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  • Nissan recalls 52,000 vehicles for faulty air bags

    November 8, 2014 4:25 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Nissan is recalling more than 52,000 vehicles for passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger compartment. The vehicles have air bag systems made by troubled Japanese supplier Takata Corp. Nissan recalls are among nearly 8... more »
  • Jazz Fest attendance estimated at 435,000

    May 10, 2014 5:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Producers of the New Orleans Jazz Fest estimate overall attendance for 2014 was 435,000. That's slightly higher than 2013's total of 425,000, ' The Times-Picayune reported . The 2013 festival, however, was plagued by heavy rains on the first Sunday and between the weekends, rendering... more »
  • Police: Man steals $75,000 car on test drive

    April 12, 2014 6:23 PM

    BOSSIER CITY, La. (AP) - Bossier City police are looking for a man who they say stole a $75,000 car by taking it for a test drive. Police say a man drove off from Moffett Audi in a white 2014 Audi A7 on Friday afternoon and didn't come back. He... more »
  • $400,000 Bond Set for Teen in Detroit Mob Attack

    April 12, 2014 3:04 PM

    A 16-year-old Detroit boy charged with assault and ethnic intimidation was ordered Saturday to be held on a $400,000 bond in the brutal beating of a suburban motorist. The serious nature of the mob attack on 54-year-old Steve Utash and the severity of his injuries necessitated a high bond,... more »
  • $18,000 in La Operation Game Thief rewards in 2013

    March 3, 2014 11:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State officials say Louisiana paid $18,000 last year to tipsters who helped arrest 68 people accused of killing protected animals, poaching and other wildlife violations. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries spokesman Adam Einck says Louisiana Operation Game Thief reviewed 47 cases and gave rewards in... more »
  • 28,000 bass fingerlings released into Red River

    November 25, 2013 10:01 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has stocked the Red River with over 28,000 Florida strain largemouth bass fingerlings. The Town Talk reports the Red River Waterway Commission agreed to a five-year plan to stock $50,000 worth of bass fingerlings annually into the five pools... more »
  • $200,000 Rapid Response Grant Boosts Aviation Technology Program at SOWELA

    August 15, 2013 9:17 AM

    SOWELA Technical Community College was awarded a $200,000 Rapid Response grant from the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS). The grant will expand training opportunities in the College's aviation maintenance field. News of the grant award follows the recent announcement by Governor Jindal of hundreds of new aviation maintenance... more »
  • Census error: Monroe claims undercount of 2,000

    June 4, 2012 11:08 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - The city of Monroe has accounted for about 2,000 more residents living in Monroe than the U.S. Census Bureau had counted in 2010. That's according to figures released exclusively to The News-Star . City officials will be sending their revised figures, along with a letter from... more »
  • Texas Man Jailed for $500,000 Worth of Cocaine

    April 19, 2012 8:20 AM

    Louisiana State Police Troop D stopped 40-year-old Gilbert Sanchez of San Antonio, Texas late Tuesday night. Sanchez was stopped for a traffic violation on Interstate Highway 10 eastbound. Once the troopers were inside the vehicle, they recovered 17 kilos of cocaine (approximately 44.8 pounds), which has an estimated street... more »
  • Rapides Parish owed $70,000 for school meals

    April 11, 2012 7:36 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Rapides Parish School Board members continue to track money owed to the district by students and employees who have charged for meals. At Tuesday's meeting, The Town Talk reports Erma Davis, head of the district's Food and Nutrition Services, told board members that the district is... more »
  • State library worker accused of stealing $109,000

    March 30, 2012 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Police say a state library employee wanted for allegedly embezzling $110,000 of privately donated funds has turned herself in to authorities. The Advocate reports 39-year-old Alison Claire Foster of Baker, was arrested Thursday and booked into Parish Prison on 174 counts of unauthorized use of... more »
  • $3,000 Worth of Electronics Stolen

    March 20, 2012 10:26 AM

    On March 19, 2012 at approximately 8:00 p.m., deputies with the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office responded to a burglary at 7914 Hwy. 90 West, New Iberia. When deputies arrived on the scene, they learned the business at that address had been broken into. It was also discovered that the... more »
  • Jindal inauguration rings in at $379,000

