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One Acadiana earns international accreditation by the International Economic Development Council

One Acadiana has earned recognition as an Accredited Economic Development Organization, according to an announcement by Troy Wayman, president and CEO of One Acadiana and Jeff Finkle, president and CEO of The International Economic Development Council.
One Acadiana is one of only 66 economic development groups in the world to earn the AEDO status, which follows a six-month long documentation and site review process by the International Economic Development Council.

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Sir Winston S. Churchill. Boats at Cannes Harbor, 1937. Oil on canvas. America’s National Churchill Museum. Gift of the New York State Chapter of the Friends of America’s National Churchill Museum. (Churchill Heritage Ltd)

Churchill canvasses at UL Lafayette’s Hilliard paint more complete picture of complex man

As prime minster of Great Britain, Sir Winston Churchill helped Allied Forces win World War II. When he wasn’t making history, Churchill made art, 500-plus paintings that led the Royal Academy of Arts to name him an Honorary Academician Extraordinary in 1948.
Of Churchill’s canvasses, the London daily newspaper “The Telegraph” in 2014 wrote that “the great statesman was a sensitive, serious and accomplished artist” who “well understood the complexities of form, perspective and composition.”

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Amanda Cain, St. Landry Parish Government finance director. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Parish Council budget sees end to borrowing

The St. Landry Parish Council approved a 2020 budget that provides a 5% pay raise for its employees at a special meeting Thursday in Opelousas.
The raise is a first for about 100 employees in 12 to 15 years, according to Amanda Cain, finance director.
Cain was hired three years ago to get a handle on the parish’s budget that has been shored up by a line of credit to help meet obligations before property taxes are received after the first of the year.

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A gas leak shutdown a neighborhood north of Laurel Avenue on Thursday morning. The orange barricade is where the gas was leaking. No injuries were reported. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Mayor talks about expensive gas line issue after break

About two blocks on the north side of Laurel Avenue between 8th and 9th streets was evacuated after a gas line ruptured about 9:15 a.m. Thursday.
There were no injuries reported in the incident.
Police and fire department vehicles were parked to block the area and people were being notified door-to-door about the situation.
Eunice Mayor Scott Fontenot said a contract crew was repairing a washout in the alley at West Vine. As the crew was recovering the area the cast iron pipe broke.
Gas spewed from the line until the contractor repaired it.

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Katie Corkern administering medical marijuana to her son Connor Corkern, who experiences up to 200 seizures per day.(Photo by courtesy of Katie Corkern)

Medical marijuana use in Louisiana is 
gaining momentum after 2016 legislation

Katie Corkern is a mother of three sons in Amite. One of her sons is Connor, 13, who has a birth defect in his brain. For most of his life, he has experienced between 50 to 200 seizures each day.
He is unable to function independently and suffers damage to his brain, liver and other organs from his array of anti-epileptic medications.
“His neurologist had come to a point where we were just at a loss,” Corkern said. “We tried so many different medications, we tried surgeries, we did diets, and nothing was really relieving him from the constant seizure activity in his brain.

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