Voters in District 39 will elect a new state representative Saturday. In the runoff are Stephen Ortego, D-Carencro, and Don Menard, R-Cankton.
Menard has 34 years experience in politics, most recently as St. Landry Parish President.
"I run on my record," said Menard. "In this day's economy, we... more »
As the federal government continues to slip, Louisiana holds onto its top credit rating- at least for now. The downgrade could force more federal cut backs and that means less money for some state programs. One scenario shows road projects coming to a stop, medicaid funds running low and schools... more »
John and Bernadine Soileau have been breeding race horses for more than 50 years. "You do it because you love it," John Soileau says. They've raised championship caliber horses- competing in races from New Mexico to tracks here like Evangeline Downs.
If you ask John about his luck, he'll... more »
Cities in St. Landry Parish are getting a make-over, thanks to 12.7 million dollars in federal funds. That money was awarded to help the parish recover from damage in the wake of Hurricanes Ike and Gustav.
The biggest winner of the funds is Opelousas.
Don Menard,... more »
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - St. Landry Parish is in line to receive $12.7 million in federal hurricane mitigation funds, and the single largest project it hopes to fund will be a multi-agency training center. Opelousas Fire Chief Lee Cahanin said $1.5 million set aside by the parish will get it... more »
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry Parish Council as passed a resolution allowing president Don Menard to continue negotiations with state officials and private landowners to locate a proposed regional juvenile therapeutic center in the parish. That decision Thursday night followed a lengthy presentation by state juvenile justice officials... more »
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry Parish Council will vote Thursday whether to allow the state to build a therapeutic juvenile center in the parish. If the council approves, the state Office of Juvenile Justice could soon begin work building the $20 million facility near Opelousas. Parish President Don... more »