    March 14, 2012 10:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal spent about $379,000 on his inaugural events in January. The spending, filed in an expense report with the Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, came from Jindal's campaign account, which contains nearly $4 million after tallying his election and inauguration expenses. Much of the... more »
  • Jindal out-of-state travel costs LSP $175,000

    March 8, 2012 6:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As Gov. Bobby Jindal traveled around the country in his first term, the Louisiana State Police spent more to provide protection services for the Republican governor's out-of-state political and fundraising travel than for out-of-state work trips. That's according to an Associated Press analysis of expense... more »
  • 9,000 pills stolen from Moss Bluff pharmacy

    March 7, 2012 10:20 AM

    MOSS BLUFF, La. (AP) - Calcasieu Parish sheriff's deputies are looking for a man who stole almost 9,000 pills in 41 seconds from The Drug Store in Moss Bluff. Kim Myers of the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office tells the American Press in a news release the culprit wore a gray... more »
  • TCH receives $25,000 Albertson's grant check

    December 21, 2011 2:37 PM

    Today, Teurlings Catholic Highschool has received their check after winning the Albertson's Community Partners Challenge. The $25,000 check was presented to Teurlings Catholic. The money will go towards the completion of their athletic complex. This facility will be used annually by hundreds of student athletes and will support the... more »
  • Narcotics canine alerts on vehicle; over $84,000 seized

    December 16, 2011 4:06 PM

    On December 15, 2011 shortly before midnight, the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office Narcotic's Criminal Interdiction Unit conducted a traffic stop on a 2010 Nissan Sentra on Interstate 10 mile marker 114 Westbound. The car was stopped for Improper Lane Usage and Following Too Close. The driver and registered... more »
  • 4,000 Fort Polk Soldiers Home for the Holidays

    December 10, 2011 11:12 PM

    Just in time for the holidays was a homecoming for soldiers based out of Fort Polk. In all, about 4-thousand soldiers were welcomed home today from Afghanistan, and quite the party was thrown in their honor. Since September, they've been returning home in the hundreds. And finally, all of... more »
  • Louisiana gets $341,000 specialty crop block grant

    October 12, 2011 9:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A $341,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to improve competitiveness of specialty crops will be divided among four projects - two at the LSU AgCenter, one by a video production company and one bu the nonprofit that runs the Crescent City Farmers Market, Agriculture Commissioner... more »
  • Lampert to be paid $100K as Alexandria chief

    September 27, 2011 9:46 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Loren Lampert will make $100,000 per year to be the chief of the Alexandria Police Department. Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy said the base salary of $100,000 came "upon recommendation of senior staff." The Town Talk reports the approved police chief salary in the city's 2011-12 fiscal... more »
  • St. Landry lends $20,000 to agency

    September 22, 2011 9:23 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry Parish Council has voted to immediately lend the parish Community Action Agency $20,000 in emergency funding to continue providing parish wide services beginning Oct. 1. The Advocate reports agency director Donald Robinson told the council Wednesday night that funding delays and the possibility... more »
  • Unemployment benefit requests jumped to 428K

    September 15, 2011 10:48 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of people applying for unemployment benefits jumped last week to the highest level in three months. It's a sign that the job market remains depressed. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications rose by 11,000 to a seasonally adjusted 428,000. The week included the... more »
  • Students can win over $6,000 in competition

    September 13, 2011 5:57 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - On Thursday, the Scholastic Writing Awards will begin accepting works from students in grades seven through 12 for their writing competition. The contest is open to students in 22 parishes. Top winners receive more than $6,000 in prizes. Writing categories include poetry, short story, science fiction,... more »
  • Broussard accepts $600,000 block grant

    August 24, 2011 9:29 AM

    BROUSSARD, La. (AP) - The Broussard City Council has voted to accept a $600,000 grant from the Louisiana Community Block Grant Street Improvements Program. Mayor Charles Langlinais tells The Advocate the money will be applied toward a $1.1 million project to overlay about 50 streets. Langlinais says the money will... more »
  • 2 La. housing groups to split $600,000

    August 24, 2011 6:34 AM

    BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) - The federal government has awarded $600,000 to two community development organizations in Belle Chasse and Ferriday to handle distressed housing and concentrations of poverty. Macon Ridge Community Development Corp. will get $300,000 to build 10 single-family homes in Ferriday over the next 24 months. The... more »
  • Man accused of thefts totaling $292,000

