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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013





THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL DECIDED TO DELAY A VOTE ON AN AMNESTY PROGRAM FOR THOSE WITH DELINQUENT PARKING AND TRAFFIC CAMERA TICKETS. THE AMNESTY WOULD HAVE KEPT VIOLATERS FROM PAYING A PAST DUE PENALTY IF THE FINE WAS TAKEN CARE OF BY APRIL 30TH. AFTER THAT PERIOD, THE CITY PARISH GOVERNMENT WOULD GO TO COURT TO COLLECT THE FINES AND PAST DUE PENALTIES. THE COUNCIL DECIDE TO DELAY THE VOTE BECAUSE OF A QUESTION OVER HOW MUCH OF THE PAST DUE PENALTIES FROM TRAFFIC CAMERA TICKETS WOULD GO TO REDFLEX TRAFFIC SYSTEMS, THE COMPANY THAT OPERATES THE TRAFFIC CAMERAS.





PHILLIPS 66 HAS BACKED A BLACK EMPLOYEE NETWORK THAT WAS FOUNDED AT THEIR LAKE CHARLES MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN 2010. THE COMPANY TOLD THE AMERICAN PRESS THAT THE NETWORK WORKS WITH UNIVERSITIES TO CREATE A PIPELINE FOR FUTURE AFRICAN AMERICAN EMPLOYEES. THE NETWORK WILL HOST A JOB FAIR ON APRIL 20TH AT WESTLAKEíS MANAGAN RECREATION CENTER, WHICH WILL PROVIDE JOB FORECASTS, EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS, SALARY SCALES AND INTERVIEW TIPS. PHILLIPS 66 SAYS THE PUBLIC WILL BE ABLE TO TALK TO PROFESSIONALS AND CRAFTSMEN FROM VARIOUS TRADE TO LEARN WHAT THEY DO, THEIR SALARIES AND MUCH MORE.





A VILLE PLATTE MAN WAS ARRESTED LAST WEEK ON TWO COUNTS OF MEDICAID FRAUD. 36-YEAR-OLD BRADLEY HUDSPETH FACES A MAXIMUM OF TWENTY YEARS IN PRISON AND A FORTY THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE IF CONVICTED. HUDSPETH, A FORMER MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR ALLEGEDLY SUBMITTED FALSE TIME SHEETS AT A NEW ORLEANS OFFICE, WHERE HE WORKED. IN A NEWS RELEASE, THE ATTORNEY GENERALíS OFFICE SAYS HUDSPETH FRAUDULENTLY CLAIMED TO HAVE PROVIDED SERVICES TO MEDICAID PATIENTS WHICH LED TO MEDICAID BEING FALSELY BILLED.





Lawmakers digging into the details of Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to restructure Louisiana's tax code say the administration needs to do a better job selling the tax plan to the public. Revenue department leader Tim Barfield started walking members of the House tax-writing committee through the governor's proposal Tuesday. Jindal wants to eliminate personal and business income taxes. To offset the loss, Jindal proposes to increase state sales taxes and add them to an array of untaxed services.





MEMBERS OF THE JUNIOR LEAGUE OF LAFAYETTE ARE PUTTING UP A NEW PLAYGROUND AT MOUTON PARK, LOCATED AT 803 CENTER STREET. THE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT IS A WAY FOR THE JUNIOR LEAGUE TO COMMEMORATE THEIR 55TH ANNIVERSARY. MEMBERS OF THE LEAGUE VISITED SEVEN CITY PARKS BEFORE DECIDING ON MOUTON PARK, BECAUSE ITíS LOCATED NEAR SEVERAL SCHOOLS AND IN A NEIGHBORHOOD. A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION WILL BE HELD SATURDAY, WITH FOOD, MUSIC, PRIZES AND KIDíS ACTIVITIES.





SENATOR MARY LANDRIEU ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT A ONE-POINT-7 MILLION DOLLAR DISASTER RECOVERY GRANT FROM THE FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY WILL BE USED TO REPAIR TEN TIMBER BRIDGES IN CAMERON PARISH THAT WERE DAMAGED BY HURRICANE RITA. SCOTT HENRY, THE CHAIRMAN OF DRAINAGE DISTRICT THREE SAYS THE BRIDGES SPAN A DRAINAGE CANAL THAT IS EIGHT MILES LONG. HE SAYS REPAIRING THE BRIDGES WILL ALLOW SMALL LANDOWNERS TO HAVE ACCESS TO THEIR PROPERTIES AGAIN. THE PROJECT SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY AUGUST.





IN PREPARATION FOR THE CLEANEST CITY IN LOUISIANA CONTEST, THE CITY IS PLANNING A CLEAN-UP DAY FOR THIS SATURDAY. AMY THIBODEAUX OF THE CROWLEY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SAYS ITíS IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE CITY CLEAN AND INVITING.





VOLUNTEERS FOR THE CLEAN-UP DAY WILL MEET AT THE WELLS FARGO BUILDING AT NINE A-M TO RECEIVE THEIR ASSIGNMENTS. IF YOUíD LIKE TO SIGN UP, CALL THE CHAMBER OFFICE AT 788-0177.





Louisiana's top higher education official says the state's investment in public colleges has sunk to its lowest level in more than 50 years when compared to income levels. Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Purcell is pushing for new rounds of tuition increases to fill the gap. He is asking lawmakers to give more tuition-setting autonomy to college management boards. He said Tuesday that schools need the ability to charge higher tuition and fee rates for the specialized and higher-cost programs, like engineering and nursing.



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