Acadiana economic development and planning groups made their case for better roads Wednesday, telling a governor-appointed panel that Louisiana will be left behind if it doesn't fund transportation improvements.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
An appellate court panel on Wednesday upheld The Independent's lawsuit against Lafayette City Marshal Brian Pope, who argued the newspaper had no legal basis for filing the suit.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Two Republican candidates vying for a seat on the Louisiana Supreme Court took jabs at each other over experience and political contributions during a Monday debate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Members of a governor-appointed transportation panel on Wednesday will hear which projects Acadiana residents most want to see built, including Interstate 49 South.
Monday, September 05, 2016
Thursday, September 01, 2016
The debris stacked 6 to 8 feet high outside their home in Derby Heights subdivision represent a big chunk of what Lee and Cynthia Trahan used to own: furniture, mattresses, chunks of drywall.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The Louisiana National Guard deployed troops to rescue victims of the torrential downpour of rain that created flooding in south Louisiana. Here are some of the images they shared from their response to several devastated areas.
YOUNGSVILLE — Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday that flood recovery in south Louisiana would involve "monthslong" efforts by local, state and federal governments.
Friday, August 19, 2016
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence visited the Baton Rouge area on Friday to visit flood-stricken areas.
Monday, August 01, 2016
BATON ROUGE (AP) — Skipping the seatbelt in a car will carry heftier fines Monday, sex offenders won't be allowed careers in door-to-door sales and children's lemonade stands will be shielded from ticketing as more than 400 new Louisiana laws take…
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
It was quite an experience for two of Acadiana's newest lawmakers, who were thrust into a budget crisis in early 2016 that took 19 weeks at the state Capitol to fix — temporarily.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
As qualifying for this fall’s federal elections enters its last day Friday, most of the announced candidates have paid their fees and signed the papers to get their names on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Monday, July 11, 2016
Friday, July 08, 2016
Two of the leading candidates for the Louisiana U.S. Senate seat report raising about $1 million each during the past three months.
Thursday, July 07, 2016
The race for the Lafayette-Lake Charles-based congressional seat got a little less crowded Thursday when Erick Knezek announced he would suspend his campaign.
Monday, June 27, 2016
The recently completed 2016 legislative season was a grueling exercise in trying to balance the budget during three sessions — 19 weeks — as partisan politics raged in Baton Rouge, Acadiana legislators said.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Monday, May 09, 2016
Signs would have to be posted near red light cameras or any fines could be negated under a bill that moved within one step of final approval Monday.
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
A decision by federal regulators could require Entergy to refund about $50 million to its more than 1 million customers in Louisiana, announced Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell late Wednesday.
Friday, November 27, 2015
Voters on Saturday overwhelmingly elected Mark Garber as the next Lafayette Parish sheriff, marking an end to a more than 10-month campaign to become the parish’s first new chief law enforcement leader since 2000.
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Lafayette Parish voters on Saturday changed the title of city-parish government’s chief executive from “president” to “mayor-president,” a new designation proposed by outgoing City-Parish President — now Mayor-President — Joey Durel.
Thursday, November 19, 2015
In their campaigns for Lafayette Parish sheriff, Mark Garber and Chad Leger have agreed on most of the local issues. But what may make the difference in Saturday’s election is how voters perceive the candidates’ law enforcement experience.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Three of the nine seats on the Lafayette City-Parish Council are still up for grabs in the Nov. 21 runoff, with two incumbents fighting to keep their spots and a third contest to replace a two-term councilman who opted not to seek re-election.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
In what they said will be their last public debate before the Nov. 21 election, Lafayette Parish sheriff candidates Mark Garber and Chad Leger on Monday touched on hot-button issues such as illegal immigration and jail security.
Friday, November 13, 2015
Two Lafayette Republicans who began campaigning for the state House District 45 seat over two years ago are entering the final stretch while reaching out to voters who backed a third candidate in last month’s primary election.
Hundreds of inmates awaiting trial in Lafayette Parish are eligible to vote but don’t exercise the right, something that’s the case throughout Louisiana, according to inmate advocates and voting and corrections officials.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal says he won’t answer questions about the new position he created to hire a defeated opponent now backing his re-election in the upcoming runoff, including what the man’s job duties will be and what he’ll be paid.
Sunday, November 08, 2015
John Rogers, who drew 4 percent of the vote in the four-man primary for Lafayette Parish sheriff on Oct. 24, has endorsed Chad Leger in his runoff battle with Mark Garber.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
State Rep. Joel Robideaux defeated longtime Lafayette City-Parish Chief Administrative Officer Dee Stanley Saturday in a heated race for city-parish president.
Mark Garber and Chad Leger will go head-to-head in a runoff election to become Lafayette Parish sheriff after each pulled more than 22,000 votes in the primary election Saturday.
As Lafayette Parish Sheriff candidates Mark Garber and Chad Leger head into another month of campaigning, they’ll have to convince voters to show up for a second time after less than 39 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the primary.
Candidates in state and local races spent the day before polls open trying to persuade supporters to go vote in Saturday’s elections.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
In the race to replace four-term Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom, past controversies have come back to haunt three of the four candidates in the campaign’s contentious final stretch.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Saturday’s primary election proved a mixed bag for Lafayette area legislative races. Some candidates cruised to victory, others were upset by political newcomers and still others face fighting it out for another month until runoff elections decide…
Friday, October 23, 2015
The four major contenders for governor and 31 legislative candidates in the region are backing all or some of the economic development group One Acadiana’s regional priorities, the organization announced Monday.
Voter apathy is showing this election cycle, with almost half of all incumbent officials winning another term without opposition, about 14,000 fewer voters than last year casting early ballots and the Secretary of State’s Office estimating the vot…
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
During his 15 years in office, Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom has long focused on the social issues involved in crime and incarceration, with an eye toward reducing recidivism.
Friday, October 16, 2015
NEW IBERIA — The candidates vying to replace incumbent Sheriff Louis Ackal have echoed common themes in their months of campaigning: Deputies need better training to instill and improve relationships with the communities they serve, and the curren…
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Re-elected without opposition four years ago, incumbent Nancy Landry now faces a challenger for the District 31 seat in the state House of Representatives.
Monday, October 12, 2015
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Four candidates for Lafayette Parish sheriff offered up different solutions to the future of the office Tuesday as they were peppered with questions from Kiwanis Club members about how to pay for operational improvements, how to combat illegal dru…
Friday, August 28, 2015
Rather than pitting candidates for Lafayette Parish sheriff against each other in a debate, outgoing Sheriff Mike Neustrom’s administration is taking its own approach in presenting the four contenders in a forum intended to isolate them both from …
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
In the two months since four-term Lafayette Parish Sheriff Mike Neustrom announced his retirement, three candidates with varied law enforcement backgrounds — from being former deputies in the Sheriff’s Office to an agent in the Secret Service — ha…
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
LAFAYETTE — College adviser Mary Morrison won the Lafayette Parish School Board District 1 race Saturday, winning 59 percent of the vote over her challenger, retired high school wrestling coach Don Gagnard.