July 24, 2012 11:35 PM
The City of Youngsville made an unusual request to Lafayette Consolidated Government Tuesday night. Mayor Wilson Viator wrote the council a letter, asking LCG to pay for repairs on one of Youngsville's bridges. The mayor said the city doesn't have the money for the bridge project; this comes at a... more »
July 24, 2012 9:53 AM
Rob Guidry with the Lafayette Chamber makes his monthly visit to GMA to talk about the latest things happening.
Rob Guidry, the longest sitting President & CEO in the history of the Lafayette Chamber, is dedicated to maintaining a economic climate conducive to creating jobs. Rob provides professional guidance... more »
June 19, 2012 11:54 PM
At Lafayette Consolidated Government's meeting Tuesday night, a public vote on Lafayette's traffic cameras hits a brick wall, while the purchase of UL's horse farm got the green light. Even though both outcomes were no surprise, the votes were still historic ones.
You could call it a last effort... more »
April 19, 2012 10:45 PM
An extension of Lafayette's South College Road is finally moving forward after years of delays. It's the third and final goal for Lafayette Consolidated Government, after Camelia Boulevard and Louisiana Avenue extensions were completed.
City-Parish government has wanted to extend the road all the way to Kaliste Saloom for... more »
February 14, 2012 9:46 AM
LACASSINE, La. (AP) - A new rum distillery in Lacassine has been approved for operation by the U.S. Treasury Department. Louisiana Spirits LLC plans to use Louisiana sugar cane as the primary ingredient in its rum. The Advocate reports recent rain has caused some construction delays. But the warehouse that... more »
January 30, 2012 10:43 AM
FOURCHON, La. (AP) - The owners of a private beach in Fourchon say they will fight any attempt to expropriate the land and make it public. The Courier reports that the South Lafourche Beach Front Development Commission wants Lafourche Parish to make Caillouet Land Co. sell a 44-acre tract at... more »
January 5, 2012 7:47 PM
Some Iberia Parish Government employees are starting off the new year with a notice giving them only a few days to find a new job. New Iberia Parish President, Errol "Romo" Romero, hasn't even been sworn in yet, and he's already sent at least nine employees letters saying he'd no... more »
December 21, 2011 12:33 AM
Lafayette Consolidated Government voted on two controversial issues at Tuesday night's meeting. The first big decision was a motion to eliminate an smart meters opt-out plan for LUS customers. The second vote centered on the controversial bar levy, which ended in a tie, ultimately keeping the levy in place.
... more »
September 27, 2011 11:22 PM
Lafayette Consolidated Government has been crunching the numbers for next year's budget all summer. Even with the final vote Tuesday night, there was still more than one million dollars disputed among council members.
Three main amendments were still on the table Tuesday. All were controversial topics and mostly being... more »
August 2, 2011 11:34 PM
A group of Lafayette Parish residents pushed LCG, and Tuesday night they came out winners. At first, Lafayette Consolidated Government wanted to annex two subdivisions, Hernandez Heights and Walker's Lake, into Lafayette city limits. While most of Walker's Lake wanted to be annexed, most of Hernandez Heights didn't. And thanks... more »
August 2, 2011 8:11 PM
Lafayette Consolidated Government amended an ordinance that would annex two unincorporated properties into the City of Lafayette. Originally, LCG wanted both "Walker's Lake" and "Hernandez Heights" to be annexed into Lafayette city limits. But about 75% of residents in Hernandez Heights protested, saying they didn't want to be annexed into... more »
July 8, 2011 8:12 PM
Lafayette City-Parish Government is suing contractors for millions of dollars, alleging they did "shoddy work" installing fiber optic lines. The problem isn't with the cables, instead it's how they were installed.