    August 11, 2011 10:46 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Authorities say a former Lake Charles man is accused of stealing nearly $292,000 from a local construction company. Kim Myers, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office spokeswoman, tells the American Press 53-year-old Mark W. Karkowski, who now lives in Morro Bay, Calif., is accused of making unauthorized... more »
  • Lawmakers spend $70,000 on summer conferences

    July 29, 2011 7:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers are spending nearly $70,000 in taxpayer funds to attend conferences this summer in New Orleans, Memphis and San Antonio. The Advocate says that, according to legislative records, about two-thirds of the money will be spent in-state as 31 legislators attend the American Legislative... more »
  • State turning over $400,000 in unclaimed money

    July 26, 2011 10:02 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Just over $400,000 in lost money has been returned to New Orleans-area residents from the state treasury. The agency held an unclaimed property day Saturday in Metairie. State Treasurer John Kennedy says over 5,000 people attended. Kennedy says one person claimed $98,000, while another claimed... more »
  • Investigators arrest 3, find $30K in drugs

    July 22, 2011 7:23 AM

    KENTWOOD, La. (AP) - Louisiana and federal investigators have arrested three men and recovered more than $30,000 worth of drugs. Tangipahoa Parish sheriff's deputies say U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Hammond police joined deputies in arresting 27-year-old Christien Scott of Greensburg; 27-year-old Tullie Whitten III of Greenwell Springs, and... more »
  • Audit, Unused government phones, cost La. $591,000

    June 29, 2011 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana state government agencies spent more than $8 million on cell phones and wireless devices last year, and an audit says a quarter of those devices weren't used for 10 to 11 months. More than 9,900 workers - or 11 percent of state employees -... more »
  • Group adds $10K to fund for slain investigators

    June 29, 2011 6:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - An organization of insurance investigators says it will add $10,000 to a memorial fund established to honor two Louisiana insurance fraud investigators. The agents were gunned down earlier this month in Ville Platte. The International Association of Special Investigation Units recently authorized the donation to the... more »
  • Audit: Unused government phones cost La. $591,000

    June 29, 2011 5:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana state government agencies spent more than $8 million on cell phones and wireless devices last year, and an audit says a quarter of those devices weren't used for 10 to 11 months. More than 9,900 workers - or 11 percent of state employees -... more »
  • New Southern leader's pay plan set at $270,000

    June 23, 2011 9:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Incoming Southern University Chancellor James Llorens will receive a $270,000 annual pay package if it is approved Friday. The total deal is $25,000 less than the pay package received by outgoing Chancellor Kofi Lomotey, who is expected to go on sabbatical after retaining his tenured... more »
  • Al Capone's handgun sells for $110,000 at auction

    June 22, 2011 11:04 AM

    LONDON (AP) - A handgun once owned by gangster Al Capone has sold for almost $110,000 at an auction in London. Auctioneer Christie's says the Colt .38 revolver went for 67,250 pounds ($109,080) to an anonymous bidder in the room. The auction house says the gun was manufactured in 1929,... more »
  • Monroe ex-tax chief heads to jail, fined $121K

    June 22, 2011 9:32 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - The former director of the city of Monroe's Revenue and Taxation Department has been sentenced to 10 years of hard labor on each of 10 felony theft counts. The sentencing was Tuesday in 4th Judicial District Court. The News-Star reports 53-year-old Patrick Onyemechara will serve each... more »
  • Pa. slot machine pays $25,000, or $24,988 too much

    June 21, 2011 10:25 AM

    PITTSBURGH (AP) - State regulators say a gambler won a $25,000 jackpot on a Pittsburgh casino slot machine that should have paid out only $12. The Gaming Control Board tells the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the false jackpot happened on May 29, 2010. It was one of five at Rivers Casino involving... more »
  • La. getting about $390,000 for job assistance

    June 21, 2011 8:50 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The federal Labor Department has awarded Louisiana just under $390,000 to get the unemployed back to work and to gauge the eligibility of jobless benefit recipients. The money is part of $48.7 million the Labor Department awarded for such programs in 37 states and the District... more »
  • $1,000,000 Delcambre Property Elevation Project Approved

    April 19, 2011 11:13 AM

    Iberia Parish President Ernest Freyou has announced that the Louisiana State Office of Community Development Disaster Recovery Unit has approved the Iberia Parish Government application for Gustav/Ike Disaster Recovery funding in the amount of $1,000,000 for the Delcambre Property Elevation for Economic Development Project. The Council adopted a resolution on... more »
  • Acadia Parish Seeking Information in Aluminum Theft Valued at $20,000

