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Politics
2:13 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

St. Landry council, president at odds

St. Landry Parish President Bill Fontenot says he plans to take the Parish Council to court over its override of five vetoes.

He tells The Advertiser that he will ask a judge to block the ordinances until a ruling on whether they violate the home rule charter. Fontenot says matters covered by the ordinances are allotted to the president's office, and it would take a parish-wide vote to change that.

The council wants more say in how the parish is run. It has been at odds with Fontenot since he took office in January.

Hurricane Isaac
2:11 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Jindal declares public health emergency from Isaac

Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a statewide public health emergency to let government workers enter private property to assess and remove nuisance debris from Hurricane Isaac that poses a health hazard.

His statement Monday notes that widespread flooding continues in some areas, the state has issued more than 200 water boil advisories and has lost more than 40 percent of the electrical power statewide for an extended period.

It's All Politics
2:11 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Are You Better Off? Democrats In Charlotte Say It's Complicated

Caroline Sink (from left), Liz McKeithen, Mary Edith Alexander and Sue Collins were handing out lemonade and cookies in front of the First Presbyterian Church.
Becky Lettenberger NPR

Originally published on Tue September 4, 2012 4:21 pm

Are you better off than you were four years ago?

As Mark reported earlier, that's the question Republicans want Americans to ask themselves as they head to the polls this November.

The question was brought to the forefront after Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley was asked that question on CBS' Face the Nation.

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Hurricane Isaac
2:09 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Louisiana asks for $3.4M labor emergency grant

Louisiana's labor department is asking the federal government for $3.4 million to pay unemployed state residents to help with cleanup work after Hurricane Isaac.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Monday that it's filed a request for an emergency grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The commission estimates the grant could pay salaries for about 450 people, along with career counseling and other work force assistance. Residents directly harmed by the storm would get priority for the work.

Hurricane Isaac
2:08 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Ferry service restarts in St. John parish

Ferry operations in St. John the Baptist Parish have resumed.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said the Edgard/Reserve ferry reopened Monday across the Mississippi River in the parish that had severe flooding in some areas from Hurricane Isaac.

Operating hours are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. More information is available at 1-888-613-3779 or at www.dotd.la.gov .

Grambling State University
2:04 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Grambling receives $205K gift

Willis-Knighton Health Systems has donated $205,000 to Grambling State University.

The News-Star reports that Grambling President Frank G. Pogue says the funds will be used to help attract high-level faculty for the university's health care programs.

Willis-Knighton is the region's largest health care firm.

Pogue says the total could grow to $325,000 with additional contributions by the state.

Willis-Knighton Health Systems President and CEO James Elrod says the donation will create three endowed professorships in the health sciences.

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Hurricane Isaac
1:17 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Schools remain closed in Lafourche Parish

Authorities in Lafourche Parish southwest of New Orleans say all schools will remain closed until further notice due to damage from Hurricane Isaac.

Power problems were reported and crews for the Lafourche Parish School Board were working to clear debris from school grounds.

Latest News
12:56 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Vet: horses need encephalitis vaccination

A Lake Charles veterinarian says he has seen more than a dozen cases of Eastern equine encephalitis in the past three weeks — and the only horses that are still alive are the two that were vaccinated.

Ted Shope of South Bayou Animal Hospital tells the American Press that horses have died of the disease in Creole, Grand Cheiner, Reeves, south Lake Charles and eastern Jefferson Davis Parish.

He says horse owners should make sure their animals are vaccinated for mosquito-borne diseases, including West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis.

Community
12:54 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Shunick celebration planned Sept. 29

Friends and family of Mickey Shunick say they will hold a community celebration to honor the University of Louisiana at Lafayette student who was kidnapped and killed in May.

The Advertiser reports that friends will share memories of the 21-year-old woman, City-Parish President Joey Durel will speak, and family and friends will recognize law enforcement officers, donors, doctors and volunteers who helped search for Shunick.

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Community
12:52 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Men don women's high heels for anti-rape event

Police officers and emergency medical workers were among about 70 men who pranced through a Lake Charles mall in women's high-heeled shoes to raise awareness of rape and sexual assault and money to help its victims.

Organizer Tammy Vincent tells The American Press that Saturday's event, called "Walk a Mile in Her Shoes," raised about $10,000.

She says the light-hearted event gets people talking about serious problems that many communities don't want to admit are happening.

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