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Monday, June 03, 2013

Monday, June 03, 2013





YOUNGSVILLE IS CONTINUING ITS TREND OF BEING ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING COMMUNTIES IN THE STATE. RECENT CENSUS ESTIMATES FOR 2012 PUTS THE POPULATION OF THE CITY AT 8,985, 880 ABOVE THE 2010 CENSUS COUNT. THAT CONTINUES THE TREND WHERE YOUNGSVILLE’S POPULATION DOUBLED BETWEEN 1990 AND 2000 AND DOUBLED AGAIN OVER THE FOLLOWING DECADE. IF THE CENSUS ESTIMATE IS CORRECT, IT WOULD MAKE YOUNGSVILLE THE MOST POPULOUS CITY IN LAFAYETTE PARISH OUTSIDE OF THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE.





Fort Polk's civilian employees are moving to a temporary four-day work week and face a 20 percent reduction in their pay as part of a Defense Department push to cut spending. The American Press reports that the shortened work week will last from July 8 to Sept. 30 and will affect roughly 2,000 employees on the base. Fort Polk announced the move on Friday. The furloughs don't apply to employees working at child development centers and in sexual assault response and victim advocate programs.





ONE ACADIANA LAWMAKER STIRRED UP SOME CONTROVERSY RIGHT BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR’S SESSION. JULIE DARCY REPORTS.





Lawmakers who helped craft the House version of the $25 billion budget say they don't support the Senate's changes to the spending plans for next year. The discontent raises questions about whether the two sides will reach a compromise that can get enough votes to pass before the regular session must end Thursday. Rep. Brett Geymann, a leader of conservative House Republicans, said Sunday that he's unhappy with senators' use of patchwork financing for ongoing programs and services. Meanwhile, Rep. John Bel Edwards, chairman of the House Democrats, says Democratic lawmakers don't support the Senate's increased funding for the statewide voucher program without boosting public school funding as well.





THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER INTRODUCING AN ORDINANCE AT TOMORROW NIGHT’S MEETING THAT WOULD END A REBATE FOR BUSINESSES THAT SEND THEIR SALES TAX COLLECTIONS IN ON TIME. FOR MORE THAN FIFTY YEARS, RETAILERS HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO KEEP TWO PERCENT OF THE SALES TAXES COLLECTED IF THEIR PAID ON TIME. THE COUNCIL CONSIDERED ENDING THE REBATE IN FEBRUARY, BUT TABLED THE ISSUE AFTER SEVERAL GROUPS CAME OUT IN OPPOSITION AND THE GREATER LAFAYETTE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REQUESTED A DELAY. ENDING THE REBATE WOULD BRING IN AN ADDITIONAL ONE-POINT-4 MILLION DOLLARS ANNUALLY FOR THE CITY OF LAFAYETTE AND JUST OVER 100 THOUSAND FOR THE PARISH.





An Oberlin couple has been indicted for the April 11 death of the woman's 2-year-old daughter. Allen Parish Sheriff Doug Hebert III tells The American Press that a grand jury handed up second-degree murder and criminal conspiracy to commit second-degree murder charges late Thursday against Brandi Holyfield and her boyfriend Bobby J. Davis Jr. Hebert says Holyfield was arrested on the charges Friday. Davis has been held on a $100,000 bond since his April arrest on an aggravated battery charge linked to Tatiana Holyfield's death.





THE KAPLAN POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING THE PUBLIC’S HELP IN IDENTIFYING AN ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECT, WHO STOLE GAS AND A CASE OF BEER FROM THE ECONOMART ON NORTH HERPIN JUST AFTER FIVE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. WHEN THE CASHIER NOTICED THE MAN WAS ABOUT TO LEAVE WITHOUT PAYING, SHE WENT OUTSIDE AND APPROACHED THE MAN. THE MAN THEN ALLEGEDLY POINTED A SEMIAUTOMOTIC PISTOL AT HER AND THREATENED TO KILL HER IF SHE DIDN’T BACK OFF. THE SUSPECT IS A BLACK MALE, BETWEEN 20 AND 30 YEARS OLD, WHO WAS WEARING AN AMERICAN EAGLE BASEBALL CAP. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION SHOULD CALL THE KAPLAN POLICE DEPARTMENT.





Surrogacy births in Louisiana will be subject to a new regulatory framework if Gov. Bobby Jindal agrees to a bill that has received final legislative passage.

The House gave final backing to the bill by Norco Sen. Gary Smith in an 87-8 vote Sunday. The proposal heads next to Jindal, who hasn't said whether he will support it. Backers of the legislation say surrogacy births are currently taking place in Louisiana without clear guidelines on the legal rights of the parents, the surrogate or the child.





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