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Acadiana Firefighters battling heat advisory

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With the summer heat picking up, firefighters in Lafayette Parish are taking extra precautions. Firefighters across the state are battling intense heat on two different fronts. Firefighters in Acadiana say they are staying safe and cool during this heat wave.  "They try to hydrate the best they can. We even tell our guys when they're off duty. If they are off or if they are work and doing personal things, just hydrate. You need to hydrate because at any time we can get the ...

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Heat wave kicks in for the weekend

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It's here, not that it ever really went anywhere, but the well advertised heat wave has finally arrived with plans to spend the weekend across Texas and Louisiana.  You don't need a long forecast discussion to figure out how hot it's going to be (although you're getting one anyway) all you need to do is step outside for half a minute.  The Heat Advisory which was issued on Thursday remains active for all of south Louisiana, and if you'll be heading north this weekend ...

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Cajuns' Dotson, Ragas make SBC's 2018 Preseason All-Conference Football Teams

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NEW ORLEANS – The Sun Belt Conference announced Friday its 2018 Preseason All-Sun Belt Football Team and individual awards, as voted upon by the 10 football head coaches and selected media representatives.   The release comes in advance of the Conference’s Media Day which begins Sunday in New Orleans.   Arkansas State's Justice Hansen was tabbed as ...

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Reef in Calcasieu Parish expands, creating more habitat for marine life

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A man-made reef in Calcasieu Parish is a little larger on Friday. 

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KATC's Super 16 - St. Martinville Running Back Travien Benjamin

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LAFAYETTE -- When asked how to describe St. Martinville running back Travien Benjamin, head coach Vincent Deruen only needed one word, "Toughness," Deruen said. "Toughness." Benjamin describes his style at running back as an in-your-face approach. "When I play games I'm very physical," said Benjamin. "I like to get in people's face all game long and just stay in their face." Benjamin began developing that toughness on the Tig...

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Deadline for Stuff the Bus school supply drive extended

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The deadline for this year's Stuff the Bus campaign has been extended to July 27.  

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Volunteers put together backpacks for foster kids

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The Third Annual Backpack Project is underway today. Every year, CASA collects donations of school supplies and cash to buy supplies for foster children in Acadiana.  

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Tips to cool off during dangerous heat

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Right now, Acadiana is under a heat advisory.  Friday, the heat index burned past the triple-digit mark. While we're used to the sweltering conditions, that heat could still prove dangerous.

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McComb-Veazy neighborhood getting ready to plant pumpkins

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The McComb Veazy Neighborhood is planting their pumpkin patch this week. 

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Groundbreaking ceremony for drainage project in Scott

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held today for a $4.2 million project will clear out the city's drainage to prevent future flooding.       

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Edward Sam Accelerated School holds graduation

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Students at the Edward J. Sam Accelerated School of Lafayette graduated today. 

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UPDATED: Qualifying continues for packed November ballot

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There's a big election coming in November.  

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Louisiana congressional candidate arrested after qualifying

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A candidate for the 5th Congressional district race was arrested Friday after qualifying.  

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St. Martin Parish Crime Stoppers asking for help solving car burglaries

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The St. Martin Sheriff's Office needs your help in identifying suspects wanted in various vehicle burglaries in the northern end of the parish. 

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Victim of Friday morning fatal crash in Duson identified, details released

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Duson Police say the Austria Road and Mire Highway is now open after a fatal crash this morning.

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Uniform shopping for back to school, where to look

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Back to school shopping is already in full swing and many of our kids have already outgrown their uniforms.

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Alligator takes a stroll along Highway 90

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An alligator was spotted strolling along U.S. 90 in St. Charles Parish, about 20 miles south of New Orleans, this past weekend. 

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Unopposed races in Acadiana for November 2018 election

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Unopposed Races (multi-parish): Judge, Court of Appeal 3rd Circuit, 3rd Dist., Elec. Sec. 4F, Jonathan Perry Unopposed races in Acadia Parish: Member of School Board District 1, James W. Proctor Member of School Board District 2, Douglas J. "Doug" LaCombe Member of School Board District 3, Delo Hebert Jr. Member of School Board District 4, Rebecca Foux "Becky" Atkinson Member of School Board District 7, James "Boz" Higginbotham Member of School Board Dis... More>>

Lafayette Police reminding residents to lock vehicles after multiple burglaries

Lafayette police are asking residents to make sure they lock their car doors. Lafayette police are asking residents to make sure they lock their car doors.
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Lafayette Police are reminding residents to lock their doors to keep burglars at bay. 

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Jeanerette home burns Thursday night

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The Jeanerette Fire Department says a home sustained serious damage after a fire Thursday night.

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Shaq visits Lafayette High following donation to renovate weight room

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Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal toured Lafayette High School's newly renovated weight room on Friday. In May, he made a $20,000 donation to renovate the school. 

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Death toll from boat capsizing in Branson, Missouri lake rises to 17

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At least 13 people, including children, died after a boat carrying tourists capsized and sank on a lake during a thunderstorm in a country music mecca in southwest Missouri, authorities said Friday.

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Deputies seek identity of alleged compressor thief in Westlake

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Calcasieu Parish deputies are searching for the identity of the person responsible for an alleged theft in Westlake. 

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FBI asking for help locating Lafayette man

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The FBI's Lafayette Resident Agency Office is requesting help from the public in locating Ransom Cardel White. White should be considered armed and dangerous. 

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Project Front Yard setting up Fix-It Cafe for small repair jobs

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Project Front Yard is hosting a pop-up Fix-It Cafe this weekend.

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Home destroyed in Lafayette fire caused by overloaded extension cord

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A home was destroyed in a Friday fire in Lafayette. 

