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June 11, 2018

SMILE employee wants compensation for discrimination and hostile environment

We’re getting a sense of some of the issues facing SMILE, amid a shakeup in leadership at the agency. KATC investigates obtained documents that show an employee has made allegations against former CEO Chris Williams, involving possible civil rights and labor violations. That employee sent a letter to the agency demanding $800,000  in compensation.      SMILE’s attorney says the agency "vehemently disagrees" that the environment at SMILE is hostile…

Work being done to get rid of blighted properties on Simcoe Street

Work is underway to revitalize North Lafayette. If you drive down Simcoe Street, you’ll see work is underway to demolish some blighted property.  "We will now see flat land surface that could be made available for re-development," Boudreaux said.  It’s part of an effort to re-vitalize north Lafayette and make room for more businesses to the area.  Workers sat Sid’s Radiator Service say it’s tim for change.    "This area needs help because it’…

Lafayette man thanks Acadian Ambulance for saving his life

 After taking his kids to school Nidal Balbeisi typically heads to work at his restaurants. On April 18th that was not the case. A strange feeling told him to go home, and moments later it became clear that feeling was a heart attack.  

Rain chances increase this week

Monday is more or less in the books and we can start taking a peak out toward the rest of the work week and what the forecast has in store for south Louisiana.  Some of the obvious culprits will be there, heat and humidity can always be found around this time, but the extended forecast is looking a little more interesting than your typical summer pattern. Southerly winds will continue to keep enough moisture in place for the occasional shower or thunderstorm to pop up in the af…

Fundraiser for bicyclist killed in Kaplan

A Gofundme account has been set up to help cover the funeral expenses for a man who was killed last week in a bicycle crash in Kaplan. Damon Fuller, 25, of Kaplan, was riding a bike on LA 700 and 699, off of Hwy. 35, on Thursday, June 8, when he was struck by a vehicle. 

Ragin’ Cajuns Track and Field To Host 2020 SBC Championships

NEW ORLEANS – The Sun Belt Conference Presidents and Chancellors approved four host sites for championships for the 2019-20 season, chosen through a bid process received from member institutions. Louisiana was chosen to host the 2020 Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Ragin’ Cajuns Soccer/Track Facility. The selection marked the ninth time in league history that Lafayette will host the SBC Outdoor Track Championships – the most in league h…

Cajuns Football Agrees To Home-And-Home Series With Rice For 2022 and 2025

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Football and Rice announced on Monday a home-and-home series starting in 2022 when the Ragin’ Cajuns travel to Houston, Texas, followed by a visit by the Owls in 2025. IT’S BEEN A WHILE: The game in Houston, on Sept. 10, 2022, will be the first meeting between the Ragin’ Cajuns and Owls since Sept. 23, 1989. The 1989 meeting ended in an 18-3 victory for Louisiana and it was played at Rice. Rice’s visit …

LSU’s Cabrera names Freshman All-American

PRESS RELEASE BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU outfielder Daniel Cabrera received Freshman All-America recognition Monday from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. The honor marked Cabrera’s second Freshman All-America designation, as he was named last week to the Collegiate Baseball magazine Freshman All-America squad. Cabrera, a Baton Rouge, La., product, batted .315 this season with 18 doubles, two triples, eight homers and 54 RBI. A Freshman All-SEC selection…

Registration open for free youth golf clinic

Sheriff Mark Garber and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office will offer a free Youth Golf clinic July 10, 11 and 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p,m, for ages 6-17 at The Wetlands Golf Course located on North University Ave. between Pont Des Mouton and I-10 overpass. 

Inmate escapes from Cameron jail; captured within minutes

A man convicted of sex crimes escaped from the Cameron Parish Jail this morning, but he was captured within minutes.  Elvin Bryant Jinks is awaiting sentencing on an aggravated crimes against nature conviction, Sheriff Ron Johnson said.  This morning, Jinks was spotted by the jailer climbing around a gate on a second story cat walk. The gate has panels that extend past the sidewalk with razor wire. Jinks allegedly threw laundry bags around the razor wire to try to protect …

US hits Russian firms with sanctions, citing cyberattacks

The Trump administration on Monday slapped sanctions on several Russian companies and businessmen for engaging in cyberattacks and assisting Russia’s military and intelligence services with other malicious activities.

Typical June Forecast

A fairly quiet start to our Monday morning. Skies are mostly fair, temperatures are warm and muggy. Typical for the mid part of June, and it looks like the forecast for the next few days will be very "June" like. 

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