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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013





An alternate route for Interstate 49 that would bypass Lafayette could be revived for discussion after being ruled out a decade ago. The Advocate reports that state Rep. Terry Landry, D-Lafayette, and state Rep. Mike Huval, R-Breaux Bridge, have asked the state Department of Transportation and Development to study the so-called "Teche Ridge" route, which would push I-49 to the east of Lafayette through mostly undeveloped rural areas in St. Martin Parish. The Teche Ridge route was originally proposed by opponents of a proposed elevated interstate through Lafayette and by St. Martin Parish officials who welcomed the prospect of a new interstate running through their parish. But officials involved in the push to complete I-49 worry that revisiting the Teche Ridge alternative could cause more delays in the project.





THE MOSQUITO POPULATION IN CALCASIEU PARISH IS THE LOWEST ITS BEEN IN 15 YEARS AND THE PARISH’S MOSQUITO CONTROL DIRECTOR BELIEVES THE COOL SPRING IS RESPONSIBLE. SCOTT WILLIS SAYS LAST WEEK THEY COLLECTED SIX THOUSAND MOSQUITOES FROM MORE THAN THIRTY TRAPS IN THE PARISH. AT THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR, WILLIS SAYS, THEY COLLECTED 66 THOUSAND MOSQUITOES. HE SAYS THEY ARE ANTICIPATING THE POSSIBILITY OF THE FIRST REAL OUTBREAK OF MOSQUITOES THIS WEEKEND.





THE VERMILLION PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING THE SHOOTING DEATH OF A MAN WHO WAS FOUND IN HIS CAR.





Action on crafting next year's nearly $25 billion budget has shifted to the Senate.

Last week, the House sent senators a compromise plan to fund state government in the fiscal year that starts July 1. Senators say they are combing through the details. But the leader of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Jack Donahue, said Monday the House version is an improvement from the budget submitted by Gov. Bobby Jindal.





AN AUDIT OF THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH GOVERNMENT SHOWS THEY ENDED THE YEAR WITH SAVINGS OF NEARLY 18 MILLION DOLLARS IN THE GENERAL FUND. CITY PARISH FINANCIAL OFFICER LORRIE TOUPS CREDITED HIGHER THAN EXPECTED SALES AND PROPERTY TAX COLLECTIONS AND SAVINGS THAT CAME FROM REFINANCING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN BONDED DEBT. SHE ALSO CITED A MAJOR HIRING FREEZE IN WHICH AROUND 80 POSITIONS WITHIN THE CITY PARISH GOVERNMENT WERE NOT FILLED. THE AUDIT ALSO REVEALED THAT REVENUES FOR LUS FIBER ARE INCREASING BUT THEY ARE NOT YET SELF-SUSTAINING.





THE LAKE CHARLES PLANNING AND ZONING BOARD DENIED A REQUEST BY INDUSTRIAL CARBON SERVICES FOR A SPECIAL EXCEPTION WHICH WOULD ALLOW THEM TO CONVERT TWO BUILDINGS. THE COMPANY HAS BEEN UNDER THE MICROSCOPE LATELY BECAUSE OF BLACK DUST FROM THEIR BUILDINGS ESCAPING INTO NEARBY NEIGHBORHOODS. INDUSTRIAL CARBON OFFICIALS SAY THEY HAVE FIXED THE PROBLEM BY MOVING THE BAGGING PROCESS, WHICH CAUSES THE BLACK DUST, INTO A BUILDING ON THE WEST SIDE OF THEIR PROPERTY WHICH HAS A VACCUUM SYSTEM. THEY HAD ASKED THE BOARD FOR THE EXCEPTION TO USE TWO OF THEIR BUILDINGS FOR WAREHOUSING AND DRYING PETROLEUM COKE.





TONIGHT ACADIANA POLICE OFFICERS WHO HAVE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY WILL BE HONORED AT A SPECIAL MEMORIAL SERVICE IN CROWLEY. AT 6:50 TONIGHT, POLICE OFFICERS WILL FORM A MOTORCADE THAT WILL BEGIN AT THE OLD WALMART PARKING LOT ON NORTH PARKERSON AND TRAVEL TO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. A BRIEF CEREMONY WILL BE HELD AT THE CROWLEY CITY COURTROOM AT SEVEN P-M, FOLLOWED BY REFRESHMENTS. CROWLEY POLICE CHIEF K-P GIBSON ENCOURAGES RESIDENTS TO COME OUT AND HONOR THESE OFFICERS.





The deadline for filing 2012 Louisiana individual income tax returns is Wednesday. The state Department of Revenue says filing can be made electronically and more information is available at the department's website, www.revenue.louisiana.gov/fileonline. Officials say the average refund processing time for electronic returns is 10 business days; for paper returns it's 12 to 16 weeks. Taxpayers needing more time to prepare 2012 individual state income tax returns must submit an extension request by May 15 to avoid late-filing penalties.



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