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Scott FD: Fire starts in kitchen of home, minor damage

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The Scott Fire Department is currently on scene of a fire on Earline Drive.

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Singer man pleads guilty to DeQuincy bank robbery

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A Singer man has pleaded guilty to robbing a DeQuincy bank.  Gordon Scott Cooper, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of bank robbery in federal court this week.  According to the guilty plea, Gordon Cooper entered a bank in DeQuincy, Louisiana, with an air-powered BB gun that looked like an automatic pistol and stole $15,999 from two teller drawers.  Police later learned that a maroon Honda Pilot had been seen in the area prior to the robbery and that the driver had been... More>>

Police: Doctor fatally shot while riding bike in Houston

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HOUSTON (AP) - Houston police say a doctor was fatally shot as he rode his bicycle through the city's Texas Medical Center by an unidentified man who was also on a bike. 

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Woman gives birth in Chick-fil-A bathroom, baby gets perks

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A baby girl is guaranteed food for life - and a job - after her mother gave birth in a Chick-fil-A bathroom.

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VIDEO: Tons of plastic, debris found clustered together on a beach in the Caribbean sea

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Going to the Caribbean visitors expect to see beautiful waves of clear blue water, but at Playa Montesinos in the Dominican Republic, beachgoers are greeted by waves of trash. 

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Police: Man in wheelchair goes on stabbing rampage with steak knife

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A man in a wheelchair went on a stabbing rampage Thursday night in the French Quarter. 

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AP source: Trump was taped talking of paying Playboy model

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The New York Times says President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer secretly recorded him discussing payments to an ex-Playboy model who said she had had an affair with him.

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  • 'Suffering' ends with Honduran baby back in parents' arms

    'Suffering' ends with Honduran baby back in parents' arms

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    (AP Photo/Esteban Felix). In this July 18, 2018 photo, Rolando Bueso Castillo and his wife Adalicia Montecinos, stand in their home in La Libertad, Honduras. It's been five months since they have seen their infant son Johan Bueso Castillo who was separ...(AP Photo/Esteban Felix). In this July 18, 2018 photo, Rolando Bueso Castillo and his wife Adalicia Montecinos, stand in their home in La Libertad, Honduras. It's been five months since they have seen their infant son Johan Bueso Castillo who was separ...
    A Honduran man who was separated from his baby son at the Texas border and then deported without him soon will hold the boy again.
    A Honduran man who was separated from his baby son at the Texas border and then deported without him soon will hold the boy again.
  • Officials release names of those killed in boat accident

    Officials release names of those killed in boat accident

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    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel). People pray outside Ride the Ducks, an amphibious tour operator involved in a boating accident on Table Rock Lake, Friday, July 20, 2018 in Branson, Mo.
    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.
    More than half of the 17 people killed when a tourist boat sank on a Branson lake were members of the same Indiana family, and they likely wouldn't have been on the ill-fated trip but for a ticket mix-up.
  • MGM turns to never-tested law to sue Vegas shooting victims

    MGM turns to never-tested law to sue Vegas shooting victims

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    (AP Photo/Ronda Churchill, File). FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2017 file photo, an American flag waves near a police barricade on the Las Vegas Strip with the MGM Grand hotel and casino in the background after a mass shooting in Las Vegas. The unprecedented ...(AP Photo/Ronda Churchill, File). FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2017 file photo, an American flag waves near a police barricade on the Las Vegas Strip with the MGM Grand hotel and casino in the background after a mass shooting in Las Vegas. The unprecedented ...
    The unprecedented move from MGM Resorts International to sue hundreds of victims of last year's mass shooting in Las Vegas relies on an obscure U.S. law never tested in court.
    The unprecedented move from MGM Resorts International to sue hundreds of victims of last year's mass shooting in Las Vegas relies on an obscure U.S. law never tested in court.
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  • Cajuns' Dotson, Ragas make SBC's 2018 Preseason All-Conference Football Teams

    Cajuns' Dotson, Ragas make SBC's 2018 Preseason All-Conference Football Teams

    Friday, July 20 2018 10:25 PM EDT2018-07-21 02:25:07 GMT

    NEW ORLEANS – The Sun Belt Conference announced Friday its 2018 Preseason All-Sun Belt Football Team and individual awards, as voted upon by the 10 football head coaches and selected media representatives.   The release comes in advance of the Conference’s Media Day which begins Sunday in New Orleans.   Arkansas State's Justice Hansen was tabbed as ...

    NEW ORLEANS – The Sun Belt Conference announced Friday its 2018 Preseason All-Sun Belt Football Team and individual awards, as voted upon by the 10 football head coaches and selected media representatives.   The release comes in advance of the Conference’s Media Day which begins Sunday in New Orleans.   Arkansas State's Justice Hansen was tabbed as ...

  • KATC's Super 16 - St. Martinville Running Back Travien Benjamin

    KATC's Super 16 - St. Martinville Running Back Travien Benjamin

    Friday, July 20 2018 8:05 PM EDT2018-07-21 00:05:58 GMT

    LAFAYETTE -- When asked how to describe St. Martinville running back Travien Benjamin, head coach Vincent Deruen only needed one word, "Toughness," Deruen said. "Toughness." Benjamin describes his style at running back as an in-your-face approach. "When I play games I'm very physical," said Benjamin. "I like to get in people's face all game long and just stay in their face." Benjamin began developing that toughness on the Tig...

    LAFAYETTE -- When asked how to describe St. Martinville running back Travien Benjamin, head coach Vincent Deruen only needed one word, "Toughness," Deruen said. "Toughness." Benjamin describes his style at running back as an in-your-face approach. "When I play games I'm very physical," said Benjamin. "I like to get in people's face all game long and just stay in their face." Benjamin began developing that toughness on the Tig...

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