For the second season in a row, the St. Edmund Blue Jays stunned a second-ranked team in the Class 1-A playoffs.

Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, responds to questions from one of his bill’s four opponents, Sen. Eddie Lambert, R-Gonzales.

Seventeen-year-olds may no longer go to adult prison facilities in non-violent crimes moved closer to reality Monday when the Senate passed 33-4 a bill increasing juvenile status from 16 to 17 years old. It now goes to the House for consideration.

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The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office has issued arrest warrants for 13 more people who are part of a counterfeit check ring that was operating across Acadiana.

Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, responds to questions from one of his bill’s four opponents, Sen. Eddie Lambert, R-Gonzales.

Sparkle Core Lee Ethel Williams

Selling fetal body parts and organs may become illegal

Rep. Frank Hoffman, R-West Monroe, chairs the House Committee on Health and Welfare during an early morning at the statehouse. Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, pictured with his daily cup of Joe.  Credit:  Justin DicCharia

Selling aborted fetal body parts and organs may become a felony in Louisiana pending passage of the proposed law in the House and the governor’s signature.  

Medical marijuana posts a narrow win

Katie Corkern of Amite displays a large syringe she says she must shove down her 9-year-old son’s throat to treat his illness.  It causes seizures and the medicine he takes, she added, is making him go blind.  Corkern said medically prescribed marijuana is his “last hope.”  The House Health & Welfare Committee recommended the bill to the full House Tuesday.  Credit;  Justin DiCharia.

A bill permitting the use of prescribed marijuana for specified maladies got narrow approval by the House Health & Welfare Committee, but across the rotunda a Senate committee disapproved of a bill that would allow universities to grow hemp because it is distantly related to marijuana.  

St. Landry Parish woman is among 12 new members named to 4-H Hall of Fame

The 2016 honorees chosen for the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame were recognized April 30. Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture, fourth from the right, top row, said the 4-H program’s success can be attributed to the efforts of 4-H leaders and volunteers. From left to right, top row, are Blair Hebert receiving the award for Ernest Freyou, of Iberia Parish; John Lee, of Lincoln Parish; Andrew Montgomery for his grandfather, the late Andy Loftus, of DeSoto Parish; Kay Stough, of Caddo Parish; Richardson; Gerald Wood, of St. James Parish; Michael Dartez, of Vermilion Parish; and Paul Coreil, of Baton Rouge. Bottom row, Jessica Fontenot, daughter of the late Ted Johnson; Catherine Yvonne Normand, of St. Landry Parish; Pat Evans, of Morehouse Parish; Sara Seals, of Baton Rouge; and Rita Marceaux, of Vermilion Parish. (LSUAgCenter Photo)
 

A dozen honorees were inducted into the Louisiana 4-H Hall of Fame on April 30.
One of the honorees, Andy Loftus, of DeSoto Parish, passed away just days before the ceremony. His grandson, Andrew Montgomery, attended the ceremony to represent Loftus.

Higher education ‘super board’ bill stalls in committee

A bill that would consolidate all of the state’s higher education governing boards into one “super board” of trustees failed to pass out of the Senate Finance Committee Monday, and is likely dead for the session, after a lengthy debate and stark testimony from college and university leaders.

‘Safety-net’ hospitals ask for money infusion

Companies operating so-called “safety-net” hospitals in partnership with the state have requested an additional $100 million from the state in the upcoming fiscal year than last year, further complicating the state’s budget picture as it grapples with a $600 million shortfall and hospitals in dan

Senate passes legislation to ‘Raise the Age’

Sen. J.P. Morrell, D-New Orleans, responds to questions from one of his bill’s four opponents, Sen. Eddie Lambert, R-Gonzales.

Seventeen-year-olds may no longer go to adult prison facilities in non-violent crimes moved closer to reality Monday when the Senate passed 33-4 a bill increasing juvenile status from 16 to 17 years old. It now goes to the House for consideration.

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The Eunice High Alumni Association, along with American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, sponsors Eunice High Girls State Delegate each summer to attend state convention. Eunice High School this year will send two juniors, Jyhreh Johnson and Katlyn Joubert.

Obituaries

BASILE-It is with heavy hearts that the family of Marcus ''Stooge'' LeJeune announces his passing on Monday, May 02, 2016 at Lafayette General Medical Center at the age of 78.

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