The Timebomb continues to tick in St. Landry Parish

This is truly embarrasing for St. Landry Parish that School Board Members Miller and Richard would try to bribe Superentident Cassmire; is St. Landry Parish starting to become a hotbed for Human Rights Violations? I am going to give you a link to the post for you to read:

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Should Lafayette Parish President Joey Durel be recalled because of the LARC Audit?

After what has happened with the LARC Audit and other issues in Lafayette Parish, my question is should Lafayette Parish President Joey Durel be recalled?

I feel that Mr. Durel should be given the benefit of the doubt here because I have noticed several of the blogs online whether it is Gannett news or whatever has taken cheap shots against President Durel. I also feel that a recall should be used only if the Durel Administration committed aggreious actions in hiring administration officials. However; Mr. Webber was not hired by the Durel administration and what would concern me the most is his critics would use the recall as a vitriolic chip to get even with someone. Look, I know that President Durel is not perfect but his administration has been more accomodating to Disability Resource Groups than the initial administration of Walter Comeaux under the parish structure, give President Durel a chance.

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Lafayette Work-Pay$ Job Fair committee meeting – Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

Greetings everyone,

Just a friendly reminder that our next job fair committee meeting will be
held Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 10 am at the LRS office located on
825 Kaliste Saloom Road, Brandywine VI. Suite 350.

Hope to see you on September 20th.


Randy Broussard
Rehabilitation Employment Development Specialist
Lafayette Region
337-262-5727 (fax)

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Tulane RB Devon Walker facing Paralysis – From WWLTV

Tulane player seriously injured in collision will need spinal surgery . Credit: Tom Gilbert / Associated Press

Tulane’s Devon Walker, far left, watches as teammate Zach Davis takes down Tulsa’s Willie Carter during an NCAA colllege football game in Tulsa, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Later in the game, Walker was seriously hurt in a head-to-head collision with a teammate.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulane safety Devon Walker fractured his spine in a head-to-head collision with a teammate during a game in Tulsa, the team doctor said Saturday.

Dr. Buddy Savoie said during a postgame news conference that Walker is in stable condition and will need spinal surgery in the “the next day or two.”

“He was stable when we transported him,” Savoie said. “I do not think, based on the information we have, his life was ever in danger.”

Tulsa was leading 35-3 and facing a fourth-and-2 with the ball at the 33-yard line when the Golden Hurricane called timeout. Tulane then called timeout.

When play resumed, Tulsa quarterback Cody Green tossed a short pass to Willie Carter, who caught it at about the 28, and turned upfield. He was tackled around the 18-yard line, with defensive tackle Julius Warmsley and Walker sandwiching him and apparently smashing the crowns of their helmets into each other.

Medical personnel from both teams came out about 12:37 p.m. to attend to Walker as he lay on the field.

Savoie said after the game that Walker “actually never completely lost consciousness” and was breathing.

About 12:52 p.m., he was lifted onto a stretcher and loaded into a waiting ambulance about two minutes later. The ambulance drove off the field about 1 p.m.

FOX Sports reported a hush went over the crowd at H.A. Stadium as Walker was attended to on the field, and that several coaches were in tears. Spectators bowed their heads as someone on the field led the stadium in prayer.

The game resumed at 1:20 p.m.

Walker is a senior majoring in cell and molecular biology. His brother, Raynard, told The Associated Press that their mother was watching the game on television when her son was injured.

Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said after the 45-10 loss that while Walker was on the field, Johnson told Walker that he was praying for him and that help was on the way.

He said the mood among players was somber, and called the day his most difficult ever.

“Just seeing a young man, one of our family members, on the ground. It was just difficult for our guys,” Johnson said in the postgame conference. “It’s no excuse, but I don’t know if they could have focused.

