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  • Bike trail system opens in Terrebonne

    August 9, 2014 12:29 PM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - The first phase of a network of bike trails has opened to riders in Terrebonne Parish. The Courier reports the Southdown Bike Trail System is more than eight miles in length on the Southdown On-Road Loop, the Blackwater Outer Loop and the Leland Robichaux Inner Loop.... more »
  • Sulphur adopts online bill payment system

    March 22, 2014 1:37 PM

    SULPHUR, La. (AP) - The city has launched a system to allow residents to pay utility bills at the city's website. Mayor Chris Duncan tells The American Press that the service will provide residents with quick and secure access to account information. They'll be able to view bill and payment... more »
  • Community college system to select president

    February 5, 2014 6:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Community and Technical College System could have a new president as early as next week. LCTCS Board of Supervisors Chairman Michael Murphy of Bogalusa says the plan is to make a selection Feb. 12 from the four candidates interviewed by the full board... more »
  • Morganza hurricane protection system clears hurdle

    July 12, 2013 10:28 AM

    HOUMA, La. (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on a final report updating Terrebonne's planned $13 billion federal levee system. The finalization of the Chief's Report wraps up a six-year detour for the federal Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee system, which was approved by Congress in 2007. The... more »
  • LSU Board considers consolidating jobs, system

    August 19, 2012 9:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Consultants helping Louisiana State University find a new system president have presented three possible ways to develop the system, including two that would consolidate the jobs of system president and chancellor of the flagship Baton Rouge campus. One would gradually merge facilities such as the... more »
  • LSU Health System Hit Hard by Medicaid Cuts

    July 19, 2012 11:17 PM

    The LSU Health System has a number, but no plan, on how to strip $329 million from the hospital system. The cuts total $523 million for the state's health care system, handed down by Governor Bobby Jindal's administration last week. Of that, two-thirds falls on the LSU Healthcare System. ... more »
  • Retirement and Pension System Changes Upset State Employees

    April 23, 2012 7:31 PM

    Plans to overhaul the State's retirement and pension systems are not sitting well with some lawmakers and state employees. State officials and employees gathered in Baton Rouge on Monday to speak out against the changes and push to defeat the governor's proposal. "It seems to me like the governor... more »
  • UL system, professors' association in war of words

    April 13, 2012 7:36 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An association of college professors is highly critical of faculty layoffs, losses of tenure and other job changes at two University of Louisiana institutions. The American Association of University Professors report issued earlier this week deals with the effects of budget cuts and discontinued programs on... more »
  • School system avoids state takeover

    March 27, 2012 9:50 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The Fiscal Review Committee has decided the state will continue to monitor the St. Landry Parish School System's finances, but it will not appoint a state fiscal adviser to take control of the situation. The Daily World reports the committee was satisfied with the school board's... more »
  • NFL bounties amount to incentive system run amok

    March 6, 2012 6:24 AM

    To Hall of Fame defensive back Ronnie Lott, the thousands of dollars New Orleans Saints players were paid under their bounty system from 2009-11 is not all that different from the helmet stickers handed out at lower levels of the game. Little rewards for big plays are as much a... more »
  • Scientists puzzled by region outside solar system

    February 1, 2012 6:26 AM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A glimpse beyond our solar system reveals the neighborhood just outside the sun's influence is different and stranger than expected, scientists reported Tuesday. One oddity is the amount of oxygen. There are more oxygen atoms floating freely in the solar system than in the immediate interstellar... more »
  • Lafayette Transit System Going Green

    July 7, 2011 6:48 PM

    Out with the old and in with the new. The city of Lafayette is upgrading its transit system they're going green. Everyday nearly four thousand people board one of the twenty-one Lafayette city buses, but with an ageing fleet, the city is upgrading to an eco-friendly bus. ... more »
  • System of giving schools letter grades starts soon

    June 20, 2011 7:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State education leaders say they are less than surprised that nearly every other public school in Louisiana would get a "D" or "F" under the state's new system of assigning letter grades for student performance. Penny Dastugue, president of the state Board of Elementary and... more »
  • State to Test Ballot Scanning System

