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  • Young Woman Missing from Youngsville Area Found

    September 21, 2014 9:58 PM

    Meranda Lee Williamson was found Sunday, September 21. The 24-year-old went missing Saturday afternoon, and was last seen near Kart Ranch in Youngsville. Williamson is described as a white female with blue eyes and red hair past her shoulders. She is 5'4" tall and weighs about 120 pounds.... more »
  • Magnitude-4.1 aftershock shakes Los Angeles area

    March 29, 2014 5:55 PM

    LOS ANGELES (AP) - A magnitude-4.1 aftershock has rattled parts of Southern California where a moderate quake occurred the day before. The U.S. Geological Survey says the aftershock struck shortly after 2:30 p.m. Saturday. A magnitude-5.1 earthquake centered 25 miles south of Los Angeles hit Friday night, cracking foundations and... more »
  • Two Grand Coteau Men Arrested In Connection With Burglary in the Arnaudville Area

    March 20, 2014 10:19 AM

    (St. Martinville, La.)- On March 18th, investigators with the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Myles Morgan, 20, Grand Coteau and Joshua Chavis, 22, also of Grand Coteau, in connection with a burglary on Courtableau Highway in Arnaudville. They were arrested on the following charges: Myles Morgan ... more »
  • New bubbles found in Bayou Corne-area sinkhole

    February 26, 2014 9:39 AM

    BAYOU CORNE, La. (AP) - Authorities say state and parish agencies are testing to see whether newly discovered gas bubbles northeast of the Bayou Corne-area sinkhole are tied to the swampland hole. The Advocate reports the state Office of Conservation and contractor CB&I have taken samples of the gas bubbles... more »
  • Services extended to undeveloped area of Scott

    May 20, 2013 10:19 AM

    SCOTT, La. (AP) - The city of Scott is moving north. Pat Logan, who oversees planning for the city, tells The Advocate work is expected to begin next month on a $1.2 million project to extend city water and sewer lines under Interstate 10 to serve undeveloped tracts north of... more »
  • New fire station designed for flood-prone area

    January 11, 2013 6:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans officials have broken ground for a new $3.6 million fire station designed to serve an area not protected by levees. The city says the new Alba Road Fire Station in the Venetian Isles area will replace a smaller facility that was 30 years old... more »
  • Alcohol-related fatalities down in Lafayette area

    April 10, 2012 9:26 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A coalition to fight drunk driving says it has helped boost the number of DWI arrests in Lafayette Parish and cut the number of alcohol-related injuries and deaths. The group got a $1.3 million grant to increase DWI patrols, starting in 2009. The number of arrests... more »
  • 2 OMV offices planned for New Orleans area

    March 16, 2012 11:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's motor vehicles chief says Louisiana is planning to open two motor vehicle offices in the New Orleans area, possibly in the next two to three months. Office of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Nick Gautreaux told a House transportation committee this week it only has... more »
  • Baton Rouge area's AIDS rate tops in nation

    March 15, 2012 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Baton Rouge metro area ranks No. 1 in the nation in its rate of AIDS cases after ranking second the past two years. That's according to 2010 data released Wednesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Baton Rouge has a rate... more »
  • Signs posted to outline Atchafalaya Heritage Area

    February 7, 2012 6:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The 14-parish Atchafalaya Heritage Area is getting new signs to let people know when they've traveled into the specially-designated region. Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who oversees tourism efforts in Louisiana, said Monday that 264 highway signs are being installed around the Atchafalaya region. The markers,... more »
  • US 190 Speed Limit Reduced in Spillway Area

    May 19, 2011 6:24 AM

    KROTZ SPRINGS, La. (AP) - State officials have reduced the speed limit on a stretch of U.S. Highway 190 in hopes of reducing the danger of cars or trucks colliding with animals displaced by the opening of the Morganza Spillway gates. The usual 60-mile-per-hour speed limit between the towns of... more »
  • Lease Continues for Thistlethwaite Area

    November 5, 2010 4:56 PM

    From LDWF: The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) and the Thistlethwaite heirs announced the renewal of the lease agreement for Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area (WMA) at the Nov. 5 commission meeting. This agreement renews the 10-year lease, free of charge, for Thistlethwaite WMA, encompassing 11,000 acres in... more »
  • DHH Opens Another Oyster Harvesting Area

    October 14, 2010 5:45 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced today the reopening of oyster harvesting Area 19 after working with officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other state and federal partners. Area 19, which is located west of the Mississippi River in Terrebonne Parish, was partially closed... more »
  • New Orleans Man Arrested for Allegedly Killing Slidell-Area Barber

    October 5, 2010 12:28 PM

    SLIDELL, La. (AP) - St. Tammany Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a New Orleans man for allegedly killing a Slidell-area barber during a botched robbery attempt in 2008. Yosvani Harvey, 19, had already been booked into Orleans Parish Prison on unrelated auto theft and gun charges when he was arrested... more »
  • Actor Tony Curtis dies at Las Vegas-area home

