News + Notes

Reader Talk: Y’all ready to go dancing?

We heard from 62 readers this week on our live music survey. The responses range (y’all got a lot of opinions), but for the most part what we’ve heard is things aren’t quite what they used to be.

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The Ross Report goes dark on KPEL

The gist: After more than two decades together, KPEL and its smooth but acerbic-voiced conservative personality have parted ways.

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Third Circuit upholds convictions of Marshal Brian Pope

The gist: The Third Circuit Court of Appeal upheld the three felony convictions of Marshal Brian Pope and affirmed District Judge David Smith’s decision to acquit him on one count of perjury. In a ruling issued Wednesday, the appellate court sent the case back to the lower court to clarify sentencing. 

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Launch of LCG and LEDA small business grant program delayed

The gist: Mayor-President Josh Guillory’s plan to allocate $850,000 to a small business grant program in partnership with LEDA is on hold as it awaits approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Originally, the goal was for LCG and LEDA to start accepting applications by June 1, but that timeline has been […]

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Retail sales fall $112 million in Lafayette

The gist: April sales numbers released by LEDA highlight the economic fallout from the state’s coronavirus lockdown. Total retail sales in the parish in March and April fell $112 million in 2020 when compared to the same months in 2019. 

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Guillory’s cuts only the tip of the inevitable iceberg

Before we break out the tar and feathers, we need to appreciate the context of Guillory’s budget cuts. Given the dire straits of the city’s financials, these cuts—and more—are arguably inevitable.

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Questions surround parks & rec director’s ‘retirement’

Mayor-President Josh Guillory had an uneasy time explaining an email he sent to council members Tuesday morning claiming longtime Parks & Recreation Director Gerald Boudreaux would be “announcing his retirement from LCG soon.”

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