“It was tremendous that they finished the game, as I thought about just saying `Hey look, let’s not do anything else. Let’s just get on the road and go.’ ”

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My thoughts about the LARC Audit

While I was a student at ULL, I read the book “The Rewards of Hope” by Lafayette Doctor Norman Heard, M.D. which chronicled his opportunity along with at the time the Civitan club found Acadian Village as a work program to help those with developmental disabilities including Dr. Heard’s own Daughter. However; what has resulted was a broken promise by the Lafayette Association of Retarded Citizens to keep up Dr. Heard’s legacy which has resulted in cases of bullying, intimitation, and even neglict.

The investigation citing LARC’S violations from 2011 has a personal story for me because of the neglict, a consumer assulted a female participant at the 2010 Mental Health Rally in Baton Rouge and as mentioned, the individual could not be charged due to his Mental Retardation.

What is going on at LARC is disgusting and the time has come to make major reforms because first of all, Acadian Village should be a place to help those with Developmental Disabilities learn workplace skills, not be a sheltered workshop. As a matter of fact, there is a new requirement installed by the federal government to phase out sheltered workshops for supported employment, look at ARC of Caddo-Bossier, they have the model for supported employment for the ARC’s. What is going on at LARC probably has the family of Dr. Heard upset about what is going on, I have nothing against Acadian Village but make it what it was suppose to do when the village was built in 1976.

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My thoughts about Lafayette Association of Retarded Citizens being cited by DHH

In Sunday Morning’s Advertiser Paper, I noted a story concerning LARC being cited by Department of Health and Hospitals for several violations including poor supervision in 2011.

During the 2010 Mental Health Rally in Baton Rouge, I was a witness to LARC’s neglect of Derrick who was a LARC Consumer and rode the bus with us to Baton Rouge. I noticed that he was acting abnormally the whole time and it was during lunch that he sexually assulted a female participant. What was disgusting was Derrick had no supervision from LARC workers whatsoever and could not be arrested by capitol police because of his mental capcity.

I am not out to make Executive Director Gerald Webber the Big Bad Wolf but I feel that he or his supervisors should be held accountable for this action. In the meantime, I am registering my protest by refusing to patronize Acadian Village or the Christmas lights until changes are made. Look, I know that Mr. Webber has a good heart but if it is true that these documented incidents occurred under his watch, then the shoe must come down on him hard.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals said the Lafayette Association for Retarded Citizens:
* Did not comply with Home and Community Based Provider licensure requirements.
* Did not follow policies and procedures designed to promote the social, physical and mental well-being of clients.
* Did not conduct assessments of clients’ needs.
* Did not properly investigate grievances.
* Did not meet staffing requirements by failing to ensure staff was trained with basic skills.
* Did not ensure Supervised Independent Living client’s home was kept clean and comfortable.
* Did not make three contacts per week with Supervised Independent Living clients.

LARC’s written response to the DHH investigation — its plan of corrective action — had to be re-submitted early this year because it failed to comply with four of the five criteria DHH requires in such plans.
The re-submitted plan of correction dated Feb. 10, 2012, indicated that by Feb. 12, LARC:
* Trained direct support workers were trained regarding reporting medical issues, medicine issues, logging behavioral and medical issues.
* Implemented quarterly reminder systems and offered training throughout the year on critical incidents.
* Requires that incidents be reported within two hours.
* Contracted with a registered nurse to provide training, medical advice and consultation.
* Implemented a new policy and procedures for grievances.
* Created a chart to track grievances and follow-ups.
* Ensured that client homes are kept clean, comfortable and homelike.
* Trained staff in assisting clients in keeping their homes sanitary.
* Required supervisor staff to make three documented phone conversations per week with each client, including one face-to-face visit at the home

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Louisiana Political Insider – From the Advocate

Politics Column for Sunday, 9-2 Show caption Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks at a Republican Party of Arkansas fund raising dinner in Hot Springs, Ark., Friday, July 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)
by capitol news bureau

Jindal incognito
to some evacuees
Gov. Bobby Jindal introduced himself as “Bobby” when he greeted evacuating residents at Riverbend Nursing Home in Plaquemines Parish on Wednesday.

