With millions in public and private investment on tap, Lafayette looks to be banking on the Bayou Vermilion as a cultural asset.
Several initiatives have shown promise in improving water quality. But major investments and more personal responsibility among locals are needed.
Organizations have worked to make the river cleaner. But how safe is the Vermilion? Well, when was the last time it rained?
Housing support agencies moved people into hotels around Lafayette using emergency federal and state government funds. Those funds have long since dried up.
The investigation could force changes to the project to blunt its impact on the Black and low-income neighborhoods that will house it.
Nearly 40 years into an effort to clean up America’s most polluted river, Lafayette is rebuilding its relationship with Bayou Vermilion.
There’s no plan to improve the Evangeline Thruway before the I-49 Connector is finished. Advocates say the cost of waiting is human life.
State law now requires public schools to offer voter registration on campus, but prohibits political groups. Lafayette school officials want the secretary of state to weigh in on who is, and who isn’t, partisan.
What happens in Lafayette City Court can have a substantial impact on people’s lives. The setting is intimate, meaning judges play an even bigger and more personal role in what’s often called the People’s Court.
Requests filed ahead of this fall’s midterm elections arrived just in time to cause headaches for local election officials. These requests are in line with a recent string of targeted requests potentially inspired by election conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell.
Greater access to naloxone appears to be having an impact. At the current rate, the number of overdose deaths projected for this year would decline 30%. Hurdles remain in the supply chain. Those fighting the opioid crisis hope to overcome them.
As opioid and fentanyl-related deaths rise in Acadiana, these mothers are reframing their children’s deaths to bring awareness, promote safety and seek justice for those affected by substance abuse.