A crowdfunding campaign for three African American churches in St. Landry parish, recently gutted by arson, has climbed after social media posts urging the public not to forget them amid the focus on the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral.
A Tuesday tweet from Hillary Clinton noted the Paris tragedy while reminding followers to “also send some love to our neighbors in Louisiana.” Freelance journalist Yashar Ali tweeted that the Notre Dame restoration “will be well funded” and urged support for the Louisiana churches. The campaign for the St. Landry parish churches hit $500,000 Tuesday evening, with contributions ranging from $5 to thousands of dollars.
JENNINGS POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING A SHOOTING THAT HAPPENED MONDAY NIGHT IN THE WALMART PARKING LOT. POLICE CHIEF DANNY SIMS SAYS A MAN WAS SHOT AT AROUND TEN P-M AND IS IN STABLE CONDITION. SIMS SAYS THE MAN WAS MEETING IN THE PARKING LOT WITH THE SHOOTER, WHO WAS DRIVING A SILVER HATCHBACK WAGON. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL THE JENNINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 821-55-13.
A SHOOTING IN LAFAYETTE MONDAY NIGHT ENDED WITH ONE PERSON DEAD AND ANOTHER IN THE HOSPITAL. JEFF HORCHAK REPORTS.
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House Republicans blocked passage of a $3.8 billion Louisiana public school financing formula, supporting its teacher pay raises but objecting to a separate boost for school districts. On a party-line vote Tuesday, the House Education Committee refused the proposal submitted by Louisiana’s top school board for next year. Instead, lawmakers asked the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to remove $39 million of the $140 million increase. Gov. John Bel Edwards recommended the spending hikes.
AUTHORITIES IN ACADIA PARISH ARE TRYING TO FIND THE SUSPECT WHO STOLE A GREY FORD PICKUP TRUCK ON APRIL SEVENTH IN CROWLEY. SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS A MIDSIZED SEDAN ARRIVING AT A RESIDENCE ON BAYOU PLAQUEMINE ROAD AND DROPPING OFF THE SUSPECT, WHO STEALS THE 2014 FORD F-250. THE SUSPECT WRECKED THE VEHICLE ON LUROSE DRIVE IN CROWLEY, CAUSING HEAVY DAMAGE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION ON THE CRIME IS URGED TO CALL CRIME STOPPERS OF ACADIA PARISH AT 789-TIPS.
A LAKE CHARLES MAN IS IN JAIL FOR A SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION VIOLATION. DETECTIVES WITH THE CALCASIEU PARISH SHERIFF’S OFFICE ATTEMPTED A HOME VISIT AT THE ADDRESS LISTED ON THE REGISTRATION FOR 55-YEAR-OLD CRAIG NEIL. THEY DISCOVERED THAT HE DIDN’T ACTUALLY LIVE AT THE ADDRESS, WHICH IS A VIOLATION OF SEX OFFENDER REQUIREMENTS. NEIL, WHO WAS CONVICTED OF A SEXUAL ASSAULT IN WISCONSIN MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS AGO, WAS BOOKED INTO THE CALCASIEU CORRECTIONAL CENTER.
THE LAFAYETTE CONVENTION AND VISITOR’S COMMISSION IS MOVING ITS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES DOWNTOWN NEXT TO THE ALEXANDRE MOUTON HOUSE. THE 67-HUNDRED SQUARE FOOT BUILDING, WHICH HAS BEEN VACANT FOR SEVERAL YEARS, WILL GIVE THE COMMISSION ALMOST TWICE THE SPACE. PRESIDENT AND C-E-O BEN BERTHELOT TELLS THE ADVOCATE THIS WILL PREPARE THEM FOR THE FUTURE AND HOPEFULLY THEY’LL NEVER HAVE TO MOVE AGAIN. HE SAYS THEY WILL MAINTAIN THE VISITOR’S CENTER ON THE CITY’S NORTH SIDE FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE.
Louisiana voters may get a chance to decide whether to add language into the state constitution establishing that the foundational document doesn’t protect abortion rights. Lawmakers started advancing the pro-life proposal Tuesday, with the House civil law committee agreeing without objection to send it to the full House for debate. The provision could become important if the U.S. Supreme Court ever reverses the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion. Proposal supporters say if states get to determine whether abortion is allowed, courts couldn’t cite the state constitution to keep Louisiana from banning the procedure.