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  • Pope taps women, victims for sex abuse commission

    March 22, 2014 5:34 PM

    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy Saturday, signaling an openness to reach beyond church officials to plot the commission's course and priorities: Half of the members are women, and one was assaulted by a priest as... more »
  • Livingston charter commission offers minor changes

    February 5, 2014 8:00 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish Charter Review Commission has agreed on a handful of minor tweaks for the charter provisions dealing with the parish council. The Advocate reports Tuesday marked the commission's third meeting but the first time the group delved into the task of reviewing the parish... more »
  • Veterans' Workforce Commission Job Fair

    May 29, 2013 7:58 AM

    Once a month Gregory Ganier a Veteran Representative for the Louisiana Workforce Commission stops by GMA to share the latest news and upcoming information on job opertunities. For more info call: 337-948-1377 Ext: 122 Louisiana Workforce Commission 1305 Diesi Street Opelousas, Louisiana 70570 1.337.948.1377 Ext 122 more »
  • DNR to appoint sinkhole commission

    March 18, 2013 9:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Secretary Stephen Chustz will appoint the members of a "blue ribbon commission" by the end of this week to determine when Bayou Corne residents can safely return home. The sinkhole led to evacuation of about 150 homes in August. Patrick... more »
  • Judiciary commission names new chair, vice-chair

    March 30, 2012 9:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court says a Jefferson Parish attorney is the new chairman of the Louisiana Judiciary Commission, and a judge from Ouachita Parish is the new vice-chair. It says William "Bill" W. Hall succeeds Carol R. LeBlanc of Lafourche Parish as chairman. Hall is an... more »
  • Mississippi River Commission schedules high-water inspection trip

    March 26, 2012 10:05 AM

    VICKSBURG, Miss.,- The Mississippi River Commission will conduct its annual high-water inspection trip on the Mississippi River March 26-30, 2012. Four public meetings have been scheduled aboard the Motor Vessel MISSISSIPPI so commission members have the opportunity to meet with local residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues. The... more »
  • Public Will Vote on Lafayette Deconsolidation

    April 12, 2011 11:48 PM

    The Lafayette Charter Commission has finally set its plans in stone to have the public vote on two separate city and parish charters. Now that their work is done, and the future of Lafayette Consolidated Government rests in the hands of the people. So the big question now -- will... more »
  • LCG Charter Commission Favors Two Separate Charters

    March 28, 2011 11:52 PM

    The muddled future of Lafayette Consolidated Government is becoming a bit more clear, although nothing has been decided quite yet. Monday night the LCG Charter Commission did make a key decision on which proposal it would like to see go to a parish-wide vote, although nothing is set in stone.... more »
  • Lafayette Charter Commission To Request More Time

    January 31, 2011 11:59 PM

    Monday night, the Lafayette Charter Commission voted to request an extension from the City-Parish Council. The commission, which is discussing possible changes to the home-rule charter, is currently working on a deadline of April 21st. By state law the commission would only be allowed a 9-month extension, but that's... more »
  • Commission won't be last word on Gulf oil spill

    January 6, 2011 5:55 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The last word on the largest offshore oil spill in history won't be the conclusion from a presidentially appointed commission finding that decisions intended to save time and money created an unreasonable amount of risk. But it already has the companies involved with the blown-out well... more »
  • Commission forming new Lafayette government

    December 14, 2010 8:43 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A commission that is piecing together what could be a new Lafayette government has developed a basic outline of what it might resemble. The Lafayette Charter Commission has been meeting weekly to develop recommendations that could include returning to the once-separate city and parish governments that... more »
  • Lafayette commission eyes separation

    November 16, 2010 8:52 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette commission exploring possible changes to city-parish government has voted to begin seriously considering a return to separate governing councils for the city and parish. The Lafayette Charter Commission voted 8-1 Monday to research two options that might be put before voters as early as... more »
  • Commission considers changing Lafayette government

    November 9, 2010 10:26 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A commission considering major changes to local government seems to favor giving the city of Lafayette more autonomy, but there is no consensus on how that should be done. Commission Chairman George Lewis said at a Monday meeting that he feels the majority of the commission... more »
  • LHA meeting flops

    September 30, 2010 8:08 PM

    Three former LHA commissioners held a public meeting on Thursday as if they were never removed. "There's a pending issue," LHA Attorney Daniel Stanford said. "Three of the individuals are filing a petition in district court that they are in fact board members." A *pending* issue that didn't stop John... more »
  • No Extended Terms for LCG Leaders

    August 31, 2010 9:52 AM

    The Lafayette Charter Commission decided not to vote for a one year term extension for the City-Parish Council and President. The idea was originally proposed to buy the commission some time to implement any changes they might make to the home-rule charter. Bruce Conque had originally proposed it, but took... more »
  • Feds to Spill Commission: Drilling Ban Stays