    April 12, 2011 3:58 PM

    Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office is looking for $20,000 in Aluminum spacers stolen from installation site. On April 8th and April 12th on Standard Mill Road just West of Highway 35, Deputies began investigating a felony theft. Deputies say that Highline Contractors is currently installing new electrical high lines in... more »
  • Ex-Worker Accused of Swiping Nearly $42,000

    April 2, 2011 10:09 PM

    WEST MONROE, La. (AP) - A former employee of the West Monroe City Marshal's Office has been accused of embezzling nearly $42,000 from the agency. The News-Star reports that 31-year-old Kelly R. Johnson, of West Monroe, was booked Friday with felony theft, malfeasance and maintaining false public records. Johnson worked... more »
  • USGS finds 2,000-year-old coral near BP well

    March 31, 2011 6:00 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal scientists say they have found 2,000-year-old coral about 20 miles from the busted BP well that leaked millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday that it was the first time that the age of the... more »
  • Potential scams top 7,000 in BP spill compensation

    January 27, 2011 8:29 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The $20 billion fund responsible for compensating victims of BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill has received more than 7,000 potentially fraudulent claims, many of which have been referred to the Justice Department for criminal investigations, the fund's administrator told a Senate panel on Thursday. Attorney... more »
  • Residents Raise $300,000 for State Park

    November 19, 2010 8:07 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Community Foundation of Acadiana says businesses, individuals and local governments have pitched in nearly $300,000 since October to keep Palmetto Island State Park open in Vermilion Parish. Construction on the $13 million park was complete this year, but state budget cuts nearly kept it closed... more »
  • CFA will award $30,000 to 10 local nonprofit organizations

    November 16, 2010 6:40 AM

    Lafayette, LA. - Community Foundation of Acadiana will hold a Nonprofit Seminar with the Louisiana Association of Nonprofits, Business First Bank and Internet Marketing Consultant Paul Chaney. CFA will award $30,000 to 10 local nonprofit organizations who participated in the Foundation's 2010 DONORSense® grant competition. Buddy Roemer, President... more »
  • Louisiana Workforce Commission Annonces Budget Cuts

    October 22, 2010 4:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is trimming $275,000 in state general funds from its 2010-2011 budget in response to the deficit from the 2009-2010 state budget year. The cost savings will come from Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS), the only LWC program that receives state general funds.... more »
  • DEA Collects 242,000 Pounds of Old or Unwanted Prescription Drugs

    October 5, 2010 5:14 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A daylong, nationwide effort to get people to turn in old or unwanted prescription drugs has collected more than 121 tons of unused medicine. DEA officials said Tuesday that 242,000 pounds of pills have been collected at more than 4,000 prescription drug "take-back" sites across the country.... more »
  • Greek Company to Pay $700,000 in Pollution Case

    September 30, 2010 7:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Greek shipping company has been ordered to pay $700,000 in criminal penalties for violating federal pollution laws. Stanships Inc. of Athens, Greece, pleaded guilty in June to charges that one of its ships knowingly discharged oil in the Gulf of Mexico and falsified ship records... more »
  • Water Theft Cost Opelousas $25,000 a Month

    September 21, 2010 7:55 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - Officials say about 700 accounts, representing about 10 percent of all customers in Opelousas, have not been paying for water use, costing the city up to $25,000 a month. An electronic water metering system is finally up and running and the residents are now being required... more »
  • LA's Top Education Leader Won't Take His Pay Raise of $22,000

    September 15, 2010 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's top education leader won't take his pay raise this year because of the state's budget troubles. Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek will keep his $377,000 pay package, without adding the 6 percent boost he could have gotten. The raise would have given him another... more »
  • Iberia Burglary Totals Nearly $50,000

    September 15, 2010 10:54 AM

    NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - Two stolen potted palm trees and an all-terrain vehicle are among stolen items recovered by Iberia Parish sheriff's deputies after a four-month rash of burglaries across the parish. Lt. Ryan Turner, spokesman for the sheriff, says that investigators have arrested four people, one of them... more »
  • Lafayette City-Parish Must Pay IRS $475,000

