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  • Louisiana's annual legislative session begins

    March 10, 2014 7:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Legislature opens its three-month regular session Monday, with lawmakers considering a rollback of toughened educational standards and a boost to the state's minimum wage among a wide-ranging list of proposals up for debate. Lawmakers were to gavel in at noon. Gov. Bobby Jindal... more »
  • Charter Commission begins work in Livingston

    March 4, 2014 11:04 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish's soaring legal costs and disputes between the council and president drove much of the discussion at the Charter Review Commission's meeting. The Advocate reports options the commission explored for resolving disputes more economically included allowing the Parish Council to select the parish legal adviser,... more »
  • Vandalism probe begins at Atchafalaya WMA

    July 30, 2013 8:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State wildlife and fisheries officials and the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office are investigating two acts of vandalism on the Atchafalaya Delta Wildlife Management Area. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said Monday that a bulldozer and utility vehicle was noticed missing from Big... more »
  • Removal of orphan drums begins

    October 25, 2012 7:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Barrels, drums and other potentially hazardous containers scattered on Louisiana's coastal and inland areas after Hurricane Isaac will be collected and removed under a partnership funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the state of Louisiana. Called "orphan drums" because their owners are unidentifiable,... more »
  • Phelps begins moving inmates to Angola

    October 2, 2012 9:12 AM

    DEQUINCY, La. (AP) - Officials say C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center began its final month of full operations by shipping a quarter of its inmate population to Angola State Penitentiary. Warden Robert Henderson tells the American Press five buses carrying 230 prisoners departed DeQuincy Monday, headed for the maximum-security prison... more »
  • Trial begins for man accused of killing his wife

    May 15, 2012 7:11 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A Tioga man accused of killing his wife then trying to run over two deputies is set to stand trial. The Town Talk reports Joseph Anton Chehardy Jr. is charged with second-degree murder of his wife, Janeva Lasyone, who was shot twice, once in the head,... more »
  • Jury selection begins in rape, slaying case

    March 27, 2012 8:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Jury selection is under way in the trial of a convicted Baton Rouge sex offender accused of raping and drowning a 29-year-old Zachary woman in April 2010. The Advocate reports 45-year-old Franklin Meredith Jr. is charged with aggravated rape and second-degree murder in the slaying... more »
  • Work begins on veterans' cemetery

    February 6, 2012 10:37 AM

    ZACHARY, La. (AP) - Work is on the fast track to develop burial sites at a new national cemetery before the Port Hudson National Cemetery runs out of space for new interments later this year. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs say construction has begun at a new site, to... more »
  • Gov. Jindal begins 2nd term in office Monday

    January 9, 2012 9:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is beginning his second term in office with a focus on education and a pledge not to rest on the accomplishments of his first four years. Jindal will be sworn in Monday at the Old State Capitol, in a ceremony overshadowed by... more »
  • Corps Begins Inspections Along Mississippi River

    December 14, 2011 6:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Due to high river conditions, the Army Corps of Engineers has activated the first phase of flood fight procedures to monitor levees along the Mississippi River. Closely coordinating efforts with local levee authorities, the New Orleans District said Tuesday it will begin patrolling the levees along... more »
  • 75th International Rice Festival begins

    October 20, 2011 6:28 AM

    CROWLEY, La. (AP) - The 75th version of Louisiana's International Rice Festival kicks off Thursday night in Crowley. Fest-goers will see performances by Nik L. Beer, Chris Himel and Outband starting at 7 p.m., but the official opening is Friday at 9 a.m. when Mayor Greg Jones, Rice Festival President... more »
  • Jury selection begins Guillory's murder trial

    September 19, 2011 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Jury selection is set to begin in the second-degree murder trial of suspected serial killer Jeffery Lee Guillory. Prosecutors and defense attorneys will start picking a jury Monday afternoon. The 45-year-old Guillory is charged in the strangulation of 46-year-old Renee Newman of Baton Rouge. Guillory... more »
  • Prosecution statement begins in Clemens trial

    July 13, 2011 10:38 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The prosecutor leading the case against baseball's Roger Clemens told a federal jury Wednesday that the government will prove the former pitching star knowingly lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs. Assistant U.S. attorney Steven Dunham said that about 45 witnesses, including several of Clemens'... more »
  • Hunt begins for Lafayette school superintendent

