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Link to Three more women sue Louisiana universities, claiming they failed to stop sexual predator

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 

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?

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

Link to Lafayette City Council to vote on $1M for new homeless shelter

Housing advocates have pushed for new shelter space since the pandemic. Lafayette lacks shelter beds and affordable housing.

Lafayette’s City Council may spend $1 million to help build a new shelter for people experiencing homelessness this month as the area’s unhoused population continues to grow. The Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness and Housing is set to receive $1 million in federal stimulus money from the city if the City Council approves Councilman Glenn Lazard’s bid to do so at its next meeting on July 19.

Source: The Daily Advertiser

Link to Louisiana abortion ban in effect after judge moves case

“If you don’t like the laws of the states, you can move to one under which you like,” AG Jeff Landry told reporters after the decision. “That’s the greatness of America.”

A Orleans Parish judge has removed a temporary order blocking Louisiana’s ban on nearly all abortions from taking effect while moving a lawsuit that challenges the state’s abortion law to Baton Rouge. Judge Ethel Julien’s decision effectively closes the three clinics in Louisiana that provide abortion services.

Source: Louisiana Illuminator

Link to St. Martin Parish sues LCG in spoil banks case

A day after a federal judge dismissed LCG’s lawsuit against them, St. Martin Parish has filed suit over a controversial drainage project.

The Petition for Mandatory Injunction filed Wednesday in 16th Judicial District Court asks the court to order LCG to restore, replace and reconstruct” the spoil bank it “illegally” removed.

Source: KATC