December 4, 2013 9:18 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A New Orleans City Council committee is easing size limits on the city's jail. The city's Criminal Justice Committee voted Tuesday to cap the jail at 1,938 beds. The Times-Picayune reports that's about 300 fewer inmates than are now housed there. The council had wanted to... more »
July 29, 2013 7:39 AM
The Small Business Development Center at UL Lafayette is hosting a Business Plan Competition. This competition is set up for July 15 through September 25th. This event is to help grow or start one small business in Lafayette. Sponsors for this event are the Lafayette Chamber, Cox Business, Home Bank,... more »
December 12, 2012 7:43 PM
The Lafayette Parish School Board is looking at a plan to make schools safer.
The proposal includes installing cameras and alarm systems in all 42 schools. The plan also calls for six safety officers to add support to resource officers already on many campuses.
All high school campuses... more »
October 11, 2012 8:50 AM
GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - The St. Helena Parish Police Jury declined to throw its support behind a member's proposal to economize by dismissing three parish employees and cutting a fourth from five days a week to three days a week. Jury President Jule Charles Wascom had proposed that Grants Administrator... more »
September 25, 2012 8:07 AM
GONZALES, La. (AP) - Gonzales officials are a few weeks away from unveiling a comprehensive transportation improvement plan that includes upgrades to many of city's major roads. The Advocate reports Glenn Shaheen, a consultant and engineer working on the transportation plan, called The Go Program, presented a preliminary report to... more »
July 11, 2012 11:27 PM
It's back to the drawing board for Lafayette Parish schools' Master Facilities Plan, after some school board members and the superintendent want to change what was already in place.
The Master Facilities Plan was created a few years ago under the previous superintendent and administration. The board spent about... more »
July 6, 2012 7:36 AM
ZACHARY, La. (AP) - The Zachary Community School District's Executive Committee has decided the school board should appoint three committees to work out the details of searching for a new superintendent. The Advocate reports Superintendent Warren Drake announced last week he plans to leave Sept. 4 to take a new... more »
May 17, 2012 6:59 AM
STANSTEAD, Quebec (AP) - The winds blowing through Canada's broad St. Lawrence Valley and across Vermont's hilltops are stirring up an international tempest over which country's laws should govern how those breezes are harnessed for electricity. Some residents of the Quebec town of Stanstead are upset about plans in Vermont... more »
May 9, 2012 7:18 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A $325 million borrowing plan to repair and upgrade rural roads across Louisiana is near final legislative passage. The proposal by Jonesboro Rep. Jim Fannin is up for a House vote Wednesday. If approved there, it heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who supports it. Every... more »
May 2, 2012 10:44 PM
An overhaul of the Lafayette Parish School Board central office is currently in the works. Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper said at Wednesday night's meeting that he's "not playing games" with his turn around plan. Part of that plan, re-organizing the central office, passed with a 5-4 vote. Some of the... more »
April 27, 2012 10:09 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state agency charged with taking over poorly performing public schools in Louisiana says five of its schools in Baton Rouge will benefit from a new initiative involving area businesses, colleges and nonprofit organizations. The Louisiana Recovery School District announced the plans Thursday at Capitol... more »
April 19, 2012 12:26 AM
By a vote of 5 to 3, the Lafayette Parish School Board approved the so-called 'Turnaround Plan' for the school system. Through changes to academics, health/wellness, facilities & maintenance the goal is to bring the school system from its current 'C-rating' with The Department of Education to an 'A-rating' over... more »
April 12, 2012 10:54 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Low natural gas prices and plentiful gas supplies have put aside plans to convert a gas-fired power plant to New Roads to coal power. NRG Energy Inc. spokesman Dave Knox told The Advocate that the company has allowed a state permit to convert the Big... more »
April 5, 2012 1:07 AM
At Wednesday night's Lafayette Parish School Board meeting, Superintendent Pat Cooper presented his turnaround plan for the district.
Over the next six years, Cooper is proposing big changes to improve the school system's standing with the Department of Education, from its current "C-rating" to an "A."
