Wednesday, May 22, 2013
THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL APPROVED AN AMNESTY PERIOD FOR DRIVERS WITH PAST DUE TRAFFIC CAMERA AND PARKING TICKETS. THEY WILL HAVE UNTIL JUNE 30TH TO PAY THE FINES WITHOUT HAVING TO PAY THE LATE FEE. IT’S ESTIMATED THAT THERE ARE ABOUT 30 THOUSAND OVERDUE TICKETS TOTALLING AROUND TWO MILLION DOLLARS. THE COUNCIL DISCUSSED A NEW COLLECTION POLICY THAT INVOLVES GOING TO COURT TO COLLECT THE FEES, BUT THEY DECIDED TO DELAY A VOTE UNTIL THEY CAN GET MORE DETAILS.
HURRICANE SEASON BEGINS JUNE FIRST AND THE DIRECTOR OF THE CALCASIEU OFFICE OF EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS DICK GREMILLION SAYS PREPARATIONS SHOULD BEGIN NOW. GREMILLION SAYS THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE A PLAN IN PLACE THAT YOU WOULD EXECUTE IN CASE A HURRICANE HEADS THIS WAY. HE SAYS THAT INCLUDES A COMMUNICATIONS PLAN, WHERE IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE KNOW HOW TO GET IN TOUCH WITH YOU AND WHERE YOU ARE GOING. THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY, YOU CAN PURCHASE EMERGENCY SUPPLIES AND NOT HAVE TO PAY THE STATE SALES TAX OF FOUR PERCENT.
THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO AN EVENT THIS EVENING AT THE ACADIA PARISH COURTHOUSE CELEBRATING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY. COORDINATOR DARLENE THIBODEAUX HAS THE DETAILS. IT TAKES PLACE FROM SEVEN TO EIGHT TONIGHT ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE ACADIA PARISH COURTHOUSE. ALL MONIES RAISED WILL GO TOWARD THE RELAY FOR LIFE OF ACADIA PARISH.
Motorists in Louisiana will have to add tweets and Facebook updates to the list of activity banned while driving, in addition to texting. A bill prohibiting posting to social media sites while driving gained final approval with a 34-1 Senate vote on Tuesday. It now heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk. The bill by Livingston Republican Dale Erdey closes what he called a loophole by adding accessing, reading and posting to social media sites, such as the popular Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, to the prohibited-while-driving list.
A LAFAYETTE MAN HAS TURNED HIMSELF IN TO THE AUTHORITIES. JULIE DARCY TELLS US WHY.
THE MAYOR OF SULPHUR IS ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS TO SIGN UP FOR THE CITY’S ALERT SYSTEM. CHRIS DUNCAN SAYS THOSE WHO SIGN UP RECEIVE TEXT MESSAGES, PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS NOTIFYING THEM WHEN A NATURAL DISASTER IS APPROACHING. IT ALSO HAS BEEN USED TO INFORM ABOUT SPECIAL EVENTS AND EVEN WAS USED ONCE TO NOTIFY RESIDENTS IN A NEIGHBORHOOD ABOUT AN ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT THAT WAS IN THEIR AREA. TO SIGN UP, GO TO SULPHUR-DOT-ORG AND CLICK ON”SIGN UP NOW BLACKBOARD CONNECT”.
A 29-YEAR-OLD DOG FROM NEW IBERIA DIED ON SATURDAY. MAX, A BEAGLE, DACHSUND AND TERRIER MIX, WAS JUST A FEW WEEKS SHY OF BEING NAMED THE WORLD’S OLDEST DOG BY THE GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS. JANELLE DEROUEN SAYS SHE AND HER HUSBAND HAVE TRIED FOR YEARS TO GET RECOGNITION FOR MAX FROM THAT ORGANIZATION AND ON MAY 15TH THEY GOT A LETTER SAYING THEIR CLAIM WAS APPROVED. DEROUEN SAYS SHE ADOPTED MAX FROM A SUGAR CANE FARMER IN 1983.
Senators have delayed a vote on a controversial bill that would prohibit enforcement in Louisiana of any federal bans on assault weapons. Postponement Tuesday came after opponents repeatedly called the measure unconstitutional. Following a barrage of questions about the effort to usurp federal laws and several attempts to attach unwieldy amendments, Republican Sen. Rick Ward deferred a vote on the House-approved measure. Meanwhile, the Senate overwhelmingly approved other gun-related measures that would make it a misdemeanor to release or publish the names and addresses of people who own or have applied for concealed handgun permits and allow off-duty federal and state certified law enforcement officers to carry weapons on school campuses.