THE U-L RAGIN CAJUN BASEBALL TEAM BEGINS THEIR SEASON TONIGHT AGAINST SOUTHEATERN LOUISIANA IN HAMMOND. THEY RETURN A LOT OF STARTERS FROM LAST YEAR’S TEAM, WHICH WON THE SUN BELT CONFERENCE. THEY ARE RANKED BETWEEN 13TH AND 16TH IN SIX DIFFERENT PRESEASON POLLS. THE RAGIN CAJUNS FIRST HOME GAME IS TWO WEEKS AWAY ON MARCH THIRD, WHEN THEY HOST SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI.
LAKE CHARLES POLICE OFFICERS ARE CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES AND, THEREFORE, NOT ALLOWED TO PARTICIPATE IN POLITICAL ACTIVITIES, BUT THEIR UNION IS ALLOWED TO ENDORSE CANDIDATES, IF THEY FOLLOW CERTAIN RULES. THAT’S THE DECISION OF THE THIRD CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS. LT. CRAIG DESORMEAUX, WHO IS PRESIDENT OF THE LOUISIANA UNION OF POLICE, TELLS KPLC TV HE’S PLEASED WITH THE RULING, BECAUSE IT’S IMPORTANT TO THEM THAT THOSE ELECTED ARE BEST FOR POLICE OFFICERS. HE SAYS THEY ARE NOT LIKELY TO ENDORSE A CANDIDATE IN THE UPCOMING LAKE CHARLES MAYORAL RACE, IN PART BECAUSE THERE’S THE POSSIBILITY OF AN APPEAL.
INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE AN ARGUMENT ON SOCIAL MEDIA LED TO A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL CUTTING AN 18-YEAR-OLD GIRL WITH A POCKET KNIFE AT LOREAUVILLE HIGH SCHOOL. JULIE DARCE HAS MORE.
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With the special session nearing its halfway mark, House Republicans are demonstrating they intend to take a sharply different approach to rebalancing this year’s budget than Gov. John Bel Edwards wants. The majority-GOP House Appropriations Committee on Thursday voted down the Democratic governor’s proposal for closing the state’s $304 million deficit, refusing to send it to the full House for debate. A day earlier, the panel advanced two options offered by Republicans that would cut more deeply — and use less from the state’s “rainy day” fund — than the governor wants. The full House is expected to debate those ideas today.
Federal prosecutors say a Lafayette-based company has agreed to stop marketing untested substances that were labeled and advertised as treatments for heart disease, multiple sclerosis, cancer and other maladies. The agreement was announced Thursday by the Justice Department and the U.S. Attorney in Lafayette. It also stops the company, known as Cili (see-lee) Minerals, and its owner from marketing dietary supplements that the government says were adulterated. The federal complaint said the company failed to test ingredients or finished products as required by law.
THE JEFF DAVIS PARISH SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS A NEW PERMANENT SUPERINTENDENT. THE SCHOOL BOARD HIRED KIRK CREDEUR FOR THE POSITION. HE HAS BEEN SERVING AS INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT SINCE THE PREVIOUS SUPERINTENDENT, BRIAN LEJEUNE, RETIRED IN JANUARY. CREDEUR WAS THE ONLY PERSON TO APPLY FOR THE JOB.
CROWLEY POLICE NOW HAVE A NEW LESS-LETHAL WEAPON IN THEIR ARSENAL – A PEPPER SPRAY GUN. POLICE CHIEF JIMMY BROUSSARD TELLs KLFY-TV THAT IT WORKS BETTER THAN THE TASER GUN. HE SAYS IT WILL PUT A PERSON DOWN FOR AN HOUR AS COMPARED TO A FEW MINUTES WITH A TASER, AND DOESN’T HAVE SOME OF THE EXTRA ISSUES AND PROBLEMS THAT COME WITH A TASER. BROUSSARD SAYS OFFICERS WILL HAVE THE PEPPER SPRAY GUN AT THEIR DISPOSAL RIGHT AWAY.
A third state lawmaker has entered the race to be Louisiana’s next treasurer.
Republican Sen. Neil Riser, a funeral home owner from Caldwell Parish, announced Thursday that he is joining two GOP colleagues — Reps. Julie Stokes of Jefferson Parish and John Schroder of St. Tammany Parish — in competing for the seat. In a statement, Riser says he’d be a “watchdog” for taxpayers. The treasurer’s election is scheduled for Oct. 14.