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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wednesday, July 17, 2013





LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER HAS WRITTEN A LETTER TO THE SCHOOL BOARD ASKING THEM TO PUT CHILDREN FIRST, PUT ASIDE PAST ANIMOSITIES AND MOVE FORWARD WITH HIS SIX YEAR TURNAROUND PLAN FOR THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE BOARD WILL BE CONDUCTING AN EVALUATION OF COOPER AT TONIGHTíS SCHOOL BOARD MEETING. IN THE LETTER, COOPER WROTE THAT HE DOES NOT WANT TO BE LET GO OR HAVE HIS CONTRACT BOUGHT OUT AND HE IS READY, WILLING AND CAPABLE TO PERFORM HIS DUTIES IF GIVEN THE SUPPORT AND COOPERATION OF THE BOARD. MEANWHILE, BOARD MEMBER RAE TRAHAN HAS ASKED THAT AN OUTSIDE LAW FIRM BE HIRED TO INVESTIGATE COMPLAINTS AGAINST COOPER.





TWO FLORIDA MEN WERE ARRESTED ON DRUG POSSESSION CHARGES WHEN THEY WERE STOPPED ON INTERSTATE TEN IN LAKE CHARLES. THE ARREST TOOK PLACE NEAR EXIT 29 ON MONDAY. 27-YEAR-OLD RAHMEL M. YORK OF MIRAMAR, FLORIDA AND 46-YEAR-OLD KASEY HOYLE OF TALLAHASSEE WERE TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. THEY FACE SEVERAL CHARGES INCLUDING POSSESSION OF A SCHEDULE ONE NARCOTIC WITH THE INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE.





ONE OF THE TWO SUSPECTS ACCUSED IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF A NEW IBERIA MAN OUTSIDE OF A LAFAYETTE TACO BELL PLEADED NOT GUILTY YESTERDAY TO PRINCIPAL TO SECOND DEGREE MURDER. 20-YEAR-OLD NICHOLAS FELIX IS ACCUSED OF PLAYING A PART IN THE SHOOTINGS WHICH RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF 19-YEAR-OLD FREDERICK JOSEPH AND THE WOUNDING OF LARRAN JAMAL JACKSON OF NEW IBERIA. FELIX LOST HIS ATTORNEY, J. KIRK PICCIONE, WHO HAS LEFT THE PUBLIC DEFENDERíS OFFICE, AND MUST BE ASSIGNED A NEW ATTORNEY. A SECOND SUSPECT IN THE SHOOTING, 20-YEAR-OLD TRAVONTE J. BROUSSARD, HAS ALREADY BEEN INDICTED ON A SECOND DEGREE MURDER CHARGE.





Hundreds of thousands of homeowners facing higher federal flood insurance premiums under reforms passed last year would win a temporary one-year reprieve under a measure that's beginning its advance through the Senate. The relief would go to homeowners in low-lying areas of Louisiana, Florida and other states where new government surveys could produce flood insurance premium increases so big that they might be no longer able to afford their homes. At issue are homeowners whose flood insurance bills have historically been "grandfathered" at lower rates since they followed the rules in place at the time they bought or built their home. Under last year's bipartisan overhaul, many of these homeowners face higher premiums when new flood maps are issued.





THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL HAS APPROVED A PROGRAM THAT WOULD ATTEMPT TO COLLECT PROPERTY TAXES FROM THOSE IMPROPERLY CLAIMING A HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION. UNDER THE EXEMPTION, HOMEOWNERS ARE NOT TAXED ON THE FIRST 75 THOUSAND DOLLARS OF A HOMEíS VALUE, BUT ONLY IF THEY LIVE IN THE HOME. THE COUNCIL GAVE PARISH ASSESSOR CONRAD COMEAUX THE GO-AHEAD TO CONTRACT WITH MANDEVILLE BUSINESMAN MICHAEL SARVER, WHO HAS CREATED SOFTWARE THAT IDENTIFIES IMPROPER CLAIMS FOR THE TAX BREAK. COMEAUX TOLD THE COUNCIL THAT 815 THOUSAND TO ONE-POINT-FOUR MILLION DOLLARS IN UNCOLLECTED TAX REVENUE COULD BE AT STAKE.





THE LITERARY COUNCIL OF SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA RAISED MORE THAN TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS DURING THEIR ANNUAL TELETHON. THE MONEY HELPS SUPPORT READING PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TOMMEKA SIMIEN SAYS ONE IN FIVE ADULTS IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA DO NOT HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR G-E-D AND CAN BENEFIT FROM THE LITERACY PROGRAM. THE LITERACY COUNCIL HELPS MORE THAN EIGHT HUNDRED PEOPLE A YEAR.





A MOTHER IS DEAD AND HER SON IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER THE FRANKLIN POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVED A CALL OF DISTURBANCE AT THE 700 BLOCK OF ANDERSON STREET. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE

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About 1,900 state employees received pink slips in the just-ended budget year, nearly as many workers as were laid off during the four prior years of Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. The layoff figures were released Tuesday by the Department of State Civil Service for the 2012-13 fiscal year that closed June 30.

The numbers show 1,891 people were let go, out of 4,094 workers laid off since Jindal took office in 2008. Most of the latest layoffs came at state-run health care facilities, as the Jindal administration hired private companies to run them.



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