THIRTY-FIVE PERCENT OF LAFAYETTE PARISH STUDENTS ACHIEVED MASTERY OR ADVANCED SCORES ON THE LEAP TESTS FOR THIS YEAR. THAT’S ABOVE THE WHOLE STATE SCORE OF 33 PERCENT. THE OVERALL SCORE IN LAFAYETTE PARISH IS DOWN SLIGHTLY FROM LAST YEAR BUT HIGHER THAN THE 2015 SCORES. ALICE BOUCHER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HAS SEEN GOOD IMPROVEMENT OVER THE LAST TWO YEARS WITH SIX PERCENT MORE STUDENTS ATTAINING MASTERY AND ADVANCED LEVELS, WHILE WOODVALE ELEMENTARY HAD THE BEST OVERALL RATE FOR LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOLS…61 PERCENT.
THE MAYOR OF WESTLAKE SAYS THE CITY IS GETTING IN MUCH BETTER FINANCIAL SHAPE TWO YEARS AFTER DECLARING BANKRUPTCY. WESTLAKE HAS JOINED THE CALCASIEU PARISH GAMING POOL, WHICH MAYOR BOB HARDY SAYS IS GOING TO HELP THE CITY TREMENDOUSLY. HE TELLS KPLC TV THAT HE IS DETERMINED TO GET A CLUBHOUSE BUILT AT THE NATIONAL GOLF CLUB OF LOUISIANA, DESPITE THE RECENT SETBACK WHEN GOVERNOR JOHN BEL EDWARDS LINE ITEM VETOED THE MONEY FOR THAT PROJECT FROM THE STATE’S CONSTRUCTION BUDGET. HARDY SAYS THE CITY IS ALSO WORKING ON OTHER PROJECTS SUCH AS A NEW POLICE STATION AND A COMPRESSED NATURAL GAS STATION.
COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS FROM AROUND THE STATE GATHERED AT THE EVANGELINE PARISH COURTHOUSE TO VOICE THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT THE SHOOTING OF 27-YEAR-OLD DEJUAN GUILLORY, WHO WAS SHOT AND KILLED BY AN EVANGELINE PARISH SHERIFF’S DEPUTY. SOME, INCLUDING COMMUNITY ACTIVIST DONALD BROUSSARD, ARE ADVOCATING A BOYCOTT OF LOCAL BUSINESSES UNTIL THE OWNERS STAND UP FOR WHAT THE PROTESTERS CALL AN ABSENCE OF JUSTICE. DISTRICT ATTORNEY TRENT BRIGNAC ASKED FOR PATIENCE WITH THE INVESTIGATION, TELLING KLFY TV THAT THEY DON’T WANT TO RUSH AND GET IT WRONG. STATE POLICE HAVE TOLD HIM THAT A CORONER’S REPORT SHOULD BE AVAILABLE EARLY NEXT WEEK.
A new federal study says Louisiana’s devastating wetlands loss has slowed a bit since 2010, but cautions that the main reason is probably that no major hurricanes have hit the state since 2008. Brady Couvillion and other U.S. Geological Service researchers say another factor is that the most vulnerable wetlands already are gone. Wetlands scientists not involved in the study say that’s an extremely important point, as is the fact that wetlands loss is still continuing. The report, released Wednesday, says one major hurricane could shove the rate back up.
THERE’S NEW INFORMATION ON THE SEARCH FOR MISSING LAFAYETTE TEEN DAISY LYNN LANDRY. JULIE DARCE REPORTS.
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A 31 MILLION DOLLAR MARSH RESTORATION PROJECT IS UNDERWAY ON OYSTER BAY IN CAMERON PARISH. DREDGED MATERIAL FROM THE GULF IS BEING PIPED TO THE PROJECT SITE TO TRANSFORM OPEN WATER INTO MARSH AND LAND. PAT LANDRY WITH THE STATE COASTAL PROTECTION AND RESTORATION AUTHORITY SAYS THERE ARE MORE PROJECTS TO COME. HE TELLS KPLC TV THAT THEY’VE JUST BID A 25 MILLION DOLLAR MARSH RESTORATION PROJECT EAST OF BIG LAKE AND THEY ARE GETTING READY TO BID A 31 MILLION DOLLAR PROJECT IN THE ROCKEFELLER REFUGE.
THE CROWLEY POLICE DEPARTMENT IS SEEKING THE PUBLIC’S HELP IN FINDING THE PERSON WHO BURGLARIZED A VEHICLE ON JUNE 18TH AT APPROXIMATELY 11:30 PM. THE CREDIT CARD FROM A STOLEN PURSE WAS USED AT A BURGER KING IN LAFAYETTE. THE SUSPECT IS A BLACK MALE WITH DREADS AND A BEARD AND HE WAS DRIVING A RED 1984 CHEVY CORVETTE. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CALL CRIMESTOPPERS AT 789-TIPS. UP TO A ONE THOUSAND DOLLAR REWARD IS BEING OFFERED.
The field of candidates competing to be Louisiana’s next state treasurer has swelled to five. Former state budget administrator Angele Davis, state Sen. Neil Riser and former state Rep. John Schroder — Republicans who previously announced their campaigns — filled out their paperwork Wednesday to be on the Oct. 14 ballot.
Also registering on the first day of the election qualifying period were Joseph Little, a Libertarian from Ponchatoula, and Derrick Edwards, a New Orleans lawyer and Democrat who ran unsuccessfully last year for the U.S. Senate. The sign-up period continues through Friday.