Monday, March 10, 2014
LAFAYETTE RESIDENTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY THIS WEEK TO GIVE INPUT ON THE MASTER PLAN FOR A NEW PARK THAT IS GOING UP ON THE FORMER U-L HORSE FARM ON JOHNSTON STREET. A THIRD ROUND OF MEETINGS WILL TAKE PLACE THIS WEEK WHERE RESIDENTS CAN LEARN WHAT ARE THE TOP PRIORITIES FOR THE PARK. LAFAYETE CENTRAL PARKS DIRECTOR OF PLANNING AND DESIGN E-B BROOKS SAYS, FROM THE FIRST TWO ROUNDS OF MEETINGS, THEY LEARNED IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE FARMER’S MARKET EACH SATURDAY AND INCLUDE GARDENS, TRAILS, A WATER FEATURE, AND A SMALL AMPHITHEATRE FOR LIVE PERFORMANCES. THE FIRST OF THIS WEEK’S MEETINGS TAKES PLACE THIS EVENING AT SIX AT THE HEYMANN CENTER BALLROOM.
THE AMERICAN PRESS IS REPORTING THAT THE CITY OF LAKE CHARLES SETTLED A LAWSUIT FILED BY A FORMER EMPLOYEE WHO CLAIMED SHE WAS SEXUALLY HARRASSED BY HER SUPERVISOR, TODD SHERMAN, WHO WAS THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS. CITY ATTORNEY BILLY LOFTIN SAYS THEY AGREED TO SETTLE FOR 175 THOUSAND DOLLARS. IT WAS THE SECOND LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST THE CITY BECAUSE OF ALLEGED HARASSMENT BY SHERMAN. LOFTIN SAYS SHERMAN HAS BEEN ON LEAVE SINCE JANUARY 27TH AND HAS SUBMITTED A LETTER OF RESIGNATION THAT WILL TAKE EFFECT ON APRIL 30TH.
TWO PEOPLE ARE DEAD AFTER A FATAL HIT-AND-RUN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING IN BROUSSARD. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
Lawmakers kick off their annual legislative session Monday, with lessened budget worries but new disputes on educational standards, medical marijuana and a statewide minimum wage. The three-month regular session is a free-for-all, with legislators able to consider most any issue — except taxes. More than 1,500 bills have been proposed, ranging from new abortion restrictions and loosened gun laws to renewed debates over Medicaid expansion, teacher tenure and privatization efforts. The session opens today at noon.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is backing new restrictions on abortion providers in Louisiana.
The Republican governor announced Friday that he supports passage of a measure by Democratic Rep. Katrina Jackson that would require abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, similar to a controversial restriction recently passed in Texas. Jindal's also supporting a bill by GOP Rep. Frank Hoffmann that would prohibit employees of abortion clinics from distributing information or making presentations at Louisiana's public and charter schools.
The Legislature has repeatedly supported adding new requirements on abortion providers in the state, seeking to limit access to
Police say a 46-year-old man was killed when he drove his car into the rear of a westbound 18-wheeler on Interstate 10 in Lafayette. Cpl. Paul Mouton says the victim, whose name is being withheld until his family is notified, was pronounced dead at the scene Thursday night. Mouton says the driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.
A property and casualty insurance pre-licensing course will be offered April 4-5 and April 11-12 at McNeese State University. The classes will be held from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. and are offered in partnership with the Louisiana Consortium of Insurance and Financial Services at Louisiana State University-Shreveport. Cost is $230 per person, which includes textbooks. 40 hours of class time prepares students for the licensing exam.
Deputy marshals are stepping up patrols in Opelousas with an eye toward cutting down on robberies of local businesses. City Marshal Paul Mouton tells The Daily World that he's added 8 reserve marshals and they are patrolling the city from 6-10 p.m. each night. The main duty of the marshal's office is to provide security for City Court and arrest individuals who fail to appear in court on various charges.
The deputies will check businesses along their assigned patrol routes to be sure the businesses are secure.