Jeremy Alford

Numbers being questioned in budget negotiations

After months of meetings that failed to yield compromises and threats of a gut-wrenching string of legislative sessions, Gov. John Bel Edwards has finally shared with lawmakers his top policy priorities and a doomsday budget proposal.
But some lawmakers who were involved with the big reveal during Monday’s meeting of the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget were unsure about one thing: the numbers.

UL Lafayette students from Vermilion Parish recognized on Fall 2017 President’s, Dean’s lists

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has released its President’s and Dean’s lists for the Fall 2017 semester.
Students recognized on the President’s List have earned a 3.8 GPA or better.
Dean’s List honorees have earned at 3.5 GPA or better.
To qualify for either list, students must be enrolled full-time.

Students from Vermilion Parish:


Dean’s List
Grant A Broussard
Sadie L Romero

PHOTO by Sarah Gamard
Gov. John Bel Edwards and Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne (forefront) presented the governor’s budget proposal for fiscal 2019 to a joint legislative committee on Monday.

Governor delivers doomsday budget; TOPS, health care cut

BATON ROUGE — Baton Rouge’s rainy weather mirrored the gloom inside the Capitol Monday, as Gov. John Bel Edwards presented a 2019 doomsday budget with deep cuts in the popular TOPS college scholarship program and in state health services that he said he hopes never go into effect.

Missy Bienvenu Andrade

Andrade named CEO of Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana

For Missy Bienvenu Andrade, going into the office each day for the past five years has meant working to help make the Acadiana area a better place.
Andrade has served as vice president of investor relations and development for One Acadiana (1A), formerly the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. She will soon be moving into a new office with a different organization, but the daily mission will remain the same.
Andrade has been named CEO of the Boys & Girls Club of Acadiana. She will oversee clubs in Vermilion, Lafayette, Iberia and St. Landry Parishes.

The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation is 8 million acres. It includes 28 parishes in central and south Louisiana, and several southwestern Mississippi counties. (Credit: Courtesy of the Louisiana Geological Survey via the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources)

$9.7 million grant fuels creation of oil consortium at UL Lafayette

About 7 billion barrels of light, sweet crude oil is estimated to reside in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, a geological formation that covers 28 parishes in central and south Louisiana, and several southwestern Mississippi counties.
That’s a lot of black gold – and a $9.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and several energy companies will enable researchers from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and four other institutions to better understand how the significant energy reserve can be recovered.


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