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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018

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  • 2019 Social Security cost-of-living adjustment biggest in 7 years

    It’s official … the Social Security Administration (SSA) announced last week that Social Security and Supplemental Security income recipients will see the biggest rise to benefits since 2012.The October 11 announcement of the 2.8% hike in monthly benefits comes on the heels of strengthening economic fundamentals and healthy inflation.The SSA says the 2.8% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019. Increased pay...

  • Eight Annual Bayou Region Public Safety Expo slated for October 20

    The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and more than 30 other public service agencies invites the public to join the 8th Annual Bayou Region Public Safety Expo.This fun-filled event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, at the Warren J.

  • News in Brief- October 17, 2018

    Group to represent Louisiana juvenile lifers in resentencing

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Public Defender Board has entered a $1 million contract with a children's rights group to represent more than 80 juvenile offenders awaiting resentencing hearings after prosecutors filed to keep them under sentences of life without parole.The Advocate reports the board finalized the deal last week with the Louisiana Center for Children's Rights. The group will provide defense work fo...

  • Body found Saturday confirmed to be missing Metairie woman

    A body that was recently discovered in Raceland has been confirmed to be that of a Metairie woman who had been missing since October 7, 2018. The body of Mia West, 43, was discovered near a sugar cane field on Saturday. Her car was also discovered nearby.At around 8:30 a.m.

  • Lawsuit abuse in Louisiana – Time to turn up the heat

    Some things never change. It’s been another long, hot summer in Louisiana, and aggressive plaintiff’s attorneys continue to pull out all the stops to advance what has become a cottage industry – unfounded lawsuits.A seemingly endless array of billboards along Louisiana roadways introduce drivers to many of the state’s trial lawyers, promising quick cash to sue and quickly settle accident claims.From abusive litigation that impacts consumers to plaintiff-friendly judges ha...

  • Louisiana voters to see six constitutional amendments on ballot Nov. 6

    Unlike the U.S. Constitution, it’s quite common to see the Louisiana Constitution amended. In fact, since it was adopted in 1974, it has been amended 189 times.There are six proposed amendments on the ballot this fall, plus a ballot initiative.

  • Is SLLD a levee or a drainage district?

    One of the things still bothering Windell Curole, South Lafourche Levee District (SLLD) General Manager, is last year’s $3.1 million judgment against the levee district over appropriated land value.“That money, by the will and vote of the people, was supposed to be used for flood protection. Instead it went to pay for what two judges said was the value of their (landowner’s) land,” he said.What’s maddening, he continued, is the fact that $500,000 of the judgment was...

  • Study: Louisiana’s complex tax code, high tax rates make it less competitive

    Louisiana is again revising its Industrial Tax Exemption Program (ITEP) to clarify who grants exemptions and how much sway local governments should have in the process.But the whole nettlesome discussion underscores one of Louisiana’s biggest economic problems – a complex tax code aggravated by some of the nation’s highest tax rates, according to the Tax Foundation’s 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index.The Tax Foundation, an independent 81-year-old tax policy research o...

  • Council fills District 5 and Finance Director positions

    The Lafourche Parish Council has gone against its usual actions and ratified the appointments of two new government members, one an administrative appointee.On Tuesday, October 9, the council voted to fill the vacancy of the Council District 5 seat formerly held by James Bourgeois with that of Nicholls Police Chief Craig Jaccuzzo.Bourgeois lost his seat in September after being convicted of filing false public records.According to his extensive resume, Jacuzzo is a native of Bayou Blue and has o...

  • Council action from Oct. 9 meeting

    In other action from Tuesday October 9 Parish Council Meeting (all votes unanimous unless noted)-- Heard a presentation by Solid Waste Director, Jerome Danos, on the garbage tax reinstatement proposition which will be on November 6 ballot;-- Pulled a proposed ordinance by Bo Melvin which sought to change the parish Code of Ordinances to extend the distance of retail liquor businesses near churches and schools from 300 to 500 feet as it pertains to alcohol permits granted;-- Passed an ordinance t...

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