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Legislature shines light on school construction

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Rep. Paula Davis, R-Baton Rouge

With unanimous votes all around, the Louisiana Legislature curbed the practice of private corporations spending hundreds of millions in state-backed bond proceeds on construction projects without public scrutiny.

ARC of St. Martin employee helps sway La. Senate

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PHIL BARRAS of St. Martinville (left), an ARC of St. Martin client, is interviewed by ARC president Don “Tuffy” Resweber before the La. Senate Finance Committee. (Sen. Eric LaFleur)

Don “Tuffy” Resweber, president of ARC of St. Martin, and Phil Barras, an ARC client in St. Martinville, were among those testifying before the Louisiana Senate Finance Committee Friday, May 27, just before the committee voted to restore funding to programs, like ARC, supporting adults and children with severe disabilities and the elderly.

House votes to rein in facilities corporations

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THE NEW EVANGELINE CAMPUS of South Louisiana Community College nears completion just north of St. Martinville. It is being built, with public funds, by a private nonprofit corporation that does not adhere to public bid or open records laws. (Ken Grissom)

A bill designed to rein in freewheeling private facilities corporations who build and maintain state technical school and community college campuses passed the House of Representatives 84-0 Wednesday, May 18.

voter registration week begins May 9

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Secretary of State Tom Schedler, along with registrars of voters across the state, is hosting activities aimed at registering eligible citizens to vote May 9-13.

DNR denied new trial in Bayou Postillion lawsuit

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WHISTLEBLOWER Dan S. Collins and his attorney, Crystal G. Bounds after their December victory in 19th Judicial District Court.

State District Judge Wilson Fields Monday denied a motion for a new trial in the suit by landman Dan Collins, who was awarded $750,000 for ill treatment by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources after he complained about corruption and environmental damage in a DNR dredging project.

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