Lafayette's state of the art internet, telephone and television service first launched in 2009. But a few months... more »
June 4, 2011 10:43 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A proposal to replace Lafayette's consolidated city-parish government with separate governments for the city and the parish could go before voters as early as October. A charter commission formed by the City-Parish Council to explore changes in local government recommended in April that voters should decide... more »
April 28, 2011 8:46 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is planning to ask food companies and restaurants to cut back on advertising unhealthy foods to children. Under guidelines obtained by The Associated Press, companies would be urged only to market foods to children ages 2 through 17 if they are low in fats,... more »
April 9, 2011 10:30 AM
"Avoiding a government shutdown was important for the sake of our troops and our national security, as well as our economic recovery," Boustany said. "At the same time, it was important to make fiscally responsible cuts in spending because of the massive debt. By dealing with the unfinished business left... more »
April 8, 2011 11:59 PM
Perilously close to a government shutdown, President Barack Obama and congressional leaders forged an agreement late Friday night on a deal to cut about $38 billion in federal spending and avert the first closure in 15 years.
Obama hailed the deal, a bit more than an hour before a... more »
April 7, 2011 11:43 PM
The Friday deadline is fast approaching for a compromise on the federal budget, or shut the U.S. Government down. An agreement seems to be slipping further away in Washington, and a federal shutdown could have severe negative effects for millions of Americans.
"I think it's a little extreme to... more »
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 »
March 13, 2011 10:29 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Obama administration has billed BP PLC. for $62 million spent responding to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The federal government sent the bill Friday. It was the 10th bill sent to BP and other companies considered responsible parties. BP is required to pay for... more »
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 »
December 8, 2010 11:09 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette Consolidated Government employees could see a 2 percent pay raise in early 2011. The Advertiser reports the city-parish council on Tuesday gave its initial approval to the increase, which will be up for a final vote Dec. 21. The increase would cost about $2 million... more »
October 20, 2010 12:11 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has asked a federal appeals court to immediately suspend a judge's ruling that overturned the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays. The administration says it wants the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco to take action on... more »
October 8, 2010 8:47 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - A wave of government layoffs last month outpaced weak hiring in the private sector, pushing down the nation's payrolls by a net total of 95,000 jobs. The Labor Department says the unemployment rate held at 9.6 percent. The jobless rate has now topped 9.5 percent for 14... more »
October 6, 2010 1:19 PM
Lafayette Consolidated Government's Chief Information Officer has been fired.
Keith Thibodeaux had been employed with LCG since 2005. The technology chief made an annual salary of $87,734.
He was terminated Wednesday relative to his involvement in a New Orleans court trial involving kickbacks.
LCG released this statement... more »
September 29, 2010 12:22 PM
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WASHINGTON (AP) - An appeals court ruled Tuesday that government... more »
September 16, 2010 4:01 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The companies being sued in the largest offshore oil spill in history are accusing the government of mishandling a key piece of evidence. In a new federal court document, the company that owned the drilling rig, Transocean, says federal investigators aren't adequately preserving evidence from the rig's... more »
September 7, 2010 7:20 PM
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - The government turned up the pressure Tuesday on the head of a small Florida church who plans to burn copies of the Quran on... more »
September 2, 2010 11:02 AM
Allied Waste will not run their regularly scheduled Monday residential garbage and yard waste collection routes in Lafayette Parish in observation of the Labor Day holiday. All Allied Waste customers will receive garbage and yard waste collection the day following their regularly scheduled collection day during the week of Labor... more »
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 »
August 26, 2010 10:13 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are appealing a recent court decision that struck down a 2004 government policy that says broadcasters can be fined for allowing even a single curse word on live television. A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York threw out... more »
July 30, 2010 12:10 PM
DETROIT (AP) - Chrysler Group LLC said Friday that it will add nearly 900 jobs at a factory in suburban Detroit. Its decision is a show of optimism that consumers will embrace its redesigned midsize sedans. The company made the announcement at another Detroit-area plant just before President Barack Obama... more »
