Louisiana Tax Commission Administrator Arrested following Joint Investigation

BATON ROUGE – On January 11th, 2019, Investigators from the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations arrested a member of the Louisiana Tax Commission (LTC) on multiple charges related to his employment. The investigation resulted in the arrest of the Administrator of the LTC, 51-year-old Charles K. Abels III of Baton Rouge.

UL Lafayette students from Vermilion Parish recognized on Fall 2018 President's, Dean's lists

LAFAYETTE — At the end of each regular semester, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette recognizes those students named to the President’s List and Dean’s List. Eligible students must be enrolled full time.
To be included on the Dean’s List, students must earn at 3.5 GPA or better and to be included on the President’s List, students must earn a 3.8 GPA or better.

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Dean's List
Chris J Rabassa
Theresa M Rudesill
Matthew Paul Suire
Kennedi G Thibodeaux

Teacher escorted out of school board meeting files lawsuit almost one year after arrest

Deyshia Hargrave sues Hilts, Vermilion Parish School Board

Deyshia Hargrave, the teacher who was arrested and escorted out of a school board meeting, has filed a lawsuit against the school board and Marshal Officer Reggie Hilts.
The Rene Rost Middle School teacher filed the lawsuit on Jan. 4 in the Vermilion Parish courthouse. It was recorded almost a year to the date of the school board meeting.

Sen. Bill Cassidy in Opelousas in 2015. (File photo)

Senator supports president’s shutdown strategy

With the partial shutdown of the federal government now entering its third week, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy said in an interview that he’s following the lead of President Donald Trump.
“The issue is do we secure our southern border or not,” Cassidy told LaPolitics. “The president, and I agree with him, feels as if that is what is necessary to keep Americans safer and more secure.”
Louisiana’s senior senator said any resolution to end the shutdown would have to emerge from the lower chamber of Congress, which Democrats seized control of this term.

Board members Jean Broussard (standing, left) and Kibbie Pillette (sitting) want to be the school board president for 2019. However, after three separate votes, the board stayed deadlocked at 4-4 on who the new president will be. They will vote again on Jan. 24.

Vermilion Parish School Board locked at 4-4 vote for new president

In the first Vermilion Parish School Board meeting of 2019 with three new school board members, a familiar result occurred.
The new school board members could not decide on whom they wanted to be president. After three votes, the result came up 4-4.
Board members Jean Broussard and Kibbie Pillette put their names up to be the new president.
Last year’s vice president Laura LeBeouf did not want the job.
When it came to voting for Broussard, Chris Gautreaux, Jean Broussard, and Jason Roy voted for Jean.


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