Friday, September 13, 2013
The city of Crowley's saggy pants ordinance takes effect today. The Advertiser reports the ordinance, approved in August, prohibits the wearing of outer clothing sagging below the waist exposing the undergarments in public places or in public view. Any person in violation of the ordinance will be charged with a misdemeanor and is subject to penalties of not more than $200, a prison term of not less than 60 days or both, the ordinance states.
A LAKE CHARLES MAN WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY ON A FOURTH OFFENSE
D-W-I CHARGE. 39-YEAR-OLD JOHN A. HERNANDEZ WAS PULLED OVER BETWEEN LAKE CHARLES AND IOWA, ACCORDING TO STATE POLICE TROOP D SPOKESMAN SERGEANT JAMES ANDERSON. HE SAYS THEY BELIEVE HERNANDEZ WAS UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF NARCOTICS THOUGH THE STATE POLICE CRIME LAB WILL HAVE TO CONDUCT TESTS TO CONFIRM THEIR SUSPICIONS. THE AMERICAN PRESS REPORTS THAT HERNANDEZ WAS CHARGED WITH VEHICULAR HOMOCIDE IN 2006 FOR ALLEGEDLY CAUSING A THREE VEHICLE CRASH THAT RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF A FRIEND.
AN UNEXPECTED WINDFALL OF 800 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN PROPERTY TAX REVENUES MEANS A 2-POINT-5 PERCENT ACROSS THE BOARD SALARY INCREASE PROPOSED FOR LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH EMPLOYEES HAS BEEN INCREASED TO 3-POINT-5 PERCENT. THE BUDGET ALSO INCLUDES NEARLY 173 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN SALARY INCREASES FOR DEPARTMENT HEADS, INCLUDING A 100 THOUSAND DOLLAR RAISE FOR THE L-U-S DIRECTOR TERRY HUVAL. SOME COUNCIL MEMBERS WERE UPSET WITH HUVALíS 70 PERCENT SALARY INCREASE, BUT CITY PARISH PRESIDENT JOEY DUREL SAYS IT BRINGS HIM CLOSER TO THE MARKET RATE. THE BUDGET ALSO INCLUDES A TEN PERCENT SALARY HIKE FOR COUNCIL MEMBERS, THOUGH EACH ONE WILL HAVE TO DECIDE IF THEYíLL TAKE IT.
As the last pieces are put in place for the privatization of Louisiana's charity hospital system, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is seeking to quell criticism of the deals with stories of improved care. The governor and top cabinet leaders say the first outsourcing deals rolled out earlier this year have improved services for the uninsured and boosted medical training. Jindal, his health secretary Kathy Kliebert and LSU officials offer a list of examples of improvements to university-run health services taken over by private health providers. They describe shortened emergency room waits and an eliminated prescription backlog in Baton Rouge, a re-established gynecology clinic in Lake Charles and the reopening of operating rooms in New Orleans and an orthopedic clinic in Lafayette that were shuttered by budget cuts.
WHEN A CHEMICAL TRAIN OWNED BY UNION PACIFIC DERAILED NEAR LAWTELL, TWENTY PERCENT OF THE COMMUNITYíS POPULATION WAS FORCED TO EVACUATE. NOW MANY OF THOSE RESIDENTS ARE TAKING PART IN ONE OF THREE CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
BARBE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LAKE CHARLES IS THE RECIPIENT OF A 300 THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND DEVELOPMENT TO MAKE THE ROUTE TO SCHOOL SAFER FOR STUDENTS. TEACHER STACY DELLAFOSSES TOLD K-P-L-C T-V THAT THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT ON SIDEWALKS, PEDESTRIAN SIGNS AND BICYCLE RAMPS. ABOUT 60 PERCENT OF THE STUDENTS AT BARBE ELEMENTARY WALK TO SCHOOL. MOST OF THE CHANGES WILL BE FOCUSED ON LAKE STREET AND 18TH STREET.
ANOTHER SECTION OF LOUISIANA AVENUE IN LAFAYETTE WAS OPENED TO TRAFFIC THURSDAY. THE NEW FOUR LANE SECTION RUNS FROM MARYVIEW FARM ROAD NORTH TO BUTCHER SWITCH ROAD. THE FINAL LEG OF THE EXTENSION OF LOUISIANA AVENUE TO GLORIA SWITCH IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY 2016. LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCILMAN KENNETH BOUDREAUX SAYS ONCE THATíS COMPLETE, HE EXPECTS MORE COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT ALL ALONG LOUISIANA AVENUE.
The state-run property insurer of last resort plans to lower commercial rates. The Advocate reports the bulk of those cuts would benefit the 352 commercial policyholders Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. covers in coastal areas. Those policyholders would see rates drop an average of 23.8 percent. The new rates would go into effect in February.