Monday, November 25, 2013
SEVERAL U-L LAFAYETTE MECHANICAL ENGINEERING STUDENTS WILL BE SPENDING THE SPRING SEMESTER WORKING ON A PILOTLESS BOAT FOR THE NAVY. SWIFTSHIPS OUT OF MORGAN CITY, WHICH BUILDS BOTH MILITARY AND COMMERCIAL WATERCRAFT, SOUGHT OUT THE HELP OF THE U-L LAFAYETTE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT AFTER THEIR SUCCESS WITH THE CAJUNBOT, AN ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE WHICH COULD BE OPERATED BY REMOTE CONTROL. ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, JOSHUA VAUGHN, SAYS THEY WILL ATTEMPT TO USE THE CAJUNBOT TECHNOLOGY ON A 35-FOOT LONG MILITARY BOAT KNOWN AS THE ANACONDA. ALL THE STUDENTS ON THE TEAM WILL WORK ON THE PROJECT OUTSIDE OF THEIR REGULAR CLASSES.
A state appeals court has refused to reduce the $1 million bond for a man accused of fatally shooting a Lake Charles pastor in front of his congregation during a revival service in September. The American Press reports that Woodrow Karey's attorneys asked the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal on Friday to lower his bond to $150,000, but the court denied the request later in the day. Karey's lawyers argue that his $1 million bond is "unconstitutionally excessive." Karey has remained jailed since his arrest in the Sept. 27 shooting death of Ronald C. Harris, who was the pastor of Tabernacle of Praise Worship Center.
TWO STATE LEGISLATORS WILL BE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES OFFICE IN BREAUX BRIDGE TOMORROW FOR THE UNVEILING OF A NEW LICENSE PLATE THAT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO LOUISIANA RESIDENTS. STATE SENATOR FRED MILLS OF NEW IBERIA AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE HUVAL OF BREAUX BRIDGE WILL PRESENT THE “I’M CAJUN…AND PROUD” LICENSE PLATE, WHICH CAN ALSO BE STAMPED ON DRIVER’S LICENSES. THE FIFTEEN DOLLAR ANNUAL FEE FOR THE LICENSE PLATE WILL GO TO THE COUNCIL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF FRENCH IN LOUISIANA’S SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. MILL’S SAYS THE LICENSE PLATES WILL ALSO HELP CODOFIL PROMOTE TOURISM IN THE AREA AND AWARENESS OF THE CULTURE.
A FEDERAL JUDGE WANTS TO ENSURE LOUISIANA SCHOOL VOUCHERS DON’T PROMOTE SEGREGATION.
The $52.5 million expansion of Lafayette General Medical Center has passed its midway mark as crews begin to fill in the skeletal structure. Walls now separate nurse stations from operating rooms. Sanitation stations are taking shape. A hidden passageway that will allow on-call surgeons quick access from the new parking garage to the surgical suite is now visible.
IN JANUARY, A JENNINGS WOMAN CAME UP WITH A UNIQUE RESOLUTION AND HAS BEEN ABLE TO STICK WITH IT, COLLECTING ITEMS FOR AREA NONPROFIT AGENCIES WITH NEEDS. EACH MONTH, BECKY VINCENT HAS CHOSEN A DIFFERENT GROUP TO COLLECT ITEMS FOR, SUCH AS TOILETRIES FOR THE WELCOME HOUSE IN CROWLEY, FOOD AND CLOTHING FOR ABRAHAM’S TENT IN LAKE CHARLES, AND FANS FOR THE JEFF DAVIS COUNCIL ON AGING. HER LATEST EFFORT IS PUTTING TOGETHER CHRISTMAS CARE PACKAGES FOR THE TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN AND KUWAIT, WHICH WILL BE MAILED ON DECEMBER FOURTH. VINCENT SAYS THE WAY SHE’S BEEN ABLE TO KEEP HER NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION IS BY POSTING ABOUT IT ON FACEBOOK SO HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAN SEE WHAT SHE’S DOING.
A teleconference system designed to save money, speed trials and improve safety has gone into operation in the St. Landry Parish court system. Until the new system was devised, prisoners held at the Opelousas City Jail had to be brought to court for lineups, arraignment and other hearings. Now, the inmate doesn't need to leave the jail for a legal hearing before a judge. Instead, The Daily World reports, the inmate is connected to the court through a video link allowing the inmate and judge to be "virtually" in the same room, even though the judge is on the bench and the inmate is before a camera in the jail.
Crews are replacing the lighting inside the Burton Coliseum Complex arena with 76 LED lights, which officials said will improve visibility during events and cut energy use. Terry Hornsby of Dollar Electric Inc. tells The American Press that workers will likely spend about two weeks switching out the lights. The existing lights were installed in the late 1990s, he says. Complex general manager Jason Barnes says the new lights are part of $3.2 million in capital improvements to the coliseum.