November 15, 2014 1:31 PM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff 's Office and a nonprofit organization plan to work together on repairs to a Disabled American Veterans facility in Lake Charles. DAV spokesman Dave Sensat tells The American Press the 60-year-old building on U.S. Highway 190 has a caved-in roof, slanted... more »
June 29, 2014 1:17 PM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Chennault International Airport officials plan to work with the city of Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish to pay for part of the $8 million cost for Sowela Technical Community College's Student Success Building. The airport's board of commissioners has authorized Chennault's executive director Randy Robb... more »
June 15, 2014 4:03 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Several major school construction projects are in the works across Lafayette Parish. The Advertiser reports the renovations and additions at six schools are being funded by nearly $33 million in bond money. The biggest project totals $9 million and is at the David Thibodaux STEM Magnet... more »
May 10, 2014 5:14 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Fire Department says firefighters were among people who called in what became a four-alarm blaze at a large house divided into 12 apartments. Firefighter Michael Williams says 11 residents were evacuated safely and the other two were away when the fire was reported... more »
May 4, 2014 11:53 PM
MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) - South Central Louisiana Technical College is celebrating a big step toward a permanent home for its marine safety training center. A ceremony Friday honored the H.B. Young Foundation for donating the 5-acre site where the center is now housed in portable buildings, the Houma Courier... more »
January 3, 2014 7:10 AM
AMITE, La. (AP) - Tangipahoa Parish School Board officials and attorneys for plaintiffs in the board's ongoing desegregation lawsuit are battling over whether the board has enough money to build three new elementary schools as required by the board's 2010 federal desegregation order. Nelson Taylor, the lead attorney for the... more »
June 14, 2012 10:18 AM
MONROE, La. (AP) - The University of Louisiana at Monroe's George T. Walker Hall will be closed until at least early next year as a result of damage sustained from a Tuesday fire. The News-Star reports nobody was injured in the two-alarm fire that began in a first floor custodial... more »
April 30, 2012 10:49 AM
BROUSSARD, La. (AP) - Plans are still in development for new parks in the neighboring cities of Broussard and Youngsville in Lafayette Parish after voters approved last year sales taxes to fund recreation facilities in the two cities.
The city of Youngsville is in the design phase of its... more »
March 15, 2012 5:55 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The 33-story-high World Trade Center building on the New Orleans riverfront is now owned by the city. In a $2.3 million deal, the city says it has bought out the lease for the building and that it now has control over the redevelopment of the vacant... more »
March 5, 2012 10:57 AM
A Vidrine Elementary janitor has been confirmed as the community's first fatality of the year. He was found in the restroom with debris on top of him. The fire began in the storage supply building around 5:45 A.M. It took firemen 30 minutes to get the fire under control. Officials... more »
December 23, 2011 4:47 PM
According to court documents, Jarvis J. Claiborne is suing the city of Opelousas, along with B&B Builders and Investors, Inc., and the Code Enforcement Director for the City of Opelousas over a vacant building next to Claiborne's business.
Claiborne says that his business on N. Main Street in Opelousas... more »
November 9, 2011 7:28 PM
Fire destroyed three businesses in Kaplan, all in the same building at the corner of North Irving Avenue and West First Street. It burned until early Wednesday morning, after igniting around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Authorities are investigating the fire as a possible arson.
"It was heart wrenching, it really... more »
June 21, 2011 6:51 PM
Flames, smoke, and water ripped through the historic 100 year old Aurora Masonic Lodge building which also houses the Louisiana Medical Supply Company in New Iberia.
"All I could see was smoke then, there were no flames protruding from the building, but then it didn't take long for the... more »
December 29, 2010 8:25 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The abandoned New Orleans warehouse where eight homeless squatters died in a fire was on a list of properties slated for demolition, a city official said Wednesday. Jeff Hebert, the city's director of blight policy, said the city had tried since 2007 to get the property... more »
December 28, 2010 7:48 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A blaze in an abandoned building in New Orleans has killed 8 people. New Orleans Fire Department spokesman Greg Davis confirmed the toll early Tuesday. Fire Chief Charles Parent tells WWL-TV that survivors say the fire started when people burned wood in a barrel to stay... more »
September 30, 2010 12:35 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - After 37 years of having a major role in the manned space program, Lockheed Martin Corp. has made it official. The company says the era of building space shuttle fuel tanks at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility is over, along with scores of jobs. Left behind... more »
September 23, 2010 7:14 PM
It took 20 years of waiting but today, LSU Eunice finally broke ground on a new building to house the school's continuing education offices, classrooms and auditoriums.
It's a 7.4 million investment in community education. The 42,000 square foot building will provide additional classrooms, which sophomore Erica Lebert said... more »
July 2, 2010 7:04 AM
LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - Livingston Parish has purchased a church to house a new courtroom. Parish President Mike Grimmer tells The Advocate that the First Baptist Church of Livingston's 12,000-square-foot education building will be turned into a courtroom, while the church will be torn down to create additional courthouse parking.... more »
May 20, 2010 6:57 PM
A new second chance program is in the works in Lafayette. It will not only help those in need but will also re-model an eye sore off of I-49.
The old Ramada Inn property will be transformed into one of eight phases for the program. The building has been... more »
February 22, 2010 7:45 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state has approved midcity Baton Rouge and downtown Lafayette for cultural products districts. It's a designation that seeks to promote arts development by waiving sales taxes on original works sold within the districts and providing tax credits for rehabilitating the districts' historic buildings. Kerry... more »
February 18, 2010 12:09 PM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Authorities say a small private plane has crashed into a seven-story office building in Austin, Texas, and two people from the building are missing. Thick black and gray smoke was billowing out of the second and third stories of the building Thursday morning as fire crews... more »
December 16, 2009 5:12 PM
In Gueydan, the multi-purpose building at Jesse Owens Elementary has a new name, the Jonathan Williams multi-purpose building. A school board member requested the building be named after Williams, who died suddenly at his home in October. Williams served as principal of the school for ten years.
November 25, 2009 11:58 AM
Acadiana Film Industry Continues Expanding with Marquis Productions' "Fight or Flight"
The feature film "Fight or Flight," a co-production of Los Angeles based Remember Dreaming, LLC, Freefall Films, Inc and MKM, LLC is set to begin filming in Lafayette, LA on Dec 2, 2009.
Producers for the picture... more »
November 23, 2009 2:01 PM
Lafayette Catholic Service Centers and Bodacious Productions are kicking off the holidays with the first annual Bodacious Christmas Bash, a fundraiser and goods drive benefiting St. Joseph Diner and Toys for Tots. St. Joseph Diner serves lunch to those in need 364 days a year, providing an average of 60,000... more »
November 13, 2009 2:09 PM
(Opelousas, LA) City of Opelousas Special Project Manager Darryl Wagley says the City is issuing its first "missing person" alert. That's because the final winner in the 'Name the EventCenter' Contest has yet to be found. Last week, a drawing was held after eight people submitted the same winning name.... more »
November 5, 2009 2:38 PM
BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal held a press conference today to make two announcements: a commitment of $30 million in capital outlay funds for LSU's new business education complex and $303.7 million in collections for the 2009 Louisiana Tax Amnesty Program, surpassing initial estimates for collections.
$30 Million... more »
October 14, 2009 1:08 PM
The Opelousas Police Department and the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office are requesting any information in reference to a string of thefts which occurred at a construction site located at 1201 McCarthy Lane, Opelousas LA 70570. Between the dates of August 1st, 2009 and October 14th, 2009 several thefts of... more »