Jindal made his way down the line of wheelchair-bound residents waiting to be loaded into ambulances.

Afterward, 83-year-old Irmgard Kindermann was surprised to learn she had just shaken the governor’s hand.

“Is that who that was?” she asked.

Ex-aide helps state during emergency
Political adviser Timmy Teepell was a constant at Gov. Bobby Jindal’s side following Hurricane Isaac’s landfall in Louisiana.

Teepell attended high-level meetings with the governor’s Cabinet secretaries and hopped into Jindal’s caravan to venture into flooded areas.

Although he once worked as the governor’s chief of staff, Teepell now is in the private sector, advising campaigns across the country. He has maintained close ties to Jindal.

Jindal laughed when asked why he needed a political adviser during a hurricane.

The governor said he brought in Teepell because of his knowledge of protocol.

He said Teepell traveled with him into storm-hit areas to make necessary contacts while his chief of staff, Stephen Waguespack, stayed behind in Baton Rouge to coordinate response efforts.

“We appreciate his service and we’re not going to pay him a darn thing for doing it,” the governor said of Teepell.

Senator, consultant unite for radio show
Political consultant Roy Fletcher and state Sen. Dan Claitor announced the debut of their political radio show “Campaigns and Candidates” at 6 p.m. Wednesday on WBRP-FM, 107.3.

Calling themselves “common sense” political professionals, Fletcher and Claitor, both Baton Rouge Republicans, plan to explain what the politicians are “trying to do.”

Claitor said the show will run weekly for at least the next three months.

Groups schedule disaster workshop
Several Baton Rouge elected officials and groups are sponsoring a disaster preparedness workshop Saturday at the Delmont Service Center, 3535 Riley St.

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Representatives of the Louisiana State Police, the Louisiana Department of Insurance, Red Stick Ready, the American Red Cross and the Louis A. Martinet Society will provide information on how to stay informed during hurricane season, make a plan, pack a kit and protect property.

The event is free and open to the public but advance registration is required. People must register by Wednesday via email to or by calling 225-389-4831.

Events sponsors include state Sen. Sharon Broome, state Rep. Regina Barrow, Councilwomen Ronnie Edwards and Donna Collins-Lewis as well as the Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the Foundation for Louisiana.

Education secretary very well-traveled
State Superintendent of Education John White has visited a dozen school boards in recent weeks to discuss state education goals and to answer questions.

Penny Dastugue, president of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, said during a recent BESE meeting that White was in a different city every night.

Not always a city, White replied laughingly.

Treasurer Kennedy offers financial aid
At week’s end, State Treasurer John Kennedy offered the help of his office and the State Bond Commission as local governments need help in expediting funds for Hurricane Isaac recovery.

“Our citizens don’t have time to wait to begin the difficult work of hurricane recovery. If our local leaders want to seek short-term financing while the state, FEMA and Congress engage in their usual tug-of-war over how much and when, we are ready to work with them and act quickly,” Kennedy said in a news release.

Kennedy’s offer came after a week in which Gov. Bobby Jindal complained that President Barack Obama’s disaster declaration did not go far enough in providing federal recover aid.

Kennedy also noted that FEMA may have to ask Congress for more money, which could be problematic given current federal budget pressures.

FEMA only has $1.5 billion left in its Disaster Relief Fund with open disaster declarations across the nation including wildfires, severe storms, tornadoes and floods in addition to Isaac.

Estimates of public and private damage from Isaac is running between $500 million and $2 billion, Kennedy said.

One option available to local government officials are Revenue Anticipation Notes, which allow borrowing of immediate cash from capital markets backed by future federal aid, Kennedy said.

Local governments could also raise capital through “1430” loans, he said.