July 28, 2010 12:32 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Reviving allegations of government death panels, Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana is suggesting that an FDA advisory panel's negative recommendation on a contested breast cancer drug amounts to rationing health care. In a statement Wednesday, Vitter said the recommendation on the drug Avastin was "sickening," likening it... more »
July 19, 2010 4:14 PM
KENNER, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal wants the federal government to step up testing of seafood samples from Louisiana waters so they can be quickly reopened to commercial fishing. The state opened the areas for sport fishing on Thursday. But on Monday, Jindal and Louisiana seafood industry leaders complained... more »
July 1, 2010 12:53 PM
MIAMI - A government program that's supposed to help impoverished families heat and cool their homes wasted more than $100 million of taxpayer dollars paying the electric bills of thousands of applicants who were dead, in prison or living in million-dollar mansions. The Department of Health and Human Services spent... more »
June 22, 2010 11:35 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The owner of the offshore rig involved in the massive Gulf oil spill sharply criticized the U.S. government's six-month ban on deepwater drilling Tuesday. Transocean Ltd. president Steven Newman told reporters at an oil industry conference in London that there were things President Barack Obama's administration... more »
June 3, 2010 3:18 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says the federal government is sending BP a $69 million bill Thursday for costs so far in its response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs says the bill is the first to be sent to the oil company, which... more »
May 27, 2010 4:45 PM
By The Associated Press Federal officials say cleaning up the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has already cost the government $87 million, making it the third-most expensive cleanup effort in the nation's history. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry has distributed that money to state and federal... more »
May 27, 2010 4:21 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the government will require certification of emergency cutoff valves on offshore oil wells like those that failed in the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Salazar said Thursday he will propose rules requiring certification of so-called blowout preventers by an... more »
May 27, 2010 1:17 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says the government is in charge of the response to the Gulf oil spill, not the oil company BP. Obama says all steps BP takes to end the huge spill must be approved in advance by the government. Obama says his administration will do... more »
April 26, 2010 1:21 PM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The government must reconsider its ban on selling small turtles, a federal district judge has ruled. "This is a firefight this time," said Eddie Jolly, president of the Independent Turtle Farmers of Louisiana. "This has got teeth. We're going to win this one." Judge Dee D.... more »
April 26, 2010 12:50 PM
Last meeting tonight at North Regional Library to discuss Consolidated Government.
----------------------------- Lafayette, LA ---City-Parish President Joey Durel announced a series of town hall meetings beginning next Monday, March 22 at locations throughout Lafayette Parish.
The theme of the town hall conversation is Lafayette Consolidated Charter: Is it... more »
April 13, 2010 5:46 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - People convicted of public corruption would be prohibited from bidding on state and local government construction projects, under a bill that received House committee approval Tuesday without objection. "We have a history of rampant corruption in Louisiana," said Rep. Walker Hines, D-New Orleans. "This bill... more »
April 2, 2010 11:55 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI is warning police across the country that an anti-government group's call to remove governors from office could provoke violence. The group called the Guardians of the free Republics wants to "restore America" by peacefully dismantling parts of the government, according to its Web site. Investigators... more »
April 1, 2010 4:50 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government is suing KBR Inc., the largest contractor in Iraq, over what prosecutors say were improper charges to the Army for private security services. The Houston-based KBR Inc. is a former subsidiary of Halliburton Co. It recently won a new contract potentially worth more than... more »
April 1, 2010 3:35 PM
The state House of Representatives won't give out annual pay raises to its workers next year as Louisiana continues to struggle with budget problems.
House Speaker Jim Tucker said Wednesday that the chamber will follow the lead of Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Civil Service Commission, who have... more »
March 29, 2010 7:45 PM
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March 23, 2010 2:10 PM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Attorneys general from 13 states sued
the federal government Tuesday, claiming the landmark health care
overhaul is unconstitutional just seven minutes after President
Barack Obama signed it into law.
The lawsuit was filed in Pensacola after the Democratic
president signed... more »
March 16, 2010 6:29 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Civil Service Commission is
considering whether to suspend pay raises for more than 61,000
rank-and-file state government workers in the upcoming budget year.