"It's going... more »
March 27, 2012 9:44 AM
LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. (AP) - The East Carroll Parish Police Jury has asked a Monroe engineering firm to review a proposed plan and provide cost analysis for a project at Byerley Airport that includes cutting down almost 300 trees to bring it up to Federal Aviation Administration Code. For months... more »
March 26, 2012 5:49 AM
MONROE, La. (AP) - For the third month in a row, flooding has foiled plans to plant 10,000 hardwood trees along streams to restore part of the Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge. But the flooding is what was intended in the nation's largest flood plain restoration project, Chris Rice of... more »
March 22, 2012 6:26 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A $50 billion, 50-year proposal aimed at stopping coastal land loss in Louisiana was approved unanimously Wednesday by a governor's panel and moved on to the state Legislature. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority approved a series of changes to a draft report issued in January,... more »
March 7, 2012 10:58 AM
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Governors of states along the Gulf Coast want President Barack Obama to stop the U.S. Air Force from potentially moving eight planes used in disasters to Montana. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Air Force is considering budget cuts that could affect eight C-130... more »
February 8, 2012 10:43 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has set dates for cleaning abandoned crab traps from waterways in St. Bernard, Plaquemines and Terrebonne parishes. The department and conservation groups are also calling for volunteers to haul out the traps, protecting blue crabs and improving safety... more »
February 4, 2012 2:50 PM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - City officials have green-lighted discussions with a New Orleans-based group for possible development of a hotel near the Lake Charles Civic Center. The American Press reports (http://bit.ly/qjfACs) the City Council authorized Mayor Randy Roach's administration to open discussions on the hotel, which would be branded... more »
February 2, 2012 11:25 PM
Lafayette School Board members and administrators hit the ground running Thursday at Northside High School, just a day after passage of a plan to revamp the school and turn around its failing academic status.
With a new face leading the school, there's a new way of doing things at... more »
February 1, 2012 11:40 PM
A landmark decision was made at Wednesday night's Lafayette Parish School Board meeting, as the board voted almost unanimously to move forward with plans to overhaul one of its worst schools, Northside High.
The plan could potentially mean big things not just for Northside, but other schools down the... more »
January 25, 2012 7:19 PM
The deadline for a plan to make major cuts at Lafayette's University Medical Center is next week. The governor's office must present a plan to UMC's board of supervisors by Friday, February 3rd. The hospital is facing a $3.4 million budget shortfall and is looking at cutting around 80 jobs.... more »
January 11, 2012 10:31 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new blueprint for saving coastal Louisiana from sea level rise, hurricanes and erosion will be unveiled Thursday. The document will lay out strategies and challenges facing Louisiana as it struggles to deal with a host of problems along its coast. The new plan is a... more »
October 24, 2011 10:35 PM
Lafayette Public Schools will have to find a new way to pay for repairs, after two tax millages aimed at updating some public schools failed at the polls on Saturday.
For the Lafayette Parish School Board, it's now time to regroup and star discussing what to do now after... more »
October 17, 2011 11:41 PM
The City of Scott met to unveil its comprehensive plan to revitalize the city over the next twenty years.
Over the past week, city officials in Scott asked for the community's input as they put together a comprehensive plan.
"It'll be a wonderful thing if it can be... more »
October 10, 2011 11:14 PM
Lafayette Parish Schools each hosted open houses Monday night to show the public what's wrong with the schools, as an effort to inform tax payers about the $561 million bond to fund the LPSS Master Facilities Plan.
