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  • Action from Lafourche Parish Council Feb. 26 meeting

    Here is a rundown of action taken during tonight’s Lafourche Parish Council meeting. All votes were unanimous unless otherwise noted.ACTION: Approved a proclamation honoring David Trosclair as grand marshal of the Krewe of Choupic.ACTION: Proclaimed March 2019 as Problem Gambling Awareness Month.ACTION: Approved a lease agreement with the St. John Volunteer Fire Department District 6 for leasing the premises located at 2429 Parish Road, Thibodaux for use as a polling place for Ward 1, Prec...

  • News in Brief- March 3, 2019

    Sheriff: Toddler found floating in Louisiana pool has died

    CHAUVIN, La. (AP) — The sheriff's office of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, says a toddler found unresponsive in a Chauvin pool has died.The Courier reports the sheriff's office says the 2-year-old boy died Tuesday morning. Deputies say the toddler was found floating in the pool Saturday morning during a family gathering.The toddler was taken to a hospital and placed on life support.

  • March deadline for 37K in La. Medicaid to prove eligibility

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Tens of thousands of Louisiana Medicaid enrollees told they earn too much to stay in the program have a month to prove otherwise if they want to hang onto the taxpayer-financed health insurance.Louisiana's health department said the 37,000 Medicaid recipients sent letters this month notifying them they are slated to lose the insurance coverage have until March 29 to present "information demonstrating ongoing income eligibility." If they can't prove...

  • Judge dismisses suit over firing

    A federal district judge in New Orleans has officially dismissed a civil suit against Lafourche Parish and Parish President Jimmy Cantrelle.U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier dismissed the suit filed by former Parish Administrator Reggie Bagala earlier this month for failing to state a claim and provide enough evidence.Bagala, and his attorney Jerri Smitko, alleged his First Amendments rights were violated when he was fired by Cantrelle in 2017. The lawsuit also claimed Cantrelle violated the Loui...

  • Council approves parish administrator

    After a 13-month search and four failed nominations, the Lafourche Parish Council appointed a new parish administrator Tuesday night by a unanimous vote.With all members present, the council voted to approve Timothy Vedros as the permanent administrator at an $87,513 annual salary, plus benefits.The administrator is the No. 2 position in the parish, second to the parish president.Nearly all of the council members said they received numerous calls on Vedros’ behalf, including from a former ...

  • Board denies convicted killer’s request for clemency

    A 39-year-old Larose man convicted in 2002 of killing another man at a party will continue serving a life sentence after his clemency application was denied.The Louisiana Board of Pardons rejected Louis Preston Jr.’s request Monday for a reduced sentence, Department of Public Safety and Corrections spokesman Ken Pastorick said.Preston was convicted of second-degree murder in the Sept. 22, 2001, shooting death of 18-year-old Ryan Picou.Although Judge Robert Klees gave Preston a life sentenc...

  • Man Arrested after Threatening Employees at a Raceland Bank Branch

    Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre announced a man was arrested after reportedly threatening employees at a bank branch in Raceland. Damien Rodrigue, 30, of Raceland is charged with Terrorizing in the incident.At around 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, February 27, deputies responded to a bank branch on LA Highway 1 in Raceland in reference to Rodrigue reportedly threatening workers at the bank.

  • Unclaimed $1.5B jackpot mystery: Winner died? Ticket lost?

    SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Nearly everyone in this small South Carolina town has a theory for the city's billion-dollar mystery: Who won the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot announced last October?Maybe the winner was so overwhelmed upon seeing the winning numbers that she or he died on the spot? Maybe the winner is on the run from police and fears a background check?

  • Workshops on documenting traditions in Lafourche, Terrebonne

    GRAY, La. (AP) — The state is presenting a series of four workshops on documenting local traditions for people in a southeast Louisiana area hit hard by coastal erosion."The goal is to help sustain the vital traditional knowledge of coastal communities affected by land loss," Lt. Gov.

  • I owe how much? Americans shocked by impact of new tax law

    Wait, I owe the IRS?The first tax filing season under the new federal tax law is proving to be surprising, confusing — and occasionally frightening — for some Americans, especially those accustomed to getting money back from the government.Take Andy Kraft and Amy Elias of Portland, Oregon. The couple had grown comfortable getting a small refund each year, a few hundred dollars or more. Then they found out they owe $10,160 this year."I will never forget the moment, I thought '...

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