    September 2, 2010 9:16 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Internal Revenue Service is seeking at least $475,000 from the Lafayette Consolidate Government in tax rebates and penalties for what the federal agency argues was too long a delay in spending bond money. The city-parish finance department submitted a request to the City-Parish Council this... more »
  • State-Owned Fleet Cut By More Than 1,000 Vehicle

    August 24, 2010 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has cut the state-owned vehicle fleet by more than 1,000 cars, trucks and vans over the last year. The administration says that's the lowest level since the 2003-04 fiscal year - but it's still short of an administration goal to trim... more »
  • Vitter's Challenger Reporting $42,000 in Campaign Contributions

    August 16, 2010 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter's chief Republican challenger is reporting a dismal $42,000 in campaign contributions since he announced his candidacy last month. Former Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Chet Traylor filed a campaign finance report that shows him with less than $41,000 on hand. That's little... more »
  • Biography of Edwin Edwards Hits 35,000 Sales

    August 13, 2010 6:24 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - Author Leo Honeycutt says he's happily surprised that sales of his biography of former Gov. Edwin Edwards have hit 35,000. He says that 10,000 copies of "Edwin Edwards, the Authorized Biography" sold in the first two weeks after publication in December. Abbeville Library Director Charlotte Trosclair... more »
  • State Workers Charged With Theft of More than $50,000 in Food Stamp Benefits

    August 11, 2010 11:18 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A sixth defendant has pleaded guilty in the federal government's ongoing investigation into disaster food stamp fraud. Dorothy Reedom, who had worked for the Department of Social Services' Office of Family Support in St. Mary Parish, pleaded guilty Monday to theft of public money, property or... more »
  • 96,000 Little People Play 'n Go Campsites Recalled

    August 5, 2010 3:44 PM

    About 96,000 Little People Play 'n Go Campsites, manufactured in China and imported by Fisher-Price of East Aurora, N.Y., because the plastic Sonya Lee figure can break at the waist and expose small parts that pose a choking risk. An additional 14,000 are being recalled in Canada. The company has... more »
  • $394,000 of Oil and Gas Equipment Allegedly Stolen

    August 3, 2010 12:08 PM

    On July 27, 2010 the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office Bureau of Investigations was notified of an alleged theft of oil field equipment at Axxis Drilling in New Iberia. Detectives learned that approximately $394,000 of oil and gas equipment was allegedly stolen from the Axxis Drilling yard between the dates... more »
  • Paul's Jewelry Has Pledged to Donate $100,000 to Acadiana Outreach

    July 22, 2010 11:52 AM

    Lafayette, LA - July 22, 2010. The Acadiana Outreach Center is excited to announce that Paul's Jewelry has pledged to donate $100,000 over the next 10 years to Palates and Pate', the Acadiana Outreach Center's largest annual fundraiser. The 2010 Palates & Pate' event is scheduled for Wednesday, November 17th... more »
  • LA Has Lostl Over $200,000 By Purchasing Nonrefundable Airline Tickets

    July 21, 2010 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state inspector general's report says the state has lost well over $200,000 over the past four years by purchasing nonrefundable airline tickets that never were used. Louisiana State University had the most unused tickets among state agencies with more than $33,000 worth. Wednesday's report... more »
  • Mich. Gov: Electric Cars to Create 62,000 Jobs

    July 14, 2010 8:33 PM

    Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm says the next generation of electric cars and their batteries will create 62,000 jobs in the state over the next decade. Granholm made the prediction Wednesday, a day before President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit a groundbreaking ceremony for a battery plant outside Grand Rapids.... more »
  • Avondale Shipbuilding Yard Closing-Wiping Out 5,000 Jobs

    July 13, 2010 7:11 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In the worst economic blow for the New Orleans region since Hurricane Katrina, Northrop Grumman Corp. said Tuesday that it will shut its Avondale shipbuilding yard in 2013, wiping out up to 5,000 jobs. The Los Angeles-based company said it would consolidate construction of Navy amphibious... more »
  • Stephensville Woman Arrested For Allegedly Embezzling More Than $100,000

    July 13, 2010 6:38 PM

    On July 13, 2010, a former employee with the St. Martin Parish Water & Sewer District in Stephensville was booked into the St. Martin Parish Correctional Center for allegedly embezzling more than $100,000.00. Barbara Topham Vicknair, 60, of Morgan City was charged with 383 counts of Monetary Instrument Abuse,... more »
  • 2,000 Gallons Of Sewage Per Minute Into Champion Lake