    July 13, 2011 9:06 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A new Lafayette Parish school superintendent could be selected by Dec. 7, if the school board follows a proposed timeline under consideration by the board's search committee. The three-member committee - all members of the school board - met for the first time Tuesday to review... more »
  • Oprah's audience begins Australian adventure

    December 6, 2010 10:17 PM

    SYDNEY (AP) - Oprah Winfrey's giddy audience of 300 arrived in Australia from the U.S. on Tuesday to begin enjoying the talk show queen's ultimate giveaway - an eight-day journey across the land Down Under. Winfrey kicked off her 25th and final season of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in September... more »
  • Early Voting Begins Saturday for the Oct. 2 Election

    September 17, 2010 1:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Early voting begins Saturday for the Oct. 2 election. Top of the ticket is the lieutenant governor's race, but voters also face a slew of elections for local mayors, school board members and judgeships. Two constitutional amendments are on the ballot, and in southeast Louisiana, Republican voters... more »
  • Commercial Fishing Reopening Process Begins for East of Miss. Delta

    September 1, 2010 12:10 PM

    FDA and NOAA Agree with LDWF on Sampling in Closed Fishing Areas East of the Mississippi River Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration (NOAA) concurred with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries' (LDWF) request to begin the process to re-open state waters... more »
  • Construction Begins on Iberville Parish Plant

    August 24, 2010 7:00 AM

    PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - Construction has officially begun on a polymers manufacturing plant in Iberville Parish. SNF Holding Co. says it is spending $350 million in a five-phase construction project. The first unit at the plant is expected to begin production by late 2011. The company says that when the... more »
  • Mexico Begins Extradition Process For TV Producer

    June 2, 2010 10:06 PM

    CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - Cancun prosecutors said Wednesday they have begun extradition proceedings for a TV producer being sought in his wife's death at a posh hotel in this Caribbean resort after officially confirming he is not in Mexico. Quintana Roo state assistant attorney general Rodolfo Garcia said his office... more »
  • PASA Begins Search For New Executive Director

    May 13, 2010 6:34 PM

    Lafayette, La. - The board of directors of the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (PASA) announced today that it has begun a search for a replacement for its executive director Jacqueline Lyle, who will move to the role of creative director. "For the past 20 years under Jackie Lyle's direction,... more »
  • LUS Water Conservation Ordinance Begins May 1

    April 30, 2010 11:25 AM

    Lafayette, LA (April 30, 2010) - In 2001, the Lafayette City-Parish Council adopted a water conservation ordinance aimed at combating low water pressure during peak hours (late afternoon and evening). The ordinance applies only to automated watering systems and sprinklers, not hand-held hose watering. The enforcement of the ordinance is... more »
  • Airlines lose $1.7 Billion From Volcano Ash :Blame Game Begins

    April 21, 2010 9:37 AM

    Airlines lost at least $1.7 billion in revenue during the volcanic ash crisis, an industry group said Wednesday as the debate heated up over European governments' handling of a week of airspace closures. Planes were flying into all of Europe's top airports - London's Heathrow, Paris' Charles de Gaulle and... more »
  • Sandbagging Begins In St. Mary Parish Due To High Water Worries

    March 5, 2010 9:59 AM

    St. Mary Parish Sheriff David A. Naquin, in conjunction with the St. Mary Parish Council, announced that inmates have started sandbagging operations in anticipation of high water threats this spring. Sheriff Naquin advised "we just wanted to get a head start before actually needing sandbags". In addition, we have been... more »
  • Qualifying Begins For Many Acadiana Elections

    February 3, 2010 4:27 PM

    Election Day is approaching for several Acadiana parishes and today qualifying began for candidates all over the region. JEFF DAVIS PARISH Coroner ST. MARTIN PARISH Mayor City of St. Martinville Councilman District 1, City of St. Martinville Councilman District 2, City of St. Martinville Councilman District 3, City... more »
  • Louisiana Begins Asian Carp Marketing Campaign

    January 18, 2010 5:05 PM

    State officials are trying to control an exploding Asian Carp population. They're not going to poison them as other states are doing. Instead, they're going to get the fish out of the water and onto you dinner plate. Wildlife and fisheries has come up with a marketing plan to... more »

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