The proposal, released Tuesday, would strip state agencies of
the ability to give 4 percent annual... more »
February 24, 2010 8:28 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internet isn't a government entity, rather a network of interconnected computer systems. But industry experts say the U.S. government needs to take a more active role in making sure that the Internet remains secure. The analysts note as business and government rely more on the Internet,... more »
February 24, 2010 8:06 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek has reversed course on the merits of a national certification program that adds at least $5,000 a year to teachers' paychecks. Pastorek touted the achievement last year as vital to creating a world-class education system. He said Tuesday that... more »
February 22, 2010 9:52 AM
Tonight, February 22, 2010, City Parish Councilman Keith Patin is hosting a Town Hall meeting to discuss the upcoming vote on the possible repeal of the Lafayette Consolidated Government charter. Attendance is encouraged as the council is scheduled to vote on March 9, 2010. Patin has invited Bruce Conque with... more »
February 16, 2010 8:24 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette City-Parish Council will vote this week on whether to scrap a security fee for downtown bars implemented last year. Councilman Brandon Shelvin is seeking to rescind a security fee the council imposed on downtown bars to help pay for a stronger police presence to... more »
February 12, 2010 8:44 AM
Due to winter weather conditions, Commissioner Angele Davis announced that state government offices will be closed Friday, February 12th, 2010, in the following parishes:
Ascension; Iberville; Livingston; Pointe Coupee; East Feliciana; West Baton Rouge; East Baton Rouge; West Feliciana; St. Landry; Evangeline; Avoyelles; Catahoula; Concordia; Grant; LaSalle; Natchitoches; Rapides;... more »
February 11, 2010 1:42 PM
LAFAYETTE - The Lafayette Consolidated Government Public Works Department announced that the bridge on Robley Drive at the Broadmoor Coulee was opened to traffic today, as all but minor items of work are completed.
The actual structure is a box culvert designed to be compatible with the future permanent... more »
December 9, 2009 11:47 AM
LAFAYETTE - Lafayette Consolidated Government has unveiled its new Code Enforcement Tracking System to manage code enforcement and compliance activities in the Planning, Zoning, and Codes department and within the Environmental Quality Division in the Public Works Department.
Previously, information from related cases was not easily tied together in... more »
December 3, 2009 2:06 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School Board has tentatively approved a settlement that ends a dispute with the Cajundome.
The school board spent about an hour in a closed meeting Wednesday discussing a proposal that would settle a lawsuit the Cajundome Commission filed against the school system... more »
November 30, 2009 3:23 PM
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November 25, 2009 11:58 AM
Acadiana Film Industry Continues Expanding with Marquis Productions' "Fight or Flight"
The feature film "Fight or Flight," a co-production of Los Angeles based Remember Dreaming, LLC, Freefall Films, Inc and MKM, LLC is set to begin filming in Lafayette, LA on Dec 2, 2009.
Producers for the picture... more »
November 23, 2009 10:09 AM
Local doctors are speaking out against new recommendations for breast cancer screenings. Dr. Lewis Hill and Dr. Gary Mathews say the U.S. Preventative service task force is wrong. The new guidelines say women can wait to take breast examinations starting at the age of 50; before it was 40. Dr.... more »
November 9, 2009 2:25 PM
LAFAYETTE - Lafayette Consolidated Government has been named a recipient of the "Real Solutions" award by Hyland Software. In late 2007, LCG began implementing OnBase interprise-wide document imaging software in an effort to open up more government documents for easy public viewing, to save money by eliminating redundant paper copies,... more »
October 21, 2009 1:57 PM
Watchdog: Bailout Has Helped Wall St., But Infuriated Main St. TARP Has Not Stopped Rising Unemployment and Home Foreclosures more »
October 20, 2009 9:20 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A government watchdog group in Washington is using its Web site to promote the work of state-level government watchdogs - including seven in Louisiana. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington says it created its Directory of State-based Government Watchdogs because the work such groups do... more »
October 19, 2009 11:41 PM
Earlier this month Lafayette City-Parish President, Joey Durel, vetoed several items in the 2009-2010 budget. At Tuesday nights council meeting, council members will go item by item t discuss then vote on the vetoed items. The council's elimination of GPS tracking systems in LCG and Lafayette Utilities System vehicles was... more »
October 7, 2009 1:36 PM
WASHINGTON - The United States Senate late yesterday, by a vote of 93-7, approved its annual Department of Defense appropriations bill, which included key provisions sponsored by United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La. These Landrieu requests strengthen the country's national defense, while providing funding for important military projects and... more »
September 30, 2009 10:08 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Twenty-three nonprofit organizations that received funding from Lafayette Consolidated Government this year will receive funding again in the 2009-10 fiscal year that begins November 1. The Lafayette City-Parish Council voted 6 to 3 Tuesday to approve funding for all agencies for a total of $452,723. The... more »