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Friday, January 4, 2013

Friday, January 4, 2013





LAFAYETTE PARISH IS ONE OF 14 PARISHES IN THE STATE THAT HAVE BEEN DEEMED TO BE A LOW RISK FOR CHILDREN ENTERING KINDERGARTEN, ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY BY L-S-U AND TULANE UNIVERSITY. THE L-S-U TULANE EARLY CHILDHOOD POLICY AND DATA CENTER JUDGED ALL THE PARISHES IN THE STATE ON ELEVEN RISK FACTORS RELATED TO POOR EARLY CHILDHOOD OUTCOMES. IN ACADIANA, EVANGELINE, IBERIA, ST. LANDRY AND ST. MARY PARISHES WERE CONSIDERED TO BE A MODERATE TO HIGH RISK FOR CHILDREN ENTERING SCHOOL, WHILE ACADIA, ST. MARTIN AND VERMILLION PARISHES WERE CATEGORIZED AS A LOW TO MODERATE RISK. DESPITE A GOOD OVERALL RATING, LAFAYETTE PARISH SCORED POORLY IN THE AREAS OF TEEN PREGNANCY AND PRESCHOOL EDUCATION.





AFTER A THREE HOUR MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, LAKE CHARLES CITY OFFICIALS AND MEMBERS OF THE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY MARDI GRAS BOARDWALK PUT TOGETHER A FINAL DRAFT ON A PROPOSAL FOR A PROJECT ALONG THE LAKEFRONT. MARDI GRAS BOARDWALK WANTS TO PURCHASE NINE ACRES FROM THE CITY FOR A PLANNED 46 MILLION DOLLAR ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX. LAKE CHARLES CITY ADMINISTRATOR JOHN CARDONE SAYS IT TOOK SIX MONTHS TO GET TO THIS POINT BECAUSE THE CITY WANTED TO ENSURE THAT THE DEVELOPMENT PLAN WAS VIABLE. THE CITY COUNCIL WILL HAVE TO GIVE FINAL APPROVAL ON THE DEAL AND REPORTS ARE THAT IT WILL TAKE PLACE IN LATE FEBRUARY.



THE IBERIA PARISH SCHOOL BOARD IS SEEKING APPLICANTS TO REPLACE BOARD MEMBER RAYMOND “SHOE-DO” LEWIS. LEWIS IS LEAVING THE SCHOOL BOARD BECAUSE HE WAS ELECTED TO THE NEW IBERIA CITY COUNCIL THIS PAST NOVEMBER. THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL INTERVIEW CANDIDATES AND SELECT THE INTERIM REPLACEMENT AT A SPECIAL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY. THE REPLACEMENT WILL SERVE UNTIL A NEW BOARD MEMBER IS SELECTED IN AN APRIL SIXTH SPECIAL ELECTION.





TRANSOCEAN WILL PAY ONE-POINT-4 BILLION DOLLARS IN FINES AND PENALTIES IN CONNECTION WITH A 2010 GULF OIL SPILL.







THE LAFAYETTE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY HAS CHOSEN A MAN WHO WORKS WITH AN URBAN PLANNING COMPANY TO BE THE NEXT DIRECTOR. NATHAN NORRIS WORKS WITH PLACEMAKERS AND IS ALSO A LICENSED ATTORNEY AND REAL ESTATE BROKER. HE JOINS THE AUTHORITY AS A GROUP OF PLANNERS ARE CRAFTING A LONG TERM GROWTH PLAN FOR THE DOWNTOWN AREA. NORRIS WILL REPLACE CATHY WEBRE, WHO IS RETIRING.





TWO MORE MEN WERE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE BEATING DEATH OF A MOSS BLUFF MAN AT A NEW YEAR’S EVE PARTY. THE INITIAL SUSPECT ARRESTED ON TUESDAY WAS 41-YEAR-OLD BRIAN DIAMOND WHO HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER FOR THE DEATH OF 37-YEAR-OLD MATTHEW V. CROCHET. ALSO FACING MANSLAUGHTER CHARGES ARE 40-YEAR-OLD STEVEN B. ELLIS AND 37-YEAR-OLD KAWLIGA L. CONNELLY. SHERIFF TONY MANCUSO SAYS THERE ARE INDICATIONS THAT CROCHET’S ALLEGED INAPPROPRIATE CONTACT WITH A JUVENILE PROMPTED THE BEATING.





THE STATE ETHICS BOARD THIS WEEK BROUGHT A LAWSUIT AGAINST OPELOUSAS MAYOR DONALD CRAVINS SENIOR, ACCUSING HIM OF VIOLATING TWO LAWS. ACCORDING TO THE SUIT, CRAVINS ACCEPTED A CONTRIBUTION OF FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS FROM A POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE DURING HIS RUN FOR THE STATE SENATE IN 2011, EXCEEDING THE MAXIMUM OF 25-HUNDRED DOLLARS. HE ALSO ALLEGEDLY MADE A 25-HUNDRED DOLLAR CONTRIBUTION TO HIS SON, DUSTIN, WHICH VIOLATES A LAW PROHIBITING MAKING PAYMENTS OR EXPENDITURES TO IMMEDIATE FAMILY MEMBERS. CRAVINS DISPUTES THE CHARGES SAYING THE ETHICS BOARD IS IN ERROR AND HE WELCOMES THE LAWSUIT.



































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