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  • Check being held until ditch deepened

    November 29, 2013 8:40 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish is again asking the federal government to release a $945,000 reimbursement check for work done on Eden Church Road in Denham Springs. The Federal Highway Administration has refused to release the funds. It wants a nearby ditch deepened to help alleviate flooding problems along... more »
  • Elderly Leesville man dies after being hit by SUV

    October 31, 2012 7:37 AM

    LEESVILLE, La. (AP) - An 88-year-old Leesville man died when he was hit by an SUV on La. Highway 121 in Vernon Parish, but his body wasn't discovered for a few hours. State Police responded to the accident around 8 a.m. Tuesday. The pedestrian, identified as Eddard L. Morrison, was... more »
  • Man dies after being shot in the legs

    July 25, 2012 8:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Baton Rouge police say a 39-year-old man died after he was shot in both legs. Cpl. Tommy Stubbs tells The Advocate Louis Spears was shot Tuesday morning while standing on the front porch of a home. Stubbs said Spears was taken to a hospital where... more »
  • Suit drive being held for people leaving prison

    July 3, 2012 6:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - No longer using that suit and tie? Louisiana's corrections department says you can donate it to men and women leaving prison who need something to wear for job interviews. The department is seeking donations of dress clothing as part of the fifth annual National Suit... more »
  • 4 hospitalized after being exposed to chlorine

    May 23, 2012 7:56 AM

    PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - Four Georgia Gulf contract employees are recovering after being exposed to chlorine at work. WAFB TV reports the accident happened at the chemical and vinyls plant in Plaquemine around 9 p.m. Tuesday. A Georgia Gulf spokesman said the four were near a railcar when the chlorine... more »
  • Man's Death Being Investigated in Grant Parish

    November 30, 2010 9:06 AM

    MONTGOMERY, La. (AP) - The Grant Parish Sheriff's Office has opened an investigation into the death of a man whose body was found about 10 miles south of Montgomery. The remains were located near a burned vehicle that had been discovered by a hunter earlier on Friday. The identity of... more »
  • Man dies weeks after being cleared in 1979 killing

    November 9, 2010 10:05 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi man who spent more than 30 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit has died less than two months after his name was cleared in the case. Bobby Ray Dixon died Sunday after suffering from lung and brain cancer. He was 53.... more »
  • Fewer Applicants for People Being Affected by Moratorium

    September 21, 2010 1:15 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - There have been far fewer applicants than expected for money from a $100 million fund BP PLC set up to help deepwater rig workers after a federal moratorium on drilling prompted by the massive oil spill. With nine days left to apply, a spokesman for the... more »
  • States being asked for 'right-to-hunt' amendments

    September 2, 2010 10:31 PM

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Lifelong hunter Bill Haycraft of Kentucky sees his treasured outdoors heritage under siege and in need of constitutional protection from animal rights advocates. He's one of many hunters backing a "right-to-hunt" amendment that's expected to be on his state's 2012 ballot. Kentucky is just the latest... more »
  • Huey Long Symposium Being Held in Baton Rouge

    August 28, 2010 4:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The life and death of Louisiana's most famous former governor and U.S. senator, Huey Long, is the subject of a two-day symposium this weekend in Baton Rouge. Among those who will make presentations Saturday about the man called the Kingfish is Dr. Carl Weiss Jr.,... more »
  • Hidden Gun Leads to Child Being Shot

    August 21, 2010 3:51 PM

    A Lake Charles man who hid a loaded gun under a sofa cushion - leading to the accidental shooting of a child - has been convicted on charges of negligent injuring and possession of a stolen firearm. Latheris D. Thomas, 26, on Friday was given a suspended jail term, probation... more »
  • Policies Being Drawn for Students Planning to Graduate Early

    August 19, 2010 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Uniform policies are being drawn for Louisiana students who plan to graduate from high school in less than four years. The regulations will be presented to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in October, said Nancy Beben, director of curriculum standards for the... more »
  • Former LA ATC Commissioner Murphy Painter Being Investigated

    August 18, 2010 1:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State investigators have searched the office and vehicle of recently resigned Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner Murphy Painter. The investigators' application for a warrant indicated they were seeking evidence that Painter had stalked and harassed a former employee. A computer and two thumb drives portable... more »
  • 2 Alleged Sex Offense Cases Being Investigated by Eunice Police