    August 24, 2010 7:05 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The top federal offshore oil drilling regulator is telling the presidential oil spill commission that the temporary halt to deepwater drilling will remain in place for a few more months. The Interior Department issued the moratorium after the deadly April 20 BP oil rig explosion. It was... more »
  • Feds to Spill Commission: Drilling Ban Stays

    August 23, 2010 6:00 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The top federal offshore oil drilling regulator is telling the presidential oil spill commission that the temporary halt to deepwater drilling will remain in place for a few more months. The Interior Department issued the moratorium after the deadly April 20 BP oil rig explosion. It was... more »
  • Housing Commissioners ousted after audit

    August 18, 2010 7:45 PM

    Three Housing Authority commissioners received a letter in the mail. It told them they are no longer to report to commission meetings and will no longer be needed by the Housing Authority. The letter was signed by Parish President Joey Durel. The move comes after an audit discovered "mishandled... more »
  • Durel: Three Removed From Housing Authority

    August 18, 2010 11:11 AM

    Press Release: City-Parish President Joey Durel today announced that he has exercised his authority and has removed three Commissioners from the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette, Louisiana. City-Parish President Durel stated, "Although the Housing Authority of Lafayette is not a unit of the... more »
  • Mike Hefner: New Member of Charter Commission

    July 14, 2010 7:18 PM

    Mike Hefner has been appointed to the Charter Commission by City-Parish President Joey Durel. He will represent the unincorporated area of the parish. He replaces former Councilman Randy Menard who asked to be removed from the commission. Mr. Hefner will be sworn in with other commission members on Tuesday, July... more »
  • LA Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Calls Special Meeting

    July 14, 2010 11:46 AM

    NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING: The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission has called a special meeting for 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, 2010 to consider opening areas closed to all fishing due to the BP oil spill to recreational fishing only. The meeting will be held in the Louisiana Room at... more »
  • Another Shrimp Season

    May 6, 2010 4:57 PM

    The local shrimp industry has yet another glimmer of hope in this crude disaster. Wildlife and Fisheries Officials met in Baton Rouge Thursday morning to discuss what the next best step should be. The Commission actually moved the item up on their agenda, after the meeting room became filled... more »
  • 2 Entergy units short of having enough money to eventually close nuclear plants

    January 6, 2010 11:05 AM

    Two Louisiana power utilities owned by Entergy Corp. are short $235.5 million for the projected costs of eventually closing two nuclear generating plants - and the power provider wants slight increases in customer rates to close the gap. According to a Tuesday filing with the Louisiana Public Service Commission,... more »
  • St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office received new equipment

    December 23, 2009 3:34 PM

    St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz announced today Department Investigators have new equipment to use in their fight against crime in St. Landry Parish. Under a grant from the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the department has purchased over $12,000 dollars in specialized forensic... more »
  • Cajundome dispute on school board agenda

    December 1, 2009 8:53 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School Board on Wednesday will discuss a proposal to end a dispute between the Cajundome Commission and the board over back taxes. It will take place behind closed doors. "An open meeting will have a detrimental effect on the litigating position of the... more »
  • Initial jobless claims jump in Louisiana

    November 30, 2009 1:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Initial claims for unemployment payments in Louisiana jumped 17.5 percent during the week ending Nov. 21. That's according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, which counted 5,432 first-time claims for the week. There were 4,623 initial filers the previous week. State labor officials say the increase... more »
  • $40 Million dollar upgrade possible for Cajundome

    November 24, 2009 7:52 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Cajundome could be in line for up to $40 million in upgrades as part of plan to modernize the 24-year-old facility. Cajundome Director Greg Davis told the Cajundome Commission on Monday that he hopes to issue bonds early next year for the some of the... more »
  • Cajundome forwards back-tax settlement

    November 24, 2009 7:40 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A first step was taken Monday toward settling a dispute between the Cajundome Commission and Lafayette Parish school system over back taxes. The Cajundome Commission, after meeting in executive session for about an hour, gave its OK to a proposal that would settle a lawsuit it... more »
  • Matthew Cruse Joins Lafayette Airport Commission

    November 6, 2009 12:24 PM

    Local Businessman and Former Naval Aviator Joins Lafayette Airport Commission Businessman and former Naval aviator Matthew Cruse of Lafayette was recently appointed by the Lafayette City-Parish Council to serve on the Lafayette Airport Commission. Cruse, who is director of business development and operations manager for Burner Fire Control, Inc., is... more »
  • Halloween 2009 poses special risks for pedestrians and motorists

    October 26, 2009 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE-The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission is warning that Halloween 2009 in Louisiana poses special safety challenges to the thousands of young trick-or-treaters, adult party-goers and football tailgaters who will be walking or riding through neighborhoods after dark. "Halloween this year is both on a Saturday night and on the... more »

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