A FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLAR FEDERAL GRANT WILL GO TOWARDS THE CREATION OF A BIOPHARMACEUTICAL MANUFACTURING CLUSTER IN IBERIA PARISH. IT WOULD SPECIALIZE IN PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH AND INCLUDE A MANUFACTURING FACILITY IN A BUILDING THAT WOULD BE CONSTRUCTED AT THE PROGRESS POINT BUSINESS PARK. U-L LAFAYETTE, THROUGH THEIR NEW IBERIA RESEARCH CENTER, WILL PROVIDE A ONE-HUNDRED-TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND DOLLAR MATCHING GRANT. U-L’S VICE PRESIDENT OF RESEARCH, INNOVATION AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, RAMESH KOLLURU, SAYS THE PROJECT COULD LEAD TO THE CREATION OF BETWEEN FOUR AND FIVE HUNDRED JOBS.
A federal judge is set to hear arguments on whether the Biden administration can end pandemic-related restrictions on seeking asylum May 23. Arguments are scheduled today before U.S. District Judge Robert Summerhays in Lafayette. Summerhays has already given signs that he will rule against the administration and in favor of Louisiana, Arizona and 19 other states that have sued to preserve Title 42 authority. The policy denies migrants a chance to request asylum on the grounds of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
The sponsor of a bill that would have subjected Louisiana women to murder charges for having abortions has abruptly pulled the proposal from debate. That move came Thursday night after Louisiana House members voted 65-26 to totally revamp the bill, eliminating the criminal penalties for women who have abortions. The bill would have ventured farther against abortion than lawmakers’ efforts in any other state. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a pro-life Democrat, had called the proposal absurd and said he would have vetoed it.
THE HOUSTON RIVER AREA, NORTH OF SULPHUR, HAS TWO NEW FIRE STATIONS. THE NEW STATION AT THREE THOUSAND NORTH CLAIRBORNE WILL BE THE MAIN STATION, REPLACING THE PREVIOUS MAIN STATION THAT WAS IN A FLOOD ZONE AND HAD FLOODED FOUR DIFFERENT TIMES. THE SECOND STATION IS AT THIRTY-FIVE HUNDRED WEST HOUSTON RIVER ROAD. IT’S AN ADDITIONAL STATION THAT WILL CHANGE THE PROPERTY RATING IN THAT AREA FROM A CLASS TEN TO A CLASS FOUR, LOWERING PROPERTY INSURANCE RATES.
A KROTZ SPRINGS FAMILY IS ASKING THE PUBLIC’S HELP TO FIND THEIR TWENTY-TEN GRAY FORD FUSION, WHICH WAS STOLEN WHILE THEY WERE IN A LAFAYETTE THRIFT STORE. DORIAN LABORDE SAYS THEY DEPEND ON THAT VEHICLE TO BRING THEIR SON, WHO HAS CEREBRAL PALSEY, TO DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENTS EACH WEEK. SURVEILLANCE VIDEO SHOWS TWO MEN JUMPING IN THE VEHICLE AND DRIVING IT AWAY FROM THE THRIFT STORE PARKING LOT ON WEDNESDAY. THE FORD FUSION VEHICLE HAS A BLUE BUTTERFLY STICKER ON THE RIGHT PASSENGER SIDE WINDOW AND A STICK FAMILY STICKER ON THE REAR WINDOW. IF YOU SPOT IT, YOU’RE ENCOURAGED TO CONTACT LAFAYETTE POLICE.
SENIORS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA LAFAYETTE ARE CELEBRATING THEIR HARD WORK TODAY AS THE COLLEGE BEGINS THEIR TWENTY-TWENTY-TWO SPRING COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES. SYLVIA MASTERS HAS THE DETAILS.
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VERMILLION PARISH CRIME STOPPERS IS ASKING THE PUBLIC’S HELP IN FINDING AN ALLEGED DRUG DEALER. JANUS REAUX IS WANTED ON MULTIPLE COUNTS OF POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE SCHEDULE ONE, TWO AND THREE NARCOTICS. REAUX, WHO IS FROM THE ABBEVILLE AREA, IS BLACK, SIX-FIVE AND TWO HUNDRED SIXTY-FIVE POUNDS. ANYONE WHO KNOWS HIS WHEREABOUTS IS ASKED TO CALL SEVEN-FOUR-ZERO-TIPS.
THE LARGEST ONE DAY FOOD DRIVE IN AMERICA HAPPENS TOMORROW AS LETTER CARRIERS COLLECT FOOD WHILE DELIVERING MAIL. IT’S THE THIRTIETH ANNUAL STAMP OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE. YOU CAN LEAVE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD IN A STURDY BAG OUT BY YOUR MAILBOX FOR THE LETTER CARRIER TO COLLECT. ALL THE FOOD COLLECTED WILL BE DELIVERED TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY’S FOOD BANK OR PANTRY.