    September 30, 2010 4:19 PM

    HENDERSON, Nev. - Tony Curtis shaped himself from a 1950s movie heartthrob into a respected actor, showing a determined streak that served him well in such films as "Sweet Smell of Success," "The Defiant Ones" and "Some Like It Hot." The Oscar-nominated actor died Wednesday evening of cardiac arrest... more »
  • 3 Businessmen Invest in Franklin Area History

    September 30, 2010 7:12 AM

    FRANKLIN, La. (AP) - Hidden hallways, curvy catwalks and secret stairways dating back to the earliest days of postal service now belong to three businessmen. Gary Blum, Joe Duck and Keith Landen of Franklin say they bought the 200-year-old building, housing those treasures, from the federal government because they're interested... more »
  • Body Found in Wooded Area in Baton Rouge

    September 28, 2010 8:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police say they're investigating the death of a 43-year-old woman whose body was found in a wooded area behind a vacant beauty school. A report by Capt. Joan Cage says the cause of death was not clear and the death investigation is continuing.... more »
  • $30 Million Commitment to Health Clinics in Parishes Affected by Katrina

    August 26, 2010 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby and Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced today that the state has committed $30 million in Community Development Block Grant funds to ensure that a network of primary care and behavioral health clinics remain open in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, upon approval from the... more »
  • LA DHH Announces Reopening of Oyster Harvesting Area 5

    August 16, 2010 5:56 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced today the reopening of oyster harvesting Area 5 after working with a specialist with the federal Food and Drug Administration and determining there was no oil intrusion. This harvest area, which was originally closed July 5, 2010, is east of the... more »
  • Oil Hits Louisiana's Largest Seabird Nesting Area

    July 15, 2010 7:29 AM

    Biologists say oil has smeared at least 300-400 pelicans and hundreds of terns in the largest seabird nesting area along the Louisiana coast - marking a sharp and sudden escalation in wildlife harmed by BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The finding underscores that official tallies of birds impacted... more »
  • Reopening of Oyster Harvesting Area 7

    July 7, 2010 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced today that it is reopening oyster harvesting Area 7 to give harvesters as much time as possible to harvest their product before any potential impact from the BP oil spill in the Gulf. Area 7, which is east of... more »
  • Baton Rouge Area Second in Nation in AIDS

    July 4, 2010 3:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Baton Rouge metropolitan area ranks second in the nation in AIDS case rates, and New Orleans is No. 3, according to 2008 statistics released recently by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Miami ranks No. 1 in the nation, according to CDC... more »
  • Partially Reopened Oyster Harvesting Area 17

    May 20, 2010 6:31 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced today that it has partially reopened oyster harvesting Area 17 to give harvesters as much time as possible to harvest their product before any potential impact from the BP oil spill in the Gulf. Area 17, which is west of the... more »
  • Oil Reaches Acadiana, Another Fishing Area Closed

    May 18, 2010 5:23 PM

    The Louisiana departments of Health and Hospitals (DHH), and Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) announced today the closure of recreational and commercial fishing activities, and oyster harvesting near Marsh Island (Iberia Parish) and in harvesting bed Area 28 due to confirmed reports of oil associated with the BP oil spill in... more »
  • Federal Officials Expand Fishing Area After Being Closed Due to Oil Spill

    May 18, 2010 12:12 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal officials say they're expanding the area of the Gulf of Mexico where fishing is shut down because of a massive oil spill. They had already shut down fishing from the Mississippi River to the Florida Panhandle soon after an offshore oil rig exploded and sank... more »
  • Lake Charles Area School Bus Window Hit By BB Gun

    March 16, 2010 5:36 PM

    A Calcasieu Parish School System Head Start bus with 7 three and four year olds was struck by what appeared to be a bb from a bb gun. The side window of the bus cracked, but no glass fell. There were no injuries to the students, nor to the driver.... more »
  • Iberia Car Burglaries Suspects Arrested In The Parkview Area

    March 2, 2010 4:02 PM

    On February 27, 2010 The Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office Detectives received information on vehicle burglaries that were occurring within the city of New Iberia, predominately in the Oak Street and Parkview area. Detectives conducted surveillance in the vicinity the burglars were taking place. A vehicle matching the description of the... more »
  • Call For Support Gets Answered

    January 7, 2010 6:09 PM

    The story of an elderly Lafayette woman having to tough it out through the cold touched the hearts of many in Acadiana. Emails and calls came pouring in. Many people made a donation at the Cajun Area Agency on Aging. "Lady living in a trailer busted windows and... more »
  • Four Kids Killed in I-10 Crash, None Wearing Seatbelts.

    November 29, 2009 12:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Four children ages 2 to 14 were among five people killed when a minivan packed with kids rolled on a Louisiana interstate, and seven others remained in critical condition, state police said Sunday. None of the 13 children in the van was wearing a seatbelt, and... more »

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