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The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute
Louisiana Army National Guard Lt. Col. John Trevino presents the Rev. William Rogalla of St. Bernadette Church in Bayou Vista with a framed American flag Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4222 and Auxiliary Center in Morgan City.

VFW pays tribute to returning Guard officer

Louisiana Army National Guard Lt. Col. John Trevino received a hero’s welcome home Saturday during a dinner at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4222 and Auxiliary center in Morgan City.
Trevino returned Aug. 22 from a nine-month deployment in Iraq and was honored with words of praise. His deployment was part of Operation Inherent Resolve. His deployment began in early December, and he was stationed at Al Asad Airbase.
A member of the 139 Regional Support Group, which is based out of Jackson Barracks in New Orleans, Trevino served as executive officer at Al Asad Airbase.

CLECO likely pick to provide power to city

Although the decision has not been made official, consultant Jim Poché, of Poché, Prouet and Associates, told the St. Martinville city council Monday that it appears CLECO has tendered the most advantageous bid for providing wholesale electricity to the city.
The official vote was postponed until Thursday to allow Mayor Melinda Mitchell, council members and City Attorney Allan Durand to examine the bids, which were delivered and opened during a meeting at Poché’s Lafayette office only four hours before the Monday council meeting.

The Daily Review/Bill Decker
Attorneys Mike Stag, left, and Joe Burke talk to the Patterson City Council on Tuesday about a potential lawsuit targeting the opioid epidemic.

Patterson council joins opioid litigation

PATTERSON — The city council has joined the effort to hold Big Pharma accountable for the opioid crisis.
On Tuesday, the council voted unanimously to become one of the Louisiana communities represented by a group of attorneys in a possible lawsuit to reclaim the financial costs of opioid abuse.

Berwick joins opioid litigation

The town of Berwick has joined several other area councils in signing on to participate in lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors.

On Tuesday, the town council approved a resolution to hire outside legal counsel to possible damages regarding the national, statewide or local opioid litigation. Under the resolution, the attorneys representing the town would only receive payment contingent upon Berwick receiving an award of damages as a result of the litigation.

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