EBR GOP postpones award to Sen. Vitter
The Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish postponed the first Ronald Reagan Awards Brunch, which had been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday.

The event was rescheduled to Sept. 14.

The event will honor U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La.

Press Club cancels meeting for holiday
There will be no Monday meeting of the Press Club of Baton Rouge due to the Labor Day holiday.

The next meeting of the Press Club will be at noon Sept. 10 at De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St., downtown.

Compiled by The Advocate’s Capitol news bureau. Contact email address is cnb@the

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Advocate Issac Update

1 a.m. – Isaac just west of Baton Rouge Show caption As of 1 a.m. the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near Latitude 30.5 north, Longitude 91.3 west and is about 10 miles west-southwest of Baton Rouge. The maximum sustained winds have now dropped to 50 mph as it continues to move northwest at 5 mph.

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Shelter List – From the Advocate

Shelters in Louisiana Advocate staff report

Ascension Parish

Shelters open at 5 a.m. Tuesday at Donaldsonville and Dutchtown high schools.

Assumption Parish

A shelter of last resort opens at 8 a.m. Tuesday at Belle Rose Middle School, 7717 La. 1, Belle Rose.

The school will run off generator power. All evacuees should bring all needed items, such as sleeping bags, pillows, blankets, toiletries, personal hygiene items, medicines, food, water and personal identification. No cots will be provided.

East Baton Rouge Parish

LSU’s Carl Maddox Field House, adjacent to the Bernie Moore Track and Field facility, for medical and special needs, eligibility required. Call (800) 349-1372 for information.

Iberville Parish

Plaquemine Senior High: 59595 Belleview Drive, Plaquemine

East Iberville High: 3825 Highway 75, St. Gabriel

North Iberville High: 13770 Highway 77, Rosedale

Livingston Parish

Albany High School opens at 6 p.m.

Doyle High School in Livingston will open as a shelter at 6 p.m. Monday. The shelter will not be able to accommodate pets.

Live Oak Middle School in Watson will be open at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Pointe Coupee Parish

Scott Civic Center: 1200 Major Parkway, New Roads.

St. Helena Parish

The St. Helena Central High School gym will serve as a shelter for residents if needed. The St. Helena Central Elementary School gym will house any overflow. Both schools are in Greensburg.

St. James Parish

St. James Parish opens shelters at 6 p.m. Monday for parish residents only at Lutcher High School in Lutcher and St. James High School in Vacherie. Shelter transportation will be available from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. Tuesday. Call the parish Department of Human Resources at (225) 562-2352 to schedule a ride. To accommodate residents with special needs, call (800) 228-9409. Bring medication and all necessities, including water and food for 72 hours.

St. Mary Parish

The Berwick Civic Center opened as a shelter at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Those seeking shelter need to bring their own supplies, including food, clothes, bedding, medicines and flashlights. Residents may need a light leaving their homes and getting into the shelter.

Tangipahoa Parish

Six public shelters of last resort will open at 5 p.m. Monday. Shelters are staffed to provide security and shelter only. Residents should bring food, water, bedding, medications and any other needed personal items. Shelter locations are Hammond Westside Elementary Montessori School, Hammond Junior High Magnet School, Natalbany Elementary School, Nesom Middle School, Amite High School and Kentwood High Magnet School. Residents who evacuate to shelters with pets must have the pet in a carrier, with an adequate leash, collar, food, bowls and medications. Pets will not be housed at the shelter for residents, but will be transported to a separate site for housing and care.

Washington Parish

Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial Methodist Church: 510 Ave. B, Bogalusa.

Franklinton High School: 1 Demon Circle, Franklinton.

Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial Methodist Church: 510 Ave. B, Bogalusa.

West Baton Rouge Parish

The Erwinville Community Center and the Addis VFW Hall will be open as shelters beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday. No pets allowed.

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Hurricane Issac Statewide info

Stay tuned for the 10 a.m. advisory

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