    July 13, 2010 10:59 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Shreveport officials say repair crews are at work at a broken sewage main that is letting 2,000 gallons of sewage per minute into Champion Lake. The Times reports that a city crew found the leak Tuesday morning - apparently, three days after it started. A city... more »
  • Family of New Iberia Woman Offers $10,000 to Find Woman's Killer

    July 3, 2010 5:01 PM

    NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - The family of a New Iberia woman strangled two years ago is offering a $10,000 reward for tips leading to the conviction of her killer. Buddy Blanchard, of Bakersfield, Calif., says someone has to know something about who killed his sister, Judy Blanchard Landry. Another... more »
  • BP Handing "Feel Free To Talk" Cards To All 40,000 Oil Clean Up Workers

    July 2, 2010 3:30 PM

    GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - BP PLC says it's handing out cards to all 40,000 of its cleanup workers telling them they can talk to the media - but only if they want to. The message on the small cards? "Feel Free to Talk." The oil giant, stung by footage... more »
  • 8,000 Square Miles Of Closed Fishing Waters Reopened

    June 23, 2010 6:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More than 8,000 square miles of closed fishing waters have been reopened in the Gulf of Mexico because no oil has been observed there. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday said the most significant opening is an area south of Mississippi, which was closed... more »
  • More than 600,000 orders for iPhone 4s

    June 16, 2010 12:25 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Apple Inc. said Wednesday that it and its phone company partners took orders for more than 600,000 iPhone 4s in one day, the highest number it's ever seen, despite widespread problems getting orders through overwhelmed computer systems. The crush of orders sets the scene for long... more »
  • VW Recalls Nearly 16,000 Mini-Vans

    June 11, 2010 5:27 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Volkswagen AG is recalling nearly 16,000 Routan minivans to address fire concerns involving latches on the sliding doors. The German automaker says the recall affects 2009 minivans, which are jointly developed with Chrysler LLC and built at Chrysler's Windsor, Ontario, plant. Chrysler recently announced a recall of... more »
  • BP Capturing 630,000 Gallons A Day-Could Double Next Week

    June 9, 2010 2:21 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest announcement on how much oil is being captured from the gushing BP oil well on Wednesday raised additional doubts about the validity of government estimates on how much crude actually has been spewing into Gulf waters. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, who is in charge... more »
  • More Than $180,000 Raised for Hospice

    June 6, 2010 11:37 PM

    It was a successful tel-event at the KATC studios and the Mall of Acadiana Sunday, raising well over $180,000 for Hospice of Acadiana. For five hours the hospice telethon aired on TV-3. Thirty-two prizes were given away throughout the event, including a football autographed by saint's quarterback, Drew Brees,... more »
  • Bayou Country Superfest Drew More Than 85,000 People

    June 3, 2010 11:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Bayou Country Superfest organizers, sponsors and supporters have deemed the star-studded music festival a success, saying it drew more than 85,000 people to LSU's Tiger Stadium over the Memorial Day weekend. Superfest producer Quint Davis says the event will return next year, again over the... more »
  • Local Man Almost Throws Away Winning Powerball Ticket

    June 1, 2010 4:36 PM

    When Mark Ste. Marie of Broussard checked his Powerball ticket after the April 14 drawing, he discovered he matched only the Powerball number - or so he thought. Satisfied by winning $3, he put the ticket away with the intention of cashing it later. Over a... more »
  • Gulf Aid Raised Just Over $300,000

    May 21, 2010 3:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A concert organized to benefit Louisiana's wetlands and fishermen affected by the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has raised just over $300,000. David Freedman, general manager of WWOZ and a member of the Gulf Relief Foundation's board, said Friday that the first distribution... more »
  • $10,000 Worth of Methamphetamine Seized in St. Landry

    May 20, 2010 3:07 PM

    St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, Narcotics Detectives, arrested a suspect from Phoenix, AZ and seized approximately ten-thousand dollars worth of "Crystal" Methamphetamine. According to Sheriff Bobby Guidroz; his Interstate Criminal Enforcement Units (ICE) were patrolling Hwy. 190, during the chemical spill on I-10 a few days ago. While patrolling,... more »
  • BP: 2,000 Barrels a Day Now Captured From Oil Leak

