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  • Louisiana has $100M surplus, but won't ease next budget gap

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has a rare bit of good budget news: Gov. John Bel Edwards' chief financial officer said Wednesday that the state ended the last budget year with a surplus topping $100 million.Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne outlined the better-than-expected finish to the 2016-17 budget year, saying Louisiana collected more money than projected from sales taxes and personal income taxes in the year that wrapped up June 30."The books have been closed on...

  • Gov. Edwards holds event aimed at fighting human trafficking

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has held a statewide symposium aimed at working on strategies to combat human trafficking in Louisiana. Edwards and his wife Donna attended the event Wednesday, saying that combating human trafficking is one of their top priorities.

    The governor's office says more than 1,000 human trafficking cases have been reported to the Louisiana State Police over the past three years, with the number of cases rising 25 percent last year.

  • Arrest repots 9/14 - 9/17

    The following information is based on reports from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. Those individuals have been booked with, not convicted of, the offenses shown. All accused should be presumed innocent until proved guilty.  SEPTEMBER 14, 2017 Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s OfficeAntoine Baptiste Jr., 41, Thibodaux.

  • Lafourche Parish School Board approves 2018 budget

    The Lafourche Parish School Board on Wednesday unanimously approved its 2018 comprehensive original budget.Expenses total about $169 million, with the following breakdown:- Instruction: about $76 million.- Support services: about $57 million.- Debt services: about $14 million.- Non-instructional services: about $9 million.- Appropriations to Type 1 charter schools: about $9 million.- Building acquisition and construction: about $3 million.- Revenue totals about $165 million, with the following b...

  • Audit: $4.2M in improper La. Medicaid spending for lab work

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Medicaid program improperly paid $4.2 million over a five-year period for laboratory services and tests that shouldn't have been covered, according to an audit released Monday.Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office reviewed payments between July 2011 and June 2016, mainly during former Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration.The auditors said the $4.2 million was paid by the health department and private managed-care companies who administ...

  • Golden Meadow man indicted for First Degree Rape

    Eric Matherne, 24, of Golden Meadow was indicted on one count of First Degree Rape by a Lafourche Parish grand jury Wednesday morning.Matherne is alleged to have committed the offense on July 18, 2017. He is currently being held in the Lafourche Parish Detention Center on a $500,000 bond.Matherne is scheduled to appear in court on September 14 for his formal arraignment as well as a bond reduction hearing. He is represented by the public defender’s office.“Our focus now is to move th...

  • Analysis: Future of TOPS becomes perennial Louisiana debate

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers appear caught in a near-perpetual loop, repeatedly debating how to stabilize the TOPS free college tuition program and continually reaching no agreement on its future.This latest iteration of the discussion about the popular entitlement program comes with a 10-member study group created by and populated with lawmakers, charged with trying to determine ways to ensure TOPS' "long-term viability."But while the method for approaching th...

  • Fourchon LNG to formally introduce new project

    Open House set for Tuesday at the South Lafourche Library Fourchon LNG is inviting the public to the South Lafourche Library, 16241 E. Main in Galliano, for an open house Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Council rejects Port Commission proposal

    The Lafourche Parish Council on Tuesday voted down the purchase of a $1.2 million Galliano property for the proposed South Lafourche “Airport Connector Corridor.”“We’re for the project, but not the funding source,” said a majority of council members who voted 6-3 against buying property between LA 1 and LA 3235 in Galliano directly across the bayou from the entrance to the Airport Access Road.Parish administration proposed to fund the purchase of the 100-ft. tract, ...

  • $341M Louisiana bond sale replenishes construction account

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is borrowing $341 million to refill the account that pays for state-financed construction work.The Bond Commission, which oversees construction spending, approved the general obligation bond sale Tuesday.The sale involves borrowing money by selling bonds to investors for upfront cash. Bank Of America Merrill Lynch was the winning bidder.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017