THE LAFAYETTE LETTERS IN THE DOWNTOWN AREA ARE GETTING AN ARTISTIC MAKEOVER. IT’S IN PREPARATION FOR FESTIVAL INTERNATIONALE. OLIVIA PERILLO AND CAYLA ZEEK, WHO ARE LOCAL ARTISTS, ARE PAINTING THE LETTERS ACCORDING TO THE 2018 DESIGN. THE THREE-D LETTERS ARE LOCATED IN PARK SAN SOUCI.
KPLC TV IS REPORTING THAT TEN OF THE TWELVE JURORS VOTED NOT GUILTY IN THE MANSLAUGHTER TRIAL OF WOODROW KAREY, WHO SHOT AND KILLED PASTOR RONALD HARRIS DURING A REVIVAL AT HIS LAKE CHARLES CHURCH. ROGER TRAHAN, ONE OF THE TWO TO VOTE GUILTY, SAYS HE DOESN’T BELIEVE HARRIS POSED AN IMMINENT DANGER TO KAREY AND HIS FAMILY SINCE HE WAS UNARMED WHEN KAREY SHOT HIM. HE SAYS THE OTHER JURORS WHO VOTED NOT GUILTY SEEMED TO THINK THAT HARRIS BEING ALIVE WAS AN IMMENENT DANGER TO THE FAMILY. 29-YEAR-OLD KAYLA DAHLEN, A JUROR WHO VOTED NOT GUILTY, DEFENDED THE VERDICT SAYING YOU HAD TO BE THERE TO HEAR THE WHOLE STORY.
HENDERSON POLICE HAVE ARRESTED A SECOND PERSON IN CONNECTION TO WEDNESDAY’S DEADLY WORKPLACE FIGHT. JEFF HORCHAK HAS MORE.
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Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion program has helped create or support nearly 19,200 jobs across the state and $178 million in state and local taxes. That’s according to an economic analysis done by three LSU professors hired by the state health department to look at the program during the 2016-17 budget year. The study determined that the infusion of $1.8 billion in federal spending on health care through the Medicaid expansion had a $3.5 billion economic impact in Louisiana. More than 470,000 people have enrolled in the government-financed coverage for the working poor and other non-elderly adults, which began July 1, 2016.
IF YOU WANT TO LEARN A SKILL THAT COULD POTENTIALLY HELP YOU SAVE LIVES, YOU’LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO THAT THIS WEEKEND IN ACADIANA. JEFF HORCHAK EXPLAINS.
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THE STORMS SATURDAY CAUSED POWER OUTAGES AND DAMAGE IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA. A NUMBER OF TREES WERE DOWNED IN LAKE CHARLES INCLUDING TWO LARGE TREES ON PENN STREET AND MULTIPLE TREES NEAR NORTH CHERRY STREET. A TREE FELL ON A ROOF NEAR COMMERCIAL STREET. STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WAS ALSO REPORTED AROUND OPELOUSAS AND BROOKS STREETS.
THERE WERE ALSO OUTAGES AND DAMAGE IN THE ACADIANA AREA. THE ST. MARY PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE REPORTS THAT THE ROOF OF THE PLANTATION INN IN BAYOU VISTA WAS DAMAGED, WITH SECTIONS BLOWN OFF. PATRICIA DEVILLE OF OPELOUSAS SAYS SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE EATING BREAKFAST EARLY SATURDAY WHEN THE WIND TOOK AWAY HER HOME’S PORCH AND ROOF. HEAVY WINDS ALSO KNOCKED DOWN TREES AND FENCES ON THE PROPERTY OF ACADIANA ANIMAL AID.
A state appeals court has rejected arguments that Louisiana felons on parole or probation must be allowed to vote. Louisiana’s 1st Circuit Court of Appeal in Baton Rouge on Friday upheld a lower court’s dismissal of a lawsuit filed by eight felons and the nonprofit organization Voice of the Ex-Offender. Louisiana’s constitution allows suspension of voting rights for felons “under an order of imprisonment.” Voice of the Ex-Offender said in a news release that a state Supreme Court appeal is planned.