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The 27th annual Festival International took over downtown Lafayette this past weekend, featuring scores of musicians and crafts artists from all over the world and packing the streets with revelers.

WWNO was there, and brought back these highlights.

Festival International's Official Lineup Video:

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It’s the last weekend in April, which for many means one thing (especially to Fred Kasten), and while we’re counting down for the gates of the Fair Grounds to open wide, let us not forget all that continues to live and breathe outside the racetrack gates. Here are some great things to do before, after, or (gasp) during this weekend’s main attraction:

Lafayette Parish District Attorney Mike Harson says he does not believe anyone else in his office was knowingly involved in the bribery scheme that his former secretary and office administrator admitted to earlier this week.

Barna D. Haynes pleaded guilty Monday to one count of conspiracy in an ongoing federal investigation of bribes that were paid for giving criminal defendants a break, mainly in DWI cases.

U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley has said she anticipates more guilty pleas in the investigation.

Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth says he's seeking a replacement for defensive coordinator Greg Stewart.

Hudspeth said Wednesday that Stewart will not return to the Ragin' Cajuns' coaching staff for the 2013 season. He did not indicate what sparked the coaching move but thanked Stewart for his contributions that led to the team's 18 wins, including a pair of New Orleans Bowl titles over the last two years.

State investigators say one client of the Lafayette Association for Retarded Citizens developed a bowel obstruction and another developed an antibiotic-resistant staph infection because association employees did not administer medicine properly.

The Advertiser reports that the association had a Feb. 19 deadline for correcting problems found in December by the health standards section of the Department of Health and Hospitals.

It says neither DHH nor association Director Glenn Weber would comment on whether LARC met that deadline.

Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel has signed an emergency declaration for Lafayette Parish, and non-essential government workers have civil leave Wednesday.

The parish is under a hurricane watch and tropical storm warning as Hurricane Isaac approaches the northern Gulf Coast. In Lafayette Parish, winds were expected to gust up to 30 or 40 miles an hour starting late Tuesday afternoon, with gusts of 50 to 60 mph expected for most of Wednesday.

Officials say Lafayette residents should drive only when necessary after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Halliburton's new 200,000-square-foot plant in north Lafayette is ramping up operations.

The company says the $65 million facility manufactures equipment for the oil and gas industry.

The Advocate reports the plant opened earlier this summer and has about 135 employees.

Halliburton spokeswoman Tara Mullee-Agard says employment at the plant should reach 160 by the end of the year.

The Lafayette City-Parish Council is considering an increased subsidy to the Cajundome.

The Advertiser reports the council this week briefly discussed City-Parish President Joey Durel's proposed $550,000 allocation to the Cajundome for the upcoming fiscal year, which marks a $50,000 increase from the current fiscal year.

The Cajundome subsidy has come under fire from some of the council's nine members in the past. On Tuesday, however, no councilmen suggested eliminating the allocation, as has been done in previous years.

The long-awaited renovations to University of Louisiana at Lafayette's student union are scheduled to begin in a few weeks.

By the time the semester starts Aug. 20, William Crist, campus facilities manager, tells The Advocate the only service open in the building will be the bookstore.

Crist says construction will start around Aug. 15 and the completion date as of right now is August of 2014.

Students gave their support to the update and expansion of the building about 10 years ago when they approved a $55 fee per semester dedicated to the renovation project.

LAFAYETTE — Lafayette police this afternoon will discuss an arrest in the case of a University of Louisiana student missing since May 19. Investigators say 33-year-old Brandon Scott Lavergne was booked on first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping. Mickey Shunick was last seen riding her bicycle home from a friend's house.