball season was spread by winds, burning about five acres Monday before firefighters brought it under control. Scott Fire Chief Chad Sonnier said Acadiana High School agricultural students were burning the field around 1:30 p.m., but high winds caused the fire to spread “beyond the designated area” toward a nearby neighborhood. Lafayette, Judice, Milton, Youngsville, Broussard and Carencro firefighters were called…
Video: Surveillance of two vehicles believed to be speeding away from crime scene
Monday, 26 January 2015 22:26
Surveillance video captures two speeding vehicles believed to be fleeing from the crime scene where two men had earlier been shot in Donaldsonville. Both victims died.
Board OKs resolutions to help homeowners
Monday, 26 January 2015 22:26
AMITE — The Tangipahoa Parish Council on Monday approved three resolutions that will give residents living in flood-prone areas an opportunity to share in nearly $1.5 million available to raise houses. The funds come from three grants: $341,880 through FEMA’s Flood Mitigation Assistance program for private properties damaged by repetitive floods; $993,590 through FEMA’s Hurricane Isaac Flood Mitigation Assistance program for private properties that repeatedly flood; and $150,000 through the U.S. Department of Housing and…
Denham Springs audio tape mystery remains unsolved
Monday, 26 January 2015 22:26
DENHAM SPRINGS — By the time the last legal bill is paid, Denham Springs will have spent somewhere between $20,000 and $25,000 on an investigation of the city police chief and captain, Mayor Gerard Landry said Monday evening. The city’s civil service board investigation ended abruptly and without resolution earlier this month after lawyers revealed the officers’ testimonies were not properly recorded, in violation of state law. Monday evening, the Denham Springs City Council called…
School leaders seek help from lawmakers
Monday, 26 January 2015 21:25
Lafayette Parish School System leaders appealed to their state representatives and senator for help in supporting legislation during the upcoming session that could provide fixes to accountability issues, critical teacher shortages and school and student health services funding. Some of the issues were discussed last year at the school system’s annual legislative breakfast, such as making it easier to hire retirees for hard-to-fill positions and some resolution to dedicated taxes following students who enroll in…
University Hospital & Clinics bans smoking
Monday, 26 January 2015 20:25
Lafayette’s public hospital is going smoke-free on Feb. 1, bringing its policies in line with every private hospital in the city. University Hospital & Clinics, a state-owned hospital privately managed by Lafayette General Health, will ban cigarettes, e-cigarettes, chewing tobacco, pipes and cigars on all hospital property, including buildings, sidewalks and parking lots, UHC announced Monday. All other hospitals in Lafayette have implemented similar smoke-free campus polices over the past six years. Lafayette General Health,…
Long road ahead
Monday, 26 January 2015 20:25
Louisiana could do a lot more to curb the number of people who drive drunk and endanger others, including inputting every arrest in a statewide database, Lafayette officials said Monday. Other measures range from trying more to modify Louisiana’s laissez-faire attitude toward getting drunk and implementing programs to get the hard-core drinkers off the roads, court and law enforcement officials said at a forum. “The most important thing that Louisiana needs is a database,” Lafayette…
CATS targets LSU bus contract
Monday, 26 January 2015 20:25
In 2009, the Capital Area Transit System lost its contract to provide bus service to LSU’s campus, ending a 30-year partnership and costing the public bus agency about $2.4 million a year. But this year, CATS could get its chance to win back the valuable contract and reclaim its position as the sole bus system for the parish. CATS that year lost out to First Transit, which has been operating under a five-year contract.
La. revenues continue to decline
Monday, 26 January 2015 20:25
For the second time since November, the Jindal administration is going to have find another hundred million dollars or so to balance this year’s state government budget. The Revenue Estimating Conference decided Monday that the state should again lower its expectations for collections from taxes and other sources. The amount reduced ultimately will be another $103.5 million or so. State government is only allowed to spend the money identified by the REC. In all, the…
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