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St. Luke Hospital in Arnaudville. (Photo by Harlan Krigan)

St. Martin Parish Council OKs end to hospital district

The St. Martin Parish Council voted 9-0 to agreement with St. Landry Parish to dissolve the hospital district that operated St. Luke Hospital in Arnaudville.
The vote to end the district formed in 1963 was made at the Council’s Feb. 7 meeting in St. Martinville.
The St. Landry Parish Council approved the agreement on a 7-6 vote at its Jan. 18 meeting.

Alberto Pérez-Gómez speaks to freshman architecture student Margaret Terrio following his lecture at the Art and Design Building at LSU. (Photo by Ian McCusker/Manship School News Service)

Feeling blue? Blame the building

Halfway through his lecture, Alberto Pérez-Gómez explained how little differences can change the way people interpret and interact with their surroundings.
The Design Building Auditorium at LSU was nearly full as McGill University’s history of architecture professor went through examples. The room was also dimly lit for his presentation.
“Light a few candles in here and it may become romantic,” said Pérez-Gómez.

House panel rejects governor's budget bill

A bill containing Gov. John Bel Edward’s budgetary proposals failed, 7-15, to make it out of the House Appropriations Committee Thursday, leaving only two rival bills, both Republican blessed, to receive the chamber’s full attention.
House Bill 3, by Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, and House Bill 8, a more stringent version of HB3, whose primary sponsors are Reps. Rick Edmonds, R-Baton Rouge, and Tony Bacala, R-Prairieville, are up for full House debate on Friday.

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne appears before the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday to push the administration’s proposal to utilize $119 million of the state’s budget stabilization fund, nicknamed the Rainy Day Fund, to ease potential budget cuts needed to erase the state’s current deficit. (Photo by Sarah Gamard/ Manship School News Service)

Clock running on special session

The Senate Finance Committee Tuesday moved forward with a resolution, primarily for the benefit of their wavering House colleagues, that would employ $119 million of the Rainy Day Fund as part of Gov. John Bel Edwards’ budget proposal to close a $304 revenue shortfall.
House Republicans have expressed reluctance to do that, seeking instead additional budget cutbacks.

St. Landry woman sentenced to 57 months in prison for stealing more than $250,000 from an Opelousas business

A St. Landry woman was sentenced Monday to 57 months in prison for stealing more than $258,000 from an Opelousas-based medical imaging business, U.S. Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced Tuesday.
Misty Johnson, 40, of St. Landry, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Donald E. Walter on one count each of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft and theft of mail. She was also ordered to pay $258,128.78 restitution.

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