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Jeff Carney presents his “Building for Change” to a Science Café crowd at Schlitz and Giggles Tuesday. (Photo by Ian McCusker/Manship School News Service)

LSU professor contrasts building styles, geography

LSU Associate Professor of Architecture Jeff Carney contrasted two settlements, one in Peru and the other in Louisiana, as examples of building in a way that considers rather than contains constantly changing geography.
The Incan city of Machu Picchu took advantage of natural structures in the mountains of Peru, fertile land and proximity to fresh water. On the other hand, he said, the long, narrow lots of early Louisiana settlements hugging the Mississippi River were good for agriculture and convenience but ignored the meandering nature of the river.

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Nedra Davis, executive director of the Chenier Plain Coastal Restoration and Protection Authority, and Brady Couvillion, research geographer for the U.S. Geological Survey, talk to reporters Monday in Lafayette about the draft 2017 Coastal Master Plan. (Photo by Bill Decker/The Daily Review/Morgan City)

Big challenges for master plan

Public comments have made a difference in the draft 2017 Louisiana Coastal Master Plan, one official told south Louisiana reporters Monday. And public comments still can.
The comment period lasts through March 26. You can see the draft report and make comments online at

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Gov. John Bel Edwards

Fees may be part of budget solution

That’s the buzzword coming from the fourth floor of the State Capitol these days, which is where Gov. John Bel Edwards and his staff work.
While there was some thought about a cuts-only special session next month, the Edwards Administration is heeding calls from lawmakers for revenue-raising options and part of that strategy will include fees.
The governor is expected to call a 10-day special session beginning on Feb. 13 and he alone will be able to set the agenda.

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Maxine Trahan

Trahan may face more charges following audit

Though it is unknown if Maxine Trahan will face more charges, a Louisiana Legislative Audit has shed more light on the former deputy’s alleged transgressions.
In its report, the legislative auditor found that the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office received $194,900 in seized cash assets from local law enforcement agencies from Jan. 21, 2003, through Feb. 3, 2016, that were not deposited into the District Attorney’s Special Asset Forfeiture Fund, as required by state law.
That duty fell on the shoulders of Trahan, former public information officer.

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One Acadiana announces new partnerships for I-49 connector

Officials with One Acadiana have made no secret as to the two-year-old organization’s top priority, the completion of the I-49 South project.
The project will ultimately extend I-49 through Highway 90. The I-49 Connector through Lafayette is a major part of that project.
The effort received a boost Monday, with the formation of the “Connect Lafayette Coalition.” The coalition is made up of numerous area organizations.


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