    May 18, 2010 9:21 AM

    HAMMOND, La. (AP) - BP says its mile-long tube siphoning oil from a blown-out well is bringing more crude to the surface. In a news release Tuesday, BP PLC says the narrow tube is now drawing 2,000 barrels a day for collection in a tanker, double the amount when it... more »
  • Lafayette Awarded $850,000 Check for Transportation Center

    May 17, 2010 5:56 PM

    The Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority will present the city of Lafayette with $850,000 outright grant of local dollars in order to cause the construction of the formally know Multi-Modal Transportation Center, now known as the Rosa Parks Transportation Center on Thursday, May 20, 2010. The $850,000 check provides... more »
  • 1,000 bottles of Dawn Dishwashing Liquid to the Gulf of Mexico

    May 3, 2010 3:31 PM

    CINCINNATI (AP) - Procter & Gamble Co. says it has rushed 1,000 bottles of Dawn dishwashing liquid to the Gulf of Mexico region to help clean wildlife soiled by the massive oil spill. A P&G spokeswoman says a shipment from a Kansas City plant was delivered by truck Saturday and... more »
  • About 50,000 2003 Toyota Sequoia Recalled

    April 28, 2010 1:54 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Toyota Motor Corp. recalled about 50,000 Sequoia sport utility vehicles from the 2003 model year to fix an unexpected slowing of the vehicle in the latest recall issued by the Japanese automaker. Toyota said Wednesday that the recall would address the vehicle's electronic stability control system, which... more »
  • $10,000 Reward Offered in Murder Case of Timothy Falgout

    April 21, 2010 2:29 PM

    The Lafayette Parish Sheriffs Office has been contacted by the local Pizza Hut in Lafayette (American Pizza Company) who advised, they are offering a $10,000 reward to anyone that gives Law Enforcement information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for the Murder of... more »
  • Crowley Woman Wins $14,000 on Scratch-Off Ticket

    April 5, 2010 12:08 PM

    When April Bourque of Crowley called her husband to tell him that she won a $14,000 top prize from the Lottery’s Black Cherry Doubler scratch-off, he thought she was lying. “I called my husband at work and I said ‘You will never guess what I did,’” explained Bourque.... more »
  • Time Running Out For $20,000 Powerball Winner

    March 24, 2010 11:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Time is running out for a Powerball winner to claim a $20,000 prize. The winning ticket, purchased at a truck stop on Highway 1 South in Port Allen, is set to expire April 22 unless the prize is claimed by 5 p.m. on that date. The... more »
  • Saints Flag Auctioned Off Online Raises Nearly $7,000 For Charity

    March 5, 2010 3:14 PM

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A New Orleans Saints flag that Indiana's governor displayed outside his office from losing a Super Bowl bet is heading to Louisiana after it sold in an online auction for $6,852. The governor's office says Bryan Bossier Sr. of Alexandria, La., won the flag as bids in... more »
  • Authorities Recover Over $70,000 During Routine Traffic Stop

    January 28, 2010 4:41 PM

    We have fought the illegal drug activity of this city for the past 7 plus years and we will continue to fight it under this administration," stated Chief of Police K.P. Gibson. These comments come after members of the narcotics unit recovered just over $71,000 in suspected drug money during... more »
  • Check presentation for Delcambre HS band

    December 16, 2009 12:36 PM

    Check presentation for Delcambre HS band 5:30 p.m., Iberia Parish School Board, 1500 Jane Street New Iberia, LA. AGL Resources, owner of the Jefferson Island Storage & Hub facility in Erath, will present a check for $20,000 to Delcambre High School to help finance the purchase of new uniforms... more »
  • Landrieu Secures $487k for Alexandria Rail Spur Project

    December 13, 2009 7:18 PM

    Landrieu Secures $487k for Alexandria Rail Spur Project Funding included in the omnibus appropriations bill passed by the Senate today. WASHINGTON -United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that $487,000 to the City of Alexandriafor the Rail Spur... more »
  • Scott Resident Wins $12,000 On Scratch-Off

    December 8, 2009 3:47 PM

    LAFAYETTE - Melvin Smith of Scott was still shaking with amazement when he claimed a $12,000 top prize from a $2 Gifts scratch-off at the Louisiana Lottery's Lafayette regional office. "I grabbed my heart after I scratched the ticket, and my wife frantically asked me what was wrong," said... more »

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