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Sunday, August 25, 2019

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Breaking News

  • Lafourche sales tax collections rise

    Sales tax collections in Lafourche Parish increased for the second year in a row, records show.Collections for the fiscal year that ended June 30 increased by about $713,600 over the previous year, parish records show, bringing total collections up to about $78.5 million parishwide.The Sales Tax Office, operated by the Lafourche School Board, reports collections monthly.Within the parish, sales taxes are divided among several agencies to pay for services such as public education, levees and drai...

  • Louisiana Republican legislators gain four seats prior to election; inch closer to supermajority

    Before any votes are cast, Republicans gained four seats in the Louisiana House of Representatives when qualifying ended August 8.The pickups move the party closer to potentially gaining a supermajority in both the House and state Senate, which would allow Republicans to wield considerable power even if they don’t regain the governor’s office.“A two-thirds majority means you can pretty much do whatever you want in the legislature,” said John Couvillon, a Baton Rouge-based...

  • In other action: Lafourche Parish Council meeting, Aug. 13, 2019

    Here is a rundown of action taken during Tuesday night’s Lafourche Parish Council meeting. All votes were unanimous unless otherwise noted.ACTION: Accepted the minutes of the July 23, 2019 regular session.ACTION: Accepted the minutes of the July 25, 2019 special session.ACTION: Amended Ordinance No. 6176 to correct the street name from Esplanade Drive to Esplanade Blvd.ACTION: Approved a 2019 supplemental appropriation to transfer excess funds of $83,350 from the off-duty witness fund to t...

  • News in Brief- August 18, 2019

    State seeks death for mom accused in baby's burning death

    NATCHITOCHES, La. (AP) — Louisiana is seeking the death penalty for a woman charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 6-month-old son.The Alexandria Town Talk reports the state has filed notice to seek death for Hanna Nicole Barker over the July death of Levi Cole Ellerbe.Barker was arrested last month about a week after she reported Levi had been kidnapped by men who pepper-sprayed her. A motorist reported a fire near...

  • Council hires new HR director

    Lafourche Parish has a new human resources director, but the search continues for a parish administrator.The Parish Council unanimously approved the appointment of Trisha McElroy as director of Human Resources Tuesday night at an annual salary of $60,000 plus benefits.McElroy has several years of human resource experience with The Medical Team, Inc. in Houma and the Children’s Rescue Fund in New York and various management experience.She replaces former human resource director Emily Knight...

  • Convicted child rapist gets life sentence

    A 26-year-old Golden Meadow man convicted in May of raping a toddler will spend the rest of his life in prison, a judge ruled Thursday.A 12-member jury took less than an hour May 24 to find Eric Matherne guilty of the first-degree rape of a 20-month-old girl on July 18, 2017.Dressed in a red jail-issued jumpsuit, Matherne appeared in court but showed no emotion or reaction as the judge pronounced his mandatory life sentence.“The court has reviewed all of the evidence and testimony and is a...

  • Local agencies announce recent arrest, August 11-14

    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 proven guilty.

  • 6 police shot in standoff that 'could have been far worse'

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A gunman barricaded himself inside a Philadelphia rowhouse for 7½ hours, firing on police and wounding six in a dramatic standoff that trapped two officers all while the commissioner and the shooter's attorney tried to negotiate a surrender.Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross expressed amazement that the standoff, which began Wednesday when officers attempted to serve a drug warrant, ended with no one dead and no life-threatening injuries.It "c...

  • Flooded Mississippi a threat as hurricane season heats up

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The river that drains much of the flood-soaked United States is still running higher than normal, menacing New Orleans in multiple ways just as the hurricane season intensifies.For months now, a massive volume of water has been pushing against the levees keeping a city mostly below sea level from being inundated. The Mississippi River ran past New Orleans at more than 11 feet above sea level for a record 292 days, dropping below that height only Monday."The big thre...

  • US stocks steady after plunge, but caution still reigns

    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks steadied themselves Thursday amid hopes that the heart of the economy — shoppers spending at stores and online — can stay strong and help avert a recession. Caution continued to dominate markets around the world, though, on worries that economies are already sliding down the slope.The S&P 500 rose modestly in morning trading and clawed back a fraction of its steep losses from the prior day, when stocks tumbled after the bond market sent out a fai...

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