Month: July 2022

Link to More climate action needed to curb Louisiana, U.S. emissions (opens in new window)

While the country is not expected to halve its emissions as hoped, Louisiana is nowhere near being on track to meet emission reduction goals laid out in Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Climate Action Plan.

The state’s Climate Action Plan aims for a 26-28% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 2005 levels by 2025, and 40-50% by 2030. But emissions aren’t budging.

Source: The Advertiser

Link to Lafayette blocked Vermilion River for hours, likely violating law (opens in new window)

A Lafayette Consolidated Government contractor blocked the Vermilion River for hours without a permit while removing the Cypress Island Swamp spoil banks in February, potentially violating federal law.

Messages, design plans and videos obtained in a public records request show LCG contractor Rigid Constructors blocked the Vermilion River with four massive barges during the clandestine removal of the spoil banks in St. Martin Parish.

Source: The Advertiser

Link to Three more women sue Louisiana universities, claiming they failed to stop sexual predator (opens in new window)

Three more women have sued the Louisiana Board of Regents and the systems for LSU and the University of Louisiana, saying they were sexually assaulted by the same man between 2015 and 2021 and that university officials failed to intervene.

Their lawsuit, filed Wednesday in federal court, is the second in recent months to focus on how universities handled reports against Victor Daniel Silva, a 2020 UL graduate.

Source: The Advocate

Link to Nearly 400 single family rentals are planned for Lafayette. It may hardly move the needle on the demand  (opens in new window)

In Lafayette, single family homes available for rent are nearly nonexistent. Among the 530 properties managed by Keaty Real Estate, at one point in mid-May only 16 were available, property manager Amy Green said. Several landlords over the past two years got out of the rental business and sold their properties, shrinking the supply of properties.


Link to The South led the way on abortion bans. Is the adoption system ready? (opens in new window)

Southern states have led the charge in overturning abortion rights. But many of these states have also seen some of the highest rates of maternal deaths and child poverty.

From 2012-2016, Louisiana had the highest maternal mortality rate in the U.S. with 58.9 deaths per 100,000 births, followed by Georgia with 48.4 deaths, according to a 2018 USA TODAY investigation analyzing state health data.

Source: USA Today