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Lafayette Parish voters could be asked to reconsider two failed tax renewals

BY RICHARD BURGESS | rburgess@theadvocate.com

Two city-parish property tax renewals that Lafayette Parish voters shot down in April may be back on the ballot before the end of the year. Read more

Rabalais: Great upsets? LSU needs one (actually two) of those against mighty Oregon State

BY SCOTT RABALAIS | srabalais@theadvocate.com

OMAHA, Neb. — Great upsets are the lifeblood of the sports we love. Read more

Sears closing store in Acadiana Mall

Advocate staff report

The Sears store in the Acadiana Mall in Lafayette is among 20 U.S. locations that the company announced Thursday it would shut down. Read more

Women accuse former Saints, Rams defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker of rape in Lafayette

BY JIM MUSTIAN AND RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | jmustian@theadvocate.com, rvargas@theadvocate.com

LAFAYETTE — Lafayette authorities are wrapping up an investigation into claims of sexual assault lodged by two women against Tyrunn Walker, a New Iberia native and former defensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints.  Read more

Bomb threat investigated Thursday night at Lafayette Regional Airport; all-clear given

KATC-TV report

UPDATE, 10:29 p.m.: Lafayette Regional Airport Director Steven Picou gives the "all clear" at the airport following a bomb threat this evening. Read more

Stephanie Grace: TOPS gets a reprieve, but its future is far from settled

BY STEPHANIE GRACE | sgrace@theadvocate.com

It says a lot about the state of affairs at the Capitol that both lawmakers and the governor are touting full funding of the popular Taylor Opportunity Program for Students scholarships as one of this year's signature accomplishments. Read more

Grace Notes: U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond shows he can play hardball off the field too

BY STEPHANIE GRACE | sgrace@theadvocate.com

Anyone who followed last week's congressional baseball game, pushed into the national spotlight by the shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise while he was practicing for the big game, couldn't help but pick up on the fact that Scalise's Louisiana colleague, U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond, is the annual D-versus-R showdown's star. Read more

Increased LSU student fees approved by Board of Supervisors, not covered by TOPS

BY MARK BALLARD | mballard@theadvocate.com

LSU students will have to pay more out of pocket in fees to attend school this fall. Read more

House Speaker Paul Ryan: Steve Scalise's 'spirits are up': 'He's talking; he's doing well'

BY ELIZABETH CRISP | ecrisp@theadvocate.com

A week after he was critically wounded when a gunman opened fire on a congressional baseball practice, U.S. Majority Whip Steve Scalise is reportedly itching to get back to work. Read more

Here's what Louisiana's senators are saying about the Senate GOP health care bill

BY ELIZABETH CRISP | ecrisp@theadvocate.com

Before deciding which way they will vote on the latest effort to repeal and replace Barack Obama's health care law, both of Louisiana's U.S. senators say they plan to spend the weekend studying up on the long-awaited health care overhaul that Republican leaders unveiled on Thursday. Read more

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