Under the plan seven schools would be rebuilt, including the Parish's two... more »
September 9, 2011 8:46 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is getting out of Washington on Friday to rally public support for his newly unveiled jobs initiatives. The president planned to visit Richmond, Va., where he'll cast his jobs package as a bipartisan plan that will get Americans back to work quickly. The plan... more »
May 30, 2011 7:43 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Senate's budget-crafting committee is beginning its review of next year's nearly $25 billion budget, with Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration angling to reverse House-backed cuts. The House stripped more than $230 million in state spending sought by Jindal in the 2011-12 budget. Jindal says... more »
January 10, 2011 10:36 PM
When the temperature drops, it means even tougher times for the homeless and the organizations trying to help them. The Acadiana Outreach Center has enacted it's Freeze Plan for this week, meaning it's giving out emergency blankets and coats. But workers there say they're running out of supplies for the... more »
December 6, 2010 9:52 PM
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A woman who hired an Oklahoma City handyman for remodeling projects and became his friend told a North Dakota jury Monday that the man told her about a plan to beat a Fargo dentist with a hammer, but she didn't think he was serious. Michael Nakvinda... more »
October 19, 2010 7:39 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Hospitals, emergency responders, physicians and other medical providers have stepped up their opposition to the Jindal administration's planned restructuring of the state's Medicaid program. Louisiana Ambulance Alliance, Louisiana Hospital Association, Louisiana State Medical Society and other groups Monday announced the organization of the Coalition to... more »
September 13, 2010 12:24 PM
NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is introducing the first cell phone plan that uses the chain's own branding, further demonstrating its clout in getting special deals from wireless carriers. The Wal-Mart Family Mobile service will run on T-Mobile USA's network. Unlimited calling and texting will cost $45 per month for... more »
August 26, 2010 8:50 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal officials are planning what they are calling "dockside chats" to promote information about the safety of Gulf seafood. Eight such events are being planned at sites in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida panhandle, according to a Wednesday news release. Senior officials from the Obama... more »
August 9, 2010 9:18 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Hoping to bolster confidence nationwide in the safety of Louisiana seafood, some industry representatives have headed for Washington. Harlon Pearce, a seafood processor and the chairman of the state's seafood promotion board, led a delegation to the nation's capital on Sunday. Pearce says that on Monday,... more »
June 11, 2010 5:38 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State Treasurer John Kennedy thinks Louisiana officials need to prepare for the possibility oil giant BP could file for bankruptcy because of the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Kennedy sent Gov. Bobby Jindal a letter this week urging him to devise a plan... more »
June 5, 2010 10:19 PM
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and President Obama's commander of the Gulf oil spill response have agreed on a new plan to significantly increase protection along the state's coast. But Riley says getting the blueprint off paper and into the water quickly is vital to ending complaints... more »
May 17, 2010 4:15 PM
KENNER, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal and leaders from several coastal parishes are pushing a $350 million barrier island repair plan as a way to protect Louisiana's coast from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and reduce the ultimate cleanup and its costs. Sand dredged from the gulf's floor... more »
May 7, 2010 9:58 AM
COVINGTON, La. (AP) - A company that wants to build a natural sewage-treatment plant in Hickory in St. Tammany Parish has abandoned its plans. St. Tammany's Zoning Commission denied a request last month from Bioregen Systems LLC for a zoning change to accommodate the plant. An appeal to the Parish... more »
May 4, 2010 5:36 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House scrapped its Tuesday plans to debate a bid to nullify the federal health care overhaul in Louisiana. Instead, lawmakers will take up the measure later in the session.
The proposal by Rep. Kirk Talbot declares no one can be mandated to... more »
May 3, 2010 5:29 PM
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is withdrawing his support of a plan to expand oil drilling off the California coast, citing the environmental tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico. Speaking during a news conference Monday, Schwarzenegger said television images of the oil spill in the Gulf have changed... more »
April 15, 2010 4:09 PM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - President Barack Obama predicted Thursday his new space exploration plan would lead Americans beyond the moon and to Mars within his lifetime. "I expect to be around to see it," he declared. Obama's bold prediction was an answer to critics, including several former astronauts, that... more »
April 12, 2010 12:05 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's state incentive-fueled plan to create jobs in Louisiana could be on a collision course with a state budget totally awash in red ink. The administration's drive to bring new business to the state - and, naturally, increasing the number of jobholding taxpayers -... more »
February 15, 2010 11:48 AM
FRANKLIN, La. (AP) - An environmental group wants to stop a natural gas storage project in St. Mary Parish. The Louisiana Environmental Action Network has asked the state Department of Environmental Quality to deny a permit for the Henry Gas Storage plan. The report from LEAN says the plans to... more »
December 17, 2009 4:53 PM
Tonight beginning at 9 PM Lafayette police will conduct a DWI checkpoint.
The purpose of the checkpoint is to target impaired drivers under the influence of alcohol or any other dangerous substance. Officers working the checkpoint will respond with zero tolerance to those drivers found to be under the... more »
December 16, 2009 1:08 PM
LAFAYETTE - The final draft of UL Lafayette's Hazard Mitigation Plan is ready for public viewing. The draft has been developed through the Disaster Resistant University (DRU) grant program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
UL Lafayette officials have been working to develop a comprehensive hazard mitigation... more »
November 10, 2009 12:43 PM
The Lafayette Parish School System will be holding another master plan meeting this evening and again on Thursday. The community meetings help the LPSS members and the general public stay connected while forming the Master Plan. The sessions continues to the month of May 2010, it is then that the... more »