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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Wednesday, March 06, 2013





NO ACTION WAS TAKEN BY THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL LAST NIGHT AFTER AN HOUR OF DEBATE ON WHETHER TO END A SALES TAX REBATE. CURRENTLY BUSINESSES CAN KEEP TWO PERCENT OF SALES TAXES COLLECTED WHICH HELPS COVER SOME OF THEIR ACCOUNTING EXPENSES. COUNCILMAN JAY CASTILLE IS PUSHING TO REPEAL THE REBATE WHICH WOULD RESULT IN AN ADDITIONAL ONE-POINT-5 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR FOR THE CITY PARISH GOVERNMENT. SOME LOCAL BUSINESS OWNERS SPOKE OUT AGAINST ENDING THE





TODAY IS THE LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE FOR THE APRIL SIXTH MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS. YOU CAN GO TO YOUR LOCAL REGISTRAR OF VOTERS OFFICE OR YOU CAN REGISTER ONLINE AT GEAUX VOTE-DOT-COM, GEAUX IS SPELLED G-E-A-U-X. THERE ARE SEVERAL PARISHWIDE AND LOCAL TAX PROPOSITIONS ON THE BALLOT IN CALCASIEU PARISH AND THREE LAKE CHARLES CITY COUNCIL ELECTIONS TO BE DECIDED. JENNINGS VOTERS WILL BE VOTING ON MAYOR…BETWEEN INCUMBENT TERRY DUHON AND CHALLENGER MARCUS PETERSON.





LAST SUMMER, SIX BOY SCOUTS, THREE ADULT LEADERS AND A GUIDE SPENT FIVE DAYS CANOEING 65 MILES IN THE ATCHAFALAYA BASIN AS PART OF A PILOT TREK. ONE OF THE BOY SCOUTS, 17-YEAR-OLD BRICE NEPVEAUX, A JUNIOR AT CROWLEY HIGH SCHOOL, TOLD THE DAILY ADVERTISER THAT IT WAS A PRETTY AMAZING TRIP. 150 SCOUTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL TAKE THE SAME TRIP THIS SUMMER AS PART OF A NEW HIGH ADVENTURE PROGRAM. THE EVANGELINE AREA COUNCIL OF THE BOY SCOUTS, WHICH REPRESENTS EIGHT ACADIANA PARISHES, IS IN THE PROCESS OF RAISING 21 MILLION DOLLARS TO CREATE AN ATCHAFALAYA SWAMP BASE THAT WOULD BE A JEWEL OF SCOUTING AND A STATE TREASURE.





STATE LAWMAKERS ARE PRESSING FOR DETAILS OF GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL’S PROPOSED TAX CODE REWRITE. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.





PROSECUTORS IN THE FIRST DEGREE MURDER CASE OF 18-YEAR-OLD SETH FONTENOT OF LAFAYETTE ARE ASKING THE JUDGE TO ISSUE A GAG ORDER ON ATTORNEYS AND WITNESSES IN THE CASE. ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY MARK T. GARBER SAYS IN COURT PAPERS THAT THE ATTORNEY FOR FONTENOT MAY HAVE PREJUDICED A POTENTIAL JURY POOL BY OFFERING ALTERNATIVE THEORIES IN THE MEDIA ON WHAT LED TO THE SHOOTING. GARBER SAYS IF THE JUDGE DOES NOT ISSUE A GAG ORDER, HE MAY ASK TO MOVE THE TRIAL OUT OF LAFAYETTE PARISH. FONTENOT IS ACCUSED OF SHOOTING TO DEATH ST. THOMAS MOORE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT AUSTIN RIVAULT AND WOUNDING TWO OTHER TEENAGERS LAST MONTH.







THE MAYOR OF THE VILLAGE OF FENTON IN JEFF DAVIS PARISH DISPUTES ALLEGATIONS OF WRONGDOING FROM A REPORT BY THE STATE LEGISLATIVE AUDITOR’S OFFICE. THE REPORT ACCUSED THE MAYOR OF DRIVING A VILLAGE-OWNED POLICE CAR THAT DID NOT HAVE MARKINGS ACCORDING TO STATE LAW. BUT MAYOR EDDIE ALFRED JUNIOR SAYS HE IS A COMMISSIONED POLICE OFFICER AND LIGHTS ON THE VEHICLE ARE JUSTIFIED BECAUSE OF THE AMOUNT OF HAZARDOUS WASTE THAT ROLLS THROUGH THE AREA. ALFRED DISPUTED AN ALLEGATION IN THE REPORT OF INADEQUATE DOCUMENTATION OF FUEL USAGE, SAYING THEY HAVE A FUEL LOG FOR EVERY PIECE OF EQUIPMENT, INCLUDING WEED EATERS.





THE ST. LANDRY PARISH SOLID WASTE COMMISSION UNANIMOUSLY AGREED TO CREATE A TASK FORCE THAT WILL LOOK AT SOLVING RESIDENTIAL WASTE COLLECTION PROBLEMS FOR RESIDENTS WHO LIVE ON PRIVATE ROADS. COMMISSION ROAD INSPECTOR VELTON STELLY SAYS PROGRESSIVE WASTE SOLUTIONS WILL NOT SEND THEIR GARBAGE TRUCKS ON PRIVATE ROADS SO RESIDENTS THERE HAVE TO BRING THEIR TRASH CANS TO NEARBY PUBLIC ROADS. HE SAYS THE TRASH CANS OFTEN ARE LEFT THERE THROUGHOUT THE WEEK CREATING A PUBLIC LITTER PROBLEM. THE MEMBERS OF THE NEWLY CREATED TASK FORCE WILL COME FROM THE PARISH COUNCIL, THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE AND THE SOLID WASTE COMMISSION.





Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany says he won't challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu in her re-election bid next year. A spokesman for the Lafayette congressman confirmed Tuesday that Boustany won't run for the Senate seat. Spokesman Neal Patel says Boustany was encouraged to run against Landrieu in 2014. Other Republicans said to be eyeing a possible run against Landrieu are U.S. Reps. Bill Cassidy and John Fleming, state education board president Chas Roemer and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne.

































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