    May 30, 2011 7:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Secretary of State's Office has been given the go-ahead to test a new paper ballot scanning system. The system could be used statewide as early as the spring of 2012. Secretary of State Tom Schedler says the system will read paper ballots and... more »
  • Louisiana-Monroe introduces stadium improvements

    February 11, 2011 8:11 PM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - The University of Louisiana-Monroe plans to add a new high-definition video display board and state-of-the-art sound system at Malone Stadium just in time for the 2011 football season. The project is pending final approval by the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. Director of Athletics... more »
  • Louisiana man pleads in prison system fraud

    October 20, 2010 10:12 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lake Charles man accused of overbilling the state prison system for more than $170,000 in fertilizer has pleaded guilty to federal mail fraud charges. 69-year-old Wallace "Gene" Fletcher faces up 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines and restitution. Fletcher entered his... more »
  • Transportation Department Outlined Changes to 5-Star Safety Rating System

    October 5, 2010 12:19 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - No more grade inflation for new cars and trucks. The Transportation Department outlined changes Tuesday to the government's 5-Star Safety Rating System that will make it more difficult for new cars and trucks to earn top scores. Only two of the first 34 vehicles tested under the... more »
  • Facebook Founder Pouring $100 Million into Newark's School System

    September 23, 2010 4:47 PM

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is about to make a lot of new friends: The 26-year-old tycoon is pouring $100 million of his staggering fortune into Newark's blighted school system after hitting it off with the mayor of the poverty-stricken city. The donation - which is being... more »
  • Opelousas Electronic Water Metering System Up and Running

    September 21, 2010 3:39 PM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - Officials say about 700 accounts, representing about 10 percent of all customers in Opelousas, have not been paying for water use, costing the city up to $25,000 a month. An electronic water metering system is finally up and running and the residents are now being required... more »
  • Smoke Testing on Portion of Sewer System in New Iberia

    August 25, 2010 11:51 AM

    As part of the City of New Iberia's Sewer Improvements, CES will begin smoke testing on a portion of the sewer system on Thursday, August 26th. These tests will take approximately two business days and will occur between the hours of 7 am and 7 pm. The following... more »
  • Alarm System Was Shut Down Day of Rig Explosion

    July 23, 2010 2:06 PM

    KENNER, La. (AP) - An electronics technician aboard the ill-fated oil rig Deepwater Horizon told an investigative panel Friday that an alarm system was partially shut down on the day the rig exploded. Mike Williams said the system was turned on to monitor for fire, explosive gas and toxic gas... more »
  • Palmetto Water System Interruptionss

    June 23, 2010 10:41 AM

    Palmetto, water system will be changing out fire hydrants, and the water service will be interrupted in some areas with the possibility of brown water. Brown water will not be dangerous, mineral may be loosened into water while hydrants are being changed. Hydrant will be replaced all week. For more... more »
  • Abbeville Water Plant: No More Brown Water

    May 27, 2010 6:44 PM

    Abbeville residents will soon be in the clear. Recent construction at the city's water plant has turned resident's drinking water brown. The renovations have been underway for about two years and the water became discolored in April. Officials say that's because the final project, the Clarifier, is now under... more »
  • Lafayette Parish School System Social Worker Arrested

    April 30, 2010 11:34 AM

    LAFAYETTE, LA. (AP) - Drug agents have arrested a social workerwith the Lafayette Parish school system after they discovered illegal drugs in her apartment. Lafayette Metro Narcotics Task Force Capt. John Babin tells The Advocate that 40-year-old Leah Arceneaux was arrested Thursday. Babin says Arceneaux was booked with possession with... more »
  • Lafayette Parish School Meal On-Line Payment System

    April 5, 2010 5:38 PM

    An on-line payment system is now available for use to pay for student's meals. This service allows parents to deposit funds directly into their children's school meal account via on-line transactions. In addition to the convenience, this system provides several other benefits to parents: * View student account balance... more »
  • Government urged to take more active role in securing internet

    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 »
  • Jeff Davis School Board System Calls Parents By Mistake

    January 21, 2010 1:40 PM

    A glitch in a Jeff Davis Parish School Board system is calling all students' homes and saying they are absent. If you receive this message, it is in error. You are asked not to call the school. Officials are working on the problem and hope to have it... more »
  • Free H1N1 Shots In Opelousas

