There is no longer any doubt. Judge Michelle Odinet used the n-word in a video of her family cheering a thwarted burglary attempt at their home.
Traffic, economy, crime, Covid and education were the top issues residents cited in the quality of life survey developed by One Acadiana.
Lafayette Parish schools on the whole saw a 2.7 bump in their performance scores, with just under half of the district’s campuses showing improvement.
Most of the major decisions have been made, including some significant changes to the version approved by the federal government in the early 2000s. Whether the Connector can make good on lofty promises will hinge on decisions made in 2022.
The main contours of the elevated freeway have taken shape, with relatively little left to decide — except who will pay for the features purported to make it transformative.
20,965 policies in Lafayette Parish will spike, according to data provided by FEMA, which oversees the NFIP.
Ahead of Nicholas, UL launched a beta version of a river stage forecasting model.
Lafayette’s city and parish councils made minor changes to the administration’s budget, approving the mayor-president’s spending plan and revenue projections unanimously.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers put a stop to spot dredging almost as soon as the City Council funded it in May. Only $500,000 of the millions budgeted have been spent since.
This commits more than half of the city of Lafayette’s federal allocation to projects that do not address the pandemic or its economic impact.
The picture of need is still very much emerging. But Lafayette’s lack of housing was well established before the storm.
Hospitals in the Acadiana region caught a much-needed breath, with Covid patient loads easing ahead of Hurricane Ida, freeing up capacity to take in patients from elsewhere in the state.