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There were no fatalities on state highways in Eunice in 2017, according to annual report from LSU. Above, looking toward the U.S. 190 and Bobcat Drive intersection on Wednesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Study find traffic deaths on the rise in state

There were 771 highway deaths in 2017, up from 757 in 2016, according to the 2017 Louisiana Traffic Records Data Report.
The report, which offers details information from the state to city level, also found there were no highway fatalities in Eunice during 2017.
There were 23 fatalities in St. Landry Parish, 12 in Acadia Parish and six in the Evangeline Parish.
The report from the Highway Safety Research Group at the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business was released Oct. 26.

4 of 14 Eunice city candidates file campaign disclosure reports

Four of the 14 candidates in the November elected have filed candidate reports with the Louisiana Board of Ethics.
Incumbent Mayor Scott Fontenot and Police Chief Randy Fontenot have filed reports along with Tony Baltakis and Jackie Vallare, both candidates for the Board of Aldermen.
Candidates making expenditures in excess of $2,500 must file a report. Candidates who receive contributions from a single source, other than personal funds, in excess of $200 must file a report.

Election clerk Dorothy LaBrie, right, assists Cynthia Street with voting Tuesday afternoon at the Eunice Municipal Complex. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Nearly 5,000 votes cast in Tuesday’s election

Nearly 5,000 votes had been cast in St. Landry Parish in Tuesday’s election as of Wednesday, according to the secretary of state’s website.
Cheryl Milburn, St. Landry Parish registrar of voters, said 4,076 voters were cast in person in early voting that ended Tuesday. Of those early votes, 563 were cast at an early voting poll at the Eunice Municipal Complex.
Milburn had projected a turnout of up to 60 percent for Tuesday’s election, but throttled that number back to 40 percent after early voting.

Tri-Parish workforce count is below a year ago

The Tri-Parish workforce in September declined by 2 percent — 1,287 people — from a year ago, according to Bureau of Labor and Statistics data released by the Louisiana Workforce Commission.
The workforce includes those people employed and looking for jobs.
In September, the workforce in St. Landry, Acadia and Evangeline parishes totaled 63,408, down from 64,695 in September 2017.
St. Landry Parish’s workforce dropped by 262 people from a year ago. In September, the workforce numbered 31,785 people compared to 32,047 in September 2017.

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