East Pont des Mouton widening work underway

Monday, 28 July 2014 21:34
LAFAYETTE — City-parish officials on Monday marked the start of a $21.6 million project to widen East Pont des Mouton Road between Louisiana Avenue and Interstate 49, one the biggest projects for north Lafayette in recent years and a road that has seen traffic rise significantly over the past two decades. The project, not to be completed until 2016, involves widening the two-lane road to a four-lane boulevard in some sections and a five-lane roadway…
Unique start awaits North Vermilion students
Monday, 28 July 2014 21:34
LAFAYETTE — North Vermilion High and North Vermilion Middle students may win back-to-school bragging rights for the most unique entrée to the new school year. The students will take turns sharing the high school building in three-day, revolving schedules for the first few weeks of school to allow extra time needed to prepare the new North Vermilion Middle School for a Sept. 8 opening date. The schedule involves students attending on a Saturday. “We’ll be…
Lee Zurik Investigation: Riser's amendment could cost state millions
Monday, 28 July 2014 21:28
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A local attorney and legislative watchdog says a state senator responsible for a controversial amendment owes the public and his colleagues an apology. That senator did not publicly take responsibility for introducing the amendment until after FOX 8 aired a story, naming him. C.B. Forgotston spent 13 years working in government. Now, the local attorney spends part of his time serving as a watchdog. Last Wednesday, he emailed the six…
Ronald Powell
Monday, 28 July 2014 20:37
A few minutes with ... Ronald Powell The Saints’ rookie outside linebacker and fifth-round draft choice reflects on his NFL transition, his football idol and his beard: The Advocate: What is the transition from college football to the NFL like? Does it compare to moving from middle school to high school? Does it compare to moving from high school to college? Ronald Powell: As far as being the young guy, the small guy on campus,…
Councilman to testify on jail contraband
Monday, 28 July 2014 20:37
At a New Orleans City Council committee hearing last week, District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro ladled warm praise on criminal defense attorney Jason Williams, saying he was delighted the recently elected at-large councilman has taken a career detour. “We’d much rather see you sitting over there than on the opposite side of the courtroom,” Cannizzaro said. “Visit in my office, not the courthouse.” But prosecutors with Cannizzaro’s office have called on Williams to return to the…
10 indicted in credit card fraud scheme
Monday, 28 July 2014 20:37
An Orleans Parish grand jury has indicted 10 people on racketeering charges in an identity theft and counterfeit credit card scheme involving a group of New Yorkers who received tens of thousands of dollars in allegedly fraudulent cash advances from Harrah’s New Orleans Casino. The alleged ringleader, Jorge Cesar Mejia, 30, of the Bronx, New York, remains at large, accused of using stolen account numbers to forge credit cards used by his co-defendants during various…
Sentencing delayed in burned body case
Monday, 28 July 2014 20:37
A federal judge Monday postponed until next month the resentencing of Gregory McRae, a former New Orleans police officer convicted of igniting Henry Glover’s corpse in the days after Hurricane Katrina. McRae had been scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to learn his new punishment, but U.S. District Judge Lance Africk rescheduled the hearing for Aug. 15. A brief order announcing the new date did not explain the delay. McRae’s defense attorney, Mike Fawer, said…
Tangipahoa council supports proposed Access Health clinic
Monday, 28 July 2014 20:34
AMITE — The Tangipahoa Parish Council on Monday unanimously agreed to a proposed Access Health Louisiana clinic designed for those without health insurance or in a low-income bracket. Establishing and staffing a health clinic in the parish depends on Access Health Louisiana’s ability to win a federal grant, said Mark F. Keiser, executive director of the company. Keiser said the company plans to apply for a $650,000 grant in August and if the grant is…
Phone threat to City Hall diffused
Monday, 28 July 2014 20:34
As hordes of people filed into City Hall last Wednesday for a fiery Metro Council meeting headlined by hours of debate regarding the proposed “Fairness Ordinance,” a vastly different, unrelated and disturbing conflict unfolded in another part of the building: the threat of a mass shooting. Most of the people inside the council chambers that day, including the Metro Council’s president, were unaware of the threat. And by the time the meeting commenced, the threat…
Public schools to give free lunch to all
Monday, 28 July 2014 20:34
The East Baton Rouge Parish school system will be providing free lunch to its almost 42,000 students, including thousands who in the past had to pay for their meals. The change, announced Monday, takes effect Aug. 11, the start of the 2014-15 school year. The school district plans to take advantage of a new federal initiative that allows public schools in high-poverty areas like Baton Rouge to provide free meals to all students without families…

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