A HEARING IS SET FOR TOMORROW MORNING ON A LAWSUIT BY LAFAYETTE BUSINESSMAN KEITH KISHBAUGH TO FORCE A NEW ELECTION ON A HOME RULE CHARTER AMENDMENT THAT WOULD DECONSOLIDATE THE CITY PARISH COUNCIL. LAST DECEMBER, VOTERS APPROVED THE AMENDMENT CREATING SEPARATE CITY AND PARISH COUNCILS BUT THERE WERE ERRORS IN THE PRECINCT BOUNDARIES. THE COUNCIL ATTEMPTED TO CORRECT THE PROBLEM WITH AN ORDINANCE BUT KISHBAUGH AND OTHERS BELIEVE THAT THERE MUST BE A NEW ELECTION WITH THE CORRECTED BOUNDARIES. LOUISIANA SECRETARY OF STATE KYLE ARDOIN HAS INTERVENED IN FAVOR OF THE LAWSUIT AND IS REPRESENTED BY THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S OFFICE.
The Louisiana Department of Health says a Lake Charles school for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities failed to protect its residents from sexual assault and physical abuse. The American Press reports the agency says those failures show Robinswood isn’t complying with federal and state requirements for nursing homes that participate in Medicare or Medicaid programs. In October, a direct care aid at the school was accused of sexually assaulting a student in 2017. He was fired months later and charged with first-degree rape.
THE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT FOR VERMILLION PARISH HAS WITHDRAWN HIS NAME AS A CANDIDATE FOR INTERIM LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT. JEROME PUYAU TOLD RADIO STATION KPEL THAT HE RECONSIDERED THE MOVE AFTER CAREFUL CONSIDERATION. HE SAYS HE NOW WANTS TO DEDICATE THE REMAINDER OF HIS CAREER TO THE VERMILLION PARISH DISTRICT, WHICH HE LOVES AND CHERISHES. TODAY THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD WILL NARROW THE REMAINING EIGHT CANDIDATES TO THREE FINALISTS.
Republicans bristling about the rising price tag of Medicaid are questioning if Louisiana’s health department is doing enough to respond to audits that found waste or misspending. GOP lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee peppered health department officials yesterday with inquiries during a budget hearing. They asked about state audits that documented money spent on ineligible services and that suggested millions could have been spent on people who earned too much to receive government-financed health insurance. Republican Baton Rouge Rep. Rick Edmonds says lawmakers need more confidence in a program that is slated for a nearly $1 billion increase in its budget next year.
TWO PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A SHOOTING INCIDENT YESTERDAY AFTERNOON ON MOSS STREET IN LAFAYETTE. POLICE RESPONDED TO REPORTS OF SHOTS FIRED AT AROUND 4:45 AND FOUND TWO PEOPLE WITH NON-LIFE THREATENING WOUNDS. A SPOKESPERSON SAYS THERE WAS A PHYSICAL ALTERCATION BEFORE THE SHOOTING AND THE OTHER PARTIES FLED THE SCENE. NO SUSPECTS HAVE BEEN ARRESTED YET.
ENTERY HAS DONATED MORE THAN FIVE HUNDRED BAGS TO CARE HELP OF SULPHUR’S BACKPACK BLESSING PROGRAM. THE PROGRAM PROVIDES BAGS OF FOOD TO STUDENTS IN THE AREA THAT MAY NOT GET A MEAL ON THE WEEKENDS WHEN THERE IS NO SCHOOL. VOLUNTEERS SAY THE DONATION OF BAGS BY ENTERGY WILL SUPPLY A MONTHS WORTH OF GOODS. THE PROGRAM DONATES MORE THAN TWO HUNDRED BAGS A WEEK TO SCHOOLS IN THE AREA.
DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING IN CROWLEY THAT INJURED A TEENAGER BELIEVE THERE MAY BE AS MANY AS THREE DIFFERENT CRIME SCENES. JEFF HORCHAK REPORTS.
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One of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Republican challengers says he’ll have more money in the bank when the latest campaign finance reports are filed in the Louisiana governor’s race. Businessman Eddie Rispone’s campaign said Tuesday his finance report will show $10.4 million cash on hand for the period that ended April 5. That’s slightly higher than the $10.2 million that Edwards’ campaign says it will report. Most of Rispone’s money was transferred from his own bank account, while Edwards’ money comes from campaign donors.