    August 16, 2010 4:22 PM

    Two alleged sex offense cases are being investigated by the Eunice Police. At 3 am on Saturday the Eunice Police received a complaint from a woman who alleges a man raped her in a Beulah Gardens Apartment. The man claims it was consented. The case remains under investigation. ... more »
  • LA Alcohol & Tobacco Office Being Investigated

    August 15, 2010 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two state agencies are investigating the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control. Murphy Painter, who led that office since 1996, resigned Friday without any public explanation. Louisiana State Police Superitendent Mike Edmonson tells The Advocate that another agency asked state police to help investigation... more »
  • Interested in Being Rayne Frog Festival Royalty?

    August 2, 2010 3:56 PM

    Young ladies interested in competing for the title of Rayne Frog Festival Queen or Rayne Frog Festival Teen Queen are being invited to the pageant competition on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at 5:00pm at the Rayne Civic Center. To be eligible to compete for the title of Rayne Frog Festival... more »
  • Seafood Industry Being Hurt by False Public Perceptions

    July 22, 2010 3:47 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Representatives of Louisiana's seafood industry say they are being hurt by false public perceptions about the safety of Louisiana seafood, as well as by a slow-moving federal inspection program that's keeping safe waters closed to fishing. The Louisiana Seafood Promotion and Marketing Board met Thursday and... more »
  • Life Sentence Being Pushed For Man Convicted Of Child Molestation

    July 15, 2010 5:38 PM

    Lance Barton, 51, whose record of child molestation dates back to 1984 in different cities across Louisiana, will probably be spending the rest of his life behind bars after his conviction Thursday in District Court at the Acadia Parish Courthouse. Judge Glennon Everett presided over the case. He also still... more »
  • $20 Billion From BP Being Paid Out Early August

    July 15, 2010 12:25 PM

    METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The $20 billion that BP has set aside to pay for losses caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill will start making payments in early August. Ken Feinberg, who is in charge of paying individuals and private businesses for their lost income, told a meeting... more »
  • Broadcasters Being Fined For Allowing Even A Single Curse Word On Live TV Unconstitutionally Vague

    July 13, 2010 1:32 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday found that a government policy that can lead to broadcasters being fined for allowing even a single curse word on live television is unconstitutionally vague. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan tossed out the Federal Communications Commission's... more »
  • Giant Oil Skimmer Being Tested in Gulf of Mexico

    July 3, 2010 4:22 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Gulf of Mexico cleanup crews working to block millions of gallons of oil from reaching land may soon have a giant on their side, if a weekend test of a new skimmer goes well. The Taiwanese vessel dubbed "A Whale," which its owners describe as the... more »
  • Federal on-scene coordinator for oil spill being replaced

    June 1, 2010 12:09 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard is replacing the admiral who has been the federal on-scene coordinator since an oil rig exploded and millions of gallons of crude leaked into the Gulf. The spill's unified command center said in a news release Tuesday that Rear Adm. Mary Landry will... more »
  • Laura Ling Does First TV Interview Since Being Released

    May 18, 2010 2:49 PM

    CHICAGO (AP) - An American journalist who was imprisoned in North Korea for months says she told interrogators she was trying to overthrow the government in a ploy for mercy. Laura Ling appeared on Tuesday's episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in her first televised interview since her August release.... 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 »
  • Giant Box Close to Being Over Oil-Spewing Well

    May 7, 2010 9:55 AM

    ON THE GULF OF MEXICO- A mission to the bottom of the sea to try to avert a wider environmental disaster progressed early Friday as crews said a 100-ton concrete-and-steel box was close to being placed over a blown-out well on the Gulf floor in an unprecedented attempt to capture... more »
  • Cases Of Jennings Women Being Looked Again In Jeff Davis

    January 29, 2010 2:21 PM

    JENNINGS, La. (AP) - Jefferson Davis Parish residents will come together Saturday to remember the victims of what many fear may be a serial killer. Laconia Shontel "Muggy" Brown, who would have turned 25 this week, was found lying along East Racca Road in south Jennings by a police officer... more »

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