    January 8, 2010 3:22 PM

    Opelousas General Health System will be providing free HINI Vaccines to the public on Tuesday, January 19, 2010 from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. in the main, front lobby of the hospital. Individuals must be 10 years of age or older to receive the vaccine. A parent or guardian must... more »
  • Opelousas General Health System To Offer Free Mammograms

    December 28, 2009 1:00 PM

    Opelousas General Health System is offering free Mammograms to women who qualify. This service is being sponsored through a $30,000 grant from the Acadiana Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. To qualify for a free mammogram, women must meet 3 of the following requirements: be between the... more »
  • UPDATE: Our Lady Health System And Blue Cross and Blue Shield

    December 9, 2009 1:11 PM

    Statement from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana : Baton Rouge, La. - The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady (FMOL) Health System has made the decision not to renew its contracts with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. Effective Feb. 1, 2010, the FMOL System's hospitals and... more »
  • Lafayette Consolidated Government has unveiled Code Enforcement Tracking System

    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 »
  • Ray P. Authement Honored

    December 4, 2009 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System today named Ray P. Authement President Emeritus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Authement retired in 2008 after serving an astounding 34 years as president. "I am very surprised and extremely honored about the new... more »
  • H1N1 vaccine clinics available in Lafayette area

    December 1, 2009 1:29 PM

    The State Department of Health and Hospitals in partnership with the Lafayette Parish School System will provide the 2009 H1N1 vaccine to Lafayette Parish students (Pre-K3 through 12) and faculty on Saturday, December 5th from 10am to 4pm. There are five sites where the clinics will be offered; families are... 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 »
  • LTA Thanksgiving Schedule

    November 25, 2009 2:54 PM

    Buses with the Lafayette Transit System will not be operating Thursday for Thanksgiving. The Saturday bus schedule 6:15 am until 10:30 pm will be utilized on Friday and Saturday. Call the Lafayette Transit System at 291-8570 for details or CLICK HERE to view the website.
  • No major fixes for Windows 7

    November 12, 2009 2:21 PM

    SEATTLE (AP) - So far, so good for Microsoft's newest operating system for the personal computer. The new OS has reached its first few weeks on the market without the need for any security fixes. Windows 7 was released on October 22 and in the latest round of security patches... more »
  • State Rep. Hardy responds to actions at LPSS meeting

    November 11, 2009 1:45 PM

    Office of State Rep. Rickey Hardy District 44 - Lafayette November 11, 2009 Everyone knows that the education, safety, and welfare of our children here in Lafayette are matters very near and dear to my heart. With that in mind, the hyperbolic statements by Director of Curriculum... more »
  • New Surveillance System for Iberia Parish Jail

    October 21, 2009 6:17 PM

    Some high tech upgrades are coming to the Iberia parish jail. The old analog surveillance system is being swapped for a digital one. The $140,000 system was paid for with state grant money. Last month at another jail, an inmate was discovered beaten to death by fellow inmates. The new... more »
  • LUS Fiber offers service to businesses

    October 21, 2009 1:17 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. - "LUS Fiber is now providing Internet service to business customers," Terry Huval, Director of Lafayette Utilities System, announced today at a press conference held at the Lafayette Conventions & Visitors Center (LCVC). LCVC was the first business in Lafayette to receive service over the newly constructed Fiber-To-The-Home... more »
  • Red Light Penalty Reduced

    October 21, 2009 9:06 AM

    Council members worked well into the night deciding whether or not to pass or override items that Parish-President Joey Durel vetoed. Earlier this month the Lafayette Consolidated Council approved 420- thousand-dollars for pay increases at the fire department. Durel vetoed the pay raise and last night, the council went along... more »
  • Council Set to Vote on Vetoed Budget Items

    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 »
  • Governor Jindal Awards over $24 Million in Grants to St. Mary Parish

    September 21, 2009 3:29 PM

    PATTERSON - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal awarded four grants totaling $24,331,770 to St. Mary Parish that will go towards hurricane recovery, hazard mitigation and infrastructure improvements. Governor Jindal awarded the funds to local officials in a ceremonial check presentation during a townhall meeting in Patterson as part of his "Louisiana... more »

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